Focus firstname.lastname@example.org Organization Spotlight: Pre-Pharmacy Club Technique Focus Editor: Reem Mansoura This student association helps students prepare for pharmacy school and encourages interest in pharmacy and related elds. 13 Friday, Contact: email@example.com February 27, 2009 Professor sheds light on ncehon ancethon Da arat D ra stimulus bill ting event Mateens with record-set Mee sw By Aaron Parkman Sta Writer Congress passed the whopping $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act this month, intending to infuse the economy with a much-needed dose of cash. Willie Belton, as- sociate professor in the School of Economics, shared his opinion on the bill this week, giving expert insight into the issue. By Julia Turner rale dance. e purpose of the dance “I think [the bill] is a very positive thing and Contributing Writer was to keep everyone energized is probably the only thing that [Congress] could throughout the marathon. e team do,” Belton said. Although there is an ideologi- What happens when you combine leaders, along with the morale team cal dispute in Congress concerning the size of music, a choreographed dance and captain, taught part of the dance to the bill, Belton said that the dispute is “pure tons of spirit? A dance marathon! the rest of the dance marathon par- politics.” is past Saturday, Tech held its ticipants. At the end of the night, all e bill provides tax relief for individuals seventh annual Dance Marathon at the morale team leaders and partici- and state and local governments. e bill also the CRC to bene t the Children’s pants danced the complete version of pumps money into transportation and infra- Miracle Network and Children’s the morale team dance. structure, renewable energy and the healthcare Healthcare of Atlanta. roughout roughout the night, the dance system. the school year, the Dance Marathon marathon participants had the op- From a Republican perspective, a spending steering committee is in charge of portunity to hear the stories of the strategy that includes a $19.9 billion increase planning and publicizing the event. “miracle children” who had been in food stamps and an $86.6 billion increase in Students sign up to participate in the saved by Children’s Healthcare hos- Medicaid is irresponsible and will not stimu- event with di erent student organi- pitals. Ruth Woldetsadik’s daughter late the economy, but Democratic congressmen zations. Each team is responsible for was a patient at Children’s Health- claim that the increase is necessary to support raising money throughout the year, care of Atlanta who needed two American families. and every person on the team must open-heart surgeries. e main ideological di erence between raise at least $30 to participate in the “You know, the donations are not liberal and conservative economics has been a event. is year’s theme was “keeping much to [the students], but they save point of contention since just after the Great it sweet for the kids.” Participating lives. I could not a ord the thou- Depression, when the United States began to groups ranged from Greek to fresh- sands of dollars it costs for my daugh- see more economic regulation by the federal men organizations. ter’s medical care without them,” said government as necessary. e dispute has al- “ is year was our most successful Woldetsadik, whose children were ways concerned the reach of government. Dance Marathon yet with just under playing on the in atable obstacle “We could probably do nothing, but I’m not 300 participants and about $12,000 course as she spoke. sure we want to feel that kind of pain,” Belton [in donations],” said Craig Rawe, For Woldetsadik, the most im- said, alluding to the 25 percent unemployment a fourth-year MGT major and ex- portant thing in bringing her chil- rate of the 1930s. Currently, the U.S. unem- ecutive director of Dance Marathon. dren was for the dancers to see where ployment rate is only 7.6 percent, almost double “We set our goal this year of grow- their money is going and, speci cally, what it was in March 2007. Georgia’s unem- ing our event. We wanted the event whom it is helping. ployment rate has also steadily increased, reach- to include more people and a more Terilyn Walton, Children’s ing a 26-year high in December at 8.1 percent. diverse set of organizations, and we Healthcare liaison, has been active Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rog- were proud when [we succeeded]” in Tech’s Dance Marathon for the ers (R-Woodstock) expressed his dissatisfaction Rawe said. past three years. Walton works at the with the bill to reporters last week, speaking out e move from last year’s location Foundation as a fundraiser. She keeps against the “almost…trillion dollars in debt” at the O’Keefe gym to the more spa- the steering committee informed of that the federal government is placing “on the cious CRC basketball courts re ects where the money they raise is going. American people.” the event’s goal-shattering growth. Each year, the money is donated to Regardless, the fact remains that Georgia is e steering committee was also Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. not doing any better economically than other in charge of setting up several major “I’ve enjoyed watching the pro- states, bearing an unemployment rate that is 0.5 fundraising events for Dance Mara- gram grow and maintain its identity percent above the national average. thon throughout the year. on campus,” Walton said. “It’s also Last week, Governor Perdue signed a piece “We had a letter-writing campaign neat to see people connect with the of legislation that re-routes most of the $460 where family members of dancers families, come back the next year million of stimulus money intended for Geor- sponsored them,” said Jenna Castle, and still maintain that special con- gia’s Medicaid. at legislation will essentially a fourth-year INTA major and mo- nection.” keep Georgia from bouncing the $200 to $300 rale team captain. “We also held a “We came last year,” said Laura checks it wrote to homeowners in the form of co ee house fundraiser at Under the Lewis, whose son Ryan was born with tax relief grants last fall. Couch where local bands played, and only half a heart. “And the boys just Some optimism came from Belton, say- we charged an entrance fee. We also couldn’t stop talking about it. Some ing that “Georgia isn’t any better or any worse had restaurants like Chick- l-A and of the students gave them headbands, than any [other state],” but also adding that the Steak ‘n Shake donate a percentage and they still have them!” mortgage crisis is especially painful in Georgia. of their pro ts on a particular day to Before Lewis’s son had his heart Still, there are many reasons why new gradu- our Dance Marathon.” transplant in 2007, he had a lot of ates or even current students may want to pur- While the event is called “dance trouble getting around and often had chase a home as opposed to renting in this eco- marathon,” a variety of games and to stop to catch his breath. nomic climate. activities, including dancing, took “Now I can’t keep him still,” Lew- First of all, homes are selling for historically place during the seven-hour event. is said, pointing to her son running low prices, some auctioning for as little as a few Some of the activities and entertain- through the obstacle course. “He’s thousand dollars. Also, rst-time home buyers ment for the night included a live just like any normal four-and-a-half qualify for a tax credit of up to $8,000 under band, dodgeball, a relay race and year old boy.” the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. dance performances and lessons from Many of the morale team leaders e thing to keep in mind when buying an the GT Salsa Club, Tekstyles, the expressed how much they enjoyed auctioned home, however, is that the costs as- Ballroom Dancing Club and Delta dancing for a greater purpose. “I re- sociated with making the home livable are of- Sigma eta Sorority Inc. ally like Dance Marathon because all ten more than the purchase price. Distressed Photo by Ben Keyserling/ Student Publications At the top of every hour, the mo- the miracle children make the whole homes cost tens of thousands of dollars to re- rale team leaders, the volunteers who event so much more real,” said Drew Dance Marathon participants pledge to store, not to mention the thousands of dollars are in charge of their teams, per- remain moving throughout the night, per year in property tax. formed part of a choreographed mo- See Marathon, page 15 raising money for Children’s Healthcare. See Stimulus, page 14 Technique FOCUS Stimulus from page 13 looking forward to an infusion of funding to universities from Facebook app provides shipping savings If one is looking to make a the federal government. Although nancial investment, Belton sug- Tech only receives 35 percent of By Chris Russell pay for their own purchases sepa- fty on which site they want to gests “following the government’s its funding through the govern- Sta Writer rately. go to. 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I am a vegetarian, on expectations.” spending the money [in] the only bine their orders and save on ship- only when people actually buy and when I came to the U.S. in Citing some of his own expec- places they can spend the money,” ping costs by making it easier to stu worth $30 or more per cart. 1999, I had trouble nding good tations, Belton said that he was Belton said. meet the $25 minimum order for But by adding ller items, people Indian vegetarian food around free shipping. e application also get the order total to just over $25 campus. scores bonus points for helping and, in e ect, Amazon makes less “On the other hand, there were the environment by reducing the pro t from them. Lastly, shipping these Indian housewives (moth- amount of packaging required. together saves the environment. ers of friends) who could legally ShipTogether works by rst One-third of the stu in land lls work, but didn’t due to language having a user pick what they want is from packaging materials…. 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Meg Gun- hard work is right in front you.” for the week preceding the event. ther and Drew Pak tied for rst in For Margaret DeGrace, a rst- Phi Mu, whose national philan- the individual division with $225. year INTA major who organized thropy is the Children’s Miracle With such a staggering success Alpha Xi Delta’s team, the char- Network, held a bake sale and be- rate at this year’s Dance Mara- ity was a little more personal. gan fundraising for Dance Mara- thon, it seems that next year’s DeGrace has close ties to the thon during football games rst steering committee will have a lot Children’s Miracle Network after semester. to live up to. In fact, applications having been a patient and volun- “We went canning at football are already up for positions on teer there for several years. tailgates and asked for donations,” next year’s committee. 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