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Prof. talks disabilities in literature

Tobin Siebers is the V. L. Par-
rington Collegiate Professor of
Literary and Cultural Criticism
and a professor of English, as well
as a professor in the School ofArt
a Design. He is a literary theo-
rist who has, for the last 15 years,
focused on disability studies in lit-
erature. Among many essays and
pieces of nonfiction, he is also the
author of "Among Men." Siebers'
work includes over 10 published
books examining aesthetics and
the body.
What's your favorite class?
My favorite class to teach is
actually the one I'm doing right
now. It's called "Reading Dis-

ability in the Literature and the
Arts". One of the reasons I really
enjoy it is that the questions I find
myself posing in the class don't
have any official answers because
no one has been asking the kinds
of questions about how disability
appears in these different fields;
These are very young questions
in the field.
Whatpiece of your scholar-
ship are you most proud of?
I'd have to say the thing I'm
most proud of is a work of creative
nonfiction that I did a number of
years ago called "Among Men."
And it is my attempt to write as
beautifully as I know how. I feel

that I have had some success at
accomplishing that goal, and that
is anarea that I have great pride
in.
Why is criticism (literary or
otherwise) important?
I think that any kind of
criticism in the University is
important because it asks us to
challenge things as they are. If
you're asking specifically about
lit criticism: if literature is impor-
tant to study ... then criticism is
important because criticism is
the only way we can challenge
how we read books.
- MAXRADWIN

Music, Theatre & Dance senior Rachel Mazer and
junior Gabriel Wilk open for a Word of Mouth story
slam at Literati bookstore Monday.

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Explosion at ball bearings
plant leaves fifteen injured

Investigation
underway after fire,
HAZMAT respond
PETERBOROUGH, N.H. (AP)
- An explosion rocked a small-
town ball bearings plant on
Monday, shaking walls, shatter-
ing windows and sending at least
15 people to the hospital, but
a company spokeswoman said
none of their injuries appeared
to be life-threatening.
Hazardous-materials teams
responded after Monday after-
noon's explosion at the New
Hampshire Ball Bearings Inc.
plant in Peterborough, but fire-
fighters said there didn't appear
to be any environmental damage.
A plant machine operator,
Paul Clark, said he was outside
in the parking lot on Monday af-
ternoon when he heard the blast.
"I was in my car backing out
when I felt a rumble and heard a
bang," he said. "I looked up, and
snow on the building's roof was

flying into the wind."
The blast blew out windows
on the three-story building's
ground floor, Peterborough Fire
Department spokesman Eric
Bowman said. There was heavy
explosion damage, and the first
arriving firefighters saw a col-
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The cause of the explosion
was under investigation, but
all indications were that it was
an industrial-related incident,
Bowman said.
First responders will try to
determine the extent of the
damage to the facility, company
spokeswoman Kathy Gerrity
said. It was unknown when the
facility will be back in operation
because it would need to be in-
spected and deened safe first,
she said.
The plant, in the southwest
New Hampshire town that was
the inspiration for Thornton
Wilder's play "Our Town," manu-
factures high-tech parts for the
aerospace industry and employs
700 people. Gerrity said she
wasn't sure how many people

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were inside when the explosion
happened Monday afternoon
but there are usually about 450
working around that time.
Clark, who operates a machine
used in a rolling procedure, said
his girlfriend, Andrea Painchaud,
was at work in the shipping de-
partnent when the explosion
knocked shelves off the walls
and part of the roof came down
around her. He said she was un-
injured.
"Smoke came pouring out,"
said Clark, who lives in nearby
Pepperell, Mass. "I could hear
somebody screaming."
Bill Brock, owner of the Man-
hattan East Hair Design shop
about a quarter-mile from the
plant, said he heard and felt
something but didn't know what
it was. Then about 30 ambulanc-
es and fire trucks went by.
Gov. Maggie Hassan said the
state emergency operations cen-
ter was open to monitor the situ-
ation and she was "very encour-
aged" to hear that all employees
had been accounted for.
"My thoughts and prayers go
out to those injured in today's
explosion, to their families and
loved ones, and to the entire Pe-
terborough area where NH Ball
Bearings is such an important
member of the community," she
said in a statement.
Police advised drivers to avoid
Route 202 through Peterbor-
ough, which has about 6,400
residents.
Local hospitals were asked to
prepare for patients who may
have been exposed to hazardous
materials. Two of the 15 people
who were treated at Monadnock
Community Hospital later were
flown to other hospitals, spokes-
woman Laura Gingras said, and
the rest were released by Mon-
day night.
Peterborough, besides inspir-
ing "Our Town," a Pulitzer Prize-
winning play first performed in
1938, is home to the MacDowell
Colony, a prestigious retreat for
artists, writers and composers.
Wilder' based the fictional town
of Grover's Corners on Peterbor-
ough, where he often spent his
summers.
New Hampshire Ball Bearings'
corporate headquarters are in
Chatsworth, Calif. It's a division
of Japanese company Minebea,

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Australia's Sam Hall jumps during the men's moguls qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the 2014 Winter
Olympics Monday.
Kremlin responds to slights
oxver WXVII Victory, -media

Russia counters
Olympic organizers
while political
tensions escalate
MOSCOW (AP) - The Sochi
Winter Olympics are making Rus-
sians beam with pride. But while
the opening ceremony left out
World War I at the behest of in-
ternational Olympic organizers,
Russia's role in defeating Nazi
Germany is still one of the nation's
proudest moments, as some have
found out the hard way.
Perceived slights to Russian
pride caused an independent tele-
vision station to be forced off the
air and the Moscow correspon-
dent of a U.S. network to be sum-
moned to the Foreign Ministry for
an official reprimand. In the latest
display of Russian displeasure, a
prominent anchor on state televi-
sion insinuated that U.S. Marines
depicted in the war memorial near
Washington looked as if they were
engaged in gay sex.
Here is a look at what caused
Russians to react so strongly and
how the Kremlin responded:
LENINGRAD LEGACY
The independent television sta
tion Dozlsd, or TV Rain, came un-

der attack after asking viewers in
January whether the Soviet Union
should have surrendered Lenin-
grad, now St. Petersburg, to save
the lives of the 1 million people
who died during the nearly 900-
day Nazi siege of the city during
the war. The station quickly pulled
the poll and apologized, but Presi-
dent Vladimir Putin's spokesman
said the station had crossed a "red
line." Russian cable providers lined
up to drop Dozhd from their pack-
ages and prosecutors opened an
investigation.
The poll struck a nerve with
Russians for whom the resistance
in Leningrad exemplified the suf-
fering and heroism of the war. But
the station's owner and editor have
accused the Kremlin of using the
poll to shut down Dozhd because
of its critical reporting. The sta-
tion has provided a platform for
opposition leaders and reported on
allegations of official corruption,
including during Olympic prepara-
tions.
After major cable and satellite
providers dropped Dozhd, its view-
ership has fallen from 17 million
households to 2 million, according
to station owner Nataliya Sindeye-
va. While never able to compete
with the state channels, Dozhd has
been popular with urban middle-
class Russians disturbed by the
corruption and growing authori-

tarianismunder Putin.
AN "UGLY' MONUMENT
U.S. television network CNN
caused a firestorm when it includ-
ed a war monument in Brest, a city
in the former Soviet republic of Be-
larus, in an article on the "world's
ugliest monuments" published last
month. The piece said the Soviet
soldier "emerging from a moun-
tainous block of concrete looks as if
he's about to thump the West into
submission before hurling North
America at the sun." It also noted
that others think the soldier "sim-
ply looks constipated."
On Feb. 6, CNN edited the
story on its website and added a
note apologizing for the offense it
caused in Belarus and Russia.
The following day, the Russian
Foreign Ministry took the unusual
step ofsummoningCNN'sMoscow
correspondent for an official repri-
mand. The journalist was told that
"mocking the memory of Soviet
soldiers who gave their lives for
the victory over fascism cannot be
justified or forgiven," the ministry
said in a statement on its website.
The U.S. network then with-
drew the article entirely.
"CNN apologizes for the un-
intended offense caused by an
article from a contributor that
was intended to be a humorous
look at monumental architecture
worldwide" it said in a statement.

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