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P a n e 4 Norovirus, pink eye appear on campus PHOTO BY LAUREL CIFALA Carroll College Wellness Center director, Kathleen Trudnowski. By NIKKI SKAGGS Prospector S t a f f W riter Cases of norovirus and pink eye, or conjunctivitis, have hit cam pus since students returned from Christmas break. Eight cases of Norovirus were treated the first week, said Kathleen Trudnowski, director of the Wellness Center. Norovirus is an infection with unsettling symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, and fever. This virus has not been com mon on campus. Reports of symptoms were not secluded to just one dorm but throughout campus. “Some of the cases were mild while some were more serious,” says Trudnowski. “If students see symptoms and come in right away it helps a lot.” Trudnowski suggested that if symptoms occur, rest for 12-24 hours and drink fluids. Symptoms can last anywhere from 12 hours to five days and vary in types. No anti-virus medication works on Norovirus, and there are no vac cines. Depending on the severity of symptoms, anti-diarrhea medica tions can be taken for relief. Some faculty members were struck with Norovirus showing that it is being brought in from the outside community. Trudnowski confirmed that the virus is circulat ing the community. Norovirus is transmitted through the fecal-oral route if hands aren’t washed after using the restroom. Consumption of contaminated water or food, person-to-person contact, or environmental contami nation can occur. Pink eye also struck students on campus since the start of school. The Wellness Center treated five cases the first week. Trudnowski urges students to wash their hands frequently and avoid touching or rubbing the eyes. “Disinfecting doorknobs, phones, light switches, sinks, toilets, and tables help prevent spreading,” said Trudnowski. Pink eye is spread through physical contact when hands touch the infection, she said. Influenza season is also ap proaching according to the Center for Disease Control. Trudnowski recommends students get vaccines before the season reaches its peak in February or March. An off-campus medical director offers flu vaccines to students in the Wellness Center upon request. SMART Board tech comes to campus The SMART Board in action in Simperman Hall. PHOTO BY LAUREL CIFALA By DREW RILEY Prospector S ta ffW r iter Chalkboard loyalists, beware: the SMART Board is invading Carroll College. The ink and chalk-free SMART Board is manufactured by SMART Tech nologies, whose head quarters is in Alberta, Canada. Students in Spanish, French or English classes at Car- roll may have an op portunity to use the new board in Simperman Hall, Room 245. The board comes courtesy of a $155,000 Title VI Grant written by profes sors Erik Pratt and Tomas Graman and other staff members. Title VI is part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It allows the govern ment to give money to federally as sisted programs to promote cultural diversity. Carroll is using the Title VI Grant to help get a Latin American Stud ies minor off the ground. Ron Stottlemyer, head of the English department at Carroll, said that while Spanish classes have priority, any teachers may use the SMART Board. Stottlemyer said he is excited about the possibilities of the new technology. “It will revolutionize the classroom,” Stottle myer said. The projector connect ed to the SMART Board has a satellite subscrip tion for 35 Spanish channels. Stottlemyer plans an expansion for English language chan nels to be included. The master computer proj ects its image on the board. The computer can also be operated by using the board as a touch-screen. Styluses can be used to draw on the board in four different colors. DVD and VHS films can be viewed on the SMART Board. Stottlemyer has already used the SMART Board in the classroom. He showed students in Medieval Literature a picture that came to his mind, and used the styluses to highlight important parts of the painting. Stottlemyer expressed high hopes for the future of his department’s access to this new technology. In the next year, four new com puters will double the number of computers in Simperman 245, which used to be a staff meet ing room until the addition of the SMART Board. Stottlemyer said he also plans to have a 50- to 60-inch high-defini tion plasma television with a digital video recorder installed within a year. Professors in any department will be able to record programs to watch in class. Stottlemyer mused, “I imagine a classroom without walls.” // * I imagine a classroom without walls —Ron Stottlemyer, head of Carroll English department rr Thursday, February 1,2007 lfolumeOONo.4