SUL/AIR News: November 5, 1999

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November 5, 1999

  1. SUL Staffer "Notable & Quotable"
  2. Self-defense Workshops for Women
  3. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


Government Document Serials department staffer T. Elizabeth (Eli) Harvey's letter to Cecil Adams' "The Straight Dope," was excerpted in "The Wall Street Journal", Friday 10/29/99.

Eli wrote to Adams regarding a federal depository document that she processed using the Marcive Shipping List Service. The Housing and Urban Development document, "Resident Rights and Responsibilities" was published in Spanish, French, Ethiopian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Creole. Eli questioned the printing of the Creole version. Creolized languages are generally spoken, rather than written. Indeed, HUD withdrew the publication in September after a complaint was filed.

HUD's public affairs director has become involved in the matter, stating, "We did not knowingly distribute this... We are trying to get to the bottom of this..."

The entire "Straight Dope" column is available online at

Moral: Government documents are much more interesting than the uninitiated may realize.

--submitted by Christa Easton


Two self-defense workshops for women are being offered through the Women's Center for students and staff. If you are interested and have questions or would like to RSVP, please contact Lauren Popell at

On Tuesday, November 9, 7:00-10:00 p.m., we will have an informational session featuring a female former police officer, a Stanford security officer, and representatives of two campus safety organizations. From 8:00-10:00 p.m., there will be hands-on self-defense training led by two professional Defensive Tactics Instructors. They will be bringing a "red man suit," which is the full-body padding (one of them will wear it) allowing us to practice full-force defense. This is the same outfit that is used in the "Model Mugging" courses you may have seen on TV.

On Saturday, November 13, time TBA, a firearms comfort, safety, and instruction workshop will be presented. The idea is NOT to convince you that you should go out and buy a gun, or that one is necessary to protect yourself. The purpose of this session is to better prepare you, should you ever find yourself in a situation in which an attacker has a gun. The workshop is designed to let us know what it feels like to hold and fire a gun, as well as to teach general firearms safety. It is being fully sponsored by the FBI, at no cost to the participants. The workshop will be led by three FBI firearms instructors.

--submitted by Lauren Popell


SUL/AIR has the following new open positions this week.

System Software Developer / Sr (10/29/99); REQ# J992469

Application Software Developer / Sr (10/29/99); REQ# J992467

Computing Information Analyst (10/29/99); REQ# J992464

Financial / Management Analyst II (11/05/99); REQ# J992533

Administrative Associate V (11/05/99); REQ# J992531

Library Specialist III (11/05/99); REQ# J992542

Library Specialist III (11/05/99); REQ# J992549

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