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Murder of Ohio State Area Couple Remains Unsolved

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A double homicide that occurred Thursday at Ohio State University continues to baffle friends, neighbors and the police.

Loretta Long, 21, and her boyfriend Patrick Pryor, 20, both died Thursday night from multiple gunshot wounds.

The police have been searching for any new developments in this case.

"This thing is just so incredibly horrific because it was so off the wall; it could have happened over nothing," Sgt. Earl Smith of the Columbus Division of Police said.

Sgt. Jim Longerbone of the homicide department said, "At this point, we just don't know; we have very little to go on."

Both men pointed out that there does not appear to have been any drug involvement and at this point no motive for the crimes has been established.

While police search for an explanation to this double murder, a state of shock has grappled area residents and friends.

"I have lived here for 50 years and I have never seen anything like this," said Charlotte Leatherman, who lives across the street from where the shooting occurred.

"My doors are always locked, but I am not overly scared about the area because I believe this was a freak incident," she said.

Some area residents agree with Leatherman on the safety of the area, but realize they might need to be more careful.

"It makes me nervous being outside sometimes after hearing about this. I have never even heard of any robberies or break-ins around here, maybe a few crazy parties once in a while but it is usually pretty mild," said Amy Szymanowski, an OSU student who lives about one block away.

"I was just becoming more comfortable with walking around here alone, but not anymore," said OSU student Alyssa Shanks, who lives two doors down from 130 W. Norwich Ave.

West Norwich residents are not the only ones who are concerned. Scott Manifold, a manager at Graeter's Ice Cream in Upper Arlington, where Long was employed, commented on the tragic incident.

"Everyone here in the store is in total shock," Manifold said.

Manifold said Graeter's Ice Cream has placed the couple's picture on the counter to show their condolences for them. This picture is followed by script that expresses their care for them and how much they will be missed.

[The Lantern, Jan. 19]

Aryan Nation removes Yale image

The Aryan Nation no longer uses the "Old Books" image from Yale's website to sell copies of "The Hitler We Loved and Why."

After a student informed the Yale webmaster team in December that the Aryan Nation's online "Literature Archives" contained the "Old Books" image from Yale's electronic front door, Yale took action.

The University informed the Aryan webmaster that using the University-owned image violated copyright laws. And after a brief exchange of correspondence, the Aryans removed the image from their pages.

The image formerly on the Aryan Nation's pages appeared to be a shrunken version of the "Old Books" image with the lettering removed.

Director of Academic Computing Philip Long said the Aryans did not dispute Yale's ownership of the image, but that they did attempt to continue using their version of it.

"We sent them a note stating our ownership of copyright," Long said. He added that Yale then received an acknowledgment of ownership from the site and a request for permission to use it.

Yale refused to grant the Aryan Nation that authorization.

"In general Š permission is not going to be granted," Long said.

The University Licensing Office, a part of the University Secretary's Office, manages the use of Yale-owned images.

While Yale and the Aryan Nation spent about two weeks exchanging letters, Yale prepared to begin more serious action against the legally responsible party in case the site's operators refused to remove the "Old Books."

Long said Yale was prepared to pursue the site's Internet service provider if the University was not able to determine who was responsible for the copyright violation.

He added that an ISP can sometimes bear responsibility for flagrant copyright violations on its pages.

"It is our belief that the laws clearly hold the Internet service provider [liable] for content Š once the ISP has been made aware of it," he said.

Under this standard, Yale could theoretically be held responsible for materials on students' web pages and on the Network Neighborhood.

Long said Yale does not monitor content on the network, but that the University does respond to complaints from copyright owners. He added that complaints come almost every month and regularly focus on mp3 sound files.

Even without the "Old Books," the Aryan Nation site continues to list the catalog of its "Literature Archives" and offer materials for sale. Works listed include "Life Law: Theopolitical Outline of Natural Laws of Racial/National Survival;" "Swastika: Origin as a Christian Symbol Today;" and "The Anti-Defamation League: The World's Foremost Criminal Conspiracy and Organized Crime Apparatus."

Also available are "Gallery of Jewish Types," "An Expose of the Roman Catholic Church," and "The Jews and Their Lies."

[Yale Daily News, Jan. 19]

Duke U. subsidizes beer truck

The University has served students beer before, but this semester it will help pay for it too.

Through a $5,000 grant from the Department of Alumni Affairs and Development, student groups will only have to spend $100 to use the University-owned beer truck at their social functions this semester, a drop of about $500. A group of University administrators solicited the grant after meeting at the end of last semester to discuss the beer trucks.

At the meeting, representatives from Student Affairs and various Auxiliary Services departments expressed fears that the current rental price for the truck was too high for students, said Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Sue Wasiolek.

Students will now be able to apply, on a first-come, first-served basis, to use the truck once at the reduced price. Two student groups must apply together to use the beer truck, splitting the new $200 rental fee. Only 10 beer truck events can be subsidized through the grant, said Shannon Bieter, coordinator of the Event Advising Center. The deadline for registering for the subsidized beer truck is Feb. 1.

Last semester student groups paid between $529 and $629 to rent the truck in addition to the $2 charged to individual students wishing to buy alcohol.

"We thought it was really high to pay for beer, because [the students] still have to pay for the beer on their own," Bieter said.

Bieter stressed that student groups are only eligible for the low rate once, and must still pay for the event if it is canceled less than a day in advance due to bad weather.

Administrators largely credit the beer trucks for encouraging students to attend and stage on-campus parties, Wasiolek explained.

"There was a sense that, at least to a certain extent, social life had returned or reemerged on campus," Wasiolek said. "I had talked to enough students and they felt [the beer truck] had worked for them but one main concern was that it was too expensive."

Several fraternities began using the beer truck last semester after its success at Campus Social Board events.

"I am very pleased that the administration has done this. It shows they are making an effort to keep social life on campus, which is good," said Interfraternity Council President Stephen Broderick, a Trinity senior.

Administrators decided to apply for funds from various University departments because there was no way to reduce labor costs, which constitute the truck's primary expenses.

According to University policy, three bartenders and two University police officers are needed whenever the truck is used at a party, Wasiolek said.

The three bartenders cost a total of $360 for a four-hour event and the police officers cost $144. The University must also obtain a $27 city permit each time they use the truck. A DukeCard office employee must also be on site to set up card readers and fix problems that might occur.

Bieter said administrators applied for money under University Life's Program Enhancement Fund and approached the office of Alumni Affairs for a grant. University Life denied the request because they would not sponsor alcohol-related events, but Alumni Affairs agreed to offer support.

"My gift was to help overcome the obstacles of bringing parties back to Duke," said Laney Funderburk, associate vice president for alumni affairs and development. "Students are alumni-in-residence."

[The Chronicle, Jan. 19]

Smoking on rise among students

Cigarette smoking on college campuses has increased nationwide among all student demographic groups according to information obtained by the Harvard School of Public Health's College Alcohol Study. While Stanford's smoking rate is not as high as that of other schools, the self-reported smoking rate at Stanford has risen over the last four years.

The study, published in the Nov. 18 Journal of the American Medical Association, examined changes in cigarette smoking among different types of college students and colleges between 1993 and 1997.

Using data from 116 nationally representative four-year colleges, with a total of 15,103 randomly selected students in 1993 and 14,251 randomly selected students in 1997, the researchers found that between 1993 and 1997 the prevalence of current cigarette smoking among college students increased by 28 percent. The number of students who had smoked in the last 30 days increased from 22.3 percent to 28.5 percent. Of the 116 colleges in the study, 99 reported increases.

More than one-quarter of the smokers in the 1997 survey began smoking regularly while in college.

Although the increase extended across all student demographic groups, the findings indicate that smoking prevalence was higher in white students than black or Asian students; higher in freshmen, sophomores and juniors than seniors and fifth-year students; lower at private than public schools; and lower at highly competitive schools compared with less competitive schools as differentiated by standardized test scores and percentages of applicants accepted.

The study also revealed that schools in the Northeast, North Central and Southern regions had higher smoking rates than schools in the West and that smoking prevalence did not differ between rural and urban schools, between women's and coeducational institutions, or between schools with and without a religious affiliation.

Carole Pertofsky, director of Stanford's Health Promotion Services, and Elise Lenox, who was director of Stanford's Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Program from 1991 to 1998, illuminated Stanford's own cigarette condition.

Lenox said, "The number of Stanford students who self-report smoking [tobacco], is below the national average."

According to Pertofsky in 1993, 18 percent of the 1,100 students who responded to the Stanford Student Health Needs Assessment self-reported that they smoked.

In 1997, 25 percent said they smoked. Of that 25 percent, more than half rarely smoke - 13 percent smoked only once or twice a year - and less than 3 percent smoked more than once a week.

"What is important to consider is how students smoke. It has been my observation during my seven years at Stanford that most of the students who smoke do so Œrecreationally' rather than in an addictive manner," Lenox said.

"Most students don't smoke on a daily basis. They wouldn't Œqualify' as pack-a-day smokers," she said. "They tend to smoke occasionally or Œrecreationally,' they like to have a cigarette when they drink."

Pertofsky warned of the danger of too quickly labeling "recreational" smoking as benign.

"One might erroneously conclude that smoking rarely is not problematic. One of the major problems is that studies show that the vast majority of smokers begin with one or two cigarettes a year. I think that tobacco dependency is one of the most serious health risks facing students," Pertofsky said.

Heavier smokers, according to Lenox, tend to be older students, graduate students or international students.

"A number of international students expressed amazement or shock when they learned that smoking wasn't the norm on campus," Lenox commented.

Pertofsky, however, said that most Stanford smokers were undergraduates.

She said that undergraduate men smoke most frequently, followed by undergraduate women, graduate men and lastly graduate women.

Stanford does not have a tobacco use prevention program.

"I believe 90 percent of smokers start smoking before the age of 18. So the true prevention efforts happen in elementary and middle school - many prevention specialists would agree that even high school programs are more cessation orientated rather than preventive," Lenox said.

"We tried offering quit smoking groups to students a few years ago and we never rounded up enough students to make a viable group," she said.

Lenox also mentioned that in terms of the "recreational" smokers, they usually don't need a full-blown "quit smoking" program when they decide to quit.

Currently the Health Promotion Services strategy is to offer information packets. The packets contain self-help information and resources for locating support groups.

[The Stanford Daily, Jan. 19]