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Ann Simonson, founder
of Media Watch, said poor
female stereotypes teach
children outdated sex roles.
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tumed-feminist discussed the media’s
portrayal of violence against women for
a packed house in Bingham Hall on
About 100 people, mostly women,
came to hear Aim Simonson, founder of
Media Watch, a group that fights against
negative representations of women in
Simonson, who graced the 1974
cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit
Edition, spoke about these problems as
part of the 24-Hour Rape-Free Zone
sponsored by Advocates for Sexual
“We have created a culture where
domestic violence and wife-battering
has become natural,” Simonson said.
“We are living in a crisis time.”
Only a handful of corporations con
trol worldwide media, and they use this
power to objectify women and sell prod
ucts, Simonson said. “Women are for
sale. Their breasts are used to sell beer.”
She added that the power to control
information is dangerous because the
public does not have access to the original
information it needs to make informed
decisions. “Hider knew it He knew the
power of propaganda,” she said.
One result of the media’s portrayal of
women is that it reinforces outdated sex
roles for young children, Simonson said.
“It teaches girls and boys early that
there is something wrong with being fem
inine,” she said. “She can play baseball,
but he better not touch that Barbie doll.”
Simonson said cosmetic surgery is
another atrocity that results from the
concept of the “ideal body” in the
media. Customary veils worn in some
Middle Eastern countries are more
humane than subjecting women to dan
gerous procedures that alter their body’s
beauty or composition. “Beauty is a
learned concept,” she said. “The racist
ideal that we promulgate through the
beauty industry is dangerous.”
In addition to sexism, Simonson said
racism and homophobia are prevalent in
the media today. “It’s hip to hate minori
ties, it’s hip to hate gays and lesbians, and
it’s hip to hate women,” she said.
Corporations do not only abuse
women through the media but also pro
mote unhealthy habits, especially “in a
concerted effort to make (them) appeal
to the child,” she said. Simonson added
that cigarette and alcohol promotions
also attempt to lure people in low
income neighborhoods where they feel
the residents might need an escape.
Media Watch and other groups are
fighting to change the way women are
portrayed in society through protests,
Simonson said. “I have been arrested 11
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Student Congress Swears in Speaker, New Members
■eaders of the 83rd Student Congress
Speaker Pro Tem
Student Affairs Chairman
Rules and judiciary Chairman
BOG to Include 5 Incumbents, 4 Newcomers
By Kristy Jones
The N.C. House elected nine mem
bers to the Board of Governors
Thursday - including four new officials.
The newly elected members are
James Babb, Dudley Flood, Charles
Mercer and Gladys Robinson.
Five of the six members of the BOG
up for re-election were selected -
Bradley Adcock, Frank Grainger,
Robert Warwick, Craig Souza and BOG
Vice Chairman John Cecil.
The only member not re-elected was
John Sanders, who said he was disap
pointed but has no plans to run for the
post again in the future.
Artist's Escape Seeks $4,500 to Stay Open
By Matt Viser
The goal is $4,500. The deadline is
Sunday. Time is running out.
Several regulars of the Artist’s Escape
Cafe Bar and Arts Gallery started a
frantic search Thursday for money to
prevent their favorite cafe from closing
The Artist’s Escape, located at 137 E.
Franklin St., showcases local art, live
music, coffee, food and a lounge with
couches and a pool table.
And for some in the Triangle area,
it’s a home away from home.
Jamie Sohn, secretary for the Queer
Network for Chafige.'sißtnt sferves as a
safe space for the lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender community in the area.
“It’s really homey,” Sohn said. “It
provides everyone a safe place to be.”
The cafe was opened in June 1999 by
childhood friends Meredith Weiss and
Joe Caldarone. But both owners said
they are ready to move on, and they
expect the cafe will close its doors
Saturday night - that is, unless the reg
ular patrons can prevent it.
About 30 regulars got together on
Tuesday and Wednesday nights to fig
ure out what could be done to keep the
The patrons decided to try and raise
a total of $9,700 for initial operating
costs and taking over the lease.
But first, $4,500 must be raised so the
group can pay the rent and keep the
doors open throughout April.
Artist’s Escape regular Lee Davis
said if this money is not raised, there is
a chance that the cafe could be bought
by someone else. “We have to get past
this first crisis before we go forward,” he
Weiss and Caldarone said they were
proud of the atmosphere they fostered.
“It had always been a dream of ours
to open a little cafe that would serve a
diverse crowd where everyone could be
themselves,” Weiss said.
Davis said he agrees that the cafe
provides a relaxed setting for its
patrons. “It’s like a coffee shop you’d
see on ‘Friends,’” he said.
Caldarone said he is proud of the
cafe’s openness to a wide range of peo
ple. “I relish in the fact that this has
become an extremely diverse atmos-
By Katy Nelson
The 83rd Student Congress elected
its new officers Wednesday night, setting
the pace for what some members say
could be an uncontentious Congress.
Junior Mark Townsend, who clinched
the position of speaker by a 13-4 vote,
will preside over this session’s Congress
The other four returning Congress
members were also appointed to lead
ership positions: graduate student Sarah
Marks as speaker pro tem, law student
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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
“I regret not being re-elected,” said
Sanders, who was first elected to the
board two years ago. “I enjoyed being
on the board and worked hard to be re
elected, but the House has decided.”
Thirty-two voting members sit on the
board. Half are selected by the House
and half by the Senate. The Senate elect
ed its new members in March.
The newly elected members
expressed their eagerness to get started
in their new positions.
“I am very, very honored,” said
Babb, who is from Charlotte and
involved with broadcasting. “It was a
good group of candidates, and I look
forward to being a part of the board.”
Robinson, who is CEO of the
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Artist's Escape is slated to close Sunday after first opening its doors in June 1999.
phere that’s open to everyone,” he said.
But the owners said they feel it is
time to try different things.
Caldarone said he’s wanted to go
back home to New York for a long time.
Now he says he has that opportunity
and cannot pass it up.
The owners informed their patrons
of their decision to close the cafe some
time last week. “People came in crying,”
But the owners said they were
pleased the patrons wanted to keep the
cafe open. “We created exacdy what we
wanted to create,” Weiss said. “And now
we’re glad other people want to contin
ue with it”
Former Caffe Trio manager Aaron
Pinkston said he did not want the
Artist’s Escape to close, as Caffe Trio,
another local hot spot for the LGBT
community, did for a while.
Gregory Wahl as Student Affairs
Committee chairman, junior Tony
Larson as Finance Committee chairman
and applied sciences graduate student
Dave Ruddell as Ethics Committee
Two new freshman members vied for
the remaining leadership position -
chairman of the Rules and Judiciary
Committee. Blair Sweeney beat out Seth
Floyd for the post with a 10-6 vote.
Townsend, who served as Finance
Committee chairman for the 82nd ses
sion, topped Wahl, the previous session’s
Student Affairs Committee chairman.
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Wahl said he supported Townsend as
speaker and ran because he regretted
that no one competed with senior
Alexandra Bell for speaker last year.
“I always think there should be a
choice,” Wahl said.
Although there are still nine unfilled
seats in Student Congress, members
were sworn in on Tuesday at the student
body officers’ inauguration. The 83rd
session will begin processing legislation
Townsend said he thought the lack of
contentiousness in the races was to be
expected with the low number of retum
“I feel I have a lot to contribute to the
board,” she said. “I know a lot about
education and I know what is going on
with public issues.”
Robinson also said she hopes to help
bring a minority viewpoint to the board.
Robinson said she has worked with
the state branch of the National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People to close the perfor
mance gap between black and white stu
And some re-elected members were
just as pleased.
Adcock said he was very excited to be
re-elected for another four years. He said
his reasons for running for a first term are
the same reasons he ran again.
ing Congress members.
“Usually our chairs are almost always
someone with experience,” he said. “We
serve as the leaders and let the new peo
ple see how we run and get an idea of
what we do.”
Marks nominated Townsend for
speaker. “I think he’s really capable and
really passionate about student self-gov
ernance at Carolina,” Marks said.
Although she said Townsend does not
have a legislative agenda to push, Marks
said his considerable experience with
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“I thought I could help the entire uni
But the new members know they
have a lot to learn. Some of the new
BOG members said they feel it is their
job to be supportive of other members
but watch and learn the details first
Babb said that although he knows a
lot about what goes on with higher edu
cation and the BOG, he realizes he does
not know everything. “My first priority
is to increase my knowledge of what’s
going on,” he said.
“I need to be a good observer, good
board member and a good listener first”
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A worldwide study testing
eighth-graders in math and
science found U.S. students
scoring just above average.
By Metoka Welch
The third International Mathematics
and Science Study released Wednesday
showed that most eighth-graders in
North Carolina need more instruction
in science and math.
According to the report, most of the
eighth-graders in North Carolina scored
in the bottom half of the study - rank
ing 38th in math and 40th in science out
of 65 counties, states and school dis
The study measured the perfor
mance of eighth-grade students world
wide in a test evaluating math and sci
The study, conducted by the Boston
College International Study Center and
the International Association for the
Evaluation of Education, revealed U.S.
eighth-graders as a whole performed
just above average on both portions of
Results indicated that Asian coun
tries preformed extremely well in both
math and science. On average, U.S. stu
dents scored higher on the science por
tion of the test than on math.
But the test results have sparked con
flicting remarks from educators.
According to a press release, U.S.
Secretary of Education Rod Paige
praised the students who took the test,
regardless of the statistical outcome.
“It takes guts to volunteer for a test
like this, especially when you know you
might not come out very well,” he said
in the release. “I want to congratulate
those who did take this giant step.”
But other educators said they think
the test shows the strides U.S. schools
must make to perform as well on inter
national tests as other countries.
Ina Mullis, study co-director at the
International Study Center and a
Boston College education professor,
said the results of the test should dispel
any myths concerning the state of U.S.
“People like to believe that the
United States educates everybody while
other countries only educate the elite,
and this is not true,” she said. “Teacher
training isn’t what we thought it was.
The curriculum isn’t what we thought it
Mullis also said U.S. schools are full
of distractions not present in other
countries. “The high-performing Asian
countries are concentrating on lectures
in class rather than the loudspeaker that
tells who has a dentist appointment or
who is playing football tonight*
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