1 OPINION ONLINE SPORTS Imus firing begs new questions, page 2 Defense stars in Exclusively online: Students march in name of Katrina victims spring game, page 4 Volume 128, Issue 41 Serving San Jose State University Since 1934 Monday, April 16, 2007 San Jose State University 150th Anniversary Memorial week begins with Holocaust day JOSH WEAVER The Holocaust claimed the lives of an estimated 5.1 million to 6 million Jews, tearing apart families and devastating a culture. Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah, and it marks the beginning of Genocide Holocaust Week at San Jose State University. It is a week that serves as a memorial for the lives lost during the Holocaust, but is also a week dedicated to exploring the word genocide, what it means and why it still exists in the world. The week s events are organized by Hillel of Silicon Valley which helps support Jewish campus life at SJSU MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center, SJSU faculty, staff and students and other community volunteers. Every year on campus we do some- thing to commemorate the Holocaust because it is a very defining moment for the Jewish people, Hillel Executive Director Sue Maltiel said. A memorial is set up along Paseo de Cesar Chavez across from the Event Center and is open today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year Hillel received the Jewish Family and Children s Services Zisovich Award for Holocaust Education, which is funded by an anonymous Holocaust survivor. Maltiel said the award provided the opportunity to produce an extensive program above and beyond the Holocaust Remembrance Day memorial. We saw that we could do something that was much broader and really talks about genocide, Maltiel said. What leads to a genocide and what one person can do to make a difference. Events this year include movie screenings and pizza in the residence halls start- ing tonight with a showing of Shindler s List in the Royce Hall lounge at 6 p.m. Tomorrow through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., luncheons will be held in The University Room of the Student Union, which will include panel discussions that will explore three topics that emphasize acknowledgement, understanding and prevention. see DAY, page 5 Disability Nobel winner center hosts speaks to students workshops Discussed economic leaders Fair held series of interactive events ADAM BROWNE SENIOR At the San Jose State University Student Union on Thursday, the Disability Resource Center hosted a series of workshops called A Retrospective on Disability. At one of the events, students could find out what it was like to have a learning disability. The Interactive Disability Awareness Simulations workshop had stations where students could experience what learning disabilities are like to better understand them. The purpose of the workshop is to give people a greater awareness and understanding about disabilities in a hands-on interactive way. said Shauna Moriarty, retention coordinator at the Disabled Resource Center. see FAIR, page 3 ABOVE: Sandra Ammons, an associate professor at Ohlone College in Fremont, asks the audience about American deaf culture during the Deaf Culture 101 workshop. RIGHT: Ammons signs to the audience during the workshop in the Ohlone room of the Student Union on Thursday. San Jose native tells Study abroad students to story of volunteer give information at fair work in Liberia MARK POWELL As slides of malnourished children flashed on a screen behind him, San Jose native Dr. Andrew Schechtman told the story of his experiences in Africa as a volunteer for Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian organization that sends doctors around the world to provide emergency care and aid. Schechtman s discussion held on Wednesday in Duncan Hall, focused on the year he spent in Liberia, a country that he said only had a few dozen doctors to support the population of nearly three million people. I came back from Liberia feeling like it was the see DOCTOR, page 6 A large crowd of students packed the Engineering building auditorium last Thursday for a speech by Nobel Memorial Prize winner Myron Scholes. Scholes received the 1997 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel and came to San Jose State University to discuss the roles of leaders in today s speculative economic world. The lecture was part of the ongoing Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium sponsored by the College of Engineering. He was very knowledgeable, said Andrew Horton, a senior majoring in economics. A lot of that stuff was definitely over my head. It was geared at a more professional audience than an SJSU one. Scholes compared the finance world to his media center. He said that when he was in college he had a stereo system that was one piece, all in one box. Then, as technology changed and he got more equipment, the system got bigger and bigger. Recently, he had a professional come make him a new entertainment system, and he ended up with everything in one box again, but this time it was one customized box exactly how he wanted it. Finance is always the media center, Scholes said. That s what it is it is the box that defragments and comes apart and into pieces because it s not efficient to have the box. So it s destruction, reconstruction, destruction, reconstruction. Now we are seeing all these pieces like all the derivatives and all the components that you had for your stereo system and you re starting to see people put it back see NOBEL, page 3 Interactive lecture looks at global warming PHOTOS BY JAKE HUMBERT/ SPECIAL TO THE DAILY SAMIE HARTLEY KYLE HANSEN If Paseo de Cesar Chavez on the San Jose State University campus seems foreign to some students this afternoon, few should be concerned there s a study abroad fair taking place. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, representatives from SJSU s study abroad program will line seventh street plaza to talk with students about opportunities to take classes in one of 40 different nations, study abroad advisor Lisa Baum said. Studying abroad is an affordable, valuable investment, said Jade Laws, a student assistant for the study abroad program. For me, it was life-changing. Laws, who is seeking a master s degree in counseling education, studied in Bath, England in 2005 as an SJSU study abroad program participant. I feel very fortunate, Laws said. Studying abroad is also something good that students can put on a resume. After all, this is a global society. The date for the study abroad fair was originally set for Wednesday, April 18, but was moved to today because of a potential conflict with an Earth Day event, Baum said. We didn t want to compete with anyone, Baum said. Despite the event s change of date, Baum said most of the fair s features will be walk-by anyways, and that students will see the fair as they are passing by. Baum said that there will be signs around campus showing students where to find the fair. see ABROAD, page 3 KIMBERLY LIEN Eugene C. Cordero, a professor at San Jose State University s Department of Meteorology, gave a lecture in front of a packed audience in Boccardo Business Center room four on April 11 about global warming. Most in attendance were meteorology students they were offered extra credit for their attendance and most were concerned about global warming. The lecture was interactive. Each see CLIMATE, page 5 PHOTO BY STEPHANIA BEDNAR/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Mike Voss, a lecturer in meteorology, introduces Eugene Cordero, a professor of meteorology, before his talk on global warming Wednesday in the Bocardo Business Center.
2 SPARTAN 2DAILY OPINION QUOTE OF THE DAY: Mistakes are the portals of discovery. James Joyce EDITORIAL: Imus firing is a lighting rod for the double standard in censorship For those needing a branch to grab hold of in the middle of the Don Imus-incurred flash flood of bigotry and corporate downsizing, a chronological review of the past week is in order. On April 4, Imus, on his nationally syndicated radio show, referred to the Rutgers University women s basketball team as nappy-headed hos. Amidst the media firestorm in the two days following the openly racist epithet, Imus issued an apology. Then, after appearing on Al Sharpton s syndicated morning talk show, it was announced that Imus would be suspended for two weeks. Quickly, media personalities began to take sides. MSNBC s Pat Buchanan said Imus was a good guy who made a mistake. Comedian Bill Maher said that when those in entertainment apologize, it should be enough. Barack Obama, who announced his candidacy for the 2008 presidential election, called for Imus ouster. Rosie O Donnell, a regular on ABC s The View, a morning talk show hosted by female media personalities, cited the first amendment in support of not firing Imus. If Imusʼ remarks resulted in his firing and national uproar, what is there to say for comedians like Carlos Mencia who rely on racially driven humor to make a living? But the shock jock clearly crossed a line with his comments. He singled out an innocent party that will forever be associated with the incident. The Rutgers women s basketball team won t be known for making it to the national championship game, they will be known as the target group of unadulterated hate, who in turn, accepted Imus personal apology and to the team s moral credit, they never once asked for Imus to be canned. April 4 was a Wednesday by the following Wednesday, MSNBC announced they would no longer simulcast Imus show. The next day, CBS fired him and cancelled the show Imus in the Morning. Whether Imus firing was a direct result of roaring hatred; or, as published in some reports, a direct result of major business puling ads; or, employees expressing concern over having to work with Imus in the future; or all the above; the fact that Imus can no longer make a living on terrestrial radio opens a floodgate of indecency questions. If Imus remarks resulted in his firing and national uproar, what is there to say for comedians like Carlos Mencia who rely on racially driven humor to make a living? What about rappers like 50 Cent who rely on racially driven lyrics to sell records? To fight Imus to fire Imus without at least giving pause to those whose language is much more destructive is severely hypocritical. The next time Mencia says the N word, ask why sponsors continue to subsidize the dumbing-down of America; ask whether a free-speech double standard exists in mainstream culture. In 2004, the Oprah Winfrey and guest Michelle Burford graphically discussed sexual activities among teenagers. The terms Winfrey and Burford used, tossed salad as a phrase to describe a type of oral sex, incurred massive fines. Except the FCC didn t fine Oprah, they fined shock jock Howard Stern. The lack of a fine upset Stern to the point where he attempted to play the Oprah clip, verbatim, on his radio show. Stern s producers were forced to bleep out the exact same terms, from someone else s show, in order to avoid more fines. To dismiss the appearance of a double standard is nonsensical. Although Imus meaninglessly heaved verbal trash over the national airwaves, when does the witch-hunt against Young Jeezy begin? Editorials are written by the Spartan Daily editorial board. Editorials appear every Monday. SPARTA GUIDE Write letters to the editor and submit Sparta Guide information online. Visit our Web site at You may also submit information in writing to DBH 209. Sparta Guide is provided free of charge to students, faculty and staff members. The deadline for entries is noon, three working days before the desired publication date. Space restrictions may require editing of submissions. Entries are printed in the order in which they are received. Today SJSU Catholic Campus Ministry The SJSU Catholic Campus Ministry will be holding a Daily Mass at 12:10 p.m. in the SJSU Catholic Campus Ministry Center. For more information, contact Jose Rubio at (408) Weekly Meditation Workshop Join Counseling Services for its Weekly Meditation Workshop from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Administration building, room 201. For more information, contact Mark Forman at Study Abroad Fair The SJSU Study Abroad Office will be holding its Study Abroad Fair followed by a information meeting at 3 p.m. in the Student Union, Pacheco room. For more information, Disabled Students Weekly Discussion Join Counseling Services for the Disabled Students Weekly Discussion from 3 to 4:20 p.m. in the Administration building, room 201. For more information, contact Kell Fujimoto at Are You Hitting The Goal Mark Join Counseling Services and learn how to achieve your academic goals by creating an effective plan. The workshop will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in Campus Village Building B in the Living Learning Center. For more information, contact Deanna Peck at Tuesday SJSU Catholic Campus Ministry The SJSU Catholic Campus Ministry will be holding a Hour of Power Rosary Prayer Night, at 8 p.m. in the SJSU Catholic Campus Ministry Center. For more information, contact Kay Polintan at (408) The Listening Hour Concert Series Join the School of Music and Dance for Brass Studio Recital from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. in the Music Building Concert Hall. For more information, contact Joan Stubbe at (408) Celebrate Earth Day Hear great music by Resistant Me in a free concert and learn what you can do to prevent global warming and contribute to environmental sustainability. Tabling is taking place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the Student Union. For more information, contact Gina Vittori at Wednesday Women s Weekly Discussion Join Counseling Services for the Women s Weekly Discussion from 1 to 2:20 p.m. in the Administration building, room 201. For more information, contact Beverly Floresca at Men s Weekly Discussion Join Counseling Services for the Men s Weekly Discussion from 3 to 4:20 p.m. in the Administration building, room 201. For more information, contact Kell Fujimoto at QTIP The Queers Thoughtfully Interrupting Prejudice will be holding its general meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union Almaden room. For more information, APIs and the Bamboo Ceiling Join the Asian Pacific Islanders Caucus (APIC) in a panel discussion exploring the state of the Asian American & Pacific Islander Community at SJSU. The discussion will take place from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. Library. For more information, contact Ellen Lin at (408) WHAT S THE DEAL: Image is everything when you re a professional athlete or celebrity When I was a kid I remember seeing former NBA player Charles Barkley say that he isn t a role model and that parents should be role models. I thought half of what he said was right but knew the other half shouldn t have been said. As a kid I looked up to professional athletes like Barkley because they were the ones everyone tried to mimic on the basketball court. I bought their shoes and tried to play like them. Athletes are role models because they are what people see on TV they are celebrities. People watch their every move and are influenced by them. The reason is because of the MICHAEL GESLANI long journey they went through to get where they are. I couldn t believe what he said, but I knew that any type of superstar athlete is a role model because people think highly of them. They are role models because people look up to them. Unfortunately a lot of professional athletes don t think much of this because of their lifestyles. They are highly paid individuals who think they are on top of the world. I know not all professional athletes have that mindset but there are a few that have been quite the problem. I m talking about the ones who are on the news for off-field problems and not sports highlights. The commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, just recently came out with a new policy on conduct for players a tougher policy than the one in place to help the image of the NFL, mainly because of players who are having trouble with the law. Two pro players, Chris Henry of the Cincinnati Bengals and Adam Pacman Jones of the Tennessee Titans, have been in trouble with the law numerous times in the past year. Henry was arrested four times in a 14-month span while Jones has been interviewed by the police on 10 instances, prompting Goodell to implement the new policy. This is a new policy that will help star athletes stay out of trouble. Henry was just recently suspended for half the season while Jones was suspended for a full season. Both players will not get paid for the games they are missing next season. Henry will lose out on $217,500 while Jones will forfeit his salary of $1,292,500. I m sure a lot of players are now thinking twice before doing stupid things like these two players did. The good thing about the new policy is that some of the NFL players are supporting it. They feel that the ones doing all the bad things are hurting the image and want it to stop now. I d like to commend Roger Goodell for the new policy and think commissioners of other professional sports follow in his direction. Image isn t the only thing Goodell thinks about, but he knows the players are role models to kids who are trying to be like them. I believe that they need to hold themselves in a high regard because of the influence they have on a young generation who watches them. The kids don t see what they do as bad because to the star athletes, it s nothing. It s just a small little predicament they got into and know that with the money they have they can fight the case or pay the fine. Hopefully all the other commissioners will follow in the NFL s footsteps and bring on harsher policies to take care of its athletes. Michael Geslani is the Spartan Daily opinion editor. What s The Deal appears every Monday. Questions? Comments? Interested in writing a guest column? 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3 NEWS 3 Abroad- 220 universities available worldwide Baum said that she expressed interest in playing music during the fair but was told that it wouldn t be allowed because of the close proximity of the fair to classrooms. It gets complicated, she said. According to Baum, there are two study abroad fairs at SJSU during the school year one during the Fall semester and one during the spring, but both differ from one another. During the Fall fair, international study programs that are not affiliated with SJSU have the opportunity to set up tables along SJSU regulars, Baum said. However, only SJSU study abroad groups may set up booths or tables during the spring edition, according to Baum. We will be highlighting only our programs which San Jose State students can get credit for, Baum said. And the spring one is better because we will have students who are actually studying abroad from other countries there to talk to students. Baum said that there will be tables representing five different geographic regions at which students can choose to study. In this particular format, the study abroad fair is considered fairly new, Baum said. But I think that there has almost always been a fair certainly fairs go back long before my time. Baum has served as the study abroad advisor for two years, she said. Representatives from SJSU s global studies and foreign language departments will also be on hand, Baum said, along with information regarding the Peace Corps, a guest of SJSU for this semester s fair. Hopefully people will stop by and take a look at what we re offering, Baum said. The real bonus is that the students will be there. Though students will have the chance to chat with people who are currently studying abroad in San Jose from other nations, Laws said that some students don t show their interest in studying abroad at events like today s fair. There is a definite interest to study abroad, Laws said. But often times, students make excuses. We want to make ourselves available to give them the necessary information. Laws said that she couldn t estimate the number of students who have frequented the fair in years past, but said that there has always been constant traffi c. SJSU senior Justine Geiszler, who is currently studying in Bath, England, said that she was never aware that there was a study abroad fair. Geiszler said she doesn t regret traveling to England, despite being faced with some challenges. This experience helped me appreciate being an American and made me realize how much I love California, Geiszler said in an . Living with a host family can be a bit uncomfortable or difficult, especially if you re used to living on your own like I am. But overall it s a nice experience. Geiszler added, I had to become accustomed to public transportation, which I ve never used in my life. I don t like answering to a bus schedule, but it s nice that I don t have to worry about drinking and driving. Baum said that students can study at one of 220 universities across the globe through SJSU s program, making it the second or third largest study abroad program in the CSU system in terms of variety. Nobel- Winner discussed modern economics together again, but its more efficient every time you put it back together. Scholes said that the changes in the finance world are similar as companies transfer risks and speculate on finances. College of Engineering Dean Belle Wei said that Scholes work is significant to all students. There are many university students here who may wonder why Dr. Scholes work is of interest or importance to you, I think there are three reasons, Wei said. First, many of you study probability and statistics, he will show you how probability and statistics are very important tools for you to understand the uncertainty of this complex world. Second, upon graduation you want to get a job with one of the many companies in the valley. Whether that company has money to hire you or not depends on the overall financial health on the market. The third reason is that if you do have a job with one of the Silicon Valley companies, you will be given stock options. The company has to compute the values of the stock options that will be given you, and guess what? How will they compute the value? They will use the Black-Scholes options pricing model. The Black-Scholes model is what Scholes is most famous for, and what led to his Nobel award. According to the Nobel Prize Web site, the model is used to calculate the value of stock options. Thousands of traders and investors now use this formula every day to value stock options in markets throughout the world, according to the Web site. Scholes spent about 45 minutes talking about the way that his company invests money based on speculation about how the market is going to perform. The whole world is changing as a result of the development of derivative pricing, and the ability to price and manage risk, Scholes said. Because now, every corporation is deciding on what risks to take and what risks to transfer. Your skills or expertise to make money requires that you take risk or concentrate. You can t make money without concentrating in a business activity, but there are lots of risks that you take in undertaking a business that are not germane to the actual business at hand. Scholes talked about how businesses transfer risks to others who try to make money by speculating on the market. Risk is not really risk minimization, it optimization, Scholes said. You take the best you can, in terms of return, for the risks you are taking. There is always a trade off. Fair- Stations simulated various disabilities Michael Agnoletti, a junior majoring in liberal studies, said he thought that the workshop makes people more aware of disabilities. I thought it was good, he said. It made people more aware of disabilities. Moriarty said that stations included sign language and hearing devices for the hearing impaired, explaining perceptual writing disabilities, sight impaired simulations including Braille books and papers and a simulation where a wheelchair was used to illustrate for students what it s like to be in one and have to do office tasks. The simulations also included a computer that magnified print on paper so that sight impaired people could see it better. Amberly Rumrill, a senior majoring in English, was working at one of the simulation stations, which included drawing a shape from looking into a mirror and looking at a sentence on a piece of paper that was garbled, and another paper where it was stretched out. At this station we are trying to give people an idea of what it is like to be a person with a perceptual learning disability, such as difficulty reading or tracing lines, Rumrill CORRECTION In a Spartan Daily article on Thursday, April 12, entitled New K-12 center may be built in Duncan Hall, several errors were reported. The amount of money donated by the House Family Foundation was $500,000, not $250,000, as was reported originally. The name of the center is the Math and Science Education Resource Center, as opposed to a research center as appeared in the article. The headline on page seven incorrectly gave $5.1 mil. as the number needed to break ground on the project. It should have read $3.1 mil. said. It helps give people an understanding of the difficulties that disabled students have in every life. Katrina Koob, a senior majoring in child development and deaf education, was working at a simulation booth on deafness including sign language illustrations and stamps to stamp your name in sign language, and hearing assistant devices to try. I want to let people know that there are sign language classes here at SJSU and even deaf professors, Koob said. Learning from a deaf professor can be very good because you learn through experience what it s like in a world without sound. Also there was a TV display showing closed captioning for the deaf, so that they would be able to read on the screen what they couldn t hear. Jennifer Tompkins, a senior majoring in nursing, uses some of the facilities open to learning disabled students, and she liked the workshop. I really enjoyed it because it gave me a sense of what it was like to be mobility impaired, Tompkins said. Normally I can easily pick up the phone book, but in the chair, it took me almost five minutes. Now I know what that is like. 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4 4 SPORTS SPORTS DOES A BODY GOOD: Look at tomorrowʼs sports page for coverage of water polo, gymnastics and cross-country competitions. And check out for baseball and softball scores from this weekend. Defense reigned Annual Spring Football Game highlights defensive line GREG LYDON COPY WRITER The pitter-patter of weekend showers didn t dampen the mood at Spartan Stadium, as the San Jose State University football team concluded spring practice with its annual Spring Football Game. The Spartan defense controlled the game defeating the offense 3622 on a gloomy Saturday afternoon in front of about 200 fans. What s reflective in the score is the offense turning the ball over too much and not taking advantage of opportunities inside the scoring zone, said SJSU head coach Dick Tomey. The spring game pitted the Blue Team (defense) versus the White Team (offense) using different scoring rules than a regular season college football contest. The rules included the defense scoring seven points for an interception or gaining one point for holding the offense to a three-andout series. The defense had three interceptions on the day including one from walk-on safety Andrew Ryan. Tomey said after the game that Ryan and sophomore Dominique Hunsucker would most likely start, if they had a game tomorrow, at the two safety spots, but knows that a lot can change during summer camp. We re building our chemistry together out there right now, it s a growing process, said cornerback Christopher Owens, who is one of two returning starters coming back this fall in the SJSU secondary. It s time for this team to make it s own history, Owens said. Last year is over, right now it s all about feeling comfortable with each other. Quarterbacks Adam Tafralis and Sean Flynn both saw action in the first half, but the defense never let them get comfortable. Place-kicker Jared Strubeck accounted for all the offense s points in the first half making all three of his field goal attempts. The score was 28-9, with the Blue Team (defense) leading after 15 minutes of action, leaving some SJSU defenders who didn t suit up itching to get out on the field. It s hard to be on the sidelines when you see the offense start driving down the field after the defense came out strong like we did, middle linebacker Matt Castelo. It s exciting to see guys making plays out there on defense, it was a great game forcing turnovers, Castelo said. Now we re one step closer towards the 2007 season starting. Castelo, running back Yonus Davis and cornerback Dwight Lowery all key members of last seasons New Mexico Bowl champion team didn t suit up for Saturday s game for precautionary reasons. Lowery suffered a jaw injury after taking a hit in practice Friday. After convincing his quarterback coach Marcus Arroyo to let him back in the game, Tafralis drove the Spartan offense deep into the redzone. On a third-and-goal play from the 4-yard line Tafralis rolled out PHOTO BY LAUREN SAGAR/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Tailback Cameron Island is tackled by linebackers John Smith and Chris Reese in Saturday s Spring Football Game. found senior wide receiver Michael Hooper on a in the back of the end zone the touchdown made the score Blue Team (defense). I don t like sitting on the sideline. It s the kid in me, I always want to be out there and play, Tafralis said after the game. Hooper is a fifth-year senior who s had to wait his turn behind a log jam of wide receivers, including last years starters James Jones and John Broussard. I had been dealing with some nagging injuries over the spring, but today s game was huge for me, Hooper said. It was a big opportunity for me to show the coaching staff I can help us win games this year, Hooper said. One final practice was held Sunday evening for the squad. Coach Tomey said after the game that he is happy to make it through the spring without losing any players during practice to season-ending injuries. A little inclement weather was good for us, Tomey said. The game wasn t over until the last play. Score big or go home Spring football scoring rules 7 pts. Defense stops the offense on a 4th-down play 7 pts. Defense recovers a fumble 7 pts. Defense intercepts a pass 4 pts. Defense stops the offense and forces a field goal try 1 pt. Offense successfully kicks an extra point 1 pt. Defense stops the offense in a 3-and-out situation
5 NEWS 5 Climate- Majority of attendees said they were concerned attendee was issued an electronic keypad as they entered the room, and throughout the lecture Cordero asked the audience to respond to questions he posed by entering their responses on the keypad. The first question Cordero asked was: What best describes how you feel about global warming? The majority of the audience 55 percent responded that they were concerned, 20 percent were curious and 10 percent were motivated for action. Vi Nguyen, a senior majoring in biology, attended the lecture in order to receive extra credit, and he said he probably wouldn t have gone if it were not for that fact. However, he also said that he thought it was a worthwhile and educational experience. Yeah, Nguyen said, because I didn t realize that (people were) trying to do something about it, like that incandescent light bulb thing. The incandescent light bulb thing Nguyen referred to is an effort being put forth by the Australian government to reduce energy use by banning incandescent light bulbs throughout the country. The misinformation of the public on the issue of climate, weather and global warming was a concern Cordero addressed by involving the audience in a quick interactive activity. Cordero presented this scenario to the audience: You are watching a CNN report of a massive heat wave that has been crippling the Midwest for almost a week. The reporter states that this event is clearly a result of global warming. Your friend says no way. After setting up the situation, Cordero asked the audience: Who do you believe: the reporter who claims global warming is to blame for the weather or your friend who says no way? While 66 percent of the audience believed the reporter was telling the truth, it was the friend who was correct.... In your food choices you can actually make a difference. -Eugene C. Cordero, Meteorology professor As Cordero explained, one event cannot be linked to a long-term change in climate, even if it s Hurricane Katrina. The purpose of this exercise was to expose the danger behind false information being disseminated in the media and its effect on popular belief. Wittaya Kessomkiant, a meteorology graduate student, attended the lecture as part of a requirement for one of his classes. He did not need to be convinced by Cordero that global warming is occurring and that it needs to be addressed. I believe it s true, Kessomkiant said, because of evidence from the news and scientific organizations. The conclusion of the lecture included ways in which we as individuals and as a society could help to reduce the effects of global warming on our environment. If you contribute a little bit from your activities to reduce (carbon dioxide) or greenhouse gases, Kessomkiant said, in the future it will add up to help all of us. Most people do not realize that their daily activity is in some way connected to the increase in greenhouse gas production that is responsible for global warming. If you go from a 30 percent meat diet to a 10 percent animal product diet, Cordero said, you could save about over a ton of carbon dioxide. The average American lives on a 30 percent meat diet. The process that brings the meat from the farm to the grocery store to the kitchen involves mechanic and agricultural means that require large amounts of energy and fossil fuel use, he said. We are eating three times a day, Cordero said, sometimes more. So, in your food choices you can actually make a difference. At the end of the lecture, Cordero informed those in attendance of one small way they can help in the fight against global warming by asking SJSU President Don Kassing to sign the American College and University President s Climate Commitment. Day- Week of events include panel speakers, film screenings On Tuesday, Jonathan Roth, department chair of the SJSU history department will lead a discussion centered on understanding the Holocaust and other genocides. One of the things that comes up historically is the term genocide is used loosely, Roth said. The term genocide comes out of the Holocaust, but the practice of genocide has continued today. Part of the issue is to understand what genocide is and what it isn t. Victoria Sullivan, the coordinator for Jewish Studies at SJSU, will be the panel moderator on Wednesday for a discussion titled Why Deny? Thursday s discussion will feature two guest speakers, John K. Roth and Lani Silver, who will close out the three-part series with lectures suggesting steps toward a solution to genocide and how individuals can become involved. The important thing for everyone is to say we have learned from (the Holocaust) and contribute towards helping the people that are actually still being hurt now, Sullivan said. Sullivan referred to Darfur, Sudan where, according to org, over 400,000 people have been killed and roughly two million have been removed from their homes. We can do something. Each person can take a role. -Sue Maltiel, Hillel Executive Director Each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. a different documentary will play continuously in the Mosaic Cross Cultural Center, located in the Student Union. The documentaries focus on genocide throughout history, from the Armenian genocide during World War I to the issues that surround Darfur today. I hope everybody recognizes the connections between the Holocaust and genocides that are happening today, Maltiel said. Many people say never again, but in reality it seems to keep happening. We can do something. Each person can take a role. We need to take a stand. 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6 NEWS 6 Doctor- Threat of violence always a possibility during six-month stay, Schechtman said best work I d ever done, Schechtman said. I said at the time that I felt if I got hit by a bus, it would be okay because I had done something that had made a difference. During his lecture, an event sponsored by San Jose State University s American Medical Student Association chapter, an audience of approximately 50 people occasionally gasped as Schechtman displayed his self-described disturbing photos in a PowerPoint presentation. Anabel Ortiz, a junior in the pre-med program, said after attending Schechtman s talk, she would consider participating in a program such as Doctors Without Borders. I thought the presentation was really inspiring, Ortiz said. It is so sad to see the conditions those people have to live in. Schechtman, who claimed he couldn t find Liberia on a map prior to his assignment with Doctors Without Borders, gave the audience a brief history about the status of Liberia when he arrived in the country in August At the time, Liberia was in the middle of a civil war, and Schechtman said the threat of violence was always a possibility during his six-month stay at a hospital in the town of Harper. While in Harper, Schechtman served as the supervisor for the pediatric ward and the surgery unit. Even though he is not a surgeon, Schechtman had to perform surgery when the resident Liberian surgeon would leave for weeks at a time. Schechtman showed a picture of a Caesarean section he performed and pointed out the sweat on his brow, but he said he enjoyed the challenge. Schechtman said he was faced with many interesting cases during his time in Harper. In one instance, a boy was brought in for treatment for a burn. When Schechtman looked at the wound, he saw what appeared to be a fungus growing on the boy s leg, but the mother informed him that the fuzzy substance was not fungus but strips of animal fur, a traditional method for treating burns in Liberia. I never would have thought of that until I saw it for the first time, Schechtman said. There were a lot of things like that things that I couldn t have conceived of before I experienced them in Liberia. You could say that it broadened my perspective. Many of the stories Schechtman shared were about children. He said after a few weeks in Harper, kids would follow him wherever he went. I would walk down the streets, and the little kids would chase after me saying Doctor Andrew! Doctor Andrew! Schechtman said. I don t think I d ever worked before in some kind of place where people had needed my help that much. He showed a picture of an eight-month-old boy who weighed only five pounds due to a bout with cholera. The child s body looked like a shriveled corpse. Schechtman said the average child should weigh 15 pounds at that age. He said the boy couldn t open his eyes and was cold to the touch, but after treating the child with a series of nutritious fl uids, the child looked normal two weeks later. Members of the audience gasped as Schechtman showed the before and after pictures of the child. Cases like this are what make this experience so rewarding, Schechtman said. After six months in Harper, Schechtman was forced to evacu- It is so sad to see the conditions those people have to live in. -Anabel Ortiz, pre-med, junior ate the hospital after it became occupied by rebel forces. Schechtman and his team traveled to the town Monrovia where he found himself in the middle of a warzone and the sound of gunfire was part of the daily routine. He told the story of a girl who had been struck in the head by a stray bullet that came through a window. He said even though the bullet was lodged under her chin, he was able to save the girl because her mother brought her to the hospital in time. He said cases like this seemed to upset his staff, but he would tell them the people who made it to the hospital were the lucky ones despite their gruesome injuries. As a result of providing medical care in these very desperate circumstances, we sometimes see things that need to be spoken about or the world needs to hear, Schechtman said. Sometimes by speaking about these things, we are able to affect more change than actually treating the patient. For instance, during the civil war in Liberia, when I was in Monrovia when the fighting was very rough, Schechtman said. I sometimes wondered if it was treating the individual patient that helped more or the satellite phone call I did with NPR. Schechtman said he took a few months off from regular work after he returned to the United States in July 2003 to deal with his culture shock. Of all the volunteer efforts he s done with Doctors Without Borders in the past, Schechtman said his time in Liberia left the greatest impact, and he recommended the experience to those with a sense of adventure. Diana Lopez, a senior majoring in microbiology, said based on this presentation, she is interested in working with Doctors Without Borders in the future. I really enjoyed the lecture, Lopez said. It takes a lot of courage and heart to go to underdeveloped countries and give people medical attention despite the dangers that can occur. Dan Kuo, a post-baccalaureate student in the pre-med program, said he enjoyed the informative presentation. It is such a different experience to hear about, Kuo said. It is a pretty big commitment, but you get to help people around the world, so it would be something that I would maybe consider.