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California expands scholarships
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -
California is promising to spend at
least $1.2 billion each year to create
the nation's biggest state scholarship
program, covering college tuition for
hll needy students with at least a "C"
Under legislation signed yester-
day by Gov. Gray Davis, the state
will expand its current Cal-Grant
program starting next year to pay
tuition for eligible students at all of
California's public and private uni-
"This is the most ambitious finan-
cial aid program in America and we'll
say to all students, we're putting our
money where our mouth is," Davis
said at a bill-signing ceremony in front
of the Student Union at California
State University, Los Angeles. "You do
your job well to get the grades, college
will be a reality'
Forty-three percent of students
whose grades and income qualified for
the program this school year were
turned away for lack of money. The
expansion is made possible largely by
a boom-time state surplus and a push
by lawmakers and Californians to
improve public education, particularly
for low-income students.
CSU-Los Angeles student Nani
Escudero has received SI,000 from the
program and said she didn't think she
could go to college without financial
"Right now I'm a part-time worker,
full-time student. But if I didn't get
any help financially. like Cal Grant, it
would be very hard to focus on school
and be a full-time worker," Escudero
said. "It makes it easier to concentrate
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but they are strongly encouraged to
volunteer. The office set up a table at
last week's Festifall.
"We certainly need help from the
students," she said.
Once the office has enough volun-
teers to keep it up and running, the
headquarters will be open from 10
a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fri-
days. Beginning Sept. 30, it will also
be open on Saturdays.
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This donation is the second set of
patents given to the University by
Ford. In June 1999, FGTI donated five
patents. which, "have been used as the
basis for research proposals," Faley
"We've got a longterm relationship
with Ford," he said. "This gift is very
complimentary to the research we've
been going. We hope we can parlay
this into more research."
The University as a whole should
see the benefits of this gift in the form
of University-generated money, as
researchers at the University find a
way to develop and market this tech-
nology and increased educational
opportunities for students involved in
"In terms of expanding the research
scope, this donation increased the
number of students that can participate
in these fields of study. particularly for
Engineering students," Faley said.
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entry level positions and has links to
tips on writing a resume, interviewing
tips and alumni networks.
Linking college students across
the country, Careerbuilder on Cam-
pus posts pictures and interesting
campus factoids. The site also fea-
tures a video confessional feature
that allows students to share their
"hopes dreams and fears of the job
search," said Careerbuilder's public
relations manager Andrea Martin-
"Mostly undergraduates have camie
onto the bus, but we are going to foot-
ball games in an effort to connect with
alumni too. Careerbuilder Program
Manager Kelly Arvai said.
Both Martincic and Arvai found
their jobs using carcrhluldercon.
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Technology at the White House. "The
selection committee is made up of
experts in the field."
The panel consisted of 17 university
educators from across the country,
The Office of the Vice President of
Research nominated WISE for the
award. Although the number of entries
varies each year, WISE competed with
21 entries this year.
Some of the other winners this year
in the category of institution include
University of Mexico, Western Inter-
state Commission, the American Soci-
ety for Microbiology, Humboldt State
University, North Carolina State Uni-
versity and the University of Alabama.
WISE's award brings the Universi-
ty's tally of Presidential awards up to
four honors in five years.
Individual awards within the Uni-
versity include professor of surgery
Bob Merion in 1997, professor of
chemistry Billy Evans in 1998, and an
institutional award by the Undergradu-
ate Research Opportunity Program in
All award winners receive a com-
memorative presidential certificate and
a S10,000 grant funded by the NSF
"We're going to use (the money) for.
undergraduate initiatives in WISE,"
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Ford documents reveal tire concerns
WASHINGTON - Ford Motor Co. says its recommendation for inflation
pressure on Firestone tires had nothing to do with safety problems, but documents
turned over to congressional investigators show at least some company officials
weren't so sure.
For foreign and domestic customers, Ford suggested lower tire pressure
than what the manufacturer, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., recommended, sa*
ing it would improve the ride. Critics have said the move was to try to limit
the possibility of rollovers among certain Ford vehicles that come with the
tires, notably the Explorer.
An internal Ford document marked as a draft and dated July 8, 1999,
expressed concern that the lower pressure recommended in Venezuela might
have contributed to tread detachments. Other factors listed included high
temperatures, improper repairs, off-road use, extended high-speed travel and
The memo was dated 10 months before Ford issued a recall of the tires in
Venezuela, where 46 fatalities have been linked to the tires, and more than a year
before a U.S. recall of the tires.
A Ford chart dated May 5, 2000, shows that when the Venezuelan tires weo
tested at 28 pounds per square inch they were less safe than tires inflated to 30
pounds, the level recommended by BridgestoneFirestone.
U.S. schools make lem on their campuses. But students
tell a different story of being taunted
steps to protect gays and threatened, getting into fights and
trying to hide their identities.
Faced with a recent Supreme Court "Teen-age years are so hard, and
decision holding schools liable for they're even harder if you are gay,"
student harassment of classmates, said Gustavo Soc, who graduated fror
educators across the United States are Los Angeles High School in June.
taking steps to protect gay and lesbian
students and to prevent costly law-
suits. FBI investigates
Lawyers are advising superinten- missile d fe sefru
dents about their legal responsibilities, s 1raud
school board members are reviewing WASHINGTON - The FBI is
their policies and principals are train- looking into allegations that defense
ing teachers in how to react to harass- giant TRW engaged in fraud and a
ment against gays. cover-up in developing a key compo-
"More school systems are making it nent of the controversial national mis-
clear that all students deserve a has- sile defense program, according to
sle-free education," said Gary Marx, letter from an FBI official made public
president of the Center for Public Out- yesterday.
reach, a consulting firm that works Responding to a request from 53
with educators across the nation. House members, deputy assistant
Marx said districts are not only director of the FBI's criminal investiga-
educating their teachers and trustees, tive division Thomas Kubic said he
but are also disciplining students more had asked for an FBI review of whis-
severely than before when they harass tIe-blowers' allegations that TRW
their classmates. faked test results in developing a proto-
Principals consistently say that anti- type "kill vehicle" for the anti-missile
gay harassment is not a serious prob- system.
AROUND THE WORLD
British farmers rel since the start of the year. But
while European governments are
protest ol prices pressing the Organization of Petrole-
um Exporting Countries to boost pro-
LONDON - Taking a page from duction and lower prices, Europe*
the book of French and Belgian pro- tractor, truck and taxi drivers are push-
testers, British farmers went to the ing their governments to lower taxes.
streets yesterday to demand their gov- About 75 percent of the price of
ernments lower fuel prices, and their gasoline in Britain is taxes, compared
Irish and German counterparts are to about 69 percent in France and 24
threatening to follow suit.
Blockades at British refineries H n o g sees
caused shortages, and panic buying Hong Kong
spread across the nation. But Prime low voter turnout
Minister Tony Blair vowed not to cave
in to pressure from protesters. HONG KONG -- Government bile
"We cannot and will not alter gov- boards and banners posted across
ernment policy on petrol through Hong Kong exhorted: "Your vote can
blockades and pickets - that is not make all the difference!" But the dis-
the way to make policy in Britain," mal turnout for Hong Kong's second
Blair insisted. legislative election since 1997 sug-
Blair's Trade and Industry Secre- gests civic pride lost out to disillusion.
tary Stephen Byers, meanwhile, called Only 43.6 percent of Hong Kong's
on the police to use whatever means 3.05 million registered voters cast
necessary to end the refinery block- their ballots Sunday, down from the
ades. 53.3 percent who voted in elections
European gasoline and diesel prices two years ago.
have shot up as the price of crude oil
has risen from about S24 to S32 a bar- - Compiledfiom Dail/ Wire reports
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