The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, January 24, 2002, Image 4

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Jo!@ Jewelry-Accessories-Skincare 100 Church Avenue, College Station Across from Cafe' Ecell Sri I Tech Thursday, January2 THE BATTALION • Come check out our new spring lines! • All Fall Sarah Shaw handbags 20% off! Lightning prediction system installed Giulian into tel STUDY THE ARTS AND ClVILIZATIONSl OF THE AEGEAN PHOTOGRAPH AND SKETCH GREECE AND TURKEY Dr. Charles White: 845-7859, Professor Susan Kirchman: 845-7065, NO PREREQUISITES-OPEN TO ALL MAJORS-SIX CREDITS (HUMANITIES ELECTIVE-VISUAL ARTS REQUIREMENT) TEXAS ASM 1ST SUMMER SESSION MAY 21-JUNE 24, 2002 By Sarah Szuminski and Mandi Vest THE BATTALION Lightning is a beautiful, natural phenom enon, but can be destructive and life threat ening. A&M officials decided to install a lightning prediction system because of the large campus and many outdoor activities. Christopher Meyer, director of A&M’s Environmental Health and Safety Department, said lightning is the leading cause of death in the natural disaster cate gory in the United States. Because of the amount of outdoor activities on and near campus, university officials formed a task force to recommend a lightning prediction system. The new system, funded primarily by the Division of Student Affairs and Finance, cost $45,000. The sensors are designed to examine conditions and predict lightning within a two-mile radius, large enough to cover the entire campus. Meyer said Tom Reber at Rec Sports came to him with the idea. The football team was using the Student Recreation Center because of possible lightning storms, when one of the coaches noticed there were people in the outdoor pool. He told Rec officials that the lightning detector I LOOKING FOR A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO HELP BUILD A&M ATHLETICS AND EARN SOME MONEY? had signaled. Reber then recognized the need for a lightning prediction system across campus. The company that makes Thor Guard Lightning Prediction System has installed the system in thou sands of golf courses, mili tary installations, universi ties, swimming pools and airports. It has already been installed at many universities including Texas Christian University and The University of Georgia, Meyer said. The sensors and alarms were installed at A&M before Christmas break and were initially tested last Thursday. Thor Guard monitors a devel oping storm by detecting elec trostatic buildup in the atmos- , phere. If the hazard of lightning ■ reaches a preset level, alarms sound before an actual strike happens. The system has the ability to predict random bolts, which can occur with out any sign of a storm. When the alarm is sound ed. students are advised to cease any university-related outdoor activities and lake shelter and are also encour aged to discontinue use of cellular phones and radios. “It will be an THE 1 2TH MAN FOUNDATION IS NOW HIRING FOR POSITIONS IN IT’S 2002 TELEMARKETING CAMPAIGN - Earn $6.00 per Hour* Plus Bonuses - Gain Valuable Work Experience - Flexible Scheduling after the first 30 days To apply, visit the 12th Man Foundation Office at the North End of Kyle Field, or fill out an application online. www. ALISSA HOLLIMON • THE BATTALION Lightning sensors and horns are now located on top of the A&M golf course club house. interesting test in the next few years to see if people have faith in the system,” Meyer said. One anticipated , problem is the possi bility of students not trusting the comput ers’ accuracy and i ignoring the warn ings, Meyer said. Because the elec trostatic sensors read invisible signs in the atmosphere, the sirens may sound at a time when little or no clouds appear in the sky. Conversely, students may be able to hearthuiider or see lightning in the dis'- tance while the alarm remains inactivated. Two sensors, one at the Rec Center and one at the golf course, send the signal to the 11 alarms across campus. I NEW YOR biography c= elpected to #The comp- Rudy Giulia corresponds s not dis - irtzman jen-mayor nter. He l_ ter about tf» Vive Mile plical figu ruz ar compli VAR IS (AF Penelope lil Promoting Tuesday, To hard time f each other. Ef'l choose nkws confe ''ller beauty Vlt is his g< the way he ■ has." Cruise, 39 everything, beautiful w< Vanilla 5k Amenabar's Mariah contrai |new yori Carey is lea' h EMI, Virgil would pay t which was t hat's in e arriving atV "Glitter,'' i movie of tl 501,000 co multiplatinu vious label, Carey has this year. S\ Super Bowl RUBEN DF.LUNA 1 Where it matters most. 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