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The Metropolitan is a weekly, student-run newspaper serving the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver since 1979.

Transcript of Volume 10, Issue 10 - Oct. 23, 1987

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    Leaving Russia

    MSC student's moving essay

    Cost-free legal clinic considered ~ George White

    Reporter

    A proposed campus clinic that would provide free legal assistance to MSC students took a big step forward Oct. 12 when the MSC Student Affairs Board ~ :ipproved funding for the program.

    The d evelopers of the Metropolitan State College Student Legal Assistance Program are aiming to open the clinic in January, and if the program works its way up the procedural ladder of approvals as hoped,

    - MSC students will have access to free legal services next spring.

    "We saw a need on the part of the students for a clinic on campus where they could obtain competent legal assistance," said Dr. Ron Taylor, an MSC associate pro-fessor of business law.

    I. The clinic would have a licensed

    Colorado attorney on hand 20 hours a week to assist MSC students in areas such as divorce, landlord disputes, traffic citations, bankruptcy and contractual obliii;ations, according to Taylor.

    "We saw a need on the part of the students for a clinic on cam- pus where they could obtain legal assistance."

    Dr. Ron Taylor MSC Business Law professor

    "I think that many problems students have in legal matters could probably be worked out in a 15-minute session with an attorney," Taylor said.

    'Too many times people neglect to seek out competent legal assistance because services are not easily available to them," he said.

    The recommendation for funding by the { SAB means that MSC students will pay for

    the program through their student fees. Taylor and the SAB agree the funding for the program will not require any increase in student fees.

    "The program would be funded by exist-ing SAB funds and no increase in student

    "' fees would result," said Dr. David Conde, assistant vice president of Student Affairs and chairman of the SAB.

    Taylor, who will serve as director of th~ clinic, said the services would be available to both full -time and part-time Y!SC ~ students.

    Freshman Shane Pitts, a national Taekwon-Do silver medalist, leaps over Seung sihk Chang. See story p. 11. Photo by Lance Murphey

    The attorney would be available during daytime and nighttime hours to consult with students, explain documents and laws, outline legal choices and options, answer legal questions, and offer legal advice.

    He would not b e able to appear in court, prepare legal documents or advise in felony cases, Taylor said.

    Each student would have access to two hours of consultation each semester, he . said.

    "Obviously, with 17,000 MSC students, there would have to be limits on the services we could provide and the amount of time we could spend with each individual student," Taylor said.

    The program must now be approved by the Office of Academic Affairs, who will determine if the school will fund Taylor's organizing costs. They will have the decision by Nov. 15, according to Dr. Dorothy Snozek, associate vice president of Academic Affairs.

    The proposal would then go to MSC President William Fulkerson for approval and, ultimately, to the MSC Board of Trustees.

    Both Taylor and Conde are confident the program will secure the necessary funding and approvals, and both are hopeful the clinic will open next spring.

    "We feel the clinic will be a benefit to both the students who utilize the service and the college, who will be taking care of the needs of its students," Taylor said.

    Although MSC has had other proposals for legal clinics in the past, the college has never had a legal service conducted through the school and offered to the students, Conde said.

    "MSC students used to have access to legal services through UCO, but their program was dissolved some time ago," Conde said.

    Taylor's proposed clinic would b e available only to MSC students. D

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    Trust me! Laurence C. Washington Reporter

    Unless ifs for yourself, a close friend or someone you trust, don't sell any books back to the Auraria Book Center.

    "If the book is stolen, you will be investi-gated," said Lolly Ferguson of the Auraria Public Safety Office.

    Last week, several MSC students found that out the hard way.

    When an MSC student sold a book hack to the book center, she was contacted by the Public Safety office. Officials informed her the book had been in a knapsack that was stolen from the book center. The knapsack was recovered in Lot F.

    The female student said she received the book from another student, who had received it from yet another student.

    "The story unfolded when the first stu-Clent told his friend that he was withtlraw-

    ~ng from school and had a lot of stuff to do," Ferguson said.

    He asked his friend to sell the hook for him. The friend realized he didn't have his ID, and while sitting in The Mission, he was joined by the female studen t. He asked her to sell the book, Ferguson said.

    The student who stole the book never showed up, she said. The backpack and book were returned to the owner, and the book center got its money back. The two students received a lecture from Public Safety officials, Ferguson said. D

    Classes nauseating

    Dave Perry Reporter

    Suspicious noxious fumes filtering through the s

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    Sobel anchors classes Marla Pearson Reporter

    Scott Sobel - a reporter who covered the capture of mass murderer Ted Bundy and the arrival of the Cuban exiles in Flor-ida - is one of the newest additions to the Metropolitan State College Journalism Deparbnent.

    Sobel, a reporter and sub-anchor for KMGH Channel 7 in Denver, is teaching only one class, an omnibus broadcast jour-nalism class, "Perspectives in T.V. News," JRN 190. It is the only broadcast-related class in the journalism department.

    In the past Sobel has given lectures for Greg Pearson, the department chairman, which enhanced his desire to share his knowledge with students. He wants to give students the "real picture" of what it's like to be in broadcast journalism.

    Sobel said his motive for teaching is not the money. Guest speakers for the class

    Visiting instructor Scott Sobel include a local news director/producer, an investigative reporter and a television anchor. His students must do interviews, tour Channel 7 and critique current news stories. Because he wants his students to know what television journalism is all about, Sobel discusses the negative as well as the positive sides of the business. D

    Thunderstorm busters Jean Corbae Reporter

    First, you feel a few drops and then look up. Before long, the sky darkens, rain smashes to the earth, and flashes of light streak across the sky. If you had listened to the weather report earlier that morning, you probably brought your umbrella along, but if you didn't, you're doing the old dodge and dart trick using your backpack for cover.

    If you belong to the meteorology department, however, you've probably waited all day, instruments in hand, to observe and record this common occurence of nature: the thunderstorm.

    ''Thunderstom1 chasing gives the students a sense of reality" beyond what is taught in the classroom, explained Tom Corona, meteorology professor at MSC. "Although there are a lot of weather stations across the country, there is often a wide region between them where storms can form."

    Thanks to Corona, next year's spring thunderstorm chasers will be receiving a "weather balloon," which will help them

    accurately record such data as the tem-perature, moisture and pressure to aid in predictions of forming thunderstorms.

    The balloon will help students understand the conditions which occur before severe thunderstorms develop. It will help students .,,; warn those areas which will be affected by them. Thunderstorm chasing involves mea-suring the temperature, winds and moisture and photographing the storm with both still and video cameras. For meteorology students, then , "hands-on" experience jvolves more than just getting wet.

    The balloon, which costs $15,000, will cost MSC only $7,500. The other half will be paid through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award is granted to small undergraduate schools with small budgets and eager professors who are willing to tackle the numerous ) lengthy forms.

    MSC's small meteorology department, consisting of three faculty members and approximately 40 meteorology majors, competed with other schools around the country for the grant. D

    Harvest Festival blooms Mlryam Wiley Reporter

    Business at Currigan Hall seemed to be booming Oct. 16-18 for Denver's first-class crafters selected to participate in the Harvest Festival, a 15-year-old national event.

    More than 9,000 artisans from across the nation submitted their handiwork, and only 1,000 were selected to be in one or more of the fairs in the 19 cities toured.

    You wouldn't expect to attend a science class in a crafts fair. But you did.

    At the festival, the largest touring fa ir of handmade crafts in the United States, a butterfly specialist sold her crafts. She displayed a sign using butterflies that read, "Please ask questions."

    The sign also read that all the butterflies she used to make the colorful arrangements - tightly protected inside glass coffee tables, lamp bases or small gift boxes - had died naturally.

    Aspen moccasin expert Steve DeGouveia, a 15-year Harvest veteran, was amazed at the results of Denver's first festival.

    "This is the best first show we've ever done. It is probably up there with San Diego, which has had it for 11 years," he said.

    DeGouveia didn't sell his shoes