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6The Daily Tar HeelThursday, September 19, 1991
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Stephanie Johnston, University Editor
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Mark Anderson, Sports Editor
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JoAnn RODAK, Managing Editor
Sour grapes motivate complaint
There's trouble in paradise. Sparked by
the complaints of a student denied admis
sion to Duke University, the U.S. Depart
ment of Education is investigating charges
that the university's admissions policy dis
criminates against white applicants.
Elizabeth Elkins, an Alabama resident
denied admission to Duke, learned that a
black classmate she considered less quali
fied than herself had been accepted to the
university. She immediately filed a com
plaint with the education department. Elkins
said she graduated 11th in her class and
scored 1,180 on the Scholastic Aptitude
Test; the student admitted to Duke, Kamaria
Morris, said she graduated 1 8th, while scor
ing 1,130 on the SAT. Elkins is now en
rolled in Jacksonville State University,
while Morris is a student at Cornell Uni
versity. Duke admissions officials defend them
selves, stating that their admissions policy
is geared toward promoting campus diver
sity while shying away from quotas. The
education department should complete its
investigation by mid-December.
One can only hope the education depart
ment rules that Duke's admissions policy
is not discriminatory. The charges brought
by Elkins sound like the product of sour
grapes. While it's true that Elkins' test
scores and grades are slightly stronger than
those of Morris, it is important to note that
those are only two of several consider
The United Way of Greater Orange
County just started a great program this
month, a program that will make volun
teering easier for people who want to get
involved but don't know how or where.
The Volunteer Center, housed in the
United Way offices at NCNB Plaza, re
cruits and matches volunteers with non
profit and public organizations from a num
ber of fields. It joins about 350 other volun
teer centers throughout the U.S. that are
bringing together people who want to help
and people who need help.
The center should become an invaluable
resource for volunteer organizations in the
Triangle, because many people have al
ways wanted to lend a hand but have not
known where they were needed or what
they ought to do. Now they need only give
the Volunteer Center a call in order to find
out about opportunities that fit their inter
ests, their skills and the amount of time
they can afford to give.
Who is the center looking for?
Just about anyone who wants to help.
For new residents in the area, volunteering
is a great way to meet people and to find out
more about the community. Retirees have
time to give and a whole lifetime of expe
rience and skill under their belts. Students,
and this town has its fair share of them, lend
their youthful energy to any project and
can explore areas in which they expect to
work professionally after graduation. No
matter who you are or what you do, the
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ations in the admissions process. The ad
missions office, which examines test scores,
grades, recommendations, extracurricular
activities and interviews, gives special con
sideration to North Carolina residents.chil
dren of alumni, athletes and minorities.
Morris may have been more impressive
than Elkins in interviews, on the essay
accompanying her application or in any
number of areas.
It may well be that Morris was selected
instead of Elkins because of her race. And
there's nothing wrong with that espe
cially when their qualifications in numbers
were so close.
In fact, it's admirable that Duke is con
cerned with the diversity of its student
body. The classroom experience is only
one part of a university education; students
stand to learn as much from one another as
from professors. This is especially true if
the students come from a variety of cul
tures. If a white male associates only with
other white males, it is likely that his per
spective and education will both be lim
ited. Admissions policies such as Duke's
strive to create an environment in which
students can learn about and interact with
people from othercultures outside the class
room. When mid-December rolls arourfd and
the education department ends its investi
gation, let's hope that Elkins' racism com
plaint is dismissed.
Volunteer Center has something for you.
And there is certainly no shortage of
fields in which to work. There are more
than 125 organizations in Orange County
that depend on volunteers for a wide vari
ety of activities.
Youth services, the environment, coun
seling, elderly services, disaster relief, le
gal services, issues concerning the handi
capped, the arts, sports and recreation
these are just a few of the many areas where
volunteers are needed. Even the Volunteer
Center itself is staffed by volunteers.
Volunteering time to worthy causes is
one of the best ways a person can help
improve the quality of life for the whole
community. It costs nothing, it takes only
as many hours as a person can afford to
give, it makes good use of skills that mem
bers of the community already have and,
most importantly, it is often a means of
accomplishing things which would not oth
erwise be done.
Teaching adults to read or giving kids
something worthwhile to do after school is
of inestimable value to the individuals of
the community, so giving up a few hours of
spare time each week doesn't seem too
high a price to pay. And now the Volunteer
Center has made it easier for you to match
your talents with an agency that could use
So give the Volunteer Center a call at
929-9837. They'll appreciate your help,
and so will everyone else.
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V""? I JOB I
I have unsettling dreams. '
I'm walking in public, and I become
aware of a presence all around me ...
familiar yet disturbing. The feeling intensifies
until it monopolizes my attention.
Soon I see it. Everywhere I turn, its gaze
meets mine. The initial response is one of para
noia. An adrenaline rush, an impulse to flee
juxtaposed to the knowledge that such an ac
tion would be futile. No threat seems imminent.
yet I am fearful and apprehensive.
This monster is suddenly a part of everything
in my life. I know it does not belong, and its
latent presence makes me feel violated and
strangely vulnerable. The aforementioned fa
miliarity solidifies into a horrific realization
that weighs heavy in my gut: this thing is of me.
It is my own creation set free to grow to mon
strous proportions until it is so massive as to be
This is what threatens me now, and I feel like
a helpless Dr. Frankenstein, wondering "What
I awake feeling slightly off-kilter, pause for
a moment to reflect, then stumble off to the
Dreams like this get me thinking about poli
tics and the role of the government in America
today. Yeah, I know it sounds pretty farfetched,
but there's a twisted sort of logic in this, trust
To me, the government is similar to the
monster in the dream. Original ly an entity whose
primary purpose was to stop people from in
fringing on each other's rights, it has grown
into something incomprehensibly large by as
suming more and more duties that were once
the domain of private citizens. It is now so vast
in its scope that nearly every aspect of our lives
is touched by the hand of Uncle Sam in one way
Letter lacks sensitivity,
understanding of blacks
To the editor:
Wade Newhouse, in his Sept. 1 3
letter ("Column lacks respect for
artistic expression"), states that "the
mistake that (Erika) Campbell
makes (in her Sept. 1 1 column,
Minorities can t always speak
with unified voice") is that she
attempts to place herself into the
center of creations and ideas that
were not intended to have anything
to do with her." To the best of my
knowledge, the Erika Campbell I
know is still ablack woman, which
in essence makes her a part of "the
artist's" intentions to create the
black academia. If Campbell is not
a part of "the artist's" recreation of
the black academia on UNC's cam
pus then what is the purpose of
those well-sculptured statues?
It amazes me that an English
education major (Newhouse)could
be or pretend to be so "dumb
founded" about the purpose of art.
The one universal concept all art
ists share is that art (paintings,
sculptures, crafts, etc.) represents,
recreates and preserves. In my opin
ion, and I do feel that I am qualified
as an art major to say so, "the
artist" fails to successfully repre
sent, recreate and preserve the black
In fact, the sculptures can easily
be considered a mockery of the
black academia on UNC's campus
for the simple reason that they mis
represent the black men s and
women's main priorities. To me,
this is sufficient enough cause to
react. Newhouse chose not to re
act, and I respect his decision, so
it s only fair that he take a seat.
Even more, in his fourth para
graph, Newhouse misinterprets
Campbell's main argument about
Spike Lee's attempts "to recreate
Malcolm X inan upcoming movie."
Newhouse's lack of analytical
thinking is once more hard to grasp,
considering that he is an education
major. Campbell simply debates
Lee's failure to create an accurate
image of Malcolm X or, in a more
simple way of phrasing it (for
Newhouse), he is creating an im
monster descends on Chapel Hill
CS Dave Meesters
or another. We cannot get away from it, even if
we wanted to. Every day, I read about some
thing new that the government is trying to
legislate. Every day, we move a little bit closer
to the extreme of totalitarianism. Every day.the
knot in my stomach tightens a notch.
This is why I almost choked on some food
the first time I read that the Chapel Hill Town
Council was considering passing an ordinance
requiring all cyclists to wear helmets while
riding. I went to the hearing last week, and I
heard many of the opponents of the ordinance
speak about enforcement difficulties and other
practical matters. But the question that imme
diately comes to my (and some of the other
speakers') mind when I think about this pro
posal is, "What right do they have to pass this
kind of legislation?" I will answer now as I
answered then: they have none.
Let's take our friend, Bob, as an example.
The only person who stands to lose from Bob's
not wearing a bicycle helmet is Bob. If Bob
does not wear a helmet, he is jeopardizing only
his own safety not the safety of his fellow
cyclists, pedestrians, motorists, me, you or any
member of the town council. Therefore, the
decision about whether to wear a helmet should
be Bob's alone, because he is the only one
affected by the decision. (If you went to the
hearing, you'll probably recognize this argu
ment.) This seems like common sense to me,
but some people don't see it this way.
age of Malcolm X that suits Lee's
likes. At least in a history book,
there is true documentation of pro
posed events and images. Life is
given achance at truthful portrayal.
Under Campbell's logic, we should
try to stick to concrete details and
Finally, to answer Newhouse's
question about what type of books
Erika Campbell had to read; ap
parently, she read documented his
tory books that offered concrete
details. Unfortunately, the ques
tion still remains: what type of
books did Newhouse have to read,
and who wrote them?
It is true that most writers and
artists use life as a scapegoat for
achieving their effect. How could
something (life) so universal be
avoided? However, the style in
which they choose to portray life is
left to be debated in this time and
CORY L. BLUE
Suicide coverage short
on content, compassion
To the editor:
I write to voice my discontent
with your poor coverage of the
tragic death of Mr. Frank
Additionally, I wish to express
my deep regret and to extend my
sympathies to his family, friends
Six days after the fact, your pa
per produces an article thin in con
tent and thinner still in compas
sion. This is unsatisfactory. Out of
respect to the dead and his survi
vors, it is important that we not
disregard his life and his choice to
end it. No matter what your rela
tionship was to Mr. Bostancic, his
troubling death affects our entire
Suicide is a deeply disturbing
phenomenon and is not at all easy
to deal with. It is, after all, a very
final cry of despair by the person
concerned and often tends to carry
the social stigma of failure writ
Failure, in the first instance, by
the individual who clearly for
whatever combination of reasons
has concluded that the only way
to escape his or her problems is by
taking his or her own life. Failure
by relatives, friends and colleagues
who either did not recognize the
signs of distress, did not hear the
subtle cries for help or simply did
not know of the pressures mount
ing on the individual. And last,
failure by society, in the sense that,
to the individual concerned, it held
so little attraction that he sought to
leave it in the ultimate gesture of
In closing, please allow me to
offer a more appropriate quote than
your selection for Sept. 16.
"No man is an Island, entire of
itself; every man is a piece of the
Continent, a part of the main; if a
clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less, as well as if a
promontory were, as well as if a
manor of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death dimin
ishes me, because I am involved in
Mankind; And therefore never send
to know for whom the bell tolls: It
tolls for thee.' John Donne,
DUNCAN R. BOOTHBY
Editorial convicts Tyson
without benefit of trial
To the editor:
In four years at Carolina, I have
never read such an insulting and
infuriating editorial as "Take up
the fight against rape" (Sept. 17). I
too believe that rape, more than
any other violent crime, is an
unforgivable trespass against the
sanctity of a woman's body, and
victims should be accorded with
respect, care and privacy.
But should the rights of the ac
cused be forfeited simply because
he is a public figure? No! Until a
jury decides otherwise, Mike Tyson
is innocent of every charge levied
against him. He should be allowed
to continue living his life as he
A liberated society should ab
hor double standards in any form.
The failure here is to recognize that Bob is a
distinct individual, leading his own life. Life
decisions that affect only him may never be
decided by an outside authority, and Bob may
never be lumped together with his neighbors
and subjected to decisions made "for the good
of the whole." This action is taking the decision-making
process out of the hands of the
individuals, those whom it affects, and placing
it into the hands of a governing body that is now
deciding what is best for us. Can you say
The principle behind this legislation is that '
the government may prohibit dangerous activ- .
ity.even if the potential negative consequences
affect only the one who is performing the
action. The government may outlaw risk-taking.
Unhealthy diets, skydiving, playing the
stock market, crossing the street, choosing a
career and driving your car all involve risk
taking. The potential for parody is endless, "
since so much of a normal person's life in
volves taking risks. But that is part of the game!
Life presents everyone with a series of
choices, and all of them involve some element
of risk. How these decisions turn out is what
makes our lives interesting and unique. It is
what makes it our life. If we want to take a risk
by riding helmetless or by doing anything that
affects only us, then who is anyone else to say
that we can 't do that? The power to choose, the
power to control our destiny, is all that we have!
It is all that is truly our own. We can't let anyone
else make those decisions for us. To do so
would be to reject our very humanity.
Dave Meesters, a sophomore psychology
major from Miami, doesn' t really dream about
be they man to woman or public
figure to private citizen. Unfortu
nately, public stature entails a cer
tain loss of freedom, but that fact
should not be celebrated nor used
in defense of an argument.
By being nonchalant about the
trial, Tyson is not necessarily evi
dencing behavior of a man "ca
pable of rape." He may simply
wish to be qu iet in order to fend off
the tabloids, or he may be confi
dent of his innocence.
No one has the right to say why
Tyson behaves as he does. We can
only guess. Is Tyson advocating
sexual assault as something that is
acceptable simply because he con
tinues with plans to fight Evander
Holyfield? Or is he simply trying
to live his life as normally as pos
sible, which in his case means box
ing? No one knows, and the edito
rial staff has no right to sit as an
omnipotent judge of his actions.
Aside from the comments made
about Tyson, one aspect of this
editorial was particularly derisive.
The quote reads, "almost half of
all men would commit rape if they
knew they could get away with it."
I do not know from where the
study that concludes this originates,
but I would certainly question its
Are we to believe that almost
one-fourth of our entire popula
tion would take perverse delight in
violently penetrating, sodomizing
and possibly murdering a woman
if they knew they could get away
with it? Bullshit.
This quote is a weak attempt to
bolster an already weak argument
that tries to judge Mike Tyson be
fore he has the chance to be prop
erly judged. Let Mike fight. If he is
found guilty of the counts against
him, let him rot for 60 years in
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