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EDITORIAL continued from page two
cided to let Barbie speak her mind. When
Barbie talks, little girls are going to listen, so
she needs to watch what she says. I’m sure it
was not the intent of Mattel to scare girls away
from math, but the wordi ng of a sentence can be
very significant in shaping perceptions and
attitudes. The designers of the doll should have
thought more about the power of Teen Talk
Barbie’s words before they put her on the
Barbie will always appeal to little girls.
Teen Talk Barbie was supposedly designed to
express the opinions and interests of Little Girl
America. In fact, an article I read said that
Mattel interviewed thousands of children to
decide what Teen Talk Barbie would say, and
apparently no other subject besides math was
deemed to be “tough.” But I don’t think this is
justification for singling out math as a particu
larly difficult subject
Perhaps the children’s other courses of study
just aren’t as demanding as math, but I’m sure
they will be. If you had asked me fifteen years
ago if math was my toughest subject, I would
have said “Yes!” But since then I have found
that other subjects can be just as demanding as
math. It would be interesting to hear what Col
lege Talk Barbie would say.
LETTERS continued from page two
the first line is the lab assistant. There is a
schedule of when assistants are working. It’s
posted on a bulletin board outside each lab. Tell
the lab assistant the problem. She will either fix
the problem or pass the problem on to me. If
there is no lab assistant, notify me. My campus
phone number is 2803; I have voice mail—
leave me a message OR my office is Harris
217A; there is a bin on my door with pen and
paper— leave me note. I will get the problem
fixed. BUT don’t ask me to load paper. There
is a box of paper in each lab. If there is no paper,
let me know, I’ll get more.
Take responsibility for your computing. It
doesn’t work is not the answer. If you don’t
know enough about the printers to put in paper,
fix the ribbon or other simple tasks, come to a
short (under one hour) session on Thursday,
Oct. 15 at 7:(X) p.m. in Harris 102. A lab assis
tant will teach you how to solve these problems
so you will not need to rely on someone else.
See you there!
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raped. By sharing your experience, you could
contribute to research on avoiding sexual vic
timization. Confidentiality is assured. Please
send your first name and your phone number to
c/o Rhonda Zingraff, Dept, of
Sociology and Social Work, Room 216 Joyner.
Student responds to editorial
Thank you Amity Brown! Your Campus
Editorial in the Sept. 30 issue of the Herald was
of great interest to me. I also belong to that group
of unfortunate students who rely on the computer
lab. I too have had many bad experiences that
have turned into literal nightmares concerning
the computer lab.
My knowledge of computers is minimal,
but I count on the lab assistants’ having at least a
little more knowledge than I do. So far I have
only seen that the lab assistants have a greater
know-how about putting paper in the printer.
That is, when you can find the assistant. I could
probably count on one hand the times I have seen
one “on duty.” But their lack of knowledge or
presence is not their fault I’m sure.
I would like to know who is in charge of
overseeing the lab and why the assistants aren’t
trained a little better? I say trained because a few
weeks ago I typed a 3-page paper only to have the
computer eat it. I had no success in recalling it, so
the lab assistant tried to help. The only thing she
succeeded in doing was deleting the entire pro
gram so that I had to start all over again. Any
chance of finding the paper had just disappeared.
My complaint is not only with the lab
assistants. It is also directed at the lab (or what
there is of it). Since the very first day of school
there has been something wrong with at least half
of all the computers and/or printers. This can be
quite frustrating when ten people need to type a
paper but only four computers are available.
Why aren’t the machines maintained? Whose
job is it to see that it is done? It is senseless to say
that there is another computer lab upstairs. I have
been informed by a “lab assistant” this lab is not
for Word Perfect. Who is it for?
Last year there were two computer labs
available for Word Perfect Why was one closed?
Didn’t Meredith realize that with a growing
population of students the demand for computers
would be greater?
I’m not sure this is important, but I am
typing this on Saturday, Oct. 3, which just hap
pens to be a day when many parents are here on
campus. It seems very strange to me that not one
of the computers have a sign indicating out of
Again I applaud Amity Brown for bringing
to the surface this issue. Only time will tell if her
words or mine are heard.
Wendy J. Chasteen
Monday, Oct. 19
10 a.m. in 214 Harris
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