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the university cHiW fhe student newspaper of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Thursday, January 17, 2008 Volume 102, Issue 14 Wireless security upgraded in news 2. Vagina Monologues preview in features <J Lady Mocs undefeated in conference 5 Proper planning trumps sewage By K \ihi kim VIc <,i in i F.DITOR-IN-CMEF The Wellness Center, phase one of which is scheduled to be complete in February 2009, is on schedule and on budget, despite some unforeseen sewer problems, according to university officials. "They had to reroute a sewer line because a major city line was underneath where the building is going," Janet Spraker, director of engineering services, said. "It had to be rerouted closer to the streets, and that's what took so long. It was a big deal with the city." Spraker said the sewer line did take longer than expected, but the construction workers were able to do other things on the site such that they really didn't lose the time. The sewer line problems had a negligible effect on the budget for the building as well, according to Spraker. "There have been change orders," Spraker said. "But we have... a contingency fund to pay for things like the additional Conservation conference visits Southeast By Brittany Shaw managing editor Chattanooga will host approximately 1,500 people from around the world July 13-17, 2008 as the city hosts the 22nd annual meeting for the Society for Conservation Biology. David Aborn, associate professor of biological and environmental sciences and chair of the local organizing committee, was given $30,0(K) to organize the conference, according to the press release. Aborn said the money has been budgeted to enable him to hire others to help, "This is a very big deal... more than one person can organize." Aborn said. Aborn said Robert Keller, former assistant professor in the department of biological and environmental sciences, sent a proposal to have the conference in Chattanooga, but when Keller left in 2005 it became his | Aborn 's| responsibility. "It certainly has not been a solo effort," Aborn said. Aborn said both facultv and the continuing education department have contributed, and Matt Smith, graduate of the environmental science program, is acting as conference manager. Smith, a Chattanooga postgraduate student. said "the meeting is recognized as the most important global venue for addressing challenges that confront us - air quality, water quality, policy - all those are hit hard in the meeting." According to Smith, the theme ol this year 'sconference is "From the mountains to the sea," and will look al the See BIOLOGY page 3 utcedu A glance inside: University staff members have placed many drawings like this one on the Web site www.utc.edu/Administration/CampusRecreation/CampusRecreationCenter.php. There, students can also view a live construction camera, if they are using an on-campus Internet connection. work with the sewer line or if a sidewall needs to be built a little differently, or oops, we missed a door." The $7(K),000 contingency fund is still in good shape, according to Spraker. "The total project budget of phaseoneincludingconstruction, architectural fees, surveys and testing is $16.5 million," Spraker said. "The pool addition, phase two, is $7.3 million." "I Phase two] of the construction will take place after this phase is open," Spraker said. "It will start just as soon as (phase one] is done. It's in the design phase right now." Ron Nelson, campus recreation director, said the pool is going to be very unique. "We're in the designing stages, so we're not ready to say exactly what it's going to look like, but it's going to be a recreational pool with a hot tub, a lazy river, a water slide and a lap pool," Nelson said. "It's going to be much more than a swimming pool." One of the issues still being discussed is who will have access to the Wellness Center. "We are forming a committee now," Nelson said. "We have asked Bill |Staley|, the SGA president, to get a group of students together to come up with policies and procedures for the building." "The students own the building," Nelson said. "They've paid for it, not state dollars, not UTC dollars, but student dollars, so we See CENTER page 8 Centenniai of sisterhood Kathehne McGehee Braving the cold: Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, a social sorority, gathered in Lancing Court Tuesday night to celebrate the 100- year anniversary of their sorority. According to Alftan Dyson. Memphis senior, and member of the sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha has been a part of UTC for 37 years. As a part of the celebration, members of Alpha Kappa Alpha served cake to students Tuesday. Campus police tighten security By Amanda Woods NEWS BDtTI IK The university is locking down security this semester after two armed robberies jeopardized UTC students during the winter break. According to police icpoils. two males were approached near Guerry Apartments by two armed suspects Dec X around 9 p.m. After taking the handgun from his pants, the suspect held the gun to one ofthe males' head staling. "Hand me your s**t." The suspects took the two males' wallets and fled the scene. The males immediately reported the inculenl lo campus police. As a result, campus police in coordinated efforts with the Chattanooga Police, saturated the campus with police patrol, Robert Ratchford. chief of campus poluc. said. The current investigating officer on the case, Sgt. Karen Ferrow of campus police s.ud after viewing video surveillance from Walmart and gas stations. one suspect has been identified, charged and put in jail. they ask lor. We can replace money ami credit cards, but we canl replace a body." Ferrow said. Due in (.realise financing," Ratchford Mid, the campus police are adding four security ii Give [robbers] whatever they ask for. We can replace money and credit cards, but we can't replace a body. — Karen Ferrow 55 Ferrow said students should guards toonly patrol ihe housing be cooperative in a similar areas, which have had the most situation, due to numerous reported crime this academic unknowns such as demeanor year, and drug or alcohol use Along with additional police "Give' |robbers| whatever officer!, tht- campus police department has secured auxiliary funding to plant cameras in the high density areas on campus. According to Ratchford. campus police will continue to implement alerts through e- mail, red phones in classrooms and soon in text messages through Rave Wireless "We want to become redundant in the way we warn people," Ratchford said. Ratchford said students and faculty will soon be able to participate in large-scale mock disasters on campus. These exercises will be table lop to practical scenarios," Ratchford said. University level scenarios such as a gunman or a bomb threat allow campus police to review their strengths and weaknesses. Ratchford said. For more informalion on security measures implemented by ihe university go to www. ulceclii; security. Lawsuits drive out health care providers By Paige Gabriel assistant news editor An increase in medical malpractice lawsuits is causing some Tennessee health care providers to close their practices. Practitioners of obstetrics and gynecology are closing their offices or moving their practices "because of the high cost of medical liability insurance and the risk of being sued," according to the proposed "Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies Rural Access to Care" (SA 6373) amendment to Farm Bill 2419. The amendment did not receive the necessary two- thirds majority vote from the U.S. senate to be passed into law, but the issues of inadequate health care services, particularly obstetrics, remains an issue. "More than 30 of our state's 95 counties have inadequate access to obstetrical care, and IS counties have no obstetrical access at all," Tennessee Senator Bob Corker commented on his Senate Web site. According to the amendment, reforming the medical liability system would provide increased access to obstetrical care. Individuals who sue for medical malpractice would be allowed to seek unlimited awards for economic damages but would be limited to the awards they could receive for damages caused by pain and suffering, according to the amendment. Johnna Tucker, a Chattanooga freshman, says she supports the goal of increasing access to health care but does not like the proposed methods of reaching these goals. "I was in a car wreck awhile ago and I received money for pain and suffering and I could have used a lot more," Tucker said. Tucker said she believes that in some instances people abuse their right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit but she insists that in other cases the money awarded is necessary for recovery. "I would love for heath care to be more available to everyone who needs to use it," Tucker said. "But I definitely think that there has to be a better way of increasing the availability of health care that does not come at the expense of other people who do need money to recover." Audrey Glor, a junior from Hendersonville. Tenn., said she believes that there is a problem with health care access. "I think that possibly offering people free services and having the government pay for it someway is a possible solution," Glor said. "Universal health care might be a solution for leveling the playing field for doctors but we would have to figure out a way to do it because it hasn't been done right yet," Glor said.
|Alternative Title||University echo, vol. 102, No. 14|
|Creator||University of Tennessee at Chattanooga|
|Description||Newspaper published by the students of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.|
|Publisher||University of Tennessee at Chattanooga|
|Place of Publication||Chattanooga (Tenn.)|
|Topic||College student newspapers and periodicals -- Tennessee -- Chattanooga|
|Corporate Entity||University of Tennessee at Chattanooga -- Periodicals|
|Institution||University of Tennessee at Chattanooga|
|Digital Collection||University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Echo student newspapers|
|Rights||In the public domain and may be used without copyright restriction.|
|Recommended Citation||University echo, Vol. 102, No. 14, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Echo Student Newspapers, Special Collections, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga|
fhe student newspaper of the
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Thursday, January 17, 2008 Volume 102, Issue 14
Wireless security upgraded
in news 2.
Vagina Monologues preview
in features |