Natasha Altamirano


It's worth it because of all of you

IT WAS totally worth it. The 25-hour weeks, the late nights, the windowless office, the dining hall/Pav diet, the much-abbreviated workout schedule, the awkwardness after dating a fellow staff member and the pathetic lack of social life compared to friends with more free time.

T.A. dismissal prompts call for discussion at faculty meeting

English Department Chair Gordon Braden sent an e-mail to the entire English Department faculty yesterday to clarify details surrounding the Monday dismissal of English graduate student Justin Gifford from his teaching assistant position. Some faculty members have requested a collective discussion of Gifford's dismissal at a faculty-wide departmental meeting.

Warner launches education plan

In addition to the threat of having college acceptance letters revoked, Virginia high school seniors now have further incentive to avoid the so-called "senior slump." Gov.

Online music worth a note

Why should a university spend money so its students can listen to music for free? That's the question Vance Aloupis faced when he, as student government president at the University of Miami, proposed that the school provide free access to Napster. "I think the administration understood that it was definitely something the students wanted, but they didn't know if the program itself had academic and social benefits," Aloupis said. For example, students enrolled in music classes can use Napster to access media files for coursework. The university's radio station also has teamed up with Napster to promote local bands and programming, he said. "Napster is working with Sony to bring mainstream artists to school for concerts and increase the relationship between our school and the recording industry," Aloupis said. Unlike initial responses at Miami, there was little dissent among administrators at the University of Rochester when officials discussed plans to purchase legal online music subscriptions last spring for students living on campus. For Rochester Provost Charles Phelps, the benefits of an alternative to online piracy clearly outweigh service expenses.

Thanks to student efforts, schools tune in online

Free music for the entire student body. What sounded like an empty campaign promise reminiscent of the "MTV during study hall" or "extended lunch period" pledges of high school elections became a reality for students at the University of Miami this semester. Thanks to efforts spearheaded by Student Government President Vance Aloupis, Miami signed a contract with Napster in July to offer free and legal online music to all students, on and off campus.

Partner benefits referendum passes

University students voted to pass four of the five referenda that appeared on the spring election ballot this week, rejecting only the statement "Greg is delightful." An overwhelming majority of voters -- 74 percent -- favored a student-initiated referendum supporting same-sex domestic partner benefits.

Nelson withdraws from presidential race

Four days after the official campaigning and endorsing period began, Student Council College Representative Marisa Nelson withdrew from the race for Council president Sunday night. Nelson said after going through several endorsement interviews over the weekend, she realized she could accomplish her goals of making change without the formal title of Council president. "I will make change regardless of what capacity I serve and will be a happier person working on those things that I truly am passionate about," she said. Nelson said she plans to continue her involvement with Council. "The resources are too great to bypass that opportunity, but I haven't decided in what capacity I will be working," she said. Nelson said she does not plan to endorse a specific candidate for Council president. "I hope that in choosing [a president] students can find someone that is both realistic and passionate about their goals," she said. Council presidential candidate Curtis Ofori, who has worked on Council with Nelson in the past, commended her accomplishments as College representative. "She did great work on the Off-Grounds Housing Office," Ofori said.

Barber to speak at ceremony in May

The Class of 2004 will welcome University alumnus and professional football player Atiim Kiambu "Tiki" Barber at Valediction Exercises May 15, University officials announced yesterday. Barber, a 1997 Commerce school graduate, is a star running back for the National Football League's New York Giants and a veteran of Super Bowl XXXV in January 2001. "He was a great student and a great athlete who really matured into a fine young man," University spokesperson Carol Wood said.

Number of Lawn applicants increase

Living on the Lawn, the heart of the University community and the site of countless University traditions, remains a highly-coveted honor sought by many undergraduates. Last Thursday, 250 third and fourth years submitted applications vying for one of 47 places of residence in Mr. Jefferson's Academical Village, a five-person increase from the 245 applicants last year, Assistant Director of Accommodations D.

IFC establishes diversity chair

In an effort to revamp its minority recruitment efforts, the Inter-Fraternity Council passed a resolution Thursday to create the position of diversity outreach chair on its 16-member executive board. By a unanimous vote, the IFC Presidents Council passed the resolution, which takes effect today, IFC President Ryan Ewalt said. "The position will focus specifically on recruiting within the minority population at the University," Ewalt said.