THE BG NEWS Tuesday August 21, 2007
Volume 102, Issue 3
n Students in dire need of a sit down dinner a part from the dining hall can enjoy a meal at Campus Corners on their meal plan. Carryout orders are available. Open for service on Sept. 4 n Wait can be long so call ahead.: 419-372-2235.
USG focuses on student safety on the tracks Hoping to work with CSX security, the group discusses recent citations | Page 3
Carbon monoxide strikes VA Tech
Five roommates were hospitalized after a faulty gas valve struck a leak | Page 3
Hurricane Dean heads for Mexican coast Thousands evacuate the area in preparation for the imminent threat posed by the storm | Page 5
Columnist Brian Kutzley explains how new members tend to drop out quickly from organizations | Page 4
On Campus Sunday brunch at Commons
New kids on the University block
OSU readies for a fresh season
The Bowling Greenery
Falcon football is ‘in the game’ Between practice and class, BG players spend their time playing a different kind of game | Page 6
n Located on the second floor of the Union, the Greenery provides students with a place to sit and veg out for lunch. Customers can order from the menu or take their chances at the buffet. n 11:30a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
n 419-372-5555. This is a number everybody living on campus should have in his or her phone. Zza’s at Night has pizza, subs, pastas, salads and more. Although the quality is nothing to boast about, the location and convenience is unrivaled. Being located in the heart of the Union, Zza’s is as easy as it is greasy to swoop up a pie.
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n Comfort food is only a phone call away. The Cookie Jar delivers ovenfresh cookies and ice-cold milk to cookie cravers until midnight. Be sure to ask about the cookie of the day. n Call 419-354-8780
South Side 6
n South Side, next to National City Bank on South Main Street, South Side 6 party store and more is the best place in town to find authentic Middle Eastern food such as gyros that are shaved right off the lamb’s leg and sweet Baklava. n www.southside6.com
TRAINING: Campus police during active shooter training this summer.
Conklin provides multi-cultural home By Amy Dillon Reporter
This year marks the official opening of the Global Village — a learning community that has been in the making for nearly four years. The Global Village is located in the Conklin units and is the home of 36 students from 11 different countries including the United States. The University offers learning communities that are specific to different cultures such as La Maison Francais and La Comunidad, but the Global Village is the first multi-cultural community. Director of Global Initiatives, Dr. Jeffery Grilliot and the Director of the International Studies program, Dr. Kristie Foell became co-directors of the learning community after sharing a vision to create a multi-cultural housing program at BGSU. “It’s not only the international students that bring diversity to our community but also our American students who come from various backgrounds,” said Dr. Foell. Grilliot said the learning community is at 90 percent occu-
pancy, which is excellent for its first year. In addition, five student groups and three classes utilize the Global Village as their place to meet. The Global Village is only open to international and freshman University students, but due to the good response so far, Grilliot says they’re considering future expansion. “The goal of this community is to expose American and International students to each others’ culture,” Grilliot said. “The more students we have, the more cultural exposure.” While most American students are roomed with an international student, it isn’t uncommon for students from the same
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Retail sales of painkillers see increase over the last eight years By Frank Bass The Associated Press
n God Dogs and Jesus Burgers! A few times each year the Active Christians Today house, ACT, hosts a Friday night cookout. The best part of the cookout is that it is absolutely free and open to anybody who may be passing by the East Wooster address right across from Founders. n Next events: Sept. 28 and Oct. 12.
“Yes, because I have alcohol and public policy class, and I think it’s going to be fun.” | Page 4
Keeping campus safe has always been a top priority for the University, but in the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy last spring, pressure has been put on the advancement of campus safety procedures. This summer, members of the campus community, including faculty, staff and students evaluated the University’s emergencyresponse plan. This plan is reviewed regularly and involves the ways in which the campus is alerted to emergency situations. Thus far the campus community has been warned about emergencies through the BGSU Web site, by blast e-mail mes-
sages that can be sent within minutes, campus and city police communication, resident and Greek hall advisors and campus media. Suzy Atchison, a senior who lives off campus, said that while these security messages should still be in place, a calling system would be more beneficial to her, and many other students living off campus. “I’m not always on campus or by my computer, but I always have my cell phone on me,” said Atchison. Plans are also in the works for a reverse 911 system on campus, said University Police Chief Wiegand.
n Pollyeyes’ breadsticks. Pollyeyes has great pizza, but their breadsticks loaded with cheese and toppings is the feather in their cap. The breadsticks will leave any customer stuffed and satisfied with a side of jalapeño cheese, ranch, barbecue or pizza sauce for dipping.
BRITTNEY PECORARO Senior, Special Education
By Christy Johnson Special Sections Editor
n The Taco Bell in Bowling Green is not just any other Taco Bell. It has nestled its way into Bowling Green tradition. Waiting in line for half an hour for a “fourth meal” at 2 a.m. is what being a Falcon is all about. Also, this T-Bell serves breakfast.
The Cookie Jar
n For students who don’t feel like trekking to Zza’s for a taste, Mama Margie’s is delivering pizza pies via golf cart to the Harshman and Kriescher Quadrangles. Mama Margie’s is also available for pick-up at Founders and the Union. Mama Margie’s will start delivering on Aug. 24. n Order at 419-372-7586.
Would you have come to classes, even with the rain, if it weren’t the first day?
University safety procedures get a second look as officers train in preparation for the coming year
JORDAN FLOWER | THE BG NEWS
Zza’s at Night
Lack of senior leadership has the team wary of the coming year | Page 6
Keeping campus safe
n No weekend is complete without an all-you-can-eat trip to Commons Sunday morning. Biscuits and gravy, pancakes, an omelet bar and just about any other breakfast dish imaginable.
Students from around the globe adapt to foreign customs and language barriers in the United States and on campus | Page 4
Story by Freddy Hunt | Illustrations by Geneva Hodgson
For new and returning students trying to familiarize themselves, here are a few tasty little jewels on campus and around Bowling Green that all students should know about.
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Administration figures. More than 200,000 pounds of codeine, morphine, oxycodone, WASHINGTON — Retail sales hydrocodone and meperidine of five leading painkillers nearwere purchased at retail stores Robert Walker | Researcher at University of Kentucky ly doubled over the last eight during 2005, the most recent years, reflecting a surge in use year represented in the data. by patients nationwide who are oxycodone usage is migrating borhoods around the country. That is enough to give more than living in a world of pain, accord- out of Appalachia to areas such The amount of five major 300 milligrams of painkillers to ing to a new Associated Press as Columbus, Ohio, and Fort painkillers sold at retail estab- every person in the country. analysis of federal drug pre- Lauderdale, Fla., and significant lishments rose 90 percent Oxycodone, the chemical scription data. numbers of codeine users are between 1997 and 2005, accord- used in OxyContin, is responThe analysis reveals that living in many suburban neigh- ing to Drug Enforcement sible for most of the increase.
“What we’re seeing now is the rest of the nation catching up to where we were.”
Oxycodone use jumped nearly six-fold between 1997 and 2005. The drug gained notoriety as “hillbilly heroin,” often bought and sold illegally in Appalachia. But its highest rates of sale now occur in places such as suburban St. Louis and Fort Lauderdale. “What we’re seeing now is the rest of the nation catching up to where we were,” said Robert
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phones that are seen along side campus walkways. Members of the campus police force, as well as most A reverse 911 system calls all members of the city police listed subscribers if a threat- force also worked with the Ohio ening 911 call is made, and a Highway Patrol this summer to specific message pertain- participate in active shooter ing to that threat is sent out. training, Wiegand said. This active shooter training The University is not ready for provided all participants the reverse 911 calls yet. Wiegand explained that find- opportunity to become preing a reverse 911 system that pared for different emergenis right for the University may cies involving physical threats take some time, since so many to campus, such as an armed different companies sell the person. systems. In addition to active shooter However, the University is training, general improvelooking to reverse blue light ments to campus security
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were made. Police continually look for ways to improve campus lighting and all around student safety measures. â€œColleges and universities are all looking at their security measures to see what they can improve, even without the Virginia Tech tragedy, we would still be looking to improve security. We are always looking at how to improve,â€? Wiegand said. The Universityâ€™s emergency procedure guidelines can be found at: www.bgsu.edu/ downloads/finance/file34676. pdf
a freshman studying International Studies, living in the Global Village offers experience that canâ€™t country to room together. be found in a classroom. Junior English major Albertson shares her room Sayaka Kawami says that she with a student from Japan. enjoys living in the Global â€œIâ€™ve learned more about Village because it has eased culture here in three days her transition from Japan to than I did studying four years America. of foreign language in High â€œAll day I have to try to keep School,â€? she said. up with people speaking The Global Village plans English and here I can relax to hold special events, social at the end of the day. Itâ€™s nice gatherings and field trips over to have a Japanese friend,â€? the school year. Their Opening Kawami said. Ceremony by Candlelight will For some American stu- be held this Wednesday, Aug. dents like Molly Albertson, 22 and is open to the public.
BLOTTER SUNDAY 6:01 A.M.
A man reports being assaulted by three unknown males earlier in the evening, suffering cuts to his left elbow and hand. 8:50 A.M.
A white mailbox was taken from a home on South College Drive last night. 9:48 A.M.
An 18-year-old was charged with underage intoxication and disorderly conduct for urinating in the street. 10:19 A.M.
A stop sign was taken from the intersection of Thurstin and Frazee Avenues. 11:31 A.M.
by hospitals, retail pharmacies, doctors and teaching institutions. Federal investigators From Page 1 study the same data trying to identify illegal prescription patWalker, a researcher at the terns. An AP investigation found University of Kentucky Center on Drug and Alcohol Research. these reasons for the increase: â€˘ The population is getting The world of pain extends beyond big cities and involves older. As age increases, so does the need for pain medications. more than oxycodone. In Appalachia, retail sales of In 2000, there were 35 million hydrocodone â€” sold mostly as people older than 65. By 2020, Vicodin â€” are the highest in the Census Bureau estimates the nation. Nine of the 10 areas the number of elderly in the U.S. with the highest per-capita will reach 54 million. â€˘ Drug makers have embarked sales are in mostly rural parts of West Virginia, Kentucky or on unprecedented marketing campaigns. Spending on drug Tennessee. Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, director marketing has zoomed from of the blood and cancer cen- $11 billion in 1997 to nearly $30 ter at Day Kimball Hospital in billion in 2005, congressional Putnam, Conn., said Vicodin investigators found. Profit maris a popular painkiller to give gins among the leading compapatients after surgery, and many nies routinely have been three and four times higher than in doctors are familiar with it. â€œOver the past 10 years, there other Fortune 500 industries. â€˘ A major change in pain manhas been much better education in the medical community agement philosophy is now in to ... ask if people are having its third decade. Doctors who pain and to better diagnose and once advised patients that pain is part of the healing process treat it,â€? Gordon said. Suburbs are not immune to began reversing course in the early 1980s; most now see pain the explosion. While retail sales of codeine management as an important have fallen by one-quarter ingredient in overcoming illsince 1997, some of the highest ness. Retired Staff Sgt. rates of sales are in communities around Kansas City, Mo., James Fernandez, 54, of Nashville, Tenn., and on New Fredericksburg, Va., survived two helicopter crashes and Gulf Yorkâ€™s Long Island. The DEA figures analyzed War Syndrome over 20 years in by the AP include nationwide the Marine Corps. He remains sales and distribution of drugs disabled from his service-relat-
CORRECTION POLICY We want to correct all factual errors. If you think an error has been made, call The BG News at 419-372-6966. Clarification: A letter to the editor yesterday by Matt Clark, â€œUSG needs to take an issue and run with it,â€? should have noted that Clark is a former member of both Undergraduate Student Government and The BG News.
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PAINKILLERS: OxyContin tablets are seen at Brooks Drugs in Montpelier, Vermont.
ed injuries and takes the equivalent of nine painkillers containing oxycodone every day. â€œItâ€™s made a difference,â€? he said. â€œI still have bad days, but itâ€™s under control.â€? Such stories should hearten longtime advocates of wider painkiller use, such as Russell Portenoy, head of New Yorkâ€™s Beth Israel pain management department. But they have not. â€œIâ€™m concerned and many people are concerned, that the pendulum is swinging too far back,â€? he said. Consider: â€˘ More people are abusing prescription painkillers because the medications are more available. The vast majority of people with prescriptions use the
drugs safely. But the number of emergency room visits from painkiller abuse has increased more than 160 percent since 1995, according to the government. â€˘ Spooked by high-profile arrests and prosecutions by state and federal authorities, many pain-management specialists now say they offer guidance and support to patients but will not write prescriptions, even for the sickest people. The increase in painkiller retail sales continues to rise, but only barely. There was a 150 percent increase in volume in 2001. Four years later, the yearto-year increase was barely 2 percent. â€˘ People who desperately need
strong painkillers are forced to go long distances â€” often to a different state â€” to find doctors willing to prescribe high doses of medicine. Siobhan Reynolds, widow of a New Mexico patient who needed large amounts of painkillers for a connective tissue disorder, said she routinely drove her late husband to see an accommodating doctor in Oklahoma. Perhaps no place illustrates the trends and consequences for the world of pain better than Myrtle Beach, S.C., a sprawling community of strip malls, hotels and bars perched along a 60-mile strip of sand on the Atlantic Ocean. The metro area is home to 350,000 people but sees more than 14 million tourists annually, drawn to its warm water, golf courses and shopping. During the eight-year period reflected in government figures, oxycodone distribution increased 800 percent in the area of Myrtle Beach, partly due to a campaign by Purdue Pharmaceuticals of Stamford, Conn. The privately held company has pleaded guilty to lying to patients, physicians and federal regulators about the addictive nature of the drug. Use of other drugs soared in the area, too: Hydrocodone use increased 217 percent; morphine distribution went up 180 percent; even meperidine, most commonly sold as Demerol, jumped 20 percent.
A toy John Deere tractor, valued at $150, was taken from a Robinwood Lane home. 11:42 A.M.
John C. Streetman, 40, of Bowling Green, was arrested for domestic violence and taken to the Wood County Justice Center. 12 P.M.
Kellie Higgins, 21, of Springfield, Ohio, was charged with assault for hitting another woman at One-49 the previous night. 4:37 P.M.
A car parked on Fairview Avenue was keyed overnight. 6:25 P.M.
A car parked on Campbell Hill Road had both side mirrors knocked off and its roof dented. Damage is estimated at $750. 7:14 TO 9:51 P.M.
Three residents from Varsity Square Apartments report specks of paint on their cars. The paint came accidentally from a contractor painting the Mid-Wood silos near by.
MONDAY 3:20 A.M.
An unknown object was thrown through the rear passenger window of car parked on South Main Street. Damage is estimated at $100 and nothing was taken from the vehicle. 3:28 A.M.
Police notice another car parked on South Main Street with its rear passenger window broken out and dome light on. Police notified the owner. Nothing was taken and damage is estimated at $100.
Officials discuss border safety with U.S. neighbors By Deb Riechmann The Associated Press
at crossings after the Sept. 11 attacks. Bush, Mexican President MONTEBELLO, Canada â€” Felipe Calderon and Canadian President Bush and the leaders Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Mexico and Canada worked want their homeland security Monday to craft a plan to secure experts to figure out the best their borders in the event of a way to protect citizens in an terrorist strike or other emer- emergency, perhaps an outgency without creating traffic break of avian flu, without tie-ups that slowed commerce snarling business among the
trading partners. More broadly, the goal of the North American summit was to seek middle ground on shared concerns about the border and a host of other issues ranging from energy to trade, food safety to immigration. The three-way meeting at a highly secured red cedar chateau along the banks of the Ottawa River focused on
administrative and regulatory issues, not sweeping legislative proposals for North America. Few, if any, formal announcements were expected. The meeting served to address thorny problems between the U.S. and its neighbors to the North and South and bolster a compact â€” dubbed the Security and Prosperity
Partnership of North America â€” that serves as a way for the nations to team up on health, security and commerce. Several hundred demonstrators protested on issues such as the war in Iraq, human rights and integration of North America. One carried a banner that said: â€œSay No To Americanada.â€?
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