Archive for October, 2005

Men’s soccer battles to 2-2 draw

Monday, October 31st, 2005 | Joe Ciolli
Jason Hubert

Coming off a commanding 7-0 victory against local rival Webster University, the Washington University men’s soccer team looked to improve their place in the conference standings this past weekend.

Going into their match-up against Brandeis University on Friday, the Bears sat in sixth place out of eight teams in the University Athletic Association (UAA) standings. With a 1-3 conference mark up to that point, coach Joe Clarke’s squad went to Waltham, Mass., looking for a big conference victory against Brandeis (0-3-1 UAA).

The Bears went into the game against Brandeis with a fairly young line-up, with seven of the 11 starters either freshmen or sophomores. Strong play from freshman midfielders Eric Hill and Kevin Brege in previous matches led to their inclusion in the starting line-up. Senior goalkeeper Eric Moore also got the first starting nod of his career.

The first half of the Bears’ game against the Judges saw both teams creating several chances, but neither was able to get on the score sheet. The game took on a physical tone as the two opponents combined for 19 fouls in the first half alone. The Bears also outshot Brandeis 9-3 in the first 45 minutes and looked primed for a breakthrough in the second half.

However, it was Brandeis who came out strong from the halftime break, notching the game’s first goal in the 49th minute. Brandeis’ Ben Premo notched his seventh tally of the year after dispossessing a Bears defender, maneuvering around several Bears players and striking a shot that deflected off the crossbar.

Only five minutes later the Bears were able to pull the score level as Hill’s 54th minute corner kick deflected off a Judges defender and into the net for a goal. But the tie score was short-lived, as Premo found the net for the Judges again in the 57th minute. Premo received a well played-through ball from Joe Levitan before slotting the ball past Moore, giving Brandeis a 2-1 lead.

Not giving up despite being down a goal, the resilient Bears were able to bring the score level in the 70th minute. Sophomore Marshall Plow passed the ball to senior Dave Borton, who hit a hard shot from 20 yards out that deflected off a Brandeis defender before ending up in the back of the net.

The two teams battled back and forth for the last 20 minutes until regulation time expired with both squads knotted at 2-2. Sudden death overtime ensued, and the Bears came out firing. Coach Clarke’s team was able to get off five shots, but still was held goalless after the first 10-minute period. The Bears did manage to find the net in the fifth minute of overtime, but the strike was called back due to an offsides ruling.

Despite outshooting Brandeis 8-2 in both overtime periods and 25-15 for the game, the Bears found themselves with a hard-fought 2-2 draw, which kept them in sixth place in the UAA. The Bears faced New York University on Sunday, but the game result and statistical summary were not available at the time of publication.

The Bears will wrap up their season next Saturday as they travel to Chicago, Ill., to take on the University of Chicago. The Maroons are currently tied for third in the conference, and will look to squeeze into the NCAA Tournament mix with a victory against the Bears. However, the Bears will have other ideas as their long-serving class of seniors will undoubtedly want to end their careers on a winning note.

Bears sweep Titan Tourney, anticipate UAAs

Monday, October 31st, 2005 | Carrie Jarka
Dan Daranciang

The undefeated Washington University volleyball team (29-0) took the Titan Tournament by storm this weekend, winning all four matches. The Bears dominated every match, beating every opponent in three games.

In their first match on Friday, the Bears defeated Illinois College 3-0 (30-14, 30-12, 30-27). In typical form, the Bears received contributions from several different players. Senior Megan Houck led the Bears with 10 kills and a .625 hitting percentage. The Bears also received eight kills from sophomore Emilie Walk and six kills from junior Whitney Smith.

The stars in this match, however, were on the defensive side of the ball, as freshman defensive specialist Julie Meyer had a season-high nine digs in only one game and senior Nicole Hodgman added nine digs to move into sixth place on the University’s career digs list with 1,386.

The next opponent for the Bears was host Illinois Wesleyan University who was also defeated 3-0 (30-17, 30-21, 30-28). Houck, along with sophomore Haleigh Spencer, led the Bears with 10 kills apiece. Walk also had another outstanding game, adding 11 blocks and eight kills to the totals. Following Hodgman’s example, junior Amy Bommarito contributed eight digs to move into 10th place on the University’s career digs list with 1,044.

The Bears began Saturday with a win against North Central College (30-26, 30-17, 30-21). Houck dominated again with 16 kills (.563 hitting percentage) and four blocks. Smith also added 15 kills and three blocks.

The University won the tournament title with a win against Monmouth College (30-16, 30-9, 30-20). Walk added another 10 kills to her successful weekend while Houck had nine kills. Bommarito grabbed a team-high 18 digs in the victory.

The Bears will move on to the UAA Conference Championship tournament next weekend in Waltham, Mass., where they will contend for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Unlikely trick-or-treating couples…

Monday, October 31st, 2005 | Jake Levitas
Dan Daranciang

Pamela Anderson and a Starving Puppy

The night starts off a bit awkwardly when the puppy starts to hump Pam’s leg vigorously. It gets even more awkward when, at the end of the night, she instinctively makes out with him while they cuddle in bed. After losing her contract to support animal rights, tragedy strikes when she feeds the dog 200 pieces of bad chocolate and he collapses dead at the foot of their king-size water bed.

Kobe and a Random Unsuspecting White Girl

The white girl “makes up” a story to get attention about some antics that supposedly went down in the haunted house. Kobe buys his wife a $5 million diamond ring “just to make sure she knows how much he loves her.”

Godzilla and a Busy Japanese Crowd

Godzilla keeps trying to convince people that he’s really nice once you get to know him. But too many people refuse to believe him and take off running as soon as they see the 200-foot tall dinosaur stomping toward them and crushing everything in his path. The crowd sets a new world record for candy collection, systematically locating the best houses while simultaneously being motivated by the threat of near-imminent death from a Godzilla in close pursuit.

Chancellor Wrighton and the SWA

The SWA sets up a bunch of haunted tents and refuses to leave them until the end of the night, when Chancellor Wrighton finally works out a deal to raise minimum wage for on-campus workers by three Snickers bars and a bag of Twizzlers. Wrighton then makes a huge impulse buy, blowing his entire $594,000 annual salary on Halloween candy at Target.

Stephen Hawking and Jessica Simpson

Hawking explains to Jessica how her Louis Vuitton bag would be affected in a black hole, to which after hearing, “Why do you talk so funny, you silly robot man?!” for the 10th time, Hawking snaps and runs Jessica over repeatedly with his wheelchair. Celebration ensues worldwide, and the national IQ average rises five points from her loss.

Billy Graham and Tinky-Winky

Tinky-Winky repeatedly suggests blowing off trick-or-treating to run in a magical meadow with three tubby compatriots. Unfortunately, Graham has too much work to take him up on his offer. With millions of sinful demons roaming the streets, he continues a self-patented tradition of “trick-or-convert.” After much effort Tinky-Winky remains a non-believer, mostly due to his lack of understanding beyond his ten-word vocabulary (five of which are “la,” “hee,” “po,” “woo” and “yaaay”).

Pee Wee Herman and Michael Jackson

After spending five minutes together, they realize they are soulmates. They also realize that Halloween is their favorite holiday by far-for the candy, of course.

Halloween nostalgia: The ghost of Halloweens past

Monday, October 31st, 2005 | Allie Wieczorek
Dan Daranciang

After this past weekend, it might be difficult to comprehend that Halloween wasn’t always about excessive drinking and barely-there costumes, or getting intoxicated enough to forget how little you actually are wearing.

Not that there’s anything wrong with what college does to Halloween, but when you’re throwing up from drinking too much, you have to admit you’d trade it in a heartbeat for throwing up from eating too much candy.

Whether Halloween played a major role in your childhood, or you just miss the fact that candy wasn’t detrimental to your diet back then, everyone suffers from at least a little nostalgia at this time of year.

Back then, costumes might not have gotten us laid, but they sure scored us some brownie points.

At my elementary school, we had a parade every year. And there was nothing like hearing “oohs” and “ahhs” from the parents when we walked by-my jack-in-the-box costume in kindergarten, Statue of Liberty costume in second grade and old lady costume in fifth grade (to name a few) wowed the whole community. And as you might guess from that list, I barely had to show any skin.

Sophomore Stephanie Purisch said that she and her friend dressed up as “morning women” for two years in a row.

“We wore PJs and robes and our hair in curlers and carried coffee mugs,” she said. “Everyone in the neighborhood loved it.”

Of course, Halloween was about more than just the costumes. It was about raking the leaves, playing in them and then re-raking them into those big orange garbage bags that looked like pumpkins. It was about carnivals and hayrides. It was about Affy Tapples-which have a totally different meaning than taffy apples. It was about the family trips to pick out the perfect pumpkins and then going home to carve them. Purisch said her family even had a “pattern book” they used when they carved their pumpkins.

More than anything else, Halloween was about trick-or-treating and all that it entailed over the years.

For the first chunk of youth, trick-or-treating means one thing: candy. Rain or shine (in my case, almost always rain), we made it around the blocks that, after years of research and experimentation, proved to have the cream of the crop.

A woman I knew only as “the candy lady” for the better part of my childhood lived a few blocks away from me. No treat has ever compared to what she put in those plastic pumpkin buckets everyone carried around. She passed out bags of homemade, gourmet, chocolate-covered everything you can imagine. Traffic on that block on Halloween could have competed with rush hour traffic in any major city.

Candy trading was intense back then, and you had to be pretty manipulative to get what you wanted. I don’t remember a single year before high school when my candy trading practices didn’t turn into friendship-altering fights.

Beyond the candy trading and the actual candy getting, trick-or-treating where I grew up was about something else: shaving cream and silly string fights.

There was one street that was infamous for its shaving cream fights on Halloween. When I was younger, we went there to watch all of the cool older kids rub shaving cream and squirt silly string all over each other.

So, if things like pumpkins, shaving cream and candy still exist today, why aren’t our Halloweens just like they used to be?

Maybe people feel they’re too mature or too old for jumping in piles of leaves and knocking on people’s doors to ask for treats. It is kind of a disturbing concept when you think of it like that.

And while I highly recommend continuing the traditions of buying and carving pumpkins and playing in the leaves during this season, the whole candy and trick-or-treating thing might have transformed permanently.

Many college students’ diets don’t quite allow excessive candy consumption. But beyond that, we have crossed over to other side: we’re the givers now.

The dorms sponsor the Safe Trick-or-Treat program, which entails sitting in your room with candy for the local children who come knocking.

And when we’re the knockers at this age, we’re usually knocking to ask for donations for charity, rather than our overfed stomachs and sugar highs. Tonight, for instance, between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m., the girls of AEPhi will be trick-or-treating for donations to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation.

So try to get into the Halloween spirit tonight-whatever that means for you. Give money. Shove your face with candy. Carve a pumpkin. Play in the leaves. Attack your friends with shaving cream and silly string.

No one’s too cool for this holiday.

Show up half-naked, or don’t show at all

Monday, October 31st, 2005 | Sarah Baicker
Dan Daranciang

Plastic-wrapped costumes line the walls of Rag-O-Rama, carrying titles like “Naughty French Maid” and “Sexy Witch.”

They are the most popular Halloween costumes for women across the country, and one need only consult a handful of female friends to understand that such costumes are embraced on the Washington University campus as well.

Before even attending their first Bauhaus party, freshmen are well-schooled in what to expect: not just drunkenness and loud music, but also scores of women wearing anything from one of those skimpy, pleather costumes to, well, latex paint.

Such traditions raise this question: what provokes college-aged women to dress in next to nothing on a freezing cold night in late October?

Some answers may lie in history, says Susan Stiritz, a professor of women’s studies.

“From the beginnings of Greek culture, women were given two choices: either to be the good girl, which meant following patriarchal rules for their sexuality…or to be the bad girl,” said Stiritz. “You can just go through history and see that these two choices have been given to us.”

Obviously, society has changed since ancient Greece-American women are no longer forced to hold solely reproductive roles-but they are still judged on their exteriors. Because women on our campus don’t want to be immediately labeled “tramp” or “slut,” dressing provocatively for one night allows them to express their sexuality in ways that would not be acceptable on a typical day, according to Stiritz.

“Halloween is a time in which we’re supposed to reverse roles,” said Stiritz. “Children can demand treats from us. So what do women want? We want to be sluts. And on Halloween, it’s okay.”

Halloween costumes weren’t always as readily available as they are today, and so promiscuous costumes weren’t always a staple of a college Halloween.

“We would not have [dressed promiscuously] 30 years ago-we would have dressed up as hippies or hobos,” said Stiritz. But today, “you go into a costume store and [sexy costumes] are what is available. Younger and younger, women are being sexualized, and I think that’s part of it, too,” she said.

Professor Stiritz informally polled students in her Social Construction of Female Sexuality class on why they feel college-aged women tend to dress provocatively for Halloween, and the answers seemed to fall into three categories.

Many students believe dressing in skimpy costumes attracts desired attention-both from men and other women.

“The media has showed us that sexiness, nakedness and sluttiness attract attention from both sexes,” one student wrote. “Many women are secretly envious of the attraction slutty women receive from men but don’t want to be seen as slutty.”

Other students saw Halloween as the one occasion each year for women to express their sexuality in a more overt manner than usual.

“When girls dress up to go out on a normal weekend night, they constantly ask their friends if their jeans are too tight or if they’re showing too much cleavage,” said one student. “But on Halloween, if their clothes are too tight or their breasts or stomachs are showing, they don’t have to defend it.”

“At other times of the year, I don’t think a girl could dress slutty without some sort of social punishment, such as getting labeled ‘slutty’ or treated as a ‘slut,'” wrote another student, “treatment which most girls view as negative and undesirable.”

Yet another group of respondents saw an element of peer pressure in the decision to choose sexy Halloween costumes.

“For me, I never really wanted to dress slutty,” said a student. “But if you want to get noticed, and everyone else is half-naked, you have to be half-naked too (or more).”

It’s probably safe to say that the University’s female population won’t be covering up for Halloween anytime soon.

The jury’s still out, however, on exactly what showing off one night a year means for each individual woman and the student body as a whole.

“I guess you could ask the question, is this primarily a woman-centric campus or is this more a male-centric campus?” said Stiritz. “Are women doing this to please men, or get their attention? Or are they doing it for their own selves for fun? You have to decide for yourself-are things here mainly for guys, or for women?”

Last-minute homemade Halloween costumes

Monday, October 31st, 2005 | Amanda Ogus

Did you wake up this morning and realize that after a year planning the perfect costume, you just never got around to it?
Planning to go to a Halloween night party downtown and worried you’ll be laughed out of the place for dressing in jeans and a shirt and saying you’ve “come as you are,” like that Nirvana song?
Have no fear. This year, Student Life offers you the perfect solutions, using materials at your very fingertips. Here are a few easy-to-throw-together ideas for tonight that may, at most, require walking across the hall:

Walk of Shame

Featured in every single college movie classic, the Walk of Shame is a staple dilemma at all universities. Why not poke fun at this situation? All you need is a mini-skirt (tube tops will double), high-heeled nightmares and an oversized, preferably stained, men’s t-shirt-the more holes, the better. Add some makeup smears under your eyes, fuss up the hair, and you will be a vision. To add a bit more clarity, one could always sport the Captain Obvious “Walk of Shame” sign around the neck. With this ensemble, who wouldn’t want to give you candy? Someone obviously thinks you’re sweet.


As Halloween falls on a Monday this year, this one may not be so much a costume as a reality for some. Combine the bed-head tousled look and dark bags under your eyes with some sweat pants or pajama bottoms. Sport a coffee mug and a “don’t-bother-me-I’m tired” attitude, and you’re all set. A textbook or two, supposedly the reason for the late hours, might also help clarify the situation.

Sexiled Roommate

Another awkward part of the college life, being the sexiled roommate, also doubles as a great Halloween costume. Grab a large backpack or hobo-style satchel, throw in a toothbrush, books, pajamas and maybe a pillow, and top it all off with a cardboard “Homeless: Busy Roommate” sign written in Sharpie, and you are ready to go. With a little Halloween luck, it will be your own roommate donning this costume.

Shower Dilemma

We’ve all been there. After grabbing all of the essentials needed for a shower (old-dorm style), the crucial component, your key, is forgotten in the rush. After a relaxing shower, you return to your room to discover that, not only did you forget this item, but your roommate has rushed out to her three-hour seminar. This costume only requires a towel (size can vary, based on preference), wet hair and a shampoo bottle or two. Don’t forget to bring your key.


While one may only wear this costume after losing a bet, it is still a viable alternative for the procrastinators around. Raid your bathroom for an endless supply of toilet paper, and start wrapping. Extra points for any gold jewelry, beetles or stuffed cats.


With this costume, you can finally make good use out of some of the Bed, Bath and Beyond paraphernalia your mom bought at the beginning of freshman year. Grab that trusty mesh trash can (emptied, of course), dress in all black and hold an umbrella in your outstretched hand. Instant knight. Now you just need a dueling partner, or possibly a noble steed.


With this costume, you might actually have a chance at keeping warm in the frigid October air. To dress up as your favorite childhood bug, merely put on every piece of clothing you own. If that look is too extreme, at least double up a few sweatshirts with a bunch of long sleeves and a few pairs of sweatpants-the tighter the better. How attractive.

Facebook Picture

In order to properly show how college students spend 75 percent of their time, it would only do the Facebook justice to honor it with a Halloween costume. Even with the advent of photo albums on Facebook, the one opening shot still has to be picked with care. To properly use this look as a Halloween costume, grab one of those empty handles of Smirnoff (or Dimitrov) lying around your room and that digital camera. Based on the majority of Facebook pictures I’ve seen, it seems that the only consistencies are the presence of alcohol and a drunken demeanor, so this costume will be pretty easy.

Sumo Wrestler

To be a sumo wrestler, all one really needs is a big pillow and maybe an over-sized pair of tightie-whities. Cram that pillow under your shirt to create the big stomach. Then pull on those tightie-whities over whatever pants you have on. The last step is the massive bun on the top of your head. As with the knight, make sure you have a partner to randomly tackle throughout the night (although I guess random people would work, too).


Along the underwear lines, a superhero costume is also a snap-just think Doug Funnie. Rip a blanket off your bed and attach it around your neck. Pull on a pair of underwear over your pants, and, to top off the costume, pull on a pair of obnoxious rain boots. You also must think of a creative super power and proceed to demonstrate the power all night. Just steer clear of trying to fly.


This last Halloween costume requires a little more preparation but leaves a more permanent mark. In the spirit of the famed underpass that leads to the South 40, this costume creates its human counterpart. First, decorate your body with tape in interesting designs or words (clothing in certain areas is allowed, but not mandatory). Next, allow your friends to paint all over your exposed areas. When you rip off the tape, voila! You’ll be a walking billboard, sporting any message from “Wash. U. Girls are Hot” to “I Ate Grilled Cheese for Lunch.”

Echo of an exorcism: Ghosts in our backyard

Monday, October 31st, 2005 | Erin Fults
Dan Daranciang

Bel-Nor is a quiet neighborhood in the St. Louis suburbs, with picturesque brick houses along a tree lined street. This season, the crisp autumn leaves are drifting through the breeze to settle at the feet of busy rakers. It is hard to believe that Satan would feel at home here.

But evil did take up residence in one of the quaint brick houses once, back in 1949, manifesting itself in the possession of a young boy.

In 1949, just miles away from the house at the now demolished Alexian Brothers Hospital, a small group of relatives and priests gathered around a young boy. Their mission was grave, for they sought to free him from the devil’s grip through the ages-old Catholic rite of exorcism.

While this may seem like cinematic hogwash, the event was real, and the boy, believed to be possessed, lived in this nondescript brick home.

Those who delight in the supernatural have most likely seen “The Exorcist,” a thrilling cinematic classic based on William Peter Blatty’s book. The movie follows the grotesque possession of a young girl and her subsequent exorcism.

Filled with horrific delights and the well-known 360-degree head twist, the movie and the book are no doubt showcasing a hyperbole of supernatural science fiction.

But few know that at the root of this creative endeavor lies a true story, a good vs. evil, heaven vs. hell showdown that ended in Washington University’s own backyard, here in St. Louis.

Blatty fervently researched the obscure case to write his book, but the real main character was a 14-year-old boy, usually referred to as Robbie, whose identity is well-protected. This is evidenced by the use of a girl, Regan, in Blatty’s book.

The story begins in a small suburb of Washington D.C. in 1949 where Robbie was growing up. The family’s life was suddenly interrupted by a variety of odd occurrences, such as scratching noises in the walls, violent shaking of Robbie’s bed and the inexplicable movement of stationary objects around the house.

Robbie underwent extensive medical and psychological evaluations, but no natural causes could be found. The Lutheran family eventually turned to the Catholic Church for help, and the Jesuits assigned to the case further examined Robbie and kept him under constant observation.

Robbie and his family eventually moved to St. Louis to stay with relatives with the hope that the new environment would ease the afflictions that were gripping Robbie. Also spurring them to relocate to St. Louis was the mysterious branded appearance of the word “Louis” on Robbie’s chest.

The worst was yet to come, though, and Robbie would later endure fits and violent outbursts, spitting and cursing. Meanwhile, mysterious scratches and welts, which observers claimed spelled out words such as “Spite” and “Hell,” appeared all over his body.

After a grueling two months of exorcism attempts following a 27-page exorcism rite detailed by the Catholic Church, an April night finally brought an end to the horror. A voice claiming to be St. Michael the Archangel burst forth from Robbie, and he sat up, recalling a bright vision of the angel but remembering little else.

Much controversy has surrounded the haunting tale, and details are largely suppressed, due to the secretive nature of exorcisms. Most sources claim that all buildings associated with the exorcism have since been destroyed, but here the proclaimed fact is actually fiction-the house of Robbie’s aunt and uncle, where he stayed while here in St. Louis, still stands, nestled in relative anonymity.

No longer a haven for the dark and mysterious forces that gripped Robbie and the surrounding community, the house is now for sale.

Although the house’s seller refused to allow for a tour and didn’t want inside photos taken or an address published, the realtor speaking on his behalf said there were no “bad vibes” in the house and promptly hung up. Fortunately, realtor appointments aren’t necessary for an external view of the house.

A winding path leads up to the house, which itself exudes a still air. Dead vines cling to the white plantation shutters highlighted by the red brick, and there is a broken basement window. There is no rush of malcontent or malice to lace the air, but every now and then, a shudder, a chill, fingers up the spine-the knowledge that something sinister had been here before.

Physically, there is nothing of the mysterious house to suggest the unsettling events of 1949, but, it stands a testament to the mysteries of the mind, the power of possession and the human fascination with the phantasmal.

Neighbors are well aware of the house’s paranormal history and reporters and television stations have found the house, despite attempts to conceal its location.

One neighbor, who wishes to remain anonymous to keep the relative location of the neighborhood less publicized, has been living next door to the house for 20 years. She lived in a different neighborhood at the time of the events but recalls the buzz that echoed through her Catholic high school.

“It wasn’t publicized and nothing was determined,” she recalled, “but there was a current of excitement and we knew it was something big. It was just something everyone knew about but no one knew the details. But you knew that there was definitely something going on there.”

The tale has been met with extreme controversy among believers and non-believers, and factual disparities fuel constant debate. But books, blogs, documentaries and websites have all been devoted to the exploration of the mysterious happenings.

Some claim the case to be a psychological issue rather than demonic possession, and others prefer the possibility of mere boyish pranks taken too far.

“I personally choose to believe the case for possession and exorcism,” commented sophomore Chance Grannan. “I guess I always wanted there to be something more out there, not necessarily just the physical.”

Whether pranksters or poltergeists are behind it, the St. Louis exorcism captures the human desire for the metaphysical and innate fascination with the paranormal.

Bauhaus: A look at the costumes

Monday, October 31st, 2005 | Oliver Hulland
Dan Daranciang

University set to provide influenza vaccine to all interested students

Monday, October 31st, 2005 | Laura Geggel

Washington University’s Student Health and Counseling Services will make influenza vaccines available to all interested students this year after a previous flu season spent combating a national flu shot shortage.

Last flu season, Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) was unable to offer vaccine shots until November after receiving a defective shipment from one of the nation’s two major vaccine providers.

The shots administered at SHCS could only be obtained through access supplies at other universities.

“What happened was we have a relationship with the folks at the Stanford Health Service over in California and they had received more vaccine than they needed, so they had some extra doses that we were able to get. I think that we ended up getting either 50 or 100 doses,” said Alan Glass, the director of SHCS.

While last year’s shortage left SHCH scrambling, Glass foresees a different situation this year.

“There’s always some small risk that something could be figured out at some point, but we don’t have any indication that there’s anything like that this year,” said Glass. “I would certainly be comfortable, the CDC [Center for Disease Control] is comfortable, that the vaccine supply this year is safe.”

Every winter, anywhere from five to twenty percent of the United States population gets the flu.

To protect students from the flu symptoms of fever, muscle aches and nausea, SHCS is offering several walk-in clinics beginning tomorrow, Nov. 1, and running through Thursday before starting again on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. The fee for a shot is $10.

“Our order that we initially put in was 1,000 which is consistent with the number we’ve needed other years,” said Glass.

High-risk individuals with underlying chronic conditions were administered the vaccine prior to Oct. 24, a common precaution issued by the CDC in case the supply runs out early. Those would be mostly people with asthma and diabetes.

“There’s a fair number of diabetic students on campus and a fairly significant number of students who have asthma,” said Glass.

Last year’s flu season only infected a small percentage of students on campus and many with increased risk for infection managed to find vaccinations elsewhere at off campus locations.

According to Glass, only a small percentage of vaccination recipients will experience side effects, including soreness or redness around the site.

“There are certainly a few individuals who could have not the real flu, but flu-like symptoms, a day or two after receiving the vaccine, but quite honestly, that’s a very small number of people,” Glass explained.

The severity of each flu season, which can begin as early as October and continue as late as May, depends on the virulence of the virus strain in addition to other factors, such as travel patterns of infected individuals.

Students can protect themselves by sneezing into their arms, as opposed to their hands, and washing their hands regularly to prevent the spread of germs.

Freshman Andrew Pazandak plans to get the vaccine. “I’ll end up getting it just because I’ve always gotten it in the past. My parents are pretty big about vaccines,” he said.

Kelly Gelpi, a sophomore, disagreed. “I’ve never gotten the vaccine, I just never had a reason to get it,” she said, saying that she usually doesn’t get sick, and even when she does, it’s usually not that bad.

The respiratory illness, which spreads through fluids expelled through coughing and sneezing, can infect others one day before symptoms develop, and up to five days after the person has realized he or she is sick.

“If folks come in fairly soon after the development of symptoms, usually within 24 to 48 hours, there are certain antiviral medications that you can put people on that decrease the length and the severity of the flu illness,” said Glass.

He noted that the flu could become an academic obstacle, adding that, “If a person actually gets flu or influenza, the time course on that is that the person can be severely sick for seven to ten days.

“You think about that happening in February, which is usually when it hits, [and it] can be a very big issue related to academics and class attendance.”

University questions FCC’s new Internet regulations

Monday, October 31st, 2005 | Josh Hantz
Dan Daranciang

Washington University will not comply with new Federal Communications Commission regulations requiring more easily monitored Internet networks without a fight.

The FCC recently ordered hundreds of universities to overhaul their Internet-connected computer networks so the government can monitor online communications more easily.

Compliance requires buying Internet switches and routers that will cost universities a total of more than $7 billion, stated an Oct. 23 article in The New York Times. This estimate does not include the price of installation or hiring staff to maintain the technology. To compensate, schools may raise students’ tuition bills by an average of at least $450 per year.

The order is based on a 1994 law, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), which originally applied only to telephone carriers.

The FCC is extending this regulation in response to advancements in technology, as well as new forms of crime and terrorism.

Other institutions of higher education are fighting the costly legal change as well. The American Council on Education (ACE), the largest association of universities and colleges in the United States, is challenging the order before the Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.

At this point, universities can only speculate on the outcome.

“There are many questions being asked that have yet to be answered,” said Jan Weller, assistant vice chancellor of network library technology. “Once answered, we can assess what needs to be done, identify costs, and develop an implementation plan.”

One such question is why these changes must be made in the first place. Traditionally, universities have given the government information only under subpoena, and many don’t see a reason to change that now.

“ACE’s challenge is based on other ways of delivering information,” Weller said. “We’ve always had the ability to provide audit trails. We don’t believe we have to go to this extent.”

Potential violations of privacy resulting from following the FCC’s regulations are another issue. If the order stands, the government will have real-time access to university communications including e-mail. What students, faculty and staff send could be seen instantly by government officials.

“We are very concerned about what CALEA compliance may mean to privacy as well as its potential to inhibit innovation and collaboration,” said Weller.

Some students feel that the order is justified if it could enhance security.

“The protection is worth the loss of privacy as long as the government doesn’t act upon the information without an obvious reason,” said freshman Dylan Mathieu.

If the order holds up after the court of appeals ruling, universities and other organizations the law applies to will have until spring 2007 to make the necessary changes.