The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, August 06, 1992, Image 2

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The Battalion cience Thursday, August 6,1992 'The Year of the Gulf of Mexico EPA, state groups sponsor environmental awareness campaign By Erin Bradley The Battalion The Year of the Gulf of Mexico, which officially began last month, will seek to promote awareness of the environmental issues and the economic importance of the Gulf to the entire country until the end of July 1993. The program, titled "America's Sea. Keep It Shining," has identified eight issues with both environmental and economic impact on the vast Gulf region. Five states, including Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Louisiana, share the Gulf coastline, as do Mexico and Cuba. The Environmental Protection Agency founded the Gulf of Mexico Program in 1988 to unite represent atives of the five states, and from the program came the eight issues cur rently in focus during the Year of the Gulf. "We take the Gulf for granted without fully appreciating the benefits that this vast natural resource provides." Chesapeake Bay and New England areas combined. But on the negative side. Gulf statistics include the fact that Texas, Louisiana and Florida all exceed the national average for plastics found in waste. Also, 460 municipalities and industrial facilities pipe pollutants directly into the Gulf, with more than one billion gallons from sewers and septic tanks flowing into Gulf waters each day. In Galveston Bay, 95 percent of seagrasses are dead due to sewage and toxic contamination. As a result, half of the oystering in that area has been closed. The Gulf program is seeking to involve participants from federal, state and local agencies, private organizations, educators and academicians, civic groups, businesses, scientists and Operation in Galveston. Sponsoring the program aretheHi Marine Laboratory, Roberts Communica: & Marketing, Inc., The Gulf of " Foundation, The Harlequin Group, and EPA. - Buck Wynne, regional administrator of the EPA technicians, the media, and concerned citizens. Mote Marine Laboratory, a non profit marine and environmental DARRIN HILL/The Battalion After the dive Derek Davis, a junior history major from Houston, grimaces from the shock of a high dive at the Wofford Cain Pool on Tuesday. "We take the Gulf for granted without fully appreciating the benefits that this vast natural resource provides," said Buck Wynne, Regional Administrator of the EPA, in a released statement. "The importance of the Gulf is clear. Everyone must play a part in protecting this national treasure." Statistics, such as the 170 million tons of freight which New Orleans, the busiest port in the nation, handles each year, indicate in part the importance of Gulf waters. The Gulf is the ninth largest body of water on earth and is traveled by almost half of all U. S. import and export cargo. It produces more than half of the U. S. seafood market, including more finfish, shellfish and shrimp each year than the South and mid-Atlantic, research and education center in Florida, which is in charge of the public outreach aspect of the program, wants the public to stay informed. "Before assuming, however, that the entire Gulf is a simmering stewpot overflowing with toxic wastes and suffocating doses of nutrients, it is encouraging to recognize that the farther offshore one goes, the cleaner the Gulf gets," according to Pamela Casteel, editor of Texas Shores, a quarterly published by Texas A&M University's Sea Grant College Program in her Summer 1992 issue which is dedicated to the Gulf. "I think our main problem is probably the cleanup of near-shore areas," said Dean E. Letzring, Port Captain of the Texas A&M Oceanography Department's Marine The Year of the Gulf is focusing oneit issues: • Marine debris, or anything from human waste to plastic • Toxic substances and pesticides • Coastal erosion • Public health, or toxins found in water and seafood • Nutrient enrichment, or nutrient overabundance in water • Freshwater inflow, which is vital to the mix with saltwater • Habitat degradation, or the loss of organisms’ homes • Living aquatic resources, or any organism depending on Gulf areas fori Tattoo safety depends on artist's precautions, medical officials say By Ursula Simms The Battalion Although an investigation into the rumor of a relationship between the occurrence of hepatitis and tattoos turned out to be false, Texas A&M medical officials at A.P. Beutel Health Center warn of the dangers of tattoos. If needles are not cleaned properly, those who get tattoos risk getting hepatitis, AIDS, septicemia and excessive scarring. Sharon Arnold, a Registered Nurse at the A.P. Beutel Health Center, said she does not approve of tattoos medically and "all needles should be used and thrown away." "If people do not do proper cleaning techniques or change needles, you will get hepatitis," said Dr. Don Freeman, also of the health center. The risk is such, said Freeman, that if blood can be transferred from one patient to another, then the risk of hepatitis and FIIV is real. It all depends on if the tattoo artist is using proper sterilization procedures if risk is there or not. Freeman said. "The most common problem with students with tattoos is how to get rid of them," said Freeman. Professional tattoos are deeper and are harder to get rid of. Their removal depends on their location and size, said Freeman. There are basically three removal procedures. Freeman said. Small tattoos can be cut out and the area sewn up. Larger tattoos may require the use of a laser, which superficially burns the skin, removing the tattoo. A tattoo can also be removed by a tattoo artist by injecting the tattoo with a natural skin color paint that covers up the tattoo. Professor researches post-polio syndrome The sum with inspii packed fun starred a ver Indeed tl actress. Uni lack of reco^ paycheck. A less then the It is time I problem bee I viewed this were about v Here are the runners-i 1. "Look guin," shriek movie, "Siste dy about a Goldberg, w her mafia bo Golcberj hides fr< >m n vent while s boyfriend's t I conside summer be< comedy and Hard t< singing? W imagine bee some great s wave" and " 60s classics si Delores is ing the nun's course, Deloi sary and crc Motown, go God" instead "Sister A( anyone whe laugh. 2. "A Lea^ close secom where the sta By Robin Roach The Battalion An almost extinct disease in today's day and age, polio myelitis (polio) once claimed thousands of lives nearly 30 years ago. But today, polio survivors may be faced with post-polio syndrome. Dr. William P. Fife, professor of hyperbaric medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, is conducting exper iments to test his hypothesis that breathing high-pressure oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber will relieve the symptoms of post- polio syndrome. "With post-polio syndrome, what I think we're doing is providing more oxygen so that the nerve can produce more acetylcholine. ThatXis my working hypothesis," Fife said. Polio is a viral disease which attacks and destroys nerves at random, When the nerve is destroyed, there is a scarcity of acetylcholine, a neurotransmit ter, which causes pain in the muscles that are affected. Supplying a post-polio sufferer with hyperbaric oxygen will supply the body with more oxygen and produce more acetylcholine to alleviate the pain associated with post-polio syndrome. "They start getting pain usually in the same musclesfc were hit with paralysis befoc but not always. Sometime: muscles, that they didn't nolle had any trouble before, get !k' pain," Fife said, "It is pair l stiffness, very quick fatigue e exhaustion, so they can't real; do anything." Although polio was extremely contagious and easilt transmittable in the past, post- polio syndrome is not. Whet post-polio sets in, it is no I classified as a virus. not men. "A Leagui based on the established d ated to help t the league b throughout tb The film how our Ame women as fnu "A Leagui dinary baseb is a film aboi relationships See Syndrome/Page6 Two Chick-Fil-A Meals $639 with this coupon Each meal includes one ChICK-FIL-A Sandwich or 8 Chick-Fil-A Nuggets™, Waffle Potato FRIES™ and cole slaw. One coupon per person per visit. Expires 8/13/92. □ Original □ Chargrill I I L. Closed Sundays. Post Oak Mall ^.i Don’t Worry when an accident or sudden illness occurs CarePlus is open when you need them 7 days a week with affordable medical care CarePlus Family Medical Center 2411 Texas Ave. and Southwest Pkwy. 696-0683 10% Discount with A&M ID MSC Barber Shop Serving All Aggies! Cuts and Styles Reg. haircuts starting at $6. Five operators to serve you Theresa-Kamona-Laura-Troy-FIector 846-0629 Open Mon.-Fri. 8-5 Located in the basement of the Memorial Student Cent« The Battalion TODD STONE, Editor-in-Chief MACK HARRISON, Opinion Editor GARY CARROLL, City Editor JAYME BLASCHKE, Lifestyles Editor MARK EVANS, Asst. City Editor MEREDITH HARRISON, News editor J. DOUGLAS FOSTER, Sports Editor HEIDI SAUER, News Editor ROBERT REED, Photo Editor Staff Members Reporters — Robin Roach, Chris Carroll, Robin Goodpaster, Juli Phillips, Christi Ray, Tanya Williams, Julie Chelkowski, Susan Westmoreland, Ursula Simms, and Erin Bradley. Copy editors — Kyle Burnett, Kenneth McWatters, Ali Steere, David Thomas and Lauri Reysa. Photographers — Darrin Hill, Sandra Alvarado, Nick Pena, Michael Marshall, and Huy Nguyen. Lifestyles writers — Anas Ben-Musa, Tricia Martinez and Kim McGuire. Sports writers— Michael Plumer and Don Norwood. Columnists — Anthony LoBaido, Stacy Feducia, John Deshazo, and Paul Greco. Assistant to the Editor - Darra Dees Editorial Cartoonist — William Harrison Graphic Artist — Jennifer Maxwell Clerks — Allison Lewis, Shelley Rowton and Carrie Miura. The Battalion (USPS 045-360) is published daily, Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters and Monday through Thursday during the summer session (except university holidays and exam periods), at Texas A&M University. Second class postage paid at College Station, TX 77840. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Battalion, 230 Reed McDonald Building, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77840. News: The Battalion news department is managed by students at Texas A&M University in the Division of Student Publications, a unit of the Department of Journalism. Editorial offices are in 013 Reed McDonald Building. Newsroom phone number is 845-3316. Fax: 845-2647. Opinions expressed in The Battalion are those of the editorial board or the contributor and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Texas A&M student body, administration, faculty or staff. Advertising: For campus, local and national display advertising, call 845-2696. For classified advertising, call 845-0569. Advertising offices are in 015 Reed McDonald and . o ^ *‘—“ *-Frir 1 — office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fax: 845-5408. Subscriptions: Mail subscriptions are $20 per semester, $40 per school year and $50 per full year. 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