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News Fee OCTOBER 1989 OCTOBER 1989 aident Body 1989



TA's racist' remark results in firing

By Denise Douglas Raphael
The Diamondback
U. of Maryland, College Park
A U. of Maryland teaching assistant was fired for
describing a student's classroom performance as "typ-
ically black" in an evaluation.
"She is a typical 'black' student in that she sits in
the back of my class and never participates," wrote
Bradley Boeke, a radio, television and film TA.
Patti Gillespie, chairwoman of the communication,
arts and theater department, said consultations with
a number of people concerned about the issue weighed
heavily in her decision to fire Boeke.
"I took the action appropriate under the circum-
stances," she said.

Dara Sparks, the freshman pre-RTVF major who
Boeke made the comment about, said she was satis-
fied with the actions taken against Boeke, but added
she might file a grievance against him because she
wants other minorities to be aware of his racist atti-
"If he has that racist attitude towards me he may
have it towards others," Sparks said. "I don't think his
actions should be allowed to affect other minorities."
Many members of the campus black community
denounced Boeke as a racist and agreed that his dis-
missal had not solved the problem.
"I feel it is not enough," said Dionne Brown, president
of the NAACP campus chapter and a junior public policy
and planning major. "The administrators need to take
further action to prevent these situations fromhappening

in the future."
Before his termination, Boeke admitted the evaluation
was inappropriate, but said his comments were not
meant to hurt Sparks. "I realize I made an unprofession-
al remark. My integrity will be compromised," he said.
"I wanted to be helpful," Boeke said. "I was frustrated
at seeing a lot of bright students not being successful.
The issue itselfis that many black students have agreat
opportunity, but fail to do well because they have a hard
time getting involved."
Some Black Student Union members have advised
.Boeke to work with the human relations office to com-
pile a packet to deter other people from adopting a
stereotype of black students. "I believe the project will
be enlightening for me and helpful for other teaching
assistants," Boeke said.

Study in Beijing suspended;
Taiwan offered as alternate

Freshman Dale Liner hunts crows with his hawk Zeke. Liner owns two Harris hawks.
Student hunter falls prey
to falconry renaissance

By Joshua B. Good
The Daily Californian
U. of California, Berkeley
The University of California's
Education Abroad Program will stop
sending American students to Peking
University in Beijing for the 1989 fall
semester, despite the program founder's
opposition to any "temporary suspen-
sion" of the program.
"I think that the situation is not going
to be dangerous and I'd like to see the
program going," said UC Berkeley
Professor John Jamieson, who estab-
lished the exchange program in 1986.
Peter Wollitzer, assistant director for
the program, said his office suspended
the program because of safety concerns
for UC students. The decision affects 22
studentsin the UC system. Students will
be able to study in Taiwan instead.
But officials at China's Consulate in
San Francisco said it is safe for
Americans to study in China.
In addition, Chinese Consulate
Spokesperson Wang Shaohua insisted
that his government will continue to
allow Chinese citizens to study in the
United States.
During the last eight years, the
People's Republic of China has dramat-
ically increased the number of Chinese
students studying in the United States.
During the 1981 academic year, China
sent more than 4,000 students to study
in America, and that figure increased to
nearly 30,000 students during the 1988-
89 academic year, according to the

International Institute for Exchange
based in New York.
But Glenn Shive, an IE official sta-
tioned in Hong Kong, predicts the
Chinese government may cut in half the
number of students that are allowed to
study in America because the govern-
ment believes some of its citizens who
study in the United States become "spir-
itually polluted" by bourgeois ideas.
Patrick Chew, a UC Berkeley junior
majoring in Mandarin Chinese, had
planned to study in Beijing this year. He
agrees with Wollitzer.
"It could be a little too dangerous for
us. Especially those of us who are
Chinese-American," Chew said.
Plagiarism suspected
A U. of Mississippi investigative
committee believes approximately 50
percent of an article printed in the
Aug. 25,1988Daily Mississippian and
reprinted in the October 1988 U. The
National College Newspaper was pla-
giarized from Seventeen Magazine.
The committee recommended
apologies to U. and Seventeen and
action by the UM Journalism
Department and the DM editorial
staff to prevent plagiarism.
The author of the article admitted
to a member ofthe committee that she
read the Seventeen article in July
along with other dieting stories, and
usually paraphrased articles without

Sugar Family
Continued from page 22
"We've found no indication of impro-
prieties," Hovious said. "We've got a
vague allegation - somebody gave
something to somebody somewhere."
In a March issue of Newsday, former
assistant basketball coach Nate
Archibaldand several formerMinerbas-
ketball players alleged that they were
assigned to families by basketball coach-
es. These families, known by the term
"sugar families" that was coined by
either the local newspaper or a disgrun-
tled player, reportedly gave players gifts
and the use of cars. Giving players gifts
is a violation of NCAA regulations.
The article cited no specific incidents
and named no particular player who
accepted gifts.
Hovious said, "It's real frustrating to
fight that kind of allegation."
The host family program, sponsored
by the university and open to all univer-
sity students, is designed to aid in
adjusting to college life.
Beto Lopez, director of undergraduate
recruitment and scholarships, said the
host family program provides students
with a sense of family.
Although Lopez was unable to give
specifics, he said very few students
besides athletes utilize the program.
Several Miner basketball players are
currently involved in the program.
According to Newsday, players have
been assigned to families based on their
Continued from page 22
NCAA regulations. But by gifts I don't
mean the usual father-son exchanges
like baseball gloves and sweaters.
We're talking big stuff, like cars.
What the NCAA is investigating is
whether the exchange of gifts between
the two "family members" took place
while the Rebels were actively recruit-
ing Daniels to play for Vegas. According
to Newsday, the 6-8 guard-forward
accepted a car and an unspecified
amount of cash from UNLV while
attending junior college.
The bottom line is that someone at
UNLV found a way to get around the
system. Obviously, that says something
about the system.
In their hope of bringing a national
championship to the strip, Tarkanian
and his coaches overlooked one thing:
they legally committed an illegal act.
They didn't violate the rules per se, but
the Vegas coaching staff did violate the
spirit of the rules.
Because UNLV circumvented the
regulations, no action can be taken by
the NCAA except to propose a new by-
law that would prevent recruiting coor-
dinators from adopting recruits.
The school also played a leading role
in ruining a young person's life. Not to
say that Daniels wasn't on his own
course toward destruction, but throw-
ing someone with a third-grade reading
level into any college seems a bit
Nevertheless, it seems rather obvi-
ous that the Rebel coaching staff's
interest in Daniels was not as a human
being, but rather as someone who could
hit a "J" every time from 20 feet out.

status on the team.
A star player would be assigned to a
richer family while a bench warmer
would not get such treatment, Archibald
Hovious said he believes those quoted
in the article resented the way they had
been treated by the Miner basketball
Archibald was an assistant coach in
1986-87 and a player in 1967-70. He
resigned citing personal reasons.
The article also quoted former players
Jerry Jones (1986-88), Sean Harris
(1988) and Teddy Williams (1975-76).
None completed their eligibility with the

Continued from page 23
get rid of all her old support bras. "They
were like harnesses," she said.
Besides her flimsy lingerie, Jill said
she was happy about her increase in self-
esteem. "It sounds so stupid to think
your chest size can change your life, but
it does."
But for Jill, the best part was choosing
what her own body would look like, she
Brooke said she feels 100 percent bet-
ter about herself now.
"Psychologically, I think I'm a com-

pletely different person."
She attributed her happin
able to do aerobics; go brales
feels like it, and wear a bi
While still more women ai
ing enlargements, those f
decreasing. Comparatively, I
of women receiving redi
According to the Americ
article, the number of we
received breast reductions i
35,500, up 11 percent from .
32,000 women underwent the
the same time frame, enlarges
down from 72,000 in 1981

- ...Y,.
If you're a freshman or sophomore with good
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scholarship. From Army ROTC.
Army ROTC scholarships pay tuition, most
books and fees, plus $100 per school month. They
also pay off with leadership experience and officer
credentials impressive to future employers.
To apply, contact the Professor of Military
Science at your campus or one nearby.

By Rhonda Brewster
a The Tech Oracle
Tennessee Technological U.
A Tennessee Tech student has found a
way to combine bird-watching, hunting
and wildlife management in a single
Freshman Dale Liner is one of only 20
people across the state who practice fal-
conry, a medieval sport in which birds of

prey are used to hunt game.
"It was really popular in Europe until
the invention of gunpowder, and its pop-
ularity is growing again," Liner said.
"We have a national club, and I'm trying
to organize a state club."
Although it's called falconry, either
hawks or falcons may be used. The birds
are trained to hunt certain animals and
then return to the falconer's fist. A fal-
See FALCONRY, Page 5

Students' petition forces ban of polystyrene products

By Joel Groover and A.J. Tahtinen
The Red and Black
U. of Georgia
Students for Environmental Awareness successfully
petitioned U. of Georgia's Food Services to halt the use
of Styrofoam-like products because of their potentional
risk to the environment.
The petition - bearing 3,666 signatures - charged
that polystyrene products cause environmental prob-

lems because they take 500 years to decompose and
produce dangerous chemicals when they finally break
"The petition did cause us to look at the situation
more carefully," Food Services Director Michael Floyd
said. "This is our way of saying that were sensitive to
the societal need to deal with non-biodegradable prod-
Floyd said the current polystyrene products should
run out by the end offall quarter. The products -trays,

platters and cups - will be replaced by fiberglass trays
and paper plates and cups. Students won't be able to
take new trays outside, but can take food out in paper
bags. The student center restaurant will still use plastic
utensils because there isn't a practical substitute for
them, Floyd said.
Floyd said the increased cost of not using polystyrene
products is relatively small -$3,000 to $4,000 annually.
"It's all part of the price.we'll have to pay to protect the
environment," he said.

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