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University police draw guns

Indiana University

At least four people have filed complaints with the IU Police Department over an early morning incident Sept. 25, when police drew their guns on a group of students outside the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Indiana University.

Members of the Black Student Union think the police reaction was racially motivated.

Courtney Williams, president of the Black Student Union, said while clearer communication is needed between the university police and student union, she doubts a dialogue between the two groups would achieve anything.

“We aren’t the people who throw parties,” Williams said.

Eric Love, director of diversity education and student union adviser, said though some of the pain and anxiety might have subsided, it was still seen as a setback to everything the student union and other diversity groups worked hard to establish.

Courtesy of the Indiana Daily Student

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University stays open during Rita

Nova Southeastern University, Fla.

Most of Nova Southeastern University’s Davis Campus remained open early last week as, Hurricane Rita, at the time a Category 1 storm, made its way over the Florida Keys. It was one of only a small few to do so.

As students arrived on campus, some questioned why the university remained open.

“City officials were urging everyone to stay home and off the roads and yet so many people were commuting to NSU,” said sophomore Amanda Beretta.

Freshman Richo Hernan, on the other hand, said he was happy that NSU did not close.

“I don’t mind the rain. If the university says its fine, then its fine for me,” he said.

Pointing at clothes and books, which she’d neatly laid out to dry, freshman Kathleen Fenelus said, “I am pissed because it’s not safe. The wind is pushing people, books are getting soaked and there is still the danger of a tree breaking and hitting someone. I am soaked, and my books are pretty much done.”

The power to close the NSU campus rests with its president, Ray Ferrero. The president was not on campus during the hurricane, and was unavailable for comment.

Courtesy of the Knight


Czech president speaks to students

Brandeis University, Mass.

President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, denounced the current state of the European Union before a crowd of students overflowing from a theater and into an atrium at Brandeis University Sept. 23.

The president, brought to campus by the International Business School, criticized the EU for diminishing the power of its member countries. The Czech Republic joined the EU in May 2004.

“Seventy-five percent of our legislation comes to us from above. Public participation in Europe is impossible by definition. If you shift decision-making from the state to the superpower, you move much further from individual citizens,” Klaus said.

He said to the students that the attempts to bring all of Europe together are based on false assumptions. Centralization is not necessary, and big is not necessarily beautiful, he said.

“People say we must be big and unified because our competition is big. I disagree. There is not economic competition between the U.S., the EU and Asia,” Klaus said.

Admiration for the president was widespread, but he also drew some negative reactions from the crowd.

During a question-and-answer session following his speech, political graduate student Marketa Vlakova asked the president about his position on human rights. She said she was left unsatisfied.

“My question was, if human rights aren’t enforced by the EU, where’s it going to come from?” Vlakova said. “He just said he’s not happy with regulations.”

Courtesy of the Justice


Steady ROTC enrollment at U of M

University of Mississippi

University of Mississippi Army Reserve Officer Training Corps enrollment is keeping up despite the war in Iraq.

According to ROTC officials, student-officer enrollment has grown or remained steady since the start of the war. The Air Force and Navy-Marine ROTC Unit shares the same sentiments.

Nationwide, U.S. Army recruitments are showing lesser enrollment. The Army fell 6,973 behind its fiscal year recruitment goals for the month of August.

Army officials said the deficit makes it extremely hard to achieve the goal for the 2005 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30.

This year may be the first year the U.S. Army has missed a full fiscal-year recruitment goal since 1999.

Meanwhile, the Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force have all reached their targets.

The steady enrollment in ROTC at the U of M is in keeping with its history.

During the Civil War the entire Ole Miss class of 1863 left school to fight for the Confederacy. These soldiers, known as the University Grey, fought in the Battle of Gettysburg.

Courtesy of the Daily Mississippian