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College from the Inside Out
Puck on the loose' Fluency of foreign
teaching assistants
raises concerns
As the number of U.S. students decreases in graduate programs,
foreign students are filling the void as teaching assistants (TAs). This
story examines the foreign TA fluency problem at one school.

Never enough daytime TV
College trauma provides UCLA
students with enough plot twists to
create an original soap opera, says
UCLA reporter Ron Bell.
- Page 4
King's birthday
Martin Luther King's birthday
reminds millions of how far we've come
andhow far we have to go, DukeCU.
student Stephen Buckley reports.
-Page 8
New loan bill
U. of Minnesota reporter Lizabeth
Lacey outlines new bill that could make
non-profit jobs pay off for students.
-Page 9
Vietnam revisited
Hollywood cashes in on America's
guilty conscience, says U. of
Pennsylvania reporter Marcbo Fernich.
- Page 13
'Yuppie flu'
Kansas State U. reporter Paula Selby
says thousands of young people suffer
from debilitating new virus.
-Page 19

Students irate about
ban on pre-marital sex
By Rob Terrell
Collegiate Times
Virginia Polytechnic and State U.
Sexual intercourse between two un-
married on-campus students is not only
a violation of Virginia Tech U. policy,
but it violates the Virginia State Code.
This became a topic of bitter debate
when a resident adviser told students
that sex was not allowed in the dormi-
tory. "We were told that cohabitation
was either having sex in rooms or in-
tending for a guy to spend the night,"
sophomore business major Dianne
Clark said.
There is some question as to whether
the university has the right to control
the lives of residents so closely. Ed
Spencer, director of housing, based his
defense on the fact that "there is a Virgi-
nia law that prohibits sexual acts be-
tween unmarried persons."
"I think they are trying to run our
lives," Clark said. "They're trying to set
morals for us."

By Mary Cracraft
The Minnesota Daily
U. of Minnesota, Twin Cities
More than half of U. of Minnesota,
Twin Cities undergraduates have diffi-
culty understanding foreign teaching
assistants, according to a survey by The
Minnesota Daily.
Students also rate courses taught by
foreign TAs lower than courses taught
by American TAs and give foreign TAs
lower marks as instructors.
Although foreign TAs and the courses
they taught generally received lower
marks, there was no significant re-
ported difference in the amount learned
in foreign TAs' courses as compared to
those taught by Americans.
However, some students who had
foreign TAs said in interviews, both
within and apart from the survey, that
they relied mostly on themselves, other
students, tutors or books to learn course
material.
See FLUENCY, Page 2

'(My foreign TA's)
accent made
some things hard
to understand,
hut other than
that, he's a good
teacher.'
- BRUCE 'I know a lot of
CAMBRON, U.OF pelehv
OKLAHOMA people have
understanding
them. t think
you're paying to
understand. If
nQyou don't
4 understand,
you're not getting
anything out of
the course.
- MICHELLE
SHANNON,
WASHINGTON STATE
U
One TA's side, Page 2

IRS taxing excess financial aid

By Robert Crook
® The Lumberjack
Northern Arizona U.
Students who receive scholarships,
grants and other forms of gift aid in
excess of tuition and fees are now re-
quired to pay income tax on the excess
funds.
Students must determine the amount
of excess funds and report it to the IRS.

"I think it's kind of foolish to deter-
mine that a student is needy and then
tax the assistance received," said Jim
Pritchard, director of financial aid at
Northern Arizona U.
The law, part of the Tax Reform Act of
1986, does not affect student loans and
other forms of non-gift financial aid.
However, income from work-study and '
other university employment programs
are taxable.

Revival of overt racism plagues colleges
By Michael Selinker Beta Tau (ZBT) fraternity. year, including an unprovoked
The Daily Northwestern As they left ZBT, Madison police ambush of a black freshman by four
Northwestern U., IL said the attackers allegedly shouted unidentified whites in September,
One week after being removed racial and anti-Semitic slurs, includ- during the first week of school.
from probation over what the U. of ing "nigger" and "Let's be a Jew! Let's The Madison incidents were some
Wisconsin, Madison, said was a ra- be a ZBT!" of the most recent acts in a revival of
cist poster, Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) FIJI was reinstated Nov. 7 be- overt racism that has plagued more
fraternity was suspended for a cause university officials said that to than 70 college campuses since the
second incident. suspend the fraternity would be un- beginning of the 1986-87 academic
Two white FIJI members were constitutional. Yet officials are wor- year. It is a revival which frightens
charged with assaulting one black ried about other incidents of racial many monitors of racial violence, in-
and two Jewish members of Zeta violence on Madison's campus last See RACISM, Page 2

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