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MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2006
End in sight for MetroLink construction By Troy Rumans Staff Reporter For many students at Washington University, construction of the MetroLink station near the Millbrook apartments and housing on University Drive has become a common part of the University landscape—making the thought of actually using Forest Park Parkway seem a bit absurd after its prolonged closure. That’s all soon to change, though. Ten months overdue and $172,000 more costly than originally planned, the opening of the MetroLink station has been confirmed for between Sept. and Oct. 2006. “At this point, there is nothing that’s going to interfere with opening at this time,” said Cathie Farroll, MetroLink’s Project Communications Manager. The reason for such delays stems from a number of complicating factors that have come up throughout the construction process. “At the end of preliminary engineering, when we were
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A now empty length of MetroLink track in the final stages of construction. After 10 months of delay, Washington University’s campus will become a stop on the MetroLink between Sept. and Oct. 2006. 30 percent [finished with the] design, we believed we would be able to complete the project at $500 million,” said Farroll. “Unfortunately,
Career Center sees surge in student interest By Josh Hantz Associate Reporter The Washington University Career Center’s 2006 Internship Book is bigger than ever, with more than 550 listed employers in the United States and abroad. Yet this book, which is sent out to roughly 4,000 freshmen, sophomores and juniors for free, doesn’t come cheap. “There are the costs of production, mailing, staff time of converting it to a book and trying to ﬁ nd new internships,” said Director of Career Planning and Placement Mark Smith. The book, the third one of its kind, is based on the Career Center’s Web site, where more opportunities are posted and more speciﬁc methods of searching for them are provided, including searches by job function, city and keyword. Only one book will be published per year from now on, rather than two. “The books are used more for marketing than anything else,” said Smith. “They’re already out of date once they have been published. We would rather [students] go online for better searches, since it is more up-to-date.” Although the Career Center’s Web site is more up-todate, students might also ﬁ nd an actual book useful, said Smith. “There’s a chance that students toss them,” Smith said. “But it’s the same thing as the course-listing catalog. All the courses are online but students still use it. The internship book is more like that.” Sending the books over winter break also gives students more time to ﬁ nd a job before they return to campus, said Smith. “Fliers are possible, but we get a lot more trafﬁc going with the books,” Smith said. “I have heard stories over winter break about students using the book and already ﬁ nding a job. It’s a wise use of money.” Freshman Matt Nordman has found the book useful. “It’s a great resource,” said Nordman. “It connects students to job opportunities and makes it a lot easier. It’s money
well spent. It’s easier to bring home, and you can look over it with other people.” In addition to ﬁ nding opportunities through the Career Center’s internship books, students are also visiting the Career Center itself in increasing numbers. Two years ago, 1,499 students made advising appointments, while last year’s count reached 1,802. This year, students have made 1,776 appointments through December alone. “We’ve been very aggressive getting to students, and we’re having results,” said Smith. In addition to seeing more advising appointments scheduled, the Center has also planned seven networking road show trips, an increase from three trips last year and one trip two years ago. Yet these trips haven’t necessarily come about due to increased demand. “We’ve got to put them out and sell them to students,” said Smith. “They are more for education, and it’s a nice way to sell the University to employers. We also combine mock interviews. We try to be efﬁcient.” These trips send 10-15 students to a certain part of the country to look at future job opportunities. Although the trips have been successful, Smith said not everything is perfect. “We’re going to try a lot of new things,” he said. “Some will work and some won’t.” The main goal of the Career Center is to get students to start early and get ahead, said Smith. “The hardest part is getting students to work on their job search,” said Smith. “It’s very different from applying to school, and it can be more frustrating.” Partly due to the heightened interest in the Career Center, it will become a major part of the new University Center with more conference rooms and better accessibility. “We want to make it easy for students to come by and ﬁ nd us,” said Smith. For more information, students can visit the Career Center in Umrath Hall or careers. wustl.edu.
we have had a vast array of delays, some due to utility relocations, many due to incomplete designs or design flaws that have delayed con-
struction…and there’s been some additional things that communities have required us to do that are not in the original budget.”
Additional challenges involved in the project also sometimes stymied the production schedule. “When you go from 30 percent design to almost done, there’s a lot of things that come up. We’ve got a mile of this underground and when you stick a shovel underground, there’s a lot of unknown things that can come up,” said Farroll. “The Forest Park area is the oldest utility area [in the city]. We’ve had to complete close to a thousand utility relocations on the project in the course of the eight miles.” An incremental fare increase is planned this coming July in anticipation of the new opening. What is likely to change when the University is better connected with the rest of St. Louis? For one, the omnipresent signs of construction near the Millbrook apartments will disappear. “They were doing jackhammering at night for a good week...Otherwise, it hasn’t been too bad,” said senior Julia Desmond, who has lived in Millbrook for two
and a half years. “They’ve been having a lot of bright lights shining into windows,” she added, “but not mine personally.” Connectivity with the entire city could also change the University in important ways. “I think it’s the most amazing thing that they put Metro up here. Right now, if people want to go downtown or west, they drive. But now, it will connect the downtown area to Wash. U. and really change the atmosphere,” said Desmond. “It will make it so much easier to do things…It could even change the culture of the University.” Yet residents of areas surrounding the new station are becoming concerned about the possibility of increased crime. Washington University Chief of Police Donald Strom, however, has assured students that the utmost precautions will be taken to ensure safety. “Metro is just like any form of transportation,” said Strom. “For people to use it,
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CAR CRASHES INTO POLE AT BIG BEND AND WYDOWN
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Residents of the South 40 may have noticed the sirens and flashing lights just next door at the intersection of Big Bend Blvd. and Wydown Blvd. on Thursday night when the driver of a Chevy Blazer ran into an electric pole. According to Sergeant Ron Middleton of the Clayton police department, the accident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. when the driver, a 21-year-old male who was “probably exceeding the speed limit,” lost control of his vehicle while traveling northbound on Big Bend. The electric pole has since been replaced, and the driver, who was “slightly injured,” was taken to the hospital, said Middleton.
Wash. U. soldiers’ stories, Part II:
Trucking across the desert Over the past few months, Student Life has corresponded with several Washington University graduates who have served or are serving in the military in Iraq. Some of these soldiers wrote ﬁrst-hand accounts of their experiences in the Iraq War, as well as the transition from college to the military. These articles will run as a multi-part series over the course of the spring semester. Past articles can be found on our Web site at www.studlife.com. Today’s story, the second installment of the series, comes from Capt. Jenny Pittam, 70th Transportation Company, 28th Transportation Battalion. Pittam graduated from the Art School in 2002 with a concentration in graphic design and illustration. She was an ROTC scholar who agreed to join the Army in order to pay for college. “The Army is fantastic for beneﬁts….They pay for everything,” she said. Pittam was deployed to Iraq in March 2003 as a 2nd lieutenant in charge of a transportation platoon, serving there until Oct. 2003. She is now stationed in Germany. She plans to leave the Army in June, and hopes to pursue a career in graphic design. -David Brody
By Jenny Pittam Special to Student Life As we sat there eating lunch at rows of tables in an overly large tent, we tried to keep our sweat to a minimum in the March mid-day heat. All of a sudden, someone cut to the front of the line of people waiting to get in the tent and shouted, “Gas! Gas! Gas! Scud alert!” and ran back out. Everyone lazily turned around and looked at each other, silently
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Jenny Pittam poses in front of her truck alongside an Iraqi highway. Pittam’s driver, SPC Southern, sits in the cab.
agreed that it must be a joke, and continued eating. Not twenty seconds later, someone else ran in and yelled, “Scud alert! Everyone get outside!” At that point, we hesitated for only a moment more before grabbing our weapons, our gas masks and our green bags with all of the chemical gear that we carried with us everywhere. By the time we got outside, we heard the scud alarms blaring from the main camp about a mile in front of us. The sea of people began to disappear into the closest holes in the sand they could ﬁ nd. I ran with a few dozen other people to a 20-foot container buried underground about 50 feet away. As more and more people crammed in, those of us pressed up against the back of the container propped up our weapons and started to do what we’d practiced countless times— putting on our NBC (nuclear, biological & chemical) suits. I pulled on my gas mask ﬁ rst, followed by my pants, shirt, gloves and boots and as I looked up and saw 35 people doing the same, I thought, “Well damn, I didn’t come all the way to Kuwait to die cooped up in a 20 foot container buried in the sand.” And so began the war in Iraq for thousands of American soldiers. Not even
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CAMPUS A sip of George Washington According to calculations by Bob Criss, an Earth and Planetary Sciences professor at Washington University, everyone on the planet during the year 2005 is expected to drink about three of every billion of the planetâ€™s water molecules. This number is enough to ensure that a person who
drinks water from city water supplies will consume at least 100 billion billion water molecules that have been in someone elseâ€™s body. In fact, every human being has molecules that were in every other living creature weighing at least one milligram that lived up to the year 1005.
Cell phones do not add to cancer risk 1,716 healthy volunteers how long they had been cell phone users, what model of cell phone they had used and how often they made calls on their cell phones. No link was found between long-term cell phone use and glioma brain tumors.
Protein found that triggers death in cells overloaded with fat Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have identified the protein, called EF1A-1, which causes death in mammalian cells saturated with excess amounts of palmitate, a saturated fat abundant in Western diets. When
the production of EF1A-1 was halted for the study, cells were able to thrive in large amounts of palmitate. Cells still producing EF1A1, however, rapidly died at the same concentration of fat.
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