The daily Tar Heel. (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 1946-current, February 21, 1991, Page 8, Image 8
8The Daily Tar HeelThursday, February 21, 1991 SHje ia Star Phifosophy crf"fte. year of editorial freedom Jennifer Stephanie Johnston, University Editor CULLEN D. FERGUSON, Editorial Page Editor Mark Anderson, Sports Editor CHRISTINA NifoNG, Features Editor Natalie Sekicky, News Editor GRANT HALVERSON, Photography Editor Jeff Workman, Layout Editor Alex De Grand, Cartoon Editor Don't laugh; harassment is no joke Comments such as "She does that pretty well for a babe," "Looking good, baby," "We didn't think a woman could handle it," "Did ya' hear the joke ... " are all too common at UNC, judging from a recent survey. Conducted during the fall semes ter, the survey showed that 91 percent of undergraduate women participating had experienced sexual harassment. Kathleen Benzaquin, assistant dean of students, said the surprising factor was that peers were usually the harassers. Based on this infor mation, faculty, staff and students need to decide what kind of environment they want at UNC. Even though the majority of un dergraduates are women, it is obvious that progress needs to be made. Many people don't consider comments about a person's figure or a pinch on the rear sexual harassment. They shrug their shoulders and joke about whether those things could be considered sexual harass ment. But people on the opposite end of such threatment need to be vocal and forth coming with complaints. Until action is demanded, action won't be taken. Students sexually harassed by a peer can use the Honor Court to resolve the situa tion. The Student Code forbids unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when the conduct threatens academic pursuit or "creates an intimidating, hostile or demeaning environment for such pur suits, employment or participation." UNC ' s sexual harassment policy defines sexual harassment similarly but applies to students, agents, faculty and staff. The imoking ban restricts businesses A town ordinance requiring no-smoking sections in Chapel Hill restaurants, hotels and bars could lie ahead if town council approves it. At a January council retreat, Mayor Jonathan Howes proposed creating smoking restrictions. Before a proposal is drawn up, the town's present situation should be reviewed. A public hearing and study of the legality of an ordinance are also necessary before a proposal is formed. The underlying issue is whether or not government intervention for the protection of non-smokers is more effective than the common-sense business practices of local managers and owners. A look at the spe cifics of the question indicate that a smoking ordinance is impractical and unnecessary. Many restaurants and other buildings in Chapel Hill already have effective no smoking policies that also respect smokers' rights. With restaurants and bars, common sense indicates that catering to both groups means good business. Because a majority of citizens in Chapel Hill and elsewhere are non-smokers, the loss of these customers because of an unpleasant, smoky environ ment would damage business. When pos sible, any sensible manager would ac commodate non-smoking customers. Many popular establishments in Chapel Hill are small, but even in some large restaurants and bars, the no-smoking sec tion is not impervious to drifting smoke. In small restaurants it's almost impossible to effectively separate non-smokers and smokers. Managers of these establishments usually compensate by providing outdoor Business and advertising: Kevin Schwartz, director, Bob Bates, advertising director, Leslie Humphrey, classified ad manager. Business staff: Allison Ashworth, manager; Kimberty Moretz, assistant manager, Gina Berardino, office assistant; Michelle Gray, Annice Hood and Becky Marquette, receptionists; Ken Murphy, subscriptions; Chrissy Davis, promotions manager. 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Wallsten, City Editor WENDY BOUNDS, State and National Editor DEVON HYDE, Omnibus Editor JoANN RODAK, News Editor Kathy MICHEL, Photography Editor Christy Conroy, Layout Editor Johanna Henderson, Managing Editor policies are designed to prevent serious, purposeful harassment and, more idealis tically, to create a harassment-free envi ronment, Benzaquin said. . Part of the problem may stem from stu dents unintentionally doing or saying things that make women uncomfortable. Differ ing opinions on what constitutes sexual harassment is another problem. Values, gender roles and upbringing also affect behavior and opinions about sexual ha rassment. The most logical and effective way to reduce incidents of sexual harassment is through education and peer pressure. If someone thinks a joke is offensive and sexist, he or she should tell the person why it's not funny and how it has a negative impact. Educating people and communi cating with them about sexual harassment is the only way to gain greater sensitivity. Benzaquin and other administrators have been conducting educational programs on campus for a little more than a year, pri marily targeting faculty and staff members. A new administrator also has been added to the University to deal with this problem. Monday morning, Mary O'Melia will be gin her duties as the University 's new sexual harassment officer. These are steps in the right direction, but more changes need to come quickly. Roles and opinions will have to change if women are to stop feeling uncomfortable in soci ety. The survey results have brought the problem's scope to the forefront. People at UNC should sit up, take notice and think before they open their mouths. seating, fans, air purifiers or other methods to improve ventilation. In cases where such measures are not in use, concerned cus tomers will carry more weight with man agers and owners than will a town ordi nance. Another prominent obstacle to a suc cessful smoking ordinance would be en forcement. One must question whether the prosecution of a person caught smoking in a non-smoking section of a restaurant is a deterrent worth police action, especially when polite reprimands by managers or other customers almost always suffice. Greensboro residents passed an ordi nance in 1989 that mandated no-smoking sections in restaurants with more than 75 seats and enabled the prosecution of smokers lighting up in no-smoking areas. But public protest to the measure has put the issue back on the ballot for Feb. 26, and voters could return the decision of restau rant policy to the private owners. It would be a safe bet that a Chapel Hill ordinance would experience the same treatment. Business owners and patrons who could be affected by a no-smoking ordinance should attend public hearings and voice opinions, and policy-makers should gauge support or dissent. More importantly, in the absence of unnecessary government interference, managers and owners must respect the health and comfort concerns of their patrons. Likewise, patrons should suggest changes in appropriate ways. If restaurant and bar managers are smart and want continued business, they will listen. 104 Carolina Union U.S. Mail address: P.O. Box 3257, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-3257 w s y v s s s w w ZE-t mnakes yoo think, coesnf4 it? Mere one minute j gone -the. next-... another r esnncter of- human mor-faify lis sign... l T 4 ( des"' sPrad 7e el Saying farewells For all things, there is a beginning and an end, including the UNC experience. The beginning for me was my first campus visit. I was excited about visiting cam pus, but I was peeved to the highest state of peevivity about having to come during Spring Break. My friends went to Destin, Fla., and I got stuck on a campus visit. Oh well, I didn't need a tan, anyway. The Maxwell clan piled into the car one fine Saturday morning, and over breakfast at Shoney's, I found out my father and sister had an ulterior motive for the visit: they wanted to meet J.R. Reid. So very naively, I asked them: "Who isJ.R.Reid?"Myfatherand sister laughed at me. "Oh, he was only one of the top basketball players in the country," my sister replied with a smirk. I was disgusted for two reasons. First, I hated that my 8-year-old sister knew more than I did about sports. Second, I thought these jokers just wanted to see the campus like I did. We survived the trip to Chapel Hill, passing the very same tree up 1-85 and 1-40 about 50 million times. And then, I'm embarrassed to say, we turned into true live tourists. My father got his little hands on a campus map and became a maniac. Thanks to him, we stopped at every corner, trying to figure out where we were. My mother had a loaded camera around her neck. Believe me, no one asked if we were visiting; we definitely looked the part. Meanwhile, I tried to be cool and look like a college student. Didn't work. Heaven knows, the campus visit was not just a trip; it was an adventure. That weekend, Carroll Hall became Dudley Hall and finding J.R. Reid was the running joke. Sunday after noon, we were harmlessly walking through the quad and out of nowhere, a dog jumped out of the bushes as if his tail were on fire and scared the daylights out of us. Next day. We got up at the crack of dawn. I found it peculiar that there weren't many stu dents out at 8 a.m. I now know why. During the tour that afternoon, I walked around like a mummy. I was scared to death, because that admitreject letter hadn't found its way to my mailbox yet. At the admissions information session, my family went to meet the director running the session, and he intimidated the tarnation out of me. He held my future in his hands. Later, we walked to Franklin Street to get souvenirs, and I refused to buy anything. I didn't want to jinx myself. Anyhow, as we were walking up Columbia, I swear I saw this tree "In-depth" coverage of GPSF assists decision To the editor I would like to express my ap preciation for the in-depth cover age of the race for Graduate and Professional Student Federation president by The Daily Tar Heel. Without the informative candidate interviews and incisive analyses of their qualifications, I would not have been able to make an intelli- f gent choice. The DTH prohibited me from basing my decision on some silly criterion such as which candidate's name is easier to pro nounce. Thank you. RICHARD LOMBARDY Graduate School of Pharmacy Vandalism, incidents wrongly labeled racism To the editor: The most overused word on this campus is racism. "Racism" has become the scapegoat, cover-all catch phrase for any incident in volving Americanized Africans. The statues in front of Davis Li brary, product placement at Rite Aid, the defacing of a poster in Alexander Dorm, art and vandal ism have all been conveniently labeled "racism." If Rite Aid wants to move their black hair care products, they to business as usual at Carolina Kimberely Maxwell Strictly Business walking. I said something to my mother, and we said jokingly: "J.R. Reid." My father and sister looked up, and lo and behold, guess who it was? You got it. So back to Marietta we went, satisfied after visiting UNC. Then this prime little letter showed up in my mailbox from Undergraduate Admissions, and my parents were thrilled. Life was excellent. And I found out my neighbors went to N.C. State. The start of a great and hilarious rivalry. Sol had the Carolina experience. For me, the last four years have been wonderful. There have been some not-so-great times, such as underwhelming grades and a roommate who felt I was inferior because of my skin color. But then there were the water UZI fights in Cobb, the weekend Great Hall parties, setting a record for the most men in my room sophomore year at one time (six, or three men for two women. Yeah!), being obnoxious at football and basketball games and staying up late talk ing to friends. The mixers in Morehead Cellar, especially when my friend Steph was there; games of truth or dare with guys who could spot a lie a mile away; Halloweens on Franklin Street; seeing my friends get married; and just acting stupid. And now for the end. However fun these years have been, I must thank those who made it all possible. First of all, I must give thanks to God. My faith in Him and Jesus Christ have helped me deal with the good and bad. There have been times I've just wanted to cry because my problems were more than I could handle. He gave me the strength to keep going and put a smile on my face. He's also responsible for the rest of the people that I must thank, too. There's the Maxwell clan from Marietta: Gary, Carol and Stephanie Maxwell. I respect my family, but most of all, they're just great people. My parents are two of my best friends, and the support they've given me has been irreplaceable. My family has backed me 150 percent, and when I get my diploma May 12, my name will be on it, but their names will be behind it. I love them for everything they've should be able to do so without explanation. Making the move to deter theft shouldn't be labeled "racist." The move sounded more like good business than racism. If the moved product had been "Shampoo for Whitey," no fuss would have been made. . If some moron wants to slash a poster, he should be able to with out being labeled a racist. The hei nous act sounds more like vandal ism than racism. Had the poster advertised a workshop on the life and beliefs of David Duke, it would not have warranted a letter from the housing director and would never have hit the pages of The Daily Tar Heel. Partly to blame for the recent racist fervor is the DTH. An inci dent was blown out of proportion when Jennifer Dunlap devoted four 4-inch columns on the front page Feb. 18 ("Malcolm X poster van dalism called act of racism") to an act of senseless vandalism and la beled it racism. Dunlap made a mistake in attempting to label the slashing of the Malcolm X poster "racist" when she called other slashings in the same dorm "in discriminate." A serious editing mistake was made when Matthew Stewart's quote was published. To say that anyone who slashed a poster of a black man would do the same to a black student is ludicrous. Thanks in part to the DTH, any thing this year that could possibly be labeled "racism" has been and has also gained pages upon pages of print that only fuel the fire in those who cry "racism" at every turn. Another reason these events are blown out of proportion and la beled "racism" is that blacks, un like whites, have an organization that, like it or not, is seen as a spokesman for all blacks on cam pus. The Black Student Movement comes across looking just plain silly when they raise such a fuss over things as simple and mean ingless as statues, shampoo and a defaced poster. JONATHAN MOSS Freshman English DTH coverage creates news, sensationalizes To the editor: Racial tension is widely recog nized to exist on our campus. It is a phenomenon that should be brought to our attention and dis cussed through the medium of our campus newspaper. However, it is disappointing to see that the new Daily Tar Heel editor feels she can fulfill this obligation by "creating" news on this subject. The "new" DTH has carried on last semester's tradition of fabricating sensation alistic news stories with its front page report on the slashing of a Malcolm X Workshop poster. Re member the graffiti-marked Gantt done, but I love them more for the people they are. Then there's the rest of my family: the Gentrys and Maxwells in Tennessee, the Stevens in Alabama and Texas, the Martins in Michigan and the Prothros in California. They never forgot the importance of mail in a student's life, along with their support and guidance. I must thank the awesome friends I've made here, and I wish them the best in the future. A special thanks to Gina P. (Thanks for taking me to RPM Nissan and missing "In Living Color." And you thought I forgot!), Kimberley M. (Can you believe there are two of us?), Lawrence D., Debbie K. and Tonya C. To all of my T.A.'s, instructors and professors, especially in the School of Journalism, thank you for not only putting up with me but for helping me. A big thanks to everyone in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for three years of paid and unpaid work. I've enjoyed working with all of you; that's why I hang around so much. Thanks for the many laughs and the great food (I'm sure excellent culinary skills are a prerequisite for a job in that office). I can't forget Charles and Clara Darvin and Shedrick and Charlene Sanders, my parents away from home, who have helped me out of many a jam. Thank you very much to Angela Lee in the basketball office. Also, to all those people who lived with me, again thank you for putting up with me; I know I'm not easy to live with. I'd also like to thank those who doubted me, ; because telling me what I can't do makes me : work harder to prove you wrong. And it sure is : fun. As I get ready to head out of here, I hope I ve ; made you laugh and think a little about issues in ; the past year. I hope you all realize that pretty soon the problems of the world will be ours to solve. My most sincere apologies to those that ; I have offended in the process. I don't know what my future holds; actually, ; I go into convulsions each day I check the; mailbox because I'm waiting to hear from law ; schools. Wherever I may be next year, though, ; I know that my blood will always run Carolina ; blue. Best wishes to all, and I am outta' here! ; C'ya! : Kimberley Maxwell is a senior journalism and political science major from Marietta, Ga.-'. who prays that she doesn 'tget jerked out of line ' at graduation. posters of last semester? Such acts are deplorable, but the coverage of such "news" is a feeble attempt to create a story that will only serve the interests of the DTH. Future headlines in this series may be "Sexist graffiti found in men's restroom at night spot" or "Mustache and goatee found drawn on DTH editor 's campaign poster." Better yet, the next time the DTH wants a provocative headl ine, they could pay me to deface a random poster or write some graffiti in order to help create some news. Then the staff could pretend to thoroughly investigate the matter and gather the ill ustrious com merits of campus figures such as politi cally correct Wayne KunclThe editorial page would thereafter be filled with enlightening debate and counterdebate over the "atrocity." As a progressive paper, the DTH must continue to address race-related issues but also must recon sider its potentially detrimental practice of creating "news" on this sensitive subject. BOB GERBER Senior Undecided Letters policy D Please sign and date letters. D Letters must be typed. D Please include year in school, major, phone number and home town. O Brevity is the soul of wit.