Public Safety, disabilities offices make life easier for student

I would like to start by saying thank you to public safety for writing tickets. And no, I’m not being sarcastic. I’ve called Public Safety on several occasions through my years here at Eastern to come and ticket people illegally parked in handicap sections throughout campus.

Every time I’ve called, Public Safety has always responded quickly. Most people probably dislike me for calling Public Safety to come ticket cars, but I have a very good reason for being upset by people parking illegally in handicap sections. I have arthritis, and I am only 22 years old. Not all types of arthritis are an “old people’s disease.” I was born with a degenerative, painful and heredity type of arthritis called psoriatic arthritis. This disease has slowly spread to about 90 percent of the joints in my body, including my knees, hips, ankles, shoulders, elbows, wrists, all of my fingers, every joint in my spine and my jaw. My toes are the only place I do not have arthritis.

Unlike many other forms of arthritis, mine is not affected by the weather but by pressure or being active. I cannot run, swim, chew gum, stand, drive, wear high heels, sit, type or even sleep for extended amount of time without causing pain to my joints. And the pain doesn’t stay in one joint. It moves through my bones to other joints. The disease can also cause my muscles and joints to tense, stiffen and swell. The pain from these activities could last for days, weeks or even months before they stop. No amount of painkillers can stop the pain. It’s just something I have to live with. Handicap parking makes life a little bit easier for me, especially on campus where walking to class can be a painful experience.

Most people cannot comprehend what it’s like to be a handicapped person in a world of functional people. People who illegally park in handicap spaces show disrespect to the handicapped and can cause a handicapped person more problems than they already have. This is why I am grateful for the Individuals with disabilities office for providing handicap-parking tags and for the Public Safety officers who ticket illegally parked cars.

Jessica Power,

Theft of political bumper sticker upsets student

The recent theft of a “Bush-Cheney” bumper sticker and a magnetic “W” from my vehicle in Brockton lot is despicable. This act exemplifies the level to which supporters of the Kerry-Edwards ticket are willing to go in order to trash President Bush and the freedom-loving Americans who support him.

It would appear based on this act that there are people choosing to wage a battle of pettiness leading up to the election rather than standing up to fight at the ballot box in the spirit of democracy.

Most importantly, this theft also exudes a blatant disrespect and disregard for the constitutional right to freedom of speech. The only accomplishment that has come from this deplorable act of thievery is to strengthen my resolve in ensuring that George W. Bush and the Republican Party remain at the helm of government.

Furthermore, I call on the president of the College Democrats to condemn this act out of dignity and respect for the electoral process currently underway.

Christopher Thomason,

Student: Problems shouldn’t be blamed on ResNet staff

I just read some of the articles in this issue of The Progress and I would just like to point out one error. ResNet is not responsible, for the problems that are going on with the computers on campus. ResNet has only been responsible for “cleaning up the mess,” one could say.

Further, making them the focal point for student frustration is only making it more difficult for them to get student’s computers working quickly. It may surprise some to know that one ResNet employee had to call public safety when a student refused to leave until his computer was fixed.

I know that this is an issue with a lot of news value, but the blame does not need to be placed on ResNet. These guys have stayed late, worked on weekends and have even had help from student employees from other IT areas. They have been working very hard to make sure that students do “come first” and are not plagued by the same debilitating viruses that they were with last semester.

Reid Connelly,

Note from the editor

In last week’s My Turn column, titled “Student says iPod, iTunes makes life easier,” by Copy Editor Catherine Richardson, she suggested students download songs to their iPod using software programs such as Kazaa or Limewire.

Although we know a lot of people do it – including students on campus — we would like to remind readers of The Progress that pirating music and other forms of media is not only against university policy but breaks copyright laws.

Please familiarize yourself with the rules at Eastern and don’t break the law.

If you weigh your options and still decide the free tunes are just too irresistible, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Adam Baker,