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MARIST COLLEGE, POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.
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Donnelly work moves The junior class tradition ahead of schedule by DAN HULL and ILSE MARTIN Donnelly Hall renovations took a new turn this week with the relocation of the Registrar's Office to the lower level and the demolition of the Business Office, according to Tom Daly, director of the Physical Plant office. The construction is two to three weeks ahead of schedule and the interior of the building is expected to be complete by the end of May, according to Daly. Bob Douglas, superintendent for Pizzagalli Construction Co., said: "I'm getting a lot of cooperation from the college and all the freedom we need from people. The offices are working with us real well." Aside from continuing office construction, completed work includes the installation of air conditioning and heating system, new ventilation system, computer and telephone wires, fire alarms, smoke detectors and a sprinkler system, according to Architect Al Cappelli. The Registrar's Office was moved Monday adjacent to the Office of Career Development, and construction workers have blocked off the hallway for safety reasons during the knocking down of walls, Daly said. Both of these offices are in temporary locations. The Financial Aid Office moved back Monday to nearly-completed offices in its original location on the second floor, having been on the lower level since winter Intersession. "We tried to better utilize the space already (in Donnelly). The functions didn't really change — we just better utilized the space so the offices can function better," said Cappelli. The next stage will be the improvements of the new cafeteria, which will be moved slightly west toward the Business Office, Daly said. The current space of the cafeteria will become Academic Service Offices: the Higher Education Opportunity Program, the Learning Center, and the Office of Career Development. ...see DONNELLY page 8
••••-•-•- Circle photo/Laura Spricelli Juniors await the beginning of Saturday evening's Junior Ring Ceremony, the annual event at which juniors receive their class rings. Pictured here at the McCann Center are (left to right) John Bauer, Karen Batza, Annette Astorino, Kim Ashton, and Tom Ashburn
College urges students to battle state budget by STACEY MCDONNELL Managing Editor A massive letter-writing campaign, a phone bank, and possibly a competition among clubs are the strategies college officials will initiate to help reject Gov. Mario Cuomo's proposed state budget. Letters to students, parents, faculty, administration and the Board of Trustees members will be sent next week to request each person's -participation in the campaign, as well as outline the propos-
ed cuts and their effect on the college, said Edward Hynes, director of college relations. Plans to have each professor take 15 minutes at the beginning of class to have students write letters during the week of March 18-22, have been proposed, but not finalized, Hynes said. In addition, a phone bank will be set up in Dyson during the week of March 25 - 29, to have students call their legislators either in Albany or in their home districts. The telephone numbers and ad-
the district office numbers and addresses. Because Cuomo has insisted the budget, which would cut nearly Si million in state aid to the college, be completed April 1, Hynes said the schedule Marist's campaign is following will be effective. "The letters and phone calls will be arriving in the thick of it," he said, referring to the budget passing process. Hynes also said the Black Student Union and the Hispanic Club are discussing the possibility of go-
Marist student claims abduction, faces false reporting charges by STACEY MCDONNELL Managing Editor A female Marist student was arrested and charged yesterday with two misdemeanors, after claiming to have been abducted from campus Tuesday night. The 19-year-old commuter student was charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree and aggravated harassment, said Joseph Leary, director of the Office of Safety and Security. She is considered a youthful offender according to state law. Therefore her name could not be released, Leary said. Between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, the girl contacted her parents and told them three males approached her in Donnelly Hall at 11 p.m. Tuesday night. She said the males offered to give her a ride home, but when she gave them directions, they did not follow them. The parents only spoke to the girl, who claimed there was a ransom demand, said Leary. They then called the Dutchess County Sheriffs Office who contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the State Police and the Town of Poughkeepsie Police.
Leary said the false kidnapping was broadcast on radio stations throughout the area, as well as on Long Island and in New Jersey. One student called and said the incident was reported on WCBS-TV, in New York City, according to a student receptionist in the security office. "Parents were calling in and would not believe it was a hoax," said Leary. "All they heard was that there was a kidnapping at Marist — not that the girl had been arrested and charged." Leary was contacted at about 12 noon yesterday by Lt. J.J. Thompson of the sheriffs department, who conducted the investigation. After about two hours of questioning by department detectives, the girl admitted she actually attended a basketball game in Monmouth, N.J. Tuesday night, Leary said. He said the girl and two of her friends were involved in an accident on the Taconic Parkway, but managed to get to a diner in Yorktown, N.Y. The State Police have records of the accident, he said. The girl called her parents from the diner, and one of her friends called another friend to come and bring them home, Leary said. He also said the others were not involved in the girl's false allegations. The girl will appear in court next week.
dresses of the 150 assemblymen and 61 senators will be available at the phone bank and during the letter-writing campaigns. Districts will be categorized according to zip code, said Hynes. That is, a student who wants to write a letter or make a phone call can look up their legislator by finding their zip codes on the list provided. Hynes said the legislators' phone numbers and addresses in Albany will be furnished, and, he said, the college is trying to compile a list of
ing to Albany to lobby their arguments, which include the fact that 40 percent of all AfricanAmerican and Hispanic students enrolled in New York state colleges, attend independent schools. Kevin Desmond, president of the student government, said Alpha, Kappa Psi, Marist's new business fraternity has pledged 50 members to help with the campaign. A competition among the clubs to come up with the most creative slogans or campaign strategies may also be initiated.
CSL issues frats warning for incidents last semester by DAN HULL News Editor The Council of Student leaders issued written reprimands Monday to two fraternities for illegal activities involving their members, according to Kevin Desmond, student body president. The letters were written to the presidents of Tau Epsilon Phi and Tau Kappa Epsilon as reprimands "for conduct which is not condusive to an academic or social environment," said Desmond. In the case of Tau Epsilon Phi, incidents included the presence of alcohol in an underclass residence hall and a TEP member being arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol, Desmond said. TKE's reprimand concerned an incident on Oct. 24,1990 in which a scavanger hunt resulted in van-
dalism of college property, according to Desmond. He said the frats might have lost their charters if either were on probation. "Things may have been different," Desmond said. "Everything is subject to review and that goes for any group, not just fraternities." TKE came off probation in September for incidents occuring during their temporary recognition period last year, said Desmond. TEP has never been on probation. Both frats were warned that future incidents will directly affect the fraternities existence at the college. In addition, CSL strongly suggested that TEP hold a campus program on alcohol awareness. Desmond said that copies of the letters were sent to each frat's national chapter and college officials.
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ODDS & ENDS
Up to Date THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT Tonight • Like poetry? Poetry readings by Dr. Judith Saunders, Brydon Fitzgerald, Dean Gerard Cox, and Tony Uanino will be held at 6 p.m. in CC 249. • Attend Career Day beginning at 12 noon in the McCann Center. Representatives, recruiters and various agencies will be present. There is something here for all majors. Don't miss out on this fabulous career opportunity. • Check out the lecture sponsored by CUB about "Europe on $.84 a day" featuring Gil White. It will be held at 9:30 p.m. in CC 249. • Interested in foreign films? Watch "My Name is Ivan" a 1962 Russian film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Held in Donnelly 245 at 7:30 p.m.; no charge.
Friday • The Student Talent Show will be held at 9 p.m. in the River Room. • Beat the cold weather by attending a late night film in the Campus Center. "Good Fellas" will be featured tonight at 12 midnight in the Theater. Admission is $1 with I.D. • Lydia Adams Davis with guitar whiz John Gurth will perform tonight at the Towne Crier Cafe, Eat a fabulous dinner and enjoy the music for a change. The Cafe is located on Route 22 in Pawling. For information call (914) 855-1300.
• Foreign Film, see above. • Moscow Studio Theatre will be at the Bardavon to perform "My Big Land" tonight at 8 p.m. Under the direction of Oleg P. Tabokov, the performance will be in Russian with simultaneous English translation. For ticket information please call 473-5288.
Saturday • See " U n Condamne A Mort S'est Echappe a 1956 French directed by Robert Besson. Admission is free; show starts at 7:30 p.m. in Donnelly 245. • Go "Back to the Beach" tonight at a dance sponsored by Circle K and Bacchus at 9 p.m. in the River Room. See you there! • Put a little Gospel music in your night by attending the "Shining Light" concert. It will take place in the Theater at 8 p.m.
Sunday • Don't miss it! The film "Good Fellas" will be shown at 8 p.m. in the Theater. • Foreign Film, see above.
Coming Events • Make plans to see the Queen City Stage C o m p a n y ' s production of Hamlet. Show times for the play, which will be held at the Vassar Brother's Institute, are March 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and March 10 at 3 p.m. On March 8, students with ID will be admitted for
$8. For more information, call 471-1155. • The Mid-Hudson Civic Center invites you to attend a concert of one of the hottest rap groups today, "Vanilla Ice" on March 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the Civic Center Box Office and all Ticket master outlets, or charge by phone, 454-3388.
MAKING THE GRADE • The Mental Health Association in Ulster County is accepting applications for its annual $500 Dr. Shea Memorial Scholarship. The applicant must demonstrate financial need and must be a United States citizen residing in Ulster County. The student must be entering the second, third'or fourth year of college, nursing or graduate school and must be majoring in a mental health related field. Requests for applications should be sent along with a selfaddressed, stamped envelope to the Shea Scholarship Committee, Mental Health Association, 221 Tuytenbridge Road, Kingston, N.Y. 12401. All applications must be submitted by April 15. • Student entries are sought for the 10th New York - International art competition, sponsored by International Art Horizons. The competition is open to all students and to emerging as well as established artists working in various art fields. Applicants will submit slides
along with their applications by April 12 to International Art Horizons, Dept. RASU, P.O. Box 1533, Ridgewood, N.J. 07450. For information, call 201-487-7277. • The Long Island Advertising Club is now accepting entries from Long Island students for four academic scholarships worth $7,000 that will be awarded in June. The awards will be granted as one $3,000, one $2,000 and two $1,000 scholarships. The applicant must be a Long Island resident with an official college transcript, a personal letter, two letters of recommendation and up to five work samples. Deadline for entries is April 29, 1991. For application and information, call 516-351-0800. • Summer internships for the State Assembly of New York are now available. All applicants must have excellent academic records, and must complete their junior year by June 1991. They must be matriculated as college seniors or graduate students in September 1991. All majors may apply for the internship and the $3,000 stipend. Applications are due March 15. For more information, call 518-455-4704, or write Assembly Intern Program, Legislative Office Building, Albany, N.Y. 12248. by Margo Barrett
Woody Allen's film has itsups and downs by BRIAN MCNELIS "Scenes From a Mall" i the new movie directed by Paul Mazursky, AS a mediocre hit or miss comedy. The movie stars Woody Allen and Bette Midler as Nick and Deborah Fifer. They play an upper middle-class couple living in southern California, who are celebrating their sixteenth wedding anniversary. The movie follows their escapades as they decide to go for a quick trip to a mall and wind up staying all day. While at the mall they both tell each other they are having affairs.
This is the first time in a long time Woody Allen has starred in a movie he has not directed. And here he plays his usual, neurotic self. His character, Nick, is a lawyer who represents sports stars, trying to get them lucrative contracts. He spends a lot of the movie wondering if one of his deals will go through. As in many of Allen's films, sometimes he is funny and sometimes he is just annoying. His best scenes occur when he reveals his affair to Deborah. Bette Midler is also off and on as Deborah — at times funny, and
at times not. Deborah is a psychiatrist who specializes in matrimonial problems. She is also
Once the film gets going, 'Scenes From a Mall,' goes downhill. the author of a new, best-selling book about marriage. Deborah tries to convince her husband that things aren't as bad
as he thinks they are. Her attitude changes though, when she finds out that he has been having an affair — this turns into some of her best scenes. Once the film gets going, "Scenes From a Mall," begins to go down hill. After Allen reveals his affair, the movie follows Nick and Deborah from store to store in the mall as they try and sort out their marital trouble. At first this is amusing, but it quickly becomes tiresome and boring. There aren't enough funny scenes to sustain the film.
The supporting roles in "Scenes From a Mall" are well chosen. Bill Irwin is good as a mime who hounds the Fifers throughout their stay at the mall. He has some very funny scenes with Mr. Allen. Mr. Mazursky himself plays another psychiatrist whom we only get to see on television. The movie also devotes time to a barber shop quartet who roam the mall singing holiday songs as the movie is set during Christmas. Brian McNelis is a junior majoring in communication arts.
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Adult students sues college] for breach of contract by RICHARD NASS Staff Writer A former Marist student has filed a lawsuit against the college claiming that a professor failed to provide adequate instructional time. The lawsuit, filed Jan. 28,1991, claims the college committed a breach of contract. It brought Dr. John Kelly, chairman of the Division of Management Studies, and other college representatives into Town of Poughkeepsie Small Claims Court yesterday afternoon. Results of a decision or settlement were not available at press time. Claire Havel, a 34-year-old former senior from Wappingers Falls, is seeking to reclaim all or part of her $744 tuition for a Financial Management class taught last semester by Christopher Riley. Havel claims that Riley, an adjunct instructor of business, did not give her enough time to complete a midterm exam, did not review for the exam, and consistently dismissed the class earlier than the scheduled ending time, she said. Both Kelly and Riley refused to comment on anything pertaining to the lawsuit.
Havel said she did not recieve the grade she had hoped for and is suing the college because, she said, the school needs to have a better understanding of the student body needs. "I made attempts to solve the problem. I spoke with Mr. Riley and Dr. Kelly numerous times. I told them how I felt and I even warned them that I would go to this extreme to prove my point," said Havel, who said she did not get the quality education she had contracted with Marist upon payment of her tuition. "With the exception of uncontrollable circumstances, classes are to be held and teachers are to teach," said Havel, who kept a log of the time when each class started and ended. Havel said she enrolled in a class this semester but she immediately dropped the class after the first meeting when she saw the potential that the same problem might arise. "Don't get me wrong. I have had some excellent teachers who have made a significant impact on me, but just because you have your credentials doesn't mean that you can teach," said Havel, who said she plans to take classes again at Marist in the summer.
Poli sci students confront new ideas, opinions at seminar by TRICIA RIZZUTO Staff Writer For eight Marist students, a trip to New Jersey earlier this month became an opportunity to see the United States and the world through different eyes. The eight, all members of the Political Science club, were forced to disregard the concerns of the United States as they adopted the roles of delegates from Nigeria and Paraguay at a Model United Nations Conference held in Princeton on Feb. 14. Marist received honorable mention as first-time participants in the program. The Model U.N. is a program designed to allow students to participate in committees modeled after those within the United Nations and also to create and negotiate policies currently being debated b*y U.N. members. Martin Camacho, a senior political science major from Yonkers, N.Y., said, "You not only learn about how the U.N. works, but you learn how your own country works." The four-day conference began with a speech by Charles William Maynes, editor of Foreign Policy Magazine, on the role of the United Nations today and the War in the Persian Gulf. Robert V. Keeley, president of the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C., also spoke on the history of the United Nations and the War in the Persian Gulf. Both Maynes and Keeley are former ambassadors to foreign countries and agreed that sanctions could have worked in the recent crisis with Iraq. Julie Dumont, president of the Political Science Club, said the speakers gave insights that helped them understand the responsibilities of the United Nations. Almost 400 student delegates from 33 schools represented 64 countries at Princeton University. Schools represented included Harvard, Yale, William and Mary College, Pace University and Boston Col-
lege. Delegates from Marist were combined in committees along with delegates from other schools. Some major issues, according to Camacho, that were negotiated by the Model U.N. involved disarmament and development, apartheid, economic cooperation among developing countries, the rights of the child and the debt crisis. Mike Stec, a junior from Scotia, N.Y., said that the Model U.N. program is a good idea because it allows people to see how issues are really discussed and negotiated by the United Nations. "I got an idea of how foreign relations affect world policy and I think that people should know that," Stec said. Dumont said the Political Science Club is encouraging all students to get involved with the program because it teaches students how to negotiate and also, how countries from around the world work together. Despite the fun that students have during the conference, it is also hard work, Camacho said Students do extensive studying and researching about their assigned country, said Camacho, who himself was a head delegate at the conference. Student delegates were given access to the Princeton library, which doubles as a U.N. depository. Marist delegates agreed that forgetting the views of the United States and replacing them with the views of their adopted country was, at times, difficult. The students who participated in the program were Dumont, Stec, Camacho, Heather Lapiere, April Amonica, Josh Modin, Joe Rose and Kipp Ferguson. Dumont and Stec represented Paraguay, while the others took Nigeria. As a result of their participation in this conference, Marist has been invited to three more Model U.N. programs sponsored by the City University of New York, Yale University and Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
Media panel brings experience to '92 election by CHRIS SHEA Editorial Page Editor Trends, both positive and.negative, that affected the presidential campaign in 1988 will most probably continue, according to media and political professionals appearing at Marist Monday. But the consensus of the panel said these trends can be looked upon as learning experiences as the 1992 elections near. Issues such as voter apathy, negative campaigning and media coverage of candidates dominated the discussion entitled "Reporting the Presidential Campaign of 1988: Lessons learned from 1992," sponsored by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. The forum, held in the Theater, featured five panelists from the fields of journalism, public opinion research and politics. It was moderated by Lee Miringoff, the director of MIPO. Michael Oreskes, who covered the 1988 and 1990 elections for The New York Times and now is their deputy metropolitan city editor, said one of the most important issues facing politics and the way media covers elections is voter apathy.
"We're beyond the age of voter apathy now," Oreskes said. "We're almost at the point of active hostility on the part of the voter." Bonnie Angelo, correspondent-at-large for Time magazine, agreed with Oreskes' assessment. She said that while working as Time's London bureau chief, she sometimes felt the Europeans cared about the American presidential elections more than some Americans did. "Some of (the Europeans) felt they should have a vote in the American presidential election because it had such an effect on their lives," she said. Edward Rollins, co-chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said a large segment of the American population isn't interested in the political process. Rollins, who was director for the Reagan re-election campaign in 1984, said one of his biggest fears is the election of an "accidental president." An accidental president would be someone who is elected solely on charisma rather than substance. Angelo said she faulted the media for allowing the political image-makers to forcefeed the media information. She especially
negative because they appeal to the voters' emotions. "People don't like negative ads, but they respond to them," he said. People's response to negative ads is an important issue, said Rollins. "If you're a politician, you'd better be what you say you are," he said. "The public is tired of politicians voting different ways to cover their tails and the media is reflecting that discontent," he added. Rollins also said Dukakis lost the 1988 "The public is tired of Presidential the election because of the way was portrayed in the media. politicians voting different he"He (Dukakis) thought he won the elecways to cover their tails and tion as soon as he won the Democratic he said. "He didn't define the media is reflecting this nomination, himself to the public. He let Bush and Lee Atwater define him." discontent." Angelo said that with the situation in the Persian Gulf, Americans and the media will "A great deal of time and work goes into not concentrate on the primaries and a candidate's policies, but very often the caucuses so early. policy doesn't make the best 30-second spot. "About a year from now we'll have the The best spot wins voters," he said. primary in New Hampshire. Right now Charles Cook, editor of the Cook Political nobody's thinking about it — and I think Report, said the best spots are usually we'e all the better for it," she said.
pointed the finger of blame at television. "Television has got to come to grips with being manipulated. When politicians will not address issues but instead only do staged news events, the media has to draw the line," she said. Peter D. Hart, chairman of Hart Research Associates a public opinion firm, argued that issues are always present in a political campaign, it's just that sometimes they don't surface.
Catholic school: Behind plaid and penance by KAREN CICERO Senior Editor Four years ago this spring, Rodney Meissner cautiously sat in a chair in his high school's cafeteria, bracing himself for the worst haircut of his lifetime. Five minutes earlier, Meissner had been hustling to his next class at Rummsey Hall High School, when the headmaster summoned him to come closer: After three warnings, Meissner's hair still stuck out an inch below his collar. The two began a 5-minute walk to the cafeteria during which the headmaster reiterated the consequences of "unacceptable" behavior at the Catholic school. Meissner found a seat; the headmaster grabbed a soup bowl and covered the ninth-grader's dirty blond locks with it. Strands of Meissner's hair soon littered the cafeteria's floor. "I looked like a real dork," said Meissner, a freshman from Washington, Conn. "My hair was cut in a perfect circle. When I returned to class, everyone made
fun of me. I was totally embarrassed." Like many Marist students, Meissner often recalls his days of Catholic school where short hair, polyester, plaid and pleated uniforms and severe punishment were a way of life. The experience, immortalized in yearbooks and ever visible through bumper stickers like "I Survived Catholic School," has attracted considerable attention lately through several Catholic school closings and some new humor books. Yes, even with the barrage of parochial school no-nos, funny moments pop up as frequently as the Our Father there, say many of an estimated 65 percent of Marist students who have had at least one year of Catholic education. Teaching styles always warranted a good laugh. After seeing his grade on a French test, John Greene bolted from his desk to the back of the room to escape the wrath of his teacher. Whenever anyone in the dass got
a bad grade — below 75 was failing — the Franciscan brother smacked the pupil's fingers with a rope that dangled from the waist of his black robe. On this day, Greene, a ninthgrader, saw his test score, a 68 or 70, and made a run for it. After a chase, the brother ordered him to sit down and face his punishment. "I always got creamed in that class," said Greene, a senior communication arts major from Medford, N.Y. However, Greene added: "He was a pretty nice guy, otherwise. He just had a weird classroom policy." Paula Amendola's fifth-grade lay teacher couldn't bring herself to say the name of one of the classes she taught. Twice a week for the entire year, the teacher at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Yonkers, N.Y., always stumbled over a certain three-letter word. The all-girls sex education class eagerly helped her out. "She would say, *You know' and we'd all shout 'sex,'" said
Amendola, a senior biology major. Audrey Pflug's sixth-grade math teacher had a different quirk. When one of Sister Laureen's students was stumped on a problem, stuffed animals came to the rescue. "She would make you put a stuffed animal on your desk and talk to it until you got the problem right." said Pflug, a sophomore from Matawan, N.J., who insists this never happened to her. But in many cases, the sisters were portrayed as the all-knowing, the pseudo-Santa Clauses who kept a record of what the students were up to 24 hours a day. At St. Mary's Boys High School in Manhasset, N.Y., the nuns were especially bright — and had great vision too. At least the dean of discipline thought so. Senior Mike Ceriei'lo remembered the dean's attempt to stop student snowball fights at the bus stop. Cerielk), a business/finance major from Glen Cove, N.Y., said the dean commanded all students to the library.
"The dean said: 'I don't want you throwing snowballs anywhere in New York state because I'll know about it. 1 have sisters stationed outside watching each student. And they'll recognize you by your yearbook pictures." "It was all 1 could do to stop from laughing at him. Wc continued to throw snowballs." Ceriello said. Other scare tactics, not many of which sunk in, came courtesy of of the daily religion class. Jennifer Vonsuskil's ninth-grade theology teacher at DcPaul High School in Wayne, N.J.. gave his students something to think about on their dates: The more you open your mouth when you kiss, the blacker the spot on your soul. "He sounded serious," said Vonsuskil, a sophomore from Butler, N.J. "But, I think, he was just trying to scare us." Sophomore Kristen Cofini rebelled in a different way. Frustrated by eight years of
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Watching CNN chronicle history
How close is Marist to sexual equality? by LYNAIRE BRUST Staff Writer
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To address the impact of the Persian Gulf War on local citizens, there will be a forum tonight in the theatre. "Home front: Hudson Valley," will be a public forum hosted by Greg Floyd of WTZA-TV in conjunction with the college at 7 p.m. The presentation will include series of video presentations followed by panel discussions. "We want to treat this like a town meeting," said WTZA's Ed McCann, co-producer of the show. "We want voices to be heard." The program will consist of brief videos, each highlighting a particular aspect of the war. A panelist will then comment on each issue raised in the videos and how it has hit home in the Hudson Valley. The panelists were chosen by McCann and co-producer Hannah Hawkins based on who they had seen over the past few months as representing polarizing views on the issues. Panelists will speak on a variety of topics including economic impact, political and social ramifications and the effect on local families. The panelists include: Richmond Egan, assistant professor of communication arts at Marist; Dr. Alan Schneider, psychologist and social worker; Paul J. Graci, president and chief operations officer of Central Hudson Gas & Electric; Lucille Thitchener, whose 21-year-old son is serving in the Persian Gulf and whose diary of events appear daily in The Poughkeepsie Journal; Col. Paul Weaver, Jr., commander of the N.Y. Air National Guard; and Barbara Scott, associate professor of sociology at SUNY College at New Pakz. After each panelist has had an opportunity to speak, all of the participants will assemble to engage in a question and answer session with the audience. forum will be videotaped by WTZA-TV for broadcast at 8:00 p.m. Sophomores Jennifer May and Nicole Conti, and Junior John Voltaggio take a few minutes onThe March 3, and at 7 p.m. on March 9. between classes to watch the television in the Lowell Thomas Communications Center that All those attending the forum are asked to arrive at least 15 to 20 is tuned to CNN all day, every day. minutes early in order to leave time for last minute audio and visual adjustments.
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As the war in the Persian Gulf continues, so does discussion on the crisis Last Friday, students and professors attended an open debate on the war against Iraq while also concentrating on using force in any conflict resolution. The debate was sponsored by the Political Science Club and the North End Resident Student Council. Moderated by Professor Richard Atkins, chairperson of the Division of Humanities, the forum raised various questions and concerns about American motives. Vincent Toscano, associate professor of history, said he would like to see the United States "strip itself of its self-serving nature." ^Raising the issue of oil, Toscano said: "Our nation is aggressive...you can sell us the'oil so long as you sell it at prices that we say are acceptable." Dr. Anne Davis, assistant professor of economics, said she feels one reason why President Bush decided to go ahead with the war is leadership — a very short-term motive. "Bush is taking a leadership position here," she said. "This is a very short-term reason because the cost of war along with the deficit is going to become very steep." Dr. Louis Zuccarello, professor
of political science, defended trie United States, saying, "We're doing good things. We're defending national sqvreignity and selfdetermination," he said. "We don't like the idea that Saddam is inflicting his rule on the people of Kuwait. We believe in freedom; that's why we're fighting this war." Atkins said he feels Americans lack the ability to see a situation from another country's standpoint. "As Americans, we do not do very well in stepping outside our own culture and our own frame of reference to see the world through somebody else's eyes," he said. "We tend to assume that people who live in different ways are defective when we should see that these cultures are just merely different." AH speakers said they felt the use of force could be less of an option if Americans could learn to see situations from different angles. "We think we're so moral but we're really not," said Toscano. "Once we get the courage to confront that, then there's hope." But how can people become less prone to violent situations? "Maybe a kind of consiousness can be communicated through education of the bitter experience we're seeing now," said Zucarello.
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