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diversity, then male faculty members
have to change some of those prac-
tices," said Tony England, associate
chair of the Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science Department.
"NSF sets up programs to effect
change. We give money, and it gives
people incentive to look at why these
things are happening. If NSF hadn't
been there, the faculty would not have
had time to educate ourselves and
structure a recruiting program," added
England, who is also a member of Sci-
ence and Technology, Recruiting to
Improve Diversity and Excellence, an
advisory committee under ADVANCE
that focuses of recruitment.
The process, England admitted,
takes time. Over the summer, the advi-
sory committee, of which he is a mem-
ber, met several times to discuss and
research recruitment practices.
"Improvement always can be made.
In all areas where we have underrepre-
sented minorities, we have lots of room
for improvement. In some respects it's
a matter of going to K-12 and getting
girls interested and involved in the sci-
ences. That's a challenge that every-
one's facing," atmospheric sciences
and chemistry Prof. Mary Anne Car-
Concerning the initiative's future,
female faculty and staff recognized the
ongoing need for improvement and
growth in the areas of retention and
"This year we are focusing on con-
tinuing recruitment efforts, while
enhancing our activities in the areas of
climate and leadership. We know that
we need to eniure that women scien-
tists and engineers are able to thrive as
researchers, teachers and colleagues
once they come here. We will be initi-
ating some new programs on mentor-
ing and on the climate for women
faculty," said Abigail Stewart, the
ADVANCE program's director.
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prayer and communal church life
strengthens spirituality and can serve as
a safeguard against unexpected stressors.
Self-described atheist Gwyneth Hayes
said she agrees that religion and church
build a sense of community but rebuts
the portrayal of "serving a higher being.
... The notion of women like myself get-
ting on her knees and genuflecting to a
higher being, which through social con-
ditioning is a white male, is an oppres-
sive thought," said Hayes, an LSA
LSA Junior Sierra Taylor, who
ascribes to the Church of God Church of
Christ, said the church promotes com-
munity building. "Religion through the
church also awards members the power
to demean another person's actions
through judgment," Taylor said. "Many
people come to church wearing a facade
in the attempt to seem holier than thou."
"Social congregation and gossip
were the emphasis in my church," Hayes
said. "Many of the persons that wanted
to 'bless me' were out drinking and such
the night before," Hayes said.
Historically, religious practice in the
black community has been part of cul-
ture and a determinant of cultural and
ideological autonomy, Levin said. The
church has traditionally preserved, fos-
tered and guided the lives of many
African Americans, said Norma Har-
grow, a follower of the Word of Faith
Christianity was the total subordina-
tion of pre-existing African culture
geared toward complete enslavement by
whites in order to maintain dominance,
LSA senior Erik Michael said. "We
were Kings and Queens, gods upon this
earth, and Christianity was used to
reprogram our minds and hearts in order
to laud an white oppressive identity,"
said Michael, a practitioner of the Pan
African Voodoo Faith.
The institution of the black church is
a place not only of spirituality and
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every time I checked his website all this
year his terrible charges were still there,
and it seemed there was nothing I could
do about it," he said. "I still have to face
new students or their parents who will
wonder, 'Was there any truth to this?"'
Card added that he has received sup-
port from academics nationwide who
feel Pipes' "intimidation of college fac-
ulty" is preventing open discourse at
In an interview with the Daily last
year, Pipes said the University was
included on a list of biased schools
because it promoted racial and socioeco-
nomic diversity but did not accommo-
date intellectual diversity.
He also said that Middle Eastern stud-
enlightenment but also of favoring suc-
cess for many African Americans, Levin
said. Within the church, Black leaders
helped members of the community find
solace with their troubles and produce
hope for blacks, said LSA senior,
Angela Dudley of Christian Ministries.
While living in Tulsa, Okla., as a
Christian youth minister, "I personally
encountered extremely exploitative and
perverted actions within the church,"
Michael said. I personally know of sexu-
al abuses committed against boys by
members of the ministry that was not
brought under scrutiny by the church"
"In any occurrence, and in everything
is a sign, a symbol of higher existence
moving us, nature and society towards
harmony and unity with God," LSA
Senior Halim Naeem, a Sunni Muslim,
said. "Religion guides a person by mar-
ginalizing complex ideas into basic
tenets," Naeem said. "No fault can be
found in Blacks that choose Christianity
because it has been an empowering tool
for virtuous change also;'Naeem said.
ies are in "very bad shape" due to an
influx of politically radical ideas and
professors who do not tell the whole
truth or abuse their authority.
In a letter written to the Daily last
year, Cole defended his comments about
al-Qaida by saying that the group con-
sists of only 3,000 to 5,000 members
nationwide. He also said watch lists of
college professors are "undemocratic
Bush's nomination of Pipes to one of
eight seats on the Institute of Peace
came under fire in Congress when crit-
ics demanded an investigation to investi-
gate whether Pipes was anti-Muslim.
But Bush used his presidential power
to appoint Pipes during the Senate
recess in August. Pipes will serve an 18-
month "recess appointment" instead of
the standard four-year term.
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then we need electricity. Where we get
the electricity is another problem,"
Hydrogen fuel cells have been used
to power prototype vehicles like Gen-
eral Motors' "HyWire," and the Toyota
"FCLV" - a vehicle that claims to run
at three times the efficiency of a vehi-
cle with an internal combustion engine.
Actual consumer models of fuel cell
vehicles are still very early in develop-
ment, and this may be due largely to
the energy and oil industries' reluctant
backing of non-fossil fuel initiatives.
The oil industry "is pursuing the
short-term gains in air quality made
possible by reformulated gasoline (at
a considerable cost of $37 billion),"
while Germany and Japan lead the
world in fuel cell research, states
James Cannon, president of the Col-
orado-based Energy Futures Inc., on
the NHA website. Still, Cannon said
he believes fuel cell cars will be
common on America's, if not, Ger-
many and Japan's, highways by the
Developing fuel cells for use in
power plants may be even more distant
in the future, but the necessity for
change was reinforced by the blackout
a month ago. Unfortunately, the Uni-
versity currently has no plans for
implementing fuel cell technology into
its power grid, but the possibility still
exists for expansion later on.
"I have great hope for fuel cells,
people say they might be the source
of (energy for) the future. From a
University standpoint, we've been
looking for an application to test
them out," said Central Power Plant
Associate Director William Verge.
"Fuel cells could be the answer, but
it's still a way off."
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because when they join a team, they have an instant circle of
"As soon as my girls walk on campus, they have a fami-
ly, a community. We have to help them adjust to every-
thing. We have facilities and people willing to help them.
We can deal with everything from test anxiety to home-
sickness," Plocki said.
Plocki said another goal in helping athletes is making them
"The demands we put on them are high. From practice to
study hall, we are designed to make them good time man-
agers" she added.
Furthering the separation between athletes and other
students are mandatory study-hall hours that differ
from team to team.
Plocki said her athletes spend six hours a week study hall.
Like the gymnastics team, Waithe said he and his fellow track
team members also spend six hours a week in study hall while
Dest said the hockey team requires eight hours a week.
"Even with these demands, our girls are outgoing enough to
make friends in classes and whatnot," Plocki said.
Plocki said she has not dealt with severe cases of athletes
feeling isolated. "I can read my girls. I've had some girls
who've had trouble adjusting but they know my door is always
open," Plocki added.
Waithe said he experienced bouts of isolation but said he
"I get lonely sometimes, you know? I'm always at practice
or in my dorm and I don't know that many people. I can get
lonely - but you know it's early, I know it'll get better," Wait-
LSA freshman and track athlete Jason Stewart said being an
athlete has its share of difficulties.
"I don't get that isolated but you do have to take advan-
tage of the things around you or else you'll probably get
left alone. We're constantly doing things so it's hard to
meet people and you just end up seeing the same people
everyday," Stewart said.
"But, at the end of the day it's a rewarding life," he added.
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