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Monday, November 12, 2001
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What’s In a Name? Getting the Answers
We seem to be forming a
bad trend here. A “Nice
Guy” coach leaves a
sports team. Anew “Tough Guy”
coach comes in. He’s not the first
choice, but he’ll have to do. New
coach energizes the team, bring
ing fans in to the game. Team
goes on a winning streak. Team
gains national recognition. But
then they have a week to relax.
And when they come back, they
flub it. Not to a higher rival, but
to a lower-ranked team. Can you tell which
sport I’m talking about? Me neither ...
My girlfriend was really good friends with
this guy right up until we started dating, when
he stopped talking to her. Now, I don’t mind this
personally, but she does. I don’t know if it’s jeal
ousy or what, but I also don’t know what (if
anything) 1 should (or can) do to help. I just
want her to be happy... any ideas? - T.H.
Well, there isn’t really a whole lot you
can do to help in this situation. It’s between
your girlfriend and her friend, and getting in
the middle of it could only cause potential
problems. But here’s some advice anyway.
There could be a couple of reasons that
her friend has stopped talking to her. It could
be jealousy, but it’s not likely. If he was jeal
The proposal to increase student fees for child care is justified and addresses a long-standing problem
As much as students hate to see increas
es in student fees, one proposed increase
would help remedy a problem that gradu
ate students on this campus have been fac
ing for years.
Last week, the Graduate and
Professional Student Federation passed a
resolution asking the University to take a
closer look at child-care services available
to graduate students.
The resolution included a proposal for a
75 cent increase in student fees. The
increase would go toward providing afford
able child-care services for graduate stu
The resolution is the first step in what
will be a long process to acquire student
For years, accessible, affordable child
care has been a major issue for graduate
The issue has been tackled by many
GPSF presidents with little progress.
The new child-care resolution illustrates
Breaking the Glass Ceiling
Wage disparities between UNC-CH's male and female professors are unacceptable in today's society
When I was a little girl, my parents
taught me that breaking the law gets people
in big trouble. Their instruction was a sig
nificant deterrent to littering and running
the stop sign in our neighborhood.
But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve
observed that laws aren’t
always absolute. For example,
Congress passed the Equal
Pay Act of 1963 that prohibits
sex-based wage discrimina-
tion. Yet it still seems to be happening at
The 2000-01 salary report by the UNC
Office of Institutional research indicates
that female faculty members are earning
less than their male counterparts in nearly
In some cases, female professors are
earning almost 40 percent less than male
professors with the same tenured status.
It just does not make sense that while
Americans have agreed for decades that
ous of your relationship, then he
would’ve asked her out when he
had the chance. If he feels like he
missed his shot, he wouldn’t have
stopped talking to her, he would
be talking to her more.
So it’s most likely just a sense
of separation. He probably feels
that he has lost something now
that she is with you. Maybe he
shared a connection with her that,
while it never would have crossed
over into an actual relationship,
was just as valued ... and fragile. The jokes,
the jibes, the looks - many of those are not
suitable for a girl in another relationship. It’s
not that he’s jealous, he just doesn’t know
how to act around her anymore.
Now, as I said, there is nothing you can
really do. But if your girlfriend is upset
because she wants her friend back, then tell
her to talk to him. She has to tell him that
they can still have the same relationship.
No, it’s not going to become something
more, but it wasn’t going to in the first
place. They can be just as close as before.
She’ll be happy, and you, in turn, will be
Ask the Monday editorial fool, Michael
Carlton, what in the blue hell does “Mojovian
Change for Child Care
the commitment of the GPSF and its pres
ident, Mikisha Brown, to finally resolving
the pressing issue.
Graduate students who wish to enroll
their children in University-sponsored day
care currently have only one option -
Victory Village Day Care Center.
While Victory Village is regarded as one
of the top day care centers in the state, it
can cost as much as SI,OOO a month to
enroll one child.
A number of grants are available to help
lower the cost to students, but the costs of
child care still remain high.
The high costs are especially detrimental
to graduate students who have to work to
support their families and pay their way
through school, while taking challenging
Competition for spots in Victory Village
is also intense. The center accommodates
less than 200 children, and all University
employees or students or employees of
UNC Hospitals can seek to acquire a spot
men’s work and women’s work are equally
valuable, UNC-CH officials have no imme
diate plans for rectifying the wage disparities
among male and female faculty members.
Expressing no surprise at the disparity,
Perhaps some male faculty members are
being paid too much if the University can
not afford to spend the same amount to
While I am not advocating decreasing
salaries for the male professors, University
officials must come up with the funds to
pay female professors equally.
N.C. State is increasing its tuition to
boost salaries for 237 female professors,
and UNC-CH ought to consider doing the
V.D.”mean. - C.G.
For those of you who don’t know,
Michael Carlton writes a weekly column
called “Mojovian V.D.” that appears on
Monday, up and to the right from the one
you are reading right now.
I had always wondered what that phrase
meant as well, so I did some research.
Merriam-Webster defines mojo as “a magic
spell, hex, or charm; magical power." So,
even though “mojovian” isn’t a real word, it
probably has something to do with Carlton’s
magical powers, whatever they may be.
Next I turned to the acronym, “V.D.” I had
a lot of ideas for this one. Maybe Carlton
thought the idea of magical power was Very
Disturbing. Or maybe its referring to some
sort of Venereal Disease. Maybe he’s just
infatuated with action star Vin Diesel.
After pondering all this, I figured I’d just
ask the guy. His answer: Wait and see.
Carlton says he will reveal what “Mojovian
V.D.” really stands for in his final column this
year. Stay timed to his column to hear the real
answer. It’s not what you think ...
In case anyone was wondering, FI is the
help shortcut on your computer. Get it? FI?
Help? Advice? No? Oh well ... Send your
questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
University officials told
reporters last week that UNC
CH did not have enough
funding for faculty salaries to
make up the differences to
females who are getting paid
for their child.
The lack of on-campus child care facili
ties also has far greater implications than
just inconvenience and problems for grad
When looking for a place to attend grad
uate school, students look for schools that
offer various resources.
For a graduate student with a family, a
quality, affordable day care center can
mean just as much as a multi-million dollar,
state-of-the-art research lab.
Without groper child-care facilities, the
University is missing out on drawing some
of the best and brightest students available.
If the University was able to draw these
students with proper child care, it would
benefit in turn through their research and
acclaim they could bring to the school.
The University as a whole would also
benefit by providing a positive environ
ment where students of all backgrounds
needs and life experiences can feel at
Many would be more than happy to pay
a bit more for an education in the interest
But increasing tuition is not the only
solution. Officials should study the distrib
ution of funds, trim excess and deposit the
trimmings in female professors’ accounts.
They could petition the state for more
Faculty Council Chairwoman Sue Estroff
told reporters that pay disparity is not news.
Well, it’s news to me, and I think something
should be done to rectify the problem.
Quite frankly, it is embarrassing that a uni
versity as progressive as UNC-CH lacks
the perception to see that wage disparities
are a pressing issue.
While UNC may be upholding the letter
of the law, it is clear that the spirit of the
1963 Equal Pay Act is being transgressed.
The numbers speak for themselves, and jus
tice must be served.
The University’s Plan
To Eliminate Parking
Raises Many Concerns
TO THE EDITOR:
We are writing in response to the
recent decision by the University to cut
parking to students living on campus.
Not that this will change anyone’s
mind, but there are some things the
University should take into account
before this decision goes into effect.
Officials are quick to mention fare
free transportation on and off campus.
Have any of these people ridden the
Ninety percent of the time, the buses
aren’t on schedule.
It takes a South Campus student 60
minutes to get to the PR lot on the P
bus. And what about students with
With the cost of tuition rising, many
students who do not qualify for financial
aid will have to go looking for jobs,
many of which are off campus.
Most bus routes stop running around
8 p.m., yet many places - including the
local malls, - don’t close until after 9
p.m. What should they do for trans
portation? These issues are just the tip of
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We muddle through life asking ourselves questions
like: which major will I pursue this week? Does this
outfit scream “slut” or modestly infer loose morals?
Is there a God? Will my dues-paying brothers give me first
dibs on fresh meat if I cut and/or comb my hair? What did
she mean by “go screw yourself”?
These queries might penetrate
deep within the core of our individual
souls, but who makes the decisions
that impinge on the rights of all
Americans? No, not Bill Gates.
Actually, it’s the Supreme Court.
These justices cannot only identify the
brilliance of Florida voters, they make
decisions affecting upward of six to
eight people. So here are a couple
pending cases that show these judges
have more to offer than sex appeal.
Making Me Micturate
Although I was never summoned to the restroom by the
urinalysis fairy throughout my four years of high school
athletics, the possibility for testing was there. But why
should athletes take aim at the base of a Dixie cup when no
other after-school club endures similar regulations?
It’s not like the school board is concerned with the sort
of doping characteristic of past East German she-male
swimmers. Are athletes just so brutish or so popular that
they constitute the sort of student most likely to retreat to
the momentary comfort drugs might provide? Maybe
coaches just want to ensure their students’ health as they
push themselves to the limits of their physical abilities.
Believing all students are susceptible to the same addic
tions, a school board in rural Tecumseh, Okla., feels that all
students participating in interscholastic competition should
submit to testing. That means no more doing lines between
song and dance numbers for chorus members. No steroids for
the chess team. The Future Farmers of America can no longer
grow its own stash. And I can’t imagine how a fellow academ
ic bowler could cope with the pressure of “Battle of the
Brains” without a shot or two to take the edge off.
But seriously, this is a step toward wiping our ass with
“probable cause” and initiating unrestricted universal testing.
Recognizing this, the constitutionality of the extended testing
has been challenged and now awaits the Supreme Court’s
judgment. The Tecumseh program will probably get the axe
due to the test results, which did not produce a single noiiath
lete drug violation during its one year of implementation.
Such a ruling is not only constitutionally sound, it would
also provide an outlet for users looking to replace drugs with
hobbies outside the realm of Nintendo 64 and prostitution.
Porno Preferences Pose Problems
Speaking of whoring one’s body for a quick fix, have
you seen “Traffic”? If you have, you’d probably fail to com
prehend how a porno industry rep could compare its cine
matic artistry with child pornography.
Juxtaposing such polar opposites results from a recent
Supreme Court hearing to determine if “virtual” child
pornography legally tiptoes around the Child Pornography
Prevention Act. Free speech advocates and voyeuristic kid
die molesters everywhere question the 1996 act’s decree
that it is illegal for any sexually explicit material to “convey
the impression” that a real child participates in the act.
So no one should be getting their rocks off to computer
generated images of children acting as pawns in the per
verse manifestations of their deviant fantasies. The law
exists to protect both the particular child that would be
harmed in the filming as well as any children that could be
potential targets of vile sexual predators.
H. Louis Sirkin, the attorney representing adult enter
tainment interests (surely not his own) in the suit, makes
the point, “If there’s a murder that looks real on the screen,
we don’t go out and charge anyone with murder.”
True, but then again we don’t market bloody violence to
stimulate sexual arousal. The moral of such violence is
never “flaying people alive is a healthy way to cope with
stress.” Kiddie pom, however, doesn’t deal with physical or
mental pain suffered by child victims. Such movies inaccu
rately depict the crime as a win-win situation for all parties
Watching pom for its plot is like coming to college for
an education. It helps pass the time, but you’re really there
for the entertainment value. Refuting Sirkin’s claim, you
should see that all “virtual” XXX child pornography falls
under the guidance of the CPP Act.
Michael Carlton would gladly whiz in a cup if need be.
This is the sort of sacrifice he'd make for you, the reader.
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What do we do when there are fami
ly emergencies? What happens to out
of-state students who may need their
cars? Also, how many faculty and staff
members are going to need to park on
Most of the staff works on North
Campus. We pay too much money to
not have parking privileges.
The parking situation here at UNC is
a mess, no doubt about it. But eliminat
ing parking will make the situation
More students will park illegally in
campus lots, as well as in the lots of sur
rounding apartments, causing problems
for those with valid permits and Chapel
The University should rethink its
decision to eliminate parking and start
over again. And this time, include the
people who pay for them to make these
decisions - the students.
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