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THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY - FOUNDED IN 1911 Vol. CX No. 15 Friday, February 18, 2005 • www.Aerullnews.com Canton, New York Photo by Scott Laurin This past weekend featured three performances of The Vagina Monologues in the Black Box Theater. Winston Family Gives to Campus Fund TheLaurentian Room to be Re-Named this Month University Communications St. Lawrence University Chair of the Board of Trustees Lawrence J. Winston and his wife, Sally A. Winston, of Bonita Springs, Florida, have pledged $2.5 million to the University's next comprehensive fund-rais- ing campaign, to be used in sup- port of the St. Lawrence Fund and to provide-permanent fund- ing for what is now named The Laurentian Room in the.Stu- dent Center. In recognition of : their gift, the room will be named The Winston Room in their honor,- and dedicated'in February of 2005. Lawrence Winston, chair of Distribution Alternatives, Inc., is a 1960 graduate of St. Lawrence, and has been Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2001. He joined the Board of Trustees in 1987, and served as Vice Chair of the University's Campaign Steering Committee during Campaign St. Lawrence, which concluded in 2002 and exceeded its goal, raising $132.2 million. He earned his St. Lawrence degree in psychology and has been active as a volunteer in fund-raising and career advise- ment. The Winstons established the Lawrence J. Winston Fam- ily Scholarship at St. Lawrence in 1986; it has helped pay the costs of the junior and senior years of more than 30 students since its inception. Sally Winston holds an associate's degree from Green Mountain College. She estab- lished the Sally Winston Cam- pus Beautification Fund in 1993 and funds annually the place- ment of flower arrangements in various locations throughout campus on major college event weekends. In addition, Sally has funded the redecorating and fur- nishing of several cabins at St. Lawrence's Conference Center in the Adirondaeks, Canaras. Larry Winston stated, \Sally and I felt strongly about orgar nizing our largest gift to the Uni : versity while I am chairing the Board of Trustees, to provide an example of the leadership and commitment necessary as the University initiates a major new Capital Campaign. We chose to support the Student Center because it is at the heart of the campus, both physically and in the way it strengthens the student experience. We are especially pleased that, because the Student Center is completed, our gift will free up funds that can now be channeled into other ongoing, critical or new initia- tives, including the construction of our new science center arid the never-ending goal of increas- ing the University's endow- ment.\ \Larry and Sally Winston have done it all for St, Lawrence over a lifetime of commitment and support,\ said President Daniel F. Sullivan. \Chairing the Board of a university re- quires a huge time commitment, See Alumni - Page 4 Associate Professor Publishes Novel University Communications The Family Wound, a novel by St. Lawrence University As- sistant Professor of English Ngoc Quang Huynh, has been published by Starborn Books, Wales. It is described as \a young Vietnamese woman's des- perate search for inner peace after surviving the horrors of war and the corruption and vio : lence left in its wake.\ The Friends of Owen D. Young and Launders Libraries will hold a celebration of the book's publication, featuring a talk by Huynh, on Friday, April 29, at 4 p.m. in the Josephine Young Room of Owen D. Young Library. Huynh was born in 1957 in South Vietnam. He attended Saigon University-aintil he was thrown fhto a concentration camp simply, he. says, for being a student. After a year of tor- ture and extreme degradation he managed to escape, and even- tually found a new life in America. His first book, the memoir South Wind Changing <Graywolf Press 1994), was named' by Time magazine as a \best book.\.. The Family Wound, while dealing with imprisonment, es- cape and flight to America, is fiction, with a young woman as the protagonist. She is in love with a student teacher, but her family forbids the union, and he vanishes; she is subsequently pressured by her mother to take a job with a corrupt Vietcong official. After suffering extreme abuse she finds herself accused of murder and is forced to flee. The central portion of the book is a kind of inner journey with- touches of magic realism, and marks the transition or eman- cipation from the \old\ world of Vietnamese tradition, culture and society to the \new\ world of the United States where she eventually comes to live. But the past, with all its pain and guilt, - See Pf ofessor - Page 4 Merit Scholaiship Soon To Expand Into Program Irish McMahon Editor-at-Large Eor some people, a scholarship is simply financial aid - money to help pay for school, whether it comes from the school itself or an outside source. —- This past year, efforts have been made to expand the Presi- dential Diversity Scholarship from \just a scholarship\ to a program as well. Established with the class of 2004 five .years ago, the Presi- dential Diversity Scholarship is one of the merit scholarships of- fered by St. Lawrence. The others include the Uni- versity, Vilas, Community Ser- vice, and Augsbury/North Country Scholarships. Many of the changes deal with the interactions of PDS stu- dents and dynamics of the group. In the past, some stu- dents were unaware of who else also held the same scholarship. \They face'many of the same issues HEOP students and other minorities face,\ says Margaret Kent Bass. Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and a faculty advisor for the PDS pro- gram, \yet there is no forum for them to discuss it.\ Cultural events, field trips, planned workshops and forums .regarding jobs and graduate school, and connecting the. group with related programs on campus (such as the McNair Program), are all changes to help make the group stronger. According- to Bass, the changes were implemented as a result of current PDS stu- dents. She interviewed many of the students about—what changes they would like to see - how they wanted the scholarship/pro- gram to work and if they'd be willing to take the added re- sponsibility. . From those conversations, the scholarship/program was reva-mped for the class of 2008. « - Another change in the schol- arship is maintaining a 3.0 GPA requirement. While the other merit scholarships re- quired a 3.0 GPA to keep the scholarship, the Presidential Diversify scholarship did not. Students \believed that if the other merit scholarships had a GPA requirement, then the one they have should too. There is also an effort to make the group of students more visible entity on campus. They are asked to. contribute to the campus, be active in at- tending cultural events - espe- cially with issues of diversity. So far. they have had field trips to the Museum of Civili- zation in Ottawa and down to Syracuse. At the end of each semester, an award is given to the studerit(s) with the high- est' GPA, and also to the student(s) who attended the greatest number of cultural events on campus. There are five advisors for the PDS program, three fac- ulty and two from student life. Faculty advisors are Bass. Martha Chew. Assistant Pro- fessor of Global Studies, and Ning Gao. Assistant Professor of Chemistry. The Student Life advisors are Peg Cornwall. Project Director of the Leader- ship Academy, and Terrance WilliamSi-Assistant Director of Career Services & Leadership Education. Bass says that the dynam- ics of the Presidential Diver- sity Scholars has improved. They are proposing putting on an event sponsored by PDS stu- dents. Some are even looking at cre- ating a PDS theme hall/suite for next year. With the incoming class of first-years in the fall, she be- lieves they will have more or- ganized planning and a struc- tured welcoming event. In This Week's Edition News Outside of Larry-Land -•r The Vagina Monolo Word Search Womens Track- view Page 4 Page 6 Page 7 hampions Page 8

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