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Sunday, December 23, 1984
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San Diego County Sunday, December 23, 1984Part VI Cos Angeles Simes The Off-Season Life of a Dodger Left-Hander Fernando Valenzuela Still Reserves His Best Pitch for East Los Angeles Students VIEW By Gary libman Arriving at Sheridan Street School in East.Los Angeles recently, Fernando Valenzuela waited in an auditorium as principal Maria Ott addressed 1,500 students seated outside. "Today we are showing how much education means to all of us," Ott said on a stage erected on the playground. "We are showing that we care about being in school, about good attendance and that we are going to be successful. Today we show that yes, we can do it I invite you to join in making this day significant in the history of our school." When she introduced Valenzuela, the students cheered and waved blue and white pompons. Wearing blue jeans and a short brown leather jacket with matching boots, Valenzuela mounted the stage, grabbed the microphone and talked first in Spanish, then in English. 'You Only Win ' "Remember the perfect combination," he concluded in a well-rehearsed English message. "In sports you win and lose. In education you only win. Remember my best pitch is staying in school." Valenzuela lives with his family in Mexico and rarely visits Los Angeles during the four months between the World Series and spring training. His 1985 contract will soon be negotiated, however, and the Dodgers' pitcher spent three days here recently to visit the school, film a commercial encouraging tourism in Mexico and to discuss business. Responding to questions from an accompanying reporter, he said that it would be. very difficult to live in Los Angeles year around because his family is important. Valenzuela, 24, grew up among 11 brothers and sisters in Etcho-huaquila, a small farming settlement in Central Mexico. Dropping out of school to play baseball, he was discovered by the Dodgers and earned $1 million in 1983, his third full season in the major leagues, and more'this year. "Baseball has given me a lot of friends," he said. "But before I had those friends I had my family. . . . The reason I go to -Mexico is to be with my family, and a year would be too long without seeing them. And it would be too long for them not to see me." Family Comes First He said he has been reluctant to grant off-the-field interviews during the baseball season because it would take too much time away from his family. He spent most of his free time during his visit here with his wife, Linda, and their sons, Fernando Jr., 3, and Ricardo, 1, in their condominium near Dodger Stadium. Described by his agent, Tony DeMarco, as a man who is reluctant to open up to others, Valenzuela said he spends a lot of time at home not to avoid the spotlight but because it feels comfortable. "We grew up like that within ourselves," he said. Declining a request for an inter-... view in his home, Valenzuela received questions with his family near a rich, dark wood wall under a large chandelier in the spacious lobby of his condominium complex. When a reporter commented before the interview that Valenzuela lived in a lovely building, the pitcher responded "Yeah, it's" good." He said it in English. When the formal interview began, however, he asked DeMarco to translate all questions into Spanish and answered in the same language. "I feel no obligation to speak English, but I would like to speak Please see DODGES, Page 8 JOE KENNEDY Los Angeles Times Dodger pitcher Fernando Valenzuela is surrounded by students during a visit to urge better attendance at Sheridan Street School. Sex Magazine Sales Spark Free-Speech Debate 1 QBooks5)re.ii EMh i Zeke Zeidler, Jill Schultz are student leaders of sex magaa'ne ban J I Cal State Campus Focus of Women's Rights Dispute By GARRY ABRAMS, Times Staff Writer When she walks across the campus at California State University, Northridge, Jill Schultz says other students sometimes throw pop tops from cans or balls of paper at her and hurl taunts such as "I love pornography." In the men's rooms,, she has become the subject of explicit graffiti. An ally, student government president Zeke Zei-dler, is facing a recall petition. Schultz and Zeidler are paying the price of controversy. They are two players in. a long-running drama at Northridge the acrimonious debate over the sale of Playboy, Penthouse and other sexually oriented magazines,, including Playgirl, at the campus bookstore. Since it began more than two months ago, the Northridge dispute has become a focal point in the national argument over pornographic violence and women's rights. Now, it is an issue that is showing potential for spreading beyond Northridge to other campuses in the CSU system and around the country. It also is a confrontation that has been closely watched across the nation in the corporate ' suites of Playboy magazine, by the American Civil Liberties Union, censorship watchdog groups and legal scholars, some of whom hope that the law of the land will be "feminized" one day. Another Step Some supporters of free speech see the Northridge episode as the latest in a series of anti-pornography campaigns that could ultimately put a clamp on freedom, of. expression. Some feminists view the fight as another step in their effort to educate the public about the . concept of pornography as a form of discrimination against women, an idea that has more to do with civil rights than the First Amendment, they say. The drive to ban the magazines "was not at all related to setting standards of morality for the larger community," said Loralee McPike, acting dean of humanities and a supporter of magazine removal. "We were speaking really specifically to bookstore policy. It's been made into a First Amendment issue, but any business can have a policy on what it sells. No one would go in and require that an adult bookstore should sell children's books, although I suppose that could be interpreted as impinging on children's freedom to have access to Maurice Sendak (a children's writer and illustrator)." The dispute has grown like Top-sy. fed by votes aimed at banning the magazines by the bookstore's Board of Trustees, the Student Senate and the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate. All these ballots were later nullified or were being reconsidered. But by raising the issue of censorship and by raising it in a university setting, the Northridge players assured themselves a place in the media" spotlight, helped along by such events as a staged bookburning. And the issue does not seem likely to go BRUCE K. HUFF Artist Oldrich Rokyta, 34, with three of his finely detailed busts. Rokyta lives in San Diego with his wife and two daughters. Czech-Born Sculptor Finds American Life Sad, Puzzling By MKE GRANBERRY, Times Staff Writer drive at Cat State Northridge. copies a month of the three magazines combined.. Furthermore,' there are plans to seek a ban' at California State University, Los Angeles. Jerilyn Stapleton, a student at the university and the Los Angeles chapter's representative on the California board of the National Organization for Women, said she plans to pursue the matter there after the first of the year. She said she'll ask Associated Students, the student government organization, to adopt a resolution recommending removal of sex-oriented magazines from the bookstore. Stapleton said she also helped Schultz and her supporters obtain the endorsement of the Los Angeles chapter of NOW. She said the chapter's council recently voted to send letters backing Schultz"s drive to the campus newspaper and to the Los Angeles Times, both of which opposed the ban editorially. Please see CAMPUS, Page 9 CRAIC T, MATHSW Los Angeles Times Lew Herbst at site of Northridge controversy the magazine rack. again, at least in Czechoslovakia. She and Oldrich are sad and puzzled about America. They find it at times an overwhelming place. They can't get used to the eccentricities and commercialism of American pop culture. They can't get used to art being bought and sold as a commodity. They can't get used to hearing Americans talk openly about money. A bust of Oona Rokyta, the couple's 3-year-old daughter, would convey only unbridled joy. Oldrich has sculpted such a bust. Ivo Feierabend, a political science professor at San Diego State University and a fellow emigre from Czechoslovakia, is a friend of the couple. He likened Oldrich's Please see CZECH, Page 6 View SAN DIEGO-Oldrich Rokyta has a thing about faces. He studies them in detail and is able to re-create, with remarkable clarity, their look and feel. If sadness is the feeling, Rokyta sculpts sadness into a bust of clay. And what feeling would a bust of Rokyta convey? Sadness, at least one friend says. Rokyta is sad for having to leave Czechoslovakia, his homeland He disagreed with the policies of the socialist regime and, finally, found them intolerable. The decision didn't make leaving any A bust of Jana Rokyta, Oldrich's wife, would also mirror sadness. Jana felt right about leaving but misses family and friends, whom she knows she may never see Inside University bookstore manager away over the Christmas holidays; there are tentative plans for a major conference on women and pornography at the school next spring. Elsewhere, last week two women were arrested at a student-patronized bookstore near the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, said Russell King, associate editor of On Campus Report, a bimonthly newsletter based in that city that tracks incidents of campus magazine banning. The women were taken into custody after entering the store and tearing up copies of Penthouse magazine and burning an effigy of Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione in the street outside the store, King said. Over the past two years, he . estimated, there have been half a dozen attempts to ban sex-oriented magazines at colleges and universities. The most recent was at Moorhead State University in Minnesota where Playboy, Penthouse and Playgirl were removed from the campus bookstore earlier this month, he added. Ironically, at the same time the various factions at Northridge were mired in their dispute, another CSU campus bookstore dropped Playboy, Penthouse and Playgirl without any fuss. Gary Adams, manager of the bookstore at Long Beach, told View he removed the magazines late last month in what he said was solely a business decision. Economic Reason Adams acknowledged that he acted after receiving "maybe two" complaints about the magazines over a period of months. Adams added that he stopped carrying the magazines after a shield he had erected to hide the magazine covers from public sight proved sightly. Still, Adams maintains that his principal reason was economicthe store sold fewer than 50 BRIDGE: Alfred Sheinwold's column. Page 9. ART BUCHWALD: In the Christmas, spirit at 55 m.p.h. Page 2. DEAR ABBY: For a 38-year-old bachelor, all is not bliss. Page 5.

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