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Volume 94, Issue VII
“Serving the SU community since 1907”
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Tri-Beta Bio-Honor Society initiates members
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Students from right to left: Takijah Heard, Stacy Herbert, Dr. Omrom Wattt, Mitt Chnmchod, Adam Szafaran, Luki Stafford. Photo by Sarah Meyer
Southwestern University has beet>consider-
ing the benefits of a writing center lor about a
decade, but soon after Fall Break is over, the
University Writing Center will finally open.
On Monday, October 18th, a staff consisting
of a faculty member and sixteen trained students
will be available to help people with their writ-
ing. The hours for first semester will be 5 to 9
p.m. Monday through Thursday. The hours will
probably change next semester to include Sun-
The center will be a place for anyone to Icam
to improve their writing. The purpose of the
I Inivrrsity Writing Center is to allow* students a
proper environment lor becoming better writ-
The staff members aren’t at the center to be
tutors, rather they are called “peer consultants.”
Director Elisabeth Piedmont-Marton said, “It’s
not about who needs help. The center should
not be looked at as a place to go for remedial
Additionally, the center is not a place where
students will be sent and it won’t be a lab for
English classes or any other class.
She encourages the enfiie community to
check out the University Writing Center.
“Every writer deserves an engaged reader,"
The staff members consist of upper-classmen
and one sophomore who have taken the course
“Teaching in Writing”, which is a 5-hour course
designed to prepare students for comm unicat
Unborn Victims of Violence Act yet to be passed by Senate
The Unborn Victims of Violence Act was
introduced on July 1, by Republican Congress-
men Lindsey Graham, Chris Smith, and Charles
Canady with the support of the National Right
to life Committee. On September 14, the act
passed the House Judiciary Committee with
the help of Chairman Henry Hyde who says,
"This is about holding criminals accountable
for their actions."
Several substitute amendments were pro-
vided, one by Congresswoman Lofgren. In
Lofgtcn's proposal when an unbom
injured or killed it would be a compound in-
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to injure or kill an unbom child in the process
of committing another federal crime. If a fetus
is injured the sentences could be up to three
years, or life imprisonment if the fetus dies
To convict someone the prosecution would
only need to prove the defendant did cause the
death of the unbom child. No intent or prior
knowledge of the pregnancy is necessary.
Currently eleven states Arizona, Illinois, Loui-
siana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, and Wiscon-
sin, have laws that consider unbom children as
victims and have penalties for punishing offend-
ers. Fifteen other states have partial protection,
depending on the age of the unbom child
The act was brought about in response to
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l depriving the mother of her pregnancy.
One possible glitch with Lofgren’s amend-
the defendant would be charged with murder
raent is that if an injury to an unbom child
results in the premature birth of a healthy baby,
a defendant could be charged with life in
prison, because s/he deprived the victim of her
ProChoicc advocates are against the act and
would like enhanced penalties instead of a law
which gives a fetus rights.
Lofjgien’s amendment was not passed but
the act passed the House of Representatives
by a 254-172 vote. The voting ran along patty
children should have had rights.
Michael Lena is one of those victims. Lcnz’
wife Carrie, and their unbom child were killed
in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. Three
other unbom children were killed in the bomb-
Gregory Robbins, a member of the Air Force,
beat his wife Kariene, causing her to lose her
The incident happened in 1996 and Robbins
was convicted of assault and battery, and Invol-
In Little Rock, Arkansas Shawana Pace was
brutally beaten by three men who killed her
baby, named Heaven, in her ninth month. The
three men were hired by Paceishoyfricnd spe-
cifically to kill the child. A new Arkansas law
was just in time to convict the four accused.
Pulaski County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
stated the state will be seeking the death pen-
In support of the Unbom Victims ofViolence
Act are many pro-life organizations and most
Republicans. The Religious Freedom Coalition
is a supporting group that believes a fetus should
be considered a human being with rights.
Douglas Johnson, legislative director for Na-
tional Right to Life, defended the bill against
opposition who see it as a way to undermine
womens' rights to choose by saying, "The bill
explicitly excludes any abortion to which the
woman consents. We just warn to see justice
be done on behalf of the child."
Th* MDI agg**^* th»» if the law that stops
pregnant women from being executed passed
without objection, then the UWA should be
Both laws are based on the same principle
that an unbom child is a human life.
Congressman Graham said the bill, ‘doesn't
erode a woman's right to choose...It puts limits
on criminals' rights to destroy unbom children
without the permission of the woman."
Opposition to the act comes mainly from the
ACLU and pro-choice organizations and many
Democrats, including President Clinton.
ACLU Legislative Counsel Kathryn Engustian
said, "The ACLU fully supports efforts to punish
acts of violence against women that injure or
terminate a pregnancy, but the sponsors of this
legislation are not trying to protect women, they
instead seek to advance their anti-choice agenda
by altering federal law to elevate the fetus to an
Cited as evidence of this is an accusation that
the supporters of the UWA were not support-
ers of the Violence Against Women Act.
Engustian believes the bill would, "separate
the woman from her fetus in the eyes of the
law. And we believe that such separation is
merely the first step toward eroding a woman's
right to determine the fate of her own preg-
nancy and to direct the course of her own health
The ACLU says they would support a mea-
sure for enhanced penalties, but no recognition
of a separate crime to the fetus.
Many argue that the proposed act goes
against the Supreme Court which has repeat-
edly rejected recognition of fetal rights, contend-
ing that constitutional rights start at birth.
Kate Michelman of the National Abortion
Rights Action League calls the act, "a pure sham."
She says," It is sponsored and promoted by
those who want to take away a woman's right
Planned Parenthood President. Gloria Feldt
publicly announced her opposition to the bill
because of the attempt to attach rights to a fe-
The act must now face the Senate and even-
tually the President who will most likely veto
Supporters in Congress don't currently have
enough support to override a potential veto.
Here’s what’s next.
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