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Dollars And Sense. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 1988



Judges praise student journalists'
great writing, meticulous reporting

Remembering the pioneer
work of Woody Guthrie and
Page 11


House moms
Greek house directorsI
it up with their young


Fear and loathing
Gonzo writer Hunter S.
Thompson returns to haunt
today's politicos.
Page 13

On the airwaves
A survey of what's hot
and what's not on college

the WINNER in the
Collegrye Journalist
of the Year Award
6 6-6 6n U 6
Presented by CMA/ACP
Awarded by a panel of respected journalism professionals to
an outstanding student journalist for excellence in reporting
and writing in a subject of vital importance to the campus
community and for commitment to the highest standards of

An outstanding series of investigative stories
on a college president's abuse of funds has won
Mark Fischenich the U./American Express Col-
lege Journalist of the Year Award.
Fischenich, a graduate of the U. of Minneso-
ta, Twin Cities, now a reporter for the Marshall
Independent, wrote the series while a reporter
at The Minnesota Daily. Anne Kevlin, a jour-
nalism graduate of the U. of Iowa, now a law
student, took second place for an in-depth arti-
cle on AIDS and its impact on the college cam-
pus which appeared in The Daily Iowan.
Judy L. Lundstrom, former editor of Kansas
State U.'s Collegian, who is now a writer for the
Wichita Eagle-Beacon, won third place for re-
porting on a water contamination cover-up
near her campus.
The national competition was entered by
hundreds of college journalists.
The judges were Everette E. Dennis, execu-
tive director of the Gannett Center for Media
Studies at Columbia U., N.Y., Ronald E. John-
son, chairman of College Media Advisers
(CMA) Non-Daily Newspaper Committee and
director of journalism at Fort Hays State U.,
Kan., Jack D. Loftis, vice-president and editor
of the Houston Chronicle, David Nelson, chair-
man of CMA Daily Newspaper Committee and
news sequence head, Southwest Texas State
U., Tom Rolnicki, executive director Associated
Collegiate Press (ACP), and Sheena Paterson-
Berwick, president of The American Collegiate
Network and publisher of U.
Commenting on Fischenich's work, Dr. Nel-
son wrote: "This is notjust collegejournalism at
its best, it's journalism at its best." Dr. Dennis
described the story about cost overruns at the
president's residence as "rigorously researched
and fairly reported. It had great impact, lead-
ing first to investigations and eventually to the
resignation of the university president." Dr.
Johnson said Fischenich's story represented "a
foremost public service of a student publication
- informing its audience ... of the use of public
Kevlin was praised by Loftis for handling a
sensitive story about an AIDS-infected profes-
sor with restraint and without omissions. He
called the AIDS special section "comprehensive
and readable."
Rolnicki said Lundstrom's stories, which led
to a landfill site being closed, showed "how a
reporter has to dig to get to the real story. The
pieces show excellent use of quotes to humanize
a complex topic."

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Enrollment surge squeezes housing

Mark Fischenich: 1988's College
Journalist of the Year. "Crisp,
objective and direct."

Mark Fischenich
U. of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Minnesota Daily

Anne Kevlin: Second Prize.
"Sensitive, thorough and artistic
in expression."

1st RUNNER UP - $1000
Anne Kevlin
U. of Iowa
The Daily Iowan

2nd RUNNER UP - $500
Judy L. Lundstrom
Kansas State U.
Kansas State Collegian

S AL M~ff

Lynn Childs, U. of Alaska, Ancorage, UAA Voice
Deron L. Johnson, Kansas State U., Kansas State Collegian
Kevin James Messick, U. of California, Los Angeles, UCLA Daily Bruin
Jeff D. Opdyke, Louisiana State U., The Daily Reveille
Margaret Taormina, California State U., Los Angles, University Times
David P. Willis Jr., Rutgers U., N.J., The Daily Targum
Noel K. Wilson, U. of California, Davis, The California Aggie

By Alison Cocks
. The Observer
U. of Notre Dame, IN
After spending 15 minutes fight-
ing her way to the keg, she returns
holding aloft a cup of cheap brew.
She sips tentatively, grimaces and
gazes with discontent at the con-
tents of the cup. I ask her what's
wrong and find out that she
"doesn't really like beer." I feel
somewhat compelled to ask her
why she has spent so much time
being doused in a substance she
doesn't even like. When I pose this
question, a look of shock crosses
her face. After all, it is a party.
This scenario typifies a common
problem: people's actions are too
often governed by other's expecta-
tions. They tend to push aside
their true desires to conform to
society's standards of right and
wrong or sacrifice an opportunity
out of fear of the outcome.
"He's really cool. Too bad he's a
freshman." If I had a nickel for ev-
ery time I've heard that I'd be a
millionaire. The thought that
there are women on campus who,
given the choice, would date a
senior who is 21 going on 12 before
considering a freshman who con-
ducts himself with the self-
assurance of someone older
amazes me.
People who select their majors
based on future job prospects are
another prime example. I would
never consider wasting four years
of my life and thousands of dollars
to study something I don't really
like and don't believe in. Maybe
deciding that a business major was
not the right one for nre decreased
my job prospects, but at least I
won't be gnashing my teeth over
classes I hate. If I don't like study-
ing a certain subject, I probably
won't like the job it prepares me for
much better.
I find that students are often ex-
tremely resistant to change. They
are afraid that by admitting a,
wrong decision, they are also con-
ceding that they have failed. No
one knows himself so well that he
knows what will befall him when
he pursues the unfamiliar. Those
who always choose the safe path
may never know the humiliation of
stumbling, but they will also never
know the exhilaration of having
taken a chance and come out

Students living in
hail lounges, hotels
By Wendy Ludewig
. The Lumberjack
Northern Arizona U.
For some students, living with a
roommate in the cramped spaces of a
residence hall can be a problem. But
what happens when three students
must live together in a room designed
for two?
Universities nationwide are current-

ly facing such a dilemma as significant
increases in student enrollment have
overloaded existing facilities and forced
administration officials to resort to tri-
pling, and in extreme cases, quadru-
pling dormitory residents.
According to some students who have
chosen to put themselves in that situa-
tion this semester, however, it's "really
not that bad."
As a result of the anticipated hous-
ing shortage this fall, the Office of Re-
sidential Life offered students the op-
tion of accepting an additional room-
mate to create additional housing

space. The option was origina]
offered only to continuing studen
said the office's Assistant Direct
Connie Hernandez, but was later 4
tended to freshman as well.
Hernandez emphasized that the n<
housing proposal was not mandator
but that it was an option for studen
When the proposal was announced la
spring, she said students were wa
that an additional roommate wou
cause problems.
The offer decreases rent for st
dents who elect to add a roomma

video buffs fill
a IV void with
minority shows
By Flodean S. Riggs
. The State News
Michigan State U.
Some ambitious students are hop-
ing their talents can match up to
those of talk show host Oprah Win-
frey, filmmaker Spike Lee and Black
Entertainment Television (BET)
video host Donnie Simpson.
Michigan State U. (MSU) Black
Notes, a minority video production
group, develops television programs
aimed at the campus's black popula-
tion. The group is producing a new
rhythm-and-blues video show called
Ebony Beat and also produces Black
on Black, a campus talk show. Black
Notes is also planning another enter-
tainment show which has yet to be
Patty Horn, a Black Notes member,
said the group's members believe that
MSU's minorities were being ignored
by United Cable Television of Mid-
Michigan, so they decided to start
their own show.
Ebony Beat co-host Lorenzo
Hughes said that since United Cable
does not have the BET station fea-
tured on their local lineup, Ebony
Beat will fill a void, giving blacks


Black Notes Video Productions Producer Mark Woodhouse, Audio Technician Gail Davis
and Ebony Beat co-host Lorenzo Hughes in the editing room.

Judy L. Lundstrom: Third Prize.
"A masterful wordsmith."

something to call their own. Black
Notes President and producer/direc-
tor Mark Woodhouse said the show
helps satisfy the specific musical
tastes of the university's minorities.
Laveda Jones, Hughes' co-host on
Ebony Beat, also hosts Black on
Black, which focuses on news issues
that affect minority students.
In addition to its own activities,
Black Notes serves as a video record-
ing group for several campus black
organizations and tapes black events

and shows throughout the year.
The production group is also in
volved with academic projects, such
as filming documentaries and plan
ning trips to events like the annua
Minorities Communications Confer
ence at Howard U., D.C.
Vice-president Jamil Fields be
came active in Black Notes to gain
experience and work her way up in
the group at the same time. She said
working with Black Notes enable:
her to contribute as well as to learn


Applications for the 1989-90 prog-
ram must be received by Jan. 6,
1989. Awards will be announced
by Feb. 10, 1989.

Editorial Fellowships

We are now accepting applications for the 1989-90
Editorial Fellowship Program.
Four fellowships will be awarded to experienced
editors from American Collegiate Network member
newspapers who have at least two years of college
newspaper experience, one year as an editor, and a
minimum senior status* or bachelor's degree.
Fellowship recipients will work at the editorial
offices of U. The National College Newspaper in
Santa Monica, CA from July 24, 1989 to March 30,
1990. Fellows will select articles and illustrations
from member newspapers, copy edit, write head-
lines, and design pages. Fellows will receive a week-
ly stipend and housing accommodations.
Application forms are available from the media
adviser and editor of each American Collegiate Net-
work member newspaper.

Applications must include the application form,
academic transcript, five byline newspaper clips, a
letter not exceeding 600 words from the candidate
describing his or her potential contribution to U.
and two letters of recommendation from any of the
following persons: media adviser, publication man-
ager, journalism/English professor or other faculty
member, SPJ,SDX chapter adviser, or internship
supervisor. Recommendations should indicate rela-
tionship to candidate and candidate's ability to edit
and to work as a team member.
Please send completed application materials to:
Sheena Paterson-Berwick, Publisher
Fellowships, U. The National College Newspaper
3110 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: 213-450-2921
*Candidates for the 1989-90 Fellowships must have a mini-
mum senior status as of June 31, 1989.

Politics took Linder, play brings him back


By Laura Woodward
. The University Daily Kansan
U. of Kansas
Benjamin Linder was shot and killed
by U.S.-backed Contra rebels while
working as a volunteer to build an elec-
trical generator in Nicaragua 18
months ago.
The play Quien vive?/Who lives?
was created by six female college stu-
dents to tell his story.
Felicia Chappelle, Jennifer Cozzi, Re-
becca Heilbrunn, Katie Heiser, Alice
Luhrmann and Greta Schwemer also
play the nearly 100 roles featured in the
"The case itself is very interesting,"
said Charles Stansifer, director of Latin

"There are no sets per se.
They'll carry on props. This
and costume changes will carry
the show."
American studies. "The only observa-
tions we have are from local people.
We'll really never know who pulled the
The play is based on Linder's letters
from Nicaragua, interviews with his
family and friends and the transcript of
a Congressional hearing on U.S. volun-

teers in Nicaragua.
The actresses use dreams, r
enactments, music, poetry and dance
tell his story.
"As far as production details go, it v
be similar to other modern theatre p
ductions," said Mike Rundle, w
brought the play to Lawrence, Ka
"There are no sets per se. They'll car
on props. This and costume changes w
carry the show."
The play was created in Yelli
Springs, Ohio, at Antioch College.
was created as a class project by t
students," Rundle said. "They later e
tered it in the American Colle
Theatre Festival. They won an awa
for best production at a regional leve

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