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Butler County expands current computer recycling program

Chelsea Chase Local waste management will continue to dispose of students’ computers. (Paige Sims) The Solid Waste Management District of the Butler County Department of Environmental Services has instituted its first long-term electronic disposal program to ensure that hazardous materials from the disposal of old electronics do not end up in landfills. The electronics drop-off program is being executed with the help of the Butler County Board of Commissioners. Electronics contain heavy metals like lead, mercury and copper along with other potentially hazardous substances. Though not dangerous while in a computer or cell phone, these toxic materials enter the environment when electronic equipment is crushed or incinerated in landfills. “Butler County Commissioners are very excited to provide this service to Butler County residents,” said Mary Lynn Lodor, environmental division head of Butler County Environmental Services. “It gets precious materials out of landfills and provides them as resources so they can be reused, refurbished or made into other goods.” In the past, this service has been available only during isolated dates once or twice a year. This past year, collection began March 11 and ended Sept.16. It took old computers, cell phones, printers, and ink cartridges off residents’ hands at no cost. Every Saturday between 8 a.m. and noon, residents could hand over their electronics to workers at 130 High St. in Hamilton. The program has drawn more than 500...

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Campus Crusade assembles group to help combat AIDS

Lindsey Wagner They can talk the talk, but this past Saturday Miami University students proved they can walk the walk as well, at the Walk to Stop AIDS. Enlisting the help of her friends and other Campus Crusade for Christ members, Annie Milligan, a Miami senior speech pathology and audiology major, organized a group of 11 Miami students to participate in the AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati’s Walk to Stop AIDS, in order to help to raise AIDS awareness. According to the Web site of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on major health care issues, Ohio was ranked 15th in the country with 6,722 cases of AIDS 2004 and between 1999 and 2003 Butler County had a total of 71 reported cases of HIV. Those who walked expressed their reasons for participating. “We want to show people that we love them by serving them,” said Kimberly Matchett, a volunteer and senior zoology major, about the aims of Crusade’s participation. The annual five-mile pledge walk, previously known as Red Ribbon Walk for AIDS, was held Sept. 16 at Sawyer Point’s Schott Amphitheater and drew volunteers from across the tri-state area. This year marked the first that Campus Crusade has put together a group to volunteer, but Milligan hopes it will not be the last of its kind. “We don’t do things like this very often,...

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Uptown volleyball tourney to promote off-campus housing

Emily Atkinson and Lauren Mercer As the scramble to secure off-campus housing for fall 2007 intensifies, frustrated students may want to check out the sand volleyball pit Sept. 23 at 16 W. Sycamore St., for a potential solution. Campus1Housing – a business that runs a Web site posting properties from various realtors around town – and RE/MAX are joining the marketing fraternity Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE) to sponsor a volleyball tournament, which is open to all Miami University students free of charge. The games begin at noon Saturday. Free food will be provided along with prizes for players. Students are encouraged to sign up online by contacting support@campus1housing.com, and can form teams to play two-on-two or four-on-four. Joe Condit, a 2004 Miami graduate who co-founded Campus1Housing with Jake Burns, a 2005 graduate, said the company has sponsored several promotional events like the volleyball tournament. He referenced last year’s “Name that Bar” promotion in which students competed to rename Hole in the Wall bar, and said that Campus1Housing plans to hold several more events this school year. “We’re always trying to get involved in the community,” Condit said. Condit added that the main goals of Campus1Housings’s promotional events are to increase housing awareness, familiarize students with Campus1Housing and interact with their target market: students. In order to help students with the housing search process, Condit said they will provide brochures...

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Torture and tribunals

Nick D’Amico (Dan Chudzinski) After the United States led a coalition of countries into Afghanistan to drive the Taliban out, it was left with the question of what to do with a number of prisoners captured in that conflict. The U.S. decided to embark on a course of imprisoning these non-state actors and the debate over their final fate is still raging. President Bush is currently pushing Congress to pass legislation allowing aggressive interrogations and also authorizing military tribunals to try the detainees. Whether this will happen or if it is even the correct course of action is still highly debatable. Back during the early days of the war in Afghanistan, Al Qaeda prisoners were divided into two groups. The “high-value terrorists” who were deemed to possess critical intelligence about Al Qaeda’s infrastructure were taken by the Central Intelligence Agency. These prisoners would disappear, sent to other states and treated according to that state’s laws in a process known as rendition. Since these other states do not keep as stringent watch on human rights abuses, it was thought that more aggressive interrogation methods could be used against them to gain information. The second group of prisoners was less important and left to the jurisdiction of the military. The Bush administration’s lawyers began to write briefs arguing that the Geneva Conventions did not apply to these “enemy combatants” who had...

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Sporting fun all around MU, Oxford

Matt Sohn, Sports Editor Forty-seven yards away. Down by one. The ball was advanced enough on the first three attempts to be in position to clinch the game right here, but now it was attempt No. 4 and everyone knew the magnitude of the situation. This was it: do or die, sink or swim. Nothing but 141 feet of grass and nerve-rattling tension stood between the ball and that yellow metal pole sticking out of the ground. I lined up and swung. I chunked it. In fact, my divot flew further than my golf ball. “Haha! You suck, Sohn!” exclaimed my so-called friend, Chris Dierks, to whom I had just lost the match. It was Friday afternoon and we, along with another friend, Robby Ross, were finishing up nine holes of that anger-inducing game known as golf at Hueston Woods. It’s a game I only recommend if you’re one of the following: really good at it, or a masochist. I’m the latter. But somewhere on the drive back to Miami University, I realized that despite my triple bogey on the ninth hole that led me to forking more than 10 bucks to Dierks, I actually enjoyed the golf outing. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, the type that’s custom-made for surfing and beach volleyball if we lived anywhere near a coastline. I was outside, with two friends talking about...

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