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8The Daily Tar HeelWednesday, January 22, 1992 98th year of editorial freedom Jennifer Wing, Editor STEVE Poun, University Editor CUUEN FERGUSON, Editorial Page Editor NEIL AMATO, Sports Editor Christina Nifong, Features Editor ALEX De GRAND, Cartoon Editor MlTCH Kokai, Copy Desk Editor GRANT HALVERSON, Photography Editor Amber Nimocks. Citv Editor ERIC Lusk, State and National Editor MONDY LAMB, Omnibus Editor Jennifer Dickens, Layout Editor JoAnn RODAK, Managing Editor AMY Seeley, Copy Desk Editor Kathy Michel, Photography Editor Overstepping their bounds Common sense prevailed in the N.C. General Assembly last week when legislators decided not to grant the legislature direct control of student fees at the UNC-system schools. However, they have passed a bill giving the UNC Board of Governors authority to oversee student fees set annually by each school's board of trustees. Student fees are allocated to fund student services such as the Student Health Service, Intramural Sports Program, Student Union, telephonic registration and some student organizations on campus; and to pay back debts incurred during the construction of various student facilities. Does the BOG, responsible for all 16 schools in the UNC system, really have sufficient knowledge about each campus to decide how much money should be allocated to the various organizations? Sure, they could do the necessary math to figure out how much money it would take to retire the debt from the construction of Lenoir Hall, but what does the BOG know about the amount of money needed to fund a.p.p.l.e.s. or SAFE Escort? The General Assembly 's goal for the bill to ensure that students would not be charged unnecessarily with debts fromcam-pus construction and to remain competitive with other states' university systems certainly is valid; however, with only one student Mark Bibbs from UNC-CH representing student interests for all 16 schools, the BOG is too far removed from the respective student organizations to determine the allocation of funds adequately. Mark Bibbs opposed granting the Gen eral Assembly the power to oversee stu dent fees but said he favored BOG over sight of the trustees' suggested fees. Bibbs said the BOG Committee on Budget and Finance had a comprehensive list and a good understanding of all respective fees, He cited the past summer's UNC-CH BOT $200 technology fee proposal as an example of unnecessary fees prevented by the BOG. This technology fee, however, was not solely opposed and discarded by the BOG. Student leaders and University officials clearly opposed the fee and exerted enough influence upon the BOT to have accomplished the goal for which Mark Bibbs gives the BOG credit. Student Body President Matt Heyd would like to see the fee-setting power remain in the BOT's hands. According to Heyd, the BOG always has had ultimate power over the BOT, but this is the first time the UNC-system board has tried to interfere with the assessment of each school's needs. Chapel Hill students have more power upon fee setting than any other UNC-system students; it's a cooperative process between faculty, staff and students, and it ought to stay that way, Heyd said. Our Board of Trustees is closer to and more knowledgeable about this school and its needs than the BOG, and with continuing student, faculty and staff interest in the fee-setting process the BOT can protect students' budgets and school competitiveness without BOG interference. AIDS: Hitting close to home Only a few months after former pro basketball star Magic Johnson announced that he had the HIV virus and one month after musician Freddie Mercury died because of AIDS, UNC students are confronted again with the tragedies that can accompany unsafe or casual sex: Former Carolina Gay and Lesbian Association Co-chairman Greg Johnson, of the class of 1987, died last week after a struggle with the AIDS virus. Greg Johnson's death should give both homosexual and heterosexual UNC students a sad but vivid reminder that AIDS is not just a disease that happens to "that other guy." And it should be a very clear warning about the perils that accompany unsafe or casual sex. Far too often, the patrons of Chapel Hill bars and partygoers give in to the moment, paying more attention to their urges than to their better judgment. But the lamentable truth is that a lapse in judgment can be a fatal mistake, not a correctable error. Many UNC students have the "not me" approach to sex, going from partner to partner with little concern. However, in 1992, such behavior is not only unwise it is also foolish. Students don't want to believe that there are people walking around this campus and frequenting Chapel Hill bars and restaurants every night who are HIV-positive. But there are and casual, unsafe sex with multiple partners is no safer than a game of Russian roulette. There are HIV-positive people in Chapel Hill, and sooner or later those who pnactice unsafe sex are going to pull the trigger when the bullet is in the chamber. While Magic Johnson's retirement serves as a significant reminder that anyone homosexual or heterosexual can contract the virus, Mercury's death reminds us of the destruction the disease causes in the homosexual community. But Greg Johnson's death hits a little closer to home; it points out to UNC students that Chapel Hill is not unlike the rest of the world. While some may consider it the "southern part of heaven," Chapel Hill is not a disease-less Camelot. The AIDS virus is a threat to everyone, even UNC students. The opportunities for casual and unsafe sex in Chapel Hill are many; if better judgment prevails, such opportunities will become more sparse. Those who die of AIDS-related illnesses often never publicly admit they have the disease. But Greg Johnson requested that the true cause of his death be revealed, hoping that others would learn from his example that unsafe sex can be as fatal as it is enticing. UNC students would do well to learn from this example and cease playing Russian roulette. Editorial Policy The Daily Tar HeeFs editorials are approved by the majority of the editorial board, which is composed of the editor, editorial page editor and four editorial writers. Business ind advertising: Kevin Schwartz, directorgeneral manager. Bob Bates, advertising director: Leslie Humphrey, classilied ad manager; wnson Asnwonn, ousmess manager. Business stall: MichelleGray, assistant manager.Gmi Berardino, and Laurie Davis, office asssranfs.Chrissy Davis, promotions manager. Classified advertising: Amy Dew, Becky Marquette, Lorrie Pate, Leah Richards and Jennifer Terry, representatives.Chai Campbell, production assistant. Display advertlslni: Ashlelgh Heath, advertising manager, Milton Artis. Marcie Bailey. Robert Lee Carson, Carrie Grady, Angela Gray, David Hoffmann, Joanna Hutchins, Lynne Sandridge, Brooks Spradling, and Ginger Wagoner, account executivesMama Miller, assistant account executive; wanom weaver, nicki uiair, prootreaoers. Advertising production: Bill Leslie, managersystem administrator, Anita Bentley and Lorrie Pate, assistants. Assistant editors: Anne Michaud, arts coordinator; Hatty Floyd and Aimee Hobbs, copy; Dana Pope, cfy, Shea Riggsbee, editorial; Beth Tatum, features; Valerie Fields, managing-.Vttia Hymanand Mike Long, Omnibus; Andrew Cline, pnoloprapffy.StewartChisam.Eric David, Warren Hynes and Bryan Strickland, sports,-Anna Griffin, state and national; Birch DeVault, Ashley Fogle and Bonnie Rochman, university. Newselerfc Kevin Brerman. Editorial writers: Karen Dietrich, David Etchison, Adam Ford, Shea Riggsbee and Will Spears. University: Michael Bradley. John Broadfoot, Megan Brown, Shannon Crownover, Soyia Ellison, Kathy Ford, Heather Harreld, Valerie Holbert, Teesha Holladay, Kathleen Keener, Chandra McLean, Jenny Mclnnis, Marty Minchin, Maricia Moye, Jennifer Mueller, Cathy Oberfe, Marcia Sweeney, Jennifer Talhelm, Kelly Thompson, Marcy Walsh, Jon Whisenant and Michael Workman. Citv: Tiffany Ashhurst. Jennifer Brett, Andrea Bruce, Kim Cable, Maile Carpenter. Andrew Cline. Carol Davis. Julie Rick, Chris Goodson, Christy Hardee. Jackie Hershkowitz, Grant Holland, Wendy Perrell. Emily Russ, Kelly Ryan and Brendan Smith. state ana National: josn uoyer, lara uuncan, cranny risner, binam nan, view nyman, Karen Laxey, Laura Laxron, orian muuniun, Rebecah Moore, Lars Munson, Adrienne Parker, Jason Richardson, Bruce Robinson Pele Simpkinson and Chris Trahan. Special Assignments: Alisa DeMao, Anna Griffin, Mara Lee, Jennifer Mueller and Gillian Murphy. Arii' I avtnn rlrnft Ned Diriik. Beth Formv-Duval. Laura Guv. Grant Halve rson Ashlav Harris Melissa Minkowski Charles Marshall. Rahul Mehta, Greg Miller, Susie Rickard, Sally Stryker and Ian Williams. Failures: Yi-Hsin Chang, VIcM Cheng, Michael Easterly, Jackie Herskowit2, Thomas King, Mara Lee, Kristin Leight, Robin Lowe, Anna Meadows, Kelly Noyes, Mary Moore Parham, Kimberty Perry, Sonja Post, Winifred Sease and Howard Thompson. Snorts: Mark Anderson, senor writer. Jason Bates. Jennifer Dunlao. Jav Exum. Stuart Gordan. Dave Heiser. Doug Hoooervorst. Matt Johnson, David J. Kupstas, Mary Lafferty, John C. Manuel, Amy McCaffrey, Bobby McCroskey, David Monroe, Jay Stroble and Carter Toole. Photography: Brian Jones, senior photographer, Jonathan Atkeson, Kevin Chignell, Steve Exum, Garth Fort, Fiorian Hanig, Erin Randall, Evle Sandlin and Debbie Stengel. Copy Editorsndy Bechtel, Tiffany Cook, Amy Cummins, Michael Gaudio, Kyle Hooper. Rama Kayyall, Jennifer Kurfees, Mara Lee, Marty McGee, Vikki Mercer, Mary Moore Parham, Susan Pearsall, Jennifer Reid, Christie Saleh, John Staton, Jacqueline Torok, Rick Twomey, Kenyatta Upchurch, Sara watson, Amy weiier and Nancy west Grapnics: tnip suoaretn. Cartoonists: Mandy Brame, Lem Butler, Chris DePree, Jake McNelfy, Jason Torchinsky. Layout Shane Klein, Ian Leong, Heather Modlin, Teresa Rucker and Sheila Terrell. Editorial Production: Stacy Wynn, manager, Lisa Reichle, assistant Distribution and Printing: Village Printing Company The Dally Tar Heel is published by the DTH Publishing Corp., a non-profit North Carolina corporation, Monday-Friday, according to the University calendar. Callers with ouestions about billing or display advertising should dial 962-1163 between 8:30 a.m.and5p.m. Classified adscan be reached at 962-0252. Editorial questions should be directed to 962-02450246. Office: Suite 104 Carolina Union Campus mall address: CM 5210 koi 49, Carolina Union U.8. Mall iddress: P.O. Boi 3257, Chapel Hill. NC 27519-3257 os WSfcr fiODV PRESIDENT??? SUCH 7W'3 CU gf lfCIf I at -the Board erf trover". qef in -fiie woy r involve his FpOtyMAfB, Tim Moort. PLEASE HELP ill We nWs Current office. ff,P"ef Justice, foae- it: I Move over Oprah; David Ball has all the answers Wen, 1 don t Know aoout tne rest or you Democrats, but after watching the New Hampshire debates I've decided that I'm voting for Cokie Roberts in 1992. Other than that, what else has been going on recently? I trust that you all had great breaks, that you're geared up for the grueling spring semester ahead a'nd that we're all prepared for the coming months, which hold a variety of good and bad things. On the bad side of the ledger, there s a season of Dick Paparo and Dick Vitale (first names are merely a coincidence), schizophrenic weather and student elections. On the good side, there's Spring Break, the "Wayne's World" movie and the new column format. Yes, that's right. Beginning this week, I will be running your lives and providing you with your sole source of information, at least those of you who can tear yourselves away from Oprah. It's a sign of a sick society that people with personal problems turn to a complete stranger who makes his or her money from them and that millions of other people read about it. Therefore, it makes sense that a sick person should be running the whole show. I became interested in the field of problem- solving journalism after I had consumed several bottles of Polish vodka on New Year's Eve and had become incredibly philosophical. Since I was in New Orleans, I looked around Bourbon Street at all the Florida fans wearing their "Piss on Notre Dame" buttons and asked, "Why?" This opened up a flood of other questions. Why were we celebrating a holiday based on two human inventions, the clock and the calendar? If we were all having so much fun, why didn't we celebrate midnight every night or just have daylong years? But, even deeper than that, people want to know answers to other questions. If Robert Stempel, chief executive officer of General David Ball All You Can Ask Motors, wants to save money, why doesn't he cut some of his $2.4 million salary instead of firing 70,000 assembly line workers? What did President Bush eat in Japan? Why don't we do the "C-A-R-O-L-I-N-A" cheer anymore, and who thought of the "U-N-C" cheer anyway? There are questions out there, people, and they are just waiting to be asked and answered. Drop yours off at the DTH office care of "All You Can Ask," and I'll see what I can do. In the meantime, here are some of the letters I got during the holidays. "Dear Dave: Who solves disputes between Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren?" As many of you may or may not know, these two pioneers of the advice column are twin sisters. You wouldn't guess because they have different last names, but apparently two men out there actually wanted to be henpecked for the rest of their lives and to be addressed as "Dear Wants-to-know-where-the-dry-cleaning-is" and "Dear Pass-the-butter-please." Based on my knowledge of the journalism field, I've deduced that their personal problems are solved by baseball radio broadcasters. Those of you who have listened to baseball on the radio know that these guys only use the play-by-play as an excuse for stopping the gaps in their conversations, which consist of gossiping about personal lives, especially their own. You hear about grandchildren more than you hear about the count, and, if the two sisters ever did get into any problems, which seems unlikely given their vast knowledge of the right thing to do in any situation, they'd be solved before the seventh-inning stretch. "Dear Dave: Why is popcorn so expensive in movie theaters and so cheap everywhere else?" To tell you the truth, I'm not sure, but I think it has something to do with Cuban revolutionaries, Oliver Stone and the assassination of JFK. I've often wondered myself about movie concession-stand prices. I usually purchase the best by-volume deal, which inevitably means that I buy twice the amount of food I want for three times the amount I want to spend. Of course, I was only suckered into doing this once thisChristmas vacation, but the movie I saw gave me indigestion anyway. Can someone out there explain why someone thought a film version of a TV show ('The Addams Family") would be a good idea and why they picked (M.C.) Hammer to write the song if they knew he was going to include lyrics like, "Kick and they slap a friend?" "Dear Dave: Are we obligated to drink from the push button-timed water fountains at Davis until the water stops flowing, even if we're not that thirsty?" Of course you are. We all know there's a water shortage going on, and we shouldn't let it go to waste. Of course, drinking excess water inevitably uses up more water later on, unless you're a male standing next to a bush, and it's dark and there's no one else around. My suggestion is to begin a study terrarium to take with you on your trips to Davis, and use the extra water to keep those plants (or newts or whatever) moist and healthy. So, write in next week and address your entries to, "All You Can Ask," The Daily Tar Heel, CB 5210 Box 49, Carolina Union, or drop them off at the office. David Ball is a senior history major from Atlanta. L 1 Teachers not only ones who foster stereotypes To the editor: I am writing in response to Holly Dunton's letter ('Teachers, soci ety should destroy myths about weak female intellect, Jan. 8). Although she is correct that one of our society's flaws is that it holds many generalizations as incontestable truths, Ms. Dunton identifies herself with this very flaw by be lieving the inaccurate generaliza tion that all stereotypes begin in the classroom. Even though the title of her ar ticle suggests she wants to point a finger at society as well as teachers, she never does so. As a future teacher, I am furious with the attitude that a teacher is somehow superhuman. It is far above and beyond the stretch of human kindness that teachers spend their day with young children trying to pre pare them for the real world (not an easy task, I assure you). Above that, they also sacrifice any chance of having a social life in order to grade papers, design tests and lesson plans and be adviser for count less extra-curricular activities. Teachers should be regularly praised for their generosity. Instead, society also expects them- to be singly and completely responsible for molding a student's life. It is true a teacher can have a profound effect (good or bad) on a student. It is indeed sad that there are bad teachers out there who are in charge of more than 100 stu dents every day. There are also bad lawyers, bad doctors, bad babysitters, bad parents and of course bad politicians, all of whom have a huge influence on the society around them. Teachers are only human, and they should not be expected to be anything more than that. Ms. Dunton, it is a shame your ninth grade physical science teacher was a sexist, antediluvian creep, but there are plenty more where he came from, and many of them are not teachers. (There are sexist, antediluvian women too, believe it or not.) We've all had a bad teacher along the way. Some of us have been traumatized by them, just like you were. One day, my kindergarten teacher put me in a corner for talking (a crime of which I was not guilty) and forgot about me. Finally, after four hours including lunch and recess, a student noticed and pointed me out to her. Covering for herself, she yelled at me for not reminding her that I was still in the comer. At that moment, I switched from a fairly well-adjusted, extroverted five-year-old to a shy girl who, even now, finds it very difficult to face a new public situation without pretending I am someone else until I am comfortable with my new surroundings. It can happen to the best of us. One must remember it is easy to hold onto generalizations when dealing with strangers or acquaintances because stereotypes are all we know. When I was student teaching (my field is English literature), I caught myself teaching mainly to the boys in my classes, because, as you pointed out in you article, it has been "statistically proven" women are better at language skills and creative arts than men are. In a way, you could say I was showing reverse discrimination in my classroom, because I automatically figured men needed more help with world literature than women. Of course, this is not necessarily the case, and I quickly reconciled the situation. The School of Education here at UNC has some brilliant, competent and insightful people going through its program. They deserve praise in choosing the teaching field, for they are the kind of qualified people we want teaching our children. However, many of the aforementioned brilliant men and women will leave the field within four or five years in order to enter a field that pays better and gets the respect it deserves. In doing so, they will be leaving behind the incompetent teachers to teach your children. Let's work on keeping the good teachers in the field by citing the strengths of the education system as often, if not more than, we condemn the weaknesses. Any psychology major (or education major, for that matter) knows positive reinforcement is far more constructive than a barrage of insults and complaints. In short, teachers are not the only people who shape our lives. Parents, society, peers and culture play an even stronger role in whom each one of us becomes. Until we stop using a few convenient people as scapegoats for the problems of our society as a whole, we will only compound the problems, and we will never be able to solve them. ELIZABETH A. FINDLEY Senior Secondary English Education Harassers have position of power over victims To the editor: Roy Schenk says ("Feminist leaders seeking superiority for women", Jan. 14) that feminists really want "special privilege" or superiority when they ask for equal treatment. His main argument is that feminists think it is wrong for men to harass women, but they don't care about the men who are being harassed by women all the time. Schenk's argument relies on a deep misunderstanding of what sexual harassment is. If he understood that sexual harassment involves adifference in power (physical or social) between the harasser and the victim, he would see that men are not being sexually harassed by women all the time. Schenk thinks being sexually harassed is like not having the door held open for you. He thinks the victim of sexual harassment has had her "ladylike sensibilities" offended and nothing more. From my experience as a volun teer at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, I know victims of sexual harassment feel terribly threatened, powerless, scared, sometimes terrified and often trapped. Because the statistics are that at least one in 1 2 women will be raped in her lifetime, when women are harassed by strangers in the street, we have to worry that the harasser will pursue and try to hurt us. When women are harassed fcy our bosses, we have to worry that we will be fired if we protest. Men who harass women are in some position of power over the women they torment. That is why women are threatened and frightened. Of course, it is also wrong for women who have power over men to create this fearful experience for those men. But because it is usually men who are in positions of power, this situation does not happen very often. It is because we start out in unequal positions in academe, in the work force and on the streets that women are vulnerable to men who choose to take advantage of their power. To ensure equal treatment, women must not be subject to this kind of victimization. VALERIE TIBERIUS Graduate Philosophy Letters policy Letters should be limited to 400 words, although longer letters are accepted. However, the shorter the letter, the better chance it has of running. If you want your letter published, sign and date it. No more than two signatures. All letters must be typed. Include your year in school, major, phone number and hometown. If you have a title that is relevant to your letter's subject, please include it. The DTH reserves the right to edit letters for space, clarity and vulgarity.

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