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• Campus police reported that at 1:48 a.m. Thursday, Elena R. Pietrowicz, 19, Fawn Grove, was arrested and cited for public drunkenness and underage drinking after she was found intoxicated on the sidewalk at the Wallwork Suites. She was placed in the county jail on a public detainer, police reported. At 11:31 p.m. Tuesday, Alexandria R. Wallace, 19, Sharpsville, was charged with the purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of alcohol after she was found intoxicated in the Northern Suites lobby, according to campus police. • Campus police reported that at 4:06 a.m. Saturday, Jonathan M. Scheuren, 21, Media, and Anthony M. Giacomucci, 19, West Chester, were cited with public drunkenness after they were found intoxicated at the intersection of South 11th Street and Oakland Avenue. Giacomucci was also charged with underage drinking, police reported. • Borough police reported that at approximately 1:30 a.m. Feb. 3, Lindsay J. Asher, 20, Collegeville, was cited for underage drinking after she was found intoxicated during an interview with police over a stolen item.

Assault

• At 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aereyelle D. Dubois, 21, Mechanicsburg, was arrested and charged with assault, harassment and criminal mischief after she allegedly kicked a door down and assaulted a man in the 900 block of Wayne Avenue, according to borough police. She was placed in the county jail. • At 3 a.m. Jan. 29, William H. Wheeler, of Pittsburgh, allegedly assaulted a fraternity member at 720 Klondyke Ave., according to borough police. Wheeler was charged on Jan. 31 with assault, harrassment, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, police reported.

Civil rights leader discusses experience at Six O’ Clock Series By Christina Starr Contributing Writer C.C.Starr@iup.edu

The half-filled room was full of applauses as Monday’s Six O’Clock Series presenter performed on stage. Audience members witnessed E.P. McKnight present “Question America: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer” Monday at the HUB Ohio Room. She crept on stage, portraying the image of an elder Hamer, a civil rights leader known for being “sick and tired of being sick and tired,” as she sang the song “This Little Light of Mine.” McKnight then spun the audience into a whirlwind time travel from Hamer’s childhood to her last remaining years. After the introduction of her character, McKnight transformed herself into a reenactment of Hamer as a child. McKnight described her 14-hour workdays to the audience. She said they consisted of planting and cropping cotton.

John Bonanno/The Penn E.P. McKnight acted out the part of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer to students Monday at the HUB Ohio Room.

McKnight then went forward to Hamer’s adulthood as a 27-year-old woman who met her husband for the first time. She gave audience members an image of their relationship, which began with their first date. It finished off with their marriage and having their two daughters, while living and working on a plantation. McKnight veered to a 44-year-old politically involved Hamer, after breaking away from the personal atmosphere of her

family life. She attempted to register to vote as soon as the opportunity was presented to her. McKnight ended her presentation as the elderly Hamer who again sang “This Little Light of Mine.” “She’s a good actor,” said Bobby Fahler (freshman, health and physical education). “You must dream a dream,” McKnight said. “In order for that dream to materialize, you must wake up.”

Disorderly conduct

Borough police reported that at 1:52 a.m. Wednesday, Derek T. Nash, 20, Blandburg, was arrested by campus police and charged with making terroristic threats, assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, underage drinking, harassment and public drunkenness after he allegedly hit a woman at 935 Oakland Ave. Police reported that Nash tried resisting arrest when campus police attemped to place him under custody.

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Trespass

At 4:04 a.m. Jan. 24, Joshua Klimko, 20; Carol Klimko, 44; Robert Grindel Jr., 32; Christina Munshower, 20; Tiffany Fichera, 19; all of McKeesport, were charged with several offenses following entering a residence at 274 S. Seventh St., according to borough police. Police reported that Joshua Klimko and Grindel entered the residence with a crowbar and shovel. Both were charged with criminal trespass, simple trespass, assault, harassment and disorderly conduct, police reported. Joshua Klimko was also charged with underage drinking. Carol Klimko was charged with conspiracy to commit criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, after she was identified as the person that dropped both of them off, police reported. Munshower and Fichera were cited for underage drinking after they were found intoxicated in the vehicle, police reported.

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Borough council member speaks out on parking permit fee increase By Sean Bracken News Editor S.M.Bracken@iup.edu

People that are not permanent Indiana borough residents can expect to see their parking permit fees increase. After a unanimous decision by the borough council on Feb. 2, parking permit fees will be doubled. The fee will become $240 a year, or $20 a month, according to Borough Council President Richard G. Gallo. Previously, it was $120, or $10 a month. “That is a good rate considering private parking lots are charging anywhere from $30 to $60 a month,� Gallo said, in a Tuesday interview at the Norma White Realty office. He said all changes will begin in March, 30 days after the Feb. 2 vote. “We did this because parking is a serious problem,� Gallo said. Gallo said the borough’s hike in parking fee permits would impact people that do not live at a borough address. He said students would be among those impacted if they choose to live off-campus. Gallo said the borough does not hold a lot of available spaces to park in. He added that a lot of borough residents could not park in the borough. “We are accountable to members of the borough,� Gallo said. “It is not

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fair to the residents.� He said the borough’s parking problem comes from the limited parking spaces for all of the people that commute to work or school. Gallo said the borough is currently working on ideas to create more parking. “We want to encourage people to visit and come to the borough,� Gallo said. All of the parking plans are in the exploring stages, according to Gallo. He said the council raised the permit fee in hopes to cut back on borough parking, but he added the fee increase is not to punish non-residents. “We are not targeting students,� Gallo said. He said there has been no reaction from people in the borough. He added that he expects favorable reaction from borough residents, but added that non-residents would not be as happy. Gallo pointed out a plan he wants to work on, which would allow a student voice to be represented on

the council. He also said he would like to see more involvement from younger people in the community. “I think [students] should be fully-involved in the community,� Gallo said. He said the parking permit is enforced through a sticker, which non-residents have to put on their car bumpers. He said they can get the sticker by visiting the borough office at 80 N. Eighth St. and filling out an application. Gallo said the landlord also has to fill out their approval part before the applicant takes it back to the borough office. He said applicants must pay there for the permit. Permit parking will only be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to Gallo, with a two-hour grace period for visitors. Attempts to reach Borough Manager Ken Gabler were unsuccessful.

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Why couples are going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day By Allison Ross The Palm Beach Post MCT

Thanks to the fact that it falls on a Sunday, restaurants will be getting more love from consumers than florists and jewelers this Valentine’s Day, according to a new • study. “Restaurants are going to see some growth this Valentine’s day weekend,” said Toon van Beeck, senior analyst with IBISWorld, which conducted the study. Valentine’s-related spending at restaurants this Sunday is forecast to see an 8.2 percent increase this year, while sales of jewelry and flowers are expected to fall more than 4 percent. The main reason for this shift: Men, who make up the majority of Valentine’s Day spending. “It’s not just a stereotype. Most men really are procrastinators,” said Kit Yarrow, a consumer psychologist

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and professor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. “And men procrastinate more for Valentine’s Day than any other holiday.” Yarrow said that men feel social pressure to buy Valentine’s Day presents, and that they react by

procrastinating. According to van Beeck, most men wait to shop until the last three days before the holiday, often running to buy presents during lunch breaks or right after work. But when Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, a man has “to ... plan ahead or go out on Saturday to do their shopping,” she said. So, many will fall back on taking their loved ones out to dinner. Research from the Society o f

forecasts that couples will spend an average of $63.34 on gifts for their significant other or spouse this year, compared to $67.22 last year. Yarrow said that the shift to

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American Florists shows that Sunday is the worst day for florists when it comes to Valentine’s Day. “Having Valentine’s Day on Sunday has a dramatic impact on florists,” said John Klingel, director of the South Florida Center for Floral Studies in West Palm Beach. “When the sender cannot send the gift to a workplace, it lowers the value of the gift. There won’t be the same rave reviews and glory and praise attached to the flowers.” He estimated that florist deliveries could fall 40 to 50 percent this year. The National Retail Federation

eating out could also partly be a function of how much people have cut back this year. “Going out to dinner has become a more appreciated gift that it was in the past, a little more special,” she said. The two haven’t exchanged gifts since their first Valentine’s Day together eight years ago, instead preferring to simply go out to dinner and spend time together. “Presents don’t equal romance,” Dempsey said. “And it makes our Valentine’s less stressful because he’s not freaked out about expectations from me.”

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By Chuck Shepherd Universal Press Syndicate

Crimestopper:

• In Frisco, Texas, in January, boutique owner Marian Chadwick, who was about to be robbed at gunpoint by a hooded intruder, pointed her finger at him and said: “In the name of Jesus, you get out of my store. I bind you by the power of the Holy Spirit.” The man appeared stunned, then turned and walked out empty-handed, cursing. • A 20-year veteran Houston cop who wears badge number 666 told the Houston Chronicle in a December profile that once, 17 years ago, a dangerous perp who had been defiant that he would not be captured dropped to his knees and surrendered. He had glanced at the badge. Said he, “I ain’t fighting the devil.”

Questionable judgments

• In Thailand, the endangered status of crocodiles and elephants is largely ignored by the public, who are instead enthralled with the giant pandas and their cub on loan from China. (There is even a 24-hour cable TV “panda channel.”) At several of the country’s zoos, officials now regularly paint their crocodiles and elephants in panda colors (with harmlessly washable paint) to call attention to their plight. Even though the paint must be reapplied daily, “It’s impossible not to do it now,” said one croc handler for a December Wall Street Journal dispatch. “People expect it.” • Only four days after the January earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, two Royal Caribbean cruise ships made a port call at a private enclave about 60 miles up Haiti’s coastline from ground zero, turning loose hundreds of frolickers for “jet ski rides,

parasailing and rum cocktails delivered to their hammocks,” according to a report in London’s The Guardian. Haitian guards employed by the cruise line manned the resort’s 12-foot-high fences, but about a third of the passengers still declined to leave the ships, too upset by the unfolding disaster nearby to enjoy themselves. Royal Caribbean said it had made a large donation to the rescue effort and promised, also, to send proceeds from the port’s thriving craft stores.

Obsessions

Unless Stephen Gough, 50, changes his mind about wearing pants, he risks spending the rest of his life behind bars, according to a January ruling of Scotland’s Perth Sheriff Court. Gough, Britain’s “naked rambler,” is a freelance nudist who for years has roamed the United

Kingdom countryside, interrupted by numerous jail stints for violating public decency. He was released from Perth Prison in December after his latest stay, but seconds later shucked his clothes and was re-arrested. (In his most recent trial, Gough acted as his own lawyer and somehow persuaded an overly fair judge to let him be naked in court.)

Least competent criminals

• Shane Williams-Allen, 19, was arrested in Tavares, Fla., in January and charged with burglarizing an unmarked police car and stealing several items, including handcuffs and a Taser gun. Eventually, Williams-Allen called the police for help after he accidentally cuffed himself, and officers believe he also accidentally Tasered himself. • Police in Oakland, Calif., called off their manhunt for fleeing home-invasion suspects in January

when officers encountered four of the men wedged between two buildings they had tried to squeeze through.

Recurring themes

The Whole Truth and Nothing But: Last August, an applicant for the police force in Montgomery, Ala., following directions to be truthful during the job interview, admitted that he owned child pornography. He was of course not hired, but arrested. In January 2010, 170 miles to the south in Pensacola, Fla., another lawenforcement applicant, Clarence Burnette, 25, admitted to owning child pornography,during his interview to be a sheriff’s deputy. He also was not hired, but arrested. (The Montgomery applicant, who also confessed to having sex with an underage girl, is now serving 30 years in prison.)

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Retailers offer choices for Valentine’s Day gifts By K.O. Jackson Kokomo Tribune MCT

Sunday, men and women, boys and girls, in fact kids of all ages, will give a loved one a little something to signify their affection. The token of affection can cost mucho dinero or it can be free, but never cheap. After all, Valentine’s Day is for love, said Indianapolis event planner Anne-Marie Dezelan. Think “indulgence.� The more indulgent, the merrier. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are expected to spend $103 on Valentine’s Day - 50 cent more than last year’s average. Furthermore, Tanya J. Hall, an economic research analyst at Indiana University’s Business Research Center, said the economy affected Valentine’s Day sales in 2009. Yet, anticipating similar trends this year for industries involved in the smitten holiday, businesses are expected to see spending reach $14.7 billion this year. “It’s Valentine’s Day. You have to indulge. Find a place for the children to go and have dinner in front of your fireplace or have a picnic in bed,� said Dezelan, owner of AnnieOs’. “Home is the best place to be. I’ve heard that over and over from celebrities. They say they have to always be

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‘on’ all the time, and they really enjoy having picnics at home. Instead of sitting in a restaurant at a table that could sit 10, you are at home with two people. “With the high cost of flowers and having to pay to go out for dinner, you can do this at home for half the price.� If a person would like a Valentine to wear a little something as a token of affection, it probably can be found at a jewelry store. But if that person wants a custom, one-of-a-kind piece, sorry, it’s too late to see Jeff Watson. Unless, of course, the person is thinking of giving jewelry next Valentine’s Day. Watson has owned J Watson Creations for 30 years. His Kokomo business doesn’t have many ready-to-wear jewelry pieces available. Everything Watson creates

takes six to eight weeks to complete. “It takes a while to create a custom piece. Most guys are not waking up the day after Christmas — after already giving presents — thinking about creating jewelry for someone they love for Valentine’s Day, but that’s how long it takes,� said Watson. “The mom-and-pops and the malls can handle the ready-made jewelry, we have our special niche here. “I don’t have a lot of jewelry here, so most people don’t think about me during Valentine’s Day.� Nevertheless, if jewelry isn’t the way to your sweetie’s heart, perhaps a kiss will do. But not just any old kiss: Indulge in Indulgence’s Red Velvet Kiss. After opening Indulgence Bakery, 117 W. Defenbaugh St., in September, Emily Smith was on a blog and found a recipe for a Red Velvet Kiss. At last week’s Samaritan Caregivers’ 8th Annual Chocolate Celebration, Smith’s Red Velvet Kiss was named best baked good. The tempting treat is red-velvet cake mixed with cream-cheese icing and covered in chocolate. It is shaped in the form of a Hershey’s Kiss and costs $3. “This is a seasonal item for us,� said Smith, who is also creating seven varieties of Valentine’s Day cupcakes, ranging from lemon to toasted coconut.

By Diane C. Lane Sun Sentinel MCT

January’s cold snap, which damaged flower crops in South America and fern supplies in central Florida, could put love to the test this year by potentially driving up the cost of Valentine’s Day bouquets. On the other hand, romantics may find a few good deals this year, as floral retailers woo consumers who remain reluctant to splurge on flowers in a bad economy. Add to that the fact that Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year for the first time since 1999, meaning deliveries may be down dramatically. “If the sender, who usually is a man, cannot send flowers to the workplace, where they get the maximum impact, they have a tough time justifying the cost,� said John Klingel, director of the South Florida Center for Floral Studies in West Palm Beach. He estimates deliveries could drop as much as 50 percent, as shoppers opt instead for dinner out or chocolates. Industry experts say merchants, eager to offset the factors

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working against them this year, are offering incentives such as discounts for ordering early, free delivery and price breaks on alternatives to the iconic red rose. So shop around, Klingel said, and don’t be afraid to ask what your florist can do for you, just as long as you don’t wait until the last minute to buy on what, along with Mother’s Day, is the year’s busiest floral holiday. Klingel said consumers also could save money by dealing directly with a local florist rather than ordering through a Web site representing multiple businesses. “Find someone with a store phone number and an address, and speak with them directly about designing your flowers,� Klingel said. A directory, searchable by ZIP code, of stores that are members of the Society of American Florists can be found at aboutflowers.com. Be careful about buying discounted flowers from street vendors and roadside stands, said Christine Boldt, executive vice president of the Association of Floral Importers of Florida. Instead of lasting for up to a week, those roses may make it only for a few days.

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Council decision raising parking prices fails to consider IUP population By Cortney Branthoover Managing Editor C.B.Branthoover@iup.edu

By emily franey and emily mross Contributing Columnists The-Penn@iup.edu

Snow. This natural phenomenon should not be a new concept to IUP and Indiana Borough. But looking around campus and town in the past week, it seems as if everyone responsible for keeping the roads and sidewalks clear has never seen this foreign cold, white substance before. It is not the first time Indiana has been hit with a lot of snow this winter. Right after finals, those of us who were unlucky enough to have late Friday finals found ourselves stranded with unplowed roads, even on Oakland Avenue and Philadelphia Street. Now it feels like we have deja vu. Oakland, the most important route for most people trekking to campus, remained covered in snow and slush for days after last weekend’s storm.

While other schools in the area received time off because of weather and road conditions, IUP students were still required to attend classes on Monday, though many sidewalks on campus, including those in the Oak Grove, remained covered in snow. For those commuting to campus, parking became a problem. While it is understandable that parking lots needed to be closed for effective snow removal, students were not given adequate warning on Friday about closings so that their cars could be safely moved to Robertshaw before the snow began to accumulate on the ground. Our feeling is that IUP chose to remain open on Monday because of the warnings that more snow would slam us later in the week. While it’s true that we had to miss two days of classes due to snow later in the week, we do not think that it was in the best interests of students to remain open when main-

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tenance was not prepared to remove the snow adequately for foot and vehicle traffic. IUP may be an educational institution, but in the process of attracting new students and retaining old ones, they have to think of the university’s image like a business would. While walking on Philadelphia Street, it is easy to see that most businesses understand customers require sidewalks and entrance ways free of snow and ice. If you do not maintain clear spaces, you risk not only losing business, but also potentially causing injuries to customers. We pay to go to IUP, so technically we are customers. Why can’t we have safe sidewalks? Ideally, we would all have sleds and a team of huskies to carry us to class across the tundra during the winter months. But if you cannot safely navigate a route to class wearing boots and other weather-appropriate attire, what does that say about the condition of campus?

On Page 6 of today’s issue, you’ll notice an article about the Indiana borough council’s decision to double prices from $120 a year to $240 for parking permits purchased by “nonpermanent borough residents.” The price of parking for borough residents — those who have an Indiana address for their permanent residence and who are by and large non-students — is absolutely nothing. While a raise in price from $12 to $24 a month may not seem particularly steep, though inconvenient, we feel we should include a bit of contextual information. An article in the Aug. 21st, 2008, issue of The Penn covers the initial raise in price. All individuals wishing to purchase a parking pass before fall of 2008 — permanent resident or not — paid $10 a year. A year. That is, to use the convenient monthly breakdown, 83 cents a month for parking for everyone. According to Borough Manager Ken Gabler, the initial hike in parking price was enacted because it “created a lot of problems in neighborhoods for people who lived in the area. There wasn’t any room for them to park.” The assumption here is that permanent residents ought not to have to pay for the privilege to park on Indiana’s streets when they’re paying property taxes to Indiana borough. What the council fails to recognize — or perhaps simply ignores — is that, like it or not, the student population does live here. We have homes, we pay taxes any time we purchase goods and we have a right to affordable parking. Richard Gallo, borough council president, denies that this decision is targeting students but it appears to do exactly that. Gallo goes on to say that the council “is accountable to members of the borough. It is not fair to the residents [to have to pay for parking].” I would like to think that since we

live here at least two-thirds of the year (and I know many students who opt to live here year-round), the council has just as much a responsibility to see to the needs of the student body and should act accordingly. It seems to be, at best, a huge disservice to require students to shoulder the burden of paying for parking passes. The alternative could be that we’re blatantly being taken advantage of. The rollover of student populations is such that in two or three years’ time, very few people will be left who remember when certain changes were enacted. Many of them appear insignificant and easily explained by inflation — for example, the burger meal plan at the HUB was $4 in 2004-2005 and the burger itself was 4 ounces — but this parking issue appears to me, and perhaps to others, as a far more insidious decision on the council’s part to profit off of the student population. So what can we do about it? Relations between student residents and permanent residents of Indiana are just as much our responsibility. Borough council meetings are open to anyone in the community — it certainly couldn’t hurt to attend one or more of them to get familiar with the process and make our presence known as actively participating members of our local political community. Council meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month in the Indiana Police Department at 80 N. Eighth St. The next meeting will be held March 2 for anyone interested in attending. The most effective route, of course, would be to change your permanent address to one in Indiana. The obvious benefit of this would be — presto! — free parking. More importantly, you’d have a chance to participate in local political elections in a community where you’ll spend the next few years, if not longer. An active student role in local government could dramatically shape the future of the Indiana community and make this place more pleasant for all people who pay to live here — not just permanent borough residents.


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Saving antibiotics so antibiotics can save us By Richard J. Whitley MCT

As a physician who treats children with infectious diseases, I’m reminded every day that one of the most important medical achievements of the last century was the development of antimicrobial drugs. But now these powerful tools could be rendered useless because of drugresistance, threatening a health-care catastrophe. Congress and the Food and Drug Administration have been considering actions that could help, but we don’t have the luxury of time on our side. During the last hundred years, antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs have helped physicians and other health-care professionals save millions of lives and ease patients’ suffering. Although antibiotics have been dubbed “miracle drugs,” doctors know all too well they are not always effective. Over time, bacteria can develop resistance to existing drugs, making it difficult — if not impossible — to treat the “super bugs” that cause extremely dangerous infections. In

fact, the World Health Organization has identified antimicrobial resistance as one of the three greatest threats to human health. The most important source of the problem is unnecessary overuse — antibiotics simply are not being employed appropriately. This occurs too often in human medicine, and we are employing antimicrobial stewardship programs to control it. But, unfortunately, one of the most troubling causes of overuse lies outside the control of physicians — in the raising of food animals. Agricultural uses of antibiotics have been barely noticed by the public and the media until recently. Yet 30 years of scientific evidence demonstrates that antibiotic use in food animal production contributes to the spread of drug-resistant bacteria to people in many ways, including improper handling of contaminated meat and vegetables and/or consuming tainted food or water. At present, the vast majority of antibiotics administered to food animals are for non-therapeutic uses — to promote rapid growth and save money on feed.

Members of Congress have introduced the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), which addresses routine use of antibiotics in food animal production. PAMTA would ban antibiotics of importance to human health from use for growth promotion, feed efficiency and routine disease prevention in food animals. IDSA has joined with the country’s foremost scientific and medical experts to urge Congress to pass PAMTA. Unfortunately, industrial animal agricultural special interests are fighting both Congress’ and FDA’s approaches through intense lobbying efforts that favor maintaining the status quo — we cannot afford to let them win. It is a simple fact, the more antibiotics our society consumes the faster life-threatening drug-resistant organisms develop. This is a vicious cycle, but one that we can control, if we stop overuse. Without public support and quick government action, we stand little chance of getting ahead of the drugresistant bacteria that take the lives of our loved ones with increasing frequency each year.

If you can’t tell by the excessive amount of hearts, roses or chocolates, Sunday is Valentine’s Day. Whether you begrudge it for being a corporately manufactured holiday or use it as a reason to show the one(s) you love that you appreciate them, be safe in whatever way you choose to acknowledge it. In this issue of The Penn, we’ve got a ton of articles on quirky gift ideas to safe-sex tips. Should you decide to throw an anti-Valentine’s Day singles’ shindig, party responsibly. Also, keep in mind that Valentine’s Day need not be limited to romantic relationships. Keep in touch with family members if you’re separated by distance or let your friends know that you’re thinking about them. You can even use the time to volunteer to really show your love to other members of the community, or volunteer at a shelter to help take care of animals in need. It may be necessary to catch up on homework this weekend, too. It’s been kind of a ridiculous week, what with the almost unprecedented back-to-back snow days — we lost a lot of class hours this week, and while it’s really tempting to wait until Sunday night to prepare for the next week, you’ll probably need to exercise some better time management over the weekend to actually stay on top of what you’ve missed. The weather hasn’t changed much since last Friday, as we’re sure you’ve noted. More than 20 inches of snow may not be your cup of tea, but it’s also somewhat of a weather rarity even around here. Try to find creative ways to get out and enjoy it — after all, before you know it, we’ll be preparing for finals week and there might just be a hint of warmth in the air. Rather than complaining about the cold, just get out there and be a kid again, at least for a few days. Build a fort in the snow, make snow angels and stock up on cocoa. It’s a lot more fun that way. On top of that, stay safe and warm. Flu season isn’t quite over yet, although we seem to have passed the worst of it. Once the weather starts to warm up, sickness will start to crop up again. Be careful out there.

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Stay safe with sex tips for Valentine’s Day, every day By marissa e. young Staff Writer M.E.Young@iup.edu

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, many couples are planning romantic evenings with their significant others. Some are planning anti-Valentine’s Day events because they have no significant other. Both categories of people need to be sexually responsible this Valentine’s Day . With help from The Haven Project and Health AWAREness, through the Center for Health and Well-Being, they are offering information and activities for what has been deemed “Sexual Responsibility Week,” Feb. 8-12. There is a difference between safe sex and “safer” sex, according to Margaret Hammond, graduate assistant, who has put a lot of time into Sexual Responsibility Week. “You can’t guarantee safe sex, but you can practice safer sex behaviors,” Hammond said. The only way to be 100 percent “safe” is to be abstinent, but if you do participate in sexual intercourse you can be safer. With the activities going on with Sexually Responsibility Week, its main goal is to increase the awareness. “[We] want people to be as

“You can’t guarantee safe sex, but you can practice safer sex behaviors.” — Margaret Hammond, graduate assistant informed as possible. That’s really our goal,” Hammond said, “[And we’re] trying to develop ways of getting people’s attention.” The ways they are trying to get people’s attention is through the activities during Sexual Responsibility Week. The rest of the week’s activities included making buttons for Valentine’s Day, a “Hookin’ Up” workshop, which was scheduled to take place Wednesday, where additional tips on being a better communicator were to be introduced, and the showing of the film “Knocked Up” and a discussion. On Sunday, there will be a raffle of the condom bouquet that students have entered to win throughout Sexual Responsibility Week. By handing out condoms and candy daily at Folger Dining Hall for Sexual Responsibility Week and having an informational table there, they are really spreading the word and encouraging everyone to be more aware of what students can do to be sexually safer and more responsible.

There are also condom lollipops “that you shouldn’t eat!” and flavored dental dams to show that more than one type of contraception work and are encouraged, Hammond said. For the couples that do abstain, there are other activities that they can do with their partners. For example: giving massages, cooking, coupon books, walks under the stars, making a mixed CD, spending time together or hiding a love note where the other will find it. These examples are all inexpensive and also have the intimacy that isn’t physical or sexual. For couples that are sexually active, it is important to have a healthy relationship. There needs to be communication about what you’re going to do or what you like, but it doesn’t have to be “sterile” — you can make it fun and interesting, according to Hammond. So no matter what kind of relationship you are a part of, make sure there is communication and respect. Also, it is important to take precautions to avoid unplanned pregnancy. For questions about sexual responsibility or safer sex, contact The Haven Project and Health AWAREness, located at the Center for Health and Well-Being, for more information. By taking necessary precautions, you can be sexually safer and more responsible this Valentine’s Day.

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The history of Valentine’s Day: What’s it all about? By melissa neyman Contributing Writer M.R.Neyman@iup.edu

Valentine’s Day is a popular holiday widely celebrated by people throughout the world. According to BigDates.com, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine’s cards, often anonymously. However, though we know what this holiday entails, do we actually understand its significance? According to History.com, St. Valentine was a priest during the third century in Rome, under the rule of Emperor Claudius II. During this period, Claudius recognized that single men seemed to make much better soldiers than those with wives and families. When Valentine heard of this unjust edict, he defied the Emperor and continued to perform numerous marriages for young lovers. As a result of this discovery, he outlawed marriage for young men whom he considered to be his “crop

of potential soldiers, according to the Web site. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. According to History.com, St. Valentine actually sent the first “Valentine” greeting himself while awaiting his execution in prison. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor’s daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, he wrote her a love letter in which he signed, “From your Valentine,” according to the Web site. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and, most importantly, romantic figure. With that said, how is it possible for Valentine’s Day, the day commemorating St. Valentine, to lack meaning and purpose?

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Need pocket-friendly ideas for Valentine’s Day? By devvon horn Contributing Writer D.J.Horn@iup.edu

As the cost of being a college student rises, more and more of us are looking for ways to save money during holiday seasons. Here’s some good news for all you college love-bugs. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be costly at all. There are some simple and pocketfriendly things you can do that will be ample in expressing your love to your Valentine. The Gift of Time Instead of paying a fortune for your loved one to be pampered at a spa, try a more intimate approach. According to LovingYou.com, take the time out of your day and give a personal massage. During this massage try to be selfless and ask questions like “How was your day?�, “How do you feel?� or “Is there anything you need?� These questions seem ordinary, but in an intimate environment where you are truly listening for answers, they will have an extraordinary affect on your Valentine. Another way to use time to show how much you care is to have dinner and a movie. Dinner and a movie are usually

pricey, but here’s an alternative approach that’s beneficial to your loved one and your pockets: Instead of ordering food or going to a restaurant, try cooking dinner and serving it. As a substitute for going out to the movies, rent a couple of romantic movies from your nearest movie rental place. The gift of time spent with your loved one will increase your passion and intimacy while decreasing the amount of money deducted from your pockets. The Gift of Creation Even though buying a Valentine’s Day card can be cheap, the impact of writing a personal love letter instead will be much greater. Valentine’s Day cards are good, but writing something from your own heart will not only save you money but also show your loved one exactly how you feel. Nothing can express your feelings better than your own words. HelpYourMoney.com suggests showing your love “by creating a unique, sentimental card that demonstrates you care more than a storebought card ever could.� Make it even more special by writing a poem or including a classic poem to go with it. In addition to a personal love letter, you can woo your loved one using a

traditional concept and making it into something so creative. Usually on Valentine’s Day people expect to receive some sort of flower bouquet, which most times is not very pocket-friendly at all. But instead of the usual rose bouquet, try a balloon bouquet. According to MonicaBalloons.com, a balloon bouquet can consist of candy, a teddy bear, a variety of flowers such as roses, carnations and seasonal flowers and even a dish garden. There is also a variety of balloon bouquets to choose from, all ranging around the same price of $48 with a minimum fee, which is $10 less. Creating a gift basket filled with items that “signify just how well you know each other� is another creative way to show how much your Valentine means to you, according to HelpYourMoney.com. Think of fun, unique things to include that won’t break your budget. Love coupons are a fun, special way to treat your significant other to some relaxing down time. Catalogs.com lists several ideas for a love coupon booklet, including “an evening of romance,� “one free wish� and “a weekend getaway.� The Web site also suggests making a mix CD full of songs that remind you of your Valentine, and including notes about each song.

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Be careful opening electronic Valentine’s greetings By TERESA F. LINDEMAN Scripps Howard News Service

Lorrie Cranor never sends electronic cards, and she rarely opens the ones sent to her. For the Carnegie Mellon University associate professor of computer science and engineering to feel confident that those little greetings aren’t bad news, she needs checks and double-checks. She admits she’s probably deleted legitimate e-cards from friends. Oh, well. “It’s my job to be paranoid about these things,” she said. A nation of lovers, or at least many friendly people, is coming up fast on the biggest e-card sending occasion of the year, as rated by the Greeting Card Association, in Washington. The industry estimates that 15 million e-Valentines will be sent over this year’s holiday. And while old-fashioned cards made of paper still far outnumber the digital ones — the card association estimates 190 million Valentine cards are exchanged every year, not counting the type school kids hand out — card companies that sell both have settled into a sort of ongoing vigilance against cyber-sneaks. “We work really hard to educate people on what a real e-card looks like,” said Sarah Kolell, a spokeswoman for Hallmark Cards Inc., based in Kansas City, Mo. The private company doesn’t

divulge a lot of financial information, but there’s money in the e-card business. In June, Hallmark changed from a policy of offering a lot of free e-cards and then some special ones for $1.49 each to a system of charging 99 cents each for most e-cards. Or users can buy a $10 annual subscription and send all they want. Kolell said the fee change was done, in part, because the most popular e-cards tend to be those that include licensed characters, such as characters from TV shows. Both Hallmark and Cleveland-based American Greetings also have staffs to develop music and new designs for their e-cards. It’s a little different for the greeting-card industry to fight spam than, say, banks, which regularly put out statements urging customers to ignore Internet inquiries asking for account details. The financial institutions can usually just advise people to ignore those e-mails because that’s not how they contact customers. But electronic greetings do use the world’s e-mail delivery system to reach their recipients with dancing sock puppets or goofy love songs. Generally, the companies said people don’t use e-cards as the main Valentine’s message to their significant other. Rather, they might send them to friends or distant family. Then again, in a week when much of the East Coast and parts of the Midwest are buried under snowdrifts, an e-card may be an alternative to going to the

store to buy a card. Although there hasn’t been a big increase of late in the percentage of viruses and threats using e-mail, including e-cards, to spread, there’s plenty of that sort of thing going on, said Grace Paik Kim, a public-relations manager with Symantec Corp., a computer-security company. In 2008, 31 percent of “malicious code samples” that spread virally had the ability to do so through e-mail attachments, according to the company, based in Mountain View, Calif. Companies such as Hallmark and American Greetings and even the card association put e-card safety tips on their Web sites, including advice not to click on links or download things. “In order to see an e-card, you never have to click on anything,” said Kolell, at Hallmark. An American Greetings spokeswoman agreed, saying most reputable sites suggest recipients go to the company’s main page by typing — not copying and pasting — in the site address. Then consumers can enter the code found in the original e-mail to retrieve the greeting. Cranor said people are more easily fooled than they might think, especially around major holidays. A birthday e-card might be harder to get people to open since that would mean knowing their birth dates; but Valentine’s Day is the same for everyone.

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She was involved in research not long ago in which her group sent fake scam messages to addresses of Carnegie Mellon students and staff. Even at CMU, known for having tech-savvy types around, people fell for such things as offers for a $100 meal card and an e-mail impersonating a CMU office that requested a password. The only one that no one fell for was one about community service. If people did click on the link that might typically introduce something bad to their computer, the research group’s program took them to a Web site with training on how to spot spam.

At the moment, the company’s products don’t focus on e-cards, but Cranor said it’s been discussed. “It’s on the list to add to our training.” Meanwhile, she’ll stay on her guard. The card companies are developing other uses for the latest technologies. Those include mobile e-cards sent between cell phones and printed cards that show off 3-D images when held in front of a webcam. In addition, Kolell pointed out, there’s the service in which online customers can select a paper card, put a message on it, address it and stamp it. There won’t be any dancing hamsters, but the card company does take care of getting it in the mail.


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Google to compete with Facebook, Twitter with ‘Gmail Buzz’ By BRIER DUDLEY The Seattle Times MCT

Google’s turning Gmail into a social network with a new feature called “Buzz” that adds a handful of networking and sharing features to the company’s free Web e-mail service. Co-founder Sergey Brin said Buzz blends social networking and productivity tools into a powerful new service. “This is another very compelling evolution where I think you have the meeting of social communication and productivity that’s closer together,” he said. “I think a lot of the past services have focused simply on friends and entertainment, things like that ... I think the bridging of those worlds is very powerful.” Clicking a tab in Gmail will present a format with a series of live, streaming updates from user’s email contacts, turning the user’s inbox into Google’s version of Facebook. Public updates will all be indexed by Google and searchable. I wonder what this will do to Gmail’s utility as a Web e-mail service; people who use Gmail for sensitive correspondence will need to be sure they’re correctly using the public and private sharing options that Buzz adds. There’s also a Twitteresque mobile component, giving users the ability to post and share updates from mobile phones. It also uses Google’s location-based service to add geotags to Buzz posts made from smart phones. Also unveiled Tuesday was a new version of Google Mobile Maps with a

“Organizing the world’s social information has become a large scale problem, the kind Google loves to solve.” — Todd Jackson, Buzz product manager layer displaying Buzz posts tagged to an area or venue. The company also plans to launch an enterprise version of Buzz for companies to use for communicating and sharing information. Google’s presenting this update as a service to help people organize and manage the flood of online information. But that may not be enough to deflect grumbling about Google blatantly replicating the features of popular social networks. “Organizing the world’s social information has become a large scale problem, the kind Google loves to solve,” Todd Jackson, Buzz product manager, said during Google’s announcement Tuesday morning. Buzz will be available at buzz. google.com and via a tab in Gmail. The company plans to make it available starting around 11 a.m. for invited users and broadly over the next few days. Jackson wouldn’t use the “F” word when asked how Buzz would integrate with Facebook and its Connect feature. “We don’t have anything to announce at this time but it’s something to think about,” he said. Pressed on how Buzz emulates Facebook, Brin also declined to name the service but noted that many dif-

ferent social networking services have been developed, including a rudimentary one that he built in high school. Brin characterized Buzz as the latest contribution to the evolution of social networking, saying that he hoped it’s one of the “revolutionary” new technology products that have appeared every few years over the last decade. “I think we look at this as part of a longer term evolution and trying to put together the best set of features and compelling elements to make this really successful both from a technical point of view as well as a social point of view,” he said. Microsoft — which has a stake in Facebook and provides ad services to the site — issued a sharp statement from Dharmesh Mehta, Windows Live director of product management: “Busy people don’t want another social network, what they want is the convenience of aggregation. We’ve done that. Hotmail customers have benefitted from Microsoft working with Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and 75 other partners since 2008.”

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THE BUZZ Here’s Jackson’s summary of the key features of Buzz: • Auto-following. See content from people you follow. “There’s always been a giant social network under Gmail.” •Rich, fast sharing experience. “Buzz brings a social UI to Gmail.” •Public and private sharing. •Inbox integration. (Add social updates to inbox) •“Recommended buzz” that adds suggested people’s updates to your stream.

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‘Valentine’s Day’ writes love letter to environment, spreads love

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dards for future productions. “There’s no doubt that, with the exception of solar panels, these practices can be implemented on a majority of our films,” said Jon Romano, sustainable production manager for Warner Bros. Pictures. Warner Bros. said it’s impractical to expect each of the green practices used on “Valentine’s Day” to apply to all productions, given solar-powered lighting isn’t always feasible nor composting available at every locations. But, Romano said, “It’s certainly going to be a model.” Hollywood, of course, has a long way to go before it can tout its environmental record. The industry’s routine use of use carbon-belching private jets to ferry stars, for example, doesn’t comport with a green mandate. Still, some producers are paying more than lip service to the hype, prompting equipment suppliers, vendors and film crews to change how they operate. Most studios have taken steps to reduce energy costs and some, such as Warner Bros., have hired environmental managers who work with productions to help identify and carry out sustainable practices. “There has been a dramatic increase over the past five years in terms of film, TV and commercial projects incorporating sustainable practices,” said Lauren Selman, founder of Reel

Web site — PSiMadeThis.com — and the name of a do-it-yourself fashion book coming out in the fall. “I’m not someone who goes out Some of us have no budge in our spending a lot of money on expenbudget these days, so we don’t have sive bras,” Domesek said. “However, $50 to spend on fancy lingerie for we started talking about it, and Valentine’s Day. we collectively came up with this So we jumped at the chance to idea of how it would be really cool, score some ideas instead of dressing up the bra, to from DIY doyenne Erica dress up the straps.” Here Domesek on how are three of her ideas: to make over bras • Modern boho: Glue we already have bits of vintage lace or in our lingerie old lace doilies to the drawer. straps in an Domesek overlapping is all about fashion. creative If you don’t recycling. have old lace, She calls it stain new lace upcycling, or makin tea. Dreamstime ing things over into She used hot glue something more valuable or for her projects, but fabric glue upscale than they were in their first holds up better when the bras are life. handwashed, she said. “I tell people that it’s designer • Contemporary chic: Hand-sew DIY,” said the professional crafter strands of rhinestones to the straps. who lives in New York City. “At “I kind of drizzled them on,” she the end of the day we want great said. You’ll find rhinestones at craft things, but we don’t want to spend stores or online at Web sites such as tons of money.” MJTrim.com. She was working at a fashion • Rulebreaker: Tie a bunch of mini show when someone complimented washers and mini hex nuts to the her on the necklace she was wearing. straps using black ribbon or tulle. “Thanks,” she said. “P.S., I made it.” Said Domesek, who gets her That gave her the name of her DIY inspiration from everywhere.

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The star-studded romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day” is expected to generate plenty of green at the box office this weekend. But it’s green of a different kind that could set “Valentine’s Day” apart in Hollywood. The Warner Bros. movie, directed by Garry Marshall and featuring a raft of stars including Julia Roberts, Ashton Kutcher, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Alba, took “green filmmaking” to a new level, according to people involved in the project. The film — which follows the interwoven lives of a group of characters coping with romance and heartache over a single Valentine’s Day — was shot entirely in Los Angeles and features such landmarks as the Beverly Wilshire hotel, Los Angeles International Airport and University High School on the Westside. Most notable, however, were the lengths to which producers went to reduce their “carbon footprint” through extensive use of solar-powered and biodiesel generators, reusable water bottles, hybrid vehicles and composting of food waste, among other steps. Warner Bros. is even creating a video documenting the practices in the hopes that it will spur green stan-

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‘Breaking up is easy to do’: Nine terrible Valentine’s gifts MCT

As one of the millions of singletons definitely not looking forward to Valentine’s Day this year, I thought it only appropriate to compile a lengthy list of gifts to give your loved one if you’d like to join the ever-expanding crowd of single Americans. 1. Bittersweet Bathroom Scale UncommonGoods — $95 Also recommended by our good friends at the InventorSpot, this bathroom scale is insulting decorated with bon-bons and replaces the numbers on the dial with such sickening-sweet affirmations as, “simply ravishing” and “I’m a perfect 10.” The product description says it will “lighten the mood,” but reminding a woman why she has a fat tire around her waist isn’t usually a great way to cheer her up or get her in the mood for some romping. 2. Anatomically Correct Chocolate Heart From PushinDaisies.com, “a mortuary novelty shop.” — $16.95

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Get to know who’s taking the field for the Pirates this season Since football season is over, I Second Base - Akinori Iwamura thought I would give my thoughts on Iwamura played last year the Pittsburgh Pirates. for the Tampa Bay Rays and I will go through the roster and was traded to the Pirates tell you my thoughts about them during the offseason. and what they need to do He will take the place for the Pirates to do well of Freddie Sanchez and this year (or at least make Delwyn Young from last .500). year. Catcher - Ryan Doumit He should do well Doumit is a good catchfielding, but he will have er, but he can’t stay healthy lacks the batting average through a whole season. and defensive range that There will be a point someSanchez gave them. time in the future where By anthony scherer Third Base - Andy he will have to change LaRoche Sports Columnist positions. Until that LaRoche is a good A.J.Scherer@iup.edu happens, the Pirates player who is going are stuck with him. to keep the seat If he can stay healthy and put up warm while Pedro Alvarez is working some good numbers, then the team on his game in the minors. LaRoche will do well. But if he is hurt, the is a good fielder and has a decent duties will fall on Jason Jaramillo. average, but he doesn’t have a lot of First Base - Jeff Clement power and that might come back to Jeff Clement came over from the hurt the Pirates this season. LaRoche Seattle Mariners when the Pirates wants to be the third baseman, but traded Ian Snell and Jack Wilson to unless he has a break-out year, he Seattle last year. Clement has poten- will be replaced by Alvarez next year. tial to be a top-notch first baseman, Left Field - Lasting Milledge but he has a tendency to strike out Milledge is a good player, but he a lot. has to keep his attitude in check. That If he can correct that and improve was why he was traded to the Pirates on his fielding, then he could be an from the Washington Nationals. If upgrade from Adam LaRoche. he can keep his mouth in check and

put up some good numbers, he will be the reason the Pirates make a run at .500. Center Field - Andrew McCutchen McCutchen is the best player with the Pirates and could become one of the best outfielders in baseball if things go his way. He has the batting skills to hit for average or power and can steal bases whenever he wants. He also is a good fielder and could be in contention for a Gold Glove during his first full season in the majors. Right Field - Garrett Jones Jones comes into this season trying to build off what he did last season when he came up from the minors. If he can add to those numbers and steal some more bases, he could be the reason the Pirates make a run at the Wild Card. Jones is a good fielder and doesn’t have to worry about anybody taking his spot this season, but if he slumps he might be replaced by Jose Tabata next season. The Pirates won’t make the playoffs or reach .500 this season, but I think they have the pieces in place and on the offense side to make things interesting. Next week I will talk about the pitchers and relievers that we will have to watch this season.

Yankees’ Granderson, Michelle Obama tackling child obesity On Tuesday, first lady Michelle Granderson said. Obama introduced the “Let’s Move” “Walking, running, riding a bike — campaign, a program designated to all of those things don’t really require combat childhood obesity. talent, as long as you have Obama outlined a plan of the physical ability to do action that included helping it.” children to become more Granderson, whose active, eat better and lead a father was a physical eduhealthier lifestyle. cation teacher, is an MLB According to MLB.com, ambassador and has proover the past three decades, moted baseball in South childhood obesity rates Africa as well as Europe and in America have tripled, China. resulting in nearly one outfielder By kristen gilmartin hasThe in three American chilalso established Sports Columnist dren being overweight the “Grand Kids K.R.Gilmartin@iup.edu or obese. Foundation,” which One of the newest additions to the benefits inner-city youth. Yankees, outfielder Curtis Granderson, In addition to showing its support gathered with various speakers to rep- of the “Let’s Move” campaign, MLB resent the MLB’s support of “Let’s recently announced that they would Move.” be expanding the “Wanna Play?” proIt was the first time he visited the posal. This program is designed to White House since 2007, when he’d encourage youth fitness and it will be dined with former President Bush and managed by the Boys & Girls Clubs of a group of major leaguers. America. In recent years, the number of “Wanna Play?” encourages children playing outside has steadi- children between the ages of 6 and ly declined as many are choosing to 12 to further improve their physical remain indoors and play video games fitness. rather than being active. The program focuses on various “I think the big thing is relaying a aspects including agility and coordinamessage that you don’t have to go tion while infusing elements of baseoutside and play a sport to be active,” ball and softball.

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Amercian skaters face ‘tall order’ from around world in 2010 Winter Olympics By jo-ann barnas

Harris helps Crimson Hawks run away from competition at Jim Wuske Invitational By a.J. Pagano Staff Writer A.J.Pagano@iup.edu

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“We have the star power, but we need more depth.” — Ralph White, IUP track head coach

win the 55 meters with a time of 6.57 The IUP track and field team had seconds. He was fourth in the 200 another great showing this past meters with a time of 23.16. Junior Kevin Raymond weekend at the Jim Wuske won the 400 meters with Invitational, which was a time of 49.89 seconds. hosted by Mount Union. White said that Raymond Due to the weather condiis the “real deal” and won tions, much of the team quite easily. was not able to make the The IUP women also trip, but the ones that did turned in an impressive made the trip well worth it. showing with Laurie Ajavon The IUP men won four and Brianna Liebold, who events with sophomore both broke the school record Neffe Harris picking up right Harris and earned an NCAA prowhere he left off the week before — increasing his national lead visional qualifying mark in the long jump. in the long jump by another 5 inches. They both also finished first and “He’s setting the world on fire on the track and in the classroom,” said second in the triple jump, respectively. Ajavon originally from France, jumped Head Coach Ralph White. No only did he excel in the long 19 feet, 2 1/2 inches and is projected jump again, but he also was able to to put her in the top 10 in the nation

for this week. She was .05 meters away from achieving an NCAA automatic qualifying standard for the long jump. This was Ajavon’s first competition after coming to IUP in January. Liebold is used to the spotlight, coming off a season last year where she was a star. This weekend’s jump was a personal best for her. “Consistent” is the only word White used in describing Liebold. Also putting in a good showing was Junior Leander Toney, with a high jump of 6 feet 7 1/2 inches. Coach White predicts that he will soon break the IUP record. According to White, his team is strong national contender, but only one thing is keeping it from doing so. “We have the star power, but we need more depth,” White said.

It wasn’t long after the final two Olympians were decided Saturday night that the chatter shifted from dissecting the results to applying them to next month’s world stage at the Vancouver Winter Games. Scott Hamilton, reflecting on his on-air exuberance after Mirai Nagasu’s memorable performance in closing the ladies free skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, knew he wasn’t alone in thinking that Nagasu had won. “I blew it,” said Hamilton, the 1984 Olympic men’s gold medalist and NBC television commentator. “I really did. I got caught up in the performance. “I thought before the downgrades, that she had won the night.” As it turned out, Nagasu, the 2008 ladies champ who held a slight lead after the short program, was trounced by the gold medalist, Rachael Flatt, in the free skate (130.76 to 118.27) and the final score

(200.11 to 188.76). Flatt, runner-up the last two seasons, was technically brilliant — seven triples, including two in combination — and her program components were only slightly lower than those of Nagasu, who received downgrades on two triple toes and a triple lutz. Coach Frank Carroll knows Nagasu must clean up the miscues, and soon. With the Vancouver Olympics just weeks away, there’s not much time before Nagasu and Flatt face a formidable task in trying to upset defending Korean world champion Kim Yu-Na and the strong Japanese women led by Miki Ando and Mao Asada. Hamilton calls Flatt and Nagasu’s mission a “tall order.” “Kim Yu-Na — her qualities are so subtle and so magnificent, it’s hard to beat that,” he said. “And Mao has so many great qualities. I think the Japanese women are really strong. But hey, Rachael was fifth in the world [last year] in her first worlds — that’s a huge debut. They’ll be competitive.”

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Warm weather tops storyline in countdown to Winter Olympics By elliot almond San Jose Mercury News MCT

It’s supposed to be “Snowtime” for the Winter Olympians gathered on Canada’s western seashore awaiting today’s start to the Games. But spring-like conditions have left organizers scrambling to complete courses for freestyle skiing and snowboarding events at Cypress Mountain, where the white stuff is being delivered by truck and helicopter rather than clouds. The mother’s milk of outdoor sports has bypassed the 3,000-foot mountain, which will host women’s moguls on Saturday and the rest of the freestyle and snowboard events throughout the Games. But organizers are committed to staying the course. “Come hell or rain water, we’ll be at Cypress,” Peter Judge, the chief executive officer for the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, told reporters this week. Mounds of snow were dumped on the mogul course Tuesday morning under brilliant sunshine. “We’re stuck in an extraordinary period of super warm weather that just will not quit,” meteorologist David Jones of Environment Canada lamented. Weather has become the story on the eve of the opening ceremonies in the largest, wettest, warmest metro area to ever play host to a Winter Games.

“When you have an Olympics four miles from the Pacific Ocean, things will happen,” said Weather Channel personality Jim Cantore. Or, in this case, not happen. Cypress Mountain’s barren slopes can be seen from downtown Vancouver, 30 minutes away. As seagulls swooped in along Burrard Inlet this week, images of quaint Alpine villages of Olympics past seemed a distant memory. Officials of the Vancouver Organizing Committee, or VANOC, took the extraordinary steps of barring media from watching training Monday for mogul skiing at Cypress. Tim Gayda, vice president of sports for the organizers, said they took the action to ensure the safety of workers at the site but also to allow “us to focus on getting the field of play as best we can for the athletes’ first day of training.” Ski racing in the Whistler/ Vancouver region always has been an iffy proposition. In 2008, event organizers canceled World Cup freestyle competition at Cypress because of blinding fog, rain and warm temperatures. While Whistler — two hours and another several hundred feet of elevation further up the Sea to Sky Highway — has ample snow for alpine, biathlon, cross-country and Nordic combined events, fears of what is known as the “Pineapple Express” affecting conditions there also can’t be dismissed. Such a condition blankets an area

with warm, wet weather from the South Pacific. That, meteorologist Jones said, would be a worst-case scenario. While forecasters aren’t expecting to get hit by heavy rains, all computer model projections suggest the warm trend that started in late December to continue throughout much of the Games. “This has just been a mild persistent storm track that won’t go away,” Jones said. Weather or not, Vancouver organizers say they’re ready. Starting in November they began stockpiling snow. They converted 21 million gallons of water at higher elevations and have brought it to Cypress by truck and helicopter to create courses for mogul, half pipe and parallel giant slalom snowboarding. Environment Canada, the country’s national weather service, has contributed some of its top meteorologists, as well as modern weather tracking equipment. But all the expertise in the world can’t outfox Mother Nature. The warmest January on record because of an El Nino condition has left Olympic officials reeling. While they continued to work on the Cypress courses this week, the spectators’ area remained an unsightly mix of dirt and mud. “In Italy we skied on a pile of dirt,” U.S. mogul skier Hannah Kearney said Monday. “This is already an improvement over that. We’ve skied in rain, we’ve skied in snow. Hot weather, cold

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weather. So, we’re ready for it.” Three-time Olympian Shannon Bahrke of Tahoe City added: “We’re not basketball players, where it is 72 degrees all the time and the floors are swept. We’re outdoor athletes.” Vancouver isn’t the first Olympic city to face such a situation. In 1964 at Innsbruck, Austrian soldiers carved 20,000 blocks of ice from the mountains and carted them to the

luge/bobsled track. They also carried 52,000 cubic yards of snow to the alpine ski courses. Then the Tyrolean capital got hit by a downpour 10 days before the Games, so the army packed down the slopes by hand and foot. Weather has vexed humanity since at least 650 BC, when the Babylonians initiated rudimentary climate forecasting.

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NBC executives have as much interest in earning gold as any athlete competing in the 2010 Winter Olympics starting Friday in Vancouver. The network needs the Games to generate high viewing numbers and big financial returns because it paid $2.2 billion for the rights to televise the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games in the U.S. There is reason to be concerned, considering how poorly the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, did in the ratings. According to A.C. Nielsen, which tracks viewership numbers, that was the least-watched Winter Olympics in prime time. The average of 20.2 million viewers wasn’t enough to surpass “Dancing With the Stars,” “Lost,” “Survivor,” “CSI” and the juggernaut “American Idol.” Everything from tape-delayed coverage to American apathy with the Winter Olympics was blamed. Whatever the reason, NBC needs to finish on the winner’s podium this year. Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Universal Sports and Olympics and executive producer of the Vancouver Olympics, is confident this year will be different. Some Turin events were tape delayed by as many as 18 hours for the West Coast. In Vancouver, almost all of the coverage will be live. NBC is getting some help from the other networks, which shifted some competitive programming. The Games will still face “American Idol” on Fox, but CBS moved the Grammys from February to January, and ABC shifted the Oscar telecast from February to March. ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” won’t start until after the last medal has been handed out. “I do think we will do much better against ‘Idol’ those four nights than we did from Torino because we are live,” Ebersol said. Coverage also has been expanded to sister stations, such as CNBC and MSNBC. Between NBC, its cable channels and online package, 835 hours of the Winter Games will be shown. That’s more than Turin (419) and Salt Lake City (375.5) combined (794.5). Almost 50 hours of coverage will be available daily. One thing that can help boost ratings is strong story lines from the athletes. Figure skating has always been one of the big draws of

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MCT Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (left), NBA commissioner David Stern (middle) and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (right) announced the site of the All-Star Game in 2008.

still sits courtside at many games. As does Cuban, with whom Stern has butted heads but not so much that he ever wished the owner for the last 10 years would just go away. Remember, Stern is the most powerful person in basketball. NBA owners are there because they can afford to be but also because Stern believes they are good for the league. If that wasn’t the case with Cuban or any other owner, they probably wouldn’t get past the interview process. “We have always enjoyed him,” Stern said of Cuban. “We may question what we find enjoyable, but we’ve always enjoyed our relationship with Mark. There were times when we might not talk to him. But that happens with families. “What I have always said is that a successful franchise needs a face that fans can say is a face that represents them, that worries about winning all the time and worries about their experience. And I think Mark has successfully become that face, and that’s a very good thing for the Mavericks. And if it’s good for the Mavericks, it’s

good for the league. “Plus, he’s been constructive and helpful on a variety of things. We would be on the one hand fining him some exorbitant amount of money and on the other hand asking if he was going to do the tech summit,” Stern said of the panel that has met every All-Star Weekend since 2000 to discuss advances related to media, marketing and technology. Dallas is not the only city that has gone more than two decades without an All-Star event. Chicago hasn’t had one since 1988, even though the palatial United Center was opened in 1994. So just how big will this game be? Is it sold out? “I think that’s a moving definition,” Stern said. “In other words, as many tickets as have been released have been sold. There’s some pressure to open up more sections and the like. But we’ll see how that goes. We could live and hold our heads high with 85,000 to 90,000 people. There are some among us — and I don’t want to reveal Mark and Jerry’s identities — who say, what the hell, let’s go for 100,000-plus.”


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“It makes no sense. How are we going to benefit from this?” — Kelly Simpson (senior, interior design)

“I’m not bringing my car up now.” — Alexe Apere (freshman, undeclared business)

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