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The Press. (Cortland, N.Y.) 1972-1990, February 06, 1987, Image 18

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· SUCC 'Changing writing reqUirement ~ I j ' ' ' By AMY COLUCCI ....... ., . A new writing policy is be- ing formulated for State University College at Cort- land by the College Writing Committee. · Iil general;- the new· policy will try to stimulate students into writing on their own, said Ronald Butchart, head of the Educational Policy Committee. The current· policy allows students to write only a minimal amount of what Jhey sho1;1ld be writing, he said. Butchart explained the new writing policy will be set up in the following manor: A minimum oJ· three 'writing courses wjll be required in- steatl of two. One of these three writing cQurses must be within your major. A need for a new policy ex- ists, Butchart said, because many stu4ents are , going through school not doing enough writing. \Writing itself fosters learning,\ he said. Butchart said he would like to see more students do- .. \ ' - Old Main in Winter Snow ing volul,l.teer writing. ''Th,e. _greatest impact will be tlie requirement of writing within one's major,\ said Butchart. It will be strange esp~_dally for math majors worked out, he said. The EPC wants a policy stating within any writing course there will be no more than 25 students i'n the class, said Butchart. Since the state will not hire more professors, he said, a resource problem of who will teach these new courses must be worked out. because not much, if any, writing is done with math majors beyond the regular writing requirements, be said. It is difficult for a pro- lt is not certain when the fessor to carefully grade 40 new policy wilfgo into effect, papers so these professors Butcllart said. Before the must be found through other policy does go. into effect sources, he said. The EPC some must be will riot put the_new writing policy into effect until the college guarantees these sources, a~ording to But- chart. Another problem is for the future incoming transfer students, he said. The policy must b-e set up so that it does not interfere with the new student from graduating on time, Butchart said. Many more problems must be ironed out, he said, before the policy is completed and in effe<:t. Until this is done, Butchart said, things will go on the same as usual. ' ~-.~-~·--------------------------~ A bare winter tree·and bicycie stand in front of SUCC's oldest buildi11g on campus. A;bove, one shoveled staircase leads the way to the lobby of the building which has recently rece1vedjunds for rennvvations. Plastic firearms banned til . . airpOrt security improves By KIM I. MILLS Associllted P.r.ess Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Plastic. firearms should be banned until airport security systems have been upgraded to, detect them, says a New York congressman. \Fireanns , technology has far surpassed the. limits of our weapon. de.tection systems and unless that gap is Closed. law enforcement will be waging.· a losing .. battle against terrorism,\ said U ;S. Rep. Mario Biaggi, B~N. Y., who reintroduced. a bill Mon- day to ban the firearms. The bill, identical to one Biaggi wrote last year, would require federal testing of all . non-meotru firearms against standard airport security devices, and require the Federal Aviation Ad- ministration to conduct research and development aimed at improving airport we~pons cJetection ~ystems. Under ·the bill, tliose plasti:C weapons to be undetectable banned; except· for law en- for-cement·>Rlld;. military use. Although there are no all- plastic- handgi.ms on the market, -one manufacturer, . Byrtm Inc. of Castleberry, Fla., said last year that it w3~ within two· year:s of produc- · ing a .22-caliber- plastic: ·8@ containing only a ·few small metal springs. A high .. quality mostly plastic pistol, . the 9mm Gl~)ck. 17, ·has--- been manufacttued in. . Austria since l981, primarily for the Austrian armed forces. . Blagg( said:)A:on:ti~:Y that more than 100,000 Glock 17s have been. imp(}tted into the United States and are being sold without any special restrictions. .·,. _ \I have tested the Glock· 17 against .!ftetal dete((tOr~ and. X-ray equipment at· the'. U.S. Ca:ejtol, an~t!to~e tests confirmed that th'e Oloclc can beat th,e b.est. s~curity ·.safe- . · ~we 1 have, to offer,'~ · s}dd. · : ' ·· · • Association, called plastic guns a \non-issue.\ He said there are no guns on the market now that can evade detection devices and sllg- gested that Congress sllollld instead address lax security at airports. At congressional hearings on last year's plastic gun bill, BiUie·H. Vincent~ director of ch:il aviation Security f()f the FAA~ said, the Glock 17 was ''no greater 'threat than any otller setniautomatic ·pistol, and is detectable on all our airpott detection systems.'' He alsu suggest~d . .that development of an all-plastic gun was years away .. Last- . year's · bill died. in committee because ad- ministration officials found its language· unclear, said Craig Floyd,· Biaggi's legislative assitant. He said Biaggi would be woJ'king more closely with the Bureau of Alcohol, tQbacc<.t · and Firearms on language' this time. . · ' Parker: new coordinator By JOANN DEWAR this researcll will be publish- ed in May and will be Jennifer Parker, the new available to the public. Project Coordin·ator · f<>r Parker said she is doing NYPIRG on the State this ubecause we believe the University C-ollege 'at. Cbrt- community bas. a right to land campus, comes to the know.\' job extremely qualified. A second topic-, bringing She Fecent~y graduated the cO>mmunity and -college from SUCC, but while atteJ,t- students together; in:volves ding here she was very acti'Ve buildi~g community ''safe- in NYPIR:G, the Student ho\,\ses\- for ·victims of Senate and was chairperson assault or hara5sment. This of AWARE. She organized project would have. Cortland many rallies, meetiQg$, and. residelltS$ . · screenc:;d by the projects - all to help keep Cortland Police Department, Cortland· students aware of volunteer their. homes , for various important issues. people to go when th~y are in This year, Parker and trouble and in ll¢ed of help. ·other. NYPIRG members Will A blue light ~·the window be'\'concentratirig on ~ variety· would signify a safe-house. of important issues relevant Other issues include more to the commuruty, as well as adequate and comprehensive to SUCC students. pre-natal care benefits for One of these issues is the WQmen, recycling, and use of toxic' wastes in the in- nuclear issues such as food dustries of Cortland County. irradiatjon. NYPikO will be conducting One other important topic an intense investigation to involves the reform of stan- find out what chemicals a1·e dardized tests such as the being · used, if these corn- SAT. With this change, panies ·know where these tox- Parker said she hopes tests ics .are going,' imd if not, like th~se will become fairer where the chemicals are be- for low-income minority ing dumped. The results of groups and women. F B~ l (A Rc del ret da: joi ha rai go D' ab lsl M an re! gr1 pr

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