2 The Compass Wednesday, February 19. 1992 1 Hfchard Harrison Svhotnore I feetthat women shxjKJ be allowed to have implarts if they to. Jn ondertor a woman to feel good about etf,^he must first be happy with her appearance Talk of ECSU: Do you believe that women should be able to have breast implants, even with the risks that may be involved? Jessica Burden Senior *1 support a woman making her own decision. Just acircumstances vary, so dowomen;therefore, f feel 1o each her own." Kelsha Wilson Sophomore “I feet that if a woman is healthy and does not need to have a breast inplant then she should not have the surgical procedure due to the fact that it may cause health problems in the future." Karen Kavanaugh Senior “Yes, I believe in implants for breast cancer patients if they are told of the risks that may be involved. I was tokJ thatthere is a new kindof implantthat is less risky as the silicone implant. But once they wegh what the consequences ‘might be’ and decide to go in that direction, IwouW back them 100%.“ Forum Should African Studies be required at ECSU?| By Taiick Scott I am writing to address the issue of the importance of the mandation of an Afri can history course at ECSU. The signifi cance of mandating an African History course at a "black college," is as rdevant as a family giving their child a first and last name. A person's first name identi fies who that person is and their last name emphasizes where they came from. Normal loving and caring parents wouldn't question giving their child a name; it's automatic. So why is our ECSU family questioning mandating our Afri can historical name? SonK members of the family, such as Dr. Leon White, disagree writh mandat ing an African history course, because to force stvidents to take an African history course is, "contradictory to the efforts of the many Mack people who once had to sneak and learn to read by candlelight," according to Dr. White. This is a true statement 1 believe, but then I would like to pose this question to Dr. White and others who f^ the same way. "What then is the solution to the problem of our student's lack of interest in their history if not nundating it?" Another administrator points out that there are 'Tjlack studies" courses already offered as an elective at ECSU and the enrollment in such courses is pocw. Lack of interest may be one of the resisons why student enrollment is poor, but there are also other factors, such as the courses are only offered every other semester, they are offwed at times that conflict with core curriculum courses, arxi advisors usu ally will direct students to take courses dealing with their major as opposed to an African history course. An article in The Daly AdxxoKe ad dressing die issue on mandating African history at ECSU argued that mandating African history would be biased to other cultures. The descendants of Africa in America and around the world have been through and are still going through a holocaiist. We are robbed of our religion, culture, language, and our names. When the physical slavery etvied these things were not given back to the African. This leaves the descerxiants of Africa today in a mental slavery where they are blkid, deaf, and dumb to who they are and whaie they came from. Just about every so called nationality in America speaks tf>eir native tongue and practices beliefs from their homeland if they so chose. The African descendants in America do not have this option. We only know the language ai>d rituals of our former slave masters. You can not expect an African American parent to teach his or her child the ways of the Continued next page ByJ. Gaiy Briim The problem of mandating African- American Studies at ECSU is a comph- cated one. The ^ple logistical problems in creating a new multi-di^plinary course and fitting it into an already packed general education curriculum a.re erwrmous. Even more difficult are the philosophical issues diat must first be addres^. The most important issue is that of oiu- identity. Sonrteassert ti«t ECSU is a'Ijlack college." OAers claim it as a "regional university." It seems clear that we are in many ways both of these tilings. We must never for^ tiiat ECSU provided educa tional opportunities to an African-Ameri can population that would not ott>erwise have had thenv Our students have fought long arnl hard in ti>e fight for d vil rights. Bu t ECSU is a state institution. Its mission is to serve all dtizens of North Carolina, and espe- dally those of the Northeastern region of our state. The subsidized education cur rently provided to residents of other states is secondary to the service of our taxpay ers. The Northeast needs a regional uni versity. ECU is too far away from us, and too dose to Raleigh. If we are ever going to change the perception of our area as the "backwater" of Nortii Carolina, edu cation is an essentia] ingredient In the end, those who purchase a product dt fine its use. The purchasers of ECSUi product are North Carolina taxpayers. A second issue is that of exclusior' African culture is not the orUy one under represented in our study of the human)’ ties. Hispanics, with their Iberian legao have greatiy influer>ced life in Amerio The Indigenous Peoples of North Am0 ica were slaughter^, yet we cetebratf the "great explorer" whose first visiono/ them was as potential slaves. America^ of oriental descent brir^ with them a rid' heritage of spirituality and commurit)' Even within tt»e European-Americai' commtmity we can see that Irish histoi) is su(^>ressed to allow the English I»actice revisionist justificaticHt of th® brutal colonialistic practices. How caK we advocate anything that falls for > continuation of exdusion, even if it is** exclusion favoring a group normal)} excluded itself? Any p>roposal to change the Euro-centric orientation of our edu cation must be all indusive, addressing such issues as our patriarchal bias ai*i our Christocentridsm. The methods used in attaining the go® of an African-American Studies are in and of themselves questionabte Ir\flaming passions has its time and it* place. This is not one of them. 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