The fourth wall : a Penn State Mont Alto student periodical. (Mont Alto, PA) 2004-????, December 01, 2007, Image 1

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    -Vol. 3 Issue 4-
By Tony Arnold
Staff Writer
Some students are going to
spots in sunny Florida, the
Carolinas or even south of the
border to have fun for spring break
this year. However, a group of nine
Mont Alto students is heading
a different reason: To help build a
The Alternative Spring Break
Club (ASB) is heading down to
Springfield, Georgia in order to
help those less fortunate in the
community realize their dreams of
owning a home. ASB participates
yearly in Habitat for Humanity’s
Collegiate Challenge program, a
program designed to encourage
college spring-breakers to
selflessly devote their vacation
By Jordan Martin
Staff Writer
A few years ago, soon after the
September 11 tragedy, President
Bush initiated the war on terror. In
a speech, he named three nations
making up what he referred to as
an “Axis of Evil”; Iraq, North Korea,
and Iran. The President decided to
deal with Iraq first, and set the rest
aside for later.
While the United States was
occupied elsewhere, North Korea
attempted a long-range missile
launch, as well as an underground
nuclear test. Iran as well initiated
nuclear weapons research. The
United States seems to have
mollified North Korea for the
moment with promises of energy
assistance to a country whose
power shuts down on a regular
basis to conserve scanty energy
time to those less fortunate.
The group will be led by Kelly
Pannill and Linda Worley, both
familiar faces from the campus life
office. They have worked
tirelessly with students to raise
funds. The Alternative Spring
Break Club has sold lollipops, raffle
tickets, candy grams, and even
participated in a joint venture to
host the Battle of the Bands in the
General Studies auditorium. In
addition to its own fundraising
efforts, ASB was also fortunate to
receive generous funding from
both the Student Activity Fee
Committee and the Student
Government Association.
The group is looking forward to
its trip and is anxious to arrive in
is sure to be unforgettable.
ASB and Habitat for Humanity
want to let you know that you
nuclear weapons is all but probable.
Photo By: Stacey Cornwell
always have an opportunity to
participate in Habitat’s ventures.
resources. However, a power shift
could be in the works the likes of
which would tip the precariously
balancing scale. Kim Jong II,
dictator of North Korea is rapidly
aging. Having been in command
years, he may soon feel the need
to step down and hand the power
over to one of his two sons, Kim
Jong Nam or Kim Jong Chol. When
this happens, the controls will be
thrust into the hands of an utter
madman, one who may be even
worse, and even more unwilling to
cooperate with the United States
than his notoriously uncooperative
father. This situation would place
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can contribute to Habitat for
the United States government in an
unbearably awkward position.
Having already poured resources
into attempting to woo North Korea
into giving up its nuclear program,
the government will be hard-
pressed to give up its process of
diplomacy. Also, the continuing
Iraqi conflict may continue to
deflate the position of the United
States in the eyes of foreign
nations, making the government
even more loathe to abandoning
the diplomatic process.
Iran’s recent refusal to cease its
pursuit of a nuclear program has
met with staunch threats of
economic sanctions from the
United States and its allies.
Diplomacy has failed with Iran, and
sanctions would seem the next
logical step. However, sanctions
may not have the intended effect.
Sanctions may only strengthen the
resolve of the Iranian leaders to
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carry through with their nuclear
If diplomacy and sanctions are
not the answer to either of these
questions, there appears to be no
way out other than war. We have
seen the failure of attempting to
effect regime change with military
strength in Iraq, and a repeat of this
process would only create
unending chaos in another part of
the world. However, there is an
alternative solution. The only
effective way to initiate regime
change in either government is to
bring about a change motivated by
the people. The Soviet Empire of
the 1980s fell, not because of
diplomacy, sanctions, or all out war,
but because of internal conflicts.
If enough of the populace
dissents, change will inevitably
occur. No military is strong enough
to hold back a united populace,
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