The Daily Tar Heel from Chapel Hill, North Carolina on August 1, 1985 · Page 2
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Thursday, August 1, 1985
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2 The Tar Heel Thursday, August 1, 1985 1 "i r" , r' II It I Cs3 If !rnj nv It's triinme t Fecogimise AI as a M&unoinisiJL comicson- IT olii? t tHe f Now that Rock Hudson has chosen to make public his case of AIDS, the deadly disease is once again in the national spotlight. Unfortunately, because many AIDS victims are gay men, the American people tend to pigeonhole the disease as only a gay concern, not as a concern to all of us. According to Margaret Heckler, Secretary of Health, AIDS is the 1 health crisis in America. As of July 1985, it had struck 11,871 people in the United States, and has claimed 5917 lives since 1979, according to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. Yet in spite of these facts, American concern for those afflicted is appallingly absent. AIDS, or Acquired Immunity Deficiency Syndrome, kills by destroying the body's natural immune system. It is usually fatal and most often strikes homosexuals and abusers of injectionable drugs. One response to the AIDS epidemic is the claim of Billy Graham and other evangelists that the disease is God's punishment to homosexuals. They feel that gays deserve AIDS because of their 'promiscuous lifestyle.' This view is ludicrous, and fortunately, holds little validity for most people because of the rational basis of modern culture. A similar response to AIDS has been to refuse to support research on a "gay" disease. This view not only shows a tragic lack of understanding of gay issues, but also involves human scapegoating of the worst sort. Fortunately because of its very cruelty, it is not widely subscribed to. Tragically, yet predictably, the most pervasive response to AIDS has simply been apathy. "It is easy for people not gay or not affected by the AIDS issue to think only of a very foreign group of people getting the disease. They do not recognize the problem as theirs too," said Robert Pharr, Chairperson of the Carolina Gay and Lesbian Association. This view (or lack of a view) on the disease is the most damaging of all. The truth is that AIDS is not only the problem of the gay community. It can strike anyone anywhere. People receiving infected blood transfusions have been diagnosed as having AIDS. Children in the New York City streets have gotten it. AIDS is even endemic in some places in African culture. If Americans will not support AIDS research because they think it is a "gay" disease, they should support research because it is a disease which could strike any one of us next. Now that Rock Hudson has been diagnosed as having AIDS, people may begin to understand that the problem is in fact very serious. Now somebody in public life, somebody Americans care about, has the disease. Many gay leaders hope that Hudson's case will do for AIDS research what Reagan's cancer has done for cancer research. But it is sad commentary on American perception (and misperception) that Hudson's celebrityhood is what made the difference. The American public should actively support AIDS research. To refuse to fund research because many of the victims are homosexuals involves prejudicial cruelty of the worst sort. No one would not support research on breast cancer because it strikes women, nor research on high blood pressure because it is apt to strike blacks, nor even lung cancer because it strikes smokers (who even choose to smoke!). On the other hand, to simply not see what is happening not only to the gay community but also to everyone else only proves the maxim that what you dont know can hurt you. Instead, the public shoud know what AIDS is and what it does. And hopefully, in recognizing that they can fall victim to the deadly disease as easily as homosexuals can, non-gays will put a few cracks in the wall of antagonism that separates gays and non-gays, and begin to replace it with some understanding. We beg to differ, Ms. Porter, sociologists are not amateurs Dear Editor : We were stunned by the leading sentence of Peggie Porter's front page article in your July 18 edition of the Tar Heet. "Inevitably, sociologists and other amateurs will compare the Live-Aid concert to Woodstock." In one quick pen stroke, Ms. Porter equated sociologists with people who lack skills and professionalism. Even at an institution not having the advantage of UNC's top-flight sociology department, Ms. Porter's statement would reflect appalling ignorance. But this assertion Tar Heel 93rd year of editorial freedom Jim Greenhill, Editor Catherine Cowan, Managing Editor Vicente Vargas, Copy Editor Kevin Meredith, News Editor Peggie Porter, Kaleidoscope Editor Phyllis Fair, Sports Editor Rachel Stroud, Calendar Editor Jonathan Serenius, Photography Editor News: Margaret Barrett, Tom Con-Ion, Roland W. Doepner III, Lane Mitchell, Hisayo Nishimaru, Heather Osborne, and Joy Thompson. Kaleidoscope: Janine Edmundson, Stewart Gray, Annie Lowenfels, Aniket Majumdar, Chandler McRee, Rene Meyer, Deia. Parker, and Jim Townsend. Sports: Lara Gibbs and Wendy Stringfellow. Business and Advertising: Anne Fulcher, general manager; Angela Booze, business manager; Paula Brewer, advertising director, Alicia Brady, Keith Childers, and Scott Whitaker, advertising representatives; Milli Neal, classified advertising manager, and Cathy Davis, secretary. Production: Brenda Moore and Stacy Wynn. Printing: Hinton Press Inc. of Mebane. Special thanks to Jami White is even more ludicrous on a campus which has a sociology department that consistently ranks in the top five nationally. Her use of the term as an epithet makes it apparent that she has no idea that sociology is an academic discipline. Perhaps as a journalist Ms. Porter has access to a dictionary. Webster could inform her that sociology is "the science of social relations, organizations, and change." As a science of human beings, sociology shares elements of anthropology, economics, history, political science, and psychology. Although younger than its related fields, sociology is distinguished by its multi-level approach to the study of human behavior in the larger social environment. The human individual is perhaps the most complex entity known to mankind, and the study of groups deals with this complexity raised exponentially. Such pursuits are important to those who value knowledge for its own sake; but even the most pragmatic journalist should appreciate, sociology's contributions in the fields of urban planning and demography. Few serious sociologists would spend much time on such a limited issue as comparing Live-Aid to Woodstock. It is probable that in her attempt at an eye-cathing opening sentence Ms. Porter was simply careless in her word usage. We hope that her epithets will be more carefully chosen in the future. Most importantly, we hope that Ms. Porter will take greater advantage of the excellent education this institution offers. Mary N. Kolb and Betsy Sheldon. Department of Sociology, Off-cammpiis housing has its nips and downs By PEGGIE PORTER Last year a majority of students lived off campus. With University housing increasingly tight, people opted for their own rooms in apartments instead of sharing dorm rooms with two or even three other people. Some students were closed out of the lottery. Off campus, there are several places Jane Student can hang her day pack. She can live in her sorority house if she is in a sorority and there is room for her at the house. She can convince her parents to buy her a condo. She can get an apartment in Carrboro and watch trucks go by her window. Or, if Jane Student is very, very lucky, she may land a spot in one of Chapel Hill's group houses. These houses are tucked behind other houses or right on the street. They are in "Student Neighborhoods" or they are on quiet back roads. McCauley Street has quite a few of them. Some of these student houses run on the boarding house system. Each resident rents her own room which she locks with a padlock as she leaves. Rules on kitchens and bathrooms vary. Other houses run on what used to be called a semi-communal system. That doesn't mean residents run around naked eating tofu all the time, although we know the type. Living there means you call your fellow residents "housemates" and fix dinner together occasionally. Some of these houses have been around for a long, long time. Like the pink house. The pink house is an especially dilapidated, two story wood house. Its peeling paint is you guessed it a faded and extremely tacky pink. It has a nice side porch and an extraordinary back yard, which has been its salvation in these bug-infested, moldy warm months. The back yard is furnished with old school bus seats and a swing. There's a good chance you have been to at least one party at the pink house. Maybe everyone was dressed in vintage formats, maybe there was a slide show. You may have stood around the keg in the backyard and wondered how we stand living in a house where the back door is always open. Or why there is a large houselike sculpture in the front yard with two plaster figures climbing on it (because it's art). The pink house has been a student house for an undetermined number of years. Law students, art majors, photographers, piano players have lived there. In the winter they huddled around the fireplace, holding books but not reading. In spring they ate lunch around the outside table, drinking warm Goebels. There are a lot of reasons not to live in a house like this one. Residents are constantly answering the phone, for one thing. And God forbid you should be in a hurry and forget to take a message, because that will be the one message your housemate has been waiting for since Christmas. Dirty dishes are a problem, especially the nights you want to cook make lasagne for your boyfriend. But the advantages usually outweigh the disadvantages. There is usually someone around the house to waste time with in the afternoon. There is always someone who can be coerced into playing cards late at night. You never have to buy pine cleaner or dill weed because there is lots of that stuff left over from the years and years of people never quite moving out. Moving out has been sad and difficult. WeVe sold and given away a lot of the junk we liked to have around but cant take with us. We're going to rent an industrial strength vacuum cleaner, and when we're done you won't recognize the carpet. WeVe told former residents who are still in town to come over and say their goodbyes. WeVe even taken most of the art out of the yard. And we hope that the spirit of the pink house will live on. Peggie Porter is a senior from Charlotte and Kaleidoscope editor of the Tar Heel The CPS Puzzle ACROSS 1 Hit lightly 4 More secure 9 Sood 12 Macaw 13 Plague 14 Veneration 15 Improve 17 Writing pad 19 Swift 21 Crony: colloq. 22 Starting with 24 Organ of hearing 26 Hauls 29 Renovate 31 Sign of zodiac 33 Intellect 34 Hebrew month 35 Ocean 37 Health resort 39 Babylonian deity 40 Encountered 42 Obscure 44 Coral island 46 Lamb's pen name 48 Hindu cymbals 50 Rise and fall of ocean 51 Gratuity 12 3 """"" 4 5 6 7 8 mmmm 9 10 1 11 12 """"" " IT" """"" """"" " " " "" ' 14 " ' T3" ' Tiff"" rmmm TT" " " If" 1 -jj -25- "71 srt2j tj is" 78 srpr1 73"" iaf" 7T" """"" 33"" """"" TT" """' TT" """"' "3" " TT" """" "3f TT" """" 13 ar is r -a r TS"" """" 4f" "" 78"" 4$" " " T3 1 tjj- - 1 W"i&r g--jj- . 5jrt6ir TJ ' Tl S "53 TT "58 TT 53 Having branches 55 Bogs down 58 Mock 6 1 Playing card 62 Passageway 64 Vast age 65 Affirmative 66 Attempted 67 Crimson DOWN 1 Flap 2 Exist 3 Sponsor 4 Walk 5 Eagle's nest 6 Note of scale 7 Superlative ending 8 Harvest 9 Of a pale yellowish color 10 Be in debt 11 Damp 16 Domesticates 18 Baseball implement 20 Pigeon pea 22 Picture holder 23 Revolutionary 25 Legal matters 27 Handle 28 Vapid 30 Marry 32 New Deal agency: init. 36 River island 38 Essence 41 Powerful persons 43 Deface 45 More unctuous 47 Be ill 49 Dipper 52 Real estate map 54 Reward 55 Pigpen 56 Golf mound 57 Title of respect 59 Female deer 60 Goal 63 Spanish for "yes" See Solution on page 7 1984 United Feature Syndicate

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