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Have a safe and . . happy Easter and Passover Vol~llle XIX Numlter t 9 • STAT• UNIVIIRSITY OF N8W YORK., COLUG. AT CORTLAND • April I 2, 1990 • ts a Ithaca-Cortland- feud sure to draw blood By Chris Derzanovich Staff Writer The Cortland and Ithaca chapters of the American Red Cross are out for blood this month, while hoping to spark friendly competition between students from SUCC and Ithaca Colllege. The contest, called \Blood Feud,\ is a two-day blood drive at each Child abuse prevention: LAT asks, \Are you aware?\ Kim Hicks Special to the Press dying child with a dream you can make come true. ~e p. 3 for details school. The school with the most donations will win a trophy. The April is a great month for family picnics, but not all fami- SUCC drive will be held on Tuesday,April24 and Wednesday, April 25, from II a.m.-4:45p.m. in the Fireplace Lounge in Corey Union. lies are out picnicking. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, The drive at Ithaca College will be Monday, Aprill6 and Tuesday, significant to all students because we are future professionals Aprill7. and parents. It is important to remember that child abuse can Thefeud,sponsoredbytheSUCCROTC,\hopestoincreaseen- occur in any home and includes verbal abuse and neglect as thusiasm and awareness,\ according to Bonnie Heath, Executive Di- well as physical abuse. rector of the Cortland chapter of the Red Cross. \We want to impress The National Committee for Pre- on the students that the blood is needed for everyone,\ she said. vention of Steve Chrisitian, General Managen>f99.9 WNYP, decided to pro- Child Abuse mote the \Blood Feud\ after having success with it in the south. The (NCPCA) pro- FirstAnnualB.loodFeud was. held between Duke University, North vide spa m _ Carolina State and the University of North Carolina. phlets to edu- \It' sa good way to be competitive. The first blood feud was a real cate the public benefit in North Carolina.,\ Christi!l!l said. about child The feud is an attemptto encourage more student donations. \We abuse. This wanted an idea that would raise collections at colleges, because years slogan donations at schools have been down in the'last few years,\ said Karen for April is Youngs, administrative assistant of the Cortland chapter of the Red \Partners for Cross. Prevention.\ \Hopefully this contest will spark harmless competition between Partners are two schools that already have a history of competition,\ she said. The family mem _ schools were also chosen for the fe11d because they have approxi- bers, teachers, mately the same number of students. s t u d e n t s , The goal for both schools is 260 units ofblood. All blood donated friends and all will go the the Syracus~ RegiQnal Elood Center, which is the main professionals. source of blood fot:-all of Cenfial New York. . 'r\ny. 1 S~ndiflg. ··in'a:the \center\~~aense, we invite the spirit of We are part- . y lCI nets. . competition while bent:fitting everyone in Central New York,\ said s i g· m a Youngs. Delta Tau 99.9 WNYP will be on-site for both of the blood drives, with cas- (SDT) is a na- settes and CDs f~r donor's. Domino's Pizza will also be present, with tional sorority .....,;.fr;.;e..;.e....,.iz;;.;z.a.;;.fo;;.;;r_.al;;;;l;..;d;;.;;o;.;;n;.;;;or;.;s;.;... ---------------J in Cortland that Cortland joins fight for literacy By A. Joel Pinckney Special to the Press corps,\ and she and Dickerson re- eitherone-on-oneorinclassrooms,\ sponded to the offer. Although com- said Dickerson. Only a small portion petition for funding was fierce ofthese I ,OOOadultsarebeingserved . lmagine·p.ickingup thenewspa- SUCC received a pt. ·by Cortland students. penind finding the letters scrambled The college will receive appro xi- In addition to Cortland County's sotliatnot one word makes sense. mately $43,000 for two years, llighpercentageofadultswhofailto Np, the computers haven't short $25,000 which will be used the first complete high school, it also has the circuited; the problem is that y(Ju year. Dickerson said that the grant eighth highest poverty rate in New c~ 'tread. allows SUCC to set up a course- York State. Also, 15 percent of the Asof1980, 10,000outof35,oq<> ·Adult Literacy Tutoring-_ where county'spopulation was considered adults above 18-years-old in Cort- SUCC students meet twice a week low-income. land county did not finish high for classroom instruction. The stu- The question is, do literacy prob- school. Tbatisnearlyone-thirdofthe dents must also complete six hours !ems stem from poverty and low- adult popuJ.ation-. of field experience weekly, which income? Onelocillmeasurebeingtakento means they tutor those who have CohensaidthatCortlandCounty combat this problem isf'rojeetAdult problems reading, writing, compu- has \a lot of poverty,\ and implied a Literacy,aprogramrunbythe·State tating and doing problem solving. relatiom:hipbetweensocioeconomic University College at Cortland. This \The class helps the tutor learn to factors and literacy. program en~lesSUCC students.io doanassessmentofastudent'sneeds Borden offered other reasons h}lft?tutor those Who have lit~racy as well as strengths,\ said Cohen. \It why many people reach adulthood pro~lems 'in reading, writing or also provides instruction based on and are unable to read. She said that mathematics. · that assessment.\ many adults who are illiterate have \There'saneedforvolunteers (to Project Adult Literacy also pro- moved around a lot during child- help with literacy progra.nsh. very vi des the much needed volunteer hood, mostly before third grade. m~cp so,:• S~eila Col1en, SUCC help. \Thisprogramallows formore which is the basis for reading. She as~istant:professorin edu(;ationartd individual attention,\ said Sylvia said other reasons include sickness, . direCtOI' ofProject Adult Literacy. Borden, adult education literacy learning disabilities and dropping \In particular, lhere 's a need in coordinator at the Onondaga-Cort- out of school because offamilypmh- Co.uland,\ ,sat~ Conen. .. land-Madison ~oardofCooperative I ems. :. NancyDicker~ori,coordinatorof Educational Services (BOCES). And many of those illiterate tb,eCorilru\dStateVolun~Project, \They (BOCES) have _large adults don'tknow how to seek help ag~ed' '.'1r;tCortland,th~rear~plenty classes for a large r~ge of re.ading because they cannot read. of~ople\;Vhoneedhelp,\ !laidl)kk- skill~ and only one teacher,\ said \We nave to gefthe adults to e~~(?n. ''ln the. past, only one qr two Die kerson. ''T\le studentswill assist come forward,\ said Borden. ''That's · StJl.dentsn_avegoneout intotlle,om- tllo~~ 't'iJI). lq~~r, *Ul.lev~!~:\ . . . one. _ofthe bi~gestchallenges.\ ·. : njl!pity; bora grantfrom the. U.S. ~.ord~~ ~~4~t~~t .SPGG ~tud~nt . . Bor~en ~aJdthatadults can learn ·~partmentofEducationaUows us vol':!!l~!~.S.. .f~!fl-~h~,PU,~1l~~P. abo,ut hter.a~y progra~s through t~~t UP;,this:pJ:.o&t~~\ · · . , ~c~~~~.~4 l~g~~~yt~c~iye ra~10, te~~vtstortandmaJLHow~v~r, :· ·~Cohelt-~illdtbattbeU.S .. Dep~- rn.9r~;a~p . , ... :, ·' : '\· > . _· be,ca.\lseth,ey cann()t read, she s~nd m~~~ of,~ducation was \o~fenng ; . :~~X~ar,J.y,,.~pet.?;X•m!t~Ir.J 1 _00~. thattheymostoften leamaboutthem 1 , , : ~ • J~;~~~r~i~f_ !~~.~~P.; ~ ~d\llt ht~r~~~. ·' a~~lt~ -~~eJ)et~~.~~\:~.~ ·.~ ~~rtl~nd, (See ,~~o~e_ct A~u~~ Lite~atyp .:J .. , chose NCP«;A and preventing Child abuse as their philan- thropy: chari- table focus. This se- mester SOT's philanthropic chairperson, Karen Mosher, organized an aerobithon to raise money for the prevention of child abuse. The sisters did aerobics for two hours and raised over one thousand dollars. All students are encouraged to participate in future fundraisers for the prevention of child abuse. Ac- cording to Dr. Deborah Dero, direc- tor of research at NCSPCA, an average of three children a day for the past two years have been re- ported as vic- tims of mis- treatment. The majority of those victims are under the age of one. Children are damaged :emotionally m~d physically from child abuse. Our war.eness of tragedy through NCPCA can avoid future cases of child abuse, be- cause today's children are our future. As we look for- ward to the excitement of spring, it's important to remember that child abuse occurs in the world around us. \I believe the children are our fu- ture, teach them well and let them lead the way, show them all the beauty they possess inside, give them a sense of pride to make it easier, let the children's laughter remind us of how we used to be.\ -Whitney Houston

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