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A Final
Note
N THE ABSENCE OF
comprehensive regula-
Lions, the issue of sexu-
al harassment in the work-
place is a crucible of legal
. a and ethical debate.

iL _ . - prof i

A wiren swircn wcans ar U. o Iowa eep
their brooms in the closet.
Any Witch Way
HEY DON'T RIDE BROOMSTICKS. THEY DON'T STIR
bubbling caldrons. They don't cast evil spells.
But the U. of Iowa students who follow the
ancient religion Wicca do call themselves witches.
Recently recognized as a student group by UI, the nature-based, life-
affirming Wiccans faced no opposition when they applied for religious
group status last winter.
"We didn't have any qualms Loosely translated, that means Wic-
[about recognizing them]," says cans have nothing in common with
Curt Boelman, of the UI activities the broom-riding harridan that
board. "We might giggle a little, but chased Dorothy around Oz.
our own personal feelings towards "There are a lot of people who
the group have nothing to do with have beliefs like ours but don't have
who getsi or not." a name for them," says Dawn
But the 12 core members of the Atkins, a grad student at UI. "We
group want to publicize that their don't recruit, but we do want peo-
beliefs are no joke. ple to understand what we're doing
UI senior Lon Sarver says that [when we worship]."
since people don't understand the Atkins and the other Wiccans at
religion of Wicca, they tend to believe UI are designing a series of tapes for
in stereotyped characters. "What they public access TV to explain that
get is the wicked witch fromtDisney." witches are not what fairy tales
Instead, Wiccans are students make them out to be.
who go to class, celebrate eight holi- So just who dances with the
days, commune with nature and pay devil in the pale moonlight? Only
homage to the Goddess Mother. Macbeth, the Brothers Grimm and
The single rule that binds the Goody Proctor would know.
more than 200,000 witches in
North America is the Wiccan Rede: Kathryn Phillips, U. of Iowa/Photo by
"If it harm none, do as ye will." Michael Dickbernd, U. of Iowa

Controversy recently flared at
Michigan State U. when the discov-
ery of a sexually explicit note result-
ed in the resignation of the student
newspaper's editor in chief.
MSU senior Kyle Melinn
resigned from the paper after a note
he wrote describing a sexual fantasy
involving a female intern was found
it the newsroom by staffers.
After discovering rhe note and
hearinsg prepared statementss from
Melinn and MSU junior Alicia Sare,
the subject of the note, staffers peti-
tioned Melinnto resign.. hlie incident
sparked campuswide controversy and
media attention across the state.
"I don't think he should've
resigned," says MSU doctoral stu-
dent Harold Cowherd. "He has a
First Amendment right to express
whatever he wants. The whole thing
is kind of scary, you know?"
MSU senior Kurt Hauglie dis-
agrees. "It's disappointing," he says.
"I think he broke the trust with the
staff, so I don't think he could have
stayed on as editor. The fact that he
has a position of authority and
power is what makes this wrong."
Cowherd is still perplexed. "If it
was a private note between two peo-
ple, how and why did a State News
reporter pick it up and circulate it?"
"It was left out on a computer that
everyone uses," says interim editor in
chief Jeff McMillan. "It was a private
note, but it was left in a public place."
Melinn himself believes his resig-
nation was the only viable choice.
"I'll look back two or three years
from now, and it will still have been
best for the newspaper."
Vikas Bajaj, Michigan State U., con-
tributed to this story.

Can't$Pin
Her Down
BBEY SCHWARTIZBERG JUST WANTED TO GET A
jump start on conditioning for her upcom-
ing gymnastics season. But after she began
working out in the Berkeley High wrestling room in
Huntington Woods, Mich., things changed.

The Buzz
- When do four wrongs make aright? On the SAT. As of last
April, a student can miss as many as four questions and still get
a perfect1600. The College Board recalibrated its scoring to cor-
rect five decades of declining scores on the standardizedtest
- Shannon Faulkner withdrew Aug. 18 from the Citadel,
the Charleston, S.C., all-male military college that spent mil-
lions trying to block her admittance. Faulkner, who spent her
first week in the infirmary, said the stress from her two-and-
a-half-year legal battle finally got to her.
- The House of Representatives voted in Augustto elimi-
nate financing for the Americorps national service program.
The program, whose budget is currently $470 million, gives
members a $4,724 tuition voucher for each year of service.
President Clinton vows to veto the bill if it comes to his desk
in its present unamended form.
8 U. M xagazie October 1995

" States and schools are scrambling to address affirma-
tive action: U. of Minnesota administrators want to consoli-
date existing affirmative policies into one diversity policy;
Michigan legislators have proposed three bills that would
abolish affirmative action; Iowa's governor has stated that he
anticipates no changes in the state's policy; and the Associa-
tion of Big Ten Schools, a coalition of student government
representatives, passed a resolution in support of diversity.
" "R" movies are back at Brigham Young U. - in an edited
form. BYU, 99 percent of whose students are Mormon, had
banned them outright in January. But after 85 percent of the
students expressed a desire to see them once they had been
appropriately edited, the board of trustees changed its decision.
" Don't you worry - the case of the century will indeed
live on: Cornell U. has established an O.J. Simpson murder trial
archive. Text, graphics, cartoons, videotape and other materi-
als that relate to DNA fingerprinting evidence presented in the
trial will be saved and used to understand the DNA science.

"A couple of the boys asked
me, 'Why don't you go out for
the team? You're really strong,"'
recalls Schwartzberg, a sopho-
more at California State U.,
Bakersfield.
On the first day of wrestling
practice in the fall of 1992,
Schwartzberg was in the room
again, but this time for a differ-
ent reason.
She wanted to wrestle.
"I was basically ostracized by
the boys at first because they
didn't think I would make it,"
says Schwartzberg, who is cur-
rently ranked second in USA
women's freestyle wrestling. "But
then after I did, it was like having
25 brothers."
Schwartzberg parlayed a gutsy
five-win/18-loss season during
her senior year at Berkeley into
an amateur wrestling career with
Sunkist Kids, a national wrestling
club. She placed second at the
World Team trials in Oklahoma
in June and fourth at the U.S.
National Freestyle Champion-
ships in May.
Schwartzberg knows she is
more than just a female in a

male-dominated sport.
"I'm also a pioneer, because
women's wrestling is just begin-
ning," she says. "There's a lot of
skepticism out there. But usually
your biggest critics turn out to be
your biggest fans after they come
out and watch you. You can't
argue with heart."
Schwartzberg's rise hasn't
come without adversity. In one
match, she had to resort to
extreme measures.
"The guy was just a brick
house, a monster," she recalls.
"He was pounding my head into
the mat. Then he started cross-
facing me and the referee didn't
call it. So I just opened up my
mouth and bit him because I
couldn't breathe."
Schwartzberg, who transferred
from Arizona State U. to CSU
this year, is premed and wants to
become a chiropractor.
"I'm going to hurt my oppo-
nents, then give 'em my card and
say, 'I'll give you 20 percent off,"'
she jokes.
Dan Miller, Arizona State U. /Photo
by Mark Kramer, Arizona State U.

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