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News Features FEBRUARY 1989

Rape victim gets $140,000 ... The Regents
of the U. of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), have agreed
to pay $140,000 to an on-campus rape victim who claimed
her ordeal resulted from "a total absence of reasonable
security at San Nicholas Hall." The lawsuit, which askedfor
damages in excess of $500,000, claims that UCSB is liable
because the residence halls had disfunctioning doors and
dimly lit halls. The victim, whose identity is being kept
confidential, was raped, beaten and threatened with death
for approximately three hours in the early morning of Feb.
17, 1987, according to the lawsuit. UCSB did not admit
liability for the rape, but agreed to pay the sum partly
because of "the emotional appeal of a claim of this type,"
Santa Barbara defense attorney Ken Moes said. In response
to suggestions that UCSB strengthen its security through
measures such as requiring identification for entrance into
the dorms, the defense attorney's brief stated: "The UCSB
campus is not a high-security, locked environment. (And)
the student population . .. has clearly declared that high
security measures would be contrary to the lifestyles ex-
pected and demanded by students." EWade Daniels,
The Daily Nexus, U. of California, SantaBar-
Playboy pictorial spurs protest ... The
position of Georgetown U. (GU) should be "anti-
pornography," according to Ruth Austern a member of the
GU Women's Caucus. The group is protesting Playboys
upcoming pictorial "Women of the Big East," which maga-
zine representatives say will include women from GU. The
Women's Caucus set up tables and collected signaturesfor
a petition condemning Playboy as pornography and
opposing the magazine's decision to recruit models from
Georgetown, Austern said. If the group's petition asking
Saxa Sundries not to carry the issue scheduled for next
April is unsuccessful, the group plans to buy all of the
issues on campus. "I'm opposed to Playboy as pornogra-
phy," Austern said. "It is both dehumanizing and objectify-
ing to women. Christi Green, also a member of the
Women's Caucus, said that although she is opposed to the
image of women in Playboy she also understands why
some women choose to pose for them. "Most of the girls
who do this are just normal. They do it for the money or as
an expression of freedom," Green said. Leona Fisher,
director of Women's Studies at GU said the Playboyissue
will test the awareness of women on campus about por-
nography. "This is a question of whether or not the women
on campus will take themselves seriously enough not to
accept (Playboys recruitment)." GU officials said they will
not accomrr odate Playboy representativeF on campus, nor
approve any of their interview advertisements for campus
distribution. mNicole Wong and Ed Walters, The
Hoya, Georgetown U., DC
Cheating to prosper ... A secretary in the
College of Natural Sciences at U. of South Florida was
recently arrested for selling a copy of a final exam to a
student for $30. Vivian Jeanette Heyward, 38, allegedly
approached the student on Aug. 10, 1988, and offered to
sell him the exam, said Lt. Robert Staehle of the university
police. The student bought the exam and shared it with two
other students. The college dean's office became suspi-
cious when the three students scored "far superior" to the
other students, Staehle said, and their answers were the
same. Heyward was arrested Sept. 14, 1988 after being
brought in for questioning. She was charged with unlawful
compensation or reward for official behavior and faces up
to five years and a $5,000 fine. Dan Serra, USF
Oracle, U. of South Florida

Approximately 200 men and women chant slogans denouncing rape and abuse as
they march from the Kansas Union to South Park at the U. of Kansas in a protest rally
for abuse awareness called "Women: Take Back the Night."

Right to privacy . .. Recently, students at Eastern
Illinois U. are questioning whether student employees
should have access to other students' private records.
"Jane," an Eastern student who asked not to be identified,
told of an experience she had with a student employee who
looked up her private records. "I didn't come back to
school a semester, and a student employee looked up my
records . .. to find out why I wasn't coming back," Jane
said. "A person's social security number finds out your
history and is the only thing that makes you different from
everyone else," Jane said. "I think that it's unfair ...
because those (students) who have access are in competi-
tion with you and may use that to their advantage," Eastern
student Joan Wright said. Keith Kohanzo, officer ofvJudicial
Affairs, said that under the Family Education Rights and
Privacy Act (The Buckley Amendment), confidentiality is
safeguarded, and is extremely strict on those who have
access to student records, including student employees.
Kohanzo also said that parents aren't even allowed access
to their child's records without that student's written per-
mission. Tracie Reynolds, The Daily Eastern
News, Eastern Illinois U.
Radon alert ... According toa campus-wide study
at Indiana-Purdue U., Indianapolis (IUPUI), only one of 26
buildings tested for radon contained a level of the radioac-
tive gas above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's
(EPA) action level of14 picocuries per liter of air. The EPA
and the U.S. Surgeon General's office declared radon gas
to be the most dangerous health threat facing the United
States and recommended that every house and apartment
in the U.S. be tested for the radioactive gas. Radon is an
invisible and odorless gas that is produced by the decay of
uranium in soil. In the open air, radon dissipates harmless-
ly, but can enter enclosed structures through cracks in the
foundation and become trapped, raising the possibility of
health problems. According to a national EPA study, 29
percent of homes in Massachusetts, Arizona, Minnesota,
Missouri, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Indiana contain
"dangerously high levels of radon.". Scott Abel, The
Sagamore, Indiana-Purdue U., Indianapolis

Anti-AIDS drug ready for testing ... A new
anti-AIDS drug designed by a U. of Minnesota, Twin Cities
researcher was licensed to a major pharmaceutical firm in
October, 1988, according to university officials. Despite the
drug's laboratory success, the Food and Drug Administra-
tion (FDA) could take two years to approve the drug, called
Carbovir, for public use. In testing so far, Carbovir has
shown the ability to kill the virus without being toxic to
human cells, said Professor Robert Vince, a medicinal
chemist in the College of Pharmacy. Vince worked with Mei
Hua, a visiting researcher from Beijing Medical College in
the People's Republic of China, to develop Carbovir. " We
have not tested the drug in animals or humans . .. We
might find some unusual toxicity problem," Vince said.
Carbovir is one of the National Institute of Health's top
considerations among the 5,000 anti-AIDS compounds it
has tested, Vince said. Minneapolis resident Bill Kummer,
who has the AIDS virus, said the path to Carbovir's final
approval is too long. " When you talk about the months it
takes for the drug trials, you're talking about an eternity to
someone like me," Kummer said. Mike Casey, The
Minnesota Daily, U. of Minnesota, Twin

Carnegie Mellon U. Santoro spent about 20 minutes locked
in his car while Campus Police tried to extract him. Accord-
ing to Sargeant Bill Ricci, campus police called Student
Affairs for assistance. Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Lois Cox spoke with Santoro who told her that he could not
afford to have his car towed. Cox then arranged for an
emergency loan for Santoro who had to pay more than
$500 in parking fines last year. Santoro's passive resist-
ance cost him $95, a $55 towing charge, a $20 parking
citation and a $20 internal disorderly conduct citation. "It
brought back a lot of faith in the administration when Dean
Cox came over and worked it out," Santoro said. He said
that not enough consideration for students goes into the
present parking permit decisions. "In the process it is
possible for an undergrad to get a parking allocation ...
but it is extremely unlikely," said Oscar Mayer, director of
campus operations. Carlos Franco, The Tartan,
Carnegie Mellon U., PA
Agriculture goes greek ... A group of female
students at Tennessee Tech U. are waiting to be founding
members of the first agricultural sorority in the nation. The
sorority, Lambda Alpha Sigma, will be a professional
organization designed to promote the advancement of
women in agr culture. The sorority's constitution is await
ing approval from Tech's Student Organization Committee.
"Agriculture is more than driving a tractor and planting
corn. Our goal is to educate everyone of what agriculture
has to offer females," said Judy Reagan, a junior plant and
soil science major and sorority president. Tim
Chowning, The Oracle, Tennessee Tech U.
Regents reverse birth control ban ...
Regents of the Texas State U. System decided on Nov. 18,S
1988, to lift a ban on distributing contraceptives at the
universities' health centers. The 7-1 vote amended a policy
made last May that banned contraceptives from health
facilities and followed almost six months of protest by
Southwest Texas State U. (SWT) students, faculty and state
health officials. Critics said the ban increased students' risk
of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted dis-
eases, including AIDS. "I think they (the regents). .. began
to look at it as a public health issue," Board Chairman Jack
Martin said. Social work junior Jody Dodd, one of four
SWT students who filed a lawsuit against the ban, called the
regents' decision, "A victory for all of the students that let
their voices be heard." The policy limits contraceptives to
students who participate in a "university-approved ...
seminar dealing with the issues associated with human
sexuality." mAlan Hines, TheDaily Texan, U. of
Texas, Austin
Toying with history . . . It is 1917 and the
Russian Revolution has just begun. You progress through
time to find the wrong people in power and the wrong
events are taking place. You aren't a time traveler. Instead,
you're a student of Soviet history playing a computer game.
created by Soviet history ProfessorJ. Martin Ryle of the U.
of Richmond, Va. Ryle designed the game, called The
Russian Revolution: A Game Simulation, to make learning
history enjoyable for students. The game's initial screen of
text is an accurate statement of events that happened at the
start of the Russian Revolution, he said. From there, the
player has three different directions that he can take. If the
wrong direction is taken, Ryle said, the wrong events will
take place at the wrong times according to history. "Stu-
dents learn what happened by going through these different
routes and finding the correct one," Ryle said. "It's a good
game, and it's definitely worth trying out," said Richmond
student Mark Brown. Patrick Daley, The Colle-@
gian, U. of Richmond, VA

Nick Santoro in his Monte Carlo
Drama in the parking lot . .. Recently, senior
drama major Nick Santoro refused to get out of his car,
which was about to be towed out of a visitor parking lot at

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