Iowa State student faces charges for reporting false rape

AMES, Iowa A female Iowa State University student who said four black males abducted and sexually assaulted her will face university charges for filing a false report with the Department of Public Safety.

Iowa State sophomore Katie Robb told DPS on Aug. 28 that she was kidnapped from one of the busiest areas on campus and transported to a wooded area where the four men raped her.

The next day, Robb told DPS officials she fabricated the allegations. No date for a disciplinary hearing is set yet, said Dean of Students Pete Englin.

According to court documents, Robb faced charges in the Story County courts but changed her initial plea from not guilty to guilty Oct. 25. She was charged Sept. 4 with “knowingly reporting false information concerning a felony to a law enforcement authority.”

Robb said she could not comment on the case or say if she will attend Iowa State in the spring semester.

Smokers” rights addressed at Indiana University

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. A resolution calling for a nonsmoking zone of 30 feet around all academic buildings was entertained by the Indiana University Student Association at its meeting Thursday.

The meeting a biweekly Congress session ended with heated debate and few conclusive results.

Junior Health and Safety Director Brian Daviduke sponsored the resolution and called building entrances “a decorative ashtray.”

The resolution stated smoking on college campuses has increased during the last four years. Because students have to walk through smoke as they enter or exit a classroom building, the resolution stated that the secondhand smoke is affecting students” health.

The resolution would break up the concentration of smokers at the entrances of buildings and require them to stand away from building on the sidewalks or lawns and diffuse the smoke. Smoking pavilions were not given consideration in the resolution, and smokers would no longer be able to use the awnings of some of the buildings to shield themselves from the weather.

The resolution”s goal was to reduce the effects of second-hand smoke on students. Some members said the proposal is an unnecessary and ineffective way to address health concerns and merely passing by smokers on the way to and from classes was not concentrated or severe enough contact to bring second-hand smoke into play.

“I think everyone can hold their breath for two seconds,” said Indiana senior Willie Sutherland.

Anti-abortion ad raises eyebrows at Columbia College

CHICAGO The Oct. 22 issue of the Columbia College Chronicle featured a colorful and well-designed eight-page advertising insert. On the front was a retro-looking black and white picture of a woman with the words “Life is full of surprises.”

The advertisement was for the Human Life Alliance, an anti-abortion group. It featured two pictures of aborted fetuses, an interview with a woman who regrets having had an abortion, interviews with women who are glad they changed their minds about having abortions and several other anti-abortion essays.

Columbia College Chronicle advertising and business manager Chris Richert said that the editors of the paper did not meet to discuss running the ad because he knew from viewing a synopsis of it that it did not violate the paper”s policy of rejecting any advertising that discriminates against race, religion or sexuality.

“This is a college paper,” Richert added, “and we try not to censor anything.”

Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter Maria Sprow.

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