Oshkosh Advance Titan, February 18, 2004

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Oshkosh Advance Titan (Newspaper) - February 18, 2004, Oshkosh, Wisconsin www.advancetitan. com Sports, page 12'The Foreigner' opens tonight on campusStudents impact local economy • by Caycee Hess_ Advance-Titan Despite the national recession, Oshkosh's local economy remains stable with help from university students' consistent economic contributions. "Businesses are ruled by the demand of their consumers: if the demand is high, then so is the economic outlook, and vice-versa," Chancellor Richard Wells said. "With people looking for better, more stable jobs, the university is able to thrive." The number of students in the Some businesses rely on university to keep afloat local population accounts for an estimated 7 percent of Oshkosh's consumer population. The impact on the local economy created by Oshkosh's students is not to be underestimated. An economic impact study done by NorthStar Economics for the university in the fall of 2003 showed that students spent over $71 million at privately owned area businesses the previous year. Economics professor Kevin McGee said that even though students have put over $71 million into local area businesses, that money has a much greater effect when cycled through the community. "By spending money within the community, students cause a multiplier effect when bunches of money go into a particular product," McGee said. "That money then goes to the person who is able to stay in the community and spend that money." In this case the multiplier effect caused the $71 million to turn into $166 million toward the local economy. The effect students have on locally owned small businesses varies greatly depending on the type of business. Kory Klemm, who owns Liquor Locker along with his brother Kelly, said their business thrives on university students. "College students are 90 percent of my annual business," Klemm said. "Essentially, I only have a business seven months out of the year because of summer vacation and Christmas break." While New Moon Coffee Company owners Aaron and Jason Baer share Klemm's sentiments, they are not as reliant on college students to attract business. "Yes, we're busier when col lege is in session, but during the summers it's just a transition from college to high school kids," Aaron said. "The students help our business, but the rest of the community is enough to keep us going." Other popular area businesses such as Toppers Pizza, Subway and Papa John's Pizza, said nearly half of their business is student-based. According to the university's study, students spend almost Economy, Page 3 Fraternities' future awaits possible review by Eric L. Merryfield & Amie Schaenzer_ ^ Advance-Titan The Dean of Students is reviewing the fraternity system at the UW-Oshkosh to determine if recommendations to alter the university status of fraternities are pertinent. James Chitwood announced • his plan at a Feb. 9 Interfratemity Council meeting. "I have been disappointed in what their overall performance ha& been as fraternities on campus," he said. Chitwood said he would take four to six weeks to review informi mation and meet with fraternity leaders before deciding whether to recommend Elliot Garb, vice chancellor of student affairs, to pursue further action. "What I really want to do is work with individual chapters, and especially the IPC, to resolve ♦ some of these issues," Chitwood said. Kappa Sigma President Jeremiah Winscher said the Greek community is willing to cooperate 100 percent with adminisfration ,but there is a possibility that the ^ Oshkosh Greek system will be smaller after this review. Chi^ood's re-examination of Oshkosh fraternities could result in all, none or certain chapters losing their recognition with the university. If a fraternity loses univer-4 sity recognition, it is no longer allowed to use imiversity facilities, to host chapter events or participate in university-sponsored events such as homecoming and Winter Carnival. Garb declined comment pending Chitwood's forthcoming rec-^ ommendation. The main reason for the review, according to fraternity leaders, has been a lack of communication between administrators and the Greek commimity. "I think that it really has been a matter of communication. It's * really easy for us as fraternities not to talk to them and them as administrators not to talk to us," said Alan Bradford, Beta Theta Pi president. Despite the possible implication of removal from the Greek « system, Winscher remains positive about the future. Fraternity, Page 2Election results: Kerry takes Wisconsin's primary photos by paul stolen & beth krieck/AT Right: Dean shakes hands with students outside Reeve iVIemorial Union before spealcing on heaithcare at the Oshl<osh Grand Opera House Feb. 13. Top left: Howard Dean and his wife, Elizabeth Dean, great students. Bottom left: Approximately 150 students show support for Dean outside Reeve.Dean Wins campus vote, loses siate by Robert Ireland Advance-Titan Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's campaigning efforts in Oshkosh paid off amongst students in wards 13 and 14; however, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass, won the state primary. There were 668 total votes cast at Albee Hall yesterday. "That's close to 20 percent of students in the district," senior Dan Bush said. "For the first primary election that has been relevant, it's a respectable number." Kerry received 40 percent of the state vote while Edwards was a close second with 34 percent. Dean came in a distant third with 18 percent of the state vote. At Albee Hall Dean received 253 of the votes, Kerry received 193 and Edwards carried 131 votes. Wards 13 and 14 are composed primarily of residence hall students. Dean rallies student support Dr. Howard Dean and his wife Dr. Judith Dean visited campus Thursday in front of Reeve Memorial Union to shake hands with supporters. Approximately 150 people chanting "We want Dean," attended. Elizabeth Edwards, wife of presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., was scheduled to make a visit to Reeve Feb. 13, but cancelled because of dangerous road conditions. She answer questions through a speakerphone to a room of about 25 people and apologized for not being there. Former U.S. Senator Max Cleland, who campaigns for Kerry, also spoke in Reeve the day of the primary. The enthusiastic crowd outside of the union ranged from longtime Dean supporters to students who were undecided or just curious. One man carried a sign reading "College Republicans support Howard Dean." "We want Dr. Dean to win Campus Wards 13 and 14 Voting Results: D??" - W" O^her- 8% Sharpen- inich - 4% Edwards - 20% Kerry - 29% Phil Fischer/AT A total of 668 students cast their vote at Albee Hall yesterday for Wisconsin's Democratic primary. Wisconsin to make it a closer race. It's going to help Bush in the end," junior Nate Nelson said. Music professor Karen Foumier, who cannot vote because she is Canadian, was there for moral support. "Canada would be very supportive of this candidate, we are pro-Democratic up north," Foumier said. Students with a general interest or curiosity in politics went to the event as well. "I don't know much about (Dean's) candidacy, but it's great that he's in Oshkosh, I want to find out where he stands," student Shelby Anderson said. After the brief rally. Dean headed to the Grand Opera House to give a speech. Judith Dean introduced her husband to a crowd of about 500 people. "We both got into medicine because we like helping people," Mrs. Dean said. "Howard just likes to do it at a larger level." When Dean took the stage, he directed his speech toward health care, which he said he would provide for all Americans. Dean said the $87 billion spent on the war in Iraq could have paid for every man, woman and child in America to have health care. Dean's health care plan would provide those Americans who desire the same coverage as congress representatives. Under Dean's proposed plan residents would pay about $600 a month. After presenting his plan for health care. Dean criticized Bush for pandering to special interest groups. Dean said he hadn't seen a president who catered to special interest groups this much since Warren Harding. "Send a president who doesn't owe anyone anything except for you," he said. Eleqion, Page 2^ Required credit amount to leave residence halls dropped to 48 by Jeremy Schneider & Rob Ireland_ Advance-Titan The number of credits UW-Oshkosh students will need to 11 leave residence halls and live ofif-campus has been changed from 60 to 48, the equivalent of four 12- credit semesters. "What we've changed here is not the policy. What we've changed are the guidelines of the committee and when they make exemptions," Director of Residence Life James Chitwood said. "Unofficially, if a student were to have lived in the dorms for two years and has attained 55 or so credits, they would generally be exempt." The conmiittee was started by the United Students in Residence Halls about five years ago to hear appeals of students who were close to the 60-credit mark. "The conunittee's purpose is for special purposes," said Tom Fojtik, associate director of Residence Life.// It's going to helppeople out that have lived in residence halls for two years. —James Chitwood Director of Residence -H The committee would hear appeals from students with jobs-limiting the amount of credits they could take during the course of a semester, for medical or other reasons, Fojtik said. "The intent is for someone who has lived in the dorms for two years not to have to sign a contract for a third year," Chitwood said. Chitwood said the number of credits was officially lowered because of student concerns and because it was difficuh to justify a student having to sign a contract for a third year. Since the contracts are a year long, if a student earns 48 credits by the end of the first semester in the second year, students would not be able to break the contract. "It's going to help people out that have lived in residence halls for two years. They will be given relief," Chitwood said. When Oshkosh built the residence halls the UW System Board of Regents decided the imiversity could require students to live in the dorms based on class status. "Because we have space available, we require students to live on campus in accordance with the Board of Regents' policy," Chitwood said. The new guidelines could mean more business for local housing rental firms. "It will certainly be good for our business because of a fairly new amount of tenants," said Mike Mokler, owner of Mokler Properties. He said that oflF-campus housing is not like it used to be. "There's more and better oflF-campus housing than there's ever been," Mokler said. INDEX: Arts & Entertainment.....9 Classifieds.....8 Features.....6,7 LighterSide.....8 News.....2,3 Opinion.....4,5 Sports.....11,12 Printed on 100 percent recycled paper. Please recycle after reading. ;