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Ex-teacher reflects on career
When Letty Wickliffe, a local black leader, attended a
class with Muncy she was notshocked by the presence of a
blackstudent, while many of her classmates were. m
"Wickliffe satin one of my classes and I didn't give any
thought," she said. "The same is true for the foreign
students. It made me realize how narrow my own life was
when I knew so little about others.
IN HER YEARS of teaching, Muncy learned that while!
some children do develop prejudices, it is best to givee
children the chance to work out their problems, and
Muncy taught high school in Bad Axe, Mich., first grade9
in Willow Run, and substituted in the Ann Arbor school
district. Muncy taught school for 30 years before her
Soon after retiring, Muncy was hired by a Bloomfieldr
Hills, Mich. family to tutor'their eighth grade daughtera
who many thought was mentally retarded.
MUNCY TOOK the child to a psychologist and found she
was not mentally retarded. The girl simply lacked proper"
schooling, she said.
"It was unfortunate. The child had had some bad.
training," Muncy said. "If she had had the kind of training
she should have gotten, her ability w ld have been
"I knew very little aobut what to do with the child since
she only had a six to eight minute attention splan," she
said. "Everything I did while teaching her I learned
without formal knowledge (of teaching slower children).
"FOR INSTANCE, she had temper tantrums which I Lydia Muncy in her 30-year teaching career helped
couldn't change," she said. "But if I saw signs of students achieve their potential.
frustration which would lead to a tantrum, then I learned
to channel her energy into another channel."
Through patience, the child learned to read, write, do of sad things from her past.
arithmetic and play bridge. "Those chilidren, whose parents had not jobs, were
"The only thing I couldn't teach her was the difference always in trouble.
between a nickel and a dime," Muncy said. "A nickel was "These people had no training. They had nothing left
bigger, and therefore it must be worth more." and commited suicide," she said.
Before she began teaching, Muncy worked in a Although Muncy thought she might have wanted a
Hungarian mission in Detroit. career in business, she has no regrets about teaching.
"There are always lost opportunities, but the important
"I SAW THE effects of unemployment on children," she thing is I did what I was able to do," she said. "I like to
says, her voice trembling as it often does when she thinks feel that there are a few people whose lives are better."
Billboard stirs up controversy
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pleasue.Shindotaepe is in the position to tell the Black built before the ordinance went into
pleasure. She is not a respected per- Velvet manufacturer they can't use affect, so it is legal, said Peter Stip of
aonoontoeherself.'' the billboard. "It's discrimination the city building department.
Emanoil contends that the ad againtthem," hesaid. Its visibility, permanence, and size
promotes the view that women are oh- Although unwritten guidelines dic- make the billbord a perfect target
jects and not persons. "It's tate whatis acceptable in advertising, for attention. It is easier to draw at-
degrading," she said. Johnson believes the "Feel the tention to the sexism in the ad than it
Susan McGee, a member of Com- Velvet" campaign is within the limits is to eliminate the campaign from
munity Action Against Sexist Adver- of acceptable advertising.
tising and Ann Arbor Colition Again- A COMMON and fairly successful nspaperis andagainsEani
t Rape, said, "The bilbard haa to advertising technique is the use of sex sanycmmunity members have
go. It uses a woman's body to sell the to sell a product, and the Feel the said the ad's sexism is really only the
product and that is tasteless." Velvet nationwide campaign tip of the iceberg.
BUT representatives of Central Ad- employs this technique. Although it According to the feminists sexism is
vertising Co. in Lansing, 'which owns may be offensive to some people, it deeply rooted in advertising, jokes,
and leases the billboard to the still is often accepted as within the clothes, television, education and
producers of Black Velvet Canadian realm of acceptable advertising ap- music.
whiskey, say they are getting tired of proaches.
the vandalism which costs them in the Mary Emanoil, Susan McGee and "MTV is amazing. Tom Petty eats a,
neighborhood of $2,000 in repairs each others think that the sex approach is woman... She's a cake and they eat
time. . a wrong and want to change what is ac- her and they burp at the end,"
We don't consider it a joke,'said .ina .vertisEmanoil said. In education there is
Jim Johnson, President of Central ceptable advertisg porayal of philosophy
Advertising. "And we are making a women. "We're trying to change the sexism, he aiy "Ina philosophy
substantial investment to protect our limits," Emanoil said. class, ,,ow many female philosophers
investment" he said, referring to the The sign has been on Main Street for doyou read?"
ivedsent eaabout 10 years, but the Feel the Velvet Those who illegally deface the Feel
added aecurity meaaures around the slogan has been there for five years. the Velvet are protesting more than
billboard. Since 1981 it has been vandalized or the Main Street billboard. It is tied to
"If you're going to censor this "enhanced" as some prefer to say, 12 offensive advertising approaches and
billboard then why not stop the ad or 13 times, according to McGee. the overall portrayal of women in
campaign in newspapers and Johnson claims this is the first year society. Even if the billboard remains
magazines?" Johnson said. "Why not they have had trouble with it. despite the vandalism and other at-
take the product off the shelf? Why THE BILLBOARD is considered a tempts to remove it, attention is
not attack the free enterprise legal but non-conforming sign under brought to the issue -which may help
system?" the city code. It is larger than the city those community members meet
Johnson also said he doesn't'feel he ordinance would v,11o, bt it was their goalsiooe efectively.
From United Press International
Floods kill 11 proclamation, saying the new
government of Lt. Gen. Tito Okello
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Six inches would honor all debts and treaties
of rain in less than four hours of the Obote regime but would not
created 5-foot-high walls of water be responsible for damage and
throughout the city, trapping looting done "in good faith" by the
people in swamped cars and in army during the takeover.
basements where they had taken
shelter from tornadoes. Eleven sAfrican noli
people died and 33 were injured in S. c end
the violent weather. anti-American protest
Officers said 12 people were JHNEBRSuhArc
missingrand that damages would JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
be in the millions of dollars. - Police armed with emergency
The violent storm, which moved powers seized 52 more people
into Cheyenne at nightfall Thur- yesterday and used dogs to break
sday, included widespread light- up an anti-American protest amid
ning strikes that ignited several growing international criticism of
fires and two inches of hail that the government's apartheid
piled into 3-to6-foot-deep drifts. system of racism.
Black activists accused "enemy
Israeli jets bomb agents" of murdering leading
black civil rights lawyer Victoria
Syrian militia Mxenge and said police were
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israeli jets shielding the four men who gunned
bombed a pro-Syrian militia her down Thursday in front of her
headquarters in the Bekaa Valley children.
yesterday, killing more than 10 Government sources in
people in a strike aimed at the Copenhagen said Denmark was
masterminds behind a string of closing its consulate in Johan-
suicide car-bombings in southern nesburg to protest apartheid and
Lebanon. Australia temporarily recalled its
A Lebanese Civil Defense ambassador, Robert Birch, for
spokesman said "more than 10 consultations about the crisis in
bodies" were removed from the South Africa.
debris of a virtually flattened villa Unemnlnyment rate in
in the heart of Chtaura, a village 22 p
miles east of Beirut in the Syrian- July stays at 7.3%
Christian Voice of Lebanon radio WASHINGTON - The nation's
quoted Civil Defense sources as unemployment rate in July stayed
saying 23 dead were taken from the glued at 7.3 percent where it has
building and they feared that the been every month since January,
final death toll might be as high as as construction and service jobs
40. Ten people were reported in- increased, the Labor Department
jured in the air strike. said yesterday.
The economy added 494,000 new
New rulers gain full jobs in July, opening up em-
l gployment for most of the 531,000
additional people who started
KAMPALA, Uganda - Uganda's looking for work during the month.
new military rulers said yesterday The number of unemployed
they have gained full control of the workers grew by 38,000 to total 8.45
nation since toppling President million.
Milton Obote in a coup six days Unemployment among black
ago. The country's borders were workers and teenagers increased
reopened but international air traf- sharply, and factory workers
fic was still banned, recovered virtually none of the
The ruling Military Council also more than 200,000 jobe they have
issued its first official lost so far this year.
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