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8The Daily Tar HeelFriday, October 6, 1989
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Sharon Kebschull, Editor
WILLIAM TaCGART, Managing Editor
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MARY Jo LXJNNINGTON, Editorial Page Editor
JUSTIN McGuiRE, University Editor
KAREN DUNN, State and National Editor
TOM PARKS, Business Editor
DAVE GLENN, Sports Editor
MELANIE BLACK, Design Editor
TAMMY BLACKARD, Editorial Page Editor
JENNY CLONINGER, University Editor
Jessica Lanning, City Editor
CARA BONNETT, Arts and Features Editor
Kelly Thompson, Omnibus Editor
DAVID SuROWIECKI, Photography Editor
Julia Coon, Neivs Editor
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Strengthen math and foreign languages
The administra- -tive
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College math and foreign language re
quirements is on the right track, but if the
University wants to maintain prestige as
one of the best, it needs to up the ante.
America's education system is failing
miserably, as an education summit high
lighted in Charlottesville last week. The
United States lags behind other countries
in math and science technology, and our
students are hardly proficient in foreign
languages. The trend must stop somewhere;
stiffer math and language requirements at
UNC would be a much-needed step. "
UNC now links math and foreign lan
guage requirements, although the two are
unrelated. Students must take either one
math and a language through the fourth
level or two maths and a language through
the third level. Some students place out of
both and take no courses in either depart
ment before graduation. A better plan may
be to make all students take at least two
maths and a language through the fourth
level, if only to take a step toward improv
ing American education.
Of course, it's easy to argue for these
reforms because few of us at UNC now
will be affected if changes are made. We
have already met, or are in the process of
meeting, the math and language require
ments, and there aren't many students who
would prefer stiffer course loads. But stu
dents may be cheating themselves. Upon
leaving UNC, they may have a less liberal
education than the diploma suggests. As
people in foreign nations usually speak at
least two languages, and technological
advances are making the world more sci
ence and math-oriented, American stu
dents must get moving.
Most top universities in the nation have
math and foreign language requirements
similar to or tougher than UNC's. But with
the talk about improving the quality of
American education, the curriculums at
universities across the nation will proba
bly be toughened. Universities-such as
Harvard already have tougher requirements
for students in math, foreign language and
science, though the requirements vary from
department to department. Duke Univer
sity may not have requirements as tough as
Harvard, but it does require students to
take upper-level courses in math or foreign
language. Students may opt out of either
math or foreign languages, but not both.
University committee members consid
ering separating the math and foreign lan
guage requirements are not sure whether
they will "intensify any requirements" if
the areas are separated. But if the matter is
a choice between more student autonomy
and bettering American education, the
choice should be clear. More stringent
requirements may not sound very inviting
for students who have difficulty with both
math and foreign languages, and depart
ments may have trouble finding the faculty
for extra courses, but in the long run, the
change would only bring respect to UNC.
It's like the medicine that tastes horrible
eventually, it will make you better.
'King Arthur' is dead
But Chapman and Python will live on
Fans of Monty Python and the comedic
genius of its members are in mourning this
week over the death of Graham Chapman, one
of the founding fathers of the British comedy
troupe begun in 1968. Chapman, 48, passed
away Wednesday after a long battle with can
cer. Although the group's last major endeavor
was in 1 983, most of the group's members were
with Chapman at the time of his death. Ironi
cally, Monty Python recently celebrated its
20th anniversary, which the group commemo
rated by filming a television special to air later
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ARTHUR: "No! Not the Knights who say
KNIGHT: "The same."
ARTHUR: (aside) "Those who hear them
seldom live to tell the tale! ... Oh, Knights of
Niih, you are just and fair, and we will return
with a shrubbery."
KNIGHT: "One that looks nice."
ARTHUR: "Of course!"
Well, you get the idea, not to mention other
memorable scenes such as the "hilarious dis
iHHHHa membering" of the
black knight or the
king's idiotic galloping
to the sound of two
Chapman's work in
other Python endeavors
is equally as memo
rable, such as the role
of Brian, the reluctant
Messiah in "The Life
the group's first and classic film, "Monty of Brian," and countless characters in "Monty
Python and the Holy Grail." The popularity of Python's Flying Circus." Chapman's work,
Graham and Monty Python, and especially of similar to that of his associates, was character-
this film, appears to be as strong in Chapel Hill ized by great versatility, such as the ability to
as anywhere else. For example, a local theater's play female roles as well as, if not better than,
midnight screening of "Holy Grail" last week male roles.
sold out . This is no surprise; most students The world of comedy will greatly miss
have seen the film at least once, and many can Graham and his talents. Although Monty Py-
probably quote several of its immortal lines thon could never be the same without his valu-
verbatim. Take this remark, for example: . able contributions, the group's work will main-
ARTHUR: "No, on second thought, let's tain its popularity for years to come. This is ob-
not go to Camelot. It is a silly place." viously what Chapman would have wanted;
Or this exchange with the Knights of Niih even in "Monty Python's Meaning of Life,"
(however it's spelled!):
ARTHUR: "Who are you?"
KNIGHT: "We are the Knights who saaay...
when the grim reaper tells him that he is dead,
he scoffs, "Well, that's cast rather a gloom over
the evening, hasn't it?" James Burroughs
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Today I was asked whether I was an athlete
of some sort for the fifteenth time during my
time here at Carolina. I wasn't asked because
I have the body of an Adonis or have reached
the esteemed height of 5 feet 12 inches; I'm
just supposed to be athletic. It's in my genes
(see Origin of Species by Jimmy the Greek).
There are several other things that I'm
supposed to be and there are several other
things that I'm supposed to do.
I'm supposed to dance to and know every
rap song that comes on the radio. If I'm
deficient in reciting the "poetry of the urban
masses," I receive that "you're not really
black" look (a look that is rather ironic coming
from a white person).
I'm supposed to only drink malt liquor.
Malt liquor is my drink. My mother started me
on Colt 45 when I turned 13; it's a ritual.
I'm expected to converse in black collo
quial English with my white friends. A typical
conversation goes like this;
"I bet you be say in' yo whatsup my brother,"
"Yeah you be illin'," she says as she stretches
out her hand to demonstrate that obsolete
"give me some skin" gesture.
I say, "Hi guys! Did you study the poli sci?"
They give me that Cleaveresque "Aw you're
not playin' right" look you give someone
when they refuse to die in a game of Cops and
No, this isn't an "it's not easy" being an
African-American column. This is a disserta
tion on the reality of America today. Besides,
it must be easy for African-Americans the
government caters to their every wish. We run
guilt trips on patronizing liberals and they fall
into our money pit like lemmings. In job
interviews we quote Dr. Martin Luther King
and wax poetical about present-day injustices
to increase our chances of filling that quota.
Legislation has made our lives a bowl of
But let's get something straight: Every
position that I acquire in life is not the result of
some secret minority quota. If I beat you, it's
because I'm better. With affirmative action
being eaten away by a paranoid, mediocre
majority (National Association for the Ad
vancement of People Who Have Managed to
Rule the Earth) and by African-Americans,
who attribute every success to their ability to
"play the role," one has to be better than the
Now, one father is suing UNC because his
daughter, who had a C average in high school
and a score of "around 900" on the SAT, did
not get admitted for this school year. The suit
says that the admissions policy is biased in
favor of black, male athletes. The man, his
daughter and their attorney should be flogged
in public by a bunch of retired postal workers
for filing the suit. First of all, the woman
should be enrolled in some type of pre-school
to help distinguish herself from the many
applicants just like her. And even if she had
made it into UNC, she'd probably be among
the mindless groupies who deify the very
athletes she's crying about.
Americans send blacks mixed messages;
On one hand, they praise the athletes and
entertainers among minorities and fail to
publicize those who prosper in political and
economic circles. They concentrate on all that
is negative about African-Americans. The
same people who whine about the free ride
blacks are given continue to crank out volumi
nous amounts of negative statistics about
blacks. No one is more guilty of this hypocrisy
than the "politically correct" (the latest euphe
mism for liberals) who cry about South Af
rica, live on North Campus and brag about
attempts to feed every open mouth in some
obscure foreign country.
These same people fawn over the spiritual
leader of all black people on campus: Billy at
Time Out. For example, candidates for the 1 989
senior class president and vice president posed
with Billy for their campaign posters. Billy is
probably a decent, hardworking man who is just
trying to earn a living.
When I called the manager to find out a little
more about Billy, the day manager said simply,
"Well, he works the third shift and has been here
lessee about nine years I believe."
Here's a man who is a bonafide Chapel Hill
celebrity who still works the third shift like. a
regular guy! Imagine all the business that Billy
draws from students who after a long night of
partying and cavorting, just want to "go holler at
I figured that I'd call back and see what
Billy's position at Time Out was after nine years
of distinguished service in selling chicken to
"He's a cashier third shift," said the day
manager. I don't want to appear hyper-sensitive
by saying that students who want a black man
from some chicken joint to pose with them for
pictures are setting back the race, but that's
precisely what's happening. People don't care
about Billy's well-being. The politically correct
don't care about the message they're sending
through their publicity of Billy.
America should work on some more positive
role models, and this campus should work on
some more positive role models. It's time to give
celebrity status to the mother-of-three, dorm
housekeeper, who is working hard to get through
night school on a salary that just keeps her above
the poverty level. Maybe this year a candidate
for senior class president will pose with her:
"Friends Who Deserve Respect!"
Dana Clinton Lumsden is a journalism and
political science major from Boston, Mass.
Letter's vicious tone
obscured its point
To the editor:
On Oct. 4 the DTH printed a
letter by Alecia Cole ("Insults to
southern state are getting old")
that complains about Matt Biven's
Sept. 28 column. She states: "I am
sick and tired of jerks who, for
some unknown reason, are al
lowed to take up space in the DTH
ridiculing and insulting my home
state." Ms. Cole, I wholeheart
edly agree. Bivens' column was
irresponsible and out of line. I
liked your letter so much that I
have to quote more of it. You
speak of manners: "...obviously
not taught up there in Olney (?),
Yes ma'am, this Maryland
resident certainly agrees that such
people "obviously lack the brain
power or the journalistic creativ
ity to come up with anything of
socially redeeming value" to put
in their articles (or perhaps, dare I
I regret, however, that Ms.
Cole's letter lost so much credi
bility through its vicious tone:
What might have been a respon
sible and credible complaint be
came little more than a personal,
vindictive retaliation against
Bivens and Marylanders who
don't claim responsibility for him.
RACHEL E. HULL
Congress and others
need to lighten up
To the editor:
I would like to congratulate the
Student Congress for their crea
tive way of finding things to keep
themselves busy. Now that they've
solved the abortion problem,
maybe they could take on some of
the other perplexing conditions of
the human situation. A non-binding
resolution on Third World
Cleaning up national dilemmas
feels so much better than slogging
through all those pesky little local
problems such as declining library
budgets, an underpaid faculty, a
slave-wage scale for TAs and an
administration so strapped for state
money that it agrees to whatever
whim pleases our richer alumni.
Considering the alternatives, I'd
probably propose something on
On another weighty subject, as
a North Carolinian, I wish to
express my deep resentment at
being lumped into the same cate
gory with South Carolinians by C.
Glenn Wallace ("Columnist's
words were way off base," Oct.
4). There is a great difference
between the two groups, most
notably the fact that North Caro
linians have a sense of humor.
I do not know to which body
part South Carolina most accu
rately relates, but I do know the
only way I would travel to South
Carolina for a vacation would be
if someone tied me up and mailed
me there. But that's probably only
because of my tragically small
Editorial stance not
grounds for recall
To the editor:
It sickens me to see the cheap
political posturing that Mr. Jef
frey Beall is indulging in. His
campaign against the DTH editor
is pure personal vendetta. He
wants her out of office because
the DTH board opinion did not
support his bill for a revote on the
SRC. The editors of the DTH do
not have to support every cocka-
mamy bill that comes before Stu
dent Congress. It may come as
news to Mr. Beall that the DTH is
run differently than Pravda, where
the editorial line closely follows
the official party line.
Even more dangerous are the
veiled accusations of racism and
sexism against the DTH. Racism
is a serious and potentially in
flammatory issue, and it is a shame
that Mr. Beall has used it to settle
personal scores. It is quite clear
what Mr. Beall is doing. He is
pandering to various groups on
campus that he feels may have a
gripe against the DTH. I do hope
that these groups have the good
sense not to be taken in by a third
Beall's actions don't
To the editor:
Re-vote? Jeffrey Beall is trying
to make that a campus catch word
much to the dismay of many
students campus-wide. After
having been defeated in a move to
bring about a re-vote on the SRC
issue, Beall seemed to have left
Lisa Frye, the CAA and DTH
readers some peace. Well, we
thought it ended with the CAA
Now Beall has resurfaced with
the same basic idea, only with a
different organization and indi
vidual as the object of his obses
sion. Beall is leading the move
ment to recall the election of DTH
editor, Sharon Kebschull.
Kebschull, just as Frye, has shown
Beall's beliefs and judgments of
both the CAA and DTH to be
lacking in factual content. Report
ers haven't been forbidden to inter
view certain students and yes,
students were told there would be
no bathrooms in the SRC. Whether
they chose to listen is another issue.
To respond to his claim that the
DTH stirs "controversy to raise
circulation and advertising reve
nues," the DTH is a NEWSpaper.
Newspapers contain controversy.
Neither of Beall's two attacks
seems to be directly benefiting the
District 7 constituents. In fact they
appear to be attempts to "stir con
troversy" to increase awareness of
Jeffrey Beall. In this light, it is inter
esting that Beall accuses the DTH
of stirring controversy.
Just who exactly is Beall repre
senting? This question is aimed at
District 7 constituents in the hope
that they will ask themselves. Then
maybe we can give Jeffrey Beall
the re-vote he is searching for so
Perhaps it is time to start a peti
tion to recall the election of Dist. 7
representative Jeffrey Beall. '.
Something to think about. ".
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