1996-10-04; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan LIFE Volume 79, Number 18 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1996 CM LIFE 77 years of serving the community FRIDAY October 4, 1996 10 pages Amnesty member discusses human rights violations By Jason Karas LIFt Staff Writer People are tortured, imprisoned and killed in some foreign countries for unjustified reasons. While acts of terror are unrecognized by most of the world, a speaker from Amnesty International attempted to further expose these atrocities Wednesday evening in Warriner Auditorium. Bill Schultz. executive director of Amnesty International, told approxi mately 200 people about human rights violations occurring around the world. Schultz gave graphic examples of the kinds of human rights violations that Amnesty International opposes and outlined the challenges facing human rights advocates after the Cold War. One example Schultz gave was of a 9- year-old boy who was arrested in Indonesia for little more than suspicion of stealing a wallet. While he -was m custody, police burnt the soles of his feet with cigarettes and beat him over the head. Schultz said police then called his mother down to the police station, hung her from a meat hook and forced her son to beat her. Schultz also described how in Iraq young people's ears are cut off and X's are branded into their foreheads if they refuse to serve in the army. "Amnesty International exists to deal with the worst kind of troubles that the world can throw at us," Schultz said. Schultz said the basis for Amnesty International's surveillance of countries around the world is the4 194K Universal Declaration of Human Rights which countries must agree to before they can join the United Nations. According to Schultz, Amnesty International stays in contact with students and political activists around the world who report human rights violations to the organization. If the reported violations are true, Amnesty International tries to publicize it as widely as possible. "Tyrants fear the truth," he said. Schultz described what he called "challenges" to human rights advocates today Contrary to popular belief, he said human rights violations have increased, not decreased since the dismantling of the communist states of Eastern Europe in 1989. Schultz said since 1989, more than half of the 160 countries Amnesty International monitors practice torture. The number of countries practicing political killings has also increased from 40 to 61 in that time period. Schultz refuted the economic empowerment philosophy, that states, if capitalism is exported to countries, those countries will develop a middle class who will demand rights. "If this philosophy was true, then Nazi Germany - a successful capitalist country, would have had the best human rights," Schultz said. Schultz gave several examples of See AMNESTY Page 2 4 * *" * v? SGA makes voting easier By Jeremy Russ LIFE: Staff Wnter Student Government Association will now be able to send out registration forms that students sign at SGA rogistra tion booths, saving students time and money. SGA has been registering students to vote for most of this week. The voter registration will conclude today. SGA will have registration tables set up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Towers and Robinson, Woldt and Merrill residence halls. Alaina Miller, Hewitt junior and vice-president of SGA, said SGA had originally been telling everyone who registered through SGA they must send in their own mail-in voter registration forms. Miller said SGA now has the approval to send in the rt^gistrati on forms for the students, saving them time and 32 cents for a stamp. "We called the* city clerk and they said we could drop (the registration forms) off, as long as they are sealed in an envelope," Miller said. To have SGA send in the forms, Miller said, students must have the registration forms in by 4:30 p.m. today in the SGA Office, located in the lower level of the Bovee University Center. Miller said students can send in the forms themselves, but the forms must be postmarked by Monday to vote in the November election. She said this years registration drive has been going grt^at and SGA has registered about 2.500 students. Miller said SGA's target amount of registration is 3,000 students. "We had to drive down to Lansing to get more registration cards. They didn't give us enough the first time." Miller said. Miller added, students who are registered by SGA, must vote in Isabella County, and they can participate in any city, county, state or national election. The deadline to register to vote in the November election is Monday. 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Candidate: Government must face various issues By Lift E Assistant News Editor The weather may have dampened the ground, forcing the rally for Ronna Romney indoors, however, it did not dampen the spirits of those in attendance. Approximately 50 people attended the rally, which was moved from the Warriner Mall to the Bovee University Center Auditorium, for the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. Romney told the audience most Republicans are afraid to go to college campuses because they think students do not support Republicans. "I think they are wrong. I think the smartest group in America are the kids," Romney said. Romney asked the audience what their concerns for the future were. Audience members listed such things as raising children, the environment, job security and quality of life. During her 25-minute speech, Romney, who was introduced by State Rep. Jim McBryde, R- Mount Pleasant, said there are four things the government must accomplish. The first, she said, is "get the bills paid." Romney said all the money Americans make from Jan. 1 until May 7 in any given year will pay their taxes; however, if the government does not balance the budget soon, all the income they earn until September will pay their taxes. "We have to do it," she said. "We can cut taxes and balance the budget." In 1950, Americans paid $1 out of every $50 to the federal government. Today, Ronmey said Americans pay $1 out of every $4. "I want you to have a future without debt," she told the audience. Romney said education is also something the government must support. Romney said there are three forms of power in the world today: the most primitive - brute force; money; and the most powerful - an education, "because it can't be taken away." Romney said when she is in the Senate, she will fight for and support student loans, Pell grants and work study programs. "I do not and will not support cuts in higher education," she said. "I want to make sure everyone who wants a college education finds the resources to attend college. "I want to give you a debt-free America, an America with clean air and water and beautiful land. I want to give you a crime-free America. An America where you can get the best education possible. I can't get it all done, but I can start the process," she said. The other two priorities for the government, Romney stated, were cutting taxes and protecting the environment. Chip card's use varies among local merchants,vendors By, 3?rjtt Wflt»-| Students short on pocket cash can use their now CMU cbip cards at several off- campus locations. Besides functioning as an ID card, area merchants began accepting cash chip and/or bank stripe on the chip card as a form of payment in July, said Lynn Granger, floor supervisor at Spencer Drugs at IOIO S Mission St Granger described one use of the card as minimal at first. "I've had some students and some faculty use it . . . but it was never really used until the students came back to school," Granger said. Other businesses are having more success with the card. "We're really excited about it. It seems to be pretty popular," said Chuck Trapani, co-owner of the Mission and Pickard Street Little Caesar s. The card is only accepted at the Mission Street location near campus, and students can use the cash chip or bank stripe to pick up a pizza and the cash chip to pay for delivery orders. Trapani said drivers carry an "oversized calculator" that debits money from the card. "The* fact that the machine is transportable gives us a lot of options," Trapani said. "It's more convenient, and we aim to please," he said. Spencer Drugs only accepts the bank stripe that is a debit card linked to a First of America bank account. Granger said there has been some confusion in distinguishing between the cash chip and bank stripe accounts. "The value of the debit card is dictated by the amount of money in the account," said Barrie Wilkes, Accounting Services controller. See ACCEPTING Page 2 Health Services diagnoses suspected case of tuberculosis By Liz Wishaw 1 ifl Assistant Mews I rjitot A campus individual has l>cen diagnosed with an active case of tuberculosis and those who have been in close contact with the individual are being notified. According to a press release Thursday, University Health Services, working in conjunction with Central Michigan Health Department, is notifying those in close contact with the individ- ual. Others on campus should not be overly concerned about contracting the* disease. The identity of the individual is not being released because of patient confidentiality requirements. Sarah Campbell, director of University Health Services, stated in a press release, "Because tuberculosis is a serious commu nicable disease and a public health concern, persons who have had close contact with the infected individual are being notified to go to University Health Services for testing and, if infect ed, started on treatment ." Tuberculosis, or TB, is caused by bacteria and can attack any part of the body but usually attacks the lungs. It W often spread from one person to another when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Campbell stated in a press release, "People who are infected with TB do not feel sick, do not have any symptoms and cannot spread TB. But they may develop the active disease at some time in the future. "People with the active disease are more likely to spread it to people they spend time with every day, including family members, friends and co-workers," Campbell continued. Diagnosis of TB infection is only possible through a TB skin test. TB skin testing and other information about the disease is available at Health Services in Foust Hall 200 at 774-6591 or Central Michigan District Health Department at 773-5921.
|Title||1996-10-04; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, October 4, 1996 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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