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USE E N HO P L CEL IVING D HEL ILE DR D N HA WH This graphic illustration represents the consequences of texting while driving -- a $50 fine for this soon-to-be primary offense in Pa. AMANDA JAMIESON / THE HIGHLANDER

Lee links generations

Restaurateur Eric Lee develops program for the elderly and young people alike. By April Dulsky Reporter Alone and isolated. That’s how Eric Lee found one of the regular customers at his Dallas restaurant, Peking Chef. Day after day, the elderly man would sit in his usual corner booth and order the same entrée off the menu. Lee sat down across from the man one day and asked him why he appeared so upset. The lonely man’s answer caused Lee to take notice of the many different generations of people coming in and out of his Chinese restaurant each day. It led him to create Generation to Generation [G2G], an organization that would foster friendship, understanding and connection. The little town of Dallas, Pennsylvania is home to a rich cluster of people who vary in age. During the courses of their lives, many often find

themselves losing loved ones or simply losing someone to with whom to share their stories. Lee believed that the local community overlooked the importance of interacting with others who were not necessarily in their own age group. “Most of our lives we sociologically stay within our own age cohorts, and so older people never get a chance to positively interact with younger people and vice versa,” said Thomas O’Neill, MU professor and chairman of G2G. Perhaps the irony is that one lone man had the idea to bring people together. Lee moved to the United States from Borneo, which is located in East Malaysia. “Where I lived was a British colony so I used to sing ‘God Save the Queen.’ I might be

one of the few people to have the privilege to sing four national anthems,” said Lee. He attended the University of Georgia where he received his Master’s degree in journalism. Instead of returning home, he decided to start a family and business in Pennsylvania. “I had no choice. In order to stay in this country I needed a green card and in order to have a green card, the easiest way was to open a restaurant at the time. And I saw a lot of the potential for a Chinese restaurant,” said Lee. G2G got its start in 2007 with 50 founding community members who recognized the potential in establishing a program to serve the intergenerational needs of the local population. The nonprofit organization has one

It’s 6:45 on a Monday morning and you forgot to set your alarm the night before. You awake feeling well rested, yet a rush of anxiety fills the air as you realize you overslept by an hour. Scrambling to get ready, you grab your keys and dash off to work. Mid-commute you reach for your cell phone to text your co-worker and call your boss to let them know you are running late. Soon after, you see flashing lights in your rearview mirror. You pull over as the state trooper approaches your car and are handed a $50 fine. After court fees, using your cell phone while driving cost you up to $134. Pennsylvania will soon join 19 other states that have already enacted legislation banning cell phone use while

operating a vehicle. The Pa. House of Representatives passed a measure to outlaw texting or talking on a handheld cell phone while driving a motor vehicle as a primary offense on Tuesday, Jan. 27 with a vote of 187 to six. Law enforcement officers have the right to pull over drivers if they’re seen using a cell phone while driving. The bill has been sent to the senate for consideration after the general assembly reconvenes on Feb. 2. Kingston Township Police officer Michael Prokopchak believes the law is crucial to protect the safety of all motorists. “Is any of this behavior responsible? Motorists must realize they are sharing the road with multiple people. We all have to become more responsible drivers.” House Bill 2070 defines an interactive wireless communication device as “a wireless telephone, personal digital assistant, smart phone, portable or mobile computer, or similar device which can be used for voice communication, texting, e-mailing, browsing the Internet, or instant messaging. The term does not include a device being used exclusively

as a global positioning or navigation system or a system or a device that is physically or electronically integrated into the vehicle.” The bill restricts all drivers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from using an interactive wireless communication device for any purpose other than: • Voice communication through the use of an interactive wireless communication device while in hands-free mode, • Reading, selecting or entering a telephone number or name into an interactive wireless communication device for the purpose of voice communication or utilizing a global positioning or navigation system, • Using an interactive wireless communication system to contact 9-1-1 system or wireless E-911 in accordance with the Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act of 1990, • Using an interactive wireless communication device when the vehicle is stopped due to a traffic obstruction and the vehicle is in neutral or park, or • Operators of emergency vehicles who use an interactive wireless communications (cont. on pg. 4)

Protesters’ prints louder than words ‘La Tinta Grita – The Ink Shouts’ features revolutionary Mexican artwork. By Sarah Hite Editor-in-Chief MU religious studies professor Stevan Davies, Ph. D. was nervous upon entering the Mexican state of Oaxaca for a fellowship program in 2007 – and for good reason. Just one year earlier, Oaxaca was the epicenter of tumultuous unrest against Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, and many still thought the area was primed for violence. Even Kevin McClosky, professor of graphic design at Kutztown University who also attended the fellowship, noticed warnings posted throughout the city addressed to “Dear Tourist” in Spanish and English that asked visitors to leave “for [their] own safety.” Tourists weren’t the only ones who were worried. Mexico’s fifth largest state (and one of the three poorest, according to McClosky) was

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in political turmoil. Many died during peaceful protests turned violent, including American documentary filmmaker Brad Will, who died while filming his shooters. Protesters took to woodblock prints and graffiti to express their dismay for the government in Oaxaca during this difficult time. The group of young artists, called The Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca [ASARO], sold paintings for no more than $10, or 100 pesos, at the public square in Oaxaca City.

The art was usually laid out on the ground and protected with brooms and sticks. Many prints are featured in the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery’s exhibit, “La Tinta Grita – The Ink Shouts: ASARO – Revolutionary Mexican Prints.” McClosky spoke about the art and violence in Oaxaca during a presentation about the exhibit Tuesday, January 26 in the Lemmond Theater. The woodblock prints are created with what locals call “three-ply,” which is the cheapest wood carvers could

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Students: Jamaica trip ‘complete eye-opener’ Service trip to Jamaica expands students’ world views.

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Above, junior Pat Blazkiewicz runs with the students of St. Joseph’s Early Education Center during their reccess period. Right, a young Jamaican girl sits in the pew of St. Joseph’s Church during Rev. Patrick Mwangi’s sermon.

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Above, participants of the Spring Break trip gather in front of the airport before returning stateside. “Jamaica was an eye opening experience that showed me the simplicity of life. The way people live is humbling and makes you realize what is really important,” said junior Kirsten Whitaker. The students also visited St. John Boscoe’s School for Boys, which is run by the Sisters of Mercy and houses 145 orphans. The sisters at St. John Boscoe’s provide a home and positive environment so struggling boys can learn trades such as farming and culinary arts.

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Junior Sam Scalpone said the experience was life affirming. “I would have to say that the amount of hospitality the Jamaican people showed to us was unbelievable and the presence of God that was beaming from each person and how much faith they had was breath taking. No matter how bad the situation they were placed, their faith in God, in prayer, and in people was stronger than I have ever seen, or experienced before.”


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By Breanne Finagan Contributor Ten MU students who visited Jamaica Jan. 4-10 for a week of service as part of a Theology and the Church course are reflecting on their many “firsts,” from visiting various orphanages to cutting sugar cane with machetes. Students stayed at Rev. Patrick Mwangi’s home at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cross Keys. “My favorite part of the trip was when we visited the Mustard Seed Community for children. This was a great experience for an elementary and special education major,” said junior Brittany Adair. Mustard Seed Communities house children with HIV as well as children who are mentally and physically handicapped. The Community was one of the more difficult places to visit, but some students say it was the most rewarding. “I think every single person was deeply touched after going there and interacting with all of the kids,” said junior Jen Lozier. The students also visited a nursing home for homeless men and women at Missionary of Charity, which is run by Mother Teresa’s order of sisters. Students offered company and provided services like cutting women’s hair and shaving men’s beards. “Jamaica was an unforgettable experience. It was a complete eye-opener to be able to see the issues they face firsthand and try to do something about it. It was amazing to see how such small tasks, such as shaving the elderly people’s faces or putting lotion on their skin, put a smile on their faces,” said senior Kristi McCluskey. “I feel as if most of them do not take much, if anything, for granted. Even when they have very few material goods to call their own, they did not ask for much more than a simple prayer for God to keep them healthy,” she said. Many of the members of St. Joseph’s parish helped students paint the church and Mwangi’s house.


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Upcoming Events Parking Appeals will be held on February 18th at the Student Union Conference room - 5 pm First Open Meeting of the Spring Semester will be held on February 28th. Please support on-going campus events for the Haiti Relief Effort.

Valentine’s Day Events Sponsored by the Counseling Center February 8th - February 12th Student Poety and Art Exhibit on display in Banks Student Life Center All Week Healthy Relationships vs. Unhealthy Relationships: How to know the difference Counseling Center - Lower Level McGowan Hall, February 8th at 12:30 p.m. Junior Amanda Jamieson snapped a photo of this pretentious pooch at Friedman’s Farms located in Dallas, PA.

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Valentine’s Day Card Arts & Craft Event Create a homemade card for your sweetie or donate a card to the Meadows Nursing Home Counseling Center Lower Level McGowan Hall February 10th from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

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OT prof named educational committee chairperson Dr. Ellen McLaughlin will serve as chairperson on the Educational Standards Review Committee. By Highlander Staff Reports Ellen McLaughlin, Ed.D., O.T.R./L., associate professor of occupational therapy and doctorate of occupational therapy program director at MU, has been appointed as the chairperson for the Educational Standards Review Committee by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). McLaughlin is currently a member of ACOTE and past program chair of the occupational therapy department at MU, where she also served as interim dean of the College of Health Sciences. The Dallas resident earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in occupational therapy from MU and her doctorate in learning, cognition and development from Rutgers University. McLaughlin also earned a certificate in interdisciplinary infant

studies and is board certified in pediatrics by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). ACOTE appoints members to serve on the Educational Standards Review Committee, which conducts a complete evaluation and revision of the accreditation standards for doctoral and master’s degree programs in occupational therapy, and for an educational program for occupational therapy assistant. MU features a five-year, entry level master’s program in occupational therapy for students who are embarking on their college careers and a doctorate in occupational therapy that is focused on academic growth in clinical practice areas and promotes intellectual discourse through program content and format. MU also offers a weekend program for people who are

already certified occupational therapy assistants or who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than occupational therapy. For practicing occupational therapists, MU has a post-professional pediatric certificate and a postprofessional doctoral degree program. An OTD, according to the American Occupational Therapy Association, provides occupational therapists the advanced clinical training to support rapidly growing community needs, and creates practitioners with sophisticated clinical skills who can meet the need for leaders who are familiar with public policy, changing environments and practice innovation through advanced theory, research and occupational science.

By Eleni Konstas Web Editor Turn the dial -- there’s a new station airing on campus cable television. Munson Center Network, (MCN) is the newest network to campus TV on channel 87, broadcasting from the studio lower level Munson Center. CougarCast is kicking off its fourth season on MCN 87, run by the communications department and airing the award-winning news magazine show and other studentproduced projects. CougarCast is full of surprises this season, said producer Ann Gownley, with a new feel and a new cast. Part of the change in roster are freshmen Dominick Dellos and Robert Lopez, producers of the segment “You Said It!” ”I feel like [producing is] a step in the right direction to do what I ultimately want to do for CougarCast -- to direct and host,” said Lopez. MCN 87 will air new episodes of CougarCast soon after its production. “I’m excited to see what my other classmates will contribute to the channel and it will be nice to show the rest of the campus what our department is really made of,” said Dellos. “They should watch because it will be quality product.” To find out when the channel goes live, look for the notices on channel 10, in The Highlander and around campus, said assistant

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Multicultural Education staff hosts week-long celebration. By Briana Logan Contributor

communications professor Dan Kimbrough. Kimbrough hopes to start airing commercials on the channel from organizations on and off campus. He also wants to increase student involvement from students outside the communications major by opening on-air positions for other majors. The goal of MCN 87 is to provide students with professional grade portfolio pieces by raising the bar of video productions within the communications department. “My hope is for anyone flipping through the channels wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between professional networks and the quality being produced on MCN,” said Kimbrough. All are welcome to attend CougarCast meetings held Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the lower Munson Television Studio. Auditions for the position of co-host will be held on Tuesday February 16 from 5-8 p.m.

Active Minds Utilizes students’ voices to raise awareness about mental health issues.

MU will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Feb. 15-20 in a celebration called “Dream Week.” For the inaugural annual event, the MU Multicultural Education staff invites the public to participate in different activities that recognize Dr. King and others who have given their lives for what they believe in. The programs are open free to the public and will be held in the Dudrick and Muth rooms 216-217 of Insalaco Hall, unless otherwise noted. The events are being held under the direction of multicultural student outreach coordinator Erica Acosta and Dan Kimbrough, assistant professor of communications. The workshop “Building Your Neighborhood” on Monday, Feb. 15 is an interactive exercise that will focus on the nuances of racism and classism. Participants will reflect on the work of Dr. King on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised in our nation, and will discuss how members of the MU community — united by Religious Sisters of Mercy charisms of mercy, service, justice and hospitality — can continue Dr. King’s dream. The workshop begins at 7 p.m. Also on Feb. 15, there will be a student art exhibit showing students’ representations of Dr. King’s dream. The art will be on display in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library. The campus community will come together on Tuesday Feb. 16 to discuss Mahatma Gandhi’s methods of spreading awareness without violence. This program is scheduled for 6-9 p.m.

The Life of Che Guevara and his attempts at creating a unified South America will be the center of discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Acosta will lead an exercise that brings to light people’s differences and commonalities, and why they should be celebrated. The event is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. On Thursday, Feb. 18, the Multicultural Club will discuss the Mirabal Sisters and their fight for equal rights for women in the Dominican Republic under the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. The film, “In the Time of Butterflies,” which focuses on the sisters and their fight for justice, will be shown. Thursday’s event will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. The Multicultural Club and Sister Bernadette Duross, RSM, special assistant to the president for mercy integration, will join forces for a presentation on the works of Jesus on Friday, Feb. 19. The focus of the presentation will be on the passion Jesus had for helping the poor and will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. “Dream Week” concludes on Saturday, Feb. 20 with Acosta and Kimbrough hosting a bus trip to Harlem, N.Y., to take a closer look at its history and culture. While in Harlem, they will tour famous historic places, including the Cotton Club for a gospel lunch and the Schomburg Center for Black Culture and Research. The trip costs $25 for students, and $35 for faculty, and $50 for the general public. Tickets will be offered at a first-come, first-served basis to students and faculty. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the public beginning Feb. 15.

Visit for more information. All MU students are welcome to join this peer-run group. Contact: Courtney Burgess-Michak at or call ext. 6318.

Look for these exciting events coming up this semester… Monday, Febuary 15, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm Catherine Evans McGowan Third Floor of the Bevevino Libarary Exposition: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

National Nutrition Month

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 7:00pm - 9:00pm Insalaco Hall - Rooms 216 - 217 The Life of Che Guevara

Thursday, February 18, 2010 6:30pm - 9:00pm Insalaco Hall - Rooms 216 - 217 Las Hermanas Mirabal (Mirabal Sisters)

March Madness Friday, February 19, 2010

7:00pm - 8:45pm Insalaco Hall - Rooms 216 - 217 Building Your Neighborhood 8:45pm - 9:00pm Insalaco Hall - Rooms 216 - 217 Hunger Strike Begins

February 16, 2010 Ultimate Chef Tuesday, Competition 6:00pm - 9:00pm Insalaco Hall - Rooms 216 - 217 Spreading Awareness without Violence





COM Dept. set to launch MU honors heroes new television network during ‘Dream Week’ Student-produced works will be featured on channel 87.

6:30pm - 9:00pm Insalaco Hall - Rooms 216 - 217 Jesus and the Poor

Saturday, February 20, 2010 Departure and Return Times to be Announced Anderson Center Parking Area Exploring Harlem’s History and Culture

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If there is one thing in life every trendsetter should know it’s this: fashion blogs are the place to go for that sequin sparkle of inspiration. Fashion blogs are better than getting messages in my AOL inbox. “You’ve got fashion” is so much more musical than “You’ve got mail,” especially if the predictable voice is replaced by Lady Gaga. Now that is not a bad romance. Designer dilemmas are definitely disastrous – but blogs blow me away with solid savvy solutions. When I had to choose between wearing my vanilla Coach ballet flats or my Michael Kors white patent leather loafers, I checked out and saw the Kors logo screaming across the shoes of a woman in Tokyo. It was MK for MD. Fashion blogging is hotter then P. Diddy’s Twitter account that currently says some lame quote he probably got from Oh P. Diddy, if your Twitter were instant messenger, I would completely block you right now. Even he can’t accomplish up-to-the-minute blogs like other on-line extraordinaires can do. Seriously, I have more than 20 blogs bookmarked on my metallic pink laptop that I frequent more often than my Facebook – and that’s a lot. Every fashionista has her inner geekdom and mine involves things called Fashion Toast, My Precious Confessions, Easy Fashion, Street Peeper and Style Clicker. It’s love. Every time I go on, I think of one thing and one thing only – that Orbit Gum commercial where the women says, “What the French, toast?!” is as hot as the latest Alexander Wang khaki pocketed Donna hobo handbag. Just ask the fashion blogger Rumi Neely. Neely knows her stuff, especially how to pick out the faux fashions from true edgy couture. Neely’s pictures turn glam girl looks of teens who think they’re amazing because they’re on the Disney Channel (Yes, I’m talking about Miley Cyrus) into the elegant looks nobody could pull off except Lady Gaga. “Fashion is my life and the culture of fashion is just crazy. It needs to be blogged,” said Neely. is better than any Teen Vogue photo shoot showing coutured-out styled celebs in outfits that one can only wear if you want everyone to think you’re crazy. Like 2008 Britney Spears crazy. The last time I opened an old issue of Teen Vogue, I saw girls with frizzy ‘80s hair, hot bubblegum pink eye shadow spotted all over them like a leopard’s fur – by the way, with pink spots, definitely prettier – and neon green leggings. This isn’t the look I’d be going for while sitting in philosophy class. goes deeper than that. They go to the stylish streets of New

York, Paris and Tokyo to take pictures of some style savvy fashionistas. Yes, actually lets you see some totally glam outfits that fashion setters pull off all over the world – a plus if you want a peek into the couture closets of serious style stunners. Mypreciousconfessions. holds the key to every fashionista’s heart, but especially mine. This blog is full of inspirations and eyelet designs of light pinks and nudes that show how the true fashionista handles the fashion world. Let’s talk Easyfashion. This blog’s fashion is not a bit faux but fierce at the fashion capital of the world – Paris. The blog has posted pics of everyone from Karl Lagerfeld to Kanye West. Fashion bloggers have the world of couture looks down to an html. With them, inspiration flows out of their blogs and into the hands of trendsetters to make what you want of that ballerina cut vintage top you want to embellish. In the words of Yves Saint Laurent, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Fashion bloggers get it. My favorite fashion blog ever is definitely It always shows me how to add a splash to any wardrobe – even in stormy weather. Want to know why? Maybe I’ll tell – next time.

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MU’s Assitant Director of Campus Safety to retire Bob Cragle has plans to write, travel after leaving MU. By Highlander Staff Reports Bob Cragle, assistant director of Campus Safety, will retire in February. Cragle has been an MU employee for almost seven years, and some of his proudest accomplishments embodied his job description. “When I first came here, I told my boss, Paul Murphy, that I was project oriented. I wanted to do safety things, like the catwalk on the top of Mercy Hall, so the guys working up there are safe,” said Cragle. He was also responsible for the new gate at Manglesdorf Field. Now Cragle is looking forward to more leisurely pursuits. “I’ve been waiting to write a book,” he said. “I thought about fiction, but looking back

on my experiences, there’s just not enough. Celebrities can get away with that stuff.” He also has plans to travel upon retirement, including trips to Nova Scotia and Vermont. Cragle’s most memorable experiences are not focused on his occupation, but the people whom he saw every day. “Students are the best. It’s nice to see them come in and as they graduate,” he said. “I’ve truly enjoyed working with the staff in campus safety, especially Ticket Tom.” Though the two are friends, they have butted heads throughout the years. “He’s ticketed me twice. I told him, ‘You know, Tom, this could affect your raise, but OK.’”


From left, Assistant Director of Campus Safety Bob Cragle, SGA President and junior Marisa Evans, SGA Commuter Coordinator and junior Brittney Kelley, SGA Judical Coordinator and junior Ryan Doran gather on Jan. 28 to conduct parking appeals.

Bob Cragle’s final parking appeal is on Feb. 18 in the Conference Room of the new Student Union located in Banks Student Life Center.


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main mission. “It’s to provide opportunity for the young and the old to be together,” said Lee. G2G strives to offer people of all cultures, economic statuses, and age groups to have a place where they can help others while helping themselves. “We strongly believe at the end of the day what comes most are the human relationships,” said Eric Lee, creator of G2G. The organization believes that younger people can benefit from learning from the older generations while they help elderly people remain active. G2G also holds seniors only events such as skiing and bike riding where people can regain their energy and spirit through being active and healthy. This organization strives to be model for other communities so they can create similar programs. “This wasn’t an idea that was developed by a bureaucracy. It was an idea that came out of one person’s mind that came to America as a young man,” said O’Neill. The program has grown quickly in only a few years. Many volunteer their time and hundreds have taken part in the different events that G2G has to offer. The program is still thriving even during current tough economic times. The events provide an opportunity for people to make what some might call unlikely friendships. “I like most that it’s voluntary, its spontaneous, its creative, and it’s doing what it’s doing without much recourse,” said O’Neill. “G2G shows how one person can make a difference.” Among the many G2G sponsored events are a Senior Prom at MU that brought college students and elderly community members together for a dance that gave people a reason to dress up for a night on the town. They twirled and danced as the music from the ‘40s and ‘50s resonated among the crowd. Last December a group of fidgety young children

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sang Christmas carols for a church group whose members watched and applauded after every song. MU is one of several institutions involved with the organization. “In turn we are a point of contact if someone wanted information,” said O’Neill. MU is striving to expand upon the G2G program by documenting the stories of local members of the community and archiving them in the library so future generations can see how these individuals improved the community. A few of MU’s own communications students are in the process of producing video oral histories of some of the older people who have made contributions to the community. This reporter conducted interviews at the side of communications seniors John Peruso and Michael Terlesky who shot them. Assistant professor of communications Dan Kimbrough said students had an opportunity to learn by documenting the oral history reports. “I think it will help you with interviews, working with outside clients, and the notion of doing a small part in a larger project because hopefully if done correctly, the oral histories will live beyond the three of you,” said Kimbrough. What drives G2G is the power of the community. College students, young children, parents and grandparents alike are getting involved in the hope of helping others. They are engaging in new and inspiring ways where they are all able to share stories and ideas about life – and they are having fun in the process. Through G2G, the bonds between people are forming, and those involved believe the effort is making the community a better place to live. And this all started with one person wanting to improve the life of another.

device for the purpose of responding to an emergency while engaged in the performance of their official duties. Drivers with a permit or a junior driver’s license (age 16-18) are banned from using wireless communication devices. Drivers who find themselves in violation of this bill can face a $50 fine for using a cell phone while driving. The fine is doubled for use of a cell phone in a school or construction zone. Insurance companies are prohibited from increasing premiums as a result of a conviction of using an interactive wireless communication device. It does not authorize seizure of a device. Prokopchak feels the ban would help save lives. “Through my experience, if more people paid attention to the road and their surroundings, less accidents would occur. We have all driven down the road and saw someone either putting on make-up or talking on a phone,” he said. The bill also included provisions for public education and awareness programs to combat distracted

driving. Officers must also complete accident reports that include whether the driver of the vehicle was using an interactive wireless communication device when the accident occurred. Departments must annually compile and make public all information regarding these accidents. While this bill has not become a statewide law, there is a federal law in effect that affects truck and bus drivers. Congress passed a texting ban on interstate truck drivers and commercial bus or van drivers who carry more than eight passengers. Penalties can reach $2,750. Students from other states have already experienced the change. Junior Marisa Evans, from Binghamton, NY, can’t recall a time when driving while operating a hand-held cell phone was permitted. “Since I started driving, it has always been a law where you can’t use your cell phone or text while driving. I think that the state of Pennsylvania needs similar laws to protect all drivers on the road. So I’m pleased to see that proposed legislation is being voted on,” said Evans.

Northeastern Statesí Cell Phone Regulations Nation-wide, states are cracking down on cell phone usage while driving. Here are some stats for other northern states:

Maryland: Using a cell phone at all is

a secondary offense for drivers under the age of 18. Texting while driving is a primary offense for all drivers.

New Jersey: Any usage of a handheld cell phone is a primary offense for all drivers. School bus and novice drivers are prohibited from using any wireless communication devices (including hands-free devices). New York: Handheld cell phone usage is a primary offense for all drivers. Source: The Governors Highway Safety Association


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buy. Artists used stencils printed on paper and pressed to a woodblock with wheat paste to carve the prints. When carving is finished, the prints were inked with a roller. “I think the prints really give us an idea of what these people feel,” said McClosky. The uprising began in May 2006 when teachers in Oaxaca went on strike. The teachers received support from political groups such as the

umbrella organization Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca [APPO], as well as from a Zapatista rebel and a former Mexican presidential candidate. According to a 2006 article on the BBC News web site, the demonstrators described their actions as “peaceful and civil resistance,” and began to occupy a number of public buildings and barricade areas under their control during this time.

The crisis became much more than a strike on June 14, 2006, when police tried to remove protesters from their occupied areas. The media reported at least four deaths during this time, but local officials deny this claim. The exhibit, along with the colorful landscape paintings of artist Elma Pratt, will be featured in the gallery from Jan. 25 until Feb. 27.


Above, sophomore Megan Carey observes a woodblock print on display at the new exhibit, ‘La Tinta Grita – The Ink Shouts’, in the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery. Left, photographer Hank Tuzinski captured this image while in Oaxaca, Mexico. It shows members of the ASARO group placing a tapete, which is a memorial rug for the dead, before policemen. The photograph is on display as part of the ‘La Tinta Grita’ exhibit. Below and right, these depictions of the emotions of the Mexican people through the use of woodblock prints incorporate historical symbolism.

Below, the ASARO prints are on display until Feb. 25.

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