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"We cannot afford to be short-sighted about
discoveries that may well provide new models
for business and for scholarship," she said.
The hot topic of keeping American research-
ers and students competitive in the global econ-
omy was underscored when President Bush
announced the American Competitiveness
Initiative in his State of the Union address last
Over the next 10 years, the initiative aims to
create $136 billion in new funding for research,
education and entrepreneurship.
Coleman she in an interview after the speech
that was pleased to see the White House taking
steps to ensure America remains economically
competitive in the future.
"We can't dwell in the past, because the past
is gone," Coleman said. "We can't be afraid of
new industries. We ought to embrace them and
find ways to nurture them."
The group invited Coleman after Bush's
announcement because of her expertise on
research and global competitiveness.
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responses after 4 p.m. when she goes
home to her family. She thinks the
instant messaging culture gives students
the idea that they should get a response
Grassle said she expects replies
from her professors usually by the fol-
When students do not receive a
response, many send additional e-mails.
"I've had experiences where students
sent e-mails every hour on the hour. They
imagine I'm hooked to my computer. It's
not the matrix. We're not jacked 24 hours
a day," Squires said.
O'Shea believes that the "lazy e-mails"
are sent more often from advanced stu-
dents - who may have a greater sense of
Although he occasionally receives
"lazy e-mails", O'Shea said he believes
communication via e-mail provides a
valuable mechanism for students who
are too shy to talk to their professors.
He said the best e-mails he's received
are from students expressing excite-
ment about coursework.
Students have thanked Squires via
e-mail for addressing issues such as
homosexuality in class, when they
probably would have felt uncomfort-
able doing so in person, she said. In
some situations, students informed
Squires through e-mail about learning
disabilities that they were too embar-
rassed to share with her face-to-face,
which permitted them to have more
Squires warns that students should
keep some issues to themselves. If a stu-
dent is on a certain type of medication,
such as an antidepressant, students may
want to keep this information private.
Professors may become biased based
on such information.
Other professors, such as Francis
Blouin Jr., a professor of information,
have not experienced problems with
inappropriate e-mails. Blouin said all
his e-mail contact with students has
been "appropriate and productive."
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Liner claimed he left his
computer unattended and that
his roommate responded to the
Shortly after the beginning of
last night's meeting, Liner rose to
address the assembly and to for-
mally announce his resignation.
He explained that he had no regrets
about his service to MSA, but he
did have a problem with the way he
was being treated.
Liner continued his speech by
addressing several problems he
had with MSA, citing examples
such as heavy financial losses
suffered last fall to bring Lud-
acris to campus as well as the
overemphasis on representatives
going to weekly meetings, and
the lack of importance afforded
to actual accomplishments. He
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efforts, the state of off-campus
student housing will be "just as
shitty as it was 30 years ago."
"His actions were disappoint-
ing tonight," MSA President Jesse
Levine said. "He had an opportunity
to take responsibility for his actions
and he squandered that."
At the end of the meeting, the
assembly unanimously passed
a resolution officially acknowl-
edging, denouncing and apolo-
gizing for Liner's actions.
When the resolution was pro-
posed, 29 representatives clam-
ored to be added to the list of
official sponsors. The average
number of sponsors for a resolu-
tion is between two and three,
according to Levine.
Liner's legacy will be tainted
by the scandal, but his year and
a half on the assembly was not
"He was the first Campus Safety
(Commission) chair to make prog-
ress with the commission," said
Robbie O'Brien, chair of MSA's
Community Service Committee.
During Liner's tenure, he
worked with the Department of
Public Safety to establish the posi-
tion of a liaison between MSA and
Liner also was instrumental
in getting a new media center
for kinesiology students.
Liner said he'd already accom-
plished everything he wanted to
on the assembly.
"This was my time to go," he said.
He explained that there was
nothing more he could do as
a kinesiology representative.
Liner called those running for
the position of kinesiology rep-
resentative in the upcoming
MSA elections "jokes," because
he said there is nothing left for
them to improve in the school.
that despite MSA's
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ers also found that people who used sex toys such as
dildos, vibrators and beads were more likely to use
pleasure-enhancing drugs, and vice-versa.
The study also found that individuals with two
or more sex partners in the last 12 months or 15 or
more sex partners in their lifetime are more likely
to use sex toys and pleasure-enhancing drugs. Mar-
ried couples currently living with their spouses were
least likely to have used sexual enrichment aids in
the last month.
Foxman said the proportion of respondents
who indicated they used sex toys and drugs to
enhance sexual experience was higher than she
At the Safe Sex Store on South University
Avenue, condoms, lubricants and adult toys are
the most popular items purchased by customers
- the majority of whom are students, said Erica
Karmeisool, who manages the business's Internet
sales and website.
The local shop, commonly referred to as S3,
also sponsors "home parties" for small groups
similar to the home sale process used during
Tupperware parties. One of the shop's most
popular services, these parties offer attendants
the opportunity to learn about and purchase the
store's best-selling products, including sex toys
Beth Karmeisool, S3's owner and founder, said
although some association may exist between
sexual products and drugs and risky behavior, it is
important to recognize the positive role sex toys can
have for people's sexual health.
"Adult products are an absolute wonderful form
of safe sex and exploration," she said. "A person
can remain abstinent but still be a sexual being and
release sexual tension."
The store also conducts seminars to edu-
cate students about disease, contraception and
For the most part, sexually themed research proj-
ects at the University have encountered little resis-
tance over the years, said Marvin Parnes, associate
vice president for research.
But in the last few years, some people
have worried whether the federal government
would alter its approach to financial support
of such research.
"Local conservatives raised questions about
whether federal funds should be used for this
.type of research, of whether it was important or
appropriate," Parnes said. "People have raised
that issue, but so far it really hasn't proven to be
The University's Institute for Social Research
recently released a study investigating human sexu-
The study, conducted by visiting research scien-
tist Norman Brown, explored the extent to which
men and women lie about their number of sexual
partners and details of their sexual histories.
ISR sl4tkeswoman Diane Swanbrow said the
majority of the institute's funding comes from
federal agencies. These agencies base funding
decisions in part on the relevance of the proposed
research to public health concerns and on scientific
research as a whole.
Swanbrow said neither the University nor
ISR provided Brown with any financial support
because the study was done in collaboration
with several of his colleagues across the country.
However, she also said there is a long history of
valid scientific research, especially in the fields
of psychology and public health, on aspects of
human sexual behavior.
"This study is not an exception to that tradition
of research," Swanbrow said. "I don't think there is
anything unusual about it."
Foxman said the School of Public Health has
researched sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/
AIDS and sexual behavior for more than 30 years.
As with ISR, most of the school's research is funded
by federal bodies, namely the National Institutes
of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and
"Sexual health is an important component of
all health;' Foxman said. "What we show in this
study is that these are common behaviors and pub-
lic health officials need to know about them - the
issue needs to be de-sensationalized. These things
should be included in discussions of sexual health
and sex education."
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