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					                                                                                                                                                                           06.09.06 • the McGill tribune • 

                                                                                                                              NewS BrIefS:
CAMPUS                                                                                                                                              Stair stepping for a cancer cure

McGill to STOP laptop theft                                                                                                         Step It Up for the Cure, a 24-hour stair climbing marathon, will have
                                                                                                                              individuals and teams running up and down Molson Stadium on Sept 9 at 12
                                                                                                                              p.m. in order to raise funds and awareness for cancer research.

A new way to protect your computer
                                                                                                                                    One Canadian dies of cancer every four minutes, so the challenge to each
                                                                                                                              participant is to raise $240 by running one set of stairs every four minutes.
                                                                                                                                    Event organizer Dan Fischer came up with the event with a friend whose
         Matt CaMpbell                    cost, which is roughly the equivalent      who has friends who’ve lost their        father died of cancer. “We all used to run stadiums together a lot and after he
       As more students choose            of four or five laptops.                   notebooks in previous years. “It’s not   died we decided to use it as a way to raise awareness and research money,”
to bring laptops to campus the                  Communications          graduate     like computers are that aesthetically    Fisher said.
opportunities for thieves to take         student and laptop owner Dwayne            pleasing anyway.”                              Enrolled individuals range in age from five to 85 and people from all over
them has increased. Last year over        Avery wasn’t fully aware of the new              In addition to the new program,    Canada are coming to climb. Most volunteers and participants are involved
120 laptops were reported stolen          program, but thought it was a good         Security Services has also compiled      with McGill but there are many high school and CEGEP students participating
by students and unfortunately for         idea.                                      a list of safety tips for notebook       as well.
                                                “I’ve seen so many [personal]        storage. Mostly common sense, the              The goal for this event in 2006 was to raise $60,000 for the Cancer Research
laptop owners, the numbers are
                                          posters saying the thief could keep        tips include locking your dormitory      Society in three cities, but it had to be altered due stadium shortages. “We were
                                          the laptop, but victims just wanted a      door, storing your laptop in a secure    going to take it to Ottawa and Vancouver as well, but the stadiums fell through
       This is one reason why Security
                                          copy of their documents.”                  place and never leaving it in a parked   so I don’t know if we’ll be able to make goal just in Montreal,” Fischer said, “ but
Services launched a new laptop
                                                The sticker didn’t turn off Avery,   car. n                                   we’re hoping to branch out more next year.”
tracking program for students in
                                                                                                                                                                                                  — Kate Spirgen
partnership with Connecticut-based
                                                                                                                                    Anyone interested in helping to raise funds and awareness for cancer may
Security Tracking of Office Property
                                                                                                                              register online at
       The program works by attaching
                                                                                                                                                        Elevator Grinds to a Halt
a security plate with a tracking
                                                                                                                                   Sixteen freshman had their partying interrupted Tuesday night when the
number to the top of the laptop. The
                                                                                                                              elevator they had piled into to take them to the top of Gardner Hall ground
security plate and accompanying
                                                                                                                              to a halt between the fifth and sixth floors. According to Leigh bryant, a floor
warning label act as a deterrent to
                                                                                                                              fellow at Gardner, the students then had to wait in the cramped quarters of
theft. The adhesive requires more
                                                                                                                              the elevator car for 45 minutes while a technician was summoned to lower it
than 800 pounds of force to remove,                                                                                           to the basement, where they were let out. none of the students were seriously
and if it is pried off leaves “Stolen                                                                                         hurt during the ordeal, though one fainted and broke her nose, requiring the
Property” etched into the laptop                                                                                              attention of paramedics.
casing, along with STOP’s phone                                                                                                    Rumours flew through the residences about the incident, which involved
number. The company claims that                                                                                               13 residents of neighbouring McConnell Hall, one Douglas resident and
this makes the computer impossible                                                                                            two from Gardner. The Tribune initially received reports that an overloaded
to resell.                                                                                                                    elevator had fallen in its shaft, but according to bryant the initial reports were
       Having bought the equipment                                                                                            exaggerations.
less than two weeks ago, Assistant                                                                                                 Gardner’s elevator was out of service over the weekend, and large signs
Manager for Security Services                                                                                                 were posted reminding residents of the system’s weight limit.
Pierre barbarie has already received                                                                                               “We were really glad it [was] not a big deal,” bryant said.
a significant amount of positive
feedback from students. As an                                                                                                                                                                 —James Gotowiec
incentive to get students to sign up
for the service, Security Services will
                                                                                                                                               u p
tag the first 500 laptops registered
in the program for free. After that,
students who wish to have their
notebook tagged will be charged a
                                                                                                                                                 t o
one-time fee of $20.                                                                                                                 This year’s opium harvest in Afghanistan reached the highest levels
       “We were due to get a process                                                                                           ever, almost 50 per cent more than last year. Executive director of the United
like this,” said barbarie. “Pawn shops                                                                                         nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, puts much of the
aren’t going to buy laptops with                                                                                               blame on the resurgence of Taliban rebels in the country’s most productive
these stickers.”                                                                                                               opium region. n A US interceptor test missile successfully shot down a
       U0 Arts student Megan Stewart                                                                                           dummy warhead on Friday over the Pacific Ocean. The Pentagon claims
first learned about the new program                                                                                            that this is close to if not the end of the testing a long range missile defence
during the Discover McGill street                                                                                              system and is pleased with results, despite claims from defence experts
fair outside the Shatner building.                                                                                             that the target missile did not deploy decoys or other devices that could
“It would work really well,” she said                                                                                          be carried by actual long-range ballistic missiles. These may be added in
as her new graduation present was                                                                                              later tests in December. n Steve Irwin, the energetic Australian crocodile
being tagged. “It does look a bit ugly,                                                                                        hunter, passed away Monday at the age of 44. Irwin was swimming off the
but that’s okay. I made sure to put                                                                                            northeastern Australian coastline, 60 miles north of Cairns, when a sting-
the red sticker on the bottom.”                                                                                                ray punctured his heart. His energetic presence will be missed in both the
       The program itself costs                                                                                                entertainment and environmental world. n              A young Carleton student
between $6,000 and $7,000.                                                                                                     came to the university looking for a husband and ended up funnelling cash
However, Security Services stressed                                                             Matt CaMpbell                  to a terror cell. Chemistry student Zenab Armend Pisheh says she was used
that the program was well worth the                                                                                            by young, aspiring jihadists in britain and Canada. Among the funelled items
                                          U0 Arts student Megan Stewart displays her freshly stickered laptop.
                                                                                                                               were CDs, jihad training videos and thousands of dollars in Cash. Pisheh is
                                                                                                                               currently helping authorities in the case.
                                                                                                                                     Sources: PC World, CNN, Globe and Mail, BBC and the New York Times

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