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Celebrating Armenian culture

For LSA senior Satenig Mir-
zoyan and Public Policy senior
Lorig Stepanian, co-presidents
of the Armenian Students Cul-
tural Association, membership
in ASCA provides a welcoming
place to celebrate Armenia's
rich heritage, educate students
.in relevant issues and connect
Armenian students on campus.
Mirzoyan said the approxi-
mately 60 students involved
with ASCA meet for the
-opportunity to further
immerse themselves in Arme-
nian culture, despite the geo-
graphical divide between the
University and their ancestral
ASCA's largest annual

event is its January Char-
ity Ball, though members also
often attend activities such as
lectures relevant to Armenian
culture and issues on cam-
pus. The group also partakes
in activities such as cooking
traditional food, listening to
Armenian music and practic-
ing Armenian dances.
Mirzoyan said the Arme-
nian presence on campus
made her transition to the
University much easier.
"The seniors in the Arme-
nian Club when I was a fresh-
man were very helpful in
picking classes, in having a
place to go and just hanging
out with them in general ... it

was a good way of having a
family (here)," Mirzoyan said.
Stepanian added that she
appreciates the familiar com-
munity ASCA has built, citing
Armenian holidays as criti-
cal times to take part in her
cultural practices with other
While the majority of stu-
dents within ASCA come
from Armenian heritage, Ste-
panian and Mirzoyan said the
group's welcoming environ-
ment encourages non-Arme-
nian students to attend events
with friends to learn more
about the culture.

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Gay North Dakota football player
says kiss got him booted off team


School officials say

K.M. Chaudary/AP
People stand outside a factory after a fire in Lahore, Pakistan on Tuesday. A fire that broke out in a factory in eastern
Pakistan after sparks from a generator hit chermicals killed dozens of people, a Pakistani police officer said.
i atalfactorfiire s in Pakistani
clties k1l85, injure dozens more

Workplace it was impossible to tell if they
were male or female, he said.
conditions hamper Pakistani television showed
a video of the five-story fac-
escape efforts tory with flames leaping from
top-floor windows and smoke
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) billowing into the night sky. Fire-
- Factory fires that broke out fighters could be seen pound-
in two major cities in Pakistan ing on the metal grates covering
killed 85 people and injured doz- some of the windows and pulling
ens more, including some who out smoke-covered bodies.
had to break through barred Many of the workers were
windows and leap to the ground injured when they jumped from
to escape the flames, officials and the burning building, said anoth-
survivors said Wednesday. er doctor at the hospital, Karar
Workers recounted how their Abbasi.
colleagues were trapped behind One was a 27-year-old preg-
blocked exits, and firefighters nant woman who had to jump
said that one reason why the from the second floor and was
blazes were so deadly is that the now suffering complications
buildings - a shoe factory in the with her pregnancy, said hospital
eastern city of Lahore and a gar- officials.
ment factory in the southern port An injured factory worker,
of Karachi - lacked clear escape Mohammad Ilyas, speaking from
routes. the hospital, said he was working
Such safety issues are com- along with roughly 50 other men
mon throughout Pakistan, where and women on one of the floors
buildings also lack emergency when suddenly a fireball came
equipment like alarms and sprin- from the staircase.
klers and municipal rules are "I jumped from my seat as did
rarely enforced. others and rushed toward the
The most deadly blaze came windows, but iron bars on the
in Karachi, the country's eco- windows barred us from escap-
nomic heart. The head of the ing. Some of us quickly took tools
emergency department at the and machines to break the iron
Civil Hospital in Karachi, Tariq bars," he said. "That was how we
Kamal Ayubi, said 60 bodies had managed to jump out of the win-
been taken to the hospital so dows down to the ground floor."
far. Some were so charred that His leg was injured in the fall.

Others weren't so lucky. An
Associated Press reporter saw a
charred body partially hanging
out one of the factory's barred
windows. It appeared the victim
tried to escape but couldn't make
it through the bars.
"There were no safety mea-
sures taken in the building
design. There was no emergency
exit. All the people got trapped,"
said senior police official Amjad
Fire fighters Wednesday were
still trying to subdue the deadly
blaze that broke out Tuesday
evening, and Farooqi said they
would need a few more hours to
bring it fully under control.
In Lahore, the fire swept
through a four-story shoe fac-
tory and killed 25 people, some
from burns and some from suffo-
cation, said senior police officer
Multan Khan. The factory was
illegally set up in a residential
part of the city.
It broke out when people in
the building were trying to start
their generator after the elec-
tricity went out. Sparks from
the generator made contact
with chemicals used to make
the shoes, igniting the blaze.
Pakistan faces widespread
blackouts, and many people use
generators to provide electricity
for their houses or to run busi-

dismissal is under
concussion kept Jamie Kuntz
from suiting up for his first col-
lege football game. A kiss from
his much-older boyfriend at that
game led the freshman line-
backer tobe kicked off the team,
he said.
North Dakota State College of
Sciences in Wahpeton acknowl-
edges Kuntz was disciplined
by the team, but says it wasn't
because he is gay. Football coach
Chuck Parsons told Kuntz in a
letter that he was removed from
the team for lying about the kiss.
Kuntz, 18, and on a partial
football scholarship, left the col-
lege in southeast North Dakota
this month after his dismissal
from the team.
"Football didn't work out, so
there was no reason to stay," said
Kuntz, who lives with his mother
across the state in Dickinson.
Kuntz said he and his 65-year-
old boyfriend were in the press
box at the game against Snow
College in Pueblo, Colo., over
Labor Day weekend. Kuntz was
videotaping the game for the
team. His Wildcats were downby
more than 40 points when "the
kiss just happened," he said. The
team would eventually lose 63-17.
"People around here aren't
exposed to it," Kuntz said of
homosexuality. "People expect
gays to be flamboyant, not foot-
ball players."
A teammate apparently saw
the kiss and told coaches, Kuntz
said. When Parsons confront-
ed Kuntz on the bus ride back
to North Dakota, Kuntz told
him the man he kissed was his
"I lied," Kuntz said.
Later, he feltguilty about lying
and came clean to his coach.
In a Sept. 3 dismissal let-
ter obtained by The Associated
Press, Parsons told Kuntz he
was being ousted from the team
under the "conduct deemed det-
rimental to the team" category

outlined in guidelines in the
team's player's manual. Parsons
specifically noted the manual's
section on "lying to coaches,
teachers or other school staff."
"This decision was arrived at
solely on the basis of your con-
duct during the football game;
and because you chose not to be
truthful with me when I con-
fronted you about whom else
was in the box with you," Par-
sons wrote. "Any conduct by
any member of the program that
would cause such a distraction
during a game would warrant
the same consequences."
Kuntz doesn't believe he was
dismissed just for lying.
"I know if it was a girl in
the press box, or even an older
woman, nothing would have
happened," he said. "If it was
an older woman, I would have
probably been congratulated for
it from my teammates."
School officialstoldtheAPthat
they were investigating whether
this was the first such instance
of someone being kicked off the
football team for lying.

John Richman, North Dakota
State College of Science presi-
dent, said other players have
been kicked off the team for var-
ious reasons, though he couldn't
say whether any before had been
booted specifically for lying.
"I don't know of every single
case where coach Parsons has had
to discipline a young man," Rich-
Other behavior that the
player's manual says could lead
to dismissal includes criminal
violations, fighting and repeat-
ed absences or tardiness to
class. Richman said he believes
Kuntz's case was handled "fairly
and consistently" by the athletic
"I'm very confident that with
the information that's been
provided to me by our football
coach, Chuck Parsons, by our
athletic director, Stu Engen,
that the thought process, the
facts that were reviewed, have
led them to an appropriate and
the right decision in this case,"
Richman said Tuesday in an
interview at the college.




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