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By Emily Karol
ATHENS, Ga. - The Heterosexual Society at the University of Georgia was not permitted to register as a campus group Tuesday because school officials believe they discriminate against homosexuals.
Group officer Dee Backes said the decision violates the group’s rights to free speech and freedom of association.
“We want to be a registered group because we have the right to be a registered group,” said Backes.
University policy states that no registered group on campus can discriminate based on color, handicap, nationality, race, religion, marital status or sexual orientation. The only organizations that are allowed to discriminate by gender are sororities and fraternities.
The group allows homosexuals in the lower two levels of membership, but in order to be promoted to the top two levels, members must sign forms promising that they are heterosexual.
Lisa Norbury Kilian, assistant dean of students, said this goes against the university’s discrimination policy by excluding homosexuals from the higher levels of the organization.
By Beth Pollak
Art option: Photo of Gov. Perdue
ATHENS, Ga. – Gov. Sonny Perdue has recommended more than $2 million in his state budget to help combat the growing methamphetamine crisis.
The money will be spent on creating a 15-agent meth taskforce within the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and to help employ the Matrix model to provide treatment for meth-addicted parents, Perdue said Tuesday in a speech at the University of Georgia.
“Meth is deadly to make and deadly to take,” said Perdue. “It is a threat to families and a corrosive influence eating away at our communities.”
Perdue spoke about the growing concern of the effects of methamphetamine use on children in the state. Over half of all GBI meth busts involve either the removal of children present at the time, or a referral to DFACS.
Perdue said his administration has taken many steps to combat this problem, most notably the 2004 Child Protection Package, which makes it a felony to manufacture meth in the presence of children. A 2004 statewide summit also convened to seek solutions to the methamphetamine crisis.
Perdue cited the 490 arrests and over $300,000 worth of methamphetamine seized by the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad in conjunction with the GBI as an example of the current successes of state taskforces. He also noted that over 100 drug taskforce members have been trained in meth lab safety and clean-up within the state.
“We've built a strong coalition to contain, slow down and ultimately end the meth plague that threatens our state,” said Perdue.
Alexandra Laing, a magazines and fashion merchandising major from Watkinsville, was concerned by the total cost of the proposal during the current economic crisis.
“It’s a worthy goal, but I’m not sure if it is the best time to be attacking it,” Laing said. “With a lot of people struggling financially, though, more people may turn to drugs.”
By Kelli Born
ATHENS, Ga. – Glenn Lamm lifted up his gray T-shirt to let his belly hang out.
“I used to have abs; I don’t know what happened to them,” said Lamm, a junior at the University of Georgia.
Incoming freshman are being well educated about the possibility of gaining the dreaded Freshman 15 the first few months of college. Schools such as the University of Georgia are offering special programs to help freshman avoid gaining the Freshman 15. They suggest finding time to exercise daily and eating snacks such as fruit or pretzels rather than candy or pizza.
“Some people eat to feel better since eating can have a soothing effect, and some use eating as a way of maintaining control of at least on portion of their life,” said Peg Abell, a nutritionist at the University of Georgia.
A whole new level of stress is added on to student upon arriving at school. They are no longer under the wings of their parents and have the ability to eat what they choose. They are also experiencing harder course loads and tougher professors and seek comfort in food.
“I weighed 115 when I came, and I got up to 140,” said Joe Leung, a junior at the University of Georgia.
Cheese crackers, doughnuts, popcorn, breakfast cereals, chocolate and sodas were found in the dorm rooms of University of Georgia students. Students are continuing to eat more junk food at all times of the day and night.
“We call them pie hours,” said Jim Martin, manager of California Style Pizza, regarding the 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift.
The pizza shop delivers up to 50 pizzas per hour to the campus nearby. Extra pizzas are made to sell on the spot to hungry students.
The Freshman 15 takes its toll on male and female students.
Freshman Vanessa Varvarezis had eaten more than 900 calories for dinner at the Bolton Hall one evening, before a late-night pizza run. Her meal consisted of spaghetti, garlic break, vegetables, about eight cookies and a fudge ice cream pop.
“I think I’ve already gained it,” said Varvarezis, who had only been at school for a few weeks.
Stephen Bailey, a sociology professor, rejects the reality of the Freshman 15. He conducted a study following 120 women from the University of Georgia through their freshman year.
“On average, women gained a little bit less than a pound,” said Bailey. “They gained a bit between the fall and spring and lost all of that over the course of the summer.”
By Russ Bynum
RECIFE, Brazil - Search crews recovered the vertical stabilizer from the tail section of an Air France jetliner that went down in the Atlantic, Brazil's air force said Monday — a key item in finding the cause of the crash.
Eight more bodies also were found, bringing the total recovered to 24 since Air France Flight 447 disappeared with 228 people on board, according to Air Force Col. Henry Munhoz.
The discoveries of debris and the bodies are all helping searchers narrow their search for the jet's black boxes, perhaps investigators' best hope of learning what happened to the flight.
Brazilian military officials have refused to detail the large pieces of the plane they have found. But a video on the Brazilian air force Web site entitled "Vertical Stabilizer Found" shows video of the piece — which keeps the plane's nose from swinging from side to side — being located and tethered to a ship. The part had Air France's blue-and-red stripes, retained its triangular shape and bore no evident burn marks.
Investigators are looking at the possibility that external speed monitors — called Pitot tubes — iced over and gave dangerously false readings to cockpit computers in a thunderstorm.
Peter Goelz, a former managing director of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the faulty airspeed readings and the fact the vertical stabilizer was sheared from the jet could be related — though he cautioned it would need to be determined if the stabilizer was torn off in flight or upon impact in the ocean.
The Airbus A330-200 has a "rudder limiter" that constricts how much the rudder can move at high speeds — if it were to move to far while traveling fast, it could shear off, and take the vertical stabilizer with it as they are attached.
"If you had a wrong speed being fed to the computer by the Pitot tube, it might allow the rudder to over travel," Goelz said. "The limiter limits the travel of the rudder at high speeds and prevents it from being torn off."
Asked if the rudder or stabilizer being sheared off could have brought the jet down, Goelz said: "Absolutely. You need a rudder. And you need the (rudder) limiter on there to make sure the rudder doesn't get torn off or cause havoc with the plane's aerodynamics."
The wreckage and the bodies were found roughly 400 miles northeast of the Fernando de Noronha islands off Brazil's northern coast, and about 45 miles from where the jet was last heard from on May 31.
Some high-tech help is on the way — two U.S. Navy devices capable of picking up the flight recorders' emergency beacons far below on the ocean floor. What caused the plane to plunge into the middle of the ocean on May 31 might not be known until those black boxes are found.
An internal memo sent to Air France pilots Monday and obtained by The Associated Press urges them to refuse to fly unless at least two of the three Pitot sensors on each planes have been replaced.
The leader of another pilots' union, however, said Monday that Pitot troubles probably didn't cause the Flight 447 disaster.
Searchers must move quickly to find answers in the cockpit voice and data recorders, because acoustic pingers on the boxes begin to fade 30 days after crashes.
While large pieces of plane debris — along with 24 bodies — has helped narrow the search, it remains a daunting task in waters up to 1.5 miles deep and an ocean floor marked by rugged mountains.
"Finding the debris helps because you can eliminate a large part of the ocean," said U.S. Air Force Col. Willie Berges, chief of the U.S. military liaison office in Brazil and commander of the American military forces supporting the search operation.
But ocean currents over the eight days since the disaster have pushed floating wreckage far and wide, complicating the search, Berges said. "In the sense that as the debris drifts away, you're not sure exactly where the black boxes or other parts of the aircraft are on the bottom of the ocean."
The U.S. Navy has helped locate black boxes in difficult situations before: Pings from an Adam Air jet that crashed Jan. 1, 2007, off Indonesia's coast were picked up 25 days later by a navy team.
The two towed pinger locators the U.S. is sending will be dropped into the ocean near the debris field by Thursday, Berges said.
The listening devices themselves are 5-feet long and weigh 70 pounds. One will be towed by a Brazilian ship, the other by a French vessel, slowly trawling in a grid pattern across the search area. The devices can detect emergency beacons to a depth of 20,000 feet.
Cables attached to the devices lead to on-board computers, enabling a 10-person team that accompanies each device to listen for pings and to visually see them on a screen, like a radar spotting objects in air.
The French nuclear attack submarine Emeraude, arriving later this week, also will try to find the acoustic pings, military spokesman Christophe Prazuck said.
If the pings are located, French deep-water unmanned subs aboard the oceanographic survey ship Pourquoi Pas will attempt to retrieve the boxes from the ocean floor.
This area of the Atlantic Ocean is littered with floating garbage, vexing the initial search effort. Days after the plane went down, the weather let up and bodies began to surface, giving searchers more to go on.
France is leading the investigation into the cause, while Brazil focuses on the recovery of bodies and wreckage.
Brazil says the search area lies southeast of the jet's last transmission — automatic messages signaling catastrophic electrical failure and loss of cabin pressure. The messages mean Flight 447 likely broke apart in turbulent weather while flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. The location of the wreckage could mean the pilot was trying to turn around in mid-flight.
The L-shaped metal Pitot tubes jut from the wing or fuselage of a plane, and are heated to prevent icing. The pressure of air entering the tubes lets sensors measure the speed and angle of flight. An iced-over, blocked or malfunctioning Pitot tube could cause an airspeed sensor to fail, and lead the computer controlling the plane to accelerate or decelerate in a potentially dangerous fashion.
Air France said it began replacing the Pitot tubes on the Airbus A330 model on April 27 after an improved version became available, and will finish the work in the "coming weeks." The monitors had not yet been replaced on the plane that crashed.
An official with the Alter union, speaking on condition of anonymity because the memo was not publicly released, said there is a "strong presumption" among their pilot members that a Pitot problem precipitated the crash. The memo says the airline should have grounded all A330 and A340 jets pending the replacement, and warns of a "real risk of loss of control" due to Pitot problems.
France's investigating agency said the messages suggest the plane received inconsistent airspeed readings from different instruments as it struggled in a violent thunderstorm.
But the secretary general of another French pilots' union, SNPL, said Monday the tubes were not likely the cause of the crash. Pitots are "a possible contributing factor," Julien Gourguechon said, but even without them, "we can make the plane fly."
Monday, June 8, 2009
I became interested in journalism originally because I loved the idea of being the next Katie Couric. The more and more I explored journalism I realized there was so much more than the television aspect. When I signed up for our journalism class at school I was still leaning purely towards broadcast. The literary magazine at our school was rarely distributed and the school year 2008-2009 would be the rebirth of our magazine (BluePrints). As I began writing for our literary magazine I discovered that I actually enjoyed writing, more than book reports for English class and essays for history. My teacher approached me about the 2009 Journalism Academy the weekend before the deadline. I knew that the camp would be a great experience for me and that I could learn a lot to help me gain a higher position on our staff next year.
2+2 will always equal 4, there are too many wars, feuds, and heroes to remember, and when will you ever need a chemical formula in your everyday travels? Math, history, and even science are essential courses that are needed to graduate, but literature is a craft that can truly be used in many different forms and in various situations. Every subject ever taken involves some sort of writing. But English, and more specifically journalism is the only field where creative, opinion, and even entertainment writing can take place. Journalism is not bound by the rules of “mature academic voice” writers are free to develop there own voice, so that readers may get an idea of who they are. In Journalism, a writers voice and the angle in which the story is presented, is generally more important than the actual story. In journalism the writer is the true star, and being published is equivalent to taking center stage.
Journalism is an expression to me. Being able to create, write and distribute your work is a specialty to me. It’s like a chef making his special dish.
I walked into room 305 (the newsroom) and a whole different world opened up to me. I saw students working at massive speeds trying to get out an issue of a newspaper. I thought it was crazy but i loved it. I was then interested.
I have been in Journalism for two years now and it has become a job. I take shifts after school and stay as late as 8:30 sometimes. Journalism and producing a paper is tough. But once it is out all your hard work pays off. I love the feeling of being able to express myself threw writing and creating pages. It makes me feel responsible.
Journalism has made me realize what i should do in my career. It is finally something i am very passionate about.
I chose to come to this camp because it could benefit me for my future. I would love to do Journalism and Public Relations as a career. Plus, i am layout editor of my high school paper and i need to learn a couple of tricks and teach others below me.