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The Press/Friday, November 14, 1986/NINE ~ . NYPIRG semester achievements·· By JOAN ZIFF NYPIRO has been ex- . tremely busy this past sem~~er, according to ~YPI:KO Coordinator Ken Deutsch. This semester NYPIRO spent most of its energy on the Environmental Bond and Clean Up Water issue, he said. Deutsch said on Sept. 25, NYPIRO members went door to door in the Cortland community explaining En- vironmental Bond issues. At the polling site on cam- pus, the students were in favor of the ·Environmental Bond by 90 percent, Deutsch said. In Cortland this bond won by 70.5 perc-ent.' This percentage was one of the highest in upstate New York. Overall in the state, the bond won 67 percent. NYPIRG began working on the water - issue in September _when a rally was held to discuss Smith Cor- ona. Recently, it was due to NYPIRG's efforts that a town meeting with the Cort- ,. land County Clean Water · Committee was held Oct. 28 . On Nov. 18, NYPIRO, CCSA, and the sociology club will sponsor another meeting titled ''The Water We Drink.\ This will be held in Sperry 209 at 9:30p.m. NYPIRO this semester has set into motion a small Claims counseling center. This opened up officially on Oct. 7. According to Deutsch, this has been suc- cessful. Already there have been· 12 phone calls and 3 walk-ins. The center is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 11-2 and 5-7. A series of internships have also been established by NYPIRG. The litegation in-. ternship allows students to research and help put together. actual cases on en- forcing clean water acts and to ·.stop people·-. from polluting. · The legislative internship in Albany will allow students to work on one issue and follow it completely through. This is for a full spring semester and people can app- ly up until November 15. Students who would like a 3 credit on campus internship will be responsible for an en- tire project. For example, the small claims counceling center is a 3 credit on campus internship headed by Dylan Jones. Next semester some issues that NYPIRG will work on are: toxic clean up, womens issues, food irradiation, and small claims. ' College intimidates Literacy project By CAROLYN LUMSDEN Associated Press Writer SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Lindy Whiton wanted to teach illiterates how to read, but figured col- lege was not tbe place to do it. So she set out in rural western Massachusetts- look- ing for students, spreading · the word through bars, laun- dr<>mats and other gathering spots, and ope!led offices in storefronts and YMCAs in Greenfield, Atllol and Nor- thhampton. · project outside the in- timidating college at- mosphere accounts for a large part of its ~ucce~s. \People work here at dif- ferent levels and different ages and in the same room, and tlley end up helping each other/' she said. Some we~e left illiterate after traumatic experiences. \They've been beaten for bad grades and called men- tally retarded. No wonder they're scare.d stiff of school \ she said. \One man , . in his 40s three times my size constantly thought I was go- ing to hit him for making a mistake.\ The first few students had Her Literacy Project, which enters its third year Friday with f<>ur teachers and a shoestring budget, is serving 86 students aged 16 to 68 .-and has become the largest reading program in the western half of the state, Whiton said. She said taking the reading to overcome tremendous shame to admit their pro- blem, she said, · but they spread the word and ap- plicants began walking bold- T:Favel field position immediately available. Good commissions, valuable work exper- ience, travel. and other benefits. Call Bill Ryan (toll free) 1-800-433-77~7 for a com- vlete information mailer. SPECIALS FOR NOVEMBER L> ft-:. ~f9·(f:9 ~utllJ A -~~- . ' 24 ,...;n Street 6 Cortland, New York 13045 - • (607) 756-5847 or (607) 75frn89 e __./ I MONDAY HaiRcats ($10-00) {No s'tyling incJa(}eO) Reg.~l2.00 TUESDAY Sbampoo. Cat BloWORg $11.50 ) . $14 .. 00 . EDNESDAV($10~00) O.J:f all peRms THURSDA V Witb eveRy s/c/b 10°/o · o al R ' FRIDAY Sans'tR.eakirllJ ($19.50) \ ~~·-- -·- _,_, ___ , __ ....._ __ ,, 1 Finally Corleone's 1 Delivers I ====================, . I Begi-nning Fri. Nov. 14th I 1-------------------------- 1 Chicken Wings & Beverages Wed. thru Sat. deliveries Opening Special =~========-=·' . I ·I 20 wings & 1 case of Qeverage I ly into the offices. ''I graduated from South Deerfield High, but I couldn't read,\ said Debbie and 40 ·percent of adults in western Massachusetts never finished high school. · Derosia, 29, of Greenfield, one of the students. \They just passed me, probably becasue they didn't want to sit down and teach me.\ Whiton, who worked in a Greenfield Community Col- lege reading program, said she left the program in 1984 when she tired of the ficklessness of grants and of turning down students who weren't poor or illiterate enough to be eligible for the state-funded program. The program, with three full time teachers and one part-time tutor, ran on a $25,000 budget the first year and $60,000 the second. Although private and non- profit, it has retained affilia- tion with Greenfield Com- munity College to continue receiving state money. It also charges clients up to $20 weekly, depending on their ability to pay, Whiton said. -.~ Many of the students are mill workers and farmers - who felt reading was the least important task when they set about earning a living, c,md only learn~d later in the life the impact of their deficien- cy. \One plant worker who was at a second grade reading level used to take home blueprints every night and have his wife read them to him,\ Whiton said in are- cent telephone interview. \Then he'd go in and fix the plant machinery from memory.\ She said 78 percent of her students complete the pro- gram, earning high school equivalency degrees or pro- motions or simply achieving their goal of being able to read to their children. Jonathan Kozol, a Har- vard University expert on il- literacy, has estimated the national illiteracy rate at 60 million people. Those people are unable to read newspapers or even labels on food cans. According to the 1980 state census, between 25 She said she barely makes ends meet. \We are up $5 in our bank account right now,\ she said. \We don't even have'lhe money to buy a bloody blackboard. ''For the first time, we're considering a waiting list because of lack of money and lack of staff. We really don't want to do - that.\ ·Another ... Mandatory!! Cortland Ski .Club meeting all members and anyone interested must attend the meeting on Wednesday , Nov. 19 at 7 pm in Corey Union, Room 201-203. . ' ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING for the formation of the %~ WEDNl~~sD.AY, NOVEM·-·.~- . :- ~ \ 7:30pm in 207-208 Corey Union Arturo Rodriguez, Vice·rresident of the . -~·- tt: • Unitea Farm Workers of America· ' .. d '\' • ·~-... • .- '_• .• wi·N. be present at. the meeting, . ~ - \ ' \'~ L2~~.,

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