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page 19 Canceled Expectations Or...How George Bush Ruined My Day B Y J OSEPH W EATHERED S ENIOR E DITORAT L ARGE On April 5, noted attorney F.Lee Bailey was scheduled to conduct what was almost certain to be a stunning discussion of law and criminal justice here at HCC. Nicknamed cThe Flying Mouth, d Bailey has represented such notable clients as Albert DeSalvo (The Boston Strangler), Patricia Hearst, and O.J. Simpson, among others.
It was a true coup for the school to land Bailey, and students and guests traveled from as far as New York to watch the attorney speak. Unfortunately, ... more. less.
though, this event never happened due to a change in sched- ule by our President, George W. Bush.<br><br> When a president comes into town, we can all expect his presence to ruin our commutes. Security, police, roadblocks and more occur as we as a collective whole must sit in traffic while another boring speech or fundraising attempt is made. This occasion was no different, with the lone exception being that Mr.<br><br> Bush 9s little visit brought HCC, and the outlying sections of Contrary to hisappearance, this man is not here for F. Lee Bailey. continued on page 3 B Y C HASE W RIGHT S TAFF W RITER With finals week just on the horizon, it 9s now time to jumble together those pieces of paper you call lecture notes and figure out how the hell you 9re ever going to pass your English exam.<br><br> Now don 9t panic. Here are some quick tips on how to get through this stressful period and come out of it with a grade you can be proud of. First off, it 9s important to note that the last test is never usually the hardest, even if it is an accumulation of all you 9ve learned over the semester.<br><br> I 9ve always found that the first test is the most difficult because you have no clue to how that particular teacher formats their exams or what they emphasize most out of what they teach. However, if you 9re reading this right now, chances are you 9ve survived your first quiz so you really have nothing to worry about. Now that the burden has been lifted you can start flipping through your notes anxiety free.<br><br> The staff at eCampusTours.com recommend that you start preparing for your finals early by reviewing your notes and homework throughout the course of the semester. But for those procrastinators out there, they offer this simple piece of advice: cYou should try to start studying at least one week in advance. d This is, of course, easier said than done, but if you 9re one of those people with a busy schedule, you need to budget your time properly to avoid burning yourself out by cramming the night before the test. Remember, if you 9re a typical college student, school should be one of your top priorities.<br><br> All right, so you 9ve fixed your schedule around to allow you plenty of time to study the week before a test. But when 9s the best time to study? In an article entitled cHow Acing Your Finals 101 B Y D ANITA J.<br><br> H ALL S ENIOR S TAFF W RITER This summer, classes may not have the variety as they did last summer but the summer schedule has something for most students interested. According to Academic Dean Anita Gliniecki, cclasses are chosen by looking carefully at previous enrollment patterns so that courses placed in the schedule have high potential &[to] not be cancelled due to low enrollment. d Summer classes are offered to help students fulfill their class requirements for graduation. Most students that attend have full-time jobs and take classes during their free time.<br><br> If a class is filled during the fall or spring semester, they may try to attend that class during one of the three summer sessions being offered. For some students, it 9s a chance to make up what they missed. cIt 9s something I have to do.<br><br> If I don 9t take it now since I did not go last semes- ter, there 9s a good chance that I 9ll not go back, d said student Gloria Oritsejafor. HCC offers three sessions of summer classes. The first session is the one that normally runs the longest.<br><br> Session one will start June 5 and will end on July 27. Session two will begin at that same time but will end sooner on July 6. Session three will begin on July 10 and end on August 10.<br><br> These summer sessions are more diffi- cult as professors are cramming a whole semester worth of work into just four weeks. cTeaching in the summer has its own particular set of drawbacks, the biggest of which is lack of sufficient time to cover all the necessary materials, d said HCC English Professor Edwena Chance. Tuition has increased this year as well.<br><br> According to the class schedule for the summer of 2005, tuition for a single three-credit class was $367.75. For students who will be taking classes this year, they will need to pay $400.50 for that same three-credit class. For students taking two summer classes, the cost will be $769.00 according to the class sched- ules from the summer 2006.<br><br> If you 9re looking for a specific class you may have to wait until the fall. For the most part, if a class is being offered in session one the follow-up class might not be available this summer. For example, if you take Business Law I, then the follow- up class would be Business Law II, and that is not available in any of the three sessions.<br><br> cI can 9t take any classes this summer&I didn 9t see anything I needed, d said HCC student Rita Strong. However, if you 9re looking for an English class there are several different levels available. cThere has been a need for all levels of English classes d said Gliniecki, adding there are almost the same number of classes offered for both Math and Biology.<br><br> All these classes are core classes that are required in most majors being offered at HCC. Some may not like the new summer schedule but understood why there was a limited class selection. cI 9d rather have one class to take this summer than nothing at all.<br><br> I want to be able to gradu- ate within the next couple of years, d said Lee Young, an HCC student. Some professors working this summer enjoy it and offer students advice on how to handle summer classes. cMy advice for any student wanting to take a summer class would not to overload themselves, d said Joan Lloyd, Professor of Chemistry at HCC.<br><br> cThe plus side of taking summer course is that it 9s over very quickly. d If you 9re interested in attending one of the summer sessions, it will be best to register now so you 9ll get the class you want. continued on page 5 Mixed Emotions about HCC SummerSessions PhotocourtesyofMichaelStein page 2 " HORIZONS" April 27, 2006 B Y J ESSICA P APASTAVROS S TAFF W RITER On Thursday, March 23, the Main Atrium and Performing Arts Center was host to around forty-five serious employers who set up booths side-by-side with the inten- tions of attracting eager job seekers. The Tenth Annual Community Job Fair held at HCC is sponsored by Career Resources, which is in cooperation with HCC, The Workplace, Inc., and the Department of Labor.<br><br> About 1300 inter- ested applicants attended the job fair looking for employment, and whether it was part-time, full-time, or temporary employment, there was something for almost everyone available in many differ- ent fields. Securitas Security Services, which was one of the popular booths, had at least fifty potential applicants who were asking questions about the well-known security service by twelve o 8clock that afternoon. cThis job fair is very successful for the employers as well as for the job seekers; it is one of the best, d said Claudia Kiely, the manager of Human Resources of SSC, Inc.<br><br> Kiely said that she has many employees that work for her that have been hired from the job fair in previous years. According to Joyce Gonzales, Manager of Business Services at Career Resources, Housatonic is the best place for the job fair because of the location, space, and convenience. cThe job fair is a perfect way for the employers and job seekers to meet face-to- face, d said Gonzales.<br><br> cIt gives the job seekers an opportunity to shake the hands of the employers. d Career Resources also works with Dress for Success, a non-profit organiza- tion that provides interview suits for low- income women making the transition back to work. Dress for Success gives women interested in the work force a chance to get clothes to go to interviews and feel good about themselves. All interested applicants that attended the job fair were able to speak with the employers and get a further understanding about the jobs they were interested in.<br><br> cI came to the job fair because I think it is a better way to make an impression on a company because it gave me an opportu- nity to speak to those in charge and have them see who I am rather than judge me by my application, d said Stella Chirigos, a 2005 graduate of HCC. Richard Ortega, who attended the job fair for the first time out of curiosity, said he felt that it was can excellent way for employers to show what they had to offer and introduce companies that people may not have heard of. Also, it is excellent because people around the downtown area are always walking around, and it gave them a chance to just drop in. d The job fair had many helpful volun- teers that contributed to the success of the job fair.<br><br> According to Outreach Associate Linda Bayusik, there were about 50 volun- teers that were directing people to the right places, distributing water to the vendors and also covering for them when they needed to take a break. With the joint efforts of willing employers, anxious job seekers, and outstanding volunteers the 10 th Annual Job Fair at HCC was nothing less than a success. cThe job fair was an excellent opportu- nity for people to find employment, d said Bayusik.<br><br> Job Opportunities Arrive at HCC B Y V ICTOR R IOS S TAFF W RITER Every guy out there should keep in mind that women in our society are climbing the work ladder and doing jobs that have traditionally been only for men. The technology field is a hot market at the moment, and our state is in great need of qualified people to fill these jobs. Housatonic 9s Annual Girls and Technology Expo 9s goal is to get more girls to go into technology.<br><br> This year 9s keynote speaker, Ms. Susan Bysiewicz, Secretary of State of the state of Connecticut, was one of the role models present at the time. cThere is nothing more fulfilling than knowing I might spark an interest in their minds, d she said.<br><br> The lucky 120 who got to attend are seventh grade girls from twelve area schools. They were exposed to some of the best role models a young bright mind could be exposed to. Included in the long list were the high school students that guided the seventh graders through the two workshop sessions.<br><br> The sessions were accentuated by a lunch break before they were presented with exhibits from the companies present for the event.. The event was divided into two parts: the students 9workshops and the teachers 9 workshops. Students were able to attend two workshops each.<br><br> During the workshops each student got to interact with an HCC professor or company repre- sentative, whether it was Ms. Susan Greene, HCC Web Master, or Detective Michelle Smith of the Connecticut State Police, the girls loved it. Also present at the Expo were repre- sentatives and CEOs from twelve differ- ent companies, including Pfizer, Inc., Alloy Engineering Company, Inc., Connecticut State Police, and joining this year 9s exhibitions roster were Barnum Museum and Beardsley Zoo.<br><br> Kathy Saint, CEO and President of Schwerdtle Stamp Company, a fourth generation Bridgeport company that sells decorating tools for containers such as shampoos and toothbrushes, has been in attendance at the event for the last three years. cThere are a few girls that seem inter- ested, but then there are others that just pick up on you, and you really spark an interest in their minds&that is truly fulfilling, d Saint said. As for the accompanying teachers in attendance, they saw presentations from a gender equity specialist, Lucy Brakoniecki.<br><br> Brakoniecki gave a presen- tation called cJust Joking! d Sexual Harassment and Your School , in which she gave the statistic, c4 out of 5 school- children have been sexually harassed. d She added, c[sexual harassment] is a prevalent issue in our society, teachers need to learn how to spot it, and how to deal with it&and that 9s why I show up year after year. d Brakoniecki works for the Connecticut Women 9s Education and Legal Fund. Mrs. Kris Lorch, CEO of Alloy Engineering Co.<br><br> makers of thermo wells and turbine components, was delighted and thrilled that this year 9s attendees were so enthusiastic about the exhibition. cThe girls are no longer bound to a gender based society; [the girls] know they can do what they want if they pursue their dreams, d she said. Linda Bayusik, the expo coordinator (and former Horizons editor), called the event a ccomplete success, d so much so that she wants the Expo to be bigger next year.<br><br> As far as next year goes, there is a little surprise in store for the young gals, but you 9ll have to be there to find out. Housatonic 9s 5th Fifth Annual Girls and Technology Expo Today 9s Young Women are The Future Students search the insides of a computer. PhotocourtesyoftheOutreachDepartment B Y A NDREA M AYBIN S TAFF W RITER The world is filled with the most interest- ing facts that are hard to conceptualize and is also littered with amusing tidbits of information that just make you say cHmmm... d I like to learn random facts just to broaden my knowledge on things I find amazing.<br><br> For instance,I once heard at a convention of Jehovah 9s Witnesses 9that there are more stars in the sky than there are grains of sand on the entire earth, a fact that is hard to believe and puts life in perspective. The intricacy of our planet is something at which to marvel every day! Did you Know...<br><br> (hookedonfacts.com claims facts 1-10 are 100% true) 1. NEWS is actually an acronym for North, East, South, West. 2.<br><br> There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings in the world. 3. If you like the tart taste and juice of apples you 9ll be surprised to find out apples are 25% air and are actually a part of the rose family.<br><br> 4. Each year, approximately 250,000 American men are physically abused...by their wives! 5.<br><br> Antarctica is the only land in the word that is not owned by any country. Maybe because the warmest temperature ever recorded was 3 degrees Fahrenheit 6. Asnail can sleep for 3 years at a time, and I thought I was lazy!<br><br> 7. Suppressing the urge to pee is the worst feeling. Larry Lipshultz, M.D., chief of male reproductive medicine at Baylor College of medicine says to think about sex.<br><br> It preoccupies your brain so you won 9t feel discomfort. 8. The largest diamond ever discovered was 3, 106 carats.<br><br> 9. The yo-yo was invented in the Philippines during the 16th century as a weapon, before becoming a toy craze. 10.<br><br> Testimony was a word originated in Ancient Rome that called for the man to take an oath while placing his hand over his testicles, hence the word testi mony. MSN.com lists 11-18 in their data of tid- bits of information you are interested in. 11.<br><br> Ablue whale 9s heart is the size of a VWBeetle. 12. Mushrooms are more closely related to humans than other plants and animals.<br><br> 13. The volume of the moon is equivalent to the volume of the Atlantic Ocean. 14.<br><br> Bananas contain a natural protein that can make a person happy. In fact, this same protein is found in Prozac. 15.<br><br> Spiders have transparent blood. 16. People who are lying tend to look up and to the left (their left).<br><br> 17. Only 55% of Americans know the sun is a star. 18.<br><br> If you type the word cfailure d into a Google search, the biography of George Bush is the first response. As students, we are learning new things every day that professors have on the agenda. No matter the degree of bore- dom that you may suffer from their syl- labus, learning can be enjoyable and fascinating.<br><br> Be motivated to learn about things pertinent to your life. Appreciate the little things and recognize the great complexity that keeps our world spin- ning. Although you won 9t be tested on random facts, I am sure if they are inter- esting enough you will never forget them!<br><br> Fill YourMind with Fascinating Facts April 27, 2006 " HORIZONS " page 3 Bridgeport, to its knees and effectively killed not only a whole day of school, but also the F.Lee Bailey appearance. In what could be called comedic irony, Bush 9s appearance left a lot of children and adults behind. And all for the chance to not even sell out a tiny playhouse to speak to 135 handpicked executive fanboys about health savings accounts.<br><br> That 9s right, people, think back to that day and remember how you sat in traffic, or went to the school and found out it was closed, or even attempted to get on the highway and faced down police barricades. All that inconvenience, all those small business and schools hindered or closed because the president came to this state to give a foreign wunderkind an award and to stage a half-assed, pseudo- infomercial at the Playhouse on the Green. In a move that will certainly improve his record low 30% approval rate, our president crippled the business district of Bridgeport to sell an idea to people who already were on board with the concept.<br><br> The scene was chaos as I inched off of the I-95 off-ramp to a complete stop. The turning lane to get into the college was full, with police in full force lined up along the sides of the streets, looking like a combined funeral procession/parade. As with most times in which there is police presence, there was a whole lot of standing around, with no effort to actually change the situation there were there for.<br><br> At the time, it was quite odd sitting in a car that was not moving and wondering why this was. Certainly F.Lee Bailey was a big deal, but did he deserve this massive crowd? After all, Mr.<br><br> Bush wasn 9t expected to arrive until later, so the grim warnings of highways and streets being closed shouldn 9t have warranted this at this time. Something, it seemed, was fishy. That something was a man in a nice suit yelling to every car turning into the garage.<br><br> cClasses are canceled, school is closed until five!! d he yelled, as every car had no other choice to turn into the mass of glutted humanity that was the parking garage. cNo no. I 9m here to see F.<br><br> Lee speak, to cover it for the school newspaper d I remarked when the suited man yelled at me. cSchool 9s closed d was his reply. I knew that this was a man who was not in the mood to hear anything about students and lawyers today.<br><br> Undeterred by this simple bark, I proceeded to park and enter the school. In a moment not unlike a disaster area, I walked in while everyone walked out at the same time. Students ran amuck like flies too close to fire, desperately yelling into their cell phones regarding changes to their rides.<br><br> For the ones who don 9t drive, Mr. Bush ruined their day in an extra-special way it seemed. After walking into the school I immediately spied two well-dressed women, one of whom was stomping her feet in mad rage.<br><br> Her name was Jessica Luiz, and she had traveled here from New York City just to hear Bailey speak. cThis is absolute bulls***! d she replied when I asked her what was wrong. cI came all the way from New York for this, and now the whole thing is cancelled! d Luiz then turned to her cell phone, unleashing her disappointment on whatever unlucky soul was on the other end.<br><br> F. Lee 9s whereabouts on the other hand were rumored to be in the Dunkin Donuts across the street; at least that was the word with the now confused mob being shuttled out. I had to at least get an explanation on this from someone in charge at the school; I, and you all deserved at least that much.<br><br> In the lobby I scanned the crowded room to find what would be the most important looking man or woman there. I had found one, a well-dressed man who looked like a Dean, or at least someone who could tell me what was going on. The well-dressed man told me that Mr.<br><br> Bush had a change in schedule, which meant that whatever was going on in the area today would have to stop quickly because one man decided to take on the day a bit earlier. After hearing this. I decided to leave, knowing when I had been licked.<br><br> Leaving the school was an exercise in humility and surrealism. By being forced to take the right out of the garage and further into Bridgeport, no one could avoid the scene at the Playhouse on the Green. When I got to the street the Playhouse was on, I was met with a somewhat odd, yet totally understand- able situation.<br><br> Media outlets scattered like rats in sunlight as they tried to get good sound bytes out of protesters and supporters, each separated by either an American Flag (for the lovers), or slogans on posterboard (for the protest- ers). At this time of day it was split 50/50. While it looked like there would be no immediate way out, a quick right and left allowed me to get back on the highway before it closed down for a couple of hours.<br><br> I left with the following thoughts swirling in my head as I headed away from the chaos. How ironic it is, that every president since the dawn of time has stressed a passion for education, small business and modern working life, yet when they roll into town they crush every school, small business in their way. While security reasons are completely accept- able, it feels somewhat puzzling to think that while the old generations view spotting a sitting president as seeing royalty, the new generation looks at it as an overall bad situation.<br><br> And after today 9s mishap, I am inclined to think our side is correct. Hopefully the school will reschedule Bailey 9s appearance, but what will always remain as a constant is the fact that everybody will drop everything if a sitting president decides to stop in for a handshake. What lies at the heart of the matter is was allthe chaosreally neces- sary?<br><br> Unfortunately, the answerwas apparent to everyone but us; all the chaos, all the closings, all the madness was perfectly worth it, just so a man in a position of power could attempt to clook good d for a few hours. Canceled Expectations continued from page 1 B Y A NTHONY L. C ROMEDY S TAFF W RITER The financial aid program in the H.C.C.<br><br> has many opportunities for students to find a way to conquer their financial needs. Although some students have minor issues with financial aid, there is an abundance of help through websites and the financial aid staff. Kathy Houlihan, Associate Director of Financial Aid, said, cMany students wait too late to file.<br><br> That is a main problem, and they don 9t read e-mails we send to them or check the status about their finan- cial aid through the SOS (student online services). d cI usually do my own financial aid and I have no problem, d said Daushaun Staples, a business management major. cI keep track of it by going on the Housatonic website to find out what requirements are needed. d cWe put out flyers, a short cut to check the status of their financial aid and their refunds, d said Alicia Xioma, an office assistant in the Financial Aid office, who used financial aid herself to graduate from HCC with many certificates. Financial aid gives students what they financially can 9t attain for themselves in continuing their education, a degree, or certificate.<br><br> It helps with the straining thought, cI need money for school. d Because there is hope for students that are single with a child or finding a better job, with financial aid they continue their education and find better employment for themselves. Some students have been helped in many different ways because they have excelled in education while using the financial aid program for their benefit. cIt 9s really good.<br><br> Financial aid helps. I 9m a single mother. I got my certifi- cates for early education with finan- cial aid.<br><br> They paid for my school and books, d said Wanda Mulero, a clerk typist in the Admissions office. Other returning students who have found the work- study program a benefit to them and their financial means and are continuing to be apart of the work study program. cI don 9t have the money for an education d said Monique Destina, a work study employee.<br><br> cFor fifteen hours a week I work in the library; it helps me with my books. d Often students look for money they could put to good use at the end of the semester, cI have never had a problem, I get my reimbursement check on time, d said Ed Tatro. The reimbursement money from financial aid continues without issues to help students in a time of need. However, students need to keep in mind some key points when applying for financial aid.<br><br> Xioma points out that new student differ in issues from the types of processing necessary for their financial aid and the different programs that are avail- able to them. cReturning students are okay, but new students are difficult, d she Xioma. cThey want you to take in all the information at once; they come at the last minute, [but] there 9s a process.<br><br> They don 9t like to wait for the process. Most of the time, new students come close to the deadline in May when we are very busy. d There is a website for students applying for financial aid which is www.FAFSA.gov.edu.com, and this website is a tutorial for processing an application for aid ahead of time. There is also important information about the nine secrets that may help students who have issues and other common problems connected to student aid.<br><br> Here are is a few important csecrets d students need to realize. Secr et 1 : cAGI, d the adjusted Gross Income. This secret informs student about how AGI affects them from receiving enough money for school.<br><br> Secr et 7 says that ctiming is every- thing, d and this tells students about the best strategy in researching year round for scholarships, but you must remember to apply for FAFSAbefore applying for a scholarship. Secr et 9 : Other sources than the government may be helpful to students searching for financial aid. These are some of the secrets that may be helpful to students.<br><br> Why not try one out? Very rarely are there students with issues that can 9t be fixed. cI had an appli- cation from FAFSAthat the financial aid office hadn 9t received, so I called FAFSA to send the application to them and they received it, d said HCC student Andrea Maybin, cbut in order to receive financial aid, I had to also get my parents signature for a verification worksheet, my parents live in Rhode Island, so I have to go to Rhode Island on the weekend, d she said.<br><br> Issues can be resolved when students go in the correct direction to solve the issue at hand. Though there may be a few obsta- cles, the financial aid office will help students with these obstacles so they can achieve their financial aid goals. cWe have a very knowledgeable staff that is committed to the success of the students, d Houlihan said.<br><br> cThey do every- thing possible for the students. d Understanding the Financial Aid Process GraphicbyAmandaBarrett page 4 " HORIZONS" April 27, 2006 B Y D EBBIE T ORRESO S TAFF W RITER Here is a list of cThings to Do d within the environment of HCC. You may think that you could not possibly take on another obli- gation, but do yourself a favor and at least check it out. In this day and age of rushing all over the place, we sometimes forget that this is in fact the beginning of our future.<br><br> For many, this is the transition between let- ting go of our young adulthood and entering into the serious business of deciding what we will do with the rest of our lives. While the careers we choose and the workload we incur is important, the extracurricular activ- ities can be equally important. Getting involved can truly enhance your overall col- lege experience,which will be a precious memory someday, and can also generate a deeper level of learning and personal growth.<br><br> The Woman 9s Center, B101, will be featur- ing: You can join a meeting any Monday between 3:00-4:00. Contact Shirley Johansson. They just did a free massage by Healing Hands, held in the Atrium, so keep an eye out for the next one.<br><br> Gay/Straight Alliance Meets every Monday at 5:30. They showed Brokeback Mountain on April 17. April 20 was the charity drive.<br><br> Admission was two cans of food, or a package of under- wear or teeshirt. There will be a Gay Awards ceremony on April 27, from noon to 5, in the lower atri- um. Tables of information available May 11, the club will celebrate Awards night in room A101.<br><br> For more information, email email@example.com Art Club Just took a trip to the Whitney Museum of Art to see the most important exhibit of modern art being held in this country, the Whitney Biannual, on Sunday, April 23. Call advisor Michael Stein at 332.5132 for the information on the next trip. Photography Club No definites, but wish them luck on a trip they are trying to put together to go to the International Center of Photography in New York on May 7.<br><br> For more information, call Professor Stein at 332.5132 Literary Club As part of the cBanned Books d theme, (meaning books banned due for political, social, sexual, or religious reasons), this club discussed To Kill AMockingbird earlier in April. Trip to New York to see c Light in The Piazza , d April 29. For more information or tickets, call 332.5140 and speak to advisor Peter Ullisee Early Childhood Education Club Continues to meet Wednesdays at 4 p.m.<br><br> Nothing on schedule as of yet, but give a call to the club 9s advisor, Eileen O 9Donnell, at 332.5162 O 9Donnell appreciates the great turnout of club members at the Mid Fairfield County Association for the Education of Young Children Favorite Activities Fair on March 23! Computer Club Meets Wednesdays at 3:00. Check http://hcc-cis9.com/computerclub/ for more info.<br><br> Performing Arts Club April 20, was Cultural Celebration of the Deaf. They presented, The Sounds of Silence , which included a performance by Eileen Dulen-Jennings, a professional sign- language storyteller, complemented by per- formances by HCC Theater Arts students. If you missed it, inquire about more!<br><br> Contact advisor Geoffrey Sheehan at 332-5270 Occupational Therapy Club The OTAwill be participating in the MS walk on April 28. If anyone is interested, please contact advisor Janice Conway at 332-5109, or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org Keep an eye for the next date, to be announced, for serving food at the Prospect House (homeless shelter) in Bridgeport. Volunteers are always welcome if anyone would like to join the group.<br><br> Center for Arts Committee and the Student Senate presents: The Courtyard Festival will be held on May 3, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will be music, art, dance, food and much more!<br><br> What 9s new on the Club scene? Professor David Koch is trying to put together an Outing Club . He feels it would be a great thing for Housatonic.<br><br> cIt would mean that students who had no access to the outdoors would be able to get out and expe- rience nature, d he says. The club would include hiking, skiing, whitewater rafting, and whale watching. He needs ten people to be allowed to start the club, so get going- it will be fun!<br><br> You can contact him at email@example.com. B Y J OE M ERVA S TAFF W RITER Leaving a child or teen unsupervised can be regrettable. However, leaving them unsupervised in front of a computer can be dangerous.<br><br> On pctattletale.com it says there are over 374,270 registered sex offenders in the U.S. In today 9s tech world we are vulnera- ble to a lot of things. One is identity theft, and the other is sexual predators.<br><br> In this age where all you have to do is press a button, it 9s scary to know that there are sick people out there. They couldn 9t care less about your well being; they just want to hurt you or a loved one. These predators can present themselves in a different light when typing on a keyboard.<br><br> According to Claudine Coba-Loh, Associate Professor of Psychology at HCC, predators present themselves as a friend much younger than they really are and can lie about being in a similar peer situation to gain their trust. cThey may request a meeting after several innocent conversations. They tend to not come across as offensive or sexual in their interactions, d said Coba- Loh.<br><br> c[Predators] build up trust and liking of their prey, which is so scary. The young girl or boy thinks they are talking to someone their own age; they like them and soon want to meet them. d An article on protectkids.com explained that the most common means sexual predators contact children over the net is through chat rooms and instant messages. The article added that 13 million use instant messaging.<br><br> For example, there was an investigation done on Dateline, which was posted on hutchcc.edu that said that Kurt Lemke, a 37-year-old truck driver, was in a chat room with a 13-year-old boy for whom he wanted to perform oral sex. People may think that chat rooms are innocent, but they could be gateways for danger. That 9s scary to think about because you don 9t know who you really are talking to these days.<br><br> It may seem friendly. but for all you know it could be a sexual molester. Some people would rather not leave the house to shop or pay bills.<br><br> For the most part, they may be at home a lot and possibly online. You may be smart enough to know that you just don 9t talk to anyone, but your younger brother or sister or children may not. Everyone knows somebody who 9s younger and could be at risk.<br><br> Teens and younger kids are always on the computer. They are usually in chat rooms talking to friends. That 9s where it might start.<br><br> On the computer you can be any age and look like anyone. It 9s a good excuse to lie about how old you are and who you are. On csmonitor.com, the Executive Director of Wiredsafety.org, Parry Aftab, said that Internet stalkers have killed at least four minors in the past three years, and law enforcement authorities count about 5,000 reports of attempted sexual predation over the Internet in the past year.<br><br> Coba-Loh said these predators have recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies involving children. cThey also don 9t view their 8attraction 9to children as 8abusing 9them; they perceive it as 8loving 9them, 8caring 9for them, d she said. There are tips that you can take in protecting a loved one from online predators.<br><br> According to oag.state.tx.us, as a parent you should surf the net with your children and put the computer in a public room so you can keep an eye on them. If it 9s in their room they can use it without you knowing. The website added that you should teach your child not to give out personal information such as last name, home address, especially in a chat room.<br><br> You should also never let your kid respond to e-mail or chat messages from someone they don 9t know, and most importantly, they should not to meet face-to-face with anyone they meet online. Thanks to Megan 9s Law, parents are also able to find out who might be a local sex offender. According to ocsd.org, a seven year old girl got raped and killed in 1994 by an older man that had been a convicted sex felon.<br><br> By 1996, the United States Congress passed legislation named cMegan 9s Law d that said sex offenders have to reveal themselves to the public. These predators may need help once caught. According to meganslaw.ca.gov, offend- ers can 9t help themselves even if they want to change.<br><br> To create the motivation, this may need a variety of treatment and corrective interventions. cMany do not enter treat- ment voluntarily, d Coba-loh said. cThey are often referred to a thera- pist or program by the criminal justice system after they have been caught engaging in sexual behaviors with children. d Although treatment is available, not all sex offenders are caught, and parents and children alike should be cautious that these molesters are out there; they could live next to you, but chances are they 9ll never be seen.<br><br> They 9ll hide behind the computer screen until the day they 9re finally caught. Enjoy The College Experience! Get Involved and Have Some Fun While Learning Online Sexual Predators Deception behind the Monitor This is how sexual predators lure young ones to them.<br><br> PhotobyJoeWeathered to Study in College, d author Walter Pauk noted, cResearch shows that 60 minutes of study during the day is the equivalent of 90 minutes of study at night. d In daylight hours your brain functions at maximum capacity and allows you to absorb information at optimal levels. Pauk also stated that, cOptimum efficiency is reached by planning to study in blocks of one hour 3 50 minutes of study followed by a 10-minute break. d But don 9t burn yourself out. As an adamant user of this rule I recommend not studying a single subject for more than three hours at a time.<br><br> You just get sick of hearing your own voice after a while. But all these statistics mean nothing if you don 9t know what it is you 9re study- ing. Before sitting down to review, ask yourself these questions: is the test going to be multiple choice, short answer, essay, or word problems?<br><br> If you know the answers, which you should if you know your professor, then you 9ll find this whole process much easier. HowToStudy.com offers great advice on how to review for every type of exam imaginable, and I recommend that all students visit this site. Since there 9s far too much information to list here, I 9ll quickly summarize some key facts that they list as essential knowledge.<br><br> Math seems to be the subject that students dread over all others, so I 9ll begin there. They recommend the RQWQCQ method of test taking. What 9s that you ask?<br><br> It combines reading, writing, and computing with constant questioning. In math, you have to question yourself and your results and prove that your answer is correct. And if you 9ve done your homework and reviewed that material, which is the best way to study math, this method should be effective.<br><br> Essays are another portion of exams that students absolutely hate. But did you know that you don 9t have to be an outstanding writer to get full credit in this section? It 9s true.<br><br> All you have to do is look for the cdirection word d. The direction word is the word in the essay question that asks you what to do. Some common directions words are analyze, compare, contrast, define, and describe.<br><br> When you find these words, you 9ll find what direction to take with your answer, so keep an eye out. Here 9s a curve- ball; what are the best ways to prepare for an oral presentation? HowToStudy.com even goes as far as to offer advice in this category.<br><br> They give great advice on how to be prepared, positive, visual, and entertaining. Plus, they offer suggestions on how to avoid anxiety before performing in front of a room full of people. To say that the web site is extensive is an understatement.<br><br> I 9ve found all of their information useful, and if you 9re concerned about getting through this semester, you will too. You need to make sense of what you 9ve learned over the course of the year in order to memorize all that information, and this site can help with that. Take it from our Assistant Professor of Sociology here at HCC, Henry Schissler, who said, cMemorization without understanding is far less effective and, frankly, pretty boring. d That 9s right; believe it or not, learning can be fun.<br><br> However, it 9s not nearly as fun as gloating about the Ayou got on your English exam. With that in mind, hit the books and good luck! Acing YourFinals 101 continued from page 1 April 27, 2006 " HORIZONS " page 5 B Y J EANNE O 9L EARY S ENIOR S TAFF W RITER The True Colors Conference is a place where people holding much in common get together to express their individuality and learn about others.<br><br> It is a place to learn and teach. It 9s a gathering where people come together for the same pur- pose and to try and make a difference. According to the pamphlets, True Colors Inc.<br><br> has a mission to combat homophobia, gender bias and racism. This is accomplished by providing support, education, and advocacy to those responsi- ble for the health, education and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgen- dered, and intersex youth and families. Anumber of organizations and individu- als, including HCC 9s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) attended the conference, which kicked off on March 24 at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU).<br><br> According to Christine Ferrer, GSATreasurer, 1/3 of the club 9s budget was used for the attendance to the conference and included the Friday night entertain- ment. She said that this is the biggest event they par- ticipate in every year. The conference started at 9 a.m.<br><br> with a variety of speak- ers introducing themselves and informing others about their take on the event. One of these speakers was Keith Boykin, who took the stage after the introduction. Boykin is the author of One More River to Cross: Black and Gay in America and Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies, and Denial in Black America.<br><br> Prior to the opening ceremony, every- one was given a yellow bag filled with information about the conference and other pamphlets. Included in this infor- mation was a booklet of all the workshops being held throughout the day. Although the pamphlet provided many choices of workshops, participants were required to choose only one to attend.<br><br> Some popular topics were cDealing with Desire: Sexuality vs. Society, d cFemale to Female: Safer Sex for Women Who Have Sex with Women, dand many more fol- lowing the same guidelines. Each workshop was geared towards a certain generation.<br><br> Workshops were aimed towards youth and some towards the general public. Reverend Alice O 9Donavan conducted c The Bible: Word of Death or Voice of Hope d workshop. The workshop was aimed toward the Church 9s outlook on the lifestyle of gays and lesbians.<br><br> O 9Donavan informed the participants that Jesus had sat with tax collectors, prostitutes, and other outcasts of society by pulling quotes and passages directly from the Bible. O 9Donavan added that society is very selective in what is taken literally from the Bible. She pointed out that some per- ceive the Bible as canti-gay. d However, she also mentioned that in the Bible, non- virgin wives are executed, and divorce is not permitted, yet these are all things that are accepted in society today.<br><br> After the first workshop, there was a lunch break, and this was the time where everyone was able to interact with others attending the event. Central 9s campus was flooded with unique individuals all coming together. Kids were dancing out- side and had no fear of introducing them- selves to others.<br><br> There were groups of people playing music on guitars. On the other end of the campus there were teens playing hacky-sack and some singing their favorite Broadway tunes. The conference seemed to provide a comfortable atmosphere allowing people to throw away their fear of not fitting in.<br><br> cIt 9s a great place to come and just be yourself, d said Jarrod Allen of Blandford, Massachusetts and a member to the youth group Out Now Inc. Allen said that he and his peers travel from Springfield Massachusetts every year to attend the conference. Allen said this was his fourth year attending, but added that every year the outcome is bet- ter and the number of people attending increases.<br><br> In addition to the first workshops, there were more throughout the day. Julian E. Wooten, a 20-year-old bio/chem- istry double major at North Carolina State University, was the speaker for the work- shop cDealing with Desire: Sexuality vs.<br><br> Society. d The classroom was filled with music and Wooten was found inside danc- ing and bobbing to the beat as he prepared for the workshop. cI really enjoy attending True Colors, d said Ferrer. cI especially like the work- shops that are geared towards families of people that are 8coming out. 9 d Ferrer also added that she likes that the conference emphasizes the importance of support from families in these individu- als 9lives.<br><br> The conference included a Friday night entertainment that began at 8 p.m. The concert was hosted by radio stars, Derrick and Romaine. The concert began with the band Semi-Precious Weapons.<br><br> Lead singer, Justin Tranter, immediately began dancing and singing as loud as he could. The band 9s hard rock songs had the teens 9 head banging. Tranter was dressed in drag and was serenaded with screams when he proceeded to say, cIt 9s [freaking] hot in here, d and stripped himself of his shirt.<br><br> Performer Anthony Rapp appeared on stage for a brief Q&Asession and ended with another brief acapella performance of some of his Broadway hits. Doria Roberts put on a fantastic performance with her acoustic guitar and God-Dess and She, a hip-hop group, had the entire auditorium in an uproar. Teens were pressed up against the stage clapping, dancing, and hoping that the performer would come by and slap their hand.<br><br> Very few people stayed in their seat the entire time. Closing off the night was Sister Funk. The band brought a lively performance to the stage.<br><br> The lead singer gave a bit of background on the music and how she had come up with song ideas from life experi- ences. It was a great way to end the night. The conference continued into Saturday holding different workshops and activities.<br><br> According to the infor- mation given out on Friday after the closing ceremony, an Open Mic Night was held where the participants were the talent on Saturday; all were allowed on stage. In addition to the daytime activi- ties, CCSU Pride sponsored a cQueer Prom d so that teens may come together, celebrate and end the weekend with a bang. Individuals Come TogetherShowing Their True Colors Teens from a Massachusetts youth group Out Now Inc.<br><br> showing their participation at the event. PhotocourtesyofCarlaLia page 6 " HORIZONS" April 27, 2006 B Y D EBBIE T ORRESO S TAFF W RITER If your wish is that you could hold a child in your arms who needs love so badly that your touch will fill them up, if you could say a magic word and heal their disease or take away their pain, if you can make their dreams come true, or at the very least, give them permission to dream, your wish might also be to give them the gift of unconditional love, and knowledge. That 9s the mission of Service for Peace, (SFP), whose motto is, cService and Learning with a Global Peace Perspective. d With seven operations throughout the United States and eleven around the world, these groups of dedicated employees and volunteers believe they can invoke change, and their record of helping people who have suffered through disasters, is proving that.<br><br> SFPstarted working in Bridgeport three years ago after moving from New York. The big picture is they help people help themselves. Galina Draganova, Executive Director, who has been with the organization for nine years, said she feels that educating people isn 9t enough.<br><br> She wants to develop cholistic d people by teaching them how to use their knowl- edge. cThere is no reason to learn if you are not going to use it, d said Draganova. According to Draganova, SFPgot some recognition when they got involved with the after school program in Marina Village.<br><br> They sought out Denise Taylor, director of the after school program. They were amazed at the response they received from the people in the area, who sent generous donations consisting of money, furniture and books. cThere is basically good in people, d Draganova said, adding the Daughters of Charity gave $5000 in donations.<br><br> cI would like to see community libraries everywhere for kids to learn to read, d interjected Michael Balcomb, United States Executive Director of SFP. As the Director of the Marina Village library, Taylor is no stranger to nurturing. She moved back to Bridgeport to take care of her ailing parents who have since passed.<br><br> During that time, she said she went to school at HCC to pursue a Human Services degree, but unfortunately, due to a physical problem, she was unable to complete it. After working with these kids for awhile, Taylor said she decided the program needed a library. cThe kids need to read; reading will take them more places than a jump rope.<br><br> They will need to fill out an application for a job someday, d she said. SFPpartners with Americore and UB, sending volunteers to the library that mentor the kids by reading to them, teach- ing them to read, and helping them with homework. They also have play time with singing, dancing, and field trips.<br><br> Jennifer Calderon, a mentor from UB who said she is going to be a doctor, reads with two bright young girls. cI love coming here and working with the children, d she said. cIt 9s very important that they read to learn how to express themselves.<br><br> I enjoy when they read to me, and I see how good they are doing. d Lahaya Gibson, 10, and her friend Kadian Whittaker, 7, have been going to the library since December 2005. cThey take fun trips and teach you how to do stuff if you don 9t know how, d Gibson said. cThe goal is to get kids interested in reading, d Jennifer Kalangala, one of SFP 9s project managers, said.<br><br> cWith donated computers, we are trying to expand the project for the whole community, to create an opportunity for people to know they have choices, so they can choose that over drugs, d added Draganova. The program isn 9t run like school. There are no tests given.<br><br> cIt 9s about kids feeling good about themselves [and] having self-esteem, d said Kalangala. cWe provide toys, books, games, and puzzles to make it fun, make it attractive. d Taylor agrees. cWe can find the child that needs to learn and let them enjoy it, d she said.<br><br> SFPunderstands there is a negative stigma attached to the Marina Village kids. People tend to think if some of them are bad then they all must be. cIf good habits are formed then they won 9t develop a false sense of self, d Draganova said.<br><br> cSociety needs to view positive things about these kids, d added Kalangala. cWe need to start displaying the good that these kids are doing. d Kalangala explained there is a method of destructive thinking that many kids believe. cOnce you hate me, I revenge myself.<br><br> Once you love me, I give it back. d Kalangala, who is also a Human Services student at HCC, has been working with Service for Peace for two years. She explained that there are four months per year when they run the Martin Luther King, Jr., Season of Service. It runs from January 14 to April 4, the day he was assassinated.<br><br> cThis is a good way for the kids to get involved and feel like they are contributing something special, d said Kalangala. cCivic engagement is a great opening for the youth. d During the Season of Service is something called Alternative Spring Break. An alumnus of a local college financed the spring break trip to New Orleans for college students to help out in the aftermath of Katrina.<br><br> According to Draganova, the bulk of the program focuses on community services mentoring, tutoring and fostering religious harmony through doing something together and working with each others 9churches. cYou must unite values instead of divide them, and then you have a better impact to help them live peacefully together to reach a common goal, d Draganova said. cGetting people together that would have never worked together.<br><br> Empowering people to take ownership in their communities, d she added. SFP 9s credits do not end in Bridgeport. Balcomb told of a story when they were working with the children victims in the Tsunami, and they had them draw pictures of their homes.<br><br> The kids drew the pictures minus the water. He said they were so devas- tated that they blocked the water out of their minds. By the time SFPwas done working, and had left the devastated area, the kids were drawing beautiful pictures of their homes surrounded by the blue water again.<br><br> One of these pictures hangs in the humble office dwellings of International Director, Charles Phillips, Ph.D., in Bridgeport. He recounted Balcomb 9s story of the kids 9fears after the Tsunami disaster. He explained that while his volunteers are not trained psychologists, their tactics have been complemented by psychologists.<br><br> They are trained in a leadership program which prepares them to make the kids feel more secure in a time when their worlds have been shattered and their families separated. According to Phillips, the volunteers are paired up with a group of kids to make a temporary family, in which they live in for a while. cIt is conviction and experience that makes barriers break-down, creates peace, and changes the percep- tion of one another.<br><br> That 9s when change takes place, d he said. Phillip added that one of SFP 9s goals, as with Israel and Palestine, is to get them to see the problem in a new light by working with them. SFPworks in 22 countries including Taiwan, the Far East, Korea, Europe and Japan.<br><br> cWe would like to see our programs able to have an impact in our community, and create a model of a multi- ethnic community that provides justice and equality to all, d said Phillips. Taylor said she wants people to know that her goal is to expand the Marina Village library to the public community. She welcomes more mentors, books, book cases and comput- ers.<br><br> If you would like to learn more about Service for Peace, its many projects or volunteering, you can visit them at www.serviceforpeace.org. Or call 203.610.6745. Service ForPeace Striving for a Better America These kids from the Village love coming to play and read at the Marina Village library.<br><br> PhotobyDebTorreso B Y F LO H ATZIS S TAFF W RITER There is a treasure trove located in Bridgeport. Within its walls lies a vast wealth of knowledge accessible to anybody with a library card from any Connecticut city. Astudent can research just about anything, and their historical collection is especially impressive and extensive.<br><br> It is the Burroughs & Saden Memorial Library at 925 Broad Street, adjacent to HCC. The history of the Burroughs & Saden Memorial Library is quite interesting. Catharine A.<br><br> Burroughs Pettengill was the city of Bridgeport 9s first true benefactor. After inheriting a fortune made in shipping by her father, Captain Isaac Burroughs, Mrs. Pettengill bequeathed at her death in 1883 gifts to the city.<br><br> These gifts included the Burroughs Building to the Bridgeport Public Library and Reading Room, funds to build the Burroughs Home on Fairfield Ave., the chapel in Bridgeport Hospital, and St John 9s Episcopal Church. In the nineteenth century it was rare for a woman to have the opportunity to carry out such plans. According to the Pictorial History of Bridgeport , the original Bridgeport Public Library was founded in 1881 when it grew out of the private Bridgeport Library.<br><br> It was established in 1855 with a collection of 5,000 books purchased from a defunct Yale College literary society. Legend states that this first Bridgeport Library was founded when a small boy sent a series of unsigned letters to a local newspaper asking why a city as large as Bridgeport didn 9t have a library, the book also says. The Burroughs Building at Main and John Streets was the first permanent home for the library and was a most unusual building.<br><br> Many people today can remember visiting this library when they were children. The first floor of the building was rented to shops while the upper floors occupied by the library were accessible from two stairways and a creaking elevator enclosed in a metal cage. At the top of the side staircase, a large plaster statue of Aesop was positioned as if to scare children away from the adult department.<br><br> On the top floor was the City of Bridgeport 9s first art gallery. At the turn of the century, the library was open six days a week and evenings because of the needs of working men and women. On Sundays, the library was closed to the public.<br><br> When the present day Burroughs and Saden Library was constructed at Broad and State Street in 1927, the old library was torn down. The newer build- ing is the largest public library building in the state of Connecticut, and the Burroughs and Saden Library has proven to be a wealth of knowledge to both young and old. Originally, the first floor offered children 9s services and the second floor was reserved for popular reading and reference material.<br><br> There was also a newspaper room, a high school room, a picture collec- tion, a small auditorium, and continuing in the tradi- tion begun in the old Burroughs Building on Main Street, an art gallery. Today 9s Burroughs and Saden Library offers a variety of services. Children 9s Services offer a homework center, crafts, and activities for kids.<br><br> The Historical Collection is a remarkable way to check old newspapers, delve into genealogy, do research, and almost take a step back in time to another era. The Popular Library contains a diverse collection of materials. Both fiction and non-fiction are maintained as well as Large Print, English as a Second Language, and Foreign Language books with a large percentage being in Spanish.<br><br> All the library 9s audio visual materi- als, including videos, audiocassettes, compact discs, CD-ROMs, and records are part of The Popular Library. The library is conveniently located, being about a two-minute walk from HCC to its front doors. The Burroughs and Saden Library is a wealth of informa- tion just waiting to educate and enlighten students of all ages.<br><br> Burroughs & Saden Memorial Library AStep Back in Time April 27, 2006 " HORIZONS " page 7 B Y C ATE J ACKSON S TAFF W RITER Recently, Dana Reeve died from compli- cations due to lung cancer. Two years previous, Christopher Reeve, her husband, the man most commonly known as the face of Superman, died from an infection due to a bedsore. He had been paralyzed almost 10 years earlier because of a horseback-riding accident.<br><br> Despite much hardship throughout their marriage, not only were Christopher and Dana Reeve strong individuals, but a strong couple. His disability did not send them in to the shadows, as many people in his position may have chosen to do. Instead, the Reeves joined the battle for so many by giving his name to the American Paralysis Foundation, which became the Christopher Reeve Foundation, as well as backing funding for the program.<br><br> Together, they lobbied around the country, promoting knowledge about paralysis and the positive effects of stem cell research. On May 27, 1995, Reeve was horse- back riding for an upcoming show he was to compete in, when he fell off his horse and broke his neck, causing complete paralysis from his neck down. For almost 10 years, Reeve lived with his paralysis, regaining some feeling in his pointer finger, thumb and wrist, but sadly, died from a bedsore October 10, 2004.<br><br> Less than a year later, his widow Dana was diagnosed with lung cancer, which killed her this March. Despite her husband 9s death, she never faltered in educating and fighting to promote knowledge about what happened to her husband and thousands of others, or doing her best to further scientific studies relating to paralysis and stem-cell research. Stem cells are cells in the body that are able to go through mitosis faster than ordinary cells, and multi- ply much faster.<br><br> The ideal situation would be for embryonic stem cells to be injected in to a spinal injury patient, where they would multiply and grow back the nerves that have died, according to StemCellResearch-Foundation.org. Yet identifying the specific cells needed for each kind if injury takes a lot of time, patience, research and money. In addition, once the right cells are injected, they would need to become part of that person 9s tissue in order to function, grow and eventu- ally heal the injury.<br><br> As with all trans- plants, the human body can choose to reject the cells, putting the patient at greatest risk for illness and it 9s not as easy to remove cells from a body as it is a kidney. There is much controversy surround- ing the issue, though, because to get embryonic cells, a human embryo (an egg and sperm looking to implant in the wall of the uterus) needs to be donated. According to Elizabeth Cohen of CNN.com, scientists can get stem cells through in-vitro fertilization, which would mean the human embryos never make it to the uterus to implant.<br><br> After a few days, during the first stage of the embryo, the in-vitro eggs are destroyed for the use of the stem cells. The problem that some people have with this is because they believe that all life starts at conception, and that to donate an embryo essentially means giving up a life to science. Others are also afraid that this will make abortions easier to get, to the point where the government will not fund stem cell research for fear of the contro- versy.<br><br> The Reeves family fought for stem-cell research, saying that the embryos donated would be used for good, and would bring life to many of those who have been sentenced to a life without movement. Not only would these stem cells help people like Reeve, but also those suffering from Parkinson 9s Disease like Michael J. Fox, people who have had heart problems, those with brain injuries and much more.<br><br> Amagic salve for incapacitating injuries would be ideal, but for now, the best scientists can come up with is the stem-cell research. If you would like to help, you can visit ChristopherReeve.org, where you can donate and learn more about the cause. To get more information on stem cell research, stemcells.nih.gov has an FAQ section where the process is explained in detail.<br><br> Although he died, paralysis does not have to be the end of one 9s life, as Christopher Reeve and his wife proved by working towards a cure for various de- habilitating diseases. It can be just the beginning. On-Screen Superstarto Real-Life Superhero Dana and Christopher Reeve Photocourtesyofwww.cbsnews.com B Y J ESSICA B USKO S TAFF W RITER For 43 years the Discovery Museum, in conjunction with school systems, has been working hard to educate the greater Bridgeport area on the progressive subjects of science and technology.<br><br> The job of the Museum staff has been to make this task both engaging and exciting for visitors and program participants. According to their website, cThe Discovery Museum and Planetarium 9s mission is to educate, excite and engage visitors in the exploration of science, technology and ideas through interactive experiences that promote new insights. d Visiting the museum provides proof of this statement and action. Every part of the current display, cFootball: The Exhibit d provides interactive activities that explore the all-American sport as a physical and technological game.<br><br> cPeople have really enjoyed the Spotlight on sports exhibits [which are featured throughout the museum], they are amazed at how important physics and math are to improving a players game, d said Charity Poth, Director of Development and M arketing. cPeople are fascinated by how advances in technology and science have also helped upgrade equipment, for the safety of players.. d cThis is definitely an engag- ing exhibit for visitors of all ages, d added Jane Hollis, manager of D Development and Grants. While the museum remains an intrigu- ing spot for tourists passing through the area, a majority of visitors are from local schools and surrounding districts.<br><br> According to to the museum facts sheet provided by Poth, cOver 68,000 young people enjoyed our many interactive exhibits and educational programs last year. d cChildren love science, d said Hollis cthey tend to have so much fun here, they forget they are actually learning something, d she added. Beside the numerous activities on the exhibition floors, the museum offers many after school and summer programs as well as adult education seminars continuously throughout the year. cThere are different events and programs scheduled for each season, d said Hollis, who<br><br>