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THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY - FOUNDED IN 1911 Vol. GXNd. 18 Friday, March 25, 2005 • www.thehillnews.com Canton, New York Photo By Kate Riley The ski jumping competition was one of several events at this year's Snowbowl. Panel Examines Womens' Rights PoKdes Jessi Burg Columnist , This past Monday night, there was a panel in the Winston Room regarding what the Bush Administration's policies mean for women. The pane!was spon- sored by the Women's Resource Center (WRC), and included Dr. Margaret Kent Bass, Associate Dean of-Faculty Affairs, and professor from the English de- partment, Ruth-Ellen Blodgett, a representative from Planned Parenthood of New York, Chap- lain Kathleen Buckley, Dr. Judith DeGroat, from the His- tory department, Dr. Patrice LeClerc, from the Sociology de- partment, Dr. Valerie Lehr, of the Gender Studies department, and Dr. Archana Venkatesah of the Religious Studies Depart- ment The Panel began with a short introduction by Emily Burns, '05. After Emily's speech, the panelists introduced them- selves, beginning with Dr. Bass. Dr. Bass began by speak- ing about Condoleezza Rice, and her role in the Bush Adminis- tration. Dr. Bass stated that although it one can argue that President Bush has a multicultural cabinet, she fails to understand how any woman conscious of class and color sup- port the Bush Administration. The lack of consideration for minority women in the Bush Administration angers her, es- pecially when one considers that it is minority women who are affected most by the policies re- garding reproductive rights. According to Dr. Bass, histori- cally,, minority women have been denied access to healthcare and other social services, while simultaneously undergoing forced sterilization in many cases. Although Condoleezza Rice claims to be representative of the lower class minority women, in reality, she has. fo- cused on personal gain rather than the plight of minority women. Next up was Ruth Ellen Blodgett. She began by explain- ing the United States' histori- cal role in funding family plan- ning around the world. How- ever, during Regan's adminis- tration, a global gag rule was\ instated which denied money to any Non-Governmental Organi- zation that either performed or provided information about abortion. President Clinton re- scinded the ruling, although President Bush reinstated it a mere two days into office. Ms. Blodgett went on to discuss the issue of family planning, and stated that' ahortion issues are merely a smoke screen for the bigger issue of family planning. She spoke of the issues of put- ting religious values into federal law, such as denying teenagers access to information about safe sex in favor of abstinence only programs. She talked of blatant lies in abstinence/only cur- ricula, and worried that these lies 'will increase rates of sexu- ally transmitted infections and teen pregnancy. Kathleen Buckley, our school See Bush - Page 4 Trustee Named to Hall of Distinction Dan Leonidas Columnist The Council for Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) has named St. Lawrence University Trustee Jo Ann Campbell '86 to its ,2005 Inde- pendent Sector Alumni Hall.of Distinction. The Hall of Distinction, which the CICU created in 2000, rec- ognizes graduates of indepen- dent colleges and universities in New York State who have, con- tributed to both the state and the country through their ca- reers and civic service. This year, all 12 inductees to the Hall of Distinction are non- natives of New York who came\ to the state to pursue their higher educations and have made it their home at some point after graduation. Campbell,, originally from Prescott, Ontario, is currently vice president and chief finan- cial officer for Kodak Health Imaging in Rochester, N.Y. During Campbell's senior year at St. Lawrence, General Electric (GE) recruited her for its executive financial manage- ment program. She worked for .GE for most of the last 20 years, and her job took her all over the world. \I moved 14 times in 20 years, living everywhere from Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to Canada, India, Brazil, and Bel- gium, and I loved every minute of experiencing various cul- tures,\ Campbell said. \Recently Campbell was given the opportunity to come back to New York State to wo'rk for Kodak Health Imaging.- She said she believes that working for a company that contributes to the improvement of health care around the world allows her to have a positive impact on many people's lives. Campbell added.that she thinks Kodak's current at- tempts to build financial strengths will play a major role in improving New York State's economy. As a St. Lawrence student, Campbell majored in economics. She was captain of the women's ice hockey team for three years, See Campbell - Page 5 Former Senator Visits St. Lawrence Campus Jessi Burg Columnist On a -cold and icy night, former.Senator Max Cleland came to St. Lawrence to speak about why- we should still care about, politics, even though the election has been over for months. Molly Ryan, '05, gave a warm introductory speech for the former Senator, speaking of their meeting during her semes- ter in Washington at American University, his service during the Vietnam War, his term in • President Carter's cabinet and. his six years.in the United States Senate. After Molly's introduction, Senator Cleland, clad in a navy blue St. Lawrence sweatshirt, spoke of the hearty welcome he had received on campus. Ear- lier in \the day, he had taken a tour of campus, where his visit to the chapel and subsequent talk with Kathleen Buckley left a good impression- Just prior to his lecture, Senator Cleland ate dinner with the St. Lawrence Democrats and the St. Lawrence Republicans, the two groups re- sponsible for bringing the former Senator to campus. Senator Cleland then began to speak of himself, and his own experiences in politics. He'spoke of attending college in the 1960s as an English major, and watch- ing the people around him try- ing to change the world. He feels that this country has \gone backwards\ since the idealism of the 1960s, and he stressed how real the threat of nuclear war was on a daily basis. His expe- riences in the Vietnam War lead him to disagree with the way the war in Iraq and the War on Ter- ror have been handled'. Senator Cleland spoke passionately about the lives of the soldiers, and is upset that there is no easy way out of Iraq. He is concerned about the message we, as Americans, sent the world when \we occupied the oil fields first, fired the army, and let the people free, then pretended we were there for elections.\ He even went so far as to compare the contemporary United States to colonial Britain as an occu- pying force. He discussed the use of the term \Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)\ by the Achninistration, saying that \in Georgia, we call that a homemade bomb.\ He asked the audience what it means •when a government is fighting a war against a country which can fight back with nothing stronger than homemade bombs. Senator Cleland went on to condemn the Bush Administra- tion for its treatment of the defi- cit, and quoted the Secretary of the Treasury as saying that deficits don't matter, \look at Ronald Regan.\ However, as the former Senator pointed out, . after Regan's presidency, the deficit was not a trillion dollars, and the job market was improv- ing. President Bush on the other hand is increasing the deficit at the rate of a trillion dollars every two years, and the economy is not improving. The value of the American dollar has dropped 307c in four years as compared to the Euro, and yet the government continues to spend money on a foreign war. Once Senator Cleland fin- ished his opening speech, he opened the flpor to questions from the audience. Jamey Maswick asked about Zell Miller and how he has changed since becoming a Senator. Senator Cleland responded by discussing the differences be- tween being a governor and a senator. He talked of Republi See Former - Pajje 4 In This Week's Edition Alpha Tau Omega Genevieve Votra ^ The King II Moviei Womens H^piPl » Pr^ents Check A vvtaHwkstore •l&l Frozen Four Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8

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