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'U' racism
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can at her from his dorm
window. The assailant yelled"
ger" at her as the can just misse
Such overt racist incide
coupled with cultural and so
obstacles can make campus
unbearable for many students.
Race and academia
Many black students alsof
alienation in the classro
Attending a large lecture hall ca
intimidating for any first-'
student, but for a black stud
who may be the only black in
entire class, the experience can
even more problematic.
"Whenever we talk about b
people or black issues in
biology class, everyone wouldt
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around and look at me... I felt a Univer
itory little awkward," said LSA culture
"nig. sophomore Felicia Jernigan. where
d her Jernigan is the only black student than 10
in her class. Not
nts, Some blacks also report half th
cial experiencing insensitivity from reporte
life professors and resentment from they w
other students who may perceive life.
them as having been "let in" to Sucl
face increase black student enrollment. isolati
om. Although the admissions office student
n be does not lower standards to admit as a pl
year more blacks, they do judge black go bac
lent, students' applications differently Roy
the from white students', placing more black s
n be emphasis on grade-point averages it, goin
and extracurricular activities than on comfoi
lack SAT scores, which many studies isn't be
my say are biased against blacks. aren't1
turn In a 1980 study on black inspec
University students, sociology wants t
Prof. Walter Allen found that most
enter the University with high Bla
academic credentials - 67 percent
were ranked in the top 10 percent of
their graduating class.L
e) However, these students may
not be accustomed to the with a

by culture clash

Compiled from Associated Press reports

sity's predominantly white
Few attended high schools
black enrollment was less
0 percent, as it is here.
surprisingly then, nearly
e students in Allen's study
,d that they did not feel as if
ere a part of general campus
h dilemmas create a sense of
on for students. Many black
ts see the University mainly
ace to study, and frequently
k home on the weekends.
yster said she sees many
students "getting away from
g somewhere where they are
stable, where how they look
sing questioned; where they
going into a store and being
ted more severely. Who
to live that way?"
Active students
ck students who are active in

minority organizations such as the
Black Student Union or minority
dorm councils face an additional
catch. Being active in such
organizations can draw time away
from both their studies and
interaction with non-minority
Like many other student leaders,
Valerie Windrow, an executive
officer in the student NAACP
chapter and a member of East
Quad's Abeng minority council,
said her studies come first, but she
values her extracurricular work too.
"Yes, it gets real hectic
sometimes, and I'm pulling hairs
out," Windrow said, "but I can look
back and see the accomplishments a
group such as the NAACP has
done. It's given me a sense of
purpose outside of my books here."
In his study, Allen found that
See BLACKS, Page 3

SI to help students
(Continued from Page 1)

cademic or departmental ad-

On the average, Judge says,
juniors and seniors meet with their
advisors more than once per term.
Currently, departments such as
history provide students with a
checklist, but that is only for
students to see what courses they
still have to take in order to

complete the concentration require-
ments. It does not provide students
with a chance to explore courses
which would be of interest to them
within the major.
"I think (this plan) has the
potential to make things better and
give students more of a role in their
planning within their concen-
tration," said Judge.

Congress to vote on future
aid to Contra rebels
WASHINGTON - Congress is facing its first battle of the year
over aid to Nicaragua's Contra rebels, a fight that also will provide a
measure of how well President Reagan has regained his political footing
on Capitol Hill.
At stake this week is the final, $40 million installment of the $100
million aid package for the anti-Sandinista fighters that Congress passed
last year.
Even if the Democrat-controlled House and Senate vote to block the
$40 million payment, a Reagan veto could still ensure that the Contras
get the funds. But lawmakers on both sides of the emotional issue are
looking beyond this skirmish to the larger issue of future U. S. policy
in Central America.
Workers try to retrieve bodies
from capsized British ferry
ZEEBRUGGE, Belgium - Engineers tried yesterday to right a capsized
British ferry in an effort to retrieve the bodies of 82 people believed
trapped in the half-submerged vessel off the Belgian coast.
Relatives of passengers, meanwhile, went to a makeshift morgue in
a basketball court to identify the 53 bodies recovered so far. Of the 543
passengers and crew, 408 survived.
The Herald of Free Enterprise fell on its port side outside this port
about 15 minutes after departing Friday night for Dover, England.
Yesterday, two salvage ships carrying giant cranes moved in on the
stricken vessel. The unrecovered corpses were presumed trapped under
heavy debris or in sections of the boat inaccessible to divers.
Crime rates remain high
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department said yesterday that five
out of six of today's 12-year-olds will be the victims or intended
victims of violent crimes during their lifetimes if current crime rates
Half of them will be victimized more than once, authorities said in a
report based on projections from a decade of surveys on the extent of
The report says the lifetime odds of becoming a victim of violent
crimes - rape, robbery, and assault - decline rapidly with age.
Nearly one out of 12 females will be the victim of an attempted or
completed rape. For black females, the odds are 1 out of 9, according to
the department's Bureau of Justice Statistics.
With age, "the likelihood of becoming the victim of a violent crime
in the remainder of one's lifetime declines," the report said.
Opinions conflict on legality
of Iran arms shipments
WASHINGTON - An in-house adviser to Attorney General Edwin
Meese, in opinions issued shortly after disclosure of the U. S. arms
sales to Iran, said the White House did not violate congressional
reporting requirements and that an oral go-ahead from President Reagan
was sufficient for one of the shipments.
The legal opinions by Assistant Attorney General Charles Cooper,
which back the Reagan administration's handling of the arms sales, are
sharply at odds with the conclusions reached by the Tower commission.
The legal memorandums, prepared for Meese and supplied to the
Tower board, were released last week in response to a request from the
Associated Press.

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Beware of Mississippi dwarfs
JACKSON, Miss. - Bills to allow dwarfs to hunt with crossbows
and make the American foxhound the state dog prompted jokes and jeers
in the Legislature this session, but Mississipi lawmakers don't take
them lightly.
"We laugh about it, but these are serious matters to some people,"
said Sen. Bill Minor.
In Mississippi, handicapped people are allowed to use crossbows.
Dwarfs are not considered handicapped under state law.
At the request of a constituent, Rep. Will Green Poindexter
introduced a bill this session to allow dwarfs the exception. The
measure died in the backlog of bills during a deadline week. Poindexter
said he'll probably try again next session.
"I understand that dwarfs have a hard time pulling back crossbows,
but they don't want to be exempted from it and that legislation was
important to them," said Minor.
Sen. John White, acting on the request of a class of sixth-graders,
asked for special status for the American foxhound. "Sure it got a lot of
laughs but it was a good bill," he said. "These sixth-graders really
wanted this."
It passed 50-1 with the dissenting vote coming from a senator who
opposed bringing up the matter during a deadline week.
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