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Rush Memo, Media
Spark Student Anger
■ Phi Gamma Delta
fraternity issued a letter of
apology Thursday night.
BY MOLLY FELMET
The University must increase aware
ness of sexism and provide a mechanism
for constructive change in the wake of the
Phi Gamma Delta fraternity memo con
troversy, students said at a speakout Thurs
About 60 men and women attended the
two-hour forum in Hamilton Hall. No stu
dent who spoke identified themselves as a
member of Phi Gamma Delta. However,
the fraternity issued a former letter of apol
ogy to the University community later
“It freaks me out as a woman on cam
pus to think men walking around me have
written stuff like this,” said Student Body
Vice President Amy Swan.
Swan said she did not approve of the
way Greek community had handled the
memo before it was distributed at the “Take
Back the Night" March last week. She said
the publicity the memo had received was
beneficial because it made people aware of
the problem of sexism.
The memo encouraged pledges to take
advantage of “sorority pledges as they
stumble around the dance floor bordering
on the brink of alcohol poisoning.”
The fraternity, in its letter of apology,
stated that it wished to make amends for
the lewd memo. “We realize that the edu
cational programs and community service
projects that we plan to undertake ... will
not in any way cleanse our reputation or
appease the most offended of our detrac
tors,” the letter stated. “We do hope to
After Losing in Strokes for Two Straight Years, Will UNC Win the Big One?
For the North Carolina field hockey team, the 1995 season
has balanced on overcoming adversity.
To reach its undefeated record and No. 1 ranking, UNC has
dealt with injuries to key players, an ex
tremely short bench and a league snubbing
when the ACC coaches neglected to vote
freshman Nancy Pelligreen the ACC
Rookie of the Year.
But when the Tar Heels travel to Wake
forest this weekend for the field hockey
final four, it will face its toughest adversity
of the year. After losing the last two NCAA
championship games in overtime strokes,
the pressure is on for the Tar Heels to
finally be crowned NCAA champs.
“We’re not going to focus on last year,”
said UNC coach Karen Shelton. “Some of
the girls may be able to draw on last year’s
loss, but as a team, this is our first Final 4. ”
Asa unit, yes. But not as a team, because Saturday’s game
will mark the seventh-straight final four in which UNC has
participated. In 1989, the Tar Heels won theNCAA champion
ship, but since then they have fallen five times in the finals and
once in the semis.
“I may carry some of the burden (of winning), but this is a
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In an era when many lawyers are seen as money-grubbing and teH
BY MARSHALL BENBOW
In an era when many lawyers are seen as money-grubbing and
greedy individuals, Chapel Hill attorney Mark Dorosin sets himself
apart. Dorosin seeks cases not for their monetary value but for their
potential to benefit the client and the community, and his desire to
serve causes him to perform his job with passion.
Dorosin said he was involved in civil law because he wanted to
combat the injustice he saw in the legal system.
“There’s this huge gap between the reality of our system and the
rhetoric—the promise —of that, and I’m trying to bridge that gap
and hopefully bring more justice to the people who have been denied
it for so long,” he said.
Dorosin, who graduated from UNC law school in May 0f1994,
first became interested in law as an undergraduate at Duke Univer
sity. But he had friends who went to law school and got corrupted,
“I had this vision of law school that the whole system was set up
/ like long walks , especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
prove that Phi Gamma Delta is not founded
on the principles of sexism, immorality
and drunkenness, as has been alleged.”
At Thursday’s speakout, members ofPi
Beta Phi sorority addressed media and
campus implications that the sorority con
doned theletter’smessage. Ginny Winfield,
a member of the sorority, said she thought
media coverage had implied that Pi Beta
Phi condoned the fraternity’s letter be
cause the sorority had not spoken publicly
Winfield said she thought the letter rep
resented sexual immaturity. “I did not see
it as an incitement to rape,” she said. “But
maybe that is naivete on my part.”
Winfield said that divisiveness among
women on campus did not solve anything
and that picketing and protesting were not
the most effective ways to fight sexism.
Paola Ribadeneira, who was pledging
Pi Beta Phi when the letter was written,
said she resented media coverage misrep
take (media comments) and stereotype all
of us,” she said. “Some people took it as a
joke, some people were outraged.”
Sean Behr, a junior from Staten Island,
N.Y., said as a a non-Greek male student,
he understood the reaction from students
outside the Greek community. “The aver
age student is wondering was there any
retribution besides just a little combination
of things,” he said. “People are thinking, I
can write things like that, and if there’s a
treasurer job open maybe I’ll get it.”
Many speakers said the focus of the
debate should be on the deeper campus
problems of which the letter is a symptom.
Proposed solutions to the problem of sex
ism on campus were increasing educa
tional programs, encouraging the chancel
lor to re-examine the campus climate for
women and increasing communication
among groups on campus.
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Chapel Hill lawyer Mark Dorosin approaches civil rights cases with passion in
order to bring justice to those who have been denied it, making him a
Coalition Protests Job Privatization
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Junior Kim Diehl from Longwood, Fla., speaks at a rally on the steps of Lenoir Dining Hall
Thursday. The rally was held to protest the possible privatization of housekeeping jobs.
new team,” Shelton said. “What worries me is that they
want to win so badly. I’m worried that if we do lose, they’ll
view themselves as failures, even though this is the best
record a Tar Heel team has ever had.”
The majority of the burden will fall on a nicked
offense. Kate Barber, the team’s leading scorer and the
ACC Player of the Year, re-aggra- \
vated an old shoulder injury in prac- /
tice this week but will start. Pelligreen, "
who played with a bum knee all year
before pulling a leg muscle at the end of
the season, said last week that she is
feeling much better. And midfielder
Joy Driscoll, who was voted to the
ACC all-toumament team despite a
broken finger, is adjusting to the J
cast on her left hand.
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the season in the ACC final against
Maryland. She missed it, but said she will be prepared if strokes
arise for the third-straight year in the NCAAs.
“I do think that no one’s prepared better, going into it, as we
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to get people involved with corporate law, and that there would be
no interest in getting people into civil law, or very little,” Dorosin
He decided to become a teacher in order to have more involve
ment in the community. After graduation he earned his master’s
degree in history from UNC-Greensboro. He then taught in the
Asheboro school system for a year. Dorosin was not asked back after
that year, so he worked in a video store before deciding to go to law
While in his second year of law school at UNC, he decided he
wanted to be a civil rights lawyer. His wife suggested he contact Alan
McSurely, a local attorney who handled Keith Edwards’ case
against the University. Dorosin wrote McSurley and soon began
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Mark Dorosin says he practices law to combat injustices in the legal system. Dorosin says he and Alan
McSurely, his partner in the firm, seek to help the community and the clients they represent.
Members of the newly formed Coalition for Economic Justice
urged University administrators to lobby the General Assembly
against privatization of housekeeping jobs at a press conference
Thursday on the steps of Lenoir Dining Hall.
Although the major argument for privatization is saving money,
coalition members said privatization would not accomplish that
goal and would hurt University employees.
“Twenty-five years ago, students stood here to support the
cafeteria workers at UNC,” said coalition member Kim Diehl.
“Today, the fight is to insist the University take a stand for the
Holding signs proclaiming “No Contracting Out" and “Living
Wages for Housekeepers,” coalition members said they opposed
Since marching to UNC-system President C.D. Spangler’s
house in protest Oct. 15, coalition members have sent letters to
both Spangler and Chancellor Michael Hooker requesting that
they lobby the legislature to vote against privatization.
While the coalition commended Hooker for his commitment
to campus employees, Diehl said the group was concerned that
the UNC system was considering privatization.
Under the privatization plan, the housekeepers would lose
union rights and advancement opportunities, she said.
Coalition members said privatization was national trend. They
drew a parallel between the privatization of food services at UNC
in 1969, and the possibility of privatization of housekeeper ser
This is not an isolated incident. This is happening all across
the country,” said Kathy Leger, a representative from the AFL
CIO Organizing Institute.
“But workers are organizing, workers are standing up and
workers are taking back the power. Solidarity does let us win.”
Using Marriott Corporation which provides the University’s
food services as an example, coalition member Robin Ellis said
contracting services could make the University dependent on the
“Since food service jobs were contracted out, the University
has become dependent on Marriott,” she said.
The coalition questioned the legislature’s assumption that
contracting out jobs to private corporations would save money.
“How much can the University save by allowing private
corporations take over jobs?” Diehl said.
“How much can it save by continuing with oppression (of
UNC students and campus employees formed the coalition
earlier this fall in response to a state legislature study which
examined privatizing various services in the UNC system.
The coalition urged students and employees to show their
support by writing letters to UNC system officials and rallying
behind the housekeepers and Marriott workers, Leger said.
“Hopefully students will lobby against privatization.”
Family Begins Petition for
Guilty but Insane Verdict
BY IAURA GODWIN
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
In the wake of the not guilty by reason of
insanity verdict announced in the Wendell
Williamson double-murder case Nov. 7,
family members of one of the victims have
decided to take action in an effort to change
Members of the family of Ralph Walker
Jr., the local restaurant manager who was
gunned down on his front porch by
Williamson during the Jan. 26 shooting
spree on Henderson Street, are starting a
petition drive in the hope that state law
makers will consider implementing a guilty
but mentally ill verdict for similar cases in
Iris Walker, Walker’s sister, said she
thought the ramifications of the guilty but
insane verdict were too important to be
overlooked, and she said she hoped that
these petitions, if nothing else, would shed
light on the issue. “What else can they (the
petitions signers) do but at least take an
other look,” she said.
The family will be at the Franklin Street
post office and the Wal-Marts in Durham
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and Roxboro Saturday to gather signa
tures. Walker said the family hoped to be
able to make a guilty but insane verdict
legal. Walker said that she was not pre
pared for the jury’s verdict, and that she
was still trying to accept the fact that
Williamson was found not guilty by rea
son of insanity. “I’m still trying to regain
my composure,” she said. “There was no
way to put it at peace. Justice can’t be done
for what happened.”
Walker said the verdict had made it
hard for her family to begin the healing
process. “It’s going to be a very slow pro
cess, ” she said. Walker also said the family’s
motivation behind the drive was to “save
someone else from this torment."
Any size crowd and number of signa
tures would be a good start, Walker said.
“If it is not but two people, that’s two I
didn't have before,” she said. “If you don’t
try there is no hope for change.”
Walker said she and her family hoped to
take the petition drive to other counties
and eventually follow it to the N.C. Gen
eral Assembly. “I’m going to do what I can
do,” she said. “It’s not going to be an
obsession; it’s going to be a continuance.”