UH star ends U.S. pitching streakThe Voice of Hawai‘iSports page 11August 24, 2004Ka Leo O Hawai‘iInsideOpinionsComics CrosswordFeaturesSportsThe University of Hawai‘i at MĀnoaVol. XCIX Issue ankednationallySophomore JeffAba talks on hiscell phone as hewaits in line tobuy meal plans.The line extendeddown the CampusCenter steps intothe courtyard andthe rain yesterday.Ka Leo StaffJordan MurphKa Leo O Hawai‘iBack2SchoolMinor inconveniences on first day of classes ‘typical’By Alexandre Da SilvaKa Leo Assistant EditorStanding by a shady bench nearthe Campus Center courtyard, AlvinChan wasn’t just seeking shelterfrom a thin drizzle and waiting forit to quit.Instead, what anchored Chanthere was a packed bookstore wherehis girlfriend had been trapped trying to buy her textbooks for the past45 minutes.“I’m going crazy here,” saidthe 22-year-old theater major, whobought his books two weeks ago toavoid the clogged lines many students had to endure yesterday.In a day when an estimated20,500 University of Hawai‘i students swarmed the Manoa campusand kicked off the beginning of thefall semester, the scene was repeatedas lines to bookstores, food vendors,meal plan and ID offices stretchedwhile new students bumped headssearching for their classes.Off campus, forecasted slowmotion traffic materialized when acombined 40,000 students from theUH system and 1,100 ChaminadeUniversity students joined morningcommuters for rush hour traffic thatsaw no major accidents.Despite a morning drizzle thatforced drivers to hit the brakes, onlyone fender bender happened offMoanalua freeway in the morning,said Department of Transportationspokesman Scott Ishikawa. Trafficbordering the Manoa campus backedup for a few minutes when a minoraccident happened at 1:30 p.m. onDole street, UH-Manoa spokesmanJim Manke said.“It was a little drizzly so peopletend to slow down,” said Ishikawa,who said he spent 15 extra minutes driving from Mililani to hisPunchbowl office.Ishikawa said some 10 roadwork projects will be put on hold forthe next two weeks to let traffic runsmoothly.He thanked drivers for usingcaution and being patient andadvised them to keep their cars wellmaintained to reduce the chance ofbreakdowns and accidents, whichhe said usually causes 10-minutedelays on average.Ishikawa said though trafficimproved after the H1-H2 merge,it would likely slow down aroundManoa because of the estimated1,800 ‘Iolani and 3,700 PunahouSchool students returning to school.But because traffic movedfaster than expected, Ishikawa worried that the situation might reversetoday if drivers who got to workearly decide to wake up later.The UHM parking structureran out of stalls at 7:45 a.m. and theDole parking lot filled up by 8:30a.m., Manke said.Despite a student that fell at theBusiness Administration building,Manke said UHM saw no majorproblems in a day he said was“pretty typical for the first week ofschool.”Manke said students crowdeda new Papa John’s portable wagonthat he could spot from his officewindow.“People are lining up likecrazy,” he said.Though accounting sophomoreJeff Aba, 19, didn’t have to sitin traffic as he walked from hisGateway dorm to upper campus, theSeattle native was stuck in the rainwaiting to buy his meal plan.Aba regretted not having boughthis plan before classes began, as hehad done last year.“I did (it) early, so there wasn’ta line,” he said.But long lines weren’t the onlyinconvenience for geology and geophysics senior Christina Hirsch, 21,of Virginia.“It was very expensive,” Hirschsaid as she sifted through the sixtextbooks inside her bag before crying out the price: “ 513.”US News & World Report magazine next week will release its Nationalcollege rankings that overall lists theUniversity of Hawai‘i at Manoa in thethird tier of 248 national universities.The national university designation is based on categories developed by the Carnegie Foundation forthe Advancement of Teaching andincludes institutions that offer a fullrange of undergraduate majors, aswell as master’s and doctoral degrees;many — including UH Manoa —strongly emphasize research.“It’s clear from our recentincreases in enrollment, and the substantial rise in our research funding inthe last three or four years that our students and scientists operate in a highlystimulating and dynamic environmentthat is characteristic of the best,” saidUH-Manoa Chancellor Peter Englert.The UH-Manoa College ofBusiness Administration international business programs for undergraduates are tied for tenth in thenation with Georgetown University inWashington, DC, and the Universityof Missouri-St. Louis. The magazine’s“Best Graduate Schools” issue earlier this year listed the UH Manoa’sinternational programs for graduatestudents in the top 20 nationally.CBA associate dean WilliamChismar welcomed the news.“We’re very proud of the caliberof our international programs and theirfocus on the Asia Pacific region,” hesaidUS News & World Report’sannual rankings are based on surveysof senior academicians at peer institutions, faculty and financial resources,student selectivity in the admissionsprocess, the percentage of freshmenwho return for a second year and ultimately graduate, and alumni giving tothe institution.CampusBeatWoman holds garage sale on Bachman LawnKa Leo StaffThursday, Aug. 123:06 p.m. — A Hale Aloha Ilima staff memberreported a man illegally living in Hale Aloha Ilimaon the ninth floor. The man was identified and atrespass warning was issued.Friday, Aug. 1312:05 p.m. — A man reported a truck hit a firehydrant. The fire hydrant had no damage, but thetruck’s tire was flat and the front of the fender wasdented.Saturday, Aug. 1412:25 a.m. — Twenty-five people were founddrinking at Klum Gym. They were asked to leaveand complied.Sunday, Aug. 158:07 p.m. — A Hale Wainani resident reportedthat his laptop was missing from his room inHale Wainani F building. The Honolulu PoliceDepartment was notified.help. The man was 6 foot 3 inches, 180 poundsand was wearing a dark baseball cap, a white tshirt and jeans. Campus Security checked the area,but the man was not there.Monday, Aug 169:37 a.m. — A custodian at Kuykendall Hallreported that someone moved a bench from thesecond floor hallway to the courtyard, and itlooked like someone was skateboarding on it. Thecustodian also reported a custodian shirt was takenfrom the second floor men’s restroom.Friday, Aug. 203:39 p.m. — Graffiti was found on the ROTCBuilding rooms 4 and 7.5:57 p.m. - A UH staff member reported that someone sliced his motorcycle tire while it was parkedin the motorcycle lot behind Kennedy Theatre.Thursday, Aug. 199:18 a.m. — A resident advisor at Hale Noelanireported that a man in his 30s was solicitingmoney at the Frear Hall/Gateway House parkinglot. The man said he needed money to fix his tireand that he had called security, but they could notSaturday, Aug. 211:45 p.m. — A woman reported that someone washaving a garage sale on the lawn by UniversityAvenue and Dole Street. Campus Security checkedthe area, and a woman was informed that theycould not use the area. The woman said theywould pack up and leave.9:00 p.m. - Several men were in the KahanamokuPool. The men fled the area when Campus Securityarrived. One man was caught by the ROTCBuilding and was identified as a UH student. Theman was given a verbal warning.Sunday, Aug. 2212:28 a.m. — An underage woman was intoxicated. Emergency Medical Services was notifiedand she was transported to Straub Hospital.9:50 p.m. — A UH student reported a man wasfollowing her around campus. She said she wouldfile a report the next day.Monday, Aug. 2312:28 a.m. — Campus Security caught two students in the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.They were both given a verbal warning.
Page 2 Ka Leo O Hawai‘i Tuesday, August 24, 2004 NewsChemical in cough syrup worrisomeBy Jennifer GzechDaily Illini(U. Illinois)(U-WIRE) CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Afterthe death of Jon Frary last September,it was clear to many members of theBloomington, Ill., community thatsomething needed to be done to regulate the sale of cough medicine. Yes,cough medicine.Frary died of an accidental overdose of dextromethorphan, an ingredient found in over-the-counter coughsuppressants. Teens attempt to get highby taking much larger than recommended doses of DXM in the form ofover-the-counter cough syrup, tabletsand gel caps. In high doses, DXM canproduce hallucinogenic and dissociative effects.Concerned parents around thecountry are pushing drug stores tomove medicine with DXM behind thecounter so sales can be monitored moreclosely, said Linda Frary, Jon’s mother.Because Jon’s death was the resultof ingestion of DXM in its pure form,Linda hopes her son’s death will be ared flag to teens who think DXM issafe.Recently, the Illinois StateMedical Society recommended banning pure DXM. In the meantime,activists like Linda Frary say the onlyway to fight DXM abuse is to raiseawareness among parents.Products that contain DXMinclude such common brand namesas Coricidin Cough and Cold Tablets,Dimetapp DM, Robitussin, Sudafed,Triaminic cough syrup and VicksNyquil LiquiCaps.“Parents just are not aware thatthis is a drug kids are using,” saidLouAnn Lord, a certified alcohol anddrug counselor and registered nurse.Lord said 2 to 3 percent of the teens shesees use DXM on a regular basis.In the Champaign-Urbana area,Lord said high school students betweenthe ages of 14 and 18 are the main usersof recreational DXM. These studentsingest large doses of cough suppressants in order to experience hallucinogenic effects. Lord said their product ofchoice is Corcidin.There are different levels of hallucination that occur when using DXM,depending on the amount ingested.Students that are interested in reaching higher levels, or plateaus, tend tobecome hooked on cough medications,Lord said.Lord also said that many teens arecaught stealing bottles of cough syrupand boxes of cough and cold tablets.Two boxes of Corcidin, the typicalamount needed to reach the first orsecond plateau, can cost up to 15.Teens find out about DXM fromtheir friends who have tried it, or byword of mouth, she said. She said itis more of an isolated activity, whichis why there is not a lot of talk aboutDXM on the streets.Kurt Hegeman, specialist at theAlcohol and Other Drug Office atMcKinley Health Center, agrees. Hesaid “robotripping,” a popular slangterm for using DXM, is a closet activity. He said most students that try it arealone in their rooms.DXM abuse has been around for along time, Hegeman said, but has neverbecome a large enough problem to create a reaction from authorities.“Basically, people know that it ishappening, but it is not getting a lot ofattention,” he said.A number of Web sites includeinformation on DXM, recommendinghow much to take, suggesting otherdrugs to combine with DXM, instructing on how to extract DXM fromcough medicines and even selling apowder form of DXM for snorting.Jon Frary ordered pure DXM fromone of these sites, recommended to himby a friend. Now his family has madeit their mission to stop bulk DXM frombeing sold on the Internet. Heading thismission is Jon’s uncle, Steve Welch.Welch began the fight by enlistingthe help of U.S. Representative RayLaHood of Central Illinois to take theproblem to the government. However,Welch said he is not having muchluck.“A big reason is that there havenot been enough deaths resulting fromDXM abuse,” Welch said. “The government is interested in statistics anddeath. Until more people die from it,they are not willing to help.”Welch said the government is notwilling to take DXM completely offthe market because it would interferewith the pharmaceutical lobby. Welchsaid he does not want to see it banned,just not available in pure form.Besides its availability on theInternet, another problem with pureDXM is that people are buying it inbulk, repackaging it in capsules andselling them.“It’s a new way to traffic drugs,”Welch said. He said one reason whyDXM is rising in popularity is becauseit is completely legal to buy and sell.He said the FDA controls certain substances, but has chosen not to control DXM. An FDA spokesman wasunavailable for comment.The other reason is that it is cheap.Welch said Jon Frary took 1,200 milligrams of pure DXM that he got froma Web site for about 2.80. He saidthat for 50, anyone with a credit cardcan order 12 grams of DXM from theInternet. Welch said that one bottle ofextra-strength Robitussin contains 30milligrams of DXM. Jon ingested theequivalent of 40 bottles.The Illinois State Medical Societywill present its position to the AmericanMedical Association later this year.Until then, Welch is waiting for thegovernment to take action.“The government responds tothe mass population,” he said, “anduntil the mass population knows aboutDXM, nothing is going to happen.”Many parents, including LindaFrary, are patiently awaiting the daywhen bulk DXM will no longer beavailable to the general public.“Everybody’s life still goes on,”she said. “ But ours stopped as of Sept.
Ka Leo O Hawai‘iEditor: Marlo Ting Associate Editor: Sabrina Favors (808) 956-3218 [email protected], August 24, 2004 Page 3ASUH represents students’ voicesBy Sabrina FavorsKa Leo Associate Features EditorIf someone walks up to a fewrandom students and asks if theyknow about ASUH, a likely answerwill be that they recognize thename, but couldn’t say what purpose the organization has.ASUH stands for the AssociatedStudents of the University ofHawai‘i at Manoa. It is the studentgovernment for UH Manoa andwas chartered in 1912. It consistsof four executives, four Senatorsat-Large and about thirty senators.These students represent the fulltime, classified, undergraduate students of UHM.Unfortunately, part-time undergraduates are not represented byASUH. The Graduate StudentOrganization, however, is making an effort to represent part-timegraduate students.The Senators-at-Large represent the entire UHM system, whileeach College (Arts and Sciences,Engineering and the like) has onesenator to represent them specifically.Each year elections are held forthe positions in the ASUH Senate.Any student who attends UHMfull-time and is classified canbe nominated on the floor of theSenate or can pick up a packet atthe ASUH office. Currently, fivepositions for senators are open.The bare minimum of participation by students in ASUH is aboutfour or five hours per week, anamount accumulated simply byattending some meetings. However,Vice President Andrew Lachmansays his position is like a full-timejob. He puts in between 20-30hours every week going to meetings on various issues.According to Lachman, ASUH“ASUH is therefor the students,and works toprovide moreof whatstudents wanton-campus.”is “charged with advocating onbehalf of students to the collegeand the community.” ASUH manages 400,000 per year to spend onstudents as well as a stock portfoliowhich manages the investments ofstudents. The five dollars each student pays every semester becomesabout 100,000 that ASUH canthen use on behalf of students.Their entire budget provides students with entertainment, such asconcerts and presentations, scholarships and grants, and also fundsvarious Registered IndependentOrganizations.RIOs are groups which promote“community spirit, activism, publicservice, and . interaction amongUHM students, faculty, and staff,”according to one UH Web site.There are over 100 RIOs and theyrange from academically and politically-based, to recreational andcultural organizations.Due to the great demand lastyear of funding for RIOs, onegoal of this year’s Senate was toincrease the amount available tothese organizations. ASUH hasallocated 25,000 more than lastyear to the RIOs. The organizations bring the Senate their applications for events and request acertain amount of funding. ASUHthen decides whether to fully orpartly sponsor the event, explainsLachman.“Personally, they’re (RIOs)important for campus life,” he says.Therefore, RIOs are important toASUH and the effort was made tomake more funding available tothem.Also important to ASUH is theplus/minus grading system. TheSenate is trying to draft a resolutionagainst it, but had problems doingso in the past two Senates.This year, ASUH also wants tofocus on Homecoming, which theyare currently planning. Lachmansays, “In the past three or fouryears, ASUH has carried the bulkof the burden.” This Homecoming,though, there is a lot of interestamong other chartered groups, sothere will be more involvement versus previous years.When it comes to providingfunding for programs at UHM,RIOs are not the only groups toreceive money from ASUH. But,Lachman says, “RIOs have a special niche.” ASUH has worked withBamboo Ridge Press in the past andthe Activities Council through funding. Last year they participated onthe College Bowl.ASUH appoints campus committees to handle various programs andevents, such as Homecoming. Anystudents not already a member ofthe Senate, but interested in participating in ASUH can e-mail ASUHor stop by their office. Students canbe active constituents, Lachmansays, simply talking to ASUH, orthe ASUH president can appointthem to a committee.“All of us (members of ASUH)take a lot of input from people whowant to talk to us.” ASUH is therefor the students, and works to provide more of what students wanton-campus. So when there wassuch a huge demand from the RIOs,made up of UH students, ASUHacted. “(ASUH) knew it’d be worthit to put the extra 25,000 in therethis year,” explains Lachman. RIOswill receive a total of 75,000 infunding from ASUH this year.Lachman says, “Students don’trealize that they have. the avenuesto discuss their problems.” Manydo not realize that they have a student council.ASUH does not only providefunding to programs and the like.Since it represents the full-time,undergraduate students, it alsoreviews issues important to studentsat UHM. “When students comewith complaints, we have to lookat it.” If it seems that somethingwrong is happening, ASUH thenspeaks with administrators.Lachman uses the current housing problem as an example. IfASUH has an opinion, they talkto administrators and advocate formore housing with the state legislature, administrators and Board ofRegents. Housing needs to “informstudents better, and inform studentssooner,” says Lachman.He adds that the housing problem is probably a good lessonfor the future, even though thereisn’t much that can be done thisyear. “ASUH can see where they(Student Housing) went wrong,and demand that it be fixed for thefuture.”Any student looking for moreinformation on RIOs or ASUH canvisit www.hawaii.edu/caps/rio/rio.htm and www.hawaii.edu/caps/cso/asuh.htm, respectively.Students interested in participating in ASUH can e-mail themat [email protected] or visit theiroffice at Campus Center in Room211A.CorrectionThe story “UHM parkingtakes more than maneuvering” by Ka Leo staff writerJustin Sumida that appearedin the Aug. 23 issue of KaLeo was mistakenly labeledas a news story.The story should havebeen designated as features.
Ka Leo O Hawai‘iOPINIONSPage 4 Tuesday, August 24, 2004Editor: Christopher Mikesell Associate Editor: Leah Ricker (808) 956-3214 ersandvideographersswarm around aprotestor as sheis denied entryinto the PrinceKuhio FederalBuilding July 6.StrykingoutKa Leo O Hawai‘iKa Leo O Hawai‘iA demonstrator has a solemn look upon his face as he holds signs depictingthe attitude of many in the crowd.Participants’ opinions denied at federal buildingHawai‘i is a paradise often ruined by a few. The state’s leading industry is tourism, which aswe all should know, leads to adverse environment impacts. Then there is the state’s second largestindustry, the military. Although the military is an essential part of keeping a country safe, it is oneof the leaders in environmental degradation. The military has effectively violated Kaho‘olawe in itstesting of explosive, h