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1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 hannel One By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Five years after its inception, One is still controversial educators weigh the benefits 'introducing a newscast laced sing into their school However, one school in the Dio- of Evansville has opted for network, while another is a look at it. What Channel One does is pro- de schools with a daily 12- inute newscast interspersed of commercials. 1 agrees to use Chan- One, it receives television sets each of its homerooms. Three yearsago, Mater Dei School, Evansville, signed rtising link is still controversial up for the program. Sharon Liv- ingston, in charge of media ser- vices at the school, said she feels the newscasts "are excellent." She said the 12-minute programs have actually "gotten better. It used to be more entertainment- oriented, but now it's more news- oriented." Because the school received TV sets for every homeroom, a closed circuit television system is now in place, allowing Mater Dei stu- dents to broadcast announce- ments before the 12-minute Channel One news program begins. On an average day, a newscast might feature the latest news on the Iraqi-Kurd situation, a story on Stealth bombers, an update on hurricanes headed for the U.S. *amon Anslinger, Steve Elfreich and Mike Petrig serve as production crew during homeroom announcements at ! Dei High School, Evansville. Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes ishops i ted to The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald by the pro-life office of the Boston Archdiocese. It contained an explicit diagram and description of partial-birth abortion with a message from the U.S. bishops urging override of the veto by President Clinton. Acknowledging that the ad was "graphic, vivid and disturb- ing," the cardinal said in a state- ment, "It is precisely because partial-birth abortion is morally disturbing that the ad was sub- mitted. I regret the rejection of the ad." The Sept. 12 vigil prompted Confiecticut's five Catholic bish- ops to issue their own statement Built with Quality to Save You Time & Money Factory and General Office Hwy. 231 S., Jasper, IN (812) 482-1041 I III Main Street Pharmacy 217 E, Main , Downtown Washington Phone: 254-5141 from page 1 abortion to his two had seen an artist's of the procedure "How do you describe the say- of what is happening in e?" he asked. "How do ou explain that to anyone who a civilized being?', An attempt to place a 'picting the partml-blrth :b: d on procedure in Boston's two iaily newspapers met with which Cardinal Law aid indicated "a perceptible orship on this issue on the press generally." The rejected ad was submit- E ICE ELECTRIC INC. ",IN Coffee Services Total Beverage Distributor Indiana-Illinois.Kentucky 46 Varities of Coffees and Teas YOUR TAST00 ,. WE CAN MATCH IT X,-__ Washington 254-4409 Evansville 422-1833 coastline, and a public service announcement about drug abuse. Advertising is mainly from soft drink, gum, candy and movie companies. "I haven't seen any- thing yet that's objectionable," Livingston said. Mater Dei student Mike Petrig said he enjoys the newscasts because "the reporters are our age, 18 to 22." The reporters actually go out on dangerous assignments, Petrig said. "Last week, they were talking about marijuana use, and a reporter went out with government agents on a heli- copter. Everyone had guns. She went out and lay in weeds, and talked into her microphone. The kids watched that." He believes the newscasts are "important to have in the schools, because the kids need to know what's really going on." Many stu- dents are "involved with school and sports and may not know what's going on in the. outside world." Richard Kapiszka, principal at Rivet High School, Vincennes, agrees that Channel One can be beneficial, and he is looking at incorporating the newscast next year. Kapiszka said he introduced the programming at a school in Northern Indiana where he worked and he found that "the kids really liked it." When asked if the students actually watched the newscast, he said, "Yes. We walked the halls, and you could see -- even hear -- the difference. You could hear a pin drop because every kid was watching the TV." Gerry Adams, principal at against partial-birth abortions. "To induce delivery and kill a child just moments before birth is to deny totally the value and dignity of human life," they said. "In late-term abortion, especial- ly partial-birth abortion, chil- dren are killed cruelly, their mothers are placed at risk and the society that condones it is demoralized in the process." Mary Jane Owen, executive director of the National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabil- ities, saw the vigil led by the bishops as a "cry for justice and mercy for our unborn brothers and sisters who face a death most cruel, even as they are moving toward life." "In the minds of some," she added, "there is justification for partial-birth abortion when the unborn baby is viewed as 'flawed.  JOHN MANGIN Owner The Decorating Corner 21 East South Washington, IN 47501 Btmineas: 254-7794 Home: 2.54-3087 i , P_eop.les Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET RO, BOX 191 .... LINTON, INDIANA 47441 Jessica Freeman and Libby Schenk read announcements during homeroom at Mater Dei High School, Evansville. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes Memorial High School, Evans- ville, said his teachers decided against bringing Channel One into their school. "They voted, and they decided it wasn't worth the freebies." Adams said that because of the length of the newscast"yot have to sacrifice part ofthe school day7 His second objection to the net- work is that "you are putting your whole student body in front of advertising on a daily basis." He felt it was impertant t ask two questions: Can we afford to take time out of the school day? and Do we want our kids to watch advertising? He said that Memorial teach- ers were also concerned that the students might not watch the newscasts. "You have to weigh what you get free," he said, adding that his faculty concluded that "our stu- dents wouldn't benefit from it." Memorial feeder league football kicks off regular season of play The following information was provided by Thomas J. Jones, League Commissioner. The Memorial Grade School Football League's first week of regular play was held at Memo- rial Tiger Field, Sept. 15. Holy Rosary/St. John scored in the first quarter on a pass play from Brett Cooper to Darren Dulay, and again in the second quarter, on a 12 yard run around right end by Dulay. Opponents Christ the King/Holy Spirit scored in the third quarter on a 45-yard run by Brian Locker. Holy Rosary/St. John retaliated I JONES BODY SHOP Front end alignment Complete body rebuilding Radiator Service Estimates Given Call 254-5358 207 E. South -- Washington, IN I I I in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns and two PATs by Dula); to take the win, 26 - 6. St. Benedict/Holy Name shut out St. Theresa/Good Shepherd in the second match-up, 38 - 0. Craig Emig scored the first TD with a 5-yard run on a quarter- back keeper play in the second quarter. Emig passed to Jacob Todd for a 19-yard play for the next TD. Three more touchdowns were scored in the third quarter, with runs of 22 yards and 31 yards by Todd, and a 45-yard scamper by Christian Farley. An Emig pass to Darrel Wahnsiedler added one PAT, and Emig added another. The last touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a 15-yard run around left end by Todd. On Sunday, Sept. 22, unde- feated teams St. Benedict/Holy Name and Holy Rosary/St. John are matched up at 1 p.m.; and Christ the King/Holy Spirit and St. Theresa/Good Shepherd try for a first win at 2:30.