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THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY - FOUNDED IN 1911 Vol.CXLNo.li Friday, February 3, 2006. www.thehillnews.com Canton, New York JBmk .^^^^^^^^^^^^IBiiiiS^~ r i^iiiii^l /^?SI Aj^HEs^Ej ISH--WA\ •- -^SHuiSHSI^ \ ---- -i^^^H Photo by Jenny Howard KDS AND SlGEP GATHER AFTER THE PUCK RUN ON JANUARY 27. SL.U Amnesty International Sponsors HIV/AIDS Benefit RachaelK. Allen News Editor On Friday, February 3, the St.. Lawrence Chapter, of Am- nesty International will host a free concert for their first an- nual AIDSAID Benefit in the Winston Room. With doors opening at 5:00 pm attendees to the AIDSAID Benefit Concert will be treated to a number of non-profit per- formances, including Holly- wood Farm (led by Zack DuPont), The Laurentian Sing- ers, the Saints and the Sinners, the St. Lawrence Gospel Choir, and the SLU Dance Team, amongst others. Food and bev- erages will be provided and al- coholic drinks will be available to those aged 21 and over, cour- tesy of Student Life. Through this event, the St, Lawrence Chapter of Amnesty Interna- tional is determined to create a forum which will be both en- joyable and educational, de- voted to bring AIDS awareness to center stage. Beginning on Wednesday February 1, St. Lawrence's Amnesty International Chapter headed by University Chaplain Shaun Whitehead and backed by several campus, organiza- tions, commenced a series' of hard-hitting events and presen- tations meant to further AIDS awareness among students, fac- ulty, and staff. Beginning Feb- ruary 1, several St. Lawrence professors gathered together in. the Winston Room for a Panel Discussion which touched on key issues regarding the devas- tating AIDS epidemic. On Thursday, February 2, the Rev- erend. Ladonna Sanders also pre- sented information regarding AIDS and HIV,, turning her fo- cus toward the efforts of South Africa to fight this burgeoning issue. In their latest 20.Q5 report UNAIDS estimated that nearly 38.0 million adults and 2.3 mil- lion children were living with AIDS throughout the world, the majority of this astounding number coming from developing countries. In areas such as South Africa where nearly 29% of the population is reportedly infected with the HIV virus, ne- cessity for education on preven- tion and treatment for those al- ready effected by AIDS is cru- cial. As the AIDS crisis reaches epidemic status, several hu- manitarian groups from throughout the world have taken a stand against this growing emergency. In the United States and throughout Europe the number of people . living rewarding lives with HIV and AIDS is growing due to the Research of pharmaceu- tical companies and the new va- rieties of drug treatment avail- able on the market. Drug therapies are costly, however, with widespread medical treat- ment being largely unavailable in the developing world. As the death, toll rises, organizations from across the globe have be- gun to take action. The AIDSAID Benefit will be donating 75% of its profits from the fundraiser to The Aids Com- munity Resources of Northern New York of Canton, and the remaining 25% to the Ubuntu Project of South Africa. While all events and performances are free, donations are truly wel- come for this worthy cause. Student Life Works To Address Alcohol Issftes MarcAmigone StaffWriter Starting this semester, the Stu- dent Life department will be in- troducing an initiative to create social gatherings and entertain- ment events at which alcohol will be served. The parties will be held -on Friday and Saturday nights in either the Student Center or Eben Holden. Food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as various forms of entertain- ment will all be present. The idea to introduce an initia- tive such as this one arose when Dean Petty left the Student Life Department, and Dean Margaret Kent Bass came in on an interim basis. After the Glass Onion closed and.The Beta House's charter was suspended, the ad- ministration wanted to take ac- tion to put back some of the sources of fun and activity for the student body on campus. ' President Sullivan commented on the progression of the idea to institute a program like this, \We're trying to be open-minded and not to rule ideas out right off the bat.\ . President Sullivan also com- mented on the difficult place the school is in due to the NY State drinking ag& excluding sixty-five percent of the student body from taking part in an activity such as this one. \I desperately wish the drinks ing age was eighteen but it isn't.\ President Sullivan said that he has received feedback from par- ents accusing'the school of con- ducting a Nazi-like environment in which drinking is hunted down voraciously but also had parents threaten to sue the school when their kids go to the emer- gency room for alcohol poisoning: ' ACE and other student organi- zations will be looked to by the Department of Student Life to sponsor these parties. The sororir ties,, remaining fraternities, and other student clubs and organi- zations will have the opportunity to hold events and parties on cam- pus -through this program, and President Sullivan is hoping they will do exactly that. \The program's ultimate suc- cess will, depend on whether stu- dents take ownership of it. The last person I'd go to to devise something interesting to do for people your age is ah old person like me.\ • The Administration is hoping this program will be the begin- ning of an effort to find a happy medium on its stance on drink- ing. He said the school's atti- tude towards alcohol on campus is \evolving and he credits Dean Bass with taking the ini- tiative to reach out to the stu- dent body with efforts such as this one as well as making the senior townhouses into a self- governing area. The Administration's efforts are being recognized as well. Stu- dents have been encouraged by the school's efforts to compromise and meet them half-way on the issue of alcohol. Majken Tranby '06 is a mem- ber of the sorority Delta Delta Delta. She said she would defi- nitely be interested in going to the parties but the chances of Delta sponsoring one of the par- ties are not great. \The weekends are tough be- cause most people are interested in getting off campus even if it's just the Tick-Tock, but the fact that the adhnnistration is offer- ing something like this to reach out to the students is definitely encouraging. It shows they're willing to compromise and reach out to us to meet our needs.\ Gene Ziegler '07 is an Eco- nomies jnajor and plays on the squash team. He also com- mented, \I think most of the people that go to the bars in town and party off campus will keep doing the same thing; I can't re- ally see them coming back on campus to drink. The people who stay in their rooms and drink might come out for the events, but it's hard to say. My- self, I probably wouldn't attend, but if word gets out that people are livin' the dream and having fun, I might consider it.\ The Administration is focus- ing on not making drinking the emphasis' of the parties but re- alizes that we are college stu- dents, and that most of us like to drink on Friday and Satur- day nights. If this program is a success, it could be a step in the direction of a campus where al- cohol can exist. If any students would like to see a bar on cam- pus or a looser stance on the pun- ishment of drinking offenses, controlled low-risk drinking at- mospheres like these will have to be the norm. RADIO BOB BAND FUNDRAISER PAGE 4 GREEK HOUSES RECRUITING PAGE 6 WRITER STUART DYBEK VISITS PAGE 7 SUPER BOWL PREVIEW PAGE 8

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