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Members of CIRCA to dine with Ahmadinejad

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may soon break bread with members of the Columbia International Relations Council and Association.

According to an email from the club’s listserv, members are invited to a private, Sept. 21 dinner in Midtown with the man whom University President Lee Bollinger introduced as “a petty and cruel dictator” when he spoke on campus in 2007.

A version of this article that appeared online over the weekend stated that CIRCA vice president of academics, Tim Chan, CC ’14, said someone in the group has a close relationship with the Iranian ambassador. After the article was published online Chan told Spectator he was mistaken and that there is no one in group with a close relationship to the ambassador. He also emphasized that the meeting with Ahmadinejad is still tentative.

Members of the group were informed over the summer that they might have the opportunity to bring 15 students to dinner with the head of state, whose views on Israel, human rights, and homosexuality have drawn sharp criticism.

Chan said that so far he hasn’t heard any concerns from members of the group.

“Everyone was really enthusiastic,” Chan said. “They’re thrilled to have this opportunity.”

A firestorm of media attention erupted when Ahmadinejad’s invitation to campus was announced in 2007. For a week, the campus was embroiled in debate over academic freedom and Iranian politics. Despite outside criticism and threats from alumni to withdraw funding, Bollinger refused to cancel the event. Students filled College Walk and Low Plaza to listen to Ahmadinejad’s speech and protest his notoriously dictatorial hold over Iran.

Ahmadinejad and his delegation of Iranian diplomats will be in town this month to attend the annual United Nations General Assembly.


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The ??Project Runway?? designers go back-to-school as 11 tween and adolescent painters from the Harlem School in the Arts become their creative consultants.

Here??s hoping there??s pizza, donuts and Red Bull inside the workroom.

And sew it goes:

The Challenge: The designers ought to collaborate on an original painting with their young muses and after that, generate an avant-garde design according to the teen-spiration. Their styles ought to push boundaries but not be ??too literal.?? In other words, go weird or go property.

The Making-it-Workroom Drama: A number of the designers just don??t know how to kid around. Viktor Luna ??needs a cocktail?? immediately after painting with a hyper-opinionated, 12-year-old Skye. Laura Kathleen fashions pretty flowers with 11-year-old Kai, the Dali Lama of art, who preaches that ??failure?? is superior. Um, Kai clearly hasn??t been critiqued by judge Michael Kors.
Meanwhile, Olivier Green glues his quite chiffon bodice to his model, breaking the ??PR?? rules and gets a tongue-lashing demerit (but not detention) from mentor Tim Gunn.

The Runway Show: Is definitely an Expressionistic mess and we??re avant accomplished with it. The catwalk functions negative prom dresses, a hooker wolf suit, a dress Gunn dubbed ??Take Me to Geronimo?? in addition to a denim interpretation of FedEx delivery boxes.

The Guest Judge: Designer, shoe maven, philanthropist and political activist Kenneth Cole brings his always sturdy billboard viewpoints towards the panel.

Who??s In: Color-blind designer Anthony Ryan Auld wows once more with an ethereal gown according to the brushstrokes of his student muse. Heidi Klum is so in adore with his frock, Stylelist virtually forgot she was desperate to ??auf him last week.

Who??s Out: Joshu a Christensen gets mauled by Kors for his ??Victorian cocktail dress in Las Vegas?? wolf-inspired dress and is sent property --again. Stylelist understands it was an obvious selection to eliminate Christensen, who already had been eliminated in episode 2 and was offered a second shot on the runway right after Cecelia Motwani quit the competition. Nevertheless, we had been gunning for Green??s glued-on valium gown to motivate the judges to bid him adieu.

Photo courtesy of Lifetime.

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Mosby's Review for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination, 2e- James J. Mizner BS MBA RPh- 9781416062042- Books

This is basically what you need to review for the exam. It’s not ALL you need, however.If you have no previous pharmacy experience:1. Read an actual text, such as The Pharmacy Technician by Perspective Press2. Then use a review book, such as Mosby’s Review for the Pharmacy TechnicianIf you have the general gist of pharmacy, the CD that comes with this book is pretty much all you need. The CD contains flashcards, a study mode, and an exam mode for you to practice reviewing and testing in a format similar to the real test.If you don’t know what to study:1. Calculations and conversions (flow rates, alligations, dosages, etc.–know these solidly)2. Drug regulation laws/agencies (HIPAA, DEA forms, FDA, etc.)By taking practice tests, you will pick up on random tidbits of information and begin to recognize drug names. Take a lot, because there were questions on the actual test I had seen before. As for the Top 200 drugs, you don’t know which ones will be asked on the test, so just guess on these or familiarize yourself with a few.Overall, I recommend these 2 books for anyone who wants to take the PTCB Exam:1. The Pharmacy Technician by Perspective Press2. Mosby’s Review for the Pharmacy TechnicianI bought this book after taking a class at a career college for a year, and seeing a copy of it on my pharmacy tech program director’s desk. This book is also sold in Barnes and Noble, but I would recommend getting it off Amazon as it is much cheaper! Anyways, on to the review. I wasn’t sure what to think of this book when I first got it. There just seemed to be so much information in there, that at times it was hard to know where to start. (Let me also just say that I took the ExCPT exam, not the PTCB as my state will recognize either one, and the ExCPT exam was cheaper and you got your results back right away, go to [...] for more info) So I started reading through the chapters one at a time. The book is split up into three sections, each focusing on a different area of the test, with Chapter review questions at the end of each Chapter. The book also contains seven practice exams, and comes with a CD-ROM that has ten more practice exams on it. I would suggest studying everything. I also liked that the practice test format was the same as on the national test, in other words there were 100 multiple choice questions on the practice tests, and 100 on the national test. I also found it helpful that on the CD-ROM there were over 600 flash cards covering brand/generic name drugs, abbreviations, supplement and vitamin information etc. Also the CD-ROM practice tests are good because there are two ways to study. You can either study by taking a timed practice test, which gives you an hour to complete the 100 questions, and you wait till the end of the test to get your feedback, or you can take an untimed test with 100 questions and get immediate feeback on whether your answer was right or wrong, as well as the rationale for why. This book covers everything you need to pass either exam, as long as you study. I also liked that the book itself had an entire section devoted to nothing but pharmacy calculations, as I thought this and the brand/generic name drugs were my weakest areas. It doesn’t have the best explanations for how to solve the math problems, so I would probably get another book for that, such as the one used at my school, Calculations: The Pharmacy Technician Series as this other book is very well laid out and explains things in a logical manner. If you don’t know how to convert from farenheight to celsius or your metric to household conversions and things like that before you buy the Mosby’s book, then it won’t help you much. I found the actual practice problems in this Mosby’s book to be harder than the ones I got on the national test. The only reason for giving Mosby’s four stars instead of five was because the way to solve the math problems was not explained well enough. I took my national test and passed on the first try, so if I can do it, anyone can do it. Overall, an excellent study guide. I studied during a three week break from classes, and still passed on the first attempt.This is the review from a 20 year old male with no medical experience whatsoever.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~1) Do not try to pass the exam with just this resource. The text that accompanies the practice tests is not enough knowledge to pass any of the tests at all. You cannot pass with just the knowledge in this book, and a lot of the material covered is not thoroughly explained. I recommend two other resources: formal education (university, course, etc.), or the The Pharmacy Technician (4e).2) This book has so many practice questions for you to utilize. Do it. Use the questions on the disc, as it is less of a hassle.3) There are many typos and wrong answers in the practice questions. It’s maybe one wrong answer for every two practice exams. Some of the errors are pretty major. But, if you are a responsible person and receive the formal training or read The Pharmacy Technician, then you will catch most of these errors and not study mistakes. I wouldn’t worry so much about this, but it’s something to be aware of. The first mistake I encountered, I trusted the book and therefore wasted a lot of time trying to understand my “mistake” only to find out that it was a typographical error.4) Even if you read The Pharmacy Technician, read the text that comes with this book too, as you’ll find it gives you a different perspective and sometimes different approaches for solving problems which may make some light bulbs turn on.5) This book is worth every penny because of the software. Buy it, and I promise if you use it properly then you will pass.Questions about the exam:1) What do I need to be scoring on the practice exams to pass the real exam?Well, I was scoring between 72-82 on the practice exams and scored a 745/900 on the real exam. The passing score for the real exam is 650. Calculating that (remember that the minimum score is 300, so you have to account for that [in case anyone is checking my math), you need to be scoring above a 60% on these practice tests to pass, roughly. If you are scoring 70%, you will most likely pass.2) Do I need to learn all of these billions of medicines for the test?!Yes and no. You will need to know which drugs fit into which schedules. That is very important. Learning medicines comes from repetition, and mainly repetition of the actual use and process of these drugs. So you will learn these medicines eventually as a technician and all about what they do and where they should be stored and everything. Don’t worry so much about this. However, when a medicine is in the practice test, write it down and learn it. If you learn all of the medicines from the 10 practice tests on the disc, then you will be very fine. Note that all of the medicines in the practice tests amount to a very small amount when compared to the total of medicines that you could be tested over. But at least learning those few will help and get you familiar with some patterns that you’ll start to recognize with medicines. Bottom line, don’t stress to much about this.3) What about math?Know all of the math concepts, completely.4) What about the laws?Learn them, completely. This book spreads them out very nicely.5) Are these practice tests harder than the actual test?I think they are roughly the same, but if I had to pick one then I would say that the practice tests are a little harder. I think that the math in the real test is slightly easier but there are harder medicines (what is the generic name for ___, what can you not eat with this?, what does this react with? who cannot take this?, etc.) on the real test than the practice tests. There are a few more questions on just “concepts” than on the practice tests — the practice tests don’t waste space with that. These concept questions are basically freebie questions (ex. How many mL are in 1cc?). There are only like 2-3 of these, but there are virtually none in the practice tests.6) Will I need the entire time limit?I would hope not. They give you an unGodly amount of time for the test. I was completing the practice tests in 20-30 minutes and I took my time on the exam and had a little less than an hour left over.7) Does it take a long time for the results to come back?Yes. Just under 3 weeks. Don’t expect it sooner.8) Do I have to enroll in a course to pass this?Not at all. I am very happy that I didn’t, considering the time I saved.9) How many hours of study should it take for me to pass?Of course, everyone is different. I studied less than a total of 50 hours and confidently passed. It just depends on your knowledge before you start, how quickly you learn, how you study, etc. I’d say a perfectly average person with perfectly average prior knowledge would take about 3-5 months, studying at comfortable pace. I’d say a person with excellent math skills and is reasonably intelligent can do this in 2-3 months (again, with a comfortable studying speed). I completed my studying in less than 2 weeks, so it’s possible to do it in under a month.10) Will I pass?Yes. If you did everything that you were expected to do, do not fear the test at all. If you halfway studied and cut corners, you have every right to be worried — good luck. If you are looking to pass this without training or studying or work experience, you will not pass.I hope this helps everyone. I know that when I was thinking about getting certified, I could not seem to find the answers to some of the questions I had. So I put some of those important questions in my review to help some of you. :-) I hope this was helpful. Happy studying, and good luck!-Zachary4/5 for mistakes in exams and for explaining things in the absolute shortest way possible. Also, including the millions of tables of medicines and classifications was just too daunting to look at.