Husky Happenings

SGA proposes to reduce use of InfoCommons paper At Thursday’s Student Government Association (SGA) meeting, Vice President for Academic Affairs MJ Paradiso and Vice President for Student Services Susan Dye made a presentation of the report they submitted to the administration concerning technology around campus. Paradiso and Dye have been working with the Academic Technological Resource Committee, an ad-hoc committee created by SGA to address technology concerns, submitted a report to the administration Feb. 15. Some of the changes they proposed were providing wireless Internet in all common spaces around campus except residence hall rooms, and limiting students to 400 sheets of print paper per semester at InfoCommons. Senators raised concerns about the 400-page limit, but Paradiso and Dye said the majority of students never reaches that number. Paradiso said this step is also to help the environment since last year 6 million sheets of paper were printed from InfoCommons. If a student passes the 400-page limit, there will be a fee of about 10 cents per printed sheet. Students will be able to view their page status, most likely through the myNEU portal, so they are aware of how many pages they have left. The page limit will go into effect starting Summer II.

– Mary Ann Georgantopoulos, News Staff

BRC approves requests for Day of Silence, speakers The Budget Review Committee (BRC) approved all eight funding requests for student programming at its meeting last night. Northeastern’s Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered and Straight Alliance (NUBiLAGA) was allocated $3,690 for a Day of Silence April 3. NUBiLAGA was also allocated $700 to bring a Rider University professor to Northeastern to discuss her experience being part of the first New Jersey lesbian couple to adopt a child. The Islamic Society was granted $2,750 for Islam Awareness Week, which will provide several speakers during the week of April 8. NEURONS, Northeastern’s student group for neuroscience majors, was allocated $796 to bring a speaker to Northeastern, as well as show the movie, “The Science of Sleep,” at their April 18 event, “Who Needs Sleep?” The Latino American Student Organization was allocated $2,715 for their 2007 Culture Show April 4. The Black Engineering Student Society was allocated $1,800 for a fashion show April 14 that will display everyday fashions. The Nor’easters A Cappella group was allocated $600 for their spring concert April 12. Northeastern University Huskiers and Outing Club was allocated about $7,600 for their student trip to Arcadia National Park in Maine

– Kate Augusto, News Staff

NUPD, student groups shoot hoops for charity The Northeastern Police Department (NUPD), Student Government Association, Resident Student Association and the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity will compete in an annual basketball tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday. The tournament will be in Cabot Center. Along with basketball, the event will feature routines by the Northeastern Dance Team, a rape aggression defense halftime show by NUPD and shootout tournaments. Admission is free but donations will be collected for Dana Farber’s “Mission Possible” campaign.

-Nikki Markow, News Correspondent

Greek week events set to start Sunday Greek Week, scheduled to take place March 24 to 30, is a week of competitions between fraternities and sororities to show their school spirit. All the events, except the Greek Awards Banquet, are open to the student body, even though the events are targeted toward the Greek community, said Amy Pasterczyk, Panhellenic public relations chair. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Former National Hockey League player Cam Neely will speak in the Curry Student Center (CSC) at 7 p.m. March 26. Tickets are $3. There will be a Banner/Community Service event and a campus-wide clean-up from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 28 and March 29 there will be a Greek God ‘ Goddess performance event in the CSC Ballroom at 7:30 p.m.

– Mary Ann Georgantopoulos, News Staff

President invites students to help prevent genocide President Joseph Aoun invited students through a myNEU announcement to participate in a series of podcasts and online discussions on the prevention of genocide. Although more than 60 years have passed since the Holocaust, there are continuous warnings of the perils of silence and the need to act, the announcement said. Voices on Genocide Prevention from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Facing History and Ourselves will present three new podcasts featuring experts in the field of genocide prevention. Following each podcast will be an online discussion open to the public with the expert featured in the most recent podcast. The podcasts are available through

– Nikki Markow, News Correspondent

Northeastern psychologist awarded NSF grant David DeSteno, associate professor of psychology, received a three-year, $340,000 National Science Foundation grant. Through a series of experiments, DeSteno will attempt to show that when a person repays a favor, the catalyst is not a pre-calculated motive but comes from an instinctive emotional state. “Contrary to popular belief, our emotions aren’t there to distract us from making logical decisions,” DeSteno said in a statement from the university. “In fact, they often help guide us to the right ones. Something deep inside compels us to stick our necks out for others, even when faced with personal risk. … My study will explore what drives humans to bypass those risks and do the right thing.” The grant was awarded to him based on his previous research on reciprocity, which was published in the April 2006 edition of the Psychological Science magazine.

-Nikki Markow, News Correspondent

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