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10The Daily Tar HeelMonday, April 10, 1989
97th year of editorial freedom
Sharon Kebschull, Editor
WILLIAM TAG G ART, Managing Editor
LOUIS BlSSETTE, Editorial Page Editor MARY Jo DlJNNINGTON, Editorial Page Editor
JUSTIN McGuiRE, University Editor JENNY CLONINGER, University Editor
TAMMY BLACKARD, State and National Editor CHARLES BRITTAIN, City Editor
ERIK DALE FLIPPO, Business Editor DAVE GLENN, Sports Editor .
CaRaBoNNETT, Arts and Features Editor JAMES BENTON, Omnibus Editor
JULIA COON, News Editor DAVID SUROWIECKI, Photography Editor
Kelly Thompson, Design Editor
Police shirk responsibilities
In a disturbing
example of inac
tion and irrespon
Hill and Universi
ty police spent last week trying to
figure out which side has jurisdiction
over the investigation of a rape case
that occurred March 3 1 on Finley Golf
University police first reported that
the assault was nothing more than a
man kissing a woman and pushing her
to the ground; it was not until six days
after the incident that Chapel Hill
police admitted that the victim a
UNC student was raped. Town
police said the information and the
case had been turned over to Univer
sity officials because the incident
occurred on University property.
When a woman has been raped,
police have three immediate respon
sibilities: to see that the woman
receives physical and psychological
aid, to warn the public that a rape has
occurred but no arrests have been
made, and to begin their investigation.
But the police refused to acknow
ledge two of those three responsibil
ities. The woman found a Chapel Hill
police officer after she was raped, and
town police took her to N.C. Memor
ial Hospital before reporting it to
University police. But because the
woman only told town police she was
raped, UNC police said they could
only report an assault, and they could
not investigate because the woman did
not want to press charges. And they
said little more because their informa
tion was secondhand everything
they know comes from Chapel Hill
Therefore, both departments now
say they cannot investigate; town
police can't because it happened on
University property, and UNC police
can't because the woman has not filed
a report of rape with them.
While the victim should assist the
Singing the copyright blues
Publishing companies view copy
centers such as Kinko's Service Corp.
and Copytron Inc. as natural enemies.
Such large corporations see only the
business end of a copier the end
churning out copies of material the
publisher has paid to print. Ignored
is the valuable service which copy
stores perform for universities across
the country and the students who
A rumored lawsuit by the Associ
ation of American Publishers against
Kinko's is the latest warning directed
toward the copy industry. The AAP
has refused to comment about the
validity of the rumor or what the
organization may feel is improper
procedure, but the stakes could be
high. Chapel Hill's Copytron alone has
estimated that it made 1.8 million
copies of educational material for 287
different classes last year. Kinko's has
a national copyright office that
receives permission from publishers to
copy more than 13,000 selections per
month. These numbers reflect the
surging popularity of individualized
course texts, a trend the publishing
companies realize in a loss of profit.
In this context, the publishing
companies are understandably angry.
Their business is to make money, and
this is not accomplished when profes
sors copy material for which they
would otherwise have to pay. Also lost
is the money from textbooks that
It's 10:54 p.m., and we're just putting the
finishing touches on the newest addition to
our expanding news coverage: the city page.
Starting today, the DTH will run a full
page of Chapel Hill-Carrboro news every
Monday. Last month, we added a weekly
business page on Thursdays, and next
semester the page should run on Tuesdays
As new editors, we would be grateful to
receive some feedback from our readers.
We'd like you to tell lis if the DTH is
covering the kind of news that readers find
police in whatever investigation is
being conducted it is the only way
to ensure that other women will be
safe it is her prerogative not to press
charges or speak to University police.
But the police departments do not have
the prerogative to simply stop inves
tigating or to neglect for almost a week
to tell the public that it was a rape.
Using what little knowledge they have
of the case, Chapel Hill and University
police should work together to inves
tigate and protect the public, which
remains at risk.
In this case, as in previous incidents
of overlap between the two depart
ments, the police could effectively use
a special investigative team consisting
of officers from both sides. This would
eliminate the problem of secondhand
or no information University police
could turn over or have joint jurisdic
tion on the case with town police while
still assisting with the investigation.
This way, all of the information on
the case would be available, instead
of worrying about what each depart
ment can release.
For now, the inaction on the part
of both departments perpetuates the
delusion that Chapel Hill is simply a
sleepy little college town, where no one
has anything to fear. The violence that
has occurred on campus within the last
year disproves this notion. And the
quick end to the investigations of
violent incidents in the past year (such
as the death of David Mantey, who
fell from a window in Granville
Towers), combined with the polices'
failure to accurately report crimes, not
only prevents awareness but removes
accountability from University police.
No one can question the investigations
if none occur.
But the questions about the han
dling of this case and the polices'
reporting of it must wait for a few days.
Right now, the priority should be to
improve or simply begin the
professors no longer need, having
compiled the necessary material
However, the publishing companies
do not, and perhaps cannot, move fast
enough to suit university professors.
Textbooks take two or three years to
write and to publish, which means
textbook material is often too old to
use in university classrooms, especially
those in the sciences and medicine.
Many college courses focus on a
professor's individual specialty, for
which a traditional textbook is not
feasible, even for the publishing
The U.S. Congress took this into
account when it passed a copyright act
in 1976 that provided for multiple
copies of educational material from
journals and other academic sources.
Kinko's and Copytron simply stepped
in to fill the void and to provide those
Whether the lawsuit is merely rumor
or impending fact, the message is
getting through to universities and
copy stores everywhere as they check
their standards to ensure they comply
with federal guidelines. Beyond that,
the AAP should leave the situation
alone. The copy industry exists for a
valid reason; if it does not violate the
law, a lawsuit by the AAP would only
threaten the availability of important
imformation for entirely selfish rea
sons. David Starnes
the last word
We realize that not every reader is going
to live or die by what the Orange Water
and Sewer Authority does or if the New
York Stock Exchange drops two points in
light trading, but we think it is relevant news
We appreciate the responses we get to
editorials and to relevant issues of the day,
but we'd also like you to tell us what you
want to read about and if you think we're
going in the right direction.
One thing we do know you want is Calvin
and Hobbes. Believe us, we're working on
it. Erik Dale Flippo and Charles Brittain
Hellfire sermons don't emphasize truth
To the editor:
This letter is a response to Leslie
Kushner's article entitled "Follow Chris
tian example and take action" (April 5),
in which the author asks why people are
so apathetic to the message of that faction
of Christianity which is characterized by
Pit preachers. I have a few suggestions
which can be taken or discarded by the
As a young man increasingly attracted
toward the priesthood, 1 find the behavior
of this faction to be offensive, if not
dangerously divisive among Christians and
non-Christians alike. First, their concept
of salvation has a distinct "them and us"
flavor which is totally counter to the
Catholic claims and nature of Christ
i.e., "a year ago I was just like many of
you." Salvation as proposed by this group
seems to be a rather exclusive contract
between God and a select lucky few who
will be fine when they are dead, as opposed
to the unfortunate outsiders who are
condemned to eternal damnation. Yet
surely salvation is found in living this life,
not espousing religious dogma about the
next. The Hindus clarify this beautifully
in the Katha Upanishad which says, "the
road to salvation is narrow and difficult
to tread; thus the wise say it is like a razor's
edge." Salvation is found in the path, not
a contract, and we must all walk the path.
. It is also a little arrogant of such people
Keep religion in
To the editor:
I am very disappointed in the
editorial board of the DTH for
choosing to publish an editorial
like Leslie Kushner's ("Follow
Christian example and take
action," Apr. 5). It is poorly
written, and by deeming
Kushner a "guest writer," the
editors seem to imply that they
would like UNC to be a school
of born-again Christians.
Recently, you have been
fixated on the apparent apathy
of our campus demonstrated by
the lack of letters to the editor
following spring break (do
events such as the "see-saw-athon,"
against Icelandic fish, and even
Burnout not count as student
concern?). Much editorial
space has been devoted to this
issue ranging from high points
such as Pete Corson's cartoon
to what I hope will be the lowest
mark: Kushner's editorial.
After the first half of the first
paragraph, the piece switches
from an observation of apathy
to an invocation for Christian
ity. I am glad to know that
Leslie is an "ambassador of
Christ," but I do not "need to
hear" such words condemning
me to hell for not sharing the
writer's beliefs. Kushner
implores us to take action, yet
presents us with no direction
for our efforts other than
becoming born again. I doubt
this would have an effect on
civil rights in South Africa. The
writer spends so much time
quoting the Bible that the point
of the article cannot be divined.
I do not understand why this
article received the status of
"guest writer" rather than just
a letter and why it was given
so much space and a large
headline. Editorial policy states
that letters may be edited for
length; Kushner's certainly
could have been shortened
without much change in con
tent. I am sure that the paper
did not expressly ask for this
letter to be written or mean to
imply support for its content,
but its title and position on the
page did indeed imply . such
The DTH should be careful
Logic lost in
n March 29, 1989, there were four
Pit preachers during an hour
period. My questions are who pays
these Pit preachers? Are they part of the
unemployment statistics? Is there a net
work of "Save the Students' Souls" Pit
preachers who travel around to various
campuses? And notice, have you ever seen
a woman Pit preacher? My guess is that
most potential women Pit preachers are
all obedient, housewives who are home
taking care of the children, or maybe
fooling around with the gardner . . . naah!
On this bright and sunny day in the Pit
the subjects were homosexuality, abortion,
Jesus Christ and guess what yeah, sin.
The two subjects that caused me to stop
reading the great informational source, the
DTH, were homosexuality and the vari
ation of sin.
The Pit preachers all consistently seemed
to ignorantly attack the subject of homo
sexuality. The peak of this ignorance was
seen when one Pit preacher asked the
question, "Do you (the Pit audience) think
there should be a 'gay club' on campus?"
After most of the audience corrected the
term 'gay club,' they said that they did not
have a problem with the CGLA. The
preacher said that if we supported a 'gay
club' then we should support a rape club
and an incest club. He said his point is
that all these acts are wrong in God's eyes,,
so if we are going to support one act we
should support all wrong acts. Since he
to claim to be the ambassadors of Christ
who tell us that we "need" to hear their
views and who claim to be "living breathing
examples that the word of God is true."
Other types of people manifest God's
truths, too for example, Mother
, Theresa, who manifests quiet devotion to
the Christ who is found in the sick, poor
and imprisoned. To use Kushner's argu
ment, you don't just talk about it, you have
to do something, which also brings to mind
the activist groups which Kushner insulted
as apathetic. Groups such as Amnesty
International don't simply talk about
political prisoners, they deal with the issue.
Are these works to be regarded as
irrelevant by Christianity?
There is also little wonder that Pit
preachers gain little respect. The other day
I was enjoying a quiet chat with a friend
over a hamburger, when the peace was
shattered by the appearance of a screaming
religious lunatic who jumped around
shouting hellfire and even rolled around
on the ground. If he represented an
ordinate norm in anything, then I will be
happy to be labeled a freak for the rest
of my life. When was this guy going to
. tell us the good news, I asked myself?!
But the fundamental problem for this
would-be priest is in the nature of this
faction. The eloquent Christian philo
sopher (and Trappist monk) Thomas
Merton had problems with proselytizers
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in the future to avoid printing
such material which comes
across essentially as a religious
tract. Though I bear no malice
to having their views presented
to me as the chosen religion,
I object to having their views
presented to me as the only
view. I hope that if the DTH
is truly this desperate for letters
in the future, the editors will
make a wiser use of the excess
1) "Abortion is not murder,
it is self-defense."
Q. Doesn't self-defense pre
sume that one kills the attacker
and not the innocent co-victim?
2) "There would be a baby
surplus of 600,000 if we stopped
Q. Is this Econ. 101: Supply
exceeds demand; reduce supply
kiU 600,000 people?
3) "The planet can only
support so many people."
Q. Retroactive birth control
4) "You can't dictate
Q. Why do we punish ter
rorists for blowing up airplanes
aren't we dictating their
5) "Making abortion illegal
won't stop it, it will just drive
people into back alleys for coat
. Q. Why is murder illegal;
don't people still do it? Also,
who am I supposed to feel sorry
for the one using the coat
hanger or the one getting
stabbed to death with it?
To the editor:
. There must be some logical
(albeit immoral) arguments in
favor of abortion; I just have
not enountered any in the Daily
Tar Heel. The recent rash of
letters to the editor have been
a perfect study in muddled
thinking. Here are some
paraphrased samples, along
with my question:
used the Bible as a reference point to
distinguish between right and wrong, his
logic was correct. However, I tried to tell
him, over his shouting voice, that he should
not lump all these issues together , for
simplicity's sake, but instead he should
examine each individual case and make a
judgment based on reasoning which would
not have to be based solely on the Bible.
He disregarded my suggestion as being
Also, the preacher referred to two
women spectators as his lesbian friends.
I asked him how he knew that these two
women were lesbians, but he gave no
response. I looked at these two women for
a moment to see what would have influ
enced the preacher to stereotype them as
lesbians. The only things I saw were long
tie-dyed skirts, bare feet, numerous
bracelets on ankle and wrist and they were
together. Also, these women verbally
expressed their disagreement with the
preacher's views. I guess that this behavior
and appearance equates to lesbianism.
Rational, huh? After the preachers
explained homosexual acts, in more detail,
they all condemned homosexuality in the
name of Jesus Christ.
who essentially justify their truths by the-!
number of conversions made and tfie-;
uniformity bred by conforming people to4
the preacher's norms. Merton argued that
truth is far more self evident and modeled
many of his ideas on Gandhi. It is far betted
to quietly and clearly speak your trutl$
and live by them, even if people don't seerrK
to listen. Your truths will remain and will 4
not be made more truthful by shouting ,
, louder. ... ,,t
No doubt this letter will annoy people;
like Kushner, but all 1 am attempting to ;
do is to explain away the apparent
"apathy" toward Pit preachers. Kushner-,
may in fact regard me as a WASH (White.
Anglo-Sa::on Heretic), but I am offended
when I am told that I have rejected Christ
because I am not "born again" in their way,-,
because I learn from other religions and
because I refuse to conform to Pit preacher
Christianity. My truths are not dogmatic,
they cannot be argued by shouting and
screaming. In no way do I wish to detract
from the teachings and claims of Christ.
As a priest I want to identify with and
help ease people's sufferings, and this
cannot be done by screaming hellfire at
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The next subject the preacher addressed
was the general sinning of humans who
have no respect for God's wishes. Some
way along the line the preacher started to
make distinctions between different
degrees of sin. Correct me if I am wrong,
but I was told that sin is sin. Anyway,
one distinction that particularly bothered
me was when he said that the sin, such
as fornication against God's wishes, that
a woman commits between her and God
is more sinful than the sin of an man who
has committed fornication with her. He
failed to mention that the sin between the
man who fornicated and God is just as
severe. This oversight might have been just'
a mistake or a blatant sexist interpretation
of the Bible. However, the danger of this
oversight is that it might simultaneousjy;.
appeal to chauvinistic men and also scare;!
women into feeling more obligated to be"
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the whole idea that women force men to
commit temptation acts, just like Eve who
talked Adam into eating the apple. The'1
eating of the apple is now responsible for "
human sinning and suffering. For the
gullible mind, this rationale might be
appealing. However, I would encourage,
everyone to take responsibility for hisher.
actions instead of blaming others for them. '
Fitzgerald Edwards is a sophomore
interdisciplinary studies major from