The daily Tar Heel. (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 1946-current, July 17, 1986, Page 12, Image 12
12 The Tar Heel Thursday, July 17, 1986 LIU Ja j) , " Maedicapped barriers 'grimTies To the editors: Once upon a time, there was a great university. Housed within its walls were some of the finest scholars the world had ever known, a tremendous library and the most up-to-date research technologies available. But there was one small problem with this magnificent school: all of its build ings were 25 feet off the ground. And no matter how hard the students tried, they simply could not reach high enough to take advantage of the' university's abundant offerings. Frustrated, the students approached the state legislature and asked them to fund the constuction of huge ladders to make the school accessible. But, alas, the legislators refused, Freshmen, teamidle energy audi There is Jio. doubt that freshmen are filled with new energy. The freshman's challenge and the factor that will determine whether the freshman is successful or not is the directing of this energy. Properly directed this energy spells certain success; unmanaged, it will produce a burned out, depressed mass of generally disappointed human. In the June issue of Readers Digest, I came across an article called "Secrets of Super Achievers," which offered a few simple techniques used by many of the great individual success stories of our century. These little things can help the freshman (or any student for that matter) be a success at anything MIk audi When I thought about writing another column, one word kept popping into my mind: WHY? It became very apparent that the majority of poli sci grad students at this university would rather have their gums scraped or be born without a face than be subjected to another of my columns. I have decided to write this because I can't think of anything I'd rather see happen to those malcontents than the two aforementioned atrocities. But, in order to save these poli sci monsters from straining their brains while trying to come up with nick names for me and my work like "drunk liberal" and "rabid spittle," I have decided to leave issues like nuclear power alone. In fact, 1 don't think IH ever touch that subject again with a ten-foot Geiger counter. No, this time, I'm just going to write down some ideas and basically weird thoughts that pop in and out of my tired mind. With the state of global affairs being as bad as they are, people must surely wonder what good the summit meetings between world leaders do. Representatives from the most pow erful nations in the world get together for anywhere from two hours to two weeks and discuss plans to make the world a safer place to live by negotiating arms and human rights talks. What I'm suggesting is that maybe, just maybe, these people would get more done if they encoun- claiming they had already spent enough on the university by building the school in the first place. Sound like a fairy tale? Unfortu nately, to the many handicapped students who attend the 16 campuses of the University of North Carolina system, the above is not a horror story, but the grim reality. All over the system, handicapped students are denied access to programs, facilities and even entire areas of campus because of architecural barriers. Buildings lack ramps. Doors are too heavy to open from a wheelchair. Entire departments are housed in the upper floors of tall buildings without elevators. In short, our universities have not been modernized suffi Pill (Logon The Right Stuff he does. First, in order to succeed, everyone needs a goal, vision, or dream to shoot for. Even if a life goal has not been established yet, each semester, each week, each day needs to have purpose and direction. Without goals or direction, every day or semester will be a time of drudgery and work between vacations (boring). A goal Ron - shCuid -discuss Scotf reig City Editor tered each other on more friendly terms, like the parallel seats of a Ranger bass boat. There are some images that come to mind here they are: Instead of the major decision of the day being whether to reduce the number of ICBMs or SS-20s, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev could haggle over whether a spinner bait or a plastic-worm would draw the "lunker" out of his hiding place in Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida. Instead of a translator, North Carolina's own Hank Parker, fishing great and TV personality, could make sure they don't go at each other's throats with the fish scaler. As a sign of good faith, Reagan could make a goodwill mission to the Soviet Union and go sturgeon fishing in the Black Sea when they start spawning in the shallows. That might not work, though, because Ted Turner would probably read too much into the situation and then anyone who has WTBS or CNN would end up watching 120 hours of it over the course of the weekend. Who knows, maybe Khadafy will see the error in his ways and ciently to allow handicapped students to take advantage of their benefits. The schools might as well be 25 feet off the ground. The problems are by no means insurmountable. In the past, the state has allocated money to finance the removal of these architectural bar riers. But, amazingly, for the last five years the N.C. General Assembly has appropriated no funds no fundi for the purpose of making our universities more accessible to the disabled. Despite a lobbying effort by the UNC Association of Student Govern ments, the joint appropriations bill for the coming year has continued for a day makes that day a part of an overall plan and turns a semester into a stepping stone to a degree or a career (less boring). When these goals are established, hard-nosed committment should be applied. It is senseless to have good goals if they are just going to be written on a piece of paper and stuck on the wall in a dorm room. Goals written down, committed to, and accomplished can be really satisfying. (More satisfying than having to explain to parents why courses and other opportunities were botched). Second, new students, whether 17 or 45, have abilities untouched. People tend to think that they know invite the president over to go shark fishing in the Gulf of Sidra. That might not work either because there's no telling how many of his past enemies Khadafy would try and use as bait on this little excursion. I personally suggest certain poli sci grad students, who shall again remain nameless (but you know who you are), as they are easily cut to shreds and digested. The able leader of a country full of maniacs would pass this off as acceptable for the simple reason that the entire trip would take place on the Libyan side of the dreaded "Line of Death." Ronnie leaning toward the side of the boat, pausing momentarily to spit out some of the juice he has worked up from his big wad of Red Man Chewing Tobacco, "Hey Mik, did you see that water boil when that ol' hawg came out after your buz zbait. Seeing that type of thing makes me happier than a clean pig in a fresh mud hole." Khadafy hooking into a huge shark and then having his many wives take turns reeling in the thing, upon which he would hail himself as the greatest fisherman of all time and immediately hold a press conference. The highlight of this Middle East pleasure cruise would definitely be the picture taking session back at the dock. There's no telling what you might find hanging from a hook. They would then all go to some secluded spot in the desert where they the policy of ignoring the needs of the handicapped. Despite requests of $2 milion by Governor Martin and $4.3 milion by the UNC Board of Governors, the state legislature has once again proposed a big zero for barrier removal. It is not that funds were not availabale well over $4.3 million was parcelled out in less-than-essential pork barrel programs while the valid needs of UNC's handi capped were utterly ignored. As student body presidents of the two largest universities in the state, we are outraged by the General Assembly's proposed budget in this area. It is no wonder that students are disenchanted with our political goal-setting wisely themselves and what they can do well. More times than not, this becomes an excuse for not doing well in something. Hard work and a good attitude (one of determination) can do just about anything. New areas or areas where failure has occurred before should be attacked as oppor tunities for success rather than failure. Who knows, a new challeng ing situation can be a key that unlocks some hidden ability. Finally, mistakes are'unavoidable. Most people use mistakes (bad grades, a social blunder, etc.) as excuses to give up. Successful people, however, use mistakes as learning experiences. They see what they can felhieHo mot bombs would throw a little shindig and take turns driving around "towel-head's" tent on his favorite tractor. Fishing for piranha with special guest, Nicaraguan strongman Daniel Ortega. Sending bass-pro turned envoy Bill Dance of Memphis, Tenn., over to Austria to fish with newly elected President Kurt Waldheim. They would have spectacular luck because Waldheim's assistants would have already rounded up all the "different" fish and moved them to one special part of the lake. But Kurt "vudn't know anyting about dat, vud he." Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Reagan trolling on one of the Great Lakes for salmon. They, like Waldheim and Dance, would have great success in their fully-equipped super cruiser outfitted with all the latest in fishing technol ogy, which they received for free from a mysterious benefactor. Halfway through the trip they receive a call on the radio from the boat's previous owner, Michael Deaver, who is just calling to "see how things are going and to tell them he can cut them a deal on aluminum siding, lumber, etc." All of these world leaders would LETTERS NEEDED The Summer Tar Heel always welcomes letters provided they are typed double spaced including the author's name, major, and year in school. Drop in the box outside DTH office. systems when the pressing concerns of a substantial number of young people continually take a back seat to the budgetary door prizes and party favors that are handed out in each appropriations bill. We strongly urge our legislators, who claim to advocate education for all our citizens, to rethink their decision and vote to fund the removal of archi tectural barriers on our campuses. Bryan Hassel Student Body President, UNC . Gary Mauney president, UNC Association of Stu dent Governments Student Body President, N.C State learn from the goof and then move on, pressing on harder, concentrating on not making the same error twice. In this way, a mistake is a' hurdle rather than a trip wire. A small failure can be turned into a stepping stone to a greater success. There are two types of college students: students and successful students. Its easy to be mediocre. Success is hard work, but the rewards are well worth it. Direct energy and be successful. Bill Logan is a senior biology major from Chapel Hill who is a staff writer for the Summer Tar Heel. spend a day on the water and they would be better and more relaxed people for it. There's nothing like "wetting a line" to take all the worries out of your mind. The pursuit of the Largemouth Bass (a.k.a. Lunker, Hawg, Bucketmouth, Blackie, or Biggun) is the most popular sport in America today, and with good reason. Reagan, Gorbachev, Khadafy, Ortega, Pinochet, Thatcher, Mulro ney and Nakasone should invest in a party-boat tour out of Morehead City. I'm betting that by the time the Sea Maid II pulls back into her slip, that half of the world's problems have been solved over a couple of cases of beer and two boxes of Dramamine. To any poli sci grad students who take exception to my making fun of a very serious situation (the state of world politics): "Quit being ridicu lous, you read way too much into things; maybe that's how the world got so messed up in the first place." Scott Greig is a senior journalism major from Charlotte who spends most of his time heading toward greatness before veering left.