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THE TARTAN Oct. 12, 2011
American student acquitted after four years in prison
Seattle native, Amanda Knox, freed after being convicted of murdering her roommate in 2007
hearing in which she spoke of her time with Sollecito and her friendship with, her roommate, Meredith Kercher. “I want to go home. I want to go back to my life. I don’t want to be punished…I don’t want my future taken away from me for something I didn’t do because I am innocent,” Knox said. While addressing the court about her treatment from the Italian police, Knox spoke bitterly. “I made myself available up to the point of exhaustion…I was betrayed. I was manipulated,”Knox said. Knox was called a “sex-obsessed she-devil and a liar” by the prosecution lawyers. The defense lawyers claimed that she wasn’t a she-devil, but more like Jessica Rabbit. According to abcnews.com, “Two court appointed experts looked at the prosecution’s evidence and delivered a damning assessment that the manner in which the DNA was collected, stored and analyzed was below international standards. One involved the alleged murder weapon, a knife found in Sollecito’s kitchen. Prosecutors claimed the handle contained Knox’s DNA and a speck on the blade contained Kercher’s DNA.” Experts came to the conclusion that the DNA came from bread but they were unable to perform a second test because the sample of blood was too small. The second bit of evidence was the bra clasp cut from Kercher’s bra sometime during the attack that allegedly contained Sollecito’s DNA. However, the evidence was most likely conSLOG.com taminated due to being Sollecito, Knox and Guede; the three individuals convicted in the murder improperly handled. of Meredith Kercher. After much delibquitted. However, unlike Knox and Sollecieration, the jury found Knox guilty of slandering a bar owner, Dija to, Guede is forced to serve a 16-year prison “Patrick” Lumumba, 38, who had previously sentence. On Tuesday, Oct. 4, Knox returned to her hired Knox. According to reports, Knox, after about home in Seattle and Sollecito returned to his 50 hours of interrogation by Italian police, southern Italian home. According to the Bellingham Herald, “the implicated Lumumba in the murder. Since Knox already served 4 years, she widely publicized case of Amanda Knox has was not forced to serve any more time for had little effect on Washington State Unithe three-year slander sentence. However, versity’s Education Abroad program.” Knox she is forced to pay Lumumba $22,000 Eu- is a former Washington State University student. ros. “I tell my students to make themselves Knox, in tears, almost collapsed in joy when she heard the verdict that her convic- familiar with the laws of the country, where tion for the murder of her British roommate they’re staying or traveling,” said the prohad been thrown out. Sollecito was also ac- gram director at WSU.
After four years in an Italian prison, Amanda Knox, 24, of Seattle, Washington was acquitted Monday, Oct. 3. Knox, who was studying abroad at the time, was convicted alongside her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 27, in Dec. 2009 for the murder of Meredith Kercher in a 2007 attack. Rudy Hermann Guede was also convicted. Kercher, who bled to death, was found semi-nude with a slashed throat. Knox, who faced a 26-year prison sentence, gave an emotional testimony at the
An emotional Knox burst into sobs as she heard the news of her acquittal.
HELMS: McConnell under new leadership
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ware; favoring and advocating for open-source software, favoring and advocating for open access journals,” as well as many other things. All these things “have a direct effect on your tuition and fees, since Radford University is a public institution on state taxes.” By managing the library, Dean Helms can keep the amount of money the library spends in check and won’t have to take more money from what RU receives from state taxes. When asked what the biggest challenge he will face as Dean of McConnell Hall, Helms replied “the rising cost of subscriptions to journals and databases that have been rising 6-9 percent each year.” To counteract the rising cost of subscriptions, Helms has to decide which subscriptions to let go. Another challenge will be trying to get good prices on e-books that are needed, and unifying the building to be student-centered, as well as inviting. When Dean Helms isn’t in the managing the library, he is spending time with his family. He also enjoys listening to, and making, music. He is “passionate about a wide range of environmental and social justice issues; and is an avid motorcyclist. Before Helms was appointed as dean, he was an interim librarian, where he was juggling the responsibility of both Interim University Librarian and Coordinator of Library Technology. “Each position can easily consume more than 40 hours per week, so attempting to keep both areas involved a lot of juggling, prioritizing, very long days, and many evenings and weekends,” Helms said.
CONTEST: Essay sparks creativity
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from the University of Virginia. Known famously as a poet and writer of critical essays, Dillard has won numerous awards for his writing such as the Academy of American Poets Prize, the O. B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize, and the Hanes Award for Poetry. He was also awarded the George Garrett Award for Service to Contemporary Literature by the Association of Writers & Writing Programs in 2007. Dillard is the inﬂuence to many contemporary writers and to students at Hollins University where he teaches creative writing, literature, and ﬁlm studies. To submit your story to the contest: send all stories to firstname.lastname@example.org as a word document or rich text (rtf). E-mail should include name, mailing address, and phone number, with the exclusion of you name in the story itself. Stories are limited to 3,500 words or 14 pages, doublespaced, standard 10-12 point font. Submissions must indicate whether they are horror or comedy. All stories must be your own, unpublished work. By submitting, your agree the English Club may publish your work once, in whole or part in their winner’s collection. Deadlines for submission are Oct. 21 at midnight.
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NURSING: Grant allows further research for elderly
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needs. Through grants alone, Burggraf has been awarded more than $1,260,000 toward nursing and research. At RU, she has done much to advance the nursing program and bring higher education to future nurses. Because the elder-care research grant was part of a three year grant, more than just the $140,000 was awarded. Due to this, Burggraf will be publishing her third book titled “Health Aging: Clinical Guidelines for Advanced Practice Nurses.” She will also be distributing DVDs to every nursing home in Southwest Virginia that will be used as quick access to nursing instruction. Another accomplishment of this grant will be the holding of an interdisciplinary conference titled: Falls Risk Prevention and Protection of Older Adults in Roanoke, Virginia. As an established grant writer for the nursing program at RU, Burggraf tells of how her passion for it began many years before. During the measles epidemic in 1992, Burggraf wrote her first grant to fund immunizations due to the large death of infected children. This major pediatric grant grew into the Every Child By Two organization cofounded by Rosalyn Carter and Betty Bumpers. Her grant career, beginning with the Center for Disease Control, had taken off out of her passion for others, and continues down this road twenty years later. “This is my idea of grants: doing good things with other people’s money,”Burggraf said. “The money is out there, you just have to be interested in going at it.” As an advocate for elderly nursing care, Burggraf has published numerous newspaper and journal articles, books, book chapters, and book and film reviews. She has contributed to nurse education and elderly care. Locally, she is on the Board of Directors at Warm Hearth Village comprehensive retirement community in Blacksburg, Va. Closer to the university, however, she takes on a leadership position in the Epsilon Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, RU’s honor society of nursing. Burggraf’s involvement with RU’s nursing education and the elderly population does not stop here. Burggraf has proven that she will continue to do as much as she can to improve elderly health care and nurse edification beyond the walls of RU. She discusses how we live in a medically undeserved area, and how there should be no question to applying for as many grants as possible. A grant application, as she puts it, is “meeting the criteria, but going one step ahead.” It is not just a form to be filled out, but a way to look further into the needs of people. “It’s not luck, it’s knowledge, expertise, and innovation,”Burggraf said. “You win some, you lose some, [but] once you get bitten by the passion to write a grant, you don’t stop.”
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