S eptember 22, 2010
Buley offers one-on-one sessions, database tutorials Sean Meenaghan
Shyam said she thinks the session can be really helpful for the student or faculty worker. Even as the Buley Library “Students can write better serves as a great source of ref- papers,” Shyam added. “Not erence material for research every student understands how papers, many SCSU students are to use an academic database. We unaware of the online databases can show them specific examples Buley offers for free. to help them focus on their To facilitate the students and research.” faculty, the library offers a one-onShyam said during the one one session to those looking for on one session, students can meet help with their papers. with her as little or for as long as Lisa Bier, social science refer- they would like. ence librarian, said many juniors “Once a student signs up, I and seniors come back and say can help them as long for as they they wish they had known about want,” Shyam said. “As long as it the program earlier. takes to find the correct sources Bier said the library offers for their paper.” about 150 databases that include Susan Clerc, electronic eBooks and journals. resources coordinator and refer“Students have a hard time at ence librarian, said there are a figuring out where to start,” Bier lot of advantages to using online said. “We try to guide them to resources. specific sources.” “There are not the frustraWinnie Shyam, head of reference, said the number of students who are taking advantage of the program is increasing. We try to guide “From 2008-2009 we had them to specific 250 students,” Shyam said. “From 2009-2010 we had over 300.” sources - Lisa Bier Shyam said she feels that students prefer a one-on-one session to a class environment. “Many students want instruction for a specific paper when tions of seeing if a specific book it is due,” Shyam said. “Some is checked in or out,” Clerc said. people do not feel comfortable “You can access the database asking questions in a class session whenever you want on your own but prefer to ask it in a private computer, and you don’t have session.” to worry about getting to the General Assignment Reporter
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Senior English major Michelle Opalenik (left) receives guidance from Distance Education/ Science Librarian Rebecca Hedreen (right) last week.
library.” Clerc indicated she would like to outreach to non-traditional students. “People who have been in the work force may not be familiar with using an online database,” Clerc added. “Some students also work full time so they are hard to reach.”
Clerc said the number of databases could become overwhelming. “The interfaces on the different databases differ. Since there are so many to chose from it can become confusing.” Clerc said she has seen many graduate students taking advantage of the program.
“Students who need to start a thesis come in to use the databases,” Clerc said. “Students who are also in a upper level class or in a W class where they need to write a 12page paper come into see how to use the resources.” Bier said that students can submit a request for an
appointment and enter the subject the research is for. Then, depending on the subject, the correct reference librarian will be contacted. “Every librarian specializes in a certain subject,” she said. “It is helpful that Sue (Clerc) has a degree in law, because they are very difficult to come by.”
Veterans react to new Post Traumatic Stress Disorder law Stephanie Paulino
When he first sought enrollment to Southern, Iraq war veteran Don Spencer said he was denied admission because of issues with his high school transcript. After contacting the president’s office about the issue, Spencer said he was referred to Jack Mordente, director of Southern’s Office of Veterans Affairs, who straightened it out. “[United States Department of Veterans Affairs] paperwork is confusing, it’s impossible if you don’t have someone like Jack to walk you through it,” said Spencer, a junior sociology major, who served in Iraq from 2005 to 2006. The Veterans Affairs office provides counseling, academic advisement, federal education benefits, known as the GI Bill and CT War Veterans Tuition Waiver Certifications and serves as a liaison with state and federal agencies for Southern’s 400 veterans. Until last year, when Central Connecticut State University opened an Office of Veterans Affairs, Southern was the only university in Connecticut with a full time staff member and office
for veterans. The office currently serves veterans of the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, military dependents who benefit from the GI Bill, National Guard and Army Reservists and disabled veterans suffering from serviceconnected injuries. Mordente, who is starting his 36th year as director this semester, said with a new GI Bill, introduced last summer, he has seen an influx of veterans. The new bill pays for tuition and fees, funds for books and monthly allowances. The older law provided tuition but limited monthly allowances. Mordente, a Vietnam-era veteran, said for veterans to qualify for disability-related compensations, the Department of Veterans Affairs requires a review of medical records from active duty, for example, back injuries, concussions from explosives, or gun shot wounds. In addition to physical injury, veterans often suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as P.T.S.D., which causes symptoms such as emotional numbness, anxiety, irritability and flashbacks. P.T.S.D. is more likely to manifest itself after service men
might have caused the illness, as long as the diagnosis comes from a physician or psychologist working for the Department of Veterans Affairs. “It’s very positive,” said
Mental health is like any other injury, there’s the thought that if it ends up in their records, this can harm their careers. - Jack Mordente Photo Courtesy burnpit.legion.org
Brain structures involved in dealing with fear and stress.
and women are discharged, said Mordente. Recently, there has been a rise in mental health clinics on bigger bases, allowing for more diagnoses of P.T.S.D., however, people are still hesitant to seek help, she said. “As much as we’re more aware about the fact that mental health is like any other injury,
there’s the thought that if it ends up in their records, this can harm their careers,” said Mordente. According to a New York Times article, a new regulation went into effect in July making it easier for veterans to receive disability benefits for P.T.S.D. Veterans will no longer have to document specific events like firefights or bomb blasts that
Mordente. “After Vietnam, vets had to jump through hoops for benefits.” Last March, a Southern student who suffered from P.T.S.D. committed suicide, said Mordente. Matthew Wargo, a marine, served two tours in Iraq and enrolled at Southern three weeks after coming home in January.
Mordente said Wargo, 27, had visited a Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Haven and was taking prescription medicine to treat depression, but didn’t like the way it made him feel. Wargo then started to “selfmedicate” with alcohol, which Mordente said is common among veterans. Mordente said he keeps in touch with Wargo’s wife, who may be entitled to education benefits because Wargo’s death was considered service-related. Spencer, an army soldier, said he didn’t witness anyone with the condition while serving in the U.S. Army because veterans realize the impacts of war when they get back home. “Your mind just freaks out,” said Spencer, 25. Mordente said there was a suicide a day among veterans in the month of June. Although Mordente did not say how many of Southern’s veterans suffer from P.T.S.D., he said the effect is significant, especially for service men and women who engage in multiple tours of duty. “You can’t be exposed to the horrors of war and not let it effect you in some way,” said Mordente.
Rush: recruiting process has begun for Greek Life Continued from Page 1
and president of Delta Phi Epsilon said each organization plans their own events to fit their needs. “We plan events that get our information out there to the students so they can learn about our organization as we learn about them,” said Cirivello. The rush process is similar for the fraternities. Cody Marino, a junior and Beta Mu Sigma rush master said it’s a no commitment period. “Student’s can check out any event they can make it to. It’s an informational period of time,” said Marino. “Some students really have no idea what Greek life is about; it’s nice when they come in and are interested.” Anyone is eligible to rush, however there is a 2.25 GPA requirement and if someone made it to the new member
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period of one fraternity they can’t try and rush another one if they don’t get into their original choice said Marino. “It’s a mutual want when someone makes it to new member period but if someone doesn’t make it to new member period there are never any hard feelings,” said Marino. Tau Kappa Epsilon prides itself on being an international fraternity. Pat Hunt, a senior and president of TKE said they try to incorporate their history at the rush events. “They’re joining something greater than themselves,” said Hunt. TKE requires a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average and someone with dedication and leadership like qualities. “We don’t look for numbers, we look for quality. People who
hold academics in high regard; leaders on campus,” said Rick DeMatties a junior and rush coordinator for TKE. After the five week rush period for all the greek organizations, the groups decide who fits best in their organization and who will benefit from being a member. If a rushee gets a bid to be part of the new member process that’s when they learn about the specific organization. Zarnowski said it’s almost like a job interview. “There’s an interview process and then they are extended a bid. Five to 20 girls can be part of the new member process depending on the group,” said Zarnowski. “They learn the secrecy and tradition of the organization; they are educated on Greek life and learn the history.”
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