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IUP observes National Disability Awareness Month By Megan Guza Managing Editor M.S.Guza@iup.edu
This month marks IUP’s inaugural observance of National Disability Awareness Month. The month, as well as the university’s observance, aims to increase the public’s awareness where disabilities are concerned and to highlight the contributions and accomplishments of those with disabilities. Coinciding with Disability Awareness Month, the Office of Social Equity and Civic Engagement sponsored “Expanding the Mainstream” featuring keynote speaker David Carson Wednesday in the HUB Ohio Room. Carson, who flunked out of three different colleges including IUP, learned at age 25 that he
had a learning disability. “Everyone heard, ‘let’s stand up for the spelling bee,’” Carson said, speaking about the troubles he faced even in grade school. “I heard, ‘let’s stand up for public humiliation.’” He also spoke of turning down a chance to play football at Duke University and North Carolina State because he felt he “didn’t belong with intelligent people.” “On the way to N.C. State,” he said, “I met Bill Cowher. We both signed to go to N.C. State. I was going to be Bill’s roommate, teammate, class mate. Come August, one of us got on the plane, one of us didn’t.” Carson said the key is believing that you’re good enough. “I believe that I am smart. I still can’t spell, I read very slowly and I write like a fourth grader. But I believe I am smart.
“If it’s a weakness, please work on it each day,” he said. “We all dwell on the things we can’t do. Appreciate what you can do and work on the rest.” Besides the event Wednesday, a Disability Awareness table was also set up in Stapleton Library. In addition, IUP has appointed a disability advocate and created an award in his honor – the Raymond Aubrey Coppler Award will go out to a volunteer who makes an effort to improve disability awareness, according to Jimmy Myers, director of the Office of Social Equity and Civic Engagement. “Also, IUP has chartered a new chapter of the Delta Alpha Pi Honor society for students with disabilities,” he said. “Charter members will serve as mentors and role models for first-year IUP students who have disabilities.”
Flu shot clinic to offer protection from illness By Shane Craker Staff Writer S.M.Craker@iup.edu
Students wishing to obtain a flu shot are able to do so this week. They will be administered Oct. 19 and Oct. 25. The shots are free to students, a service covered under the wellness fee. Walk-ins are accepted. Students do not need to make an appointment to receive the vaccine. On Oct. 19, students should go to the Wallwork Multipurpose Room any time from noon-4 p.m. On Oct. 25, it will be moved to Stephenson Multipurpose Room from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. According to the Health Service at IUP, this particular vaccine prevents three strains of the flu, including H1N1. There are
approximately 1,200 doses available, although it is expected that only 500-800 students will show, according to the Health Center. Although the flu shot is speculative, in that scientists attempt to guess what strains will hit, they are usually fairly accurate. It is encouraged that students receive the vaccination even if they have been sick with the flu already, as it probably was a different strain. The IUP Health Service said that there is no correlation between injury/illness and the flu vaccine. Although there are rarely serious reactions, the risks are still lower than dying from the flu. The virus is grown in eggs, so
students with an allergy to chicken or eggs should ask a doctor before they have a flu shot administered. If a student does get sick, the Health Service is located in the Suites on Maple East and is open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays. If the student suspects flu, however, they recommend that the student utilizes the free self-check center. Also covered under the fee, students may receive Robitussin, ibuprofen and nasal decongestant free of charge. It takes about five minutes. The Health Service said the best way to counter the flu is “flu etiquette.” This is good hygiene — hand washing and not sharing drinking glasses or bottles.
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in the field. According to the release, the program, which expects to enroll about 20 full- and part-time students a year, will require 30 credits plus a thesis or 36 credits without a thesis. The five core courses will be taught in Spanish. The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education recently awarded special recognition to IUP’s Department of Spanish, calling it “the new face of language teacher education.”
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• At 2:15 a.m. Sunday, Ryan A. Lang, 35, Irwin, was cited for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct after he was observed throwing punches and trying to strike another male in the 500 block of Philadelphia Street. • Amanda M. Fontanella, 19, New Cumberland; Evan J. Frey, 18, Saint Mary’s; Stephanie C. Simon, 19, Mechanicsburg; and Nathan A. Schmidt, 20, Johnstown, were arrested and cited for underage drinking and released after they were found intoxicated in Elkin Hall at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to campus police. • According to borough police, Harley Shaulis, Blairsville, was found vomiting in the 500 block of Gompers Avenue at 2:12 a.m. Saturday. She was cited for underage drinking and public drunkenness. • Borough police reported that Kyle R. Herzing, 20, Saint Mary’s and Chloe B. Vicklund, 19, Penﬁeld, were cited for underage drinking after Herzing was seen laying in the parking lot of Sheetz at 768 Wayne Avenue at 4:05 a.m. Friday. • Stephen Sabreen, 21, Pittsburgh, was cited for public drunkenness at 12:28 a.m. Friday, on the 00 block of South Taylor Avenue after he was observed to be intoxicated, according to borough police. • IUP Punxsutawney police reported that Antoine D. Taylor, 18, Paoli, was staggering down the hallway with bloodshot eyes and alcohol coming from his breath at the Punxsutawney Living Center at 12:19 a.m. Friday. • Campus police reported that at 9:45 p.m. Friday, Daniel J. Hynes, 19, and Brian D. Hynes, 19, both of Collingwood, NJ, were cited for possession and consumption of liquor and released after police responded to a report of alcohol in the room above in Wallwork Hall. • At 11:56 p.m. Thursday, Shelby N. Noroski, Freeport, was cited for underage drinking, borough noise violation and disorderly gathering after borough police reported to her residence at 439 Water Street for complaints of a loud party.
• Someone reportedly kicked the driver side mirror and knocked it off a vehicle that was parked on the 00 block of South Carpenter Avenue, sometime between 9:45 p.m. Friday and 3:15 a.m. Saturday. Anyone with information is asked to contact borough police at 724-349-2121. • Sometime between 7:30 a.m. Oct. 9 and 12:30 p.m. Oct. 10, someone broke a window of an apartment building at 140 South Eighth Street, according to borough police.
• At 2:42 a.m. Sunday, Nicholas Kopise, 23, Reading, was cited for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after he damaged the patio furniture of a residence at 250 South Seventh Street by throwing the patio furniture into a parking lot. He ran from the scene, according to borough police. • Luke A. Askew, 21, Indiana, was screaming obscenities and making obscene gestures at pedestrians and vehicles at 2:21 a.m. Sunday, in the 300 block of Philadelphia Street. He was cited for disorderly conduct and released from the scene, according to borough police. • Borough police reported that Lindsay L. Kahle, 22, Knox, was cited for disorderly conduct after she was heard repeatedly screaming at 12:39 a.m. Sunday from inside 635 Church Street. • Marvin Packer, 51, Indiana, was cited for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct after borough police observed Packer walking around the Brown Hotel in only his under wear and shouting obscene words. He also created a disturbance by pounding on a resident’s apartment door at 1:44 a.m. Oct. 11. • According to campus police, Morgan McCurdy, Harrisburg, punched a male while walking through the Oak Grove at 11:58 p.m. Oct. 8. He was cited for disorderly conduct.
• Adam Fiscus, 22, Indiana, was cited for harassment and disorderly conduct and released from the scene after borough police responded to the Coney Bar at 1:39 a.m. Sunday. It was reported that Fiscus struck and shoved one of the members of the security staff. • Borough police reported that at 9:48 p.m. Oct. 10, Marvin Packer, 51, Indiana, was charged with violation of the emergency telephone act, harassment via communication and terroristic threats after he repeatedly contacted the 911 emergency center for illegitimate purposes while using profane and offensive language. He also told a dispatcher that he would shoot an ofﬁcer if they showed up at his apartment at the Brown Hotel.
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Lottery revamps housing sign-ups By MEGAN GUZA Managing Editor M.S.Guza@iup.edu
Students can expect to see some changes in the way in which they sign up for on-campus housing for next academic year. Starting with upcoming signups, IUP will implement a lottery system as opposed to the first come, first serve free-for-all used in previous years. “It was a major, major problem,” said Jenny Trimble Faught, assistant director of occupancy in the Office of Housing and Residence Life. “There were way too many people trying to sign up at the same time because we had open sign-ups.” Students will be emailed to their IUP email account letting them know when the lottery sign-ups are open. This form will be used to fill out room preferences and any roommate requests. Students can choose up to three roommates, but Faught warned students that that doesn’t mean there will be any four-person rooms empty and available when their turn is up. “It all depends on how early you are in the process,” she said, “and what timeslot you get put into, and what’s been taken up before you got on [URSA].” Once students are signed up for the lottery, they will be given their number and status Nov. 9. The numbers will correspond with a date and timeslot, with each timeslot being three hours. During that three-hour window is when students will sign up for their rooms on URSA. Sign-ups will begin Nov. 10. Only 100 students will be in each timeslot, in order to avoid the server crashes of last year. “It was first come, first serve, so there was that sense of urgency where everyone wanted to get on right at the same time,” Faught said. “And then when they couldn’t get on, they panicked.” Faught said the lottery solves two problems: If the demand for on-campus housing turns out to be higher than the supply, the lottery acts as a way in which to randomly decide the people who will be able to sign up. It also breaks people up so that there won’t be an overload again. There is a chance, she said, that everyone who wants to live on campus will receive a spot in the lottery. It depends on how many people want sign up for it. “We never used to have this problem because the demand was not high for living on campus after the first year because we didn’t have the suites,” she said. But because of the addition of new suites in the past years, demand for
on-campus housing has increased. A certain number of beds must also be held for freshman due to the residency requirement. “There’s a lot of variables that came into play when we decided what we were going to do with the process,” she said. “But we knew something had to change. “Last year was really the worst possible thing that you could have imagined.” If a student is not selected for a timeslot, they will automatically be put on a waiting list. “There’s a very, very good chance we’ll get to you on the wait list one or two weeks after we get through the time slots.” She also said there is a chance students from the waiting list could be selected for the last timeslot if some students don’t follow through with their sign ups. Timeslots and signups will be monitored day by day, and all should be finished by Nov. 19 – the day before Thanksgiving break. There is a chance that students
who had not intended to live off campus will be forced to do so – albeit a slim one. “I would say the chances are very slim.” Last year, she said, there were more than 600 people, all of whom were able to be placed in on-campus housing due to cancellations, transfers and similar situations. The OHRL will even allow more students to sign up for housing this year so that there will not be a large waiting list. According to Faught, there may not even be a waiting list. It all depends on how many students sign up. If a student is on the waiting list, Faught suggests being patient and waiting for the residency office to contact you. “I wouldn’t panic and start looking for off-campus housing,” she said. “We’ll let you know if we think there’s a chance you would not get housing on campus. “Chances are, we’ll get through everybody.”
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For-profit colleges go on the offensive By Michael Vasquez McClatchy Newspapers MCT
Stung by a barrage of recent criticism, the nation’s for-profit colleges and universities are crying foul — and going on the attack. The target of this PR counteroffensive isn’t only Washington, where Congress and the U.S. Department of Education are considering tighter oversight of for-profit schools. Increasingly, for-profits are turning up the heat on community colleges. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Keiser University might be the best example of this new phenomenon: The school has gone as far as filing a lawsuit against one community college for its “destructive media campaign.” Keiser accuses Florida State College at Jacksonville administrators of conspiring to sully the for-profit school’s reputation by spreading misleading student horror stories through various media outlets. Keiser is not the only for-profit school to start attacking community colleges. Last week, the same day Keiser filed suit, the Coalition for Educational Success — a marketing firm funded by dozens of for-profit schools — released a self-funded report that faulted community colleges for poor graduation rates and other academic failings. Critics of the report noted its questionable methodology — the document’s own introduction acknowledges its study sample “was one of convenience and may not represent all student experiences.” Keiser’s action has garnered national attention. The school complains that untrue allegations of malfeasance — fueled by Florida State College at Jacksonville’s media campaign — have slowed student enrollment growth.
In addition, health care sites are less willing to partner as Keiser clinical training locations, and high schools are now reluctant to let Keiser recruiters on campus for student outreach, the school says. “They have essentially harmed not only the reputation of Keiser, but they’re devaluing the degrees that our students are obtaining,” said Keiser general counsel James Waldman. For-profit schools’ high cost has also led to worries about students taking on excessive debt. More than 90 percent of students at for-profit colleges borrow to finance their education, while community college students — who pay far lower tuition for similar programs — borrow less than 17 percent of the time, according to a recent U.S. Senate committee report. “These debts can haunt these students their entire lives,” said Steve Wallace, president of Florida State College at Jacksonville. Wallace said the lawsuit is retaliation against his college because administrators have spoken out against high student debt. The demographics of students at community colleges and for-profit colleges are strikingly similar — with both serving high numbers of minority or low-income students, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college. For-profit colleges have enjoyed tremendous expansion and profits during the recession, as many unemployed workers opted to go back to school. As a privately held company, Keiser does not have to disclose its annual revenues, but earlier this year school chancellor Arthur Keiser told media outlets the company operates with a healthy 15 percent profit margin. Reported profit margins for other for-profit schools are as high as 37 percent — double the computer maker Apple.
‘Week of Orange’ raises human trafficking awareness By Sean Bracken Senior Staff Writer S.M.Bracken@iup.edu
The issue of human trafficking is becoming a serious global problem, according to the website thefuturegroup.org, which claims it is now the third-largest criminal business in the world. To help raise awareness, two IUP organizations came together last week to hold a “Week of Orange,” several events aimed at combating trafficking. Jessica Winas (senior, political science), a member of IUP’s Women’s Studies Club, said the event lasted all week with most of it being held in the Oak Grove. The event included a showing of “Taken,” a 2008 film about a former spy who works to save his daughter from being forced into the slave trade, according to the movie website imdb.com. The film was presented by IUP’s chapter of Amnesty International. The event also included a table, which was set up all week in front of Leonard Hall, designed to raise awareness for the world’s enslaved people. “Our overall goal was to raise awareness on campus about this issue on a local and global scale, which was done by collecting orange chain links all this week,” Winas said. She said each link had “free to” written on them and each student was asked to write a freedom they
Jesse Smartt/The Penn Volunteers collected 203 paper chains during the Week of Orange.
had that others did not have or what they were thankful for in general. Lollipops, which included fact sheets about human trafficking were given to participants. A bake sale was also held to help raise awareness. “The goal of the paper chain was to either reach 2,700 rings to stand for the 27 million enslaved worldwide or 170 rings for the 17,000 enslaved in the U.S,” Winas said. She said they ended up exceeding their goal, collecting 203 chains. According to the website notforsalecampaign.org, different solutions are worked upon to stop human trafficking, which they define as hidden modern day slavery. The Not For Sale Campaign’s vision helps activists come up with solutions to abolish slavery in their own backyards, according to the website.
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Professor instructs students on proposal-writing By Sean Bracken Senior Staff Writer S.M.Bracken@iup.edu
Writing effective proposals turns out to be an everyday occurrence in many professions. To help students write effective proposals, the second of two workshops was held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the McElhaney computer lab. It was an opportunity to go over specific examples of written proposals students were assigned to bring and provide them feedback as to how to improve them. English doctoral student Dana Poole helped put the workshops together. The workshop featured English professor Lilia Savova, the speaker who discussed effective methods of writing proposals. She said several proposals are good enough for class, but are not good enough to be published. “You have to look at the data and rewrite it in another way,” Savova said. She said students should always
look at their data and ask the question about how they would translate that into an article. “It is better to start with something rather than start from scratch,” Savova said. “I have done incredible things overnight with research. She also said other mediums can be used in proposals, including posters, which she said need to be rethought so that the main points are represented. “[The question students should ask is] how do I represent this visually and conceptually,” Savova said. Savova also discussed plagiarism and said the definition was the most telling of what students do. Poole said a way to avoid plagiarism is for students to work to make something their own. Savova said writing proposals should begin with reading the data and narrowing it down to three main ideas. “You will go beyond the paper and find something else, but this is a start,” she said.
According to Savova, students should “work most with the least and not the least with the most,” when writing proposals. “Work takes time and energy,” she said. “You ought to have things and make the best of it.” The second workshop was built on foundations laid by the first workshop, when they examined examples of effective proposals, which included a rubric of criteria determining how effective proposals were. Poole said effective proposals included being descriptive, narrowing them down to the main points and making something based on their own findings. She added that many examples of poor proposals examined included ones with issues of wordiness and not making the proposals their own. A third workshop is scheduled to be held where students will bring drafts of their written proposals, examine potential problems and how to improve them. The date of the third workshop is yet to be determined.
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Monk explains ‘Being Buddhist in the Modern World’ By Shane Craker Staff Writer S.B.Craker@iup.edu
Bhante Pemaratana, a Buddhist Monk from the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center, delivered a talk about the modern troubles Buddhists face. The talk was hosted by the Asian Studies and Religious Studies departments. Pemaratana is from Sri Lanka. This will be his third winter in the States, he said. His talk covered basic traditions, contemporary issues and the Buddhist-Christian relationship. Permaratana started his talk with the core Buddhist concept. He told students that all of the problems and troubles in their lives were caused by inner cravings. He also spoke of Siddhartha Gautama, the Supreme Buddha. Gautama was the first being on Earth to achieve enlightenment. His teachings illustrate the way to achieve enlightenment and reach nirvana. Permaratana compared people to blind elephants in the jungle: they stumble along and run into trees and rocks. “Why is this tree here? Why is this rock so sharp?” he asked, adding that the elephant blames the jungle instead of realizing he is blind, just like people blame everything else but do not recognize their
inner selfish cravings. Permaratana spoke also of Buddhist practices and rituals, including chanting and offering, Vesak (a Buddhist holiday) and rites of passage. At the end of the presentation, Permaratana focused on the contemporary issues Buddhists face, including vegetarianism and peace movements. Of particular interest was a story of monks in Thailand actually anointing trees to be Buddhist monks. They even draped the typical orange garments around them. They did this to prevent heavy deforestation. By making them monks, they would have to be honored and respected by other Buddhists and not be cut down. Pemaratana also touched on Christianity. He said that Jesus Christ is actually very respected in the Buddhist community because of his pure way of life. After the talk, there was a question and answer session that lasted approximately half an hour. Students asked Pemaratana questions about a variety of topics, including body modification, cold weather, enlightenment and technology. At the conclusion of the meeting, Pemaratana offered a blessing to those present. He chanted a Buddhist sutra and told the students to live a good life and give something back to the world that gave them so much.
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Watching the polls to figure out who’s up and who’s down this election season? Be careful. The poll may have a pro-Republican bias. The ranks of Americans who use only cell phones have skyrocketed. Some public polls don’t survey them, however, and they miss a group of people who are more likely to vote Democratic, including the young, the poor, Hispanics and African-Americans. The nonpartisan Pew Research Center recently found that in four out of five national polls this year, polls that contact only those with land-line phones gave Republicans a 4- to 6-percentage-point edge over Democrats, compared with polls that included cell phones. In the most recent poll, a survey of likely voters reached via land lines gave Republicans a 12-point edge, 53-41 percent. Polls that also called voters who only use cell phones found the Republican edge was seven points, 50-43 percent. “Cell-only adults are demographically and politically different than those who live in land-line households,” the Pew report said. “As a result, election polls that rely only on land-line samples may be biased.” The challenge in measuring public opinion has grown as more Americans rely on cell phones. In four and half years, the percentage of Americans 18 and older who rely only on cell phones has skyrocketed from 9.6 percent to 22.9 percent, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Similarly, the tally of households with cell phones only has risen from 10.5 percent to 24.5 percent. Another 14.9 percent of homes have land lines but report receiving most or all calls via cell phones. Who are these cell-phone-only
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subjected to anti-Semitic remarks and that university administrators took no action when he complained. The university said it investigated The former director of a museum at Long Island University’s C.W. Post the claims and found no merit. It said Campus was sentenced to a year and Stern was let go because of financial a day in prison Friday for stealing nine reasons. Stern admitted taking the Egyptian artifacts and selling them artifacts. Christie’s sold eight of them through Christie’s auction house. Barry Stern, 62, of Oyster Bay, N.Y., for a total of more than $43,000, said in federal court in Central Islip according to court papers. Those that he was “deeply embarrassed” figurines were returned to the by his actions and that he “profound- university. Stern repaid Christie’s after ly regretted the pain it has caused his arrest. The ninth artifact was sold others.” He said he was also “deeply by Christie’s to a collector in remorseful” for the episode. His attorney, Mark Baker, asked Germany, who refused to return that Stern not be given jail time, it — and was not obligated to under noting his otherwise exemplary life. German law. Stern repaid LIU the value of He said Stern had been the director at the Hillwood Art Museum, on the that statue, which was $6,500. university’s Old Brookville campus, for He also paid an additional $24,000 so the museum could conduct 15 years without incident. But assistant U.S. attorney an inventory of its collection to Richard Donoghue said a jail term was determine if any other pieces were missing. appropriate. Stern claimed in court he wasn’t In a written statement to the court, university President David Steinberg trying to make money on the deal, asked that District Judge Denis Hurley but was trying to get even with the give Stern the maximum sentence of university over his dismissal. Stern was caught when Christie’s 18 months in prison. “Every university has a sacred faxed an offer on one of the pieces covenant with its students, one to him at the Hillwood museum, and that has been broken by Mr. Stern,” a colleague realized it was an artifact from the museum collection. Steinberg wrote in his statement. Stern also was ordered to pay Stern stole the artifacts after the university told him his contract would a $5,000 fine and was given three years’ probation. He was also not be renewed. IUP Penn - x3_Layout 2 9/21/2010 2:41 PM Page 1 After he was arrested in September ordered to attend classes in anger 2009, Stern said he had been management. Newsday MCT
people? According to the National Center for Health Statistics: Many public polls this election season do include calls to cell phone-only voters, including McClatchy-Marist polls. But some don’t, including automated surveys, such as the Rasmussen poll, that use computer-generated dialing and interviews. “All things being equal, cell phones need to be included,” said Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College, which conducts the McClatchy-Marist poll. “You don’t want to systematically exclude a group that may have different attitudes. It’s a large enough group that you can’t assume that they mirror the rest of the population.” Calls to Rasmussen for comment weren’t returned. Calling cell phones for a poll is more challenging and expensive than calling land lines.
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First, Miringoff said, Federal Election Commission regulations require that they be dialed manually. Second, a questioner has to ask whether the person is driving or using heavy equipment. A “yes” answer requires a follow-up call later. Third, a high percentage of people with cell phones are younger than 18 and unable to vote. Fourth, many people refuse to answer the calls because they must pay for the air time; often pollsters compensate them, further driving up costs. Overall, the “yield” of usable results from cell phone calls is about one-third of the calls to land-line phones, Miringoff said. He cautioned, however, that the pro-Republican bias can be slight or overstated.
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Bullying: How can we stop it? By Susan Campbell The Hartford Courant (Conn.) MCT
What if we didn’t call it “bullying?” What if, instead, we called it “mean?” Bullying is too vague, says Robin McHaelen, of True Colors, a Hartfordbased nonprofit that for 18 years has worked with sexual and gender minority youth. State laws mention overt and repeated harassment, “but what does that mean?” McHaelen asks. “Do you have to see it? And if it must be repeated, how many times?” With that as our guide, we are awash in mean. In New York, a 30-year-old gay man and two teenagers are tortured by a group of teenagers and young adults. A Rutgers University freshman kills himself when his roommate secretly videotapes him with another man, and then streams that online. The list of our losses goes on. The National Institute of Mental Health says that suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds. Lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and youths questioning their orientation are far more likely to think about suicide than their peers – though numbers are difficult to come by, as death certificates don’t
include sexual orientation. And where are we in all this? Organizations such as Focus on the Family, to name one 600pound gorilla, are fighting antibullying intiatives because they say such efforts are part of the thinly veiled (and entirely fictitious) “gay agenda.” Don’t look for logic behind their opposition. You won’t find it. Instead, you’ll find something that easily morphs into behavior like that of the New York torturers, or the cruel New Jersey roommate – or people like me. Love the sinner, hate the sin is an incredibly nuanced stance to put into action. I was a good kid, a churchgoer who hung out with other churchgoers, but on the occasional weekend, we piled into a car and drove to a gay bar to shout hateful things into the open doorway, and then we’d drive off cackling. Our respective churches told us the men at the bar were sinners of the worst kind, a theological stance that’s shaky at best. Regardless, you’d be hard-pressed to find scriptural backing for our behavior. Come Judgment Day, we will have some explaining to do. The two groups of students who are most susceptible to bullying are kids who don’t conform to gender stereotypes, and kids who are in
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special education classes, McHaelen says. A new study from Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network said 61 percent of the first group of students said they felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation. Last week, McHaelen was at another daylong training for school resource officers. Her organization trains 2,400 people a year. We need that. We also need an anti-bullying curriculum, combined with a serious look at bullying as a systemic issue. It will take more than a pamphlet, or a series of well-meaning people making videos that tell kids things will get better. Things may well get better, but when? Eric Arzubi, a resident physician in psychiatry who heads the children’s committee of Connecticut’s Keep the Promise Coalition, says that in 2008, one-fourth of Connecticut’s high school students struggled with at least one sign of depression, and one in 14 attempted suicide that year. Arzubi says paying better attention to the mental health of our young – making services more accessible and affordable, for starters – will affect academic performances, and can help us get to the heart of our drug and alcohol issues, childhood sexual trauma, and – yes – bullying. We have work to do.
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Adding indifference to injury, the Supreme Court last week refused to hear the appeal of a woman who was ejected from a speech by President George W. Bush because she had an antiwar bumper sticker on her car. The case would have provided the court the opportunity to rule that citizens who pose no threat of disruption may not be barred from presidential events that are advertised as open to the public. In 2005, Leslie Weise and Alex Young obtained tickets for a Bush town hall meeting on Social Security held in Denver. But they were ordered to leave because a bumper sticker on Weise’s car read “No More Blood for Oil.” Weise and Young subsequently sued two volunteers at the event who, they argued, had ejected them at the behest of White House aides. Unlike, say, a Rose Garden signing ceremony to which only supporters of the legislation are invited, the Bush event was ostensibly open to anyone with a ticket. Nevertheless, Weise was ordered to leave simply because of the message on her bumper sticker. This obvious discrimination on the basis of viewpoint was justified by a federal appeals court on the grounds that the plaintiffs weren’t speakers at the event but attendees, and that agents
of the government didn’t remove the bumper sticker. This naive misreading of the freespeech issue at the heart of the case cried out for reversal by the Supreme Court. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, who dissented from the decision not to hear the case, wrote that it’s well established that the government “may not deny a benefit to a person on a basis that infringes his constitutionally protected interests.” Quite simply, Weise was punished for her beliefs and put on notice that criticizing the government could result in her exclusion from similar public events in the future. In their dissent, Ginsburg and Sotomayor expressed the hope that their colleagues chose to sidestep the case not because they agreed with the lower court’s First Amendment analysis but because the defendants were volunteers who might enjoy immunity under a federal statute. The two dissenters noted that separate suits against the government officials who are accused of orchestrating the ejection are still pending. One of those suits might serve as a vehicle for a definitive decision by the court. That ruling should affirm that when the president invites the public to hear him speak, he can’t pick and choose his listeners on the basis of their opinions.
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Housing changes are ultimately for the best Concerned students have expressed worries about the upcoming housing lottery for the 2011-2012 academic year. It is understandable that emotions may run high when we’re only half way through the first semester, and it’s already time to find a place to live for the next year. For those students banking on another year in on-campus housing, the recent introduction of the housing lottery may have come as a nasty shock, and frightened them into fretting that they would not have a place on campus, putting them behind schedule in locating off-campus housing that fits their needs and budget. Administrators have addressed the major concerns of these students, and have stressed that it is highly unlikely that one will not get an on-campus housing option if one so desires. Though you may not be as free in housing choices as before, because you can only choose the options available at the time of registration, the lottery makes housing registration more egalitarian through a system like the one used to register for classes. Change is not always welcome, but the old registration system caused problems. When issues like that arise, they must be addressed, and this also often leads to changes in the process. Obviously, the university wants to make sure that every student has some place to live – it would be pretty hard to be a good student if you were homeless or had a ridiculously long commute. The implementation of the lottery system will make the most good for the most people, and the administration seems to think that there should not be problems with it. Another thing to keep in mind is the freshman residency requirement. Next year’s new students have to live on campus – those reading this most likely do not. If you have such a problem with the way housing sign-ups will occur, don’t live on campus next year. It’s not too late to look for off-campus housing if you are so inclined, but if you want to stay on campus, sign up for the lottery. Put your fears to rest – you really shouldn’t have an issue finding a place to live.
Letters to the editor
More aftermath It is hard finding exactly where to begin, but Sean Bracken’s October 15th, column, once again, needs addressed. First of all, the previous column he refers to accomplished absolutely nothing but cause severe damage between the leadership of SGA and The Penn. It did nothing to get students involved in the organization. SGA has doubled its membership since the year started, all prior to his column. It did nothing to have SGA better address student needs. SGA has been doing this, humbly behind the scenes, since before the year began. It also did nothing to get SGA “better organized” with meetings. Just because Sean, a reporter mind you, never asked when and where meetings were held does not mean they did not exist. The Administration has been
more than responsive to student needs this semester. Nursing students had a problem with an inability to park a university van on campus to get to their early-morning clinicals. SGA and the Administration solved this problem within a week, and a designated spot in the HUB is being created. SGA also held the first ever offcampus housing fair, which was widely successful, and were the hosts of the Homecoming Crimson Court. Likewise, SGA members have been advising and overseeing plans for Co-op funds, Educational Services Fee funds, the Aramark bidding process, as well as countless other initiatives. IUP needs to further promote multiculturalism, not make plans for a multicultural center that none of us will ever see in our time here. An idea is more important than
a building or a room, and can be built without delay. Also, the charge that IUP could have put the money that was used for the residential revival towards academics simply shows a misunderstanding of university finances. Different funds come from different locations, and are required by law to be spent on different projects. I invite anyone who is sincerely interested in representing students and student interests to contact me about joining Student Government. It is better to be part of the solution than part of the problem. Glass houses, throwing stones, and all that. David Bivens (senior, political science) President, Student Government Association firstname.lastname@example.org
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‘We the Kings’ brings performance to students, fans By AUBREE NAPOLEON
By TARA MALONE AND LISA BLACK
Contributing Writer A.L.Napoleon@iup.edu
We the Kings, a pop-rock quartet that was named in honor of King Middle School in Bradentown, Fla., where the band first met, consists of four members – Travis Clark (lead vocals, guitar), Hunter Thomsen (guitar, backing vocals), Drew Thomsen (bass) and Danny Duncan (drums), according to WeTheKings.com. The pop group will perform a concert sponsored by The Entertainment Network (TEN), on Oct. 26 in the HUB Ohio Room. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Box Office, located in the HUB atruim. Prices are $8 with an I-Card and $10 without. “I am super excited to see We the Kings perform,” Samantha Wagner (sophomore, psychology) said. “I love this band very much; they are extremely talented, and I really hope they play [the] song ‘Heaven Can Wait’.” We the Kings is known for their licensed musical appearances on numerous media stations, such as CW,
Cellphone use increases in classrooms, education Chicago Tribune MCT
Courtesy of WeTheKingsMusic.com “We the Kings” is known for their licensed musical appearances on numerous media stations, such as CW, NTV, Rock Band and more, according to WeTheKingsMusic.com
MTV, Rock Band and more, according to the website. Their first single, “Heaven Can Wait,” which has been quickly reaching ears and grabbing attentions, is gaining nationwide airplay and climbing the Billboard Singles chart. The song has already reached the Top 10 on the Alternative Singles
Chart, according to WeTheKings.com. For more information about the “We the Kings” concert, contact The Entertainment Network at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Center of Student Life at 724-357-2598. Also visit The Entertainment Network’s official website, coop.iup.edu/ten for further information on future events.
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With the election weeks away, Fremd High School teacher Jason Spoor asked students in his government class, some of them first-time voters, to research local candidates vying for office. They would have 15 minutes and one learning tool: their cell phone. “If you are driving down the street and headed to vote, you don’t have a computer at the touch of a hand. You have a cell phone,” Spoor told his students last week. The lesson would have been impossible in the past. But with cell phones tucked in the book bags and pockets of three-fourths of today’s teens, many high schools are ceding defeat in the battle to keep handheld technology out of class and instead are inviting students to use their phones for learning. Under a teacher’s guidance, students might record themselves speaking a foreign language, text an answer to an online quiz or send themselves a homework reminder. “It’s one of those things — if you can’t beat them, join them,” said Jill Bullo, principal of Wheaton North High School, which plans to review its policy this year. As a first step, Wheaton administrators allowed students to use cell phones before and after classes last year, instead of requiring them to be powered off at all times. It is the latest twist in the debate about how schools react to the gear
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“What we know about kids now is they are used to having so many sources of technology available to them. I think we need to be in step with them on it.” —Diana Smith, principal of York Community High School that students carry with them every day. An estimated 83 percent of 17-year-olds across the country have cell phones today, according to a report released in April by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. That grew from 64 percent five years earlier. Among all high school-age students, 75 percent have them. Younger children were less likely to have cell phones, research showed. But even among 12-year-olds, 58 percent reported owning one compared with 18 percent in 2004. Across all ages, nearly eight of every 10 students surveyed carried their phone with them to school every day, the study showed. “Every year, it seems to trickle down one more grade level,” said Liz Kolb, author of “Toys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education.” Confronted with such widespread use, many schools are redialing the rules. Educators say they attempt to balance the opportunity to boost student learning with the concerns of classroom distractions or cheating. “If I was teaching a class and all the students had their phones and someone was texting them or they used the device to communicate with other students about material on a test [...] that’s when it becomes problematic,” said Greg Fantozzi, principal of Kaneland High School, where teens must stow their phones in lockers during the school day. What’s more, many phones come equipped with cameras and video, which make teachers and administrators “a little nervous about potentially bad things they can do,” Bullo said. “If it were a simple phone, it would be different.” Still, York Community High School Principal Diana Smith plans to sit down this week with students to talk about the possibility of their using cell phones for academic purposes. The Elmhurst school currently requires that phones remain off during the day. “What we know about kids now is they are used to having so many sources of technology available to them,” Smith said. “I think we need to be in step with them on it.”
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Service organization encourages week of volunteering By KRISTEN GILMARTIN Staff Writer K.R.Gilmartin@iup.edu
Courtesy of AChorusLine.com The company of “A Chorus Line” performs “I Hope I Get It,” one of the many songs in the musical.
OnStage presents IUP with broadway musical ‘A Chorus Line’ By imani dillard Senior Staff Writer I.J.Dillard@iup.edu
OnStage will present the musical, “A Chorus Line” at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 in Fisher Auditorium According to a press release from NETworks Presentations, “A Chorus Line” got its start in 1975 at the Public Theater in New York City on May 21 and transferred to Broadway’s Shubert Theatre on July 25. Its opening date was Oct. 19. It ran for nearly 15 years, closing on April 28, 1990 after 6,137 performances. “A Chorus Line” is the longest running American musical in Broadway history. According to AChorusLine.com, the musical is just as iconic a name as Broadway itself. The hit musical tells the story
of 17 dancers auditioning for a new Broadway show, who have the chance of a lifetime to accomplish their dreams to dance. “A Chorus Line” has won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. This particular tour began Oct. 1 in New Haven, Conn. and will span more than 75 venues until it ends on May 1, 2011 in Newark, N.J. Tickets are on sale now at the HUB Box Office, located in the HUB Atrium. Prices are $12 with an I-Card and range from $25 to $40 without an I-Card, depending on the seating. For more ticket information, call the HUB Box Office at 724-357-1313. For more information about the show, contact the Arts and Entertainment Office at 724-3572315.
Gap-toothed women are slowly coming into vogue By jessica yadegaran Contra Costa Times MCT
Much like her shiny hair and warm eyes, the space between Geneva Aguirre’s front teeth has always been a part of her look. When she was little, Aguirre used to stick a flavored tooth pick in the gap — just because it would fit and no one else could do it. It made her unique. It wasn’t until Aguirre noticed iconic gaptoothed model Lauren Hutton in the pages of her favorite fashion magazines that she realized her smile was not only unique, but maybe even beautiful. “I guess I’ve always thought of it as a cool thing,” said Aguirre, 48, of
Concord, Calif. These days, so does the beauty industry. Gaptoothed models were all over the runways at this season’s Paris Fashion Week. Instead of fixing their teeth, some of Hollywood’s freshest faces, like Anna Paquin and Elizabeth Moss, proudly sport a midline diastema, the dental term for the gap. The beauty blogosphere has been buzzing ever since. Men sport the gap, too, but culturally, there has always been a mystique about diastematic women. In Ghana, Namibia, and Nigeria, a gap in women’s teeth is a sign of beauty and fertility, says Bernice Agyekwena, a Ghanaian journalist and Gates Fellow of African Agriculture at the University of California Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Gamma Sigma Sigma sorority will host “Service at Its Best,” a weeklong event of volunteering around the community beginning Oct. 25. According to Yolonda Mosley (senior, nursing), on Oct. 25 and 26, Gamma Sigma Sigma will hold “two days of open house where people can come in and look at 10 to 12 volunteer organizations each day that they will be interested in, and have an opportunity to sign up and learn more information on that particular site.” Throughout the week, fundraising will be held for a Gamma Sigma Sigma member, Christina Flood. Flood, who was in a car accident while interning in Italy, which resulted in brain damage, as well as other injuries. The organization will be raising money for her medical expenses and her family’s travel.
On Oct. 25, at 6 p.m., there will be a “Big Hearts, Little Hands” Halloween parade for local underprivileged children. Gamma Sigma Sigma is searching for 10 volunteers to help the children dress and walk down Philadelphia Street, as well as donate costumes to children without one. “If your organization would like to stand on [Philadelphia] Street either at the beginning of the parade [near Subs and Suds] or at the end of the parade [9th Street Deli] to pass out candy, or just think of something nice to do, this will be welcomed also,” Mosley said. “Service at Its Best” will also have a movie night Oct. 28, where “Pay It Forward,” a movie about a boy who attempts to make a difference in the world through the help of his teacher, will be shown. There will also be a display set up regarding the history of service and giving back. There will also be a walk for
Breast Cancer Awareness that evening which the organization would like volunteers for. Friday is the “Night of Fun” where the organization will give back to the IUP community and conclude the week with a feast, including food, music and games. There will be volunteers needed for donations, setting up the event, and clean-up. On Saturday, Gamma Sigma Sigma will have another feast, this time for Big Hearts, Little Hands’ children. The feast will be at the YMCA on 60 N. Ben Franklin Road. They are searching for volunteers including individuals, Greek organizations, or other organizations, to participate by attending and/or setting up a station for the children to enjoy. To participate in the week’s events or to gain more information about locations, contact Yolonda Mosley at email@example.com on Oct. 26 by midnight.
FIT programs provide clean energy, greener environment By ROB GOODIER MCT
The sun shines often on Florida, a fact that gave it bragging rights on license plates with the nickname, the “Sunshine State.” The northern Florida city of Gainesville rubs it in even further with its local newspaper, The Gainesville Sun. With all those sunny days, solar energy seemed like a good idea to Ed Regan, who designed a feed-in tariff program for the utility company. To bring Gainesville’s power port-
folio up to the standards of the Kyoto Protocol, Regan designed a program that would pay people fixed, premium rates for solar power that they produce. The city began the program in March 2009 and since then solar power has grown nearly 600 percent — from 350 kilowatts (kW) to more than 2,000kW now. The measure has created new jobs both in solar panel installation and maintenance and for entrepreneurs who built banks of panels in open areas as small-scale solar power plants. Also, energy bills have
only risen .25 percent, Regan said. “It was the first time I did a rate increase without a lot of complaints,” he said. “I would consider it a tremendous success.” He warned, however, that solar is one of the most expensive energies and without subsidies like tax breaks, for example, it may not be a viable option for every utility company. “If you want to get a lot of solar quickly, this is a good policy. It makes a lot more sense than cap and trade, because it takes the risk out of the investment,” he said.
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Facebook adds Google dashboard, privacy tools By brier dudley The Seattle Times MCT
Wouldn’t it be great if the growing competition between Google and Facebook led to a privacy arms race, with the companies trying to one-up each other with new privacy tools? Both companies’ products are not private by nature. To use their services, you feed them personal information that they use to target advertising. Last November, Google added a “dashboard” that lets users see and manage settings for their various Google accounts. On Oct. 6, Facebook released its version, a dashboard for users’ Facebook applications that also lets them download and save everything they’ve posted on the site. The social network also upgraded its Groups feature for managing lists of friends and what is shared with whom. Friend lists were rolled out in 2007, but they weren’t easy to use. With much hoopla in December 2009, Facebook overhauled and simplified
its sharing and privacy features to give users more control over sharing and friend lists. “We’re adding something that many of you have asked for — the ability to control who sees each individual piece of content you create or upload. In addition, we’ll also be fulfilling a request made by many of you to make the privacy settings page simpler by combining some settings,” Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said at the time. Now Facebook is trying once again, with a revised Groups system. During a press event, Zuckerberg said only 5 percent of users have used the previous tools to create lists. Its new “spaces” feature lets users create small, private groups of friends to share things and chat on a more ad hoc basis. “It’s a simple way to stay up to date with small groups of your friends and to share things with only them in a private space. The default setting is Closed, which means only members see what’s going on in a group,” Zuckerberg said in a recent blog post.
Breast Cancer Awareness celebrated through Bra Celebration By IMANI DILLARD Senior Staff Writer I.J.Dillard@iup.edu
The month of October is the month of Breast Cancer Awareness. From Oct. 25 to Oct. 28, Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority is helping to paint the month pink with awareness by hosting its Second Annual Bra Celebration from Monday through Thursday between the hours of 12-4 p.m. On Oct. 29, a concluding party will be held in the Delaware Room between 3:305:30 p.m. Participants will have a chance to win prizes donated through Bath & Body Works, FYE, the Coney, Culpepper’s and Victoria’s Secret. Games and food will also be provided to heighten the festivities. This event is being held in hopes of collecting unwanted bras and sending them to Bra Recyclers,
an Arizona-based company that distributes them to women across the U.S. and Africa who can’t afford them. According to BraRecyclers.com, the organization is all about creating awareness about delaying the
agements to develop, blossom and renew positive attitudes and self-esteem among young girls and women. “[The Bra Celebration is] important because women all over the world deserve to have support, literally,” Jenna Bubna (junior, fashion merchandising) a member of the sorority, as well as the creator of the event, said. In Spring 2010, Gamma Sigma Sigma has collected approximately 287 bras campus-wide and, this year, the ultimate goal is to achieve beyond the record. Gamma Sigma Sigma is also pushing to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness Dreamstime number of by raffling off T-shirts and sellreusable textiles that are unnecesing rubber ducks to students who sarily being sent to landfills that are interested in contributing to the could be used for women and girls cure. Bras are currently being collectin the communities who are expeed from active participants. For every riencing challenges in their lives. bra that is donated, the person will Their goal is to simply use encourgain one entry for a prize drawing.
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Texting in school reaching â€˜epidemicâ€™ levels By PATRICIA ALEX The Record MCT
They text in their pockets, they text the person sitting next to them, and they even text their parents. â€œItâ€™s addictive,â€? said Joshua Ortiz, a senior at Clifton (N.J.) High School. â€œDuring class and in between classes and even when thereâ€™s a teacher around.â€? Texting in class has become widespread â€” more than 40 percent of teens say they do it despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of schools ban cellphone use, according to a recent survey. Anecdotally, some teens say the percentage may be higher still, and educators concede that the phenomenon may be here to stay. â€œIâ€™m not naive. Iâ€™d like to think they donâ€™t do it, but I know they do,â€? said Jack Hurley, principal of Rutherford High School. Hurley said he runs a â€œtight ship,â€? confiscating phones when students use them during school. Still, it can sometimes feel like swimming against the tide. â€œItâ€™s epidemic,â€? he concedes. Cellphone use is ubiquitous. A Pew survey last year found three-quarters of teens and an even higher percentage of their parents have cellphones. And for teens, texting is the thing. â€œItâ€™s the norm, itâ€™s just part of our culture,â€? said Drew Olanoff of textPlus, which conducted the survey that found 43 percent of teens text in class. The California-based company offers a free texting application for phones and other devices. The survey found that 17 percent of the kids who text in class said they did so â€œconstantly,â€? and more than half say they text friends who are sitting in the same class; 22 percent said theyâ€™ve texted answers to classmates struggling to answer a teacherâ€™s question. â€œItâ€™s a new spin on an old story: parents will remember when they slipped little paper notes from one desk to another,â€? said Michael Yaple of the New Jersey School Boards Association. It was the â€œcovert natureâ€? of texting that spurred its widespread adoption by mostly young people, said Hugh Curnutt, a communications professor at Montclair State University who has studied social media. Texting allows for a relatively unobtrusive way to communicate â€” more stealth than note-passing, and it even has its own coded language. The vast majority of teens surveyed said theyâ€™ve been able to fly under the radar while texting in class. â€œI havenâ€™t gotten caught,â€? said Adrianna Gonzalez, a senior at Leonia High School who estimated she texted
Look fashionable with fabulous faux By ELLEn WARREN Chicago Tribune MCT Dreamstime Texting in class has become widespread â€” more than 40 percent of teens say they do it despite the fact that the majority of schools ban cellphone use, according to a recent survey.
friends a couple of times per period, usually during â€œbusy work.â€? Gonzalez said she would never text during a test but the pastime helped her get through the day. â€œYou need some time to zone out rather than constant school work.â€? Parents apparently need their texting to get through the day as well. Two-thirds of teens said their parents texted them during the school day. At Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, N.J., students are required to leave their cellphones in their lockers. But even the after-hours use of texting can take away from productive school work, said Principal Anthony Orsini. Texting has accelerated adolescent gossip and educators routinely come across exhausted students who have stayed up too late texting, unbeknownst to their parents. â€œAs far as an educational distraction â€” itâ€™s huge,â€? said Orsini. â€œSocially itâ€™s a distraction, too â€” weâ€™ve had more teasing and bullying issues involving texting than involving Facebook.â€? But some educators now say it may be time to look for more ways to tap into the medium that has become so integral in their studentsâ€™ lives. Itâ€™s not so much a case of â€˜if you canâ€™t beat â€˜em then join â€˜emâ€™ as it is a recognition that things have changed, they say. â€œWeâ€™re trying to look for ways to embrace it,â€? said Arthur Powell, chairman of the urban education department at Rutgers-Newark. â€œItâ€™s a piece of technology that has utility, and itâ€™s not going away.â€? There have been fledgling steps around the state with using studentsâ€™ cellphones to set up â€œlive responseâ€? systems in class; teachers could blast-text students with relevant information and reminders. and, Smart phones now give students the
capability to carry what is essentially a personal computer in their pockets. â€œWhen you think of the options it might open up [...] it would be silly not to have the discussion,â€? said Dave Janosz, supervisor of technology at Northern Valley Regional High School in Old Tappan, N.J. â€œI see the potential for information at your fingertips,â€? said Janosz, who heads the state association of technology educators. Of course, he said, the potential for distraction is also great â€” for every educational app, thereâ€™s there are 10 more for entertainment. â€œWeâ€™d really have to do this responsibly,â€? he said. Olanoff, from the texting application company, said discussions have begun around the country. â€œWe need to shift the conversation from prohibitions to boundaries,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™re seeing things evolve: First it was no cellphones in school, then it was no cellphones out in class. It will be interesting to see how teachers use (the technology) in the future.â€? â€œIn my class, I see iPhones as a tool,â€? said Curnutt, from Montclair State. â€œStudents update their calendars and take notes, many are going paperless and they are carrying PDFs on their phones.â€? For now, even some of the most technology-savvy teachers remain wary of the distraction factor of cellphones in the class. â€œI love the idea of students being able to access information in the way they are use to,â€? said Steve Titus, a math teacher at the middle school in Rutherford. â€œBut itâ€™s not a controlledenough environment â€” for every eight kids who are texting (for research), another 10 could be texting their friends. [...] Itâ€™s where I take a step back and say â€˜Wait, Iâ€™m not sure this is practical.â€™â€?
Be a phony. A total faker. And youâ€™ll be the smartest shopper in the room. Until recently, faux fur was fine â€” if you wanted to look as if you were wearing a Muppet around your neck. And just a couple of years ago, you could spot someone in a pleather coat (thatâ€™s plastic â€œleatherâ€?) from a block away. She was the one who couldnâ€™t bend her arms. Today, Iâ€™m double-daring you to tell the difference between the real thing and the pretend. Even after you put it on and pet it. Iâ€™m serious. The old pleather poly-whatever was made for car upholstery, not the human form. No mas. The new imitation leathers are supple, serviceable, some even scrumptious. And the latest editions of furry faux can even make the animalrights folks wonder if itâ€™s mink or make-believe. The technology that has turned fake into fabulous comes at just the right moment for recession-battered shoppers who love luxe but canâ€™t afford it.
The prices of the impostors can be astoundingly low. Only the price tag will tell you youâ€™re not buying the real thing. That said, not all fake is frugal. Designer Stella McCartneyâ€™s shiny tote illustrates that point. Itâ€™s priced at $1,095. McCartneyâ€™s Web site (StellaMcCartney.com) boasts â€œno animal has died to make anything in here.â€? That said, she charges real money for her pretenders. And a word of caution. You still can find plenty of the old, ugly stuff in stores. Thereâ€™s fur that wouldnâ€™t fool a 5-year-old. It gives acrylic a bad name. And beware of imitation leather that would work better as picnic placemats. Nope, not all faux fashions are equal. When making your choices, be sure to take a good look in the mirror before heading for the checkout. Even the same store can carry some items that brilliantly fool the eye and, on the next rack, an array that screams â€œcheap.â€? With that proviso, discriminating shoppers will find coats, jackets, bags, shoes, boots and belts that are easy on the budget and genuinely look like real hair and hide. Nowadays, wearing faux doesnâ€™t have to be a fashion faux pas.
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IUP volleyball breaks even By Christina Starr Staff Writer C.C.Starr@iup.edu
The IUP Womenâ€™s volleyball team traveled to Edinboro and Mercyhurst this weekend and returned 1-1, making its record 17-6 overall. The team started out at Edinboro Friday, where it suffered a loss with match scores of 22-25, 24-26 and 23-25. After the loss, IUP traveled to Mercyhurst Saturday. Senior co-captain Chelsey Kreinbrook, the teamâ€™s starting setter, had 28 assists during the match. Junior Danielle Ostendorf provided a total of 13 kills for IUP. Sophomore Morgan Cerveny followed close behind her with 11 kills, and senior Jessica Bodkin had eight kills for the team.
Senior co-captain Emily Pany, IUPâ€™s libero, led the team with 26 digs during the match. Sophomore Laura McFadden contributed 22 digs for the team, while freshman Ericka Lentz had 14 digs and junior Emily Vaughn, 13. IUP defeated Mercyhurst in four sets, with scores of 25-18, 25-18, 20-25 and 25-21. Ostendorf was IUPâ€™s lead scorer, with 16.5 points for the Crimson Hawks.â€œ I thought this weekend went well,â€? Kreinbrook said. â€œWe gained another victory in the PSAC West to help us gain more momentum to make a push for the postseason. I thought we played well as a team, and we keep making improvements every time we step on the court together.â€? IUP plays against Seton Hill in Greensburg at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Fridayâ€™s game became a game of the Flyers helped the Pens out by firsts. Saturdayâ€™s game was a game taking a penalty. of surprises, not only in the score, but Alex Goligoski scored, sealing the also with the goalie. game with a 3-2 Pens vicIt was the game of tory. The 3-2 score curse is the first goal for Sidney over. The Penguinâ€™s have Crosby, the first win in begun to turn the table on the new Consol Energy their horrible start. Center and the first overWhether or not fans time game. That wraps up realize, a controversy is Fridayâ€™s game against the starting in Pittsburgh. Islanders. An unsuspected conThe Consol Energy troversy that Marc Andre Center is cursed no Fleury is 0-3 this season. By alycia king more! The second periBrent Johnson is 4-0. Sports Columnist od scoring went back The Penguins surA.L.King@iup.edu and forth with goals. prised not only their fans The Pens drew first blood with two Saturday, but also the Philadelphia goals, the second one Eric Tangradiâ€™s Flyers. The final score, 5-1, didnâ€™t look first career goal. like it would turn out that way at all. The wrist shot, assisted by Mark The very end of the second periLetestu and Deryk Engelland, went od brought hope to the Penguins right through Rick DiPietroâ€™s legs and as Letestu scored with 45 seconds into the net. Eric Tangradi said his remaining in the period. goals in the NHL wouldnâ€™t be prettiThanks to their penalties, the est, though this one certainly was not Flyers gave the Pens and Crosby just the ugliest. what they needed. After the Islanders scored Crosby scored two power play two goals of their own, the game goals within two minutes, early in remained at a standstill. The 2-2 tie the third period. But the Pens didnâ€™t forced the game into overtime where stop there. Matt Cooke stuck it to the
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Clarion defense grounds Bo Napoleon, IUP offense, hands IUP second straight loss, 21-14 By Kyle Predmore Sports Editor K.R.Predmore@iup.edu
The IUP football team lost to Clarion over the weekend, 21-14. The Crimson Hawks had a hard time early in the game, as they were unable to move the ball, which caused two punts, an interception and a missed field goal in the first half. “Our inability to move the ball offensively was the most disappointing thing for me,” IUP Head Coach Lou Tepper said in an interview after the game. “And then to have three turnovers to none, that hurt us.” The run game for IUP was not as effective as it has been in the past. Harvie Tuck gained only 66 yards. Not a single touchdown for IUP came on the ground. Clarion, however, was able to run the ball effectively. Clarion quarterback Ben Fiscus alone had 71 of the team’s 250 rushing yards. While he didn’t throw any touchdowns, the Indiana native was able to complete 11 of his 16 passing attempts for 115 yards. “I think since Ben took over on offense, they’ve been much more challenging,” Tepper said. “He had a
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play early that went for 24 yards. After that, I really thought we could contain him pretty well.” Fiscus wasn’t the only one who ran
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He averaged more than 10 yards a carry, racking up a total of 179 yards and two touchdowns. The first one was a 49-yard run while the other was a 69-yard run that IUP let up on a crucial fourth down. Defensively, Tyler Dummermuth made his first start and made 11 tackles, six solo and one and a half sacks. His “excellent start,” according to Tepper, was not the same mind frame of the entire IUP defense. The defense did not take the ball away from the Clarion offense once, while the Clarion defense forced three turnovers. IUP quarterback Bo Napoleon had a modest day on offense. He threw for 169 yards, two touchdowns and threw only one interception. Given that a good bit of those yards came late in the fourth quarter against a prevent defense, the Hawks were unable to produce enough to win the game or at least push it to overtime. “I didn’t make plays when we could,” Napoleon said. “A last minute fumble as we’re going down the field. Turnovers hurt us. You can’t commit turnovers and expect to win. And that’s what happened today.” IUP converted on three of four fourth down attempts, but was unable to convert on the key drive attempting to tie the game up. Late in the fourth quarter, the Hawks needed merely inches to convert on fourth down and keep the potential game-winning drive alive. IUP handed it off to the bruising Tuck, but was stuffed in the backfield and turned the ball over on downs. “Should have I called the quarterback sneak?,” Tepper said about the call. “Sure. I probably would have called on anything differently, but that’s a 20/20 hindsight. That’s our best play. It’s inches away. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t have got
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that, but sitting here now.” With the loss, the postseason hope is all but gone. With Tepper “not sure” about the big picture, he understands how to keep the team from falling apart with the losses they have encountered. “You just keep coaching them up,” Tepper said. “You have to just keep patting them on the back and hoping that they’re going to get better.” He mentioned that Clarion had more “veterans” on the team and IUP simply couldn’t push the ball down the field. Napoleon had his own idea on what happened in the game. “I think it comes down to execution,” Napoleon said. “Just making the plays when we need to. It starts from me all the way down — from offense to defense. Everyone needs to make plays, but we didn’t make the plays we needed to today.” “We still have Gannon,” he added. “They’re up next. We can’t overlook them. We’ve got to get rolling and get back on track.” With its second straight home loss, IUP currently sits at 4-3 overall with a 2-2 conference record and dropped down to fifth place in the PSAC West. IUP will travel to Gannon (4-3, 2-2) this weekend in hopes of keeping its season alive. Gannon currently sits at fourth in the PSAC West.
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Hawks lose to East Stroudsburg, 1-0 By Damon Boykiw Staff Writer D.M.Boykiw@iup.edu
Brock Fleeger/The Penn Joe Ford (23) recorded nine goals and seven assists this season.
IUP hockey improves record with weekend wins By Zach graham Staff Writer Z.Graham@iup.edu
Amy Franceschi/The Penn Viann Heder (11) has yet to find the back of the net. She has recorded six shots in 14 games.
while the Warriors improved to 5-7-1 (4-7 in the PSAC West). IUP remains tied for fifth in the PSAC standings and seventh in the NSCAA coaches’ Atlantic Region poll. The new NSCAA ranking are released every Tuesday.
The Hawks have three games remaining in the regular season in which to improve their record, starting with a trip to N. Kerr Thompson Stadium to take on Slippery Rock, 9-3-2 (7-3-2 in the PSAC West) 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The IUP men’s ice hockey team entered the first weekend of CHMA league play with a 1-4-1 record in the midst of a five-game losing streak. If the Crimson Hawks hoped to make a statement, they did just that. The Hawks won convincingly over both Duquesne and West Virginia to improve to 3-4-1, and open league play at 2-0-0. Friday night, the team faced off at home against Duquesne, who had dominated the Hawks in recent seasons. The Hawks last beat the Dukes Oct. 1, 2006, and had dropped seven straight meetings since then. This time, however, the Hawks broke the slump, beating the Dukes with an offensive explosion for a 12-3 thrashing. The Hawks opened a 4-0 lead by the end of the first period. Chris Clouiter scored his first of four to open the scoring after 3:48 with assists from Phil Trombetta and Joe Ford. Casey Stern, Chase Kebler and Ford also scored in the opening period, with those three goals all coming in the last four minutes. The two teams exchanged eight goals in the second period, with the Hawks extending their lead to 9-3 by the end. Chris Urso got the Dukes on the board with an unassisted power play
goal 1:49 into the period. Shortly after, Cloutier notched his second of the night. The Dukes responded with two more, making the score the closest it would be at 5-3. That margin did not hold long, as Trombetta added one, and David Moore, Jeff Jackson, and JeffJoe Regula each scored their first of the season before closing out the second. In the third, Cloutier finished his hat-trick with 16:16 left and added yet another about halfway through the period. EJ Stepano finished off for the Hawks, scoring with 3:45 remaining. Many players recorded big nights for the Hawks. In addition to his four goals, Cloutier added an assist. Trombetta scored once and added six helpers. Ford and Regula each had a goal and three assists. In total, nine different Hawks scored, while 12 figured into the scoring. The Dukes played three different goaltenders, while the Hawks’ man in net, Ryan Lord, made 28 saves. Lord even got on the score sheet, recording an assist to Moore’s goal in the second period. On Saturday, the team visited West Virginia at the Morgantown Municipal Ice Arena. There the Hawks followed up on their successful opener, beating the Mountaineers 6-1. Next weekend, the Hawks will face two more CHMA opponents. They will visit Youngstown State 7 p.m. Friday, and John Carroll 6 p.m. Saturday.
The IUP women’s soccer team fell to East Stroudsburg Saturday, 1-0 on the strength of a goal by freshman Kerri McClay — the second of her short career. This loss is not only the second in a row, but the second consecutive shutout against the Hawks. Crimson Hawks goalkeeper Kelly Brennan was a minute and nine seconds away from her seventh shutout in regulation this season and 20th of her career when McClay found the net. In the last minute of play, IUP’s offense was unable to make up the difference, though it wasn’t for lack of trying. Leading goal scorer Melissa Kornock recorded four shots on the day. Allison Keller, Tori Pikur and Ashley Moyer also recorded shots. With their combined offense, IUP outshot the Warriors 7-3, but were stopped in all instances by East Stroudsburg’s goalie Nicki Keiser who made her second career start. The loss drops IUP to 8-5-1 (6-5-1 in the PSAC West) on the season,
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IUP golf takes fourth PSAC title By Zach graham Staff Writer Z.Graham@iup.edu
The IUP menâ€™s golf team continued its recent dominance of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, wrapping up the teamâ€™s fourth consecutive conference championship Sunday at Hershey Links Golf Club. Sean Sweithelm shot a tworound score of 145, additionally giving the Crimson Hawks their fourth consecutive individual title. Sweithelm follows Gavin Smith in 2007, Leo Acklin in 2008, and Brad Boyle in 2009, representing IUP as the conferenceâ€™s top finisher. All four were champions as sophomores.
In the first round on Saturday, Sweithelm recorded a 76, putting him in a tie for sixth. The Hawksâ€™ Zack Kempa tied for first after the opening round, recording an even par score of 72. In Sundayâ€™s second round, Sweithelm rallied with a threeunder 69 to move ahead of the rest of the group. The two-round total of 145 gave Sweithelm the title by one stroke over West Chesterâ€™s Griffith Basehore. Kempa (147) finished at third, Boyle and Derek Baker (151) tied for seventh, while Acklin (159) rounded out the five-man squad with a tie for 16th. Besides Sweithelm, Boyle was one of two other golfers
to record a score under par at the tournament, finishing the second round with a 70. As a team, the Hawks finished Saturdayâ€™s opening round with a score of 303, giving them an eight-stroke advantage over West Chester. Their one-over par score of 289 in the second round widened the gap, giving the team a two-round total of 592. West Chester finished second with 612, while Clarionâ€™s 613 put them in third. The Hawks will open their spring schedule in March.The team will look to improve on their NCAA performance last season, when they finished second in the Atlantic Region, and 10th in the national tournament.
Offense struggles for Florida By Rachel George The Orlando Sentinel MCT
Urban Meyer finally saw it, or at least publicly acknowledged for the first time what he must have known privately. â€œWe are not very good right now,â€? he said, repeatedly. Itâ€™s a sentiment that should be repeated by Meyer and his staff, and to his staff, over the next two weeks. Florida (4-3, 2-3 SEC) is not good, and the abysmal offense has set new lows for Meyerâ€™s tenure. The Gators are averaging 27.6 points per game, a mark even the â€œvery badâ€? 2005 team topped in Meyerâ€™s first year. Florida ranks eighth or lower in the SEC in five offensive categories. What Meyer should see now is what fans have opined for weeks. Despite playing four seniors who profess to be leaders, the offensive line has underperformed. For the second week in a row, John Brantley was sacked three times. The Gators do not have a suitable backup to injured running back Jeff Demps. He
MCT Chas Henry (17) missed two field goal attempts in Saturdayâ€™s 10-7 loss.
remains the Gatorsâ€™ leading rusher, by more than double, despite being limited or out for a month. The receivers have not been dependable. (See: a pass going through Deonte Thompsonâ€™s hands to a Mississippi State defender for a pick). Brantley, a pocket passer, is running the option. Play-calling has been predictable.
Floridaâ€™s bye week comes at the best time. Meyer said retooling the offense is on the table. It should be. Unbelievably, Florida can still play for an SEC title. But unless Meyer makes wholesale changes in the next two weeks, these â€œnot very goodâ€? Gators will add failing to reach Atlanta to the many disappointments of this season.
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