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Where the real news is buried April 18, 2007 Vol. 1 Issue 15

In This Issue
Parking Woes of CSOs & KMNR VA Tech 3 Human Powered Victory 4 FIRE! Free Hug Day 5 Greek Sing 2007: Anything Goes 7 Basic Food Group Casserole 8 “42” 10 Show Some Respect 1

Parking Woes of CSOs & KMNR
A committee of Academic Council, the Parking, Security, and Traffic Committee, met on March 22nd. One of the items discussed at the meeting was RollaMO’s request for 2 reserved spaces in Lot #11 (the one behind the Quad adjacent to the back of Altman). This request was denied “unanimously” and then the issue of taking away the Campus Support Officer’s (CSO’s) and KMNR’s reserved spots was brought up. A motion was made to rescind these designated spots effective as of August 1st, 2007, the motion was seconded, and this motion was approved “unanimously.”

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A Note from Sybil
As always, we are pleased to bring you Issue # 15 of The Mineshaft. We have come a long way in the past few months and are looking to improve ourselves even more. If you are interested in helping (in any form: writing, donating, guidance, etc…) please do not hesitate to contact us at : TheNewMineshaft@gmail.com We appreciate all reader feedback, as it is a vital part of our growing process. Another part of that growing process may be more forthcoming in the upcoming weeks. As we continue to seek to become an RSO, we face many hurdles along the way. As time progresses we will clear these up and keep our audience informed. Again we appreciate all of our readers and their support. Enjoy the issue!

Beyond this, not much is known about the issue or what happened with it, since the minutes (which can be found at campus.umr.edu/police/ parking/minutes/) are gloriously bare bones; they don’t even give a vote count including abstentions. To get the committee’s perspective on the situation, I emailed Diana Ahmad, chair of the committee, who referred me to Christie Wilson, senior clerk of the UMR PD. I asked her why it seemed like all the reserved parking spots for students are being taken away (CSO’s and KMNR are the only
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VA Tech
Monday began as such as normal day here at UMR. That wasn’t so for the students of Virginia Tech. We joked about the terrorist threat on our campus, but Monday a truly terrifying event took place, one that will leave that community broken for quite some time. At 7:15 Monday morning, Virginia Tech, home of the largest full time student population in Virginia and the often successful Hokies football team, added a superlative that they never would have wanted. A lone gunman opened fire in West Page 1

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Ambler Johnston, a residence hall, and proceeded to make Virginia Tech the site of the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States. At this point the authorities have identified the gunman as Cho Seung-Hui of Centreville, VA a senior in the English department at Virginia Tech. Norris Hall, an engineering building, is located on the opposite end of the Virginia Tech campus. While police were investigating the first shooting (which they originally thought was
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ones with this privilege), to which she replied that “the decision of the Parking Committee was not ‘to remove all student reserved parking spots’ but to evaluate the need for the reserved parking spaces in relation to the available nearby parking spaces.” She went on to explain that “they [KMNR] are now in an area that has over 40 parking permits available for students to purchase...if permits are available, then there isn’t a need to reserve spaces.” Similar reasoning was given for the CSOs; with the police station’s impending move to Campus Support Facility, there will be parking nearby for students to purchase. I asked Jeffrey Melton, station manager of KMNR, his perspective on the situation. Melton said that he hadn’t even known about the discussion at the meeting, saying “this came as a surprise to me and all of KMNR as no one had been told that we were at risk of losing our parking spots.” Melton felt the decision to take away the parking spots was a huge mistake, citing the amount of DJ’s who frequently use the station and the distance that many of them would have to walk to get to the station if not for the parking spots. “We have sixty plus DJs who use those parking spots on a daily basis,” Jeffrey mentioned, while iterating that many of them live off-campus, in TJ, or in the Residential College, which would be “quite a walk if it is raining or cold.” Melton went on, explaining that due to the station often being on 24 hours per day, there are safety factors for female DJs leaving at night. He feels this justifies the reserved parking spots, which are the closest parking spots to KMNR’s doors. “While there are parking spots available in C [Lot #11], KMNR has spots nearest the building to reduce any danger that might befall DJs leaving at such times.” Jeffrey acknowledged that there are ways to find parking without buying a parking permit, but explained that these are not always feasible means. DJs “will have to find a parking spot on the road, which is not easy (persons that live in the Quad can vouch for this) or at a meter; there are only three metered spots and they are usually full during the day.” “I feel, and I believe I can speak for the majority of KMNR when I say, that this was both an inconsiderate and injudicious action on the part of the parking committee. The parking committee neglected to contact anyone at KMNR before this matter and therefore had no chance to defend the station’s need for parking spaces, nor has anyone at KMNR been contacted after this meeting as to how the decision affects the radio station.” I spoke with Student Body President Lauren Huchingson, who is a full voting member of the Parking, Security, and Traffic Committee, and who said that the meeting dates and times are set very randomly and that members’ schedules are available but haven’t been asked for. “To attend the meeting in which this occurred, I literally would have had to leave in the middle of a class. Luckily we [Huchingson and Vice President of External Affairs Beth Groenke] were able to get two proxies to attend for Page 2 us, but they can’t be expected to have the same knowledge of what is going on when they haven’t been attending the meetings the entire year.” Huchingson also echoed Melton’s concerns of KMNR’s lack of a representative to explain why the parking spots are important and that the issue wasn’t on the agenda beforehand. According to the UMRPD webpage, a “general” parking permit that allows the user to park in a designated lettered area is about $104 per year. What this means to KMNR DJs that need to drive to the station is that they are expected to pay $104 per year to use a parking spot for about 3 hours per week. Not only this, but instead of having two or three spots that rotate who uses it, every single DJ that drives to the station will need to buy their own permit. The next meeting of the Parking, Security, and Traffic Committee is on April 20th at 2:00, in which this matter will be re-addressed. It is the hope of those students involved that new information that will be presented will change the outcome of the situation. As Lauren Huchingson says, she is “working through every avenue possible to return the spots to their rightful owners.”

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an isolated incident), the gunman proceeded to Norris Hall. The gunman then chained the doors to prevent people from escaping and then went classroom to classroom, murdering students and teachers. Thirty-two people were killed before the gunman committed suicide. The shooting was preceded by bomb threats against various academic buildings on April 13 and against Torgerson Hall on April 2. Everyone from the President of the United States to the President of Virginia Tech have been expressing horror and anguish over the events of the day. “The university was struck today with a tragedy of monumental proportions,” Virginia Tech President Charles Steger said. “The university is shocked and horrified that this would befall our campus ... I cannot begin to convey my own personal sense of loss over the senselessness of such an incomprehensible and heinous act.” My heart goes out to the students at Virginia Tech and their loved ones. The thoughts and prayers of the UMR campus are with you. in mechanical engineering from O’Fallon, Ill. Mike Janaske, a sophomore in nuclear engineering from St. Peters, Mo. Ben Kettler, a sophomore in electrical engineering from Wentzville, Mo. Whittney Metcalf, a sophomore in peroleum engineering from Ulysses, Kan. Cameron Mings, a freshman in mechanical engineering from Glendora, Calif. Chris Perry, a sophomore in business and management systems from High Ridge, Mo. Kyle Rackers, a junior in mechanical engineering from Jefferson City, MO. Daniel Rosner, a sophomore in civil engineering from St. Peters, Mo. Daniel Segert, a freshman in metallurgical engineering from Fairview Heights, Ill. Eric Sommer, a junior in aerospace engineering from O’Fallon, Mo. Andrew Sourk, a junior in aerospace engineering from St. Joseph, Mo. Mark Wagner, a senior in mechanical engineering from St. James, NY. Greg Wilke, a senior in engineering management from Arnold, Mo.

Human Powered Victory
Once again the students of the University of Missouri - Rolla have distinguished themselves in a manner that is truly representative of greatness. This last week the HumanPowered Vehicle, a student run design team, participated in the West Coast Championship race at NASA’s California-located Ames Research Center. Not only did UMR’s team participate, but they were able to win the overall competition this year, moving up from last year’s second place finish. The Human Powered Vehicle itself is a recumbent bike with a shell that helps increase the aerodynamic properties of the vehicle. These bikes, which can usually travel up to 45 miles per hour, compete in competitions that consist of sprints, endurance tests, design reports, and oral reports. These categories are then judged to determine the overall winner. UMR was competing in a field of twenty five universities from across the country. Led by a first place finish in the male sprint, third in the female sprint, second in design, and first in endurance, the UMR team was able

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to beat out the other universities present to win the overall west coast championship. With a bike that has been redesigned and even better than last year, the HPV team is now preparing for their next competition. The next step is to win the East Coast competition (May 11th-13th) at the University of Central Florida. If they are able to win in this contest, the UMR HPV team will become the national champions in human powered racing. Congratulations to the current 2007 team which consists of: Jerrod Bouchard, a senior in mechanical engineering from Camdenton, Mo. Whitney Joseph, a junior in engineering management from St. Louis, Mo. Silvey Britton, a freshman in chemical engineering from O’Fallon, Ill. Matt Brown, a senior in mechanical engineering from Rolla Craig George, a junior in electrical engineering from St. Joseph, Mo. Alex Hollenbeck, a sophomore Page 3

Within only a few minutes of fighting the fire all personnel Briony Thorne evacuated the building due to the Superstition on Friday the 13th collapse of the roof. The fire finally is rooted in bad luck associated subsided at approximately 5:00 am with the day Friday and the number 13 as separate entities. The two unlucky entities combine to make one super unlucky day! This Friday the 13th was no different as fire struck at 1081 E. 18th Street, right next to Forum Theater. The City of Rolla Fire and Rescue responded to the reported fire at 11:31 pm on April 13, 2007. The fire department originally responded to the fire with one 75 foot ladder/ and final departure from the scene pumper and one fire pumper truck, did not occur until 9:46 am on April but ended up calling in all off-duty 14, 2007. personnel to the scene. Four trucks The entire strip mall was and 18 personnel fought the fire. destroyed, with damage to three


businesses: Tara Day Spa, Diva’s Hair Salon, and Nature Girl’s Health Food Store. There will be no recovery of the building. The Phelps County Health Department also responded to the scene to ensure proper disposal of food products from Nature’s Girls Health Food Store. Roger Windle of the Missouri Fire Marshal’s Office was called in to the scene due to the large amount of property loss to investigate the cause of the fire. It is currently undetermined as to the cause, but speculation leads to an electrical fire of some sort, which could have been caused by lightening that night. It has been determined that the fire was accidental.

Free Hug Day
As you walked around campus this past Monday, Tuesday, and today you might be surprised to see an increased amount of hugging or at least see a lot of people wearing shirts that say, in giant letters, “FREE HUGS.” You might say to yourself that you thought most hugs were free and wonder why people had to wear t-shirts that announce this, so let me explain what’s going on. Two freshmen living on Thomas Jefferson’s 11South, James Mooney and Jacob Sherry, got inspired by a movement created by Juan Mann in

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Australia and decided to bring it to our campus. People stay in a specific area and give out hugs to whoever wants them in order to brighten up peoples’ days. Sometimes people need a hug, but it isn’t necessarily easy to ask a stranger for one. This program takes the awkward-factor out, so hug-giving and receiving can more easily bring smiles are brought to peoples’ faces. Juan Mann is originally from Australia, but went to live in Great Britain for a while. When he came back to Australia after several years, he had no one left in Sydney to give
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Greek Sing 2007: Anything Goes
On Saturday April 14th, the Greek community at UMR came together to put on Greek Sing 2007, a night where participating fraternities and sororities each formed a band and played a couple songs for the crowd. The event was held at CJ’s Uptown (formerly All-Stars Bar and Grill) and started at 7 o’clock. The theme this year was “Anything Goes,” which means the bands could pick any two songs they wanted to play. The concert was a charity event, with the participating bands collecting enough canned food to feed 1,200 families, according to the inside of the program. The money made from the cover charges for the concert will be going towards Children’s Miracle Network.
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A notable fact about the event is that the venue was at full capacity for the majority of the night; there was a line out the front door up until the last band started. Because of this, I missed the first half of the first band. From what I was able to hear, though, Sigma Phi Epsilon’s cover of “Happy” by Mudvayne was very good, barring the horribly mismatched vocalist. Tau Kappa Epsilon was next, with a simple yet solid performance of “I Do Anything” and “Rock Show” by Simple Plan and Blink 182, respectively. Delta Sigma Phi then took the stage with one of the most dynamic performances of the night. Vocalist Tim Gowan ripped through an energetic performance of Incubus’ “Anna Molly” before having a dual vocalist trade-off with John Conroy on Avenged Sevenfold’s “Bat Country.” Despite not being loud enough, guitarist Juan Marquez did a very respectable job with the solo on the latter song. Phi Kappa Theta first performed a cover of “Party Hard” by Andrew W.K. before inexplicably changing their entire lineup for “Love Roller Coaster” by Red Hot Chili Peppers. ChiO Martha Leahy performed vocal duties for the latter song while two Page 5

other girls simply danced on stage. While there was no reason for this, it definitely made the song more fun. Pi Kappa Alpha performed next with a Finch and OAR song. “What It Is To Burn” was a very good performance, while staying true to the original. “Crazy Game of Poker” was a fun, lighthearted song that included two dual-guitar jams. The only complaints I have are that “Crazy Game of Poker” went on for far too long and they had a slideshow backdrop full of “humorous” College Humor-esque pictures that, in this context, seemed completely out of place. Chi Omega was next with “One Way or Another” and “I Love Rock & Roll” by Blondie and Joan Jett, respectively. The first song was played without much energy, with much of the band seeming to just go through the motions. However, this may have just been nerves, because once they got to “I Love Rock & Roll” they seemed to get into a groove. Delta Tau Delta got the crowd into a ska mood with their take on Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Reel Big Fish. The Delts seemed out of time at first when starting “Impression That I Get,” but they quickly found each other and had a solid set. Their impressive bassist kept a good groove while the horns (consisting of a saxophone and trumpet) kept things energetic. Kappa Delta played next with some more pop-punk. The problem is that, as they played through Blink 182’s “Dammit,” the band didn’t look they were having any fun. It wasn’t until Suzi Schroer
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took over as frontwoman for Green Day’s “Holiday” that Kappa Delta’s performance had some energy injected into it and things picked up. Kappa Alpha played next and were one of the highlights of the evening. While they played two very accurate covers (Foo Fighter’s “Monkey Wrench” and Jimmy Eat World’s “Bleed American”), they also incorporated the audience into the former song and had the most interaction with them. Neither of the bands they covered are known for their technically challenging music, but Kappa Alpha did them justice with the abundance of energy they put into the performance. Zeta Tau Alpha continued the excitement and the crowd participation with a lively set that included the most performers on stage out of any of the bands. Zeta performed “Life is a Highway” (Tom Cochran) first, followed by “What I Like About You” (Romantics), with the latter song including an enjoyable keyboard solo by Katie Buchmeier. Out of all the bands, Zeta seemed to have the most fun up on stage; whether it was because of the material they were playing or the amount of people on stage, the whole band certainly could have fooled me into thinking they’ve been playing shows for a while. Sigma Chi followed with what could arguably be called the most unique performance of the evening. With the bassist in weird makeup and the dual vocalists (one male and Lisa Stine from ChiO), they definitely had a different take on Tool’s “Schism” and Avenged Sevenfold’s “Beast &

Harlot.” Particularly during the latter song, Sig Chi showed that they could really rock out and get the crowd going. The guitarist also nailed the solo in “Beast & Harlot.” Sig Chi also easily had the best drumming of the night, with drummer Tom Carstens utilizing the double bass pedals like a demon. Sigma Tau Gamma had the most “metal” set, with songs from DVDA and Pantera. Their set was full of down-tuned, palm muted guitar riffs. The drummer also had the most elaborate drum kit; unfortunately, he didn’t seem to utilize it. Kappa Sigma closed out the night with a “song that reminded them of Rolla” that I didn’t catch the name of and then Reel Big Fish’s “Beer.” Overall, Zeta Tau Alpha easily had the best performance among the sororities with their crowd participation and obvious enthusiasm, and they even outperformed most of the fraternities. Among fraternities, Kappa Alpha and Delta Sig were definitely the best performers, both in execution of the songs and in stage presence. I’m hard-pressed to decide on a clear winner between them, so I’ll just say they should have tied, with a second place finish going to the Pikes for their fun set. Unfortunately, the KMNR DJs who were judges seemed to disagree with me slightly, but regardless of who should have come in first and second or not, all the bands put on a great show for a great cause, and all the participating sororities and fraternities deserve a thanks for hosting yet another great Greek Sing. Page 6

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him a hug upon his return – no friends, no family, no one waiting for him at the airport. He made a sign using the first large piece of cardboard he could find and wrote, in big, bold letters “FREE HUGS.” At first, he only got funny looks, but then the hugging began. A woman, whose dog had passed away that morning, the same morning as the one-yearanniversary of her daughter’s death in a car accident, approached and received a much needed a hug. Many people saw what Mann was doing and started to participate at other locations in Sydney and in other parts of Australia. There was a small hitch when police banned the presence of free hugs. A petition signed by thousands of people in protest soon brought about a change in this policy, and in the end increased participation in the movement. Here, at campus, there are a great deal of volunteers all around Rolla giving hugs to anyone who would like one. T-shirts are being sold in the Havener Center and outside the TJ and Rayl cafeterias for $4. All of the proceeds from t-shirt sales go directly to the Russel House, a safe place that takes care of battered and abused women and children. Also, a show put on by Perfect 10 Improv was last night at the Havener Center in coordination with the event. And don’t forget, if you want to give free hugs whenever and wherever, don’t hesitate to make peoples’ days brighter!
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I love this recipe because it’s easy, cheap, and it’ll feed me (alone) for at least a few days. Just to show how far this recipe goes, I had it for dinner last night, lunch today, dinner today (with my boyfriend), and I still have about 1/3 of the total amount. It contains (in some form or another) something from each basic food group--assuming, of course, that you consider Velveeta a type of cheese-which allows me to tell myself I’m eating well when I make it. That being said, I can guarantee it’s far better for you than the ridiculous number of packages of Raman noodles you have stuffed in your pantry. Hope you enjoy it! First, start the beef browning in the dutch oven over medium-low heat. While the beef is going, chop up the onion and toss it in with the

beef. Once the beef is cooked, add the tomatoes (don’t drain them, or if you do not all the way), the peas (add about 1/2 the water from the can), and the pasta. Cube the cheese so it’ll melt more easily and toss that in too. Stir everything up, cover, and let cook on medium-low to low heat. Cook for about 1/2 hour, stirring every 5-10 minutes or so. If it starts looking runny, take the lid off and let some water evaporate off. If it starts looking too dry, add some more of the pea or tomato water. I think it tastes great just like this, but if you’re looking for a little more flavor, add some dried basil, sage, oregano, or garlic. Got any comments or suggestions? Something you’d like to see? Let me know at TheHungryCoed@gmail.com

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What you’ll need: 1 lb Ground Beef (I used 90/10) 1 Sweet Onion 1-28oz can of crushed/diced tomatoes 1 can sweet peas (save the water) 6-8oz Velveeta cheese 1 1/2 c pasta (I use elbow) 1/4 c olives (optional) 1 large pot/dutch oven 1 heavy basting spoon Total: (Makes about 4-5 servings) $2.98 $0.55 $1.28 $0.54 $0.75-$1.00 $0.32


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To anyone outside of the sports world, 42 is just another number; a number in the oblivion of numbers that is another numerical value. To anyone in the world of sports, however, 42 is synonymous with one thing: the great Jackie Robinson. Most people outside the world of sports would think that Jackie was only important to baseball. In reality, Jackie has had an effect on everyday of your life and my life. Sunday marked the 60th anniversary that Jackie broke the color barrier in baseball. He did this before the desegregation of schools, before Martin Luther King Jr. and even before the United States Army. Today all of that has been forgotten blended into one time period of “the past” in our head. But let it be always remembered that Jackie always first. Jackie’s desegregation of baseball came at a time when blacks and whites working at the same level was unheard of. Jackie wasn’t looked at as a role-model baseball player; he was looked at as a role model for life. A symbol the African-Americans and Caucasians could work together. Jackie broke the barrier in 1947 and by 1949 he won the MVP of

the league, leading with his batting average and stolen bases. Jackie only played in the Major Leagues from 1947 to 1956, every year for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He hit 137 home runs and had a .311 batting average. That is Jackie Robinson’s baseball statistics; his effect on the lives of everyone after that is much more impressive. If you can think in terms of baseball, without Jackie we wouldn’t have the homerun champion Hank Aaron or the likes of Reggie Jackson and Bob Gibson. They represent the old-school

more in the real world. Throughout it all though, his greatest effect has been in baseball. When it was the 50th anniversary ten years ago, the commissioner of baseball, Bud Selig, retired Jackie’s number 42. Not only was it retired from the Dodgers’ use, but from every baseball club in America. In any Major League baseball stadium you go to, you can always look up and see “42” on the retired list, meaning that no player will ever use that number again. That was ten years ago. Baseball has once again stepped it up a notch

names; today we would be without the likes of Derek Lee, Albert Pujols or David Ortiz. And that’s just the effect in baseball. On Sunday, sports figures from across the globe spoke out and told their stories of how Jackie Robinson affected their lives; figures such as Venus Williams, Tiger Woods, Tim Duncan, and many more. Jackie Robinson clearly affected many in the world of sports, and many Page 8

with the 60th anniversary. A month ago when Ken Griffey Jr. asked if he could wear Jackie’s number 42 to symbolize everything that he meant to African-Americans, baseball not only told him that he could do it, but encouraged other players to do it. Sunday, on the anniversary, over 200 player and managers wore the number in remembrance of Jackie Robinson. In the case of the Dodgers
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and Mariners, a couple whole teams wore the number 42. In the weekly Sunday night baseball game, Major League Baseball had the Dodgers play the Padres in Los Angles. An hour before the game, they started the pre-game ceremonies where they had everyone from Bud Selig to Hank Aaron to Jackie Robinson’s wife, Rachel Robinson. This was one of the very few times that audiences went to a game to see not the game, but what the game symbolized. With the Dodgers lined up on the first baseline and the Padres on the third baseline, one could look down the lines and see 42 on every player. It sent chills down everyone’s spine to see what a great man had accomplished. The 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s great achievements is a reason for great celebration. At the same time, eyebrows have risen as a noticeable trend. In the 1970’s and 1980’s the percentage of AfricanAmericans in baseball was around 30-40%, the highest that has ever been seen in baseball. As of 1991, 13.6% of Major League players were African-American. This year, there were only 8.6%. Scouts across Major League Baseball say that the trend will continue as many college level teams only have one or two black players on their teams. The trend is said to be the result of the “hip hop generation”. As such, in the inner cities it is easier to play basketball than it is baseball, therefore causing inner city African American kids to focus their athletic ability more on Basketball, leaving baseball out of the picture. Future trends in Major League Baseball such as the decline of African-American participation may continue. Alternatively, there is an increase in players originating from South America. One of Jackie Robinson’s best quotes is “A life is not important except the effect that it has on others’ lives.” This symbolizes everything that Jackie Robinson did for us. Very few know this, but the first two years that he was on the Dodger’s the manager put a chokehold on Jackie. Jackie, he could enter the game and be accepted as just another great player. On the first day of his Major League career, he walked into the clubhouse and introduced himself to the team. When he went around the clubhouse to shake the hands of his new teammates, many of the white players turned their backs to him and refused to acknowledge his presence. This is an example of the progress that we have achieved over the years between now and Jackie’s time.

No matter what the crowd said or the other team said, he was not to retaliate, no matter what. This is said to be the hardest part of his career, and understandably so. Today, what Jackie did is thought to be nothing; the idea of blacks working alongside whites is commonplace in the United States. Back then, it was unheard of and in many cases scrutinized. There is a story about the Second African-American coming into baseball. He thought that after Page 9

Jackie Robinson’s legacy will not just be the start of desegregation, but it will be the idea of taking a faux pas and realizing the right from the wrong. And when given that chance, taking the leap of faith required to do the right thing. I believe everyone will agree that for everyone’s sake, humanity would be better off if there were more Jackie Robinsons in the world. Those people that know the right from the wrong and are willing to put it on the line when it counts.

Show Some Respect
Well if you are not in the mood for a pure editorial I would suggest that you do not continue reading this piece. This article is an editorial in its purest form and is an outlet for the anger that I feel with respect to the behavior of people since the tragedy at Virginia Tech. As we all know 32 victims died Monday on the campus of Virginia Tech. These 32 people were murdered at the hands of a lone gunman armed with what is believed to have been two handguns. This shooting is now the largest of its kind to ever befall the United States. With all that being said, what do you think the real news is here? Apparently to quite a few people, it is not really about the deaths of these students, staff, and faculty but rather about pushing their own personal agenda about whatever cause they feel is important. This past Monday when I found out about this story it literally took
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less than five minutes to have the conversation about gun control come up. Someone spoke up about how they should have allowed concealed carry on campus, and that would have solved the problem and no one would have died. The same group then began criticizing the state legislators for not having based a related bill earlier this last year. This conversation led into further discussions about what else could have possibly caused this to happen. One article online referenced the possibility that video games played a major factor into what happened. Yet another online story brought up the issue of high capacity magazines and the fact that to kill a large number of people, you need ammunition. What does this say to you? That people are more concerned with what they feel is important than the fact that 32 people were murdered. To me there is no doubt that the only

part of this story that is relevant at this point is the grave loss of life and trying to comfort the loved ones and community that have experienced this loss. Now, I am not naïve. I realize that people will often use situations like this to galvanize people around their cause and make changes that they feel are needed. This does not, however, mean that we should in any way take the attention off of those in need at this time. It happened Monday. We are not talking about history yet, we are talking about the present. People are sitting around discussing the legislative ramifications of what happened when those involved are likely home in utter distress over massive loss of life. Quit using other peoples suffering to benefit your own personal agenda. Show some respect to those who have passed and those that are personally dealing with the aftermath of what happened.

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Math Square
Try to fill in the missing numbers. Use the numbers 1 through 9 to complete the equations. Each number is only used once. Each row is a math equation. Each column is a math equation. Remember that multiplication and division are performed before addition and subtraction.

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