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By Marlo Allison Del Toro spaghetti straps, silver strappy high-heels. white woman mentioned) were honored, none
Ms. Black Womyn's Weekend, Tamika of the Press' three executive board mem-
An hour late, the lights lowered and McIntosh (also a member of Caribbean bers/women-including the managing editor-
music played as three dark and muscular men, Students Organization)-baby blue jacket, were mentioned. And neither was I, the
dressed in white sheets and white masks, thrown over shoulders and taken off during Hispanic woman president of the Stony Brook
walked on stage and posed: One on a pedestal, walk, halter top and long skirt with high slit up chapter of the Society of Professional
the others on marble-looking benches. A bare- the back, barefoot. Journalists.
foot woman in a long brown dress crossed the Their answers tried to make them After the dedication there was a return
stage, grabbing flower petals from the basket sound good, but some of them failed, includ- to creative expression.
she carried and tossing them onto the floor. ing: The one who wants to get a Ph.D and a Ms. Hendrix-(they called her three
Beforehand, a crude video entitled, Bachelor's degree, presumably in that order; times before she came on stage) black, long
"What is Beauty?" played. Its equally crude, the one who "sussessfully" taught a 6-year-old flowing dress with spaghetti straps and a white
poorly done sequels played later on. Someone with learning disabilities to read Dr. Seuss waistband, barefoot. Vocal and physical inter-
didn't tell the actors that sounds are magnified books; and the one who plans to become a uni- pretation of Maya Angelou's poem,
on video, that you need to speak clearly to be versity professor with a Master's degree, who "Phenomenal Woman." Raised her voice when
understood, and that editing is your friend. apparently didn't know that you need a Ph.D to she recited, "don't have to talk real loud."
The one clear statement, said during become and be called a professor. Ms. Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority,
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two of the What is beauty?" Inc.-wore something black, but,
videos, was that a beautiful girl even though extension cords are
needs to be "light-skinned." cheap and easy to obtain, she was
Welcome the first annual shoved into the corner to play "My
Ms. Stony Brook pageant. Way" on a keyboard. She was dis-
The music played on, and tracted by technical difficulties
the men stood firm, as the seven with the audio equipment.
contestants, barefoot and dressed Ms. Commuter Student
in white sheets, danced onto the Association-black, long dress with
stage. The men ran off the stage, see-through long-sleeves, black
and hosts Maha Osman and Wayne high-heels. Played an oboe with the
White joined into the fray. accompiament of a cassette tape,
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Would you be with some ugly chick if she White. Ms. Black Womyn's Weekend-(was the
catered to you? Ms. Minorities in Medicine-black only participant called a "special treat" by
Ugly chicks can be 'beautiful' in their short skirt and jacket set, black closed-toe high- Maha, and was not ready on time) white, short-
own way, if they're slaves to men. heels. Violin played with a tinge of nervous- sleeved shirt, black, patterned skirt tied at and
Then Derrin Maxwell came on stage, ness, to the rude heckling of the audience. open to waist. Cell phone and other, non-
beginning his act with a monologue entitled, Ms. Langmuir-dark-brown long dress descript props. Got on her knees to sing Lauryn
"Can You Hear Me." He continued by saying, with a slit up the back, barefoot. Strong voice, Hill's Tell Him.
"Can I borrow your silence?" and went on to vocal and physical interpretation of Maya Maha and Wayne discussed up-coming
recite two of his poems. The first mentioned a Angelou's poem, "Grandmothers." Rubbed her SAB events, while waiting for the women to
"beautiful woman of color." neck sensually while reciting "to God." ready themselves for the next event. Maha
He spoke well, with strong pauses and Ms. Caribbean Students mentioned that the next Battle of the DJ.s would
intonations, about love and loneliness. Organization-shiny brown, long-sleeve, knee- be dedicated to slain SAB member Damien
Personal Style Segment: Well rehearsed length dance dress, barefoot in stockings. Chair Corrente, however, she mispronounced his
answers to, What do you plan to do after and teddy bear as props. Dance interpretation name the first and second times she said it so
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Ms. Minorities in Medicine, Sofia Then Michael Pinnock came on-stage to
DeLaCruz-navy blue, knee-length long-, play one "Musical selections." It then
sleeved dress from her native Peru, with a became evident that all of the performers at
hat and patterned shawl, and carrying what the Ms. Stony Brook pageant were men.
seemed to be a stuffed llama. Wants to be a When he left the stage, the lights
cardiologist. dimmed and still photos, video-taped on a
Ms. Langmuir, Catherine Reid (also non-still camera, came on screen. Baby and
a member of Black Womyn's Weekend)-- little girl pictures of the contestants.
off-white jacket and pants, black tank-top With the first one up, one of a white
and shoes. Wants to end all suffering of the child, Maha said to the audience, "Do you
people around her. know who this is?" Of course they did;
Ms. Caribbean Students there was only one white contestant, even
Organization, Persephone Da Costa (also a though about half of the u niversitv is
member of the Commuter Student of an unnamed Mariah Carry song. Did a split, white.
Association)-maroon pant-jumpsuit, black like the women in the dance-athletics competi- There were also more technical difficul-
strappy high-heels. Plans to double major for tions on TV. Sat, spread-legged on chair, show- ties: The film was turned off before the last pic-
her Master's degree in history and political sci- ing the audience her underpants, to the line ture had a name put to it, and it was the blurri-
ence. "can't you see?" At some point, a male audience est of the pictures.
Ms. Hendrix, Kamilah Francis-pink member yelled to her, "I love you." Formal Question: Formal wear. With, as
short-sleeved shirt, long gray skirt with high Then came the dedication ceremony, Maha kept saying, randomly chosen questions.
slits on the sides, shiny gray strappy high- where the pageant coordinators, Joyal McNeil Ms. Commuter Student Association-
heels. and Sonjie DeCaires, paid "homage"-with a sparkling white, somewhat see-through long
Ms. Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, pronounced H-to women leaders on campus dress with spaghetti straps and panty lines,
Inc., Anabelle Mejia-light-brown belly shirt by giving some of them award certificates; they white high heels. What role have you taken in
and miniskirt with tassels, with a feather in a admittedly didn't list all women leaders. your sponsoring organization?
headband, and barefoot, in what Wayne called It was still odd that none of the officers Ms. Langmuir-red, sleeveless long
a pre-Columbian (pre-Columbus) outfit from from the Center for Womyn's Concerns were dress with panty lines gold high heels. If you
her native Columbia. mentioned, and that although the editor-in- could choose any woman, living or dead, to be
Ms. Commuter Students Association, chief of Blackworld and the managing editor of woman of the year, who would you choose and
Claudine Stuart-clingy red long dress with the Statesman (who was the only recognized why? "None other than my mother."

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RATLIN ISSUES
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By Chris Sorochin overworked, underpaid and abused Third World didn't care to be a dribbling and passing billboard
women, he was rebuffed and eventually told, in May for the genocidal foreign policy of the United States.
On Thursday, February 4, the Labor of 1998, that he had two choices: to either wear Nike So he refused to wear his US flag patch. I
Relations and Employment Law Society of St. John's and drop the issue, or resign his coaching position. don't know what became of Marco Lokar. I suspect
University School of Law held a colloquium of Keating did the honorable thing and that he, like Jim Keating, was relieved of his spot for
Catholic teaching and corporate responsibility to resigned, but he has not remained silent on Nike or refusing to be a "team player" when it came to his
address the growing concern over the use of sweat- what he characterizes as unfair and dishonest treat- moral standards. I'm sure that he paid for his stand
shop labor in the manufacture of many consumer ment by the university. by having to endure a good deal of abuse and
goods, especially clothing and sporting goods. University spokespeople have labeled harassment, including invitations to "Love it or leave
Reverend Paul Surlis, a professor in the Keating a self-promoter, but it's hard to see what it," from many of the good Christian folks at Seton
Theology Department known for his expertise on kind of overblown ego would chuck the limelight of Hall.
Catholic doctrine as applied to social issues, sup- a promising career coaching one of the most suc- During the discussion that followed, some
plied the intellectual background. He offered a his- cessful soccer squads in the country for the obscure of the assembly questioned the practicality of trying
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statements on the rights of workers to decent wages, forbidding the high school team that Keating now ing that St. John's already violates Christian ethics by
hours and conditions and the obligation of capital to coaches the use of St. John's facilities for practice. allowing an Army ROTC program on campus.
treat workers with fairness and dignity. As I listened to this, I couldn't help but Yes, training young people to kill other
The main event of the evening, though, was think of a similar story from another Catholic uni- young people at the behest of the government is not
the personal testimony of Jim Keating, an M.A. stu- versity. In early 1991, the United States military was exactly what Our Lord and Savior had in mind
dent in theology who was hired as an assistant coach busily showering Iraq with more tons of bombs than when he commanded us to love our enemies. (That
of the men's soccer team in 1997. In the course of were dropped on all of Europe during World War II. creaky, rattling sound you are probably hearing now
Keating's studies, he did a research paper on Nike, Back here on the "home front," people were encour- is that of the bones of Thomas Aquinas being
Inc. and its contracting with manufacturers in aged to cover every available surface with yellow dragged from the crypt one more time. Some cen-
Indonesia and Vietnam that were known to commit ribbons and US flags, lest their patriotism be suspect. turies ago, old St. Tom came up with a little cop-out
serious abuses of their mostly teenaged female A nasty, aggressive jingoism gripped the nation. The called the "Just War Theory," which has given aid,
workers. controlling forces behind many athletic teams decid- comfort and legitimization to generations of
What had started as an intellectual exercise ed to demonstrate their support for the bombings by Catholic warmongers.) I suggest, then, that the uni-
soon turned into a test of character for Keating, ordering US flags attached to the team uniforms. versity go all the way in any sort of ethical cleansing,
when St. John's signed a $3 million plus contract This was done at Seton Hall, where the basketball and refuse to have any intercourse with any organi-
with Nike. When he voiced concerns about a team, at that time, boasted the talents of one Marco zation, corporation or institution that is destructive
Christian institution doing business with a corpora- Lokar, an exchange student from Italy on a sports to human life or robs human beings of their innate
tion that makes billions in profits on the backs of scholarship. Lokar didn't care for the bombings and beauty and worth.

POLITY PROGRESS AND OTHER OXYMORONS


By Adrian Gell request was made on Statesman letterhead for copies of each call. Council has not passed a decision yet.
of the phone records of every Polity phone line (81 in A few days before the 112 concert on the 13th it was
After the embarrassment of last semester, all) since 1994. The Polity lawyer, Leonard Shapiro, brought to Council's attention that Student Activities
Polity appears to have pulled itself together, for the explained that this would be a stack of papers taller Board stood to lose a great deal of money on the con-
time being at least. To recap for those who are hew to than the average student is and that the time and cert because ticket sales were low and the concert
USB or haven't followed last semester's goings on, money involved with copying these would be exten- could not be cancelled. In response, Senate considered
Polity, the organization responsible for the use of your sive. These costs would be paid for out of our student legislation requiring SAB to get Senate approval
student activity fee, was crippled last semester by activity fee if no one else took responsibility. Also, before signing any further contracts that included a
Statesman is not a Polity organization this year, and so "no-cancel clause." The following week, representa-
massive internal problems. Personality conflicts with-
in Senate, an unclear set of bylaws, and conflicts their right to these records in the first place was in tives from SAB were available to answer questions.
between Senate and Council effectively prevented question. According to Council, a decision was not Their feelings on the matter were that such a restric-
Polity from meeting its responsibility to the students. made at first because they were not sure of certain tion would cripple SAB's ability to do their job prop-
The only significant progress in the course of the details of the request, primarily whether Statesman erly, and that SAB is not intended to make a profit.
semester was made in September, undone a week was willing to take responsibility for the costs associ- Rather they accept a loss at every performance, even
later due to a technicality, argued about for three ated with it. A similar request was made simultane- if they are sell-outs, in order to bring the students
months, and then passed again in December. ously to the Senate, which holds the power to force quality performers. Maha Osman, the executive chair
Fortunately, Polity has been blessed this Council to either turn over or withhold the records. of SAB, also pointed out that SAB event planning
semester with a group of motivated people who have This request stated that it was from an individual not meetings are open to all students and that if individ-
been working better with each other-so far, at least. affiliated with Statesman, but still didn't address ual Senators or Councilors had concerns about these
Some came to the first meeting already prepared with whether this person would accept the financial bur- concerts, they could have attended these meetings,
amendment proposals to the Senate Bylaws, which den or if they would be willing to limit the scope of held Tuesdays at 10 p.m. in SAC 308. After questions
were the largest source of argument in the past. A new the records requested. Senate refused to make an were answered, a vote was taken that would have
Constitution Committee has also been formed to cor- issue of it until these questions were answered. give Senate final say on all contracts valued at over
rect some of the problems that kept Polity from being Statesman's response was to take advantage of a mail- $10,000.The measure passed by a single vote.
productive in the past. The new committee is com- ing list used for distributing meeting agendas. The However, the chair decided that the vote of a Senator
pletely made up of volunteers, and all undergraduate Statesman sent an e-mail message to each Council who left the room briefly after giving his vote, should
students are encouraged to express their concerns. member and Senator, pressuring them to release the be disregarded as the bylaws read "No one may enter
(Meetings are Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Harriman 112.) records. The next week, Senate rejected the matter or leave the chamber during a vote." The tie-breaking
The largest issues dealt with by Polity this semester altogether, leaving it for Council to sort out. decision fell to Polity Vice President Sayed Ali, who
have been a request by a student for certain phone The latest news is that Statesman will pay voted against the motion. There was some suggestion
records, and discussion about the financial loss SAB reasonable costs, and the request is now limited to the that Sayed had abused his powers as Chair to turn the
suffered in the recent 112/Wayne Wonder/Mr. Easy phones in the Polity Suite. The actual phone numbers vote around, but it did not have the support needed
concert. of persons called will be kept private; Statesman is to overturn his decisions.
Due to several factors, a relatively simple interested mainly in how much the Polity suite Senate meetings are Wednesdays at 8:30
request, from a student for certain Polity records phones are used to call out of state and overseas, and p.m. in SAC 302, and have traditionally been tele-
turned controversial for several weeks. The initial is only requesting the location called and the duration vised the following Tuesday evenings on 3-TV.

FERUARY 24, 1999 PAGE 3


EDITORIALS - --
THE LIE OF "CAMPUS DIVERSITY"
It's time to begin a serious discourse about race and the Asian groups can speak out on the effects of globaliza-
ethnicity on our campus community. Although administra- tion on the working people of Asia, or on the human rights
tors love to boast about our "diversity" in every piece of offi- problems in Indonesia, China, and North Korea.
cial propaganda, there is little substance behind this claim. Student groups can work with academic depart-
Students must lead the effort to take advantage of ments to host guest lecturers, create public forums, and
our ethnic diversity, and to confront larger issues at stake in coordinate campaigns to foster learning and understanding
our educational system and society. Yet many so-called cul- between groups.
tural clubs appear not to promote public understanding of But these activities must be carried out in a man-
their cultures, but to serve as exclusive havens where stu- ner conducive to civil intellectual discussion. In the past,
dents hang out with people of their "kind." some well-meaning groups hosted forums in which stu-
In this demented system of self-segregation, a "cul- dents with dissenting opinions were ostracized by the
tural event" is often nothing but a party thrown by a group majority. Political ideologies are so deeply ingrained that it
for itself using Polity money. That is a waste of student is difficult for students to question the fairness of affirma-
money, and it serves no purpose in educating the public. tive action without being branded as racists by some.
The key to successful public outreach is not just to Similarly, those who criticize the status quo are often
coordinate events, but to create events in which all students labeled as radicals and therefore deemed to be unworthy of
can participate and learn in meaningful ways. For example, serious consideration.
each group can identify specific issues to address every year. There are no easy solutions to solving racial
A Latino group might sponsor discussions and problems in our society. But by discussing our views and
campaigns on American military and corporate interests in prejudices with others, we can understand our differences
Latin America. An African-American club may want to and identify common goals. By engaging in progressive
investigate discriminatory practices on the local level, or activism, our cultural clubs will give students a real rea-
organize students to help free Mumia Abu-Jamal. Likewise, son to get involved.

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THE GREAT LEMMING HAZE
There are a lot of excuses people give for 6) If there is one thing we at the Press can't stand,
doing the wrong thing. it's when the "Zebes" take over the study halls at
the library and study for hours on end, preventing
1) "There's nothing else to do." everyone else from excelling academically.
2) "They have free alcohol, so why not?" 7) Yes, so we've heard. They also don't objectify
3) "If you want to have a good time on Thursday women and encourage ape-like behavior. Keep those
nights, you have to join one." thumbs clean for the elephant game.
4) "They also do charity work." 8) We at the Press will be your friends for half of
5) "All my suitemates joined, and I don't want to get whatever the Psi Gammas are charging.
left out." 9) This is college. If you aren't getting laid, you're
6) "It helps you with your academics, because in either not trying, you have unreasonable standards,
order to stay in it, you need to maintain a good or you need to get thee to a nunnery.
G.P.A." 10) See #4. While blood drives are a good enough
7) "They don't really haze anymore." cause, and Long Island is chronically short of blood
8) "It's not like you're really paying for people to be supplies, it seems to us that fraternities and sorori-
your friends, the dues go toward fraternity/sorority ties are picking up the slack that Suffolk's VFW
functions." halls are leaving, and it's the GMHCs of the world
9) "They get laid all the time." that suffer as a result.
10) "They do blood drives." 11) See #4. Besides, fuck Christmas.
11) "They fundraise for 'Tis the Season." 12) So do the Crips, prison rape gangs and NAM-
12) "It gives you a sense of belonging." BLA.
13) "All the cool kids on campus belong to one." 13) [Fits of laughter, tee-heeing, uncontrollable gig-
14) "It teaches you leadership skills." gling and chortling.]
15) "You learn how to run an organization." 14) In the land of the swollen cocks, the one-eyed,
16) "I heard they hang out with [insert name of 265 lb., football-lovin', date-rapin', Hooty-listenin',
sorority with sluts here], and those girls suck dick cock is king.
for BEER!" 15) True 'dat, but the market for accountants able to
17) "It teaches you about culture." keep tally of the number of Buds poured down the
18) "It makes you well-rounded." funnel is fast dwindling.
19) "It helps you to get a job after you graduate." 16) Yeah, this part is true. Don't you love it when
20) "It teaches you how to be a strong individual." someone shoots him or herself in the rhetorical foot
during a debate?
But they don't consider the facts when 17) So do McDonald's Black History Month cups.
choosing to join a fraternity or sorority. 18) If by well-rounded you mean able to pretend
you like someone just because they are a "brother,"
1) There are a myriad of clubs, groups and organi- while at the same time playing quarters, getting
zations on campus that can fill a student's time, your ass paddled, and gaining an appreciation for
without having to play whatever version of "Ookie fine fashion emblazoned with neon Greek letters.
or the Cookie" is hot with the Animal House crowd 19) "Well, Johnny Tapakegga, it says here on your
this year. resume that you've never worked with dense met-
2) Supermarket beer is cheap. And it comes without als, that you have no experience using a CX-R13
the big-haired bitches. chromatograph and that you type 5 words a minute.
3) See #1. Also, for anyone other than a Melrose But, wait I see here that you successfully joined the
Place devotee, The Bench on Thursday is like being Stony Brook chapter of Sigma Alpha Mu-the same
anally raped by a midget with chronic halitosis. fraternity I belonged to at Duke in '73! I think we've *FIRST PLACE IN
4) For the most part, the charities that Greek organi- found our new vice president!"
zations raise money for are innocuous and non-con- 20) ... REPORTING
troversial. When is the last time you saw the TKEs * FIRST PLACE IN
raise money for Millions for Mumia? So there you have it kids. The Stony Brook Press says,
5) It's good to see that Stony Brook is producing "Don't be a dick." HELLRAISING
( TIED WITH THE HUNTER COLLEGE ENVOY )
free-thinkers.
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An Open Letter to the Campus Community and A If you're interested in volunteering to par- are far too dangerous.
Call for Involvement ticipate in one of the focus groups, please contact "Means testing" [is] a very dangerous route to
Carmen Vazquez, committee member, at 632-7320, go. In Europe everyone is IN, that means everyone has a
or email at cvazquez@notes.cc.sunysb.edu It will stake in the outcome. Dividing the workforce up between
Last October, a diverse group of students, help if you identify yourself as a student, faculty the haves and have nots appears to be fair, but it will cause
faculty and staff participated in a Summit on Race member, or member of the staff. the same societal hatred of social security that we now
in New York City entitled "Why can't we talk about At a later point, we may need more help have with Medicaid. This would be a major mistake.
race?" It's part of a national project initiated by the with other aspects of the project. Lastly, upping the payroll cap would not go far
Association of American Colleges and Universities We aim to keep what we are doing results- enough. Let's "scrap the cap" completely. That makes the
.called "Racial Legacies and Learning," and Stony oriented. Thanks in advance for your help. most sense. If people think that the rich should not get soc.
Brook was one of the four institutions that co-spon- sec.... [which I reject and it will be rejected] then let them
sored the New York City Summit at City College Sincerely, pay their fair share....No cutoffs at any salary or wage.
through a grant from AAC&U. George Meyer That will solve the problem.
Currently, the same group that attended
the Summit has been meeting to develop new ini- - -I- The article on Cuba has many good points, but,
I guess being a "travel" article it was not meant to be a seri-
tiatives to address this important issue on the cam- ous discussion of Cuba and the U.S. embargo. That is a
pus. As the group's chair and on behalf of the com- shame. Such a discussion would be quite valuable.
mittee, I want to invite students, faculty and staff to To the Editor. I would suggest to the "traveller" to consider the
become involved in the follow up project that we reasons why the Cuban government remains able to pro-
are designing, which has several goals: to assess the vide the health, education, housing-and jobs for its titizens
state of racial/ethnic relations on campus; to report I always enjoying reading your paper, when it given a 38 year long economic boycott of the Island. The
the findings to the university community; to devel- surfaces over here on our side of the street. This month's statement, " The embargo doesn't affect Cuba," couldn't
op an action campus; to report the findings to the issues carries some very important issues. Let me make a be further from the truth. It has and still has a devastating
university community; to develop an action plan couple of comments. impact on the country. The social problems targeted by
and implement strategies, with the support and The social security piece is very thorough. It will the writer are a direct outcome of that economic boycott.
backing of President Kenny, designed to bring be useful in my class in health policy and management. Focusing the article on Fidel Castro does a dis-
about positive changes in the campus climate and Let me tell the author that for a more complete discussion service to the full leadership of the country and more
culture. Though the committee feels that Stony he may want to include some policies issues attached to importantly the people in the country. There seems to be
Brook has made some significant strides over the some of the suggested "remedies." For example, Upping an obsession with Castro by the writer. It seems like a
past few years in a positive direction, we believe the retirement age will cause great problems in employ- Barbara Walters type thing. Some of the sex related issues
there is much more to be done. This is an opportu- ment of younger people. It has already been moved from seems more like a Ken Starr expose' than an academic
nity to become involved and to be instrumental in 65 to 67 for people younger them me. In Europe, the lower report. But, since this is a travel document, maybe the trav-
making changes happen. retirement age [this is now changing due to IMF pressure] eller was looking for the same things as the people he
We need your help with the first phase of was to make sure there is a smooth flow of workers into ended up interviewing.
the project, assessing the campus racial/ethnic cli- the workforce. Another problem is that it assumed that On the whole the report does have value and
mate . We will ask groups of students, faculty, and older workers will find work or comparable work that it I am glad the paper chose to print it. Good luck with
staff to come together in small focus groups and assumed that older workers will find work or comparable your publication.
answer a few questions about their perceptions of work to what they were doing prior to their reaching 65,
race and campus climate. It's really important to get 66, and on to 70. Age discrimination is a major problem
as broad a cross-section of our campus community which should have been discussed in regard to this alter- Frank Goldsmith
as possible, and as much honest input as we can, native. Also, most times older workers, laid off from pro-
since these issues affect everyone on campus. fessional "white collar jobs" are forced to take on jobs that

AND NOW... ANOTHER EPISODE OF "MEDIA JEOPARDY!"


By Norman Solomon know." Life, Fortune, People, Sports Illustrated, Money,
What is the "NBC Nightly News" with Entertainment Weekly and In Style, and Warner
This year has already given us plenty of Tom Brokaw? Brothers television, music and movies.
material for "Media Jeopardy!" * In a report issued a few weeks ago, the What is Time Warner?
You probably remember the rules: First, Federal Communications Commission said that But let's conclude on a more upbeat
listen carefully to the answer. Then, try to come advertisers are discriminating against these sta- note. Here's a bonus category: "Unconstrained
up with the correct question. tions. Media."
The first category is "Spinning the What are radio stations that are minori- * One calls itself "the Consortium for
Foreign News." ty-owned or mostly heard by independent journalism," the other is a global
* American media outlets often point African Americans and Latinos? information source that emphasizes social jus-
out that the Iraqi government has a history of * The news department of this network tice, and both are free on the Web.
now airs an hourly "Business Update." But * What are www.consortiumnews.com
torturing and massacring them. But we rarely
get information about the fact that they're still despite the fact that it claims to be engaged in and www.oneworld.org?
being tortured and massacred by the U.S.- "public broadcasting," the network has no * A lot of people complain about adver-
backed Turkish government. intention of airing a "Labor Update." tising, but few do much about it. This excep-
Who are Kurds? What is National Public Radio? tional Web site, known as "culture jammers
Moving on to Double Jeopardy, our next headquarters," is part of the effort by the
* These international lending institu-
tions demand austerity measures that mean category is "New Frontiers of the Internet." Adbusters Media Foundation to "galvanize
higher food prices for the hungry. News reports * USA Networks Inc. recently merged resistance against those who would destroy the
provide images of wise economists seeking with Lycos (one of the biggest conglomerates of environment, pollute our minds and diminish
reform, but "global loan sharks" would be a Web sites) to form a $20 billion TV-Internet firm our lives." It includes ad spoofs and "un-com-
more apt description. called USA Lycos. Out of the 15 sites with the mercials" along with detailed analysis of com-
What are the World Bank and the widest reach on the World Wide Web, this is the mercialism run amuck.
International Monetary Fund? number of Web sites now remaining indepen- What is www.adbusters.org?
Now, a question about "Spinning the dent of large corporate ownership. * It's the kind of question that many
Domestic News." What is one? advertisers and news
* In contrast to the upbeat reporting And now, we're ready for Final programmers try to answer, but we can only
when stock prices go through the roof, many Jeopardy. resolve for ourselves.
journalists fret about "inflationary" pressures * Less than a dozen companies now con- What really matters?
when this happens. trol most of the news and information flow in Norman Solomon is a syndicated columnist. His most recent
What are wage increases? the United States. A single corporation's empire books are "Wizards of Media Oz" (co-authored with Jeff
Our next category is "Hot Airwaves." includes key book publishers, home video Cohen) and "The Trouble WIth Dilbert: How Corporate
* A current full-page ad for this network firms, cable TV franchises, CNN and other Culture Gets the Last Laugh."
TV newscast proclaims: "It's all you need to major cable channels, magazines such as Time,

FEBRUARY 24, 1999 PAGE 5


RACE
SURGEON GENERAL BATTLES RACIAL DISPARITIES
By Terry McLaren est strength, and also our greatest challenge, Satcher says women than ever before.
the Clinton administration has committed itself to "elimi- Barriers to quality health care must be removed
"You don't have to take anything away from nating disparities in health in this country." for everyone. Right now, 43 million Americans are unin-
one group to help another group," declared David In order to eliminate these disparities, Satcher is sured, up from 33 million in 1992. Of those 43 million, 11
Satcher, MD, PhD., US Surgeon General and Assistant targeting specific areas, induding: infant mortality, HIV, million are children Many American children are eligible
Secretary of Health immunization, cancer prevention and treatment, and dia- for Medicaid but are not enrolled. In Washington D.C.,
Dr. Satcher, who _ betes and its complications, such as 35% of pregnant women didn't see a doctor in their first
receives thousands of speaking blindness. trimester. It is Satcher's goal to change these appalling
invitations every year, graced An African-American baby born numbers.
Stony Brook with his presence today is twotimes as likely to die before A balanced community health care system has
on Wednesday, February 10. He age one than a Caucasian baby, and a to be achieved in order to eliminate these disparities. This
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Stony Brook was a venue he woman has a rate of cervical cancer Satcher asserted that a different attitude toward
couldn't pass up. The third thatis five times higher than the nation- mental illness is crucial as well Just as the heart and lungs
speaker in the presidential lec- al average. These problems need to be sometimes don't function correctly, the brain can go awry
ture series celebrating diversity, addressed. too. There should be no stigma attached to seeking treat-
Satcher acknowledged the "When we target disparities, we ment for a psychiatric problem.
importance of the series' theme. improve everyone's health," Saicher Environmental hopelessness in the urban poor
Satcher's role as said. too often leads toreddess behavior,violence and suicide in
Surgeon General isnot political- With regard to the AIDS epidemic, youth. Satcher named this as another one of his targets.
ly based. He is charged with Satcher said the only thing that comes The suicide rate among African-American teens has dou-
speaking directly to the C dose to this devastating disease histori- bled since 1980, a strong indicator that a public health
American people about public cally was the bubonic plague. 16,0(X approach to suicide prevention is needed.
health, based on the best public people worldwide get AIDS daily, and We have a responsibility to create a safe environ-
health science available. He AIDS mortality rates among females ment for everyone, and we can'tlet the most vulnerable of
admits this sometimes has led to and minorities are rising the fastest. our sisters and brothers down. Children, the poor, and the
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thatnight. The anecdote illustrated the importance of corn- tions and allow the public health care system to provide speech did not fall on deaf ears at Stony Brook Hopefully
bining with outstanding people to achieve important children with immunizations and give expectant mothers the rest of the nation will also absorb his message and help
goals. prenatal care. With the help of these new partners, breast do something about this pressing problemr
Recognizing that diversity is our nation's great- and cervical screenings are also being given to more

CAMPUS RACE DYNAMICS


By Daniel Yohannes Brook, we are even more disorganized. Each
historically linked to acts that occurred hun-
of us is here to learn, grow and better him or
dreds, and in some cases thousands, of years
When I think about the state of race ago. herself. But we do not think of ourselves as
relations on this campus, I am saddened. We one of many.
Here at Stony Brook, we should focus
are not experiencing the honest but confronta- on the positive. We should know better. Our Africana Studies was only given
tional relations of the '60s and '70s, but departmental status this year. I am ashamed
only strength is in our numbers. On the
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Central American country C. Each micro- ed to nationals of African or Afro-Caribbean If we continue on this destructive path, only
group propagates stereotypes and prejudices descent. How many members would an more dissension and destruction lies ahead. If,
about other people from the same umbrella group have? How many does each on the other hand, we learn to love and nur-
macrogroups but a different microgroup. group have now? ture one another, our community will not only
Racial prejudices are sometimes at the root of As a student body, we have no cohe- prosper, but heal as well.
this intragroups division. Other divisions are sion. Within the minority community at Stony

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FREE MUMIA! DEMAND A NEW TRIAL!


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Compiled by Millions for Mumia The prosecution used what have since he earned the wrath of the notoriously racist
been ruled illegal means to keep black people off Mayor Rizzo and the Philadelphia police depart-
Mumia Abu-Jamal, an African American activist and the jury. Only two black jurors served on this case, ment.
award-winningjournalist, is imprisoned on death row in a city that is 40 percent black. At the time of his arrest, Abu-Jamal was
in Waynesburg, PA. He is one of dozens of political The prosecution's case centered on con- president of the Association of Black Journalists in
prisoners in U.S. jails. demning Abu-Jamal for having been a member of Philadelphia. Because of his advocacy for
the Black Panther Party, which they falsely por- Philadelphia's black community, he was known as
Why is Mumia on death row? trayed as a hate group. the "voice of the voiceless."
On Dec. 9, 1981, Abu-Jamal was driving Mumia Abu-Jamal has always main-
a taxi when he saw that police had stopped his tained his innocence. His lawyers and support-
brother, He got out of the car to make sure police ers say Abu-Jamal made a convenient target for
were not violating his brother's civil rights. a frame-up.
In the altercation that followed, Abu-Jamal has continued his work on
Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was death row, exposing the racist character of the
shot and killed. Witnesses saw a man flee the death penalty and inhuman conditions in the
scene who did not look like Abu-Jamal. But prison system through articles and radio com-
when police arrived, they arrested Mumia Abu- mentaries. He is the author of two books, "Live
Jamal, who had also been shot. from Death Row" and "Death Blossoms."
Ballistics reports prove that the gun What can I do to support Mumia?
found on Mumia Abu-Jamal, a .38 caliber Attend the Town Hall Meeting for Mumia
weapon, was not the gun that killed Officer Fri., February 26 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall,
Faulkner. He was shot with a .44 caliber weapon. located at 123 W. 43rd St., NYC. Guest speakers
Police did not even test Abu-Jamal's weapon to will include: Ozzie Davis, E.L. Doctorow,
see whether or not it had been fired. Mumia's attorney Leonard Weinglass, Esq., the
Eyewitnesses who were not called to Rev. Al Sharpton, Pam Africa, former Attorney
testify in 1982 have come forward. They say General Ramsey Clark, Pete Seeger, Leslie
Mumia Abu-Jamal was not the shooter. Feinburg, Dick Gregory, Youth for Mumia,
Eyewitness Veronica Jones says police threat- Geronimo Ji Jaga (Pratt), Dennis Rivera,
ened to jail her if she testified. Other witnesses, Monica Moorehead, Safiya Bukhari, and
·- · · rp~·a~l·ras~·-·-~· Ashanti Chimurpnga For tickets call (212) 633-
who testified against Abu-Jamal in the original
trial, have changed their stories, saying police Pennsylvania's Supreme Court reviewed 6646.
threatened and intimidated them. the evidence. But on October 30, the Court refused There will be a Student Walk Out on
Why should Mumia get a new trial? to grant Abu-Jamal a new trial. Mumia Abu- Thurs., April 22. Join students and professors
Judge Albert Sabo presided over Abu- Jamal's legal team is now appealing the case to a around the country in a national walkout. More
Jamal's trial in 1982. Judge Sabo has sent more Federal court. information about this campus-wide event will be
people to death row than any other judge in the Time is running out for Mumia Abu- available soon.
United States, most of them Black and Latino. Jamal. Although he is innocent, Abu-Jamal faces Join the "Millions for Mumia" campaign.
There is a higher proportion of Black people on execution this year. Pennsylvania Gov. Thomas On April 24, massive demonstrations will be held
death row from Philadelphia than from any other Ridge, a right-wing Republican who won re-elec- in Philadelphia, San Francisco and worldwide to
city. tion in 1997 with police support, has vowed to demand no execution and a new trial for Mumia
Judge Sabo is a member of the Fraternal sign a new death warrant. Abu-Jamal.
Order of Police and was openly hostile to the Who is Mumia?
defense. He prevented Abu-Jamal's court- Mumia Abu-Jamal joined the Black Millions for Mumia Meetings: Every
appointed attorney from getting the money neces- Panther Party in 1967, at the age of 15. He went on Monday at 4 p.m., in the SAC third floor lounge.
sary to investigate and prepare a defense. Sabo to a distinguished career as a radio journalist. An For information: 216-3304 or email
also refused to let Abu-Jamal represent himself. untiring opponent of racism and police brutality, mumiasb@hotmail.com.
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gins of the NAACP, and a list of what they have the page, the image of a KKK member is there to
The issue of race and how those of differ- done lately. The site has a comprehensive break- greet you. I thought I had been linked to the wrong
ent races "get along" has been circulating for hun- down of everything the site contains, which is easy page for a minute, but when I continued I discov-
dreds of years. Although dealing mainly with the to follow but is quite extensive. If you want to join ered that it was indeed the correct page. The site
relation between, and I hesitate to use these words, the NAACP, a page is located for you to give the has been established to restrict hate groups on the
blacks and whites, there are many other races out information they require over the net or another Internet. They are not trying to censor them, or tell
there that are discriminated against grouped by page which lists local offices around the US for you them they can't be on the web, just to isolate them
skin color, sex and religion. to visit or mail. from everyone else. It is a very easy to follow page.
The first site I came across was The third site I found is The page gives listings of the hate groups in ques-
www.ceousa.org. This is the site of the CEO, the pantheon.cis.yale.edu/~colmonte/. This is the site tion, has links to their sites, and bios of the people
Center for Equal Opportunity. The site itself is bro- of WORFED, the World Federation for Uniracial who are involved in the hate groups. They give
ken up into a series of indexes which each give you Activism. Even thought the site says it is still under every side of the issue that they possibly can and
a brief summary, usually a sentence or two, about construction, it was the best one I found. There was add a few sides after that. As the other sites had,
the link to follow. The site encourages people to more information contained on this page than all this one also contains an area to join them, send
email them with their own experiences dealing the others I went to combined. Although there was donations or just to contact them and give your
with equal opportunity. Also, this site gives you an no page for you to send information to if you opinion.
opportunity to join the CEO and help in its fight to wished to join their organization, they did have a Discrimination is everywhere, including
put an end to racism. list of the membership requirements. They had a the Internet. It is about time that it stopped, and it
Next I went to the National Association section on their page, near the end, almost as an comes down to us to stop it. Our generation will be
for the Advancement of Colored People's website, afterthought, for you to send comments to them. If the leaders of the world-if it lasts long enough-
at www.naacp.org, to see what they had to say on anyone actually needs a plethora of information on and it is about time that we just got along.
the subject. The site took an extremely long time to this subject, this is the site to go to.
load (almost a minute) but did contain diverse The final site I located worth mentioning
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I'd like to begin with an apology on behalf of pointy noses?" No. It was quite the opposite, as the Empowerment" class will discuss methods for com-
European-Americans to our African-American European empires saw Africa as a source of natural batting racism in everyday interactions, which, unless
brethren whom we've subjected to more than 350 resources and cheap labor, and invented a justifica- I lead some sort of charmed life, are depressingly fre-
years of combined slavery, genocide, lynchings, and tion of racial superiority so they could go in and quent. Like when some cementhead occupying the
economic and political disenfranchisement. The icing exploit them. next bar stool '1arts to go off about how Group X, Y or
on the dog biscuit is that the great minds who decide It is also essential to emphasize the concept Z is destroying civilization as we know it by failing to
such things have decided to make things better by that "black" and "white" are fluid and arbitrary cate- conform to some vaguely defined standard of propri-
tossing you February-the shortest month with the gories. Many students of Euro backgrounds may ety, or maybe even by merely presuming to breathe
foulest weather-to commemorate black history. experience a moment of epiphany when they realize the same air.
Since race is the great untalked-about American that their respective groups were once consigned to Or when you're the guest of family or fami-
obsession, and since this country is very much built the '"black" or "non-privileged" sector of the social uni- ly of friends, lovers, etc., and they proceed to entertain
on racism, this issue must concern us all on a regular verse here in the US, and were only later, and out of you with ethnic slurs and nasty and unfunny racial
basis. political expediency, allowed to join the "white" or "humor." (Especially after they've treated you to a
Like crabgrass, racism persists, despite all "privileged" enclave. Noel Ignataiev's How the Irish soul food restaurant/blues club, and embarrassed
kinds of efforts to eradicate it. On the educational Became White could serve as a useful text in dispelling you by patronizingly squawking, "That's my man!" at
front, the past thirty years have i.. .. ..... the waiter-I shudder to think
seen a proliferation of courses fihil " VarIe O what he must have done to the
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like to propose the institution of courses in 'White the myth that entire groups can "work their way out your white-and-uptight coworkers that because cer-
Studies." of the ghetto" without permission from the ruling tain shades of people aren't offered jobs in your de
Now, before anyone gets upset, I'm NOT elite. facto segregated workplace is not proof that they're
suggesting a sort of white, Aryan power hogwash; I can hear the weary protestations now: "But lazy.
plenty of that stuff goes on subtly hidden in much that was a hundred years ago!" But the course will Or clueing in foreign visitors, and recent
mainstream academia and the media. Nor am I advo- mainly focus on "Racism in Everyday Life." So there immigrants (even some from black countries!), that
cating some White=Evil guilt trip. This approach won't be a lot of time spent on the Ku Klux Klan, or dumping on African-Americans is not the best way to
seems mainly to breed defensiveness and denial. All the neo-Nazi skinheads, or even police departments. "act American."
effective race studies courses should be empowering Not that these entities aren't important, but when peo- You get the idea. Ideally, upon course com-
in a genuine way, unlike the fool's gold promises of ple think they can slough racism onto specific, highly pletion, students will have taken the first steps in
"white power." visible groups, they tend to forget that they, too, have becoming healing antibodies fighting the virus of
The first order of business will be to point a hand in perpetuating racism and can even indulge racism in the diseased body politic of white America.
out that while people of all ethnicities are capable of in some moral superiority, since they're obviously so I can hear some of the more Afrocentric readership
some pretty cold thoughts, words and deeds toward much more enlightened than these inarticulate clods. fuming, "Why does everything wind up being about
those they perceive as "other," it's undeniably And of course it's extremely important to white people?" But that's precisely the point: White
Europeans who've taken racial prejudice and made it
develop an understanding of the institutional nature people, no matter how well-intentioned, are the ones
into an art form, by weaving it into the economic and of racism, but this is already being done and again, who both benefit from and perpetuate most of the
ideological fabric of Western culture.
people abdicate responsibility when they think some- racism in this society and it's white people who have
After all, the Africans didn't just wake up thing is so big and superstructural that they can't even to do most of the hard work of changing it.
one fine morning, breakfast on groundnut stew and begin to have an effect on it.

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Ms. Hendrix-black long dress straps going down the back. If you
with spaghetti straps, black open-toe were given money to give to any pro-
high heels. If you could improve the gram benefiting the university, or cre-
learning environment, what would you atin2 a nrogram to benefit the univer-
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learning environment for her.)
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money to and why? She said, "...cul-
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benefited the campus the most, and the judges tallied their votes. Then the in life..M.ny.people.have.a.fear.of.a.united.planet..People.wh.
why? She began her statement by say- women were brought back on-stage. associate themselves with one:specific g.oup (ethnic.or..th.r.
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RACE
THE FIRST STEP TO ENDING INTOLERANCE: JUST SAY IT!
By H Campbell honest communication. The most disturbing still goes on without being so strictly scrutinized
effects being, the damage that it has done to the because our society believes that racism and con-
What would the world be like if everyone communication about race between the races, and flict between the races is over because people
was thinking something, yet gave a completely the creation of modern racism. seem to be tolerant and accepting. The movement
disingenuous answer to every question asked? Or, Everyone will agree that open and honest breeds this sense of false security. This false sense
even worse, what if they refused to give an answer communication helps solve any sort of indiffer- of tolerance has lead to actions such as the call to
because they believed that it didn't hold up to ence or hatred. Now, I am not asserting that it end affirmative action, failure to educate children
some sort of societal standard of acceptability? works every time to solve a problem, but I am adequately, and racist actions by our government
We can debate indefinitely and create scenarios to asserting that communication works a whole lot in regards to welfare policies. All of these are now
find the overall answer to these problems. Clearly better than violence and prejudice. But the acceptable because everyone seems to be much
everyone can agree from the onset that important Politically Correct movement hasn't allowed this more tolerant in public, largely because people are
issues would go undisclosed and society would be to happen! People, and more importantly stu- doing what they think they should do rather than
unable to solve any type of problem that required dents, no longer feel that they can voice their opin- what they really want to do. But it will all catch up
cooperation and honesty. Good thing that this is ions or raise questions without being insensitive with us sooner or later, won't it?
just a hypothetical, right? I mean in America or un-PC. Instead of learning something via a My question is, what happens when the
everyone can say what he or she feels, right?'Well, question (even if it was based on a stereotype), people you depend on, because they seem so tol-
they can, just as long as they say it in a Politically they remain in ignorance, afraid to ask about what erant, are the same people waiting to beat you up
Correct, dishonest fashion. they do not understand. in an alley when the public is gone? The
At the beginning of the 1990s, the People are also afraid to engage in open, Politically-Correct Movement has caused this
Politically Correct movement began to take shape honest communication about differences. They problem. Instead of fostering communication
and started to invade almost all areas of our soci- feel that they now have to give the "right answer" between different races, it has ended it. Perhaps
ety. The basic idea behind this movement is that it to a question, rather than an "honest answer" to a people will say I have oversimplified the issue of
is politically incorrect or insensitive to use certain question. Where does this get us in society? Where race dialogue, and perhaps they are right. Though,
phrases or expressions. You know some of the does it lead us in regard to racial conflicts? The I know that someone has to voice a different opin-
logic behind this idea and the intent was to allow answer is that it leads to something called modern ion to get an effective conversation-and it just
a more, shall we say, tolerant atmosphere for racism. ain't happening. Like a wise old person once said,
everyone. And even I agree that there are certain What this term refers to is the idea that " I am more afraid of what I didn't hear, then any
phrases and words that shouldn't be used in any people still hold racist or prejudice notions but of the hate that is spoken."
sort of discourse. I also agree that people should don't voice them. Rather, they choose to act in People must speak out, no matter how
be made aware of phrases, words, and ideas that more covert ways. Examples include engaging in un-PC their thoughts may sound. Perhaps it won't
may in turn hurt or offend others. unfair hiring practices, selectively showing real- be what people want to hear, but at least it will be
However, the movement has taken a estate to minorities, or providing sub-standard something that we have to hear. I would rather
nasty, or rather, scary turn. A movement aimed to educational opportunities to some races. I hear know where I stand, wouldn't you?
foster tolerance has now become one of the most you saying, "Isn't that illegal?" The answer is that
oppressive and destructive movements to free and yes, it is, but it still goes on. More importantly it

WAKE UP AND SSMLLFI H YSTEM


By Daniel Yohannes ery-that they are savages incapable of civiliza- began to wane.
tion. The economic oppression of the Africans was But there was no attack against the prac-
Racism is no longer in the northern obscured by the belief that black was just as bad as tice of economic oppression. No one would risk a
United States. The cry of racism sells papers, white was good. move that threatened their elevated economic sta-
increases ratings, incites the public, and obscures a If whites deserved wealth and power, and tus. Free of guilt and grinning smugly at their
disease behind its symptom-hostility among blacks didn't, what was to be done with the chil- enlightenment, the economic oppressors contin-
racial groups. dren of mixed race, some of whom were remark- ued to do what they do best.
The importance of race has historically ably white? Grasping at straws, the economic Economic oppression has proven itself to
been marginalized by the importance of class. oppressors allowed some individuals of these be the one political theory that endured through-
Today, in America, as it always has been, your "middle races" more property, freedom and power out history. It has taken many faces: racism, reli-
position in society is more defined by your eco- than their blacker brothers and sisters. gion-based bias, colonialism, communism, capital-
nomic status than by your skin color. Nobody Seeing an end to the viability of the theo- ism, et al.
questions Michael Jordan or Denzel Washington as ry of enslaving the Africans based on absolute dif- The phenomenon we call racism is little
they try to enter the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, but I ference, monied powers created a new overlying more then the modern face of this ancient political
would wager that if a very poor white family theory: that of oppression based on shades of skin force. The power structure must maintain its con-
strolled in, they would be quickly strolled out. color. Whites were supreme, and the poorest trol. But to call it racism is a mistake. There are
Money can buy the best educations that whites given a higher status than all but the richest many blacks who have no regard for the lives of
lead to the best jobs that lead to wealth. As long as of blacks. But, the lighter-skinned blacks were their black brothers and there are many whites
you start rich, it doesn't really matter if you are accepted into the society, as long as they had who cherish the lives of others over their own.
black or white. wealth and could help propagate the all-powerful Racism is a greater problem among
The wealthy benefit from having several theory of economic oppression. minorities than it is between minorities and
class distinctions. Everyone serves them, while This phenomenon of distinguishing whites. European colonialists sewed the seeds of
most of the classes below them have a servant class among the shades of brown continues today, here racism in the fertile soils of Africa, the Caribbean
that also tends their needs. Only the very poor in America and throughout Africa and Latin and the Americas. Once germinated, we minorities
aren't exploiting anyone. Historically, the lowest America. No longer are Europeans the sole oppres- have slaved to tend the crop.
class has been of a different race, country or reli- sors. While they still controlled the majority of the Now, 500 years later, we cry racism when
gion, but there has always existed a native popula- wealth, they had the shades of black fighting 4 white cops shoot a black man in his doorway in
tion of servants who regardless of color, creed, etc. amongst themselves to win the scraps of wealth the Bronx. But how many young black men have
have been the victims of oppression. and power that were left for them. Once a scrap died on the subways, stairwells and street comers
Distinctions among the spectrum of was gained, few would relinquish it or share. Now of the Bronx at the hands of black men? How many
shades of black rarely cause strife in Africa. Tribal they fought as oppressors, ensuring that they had times has a bullet fired from a gun held by a brown
clashes are based in centuries of war, dominance, a class to serve them as they had so recently served hand missed and hit a brown baby?
positive interaction and tribal history. Skin color their oppressors, perpetuating the cycle. Racism is a disease that the minority com-
was never the basis of strife. As time passed and education disproved munity needs to eradicate from within itself before
The shades of black in the western world the myth of disparities in intelligence among races, we can ever fight the economic oppression that is
were created when brown and white blood-lines the theory of economic oppression based on race the source of our ills. Here in Stony Brook, as in
were mixed. The creation of these "new races" began to falter. The enlightened oppressors saw America and the world, a house divided against
began to poke holes in the dominant logic for slav- -- the evil and idiocy of racism, and its overt practice itself cannot stand. • OEM.

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--- RACE
REJECTING WHITENESS
By Debbie Sticher manufactured plastic, then why should there be Imperialist age, where flesh tones were used to
any applied to another person? distinguish between the roles of captors and cap-
"In poetry, as in life, surrealism embodies I refuse to call myself color blind, though, tured for one of the first times in history. Other
the utmost fraternization and solidarity across the because I can plainly see when one is a darker "races" joined in the classification game in an
color-line as well as a relentless struggle against shade of brown than I. I have trained my mind so effort to separate themselves from either stance.
the very existence of the color-line, and against all that when I see a color, I immediately begin to For instance, American Indians only began to call
those who enforce it or tolerate it" -Race Traitor parse it into the colors of my palette that would be themselves "red" to separate their peoples from
needed in order to create that color. As a por- the "black" slaves.
In what perhaps may be seen as a rash traitist, I know to mix carmine red, cadmium yel- Then the stereotypes built onto these
decision on my part, I have decided that I no low, burnt ocher, and a lot of titanium white in labels. Those that did not fit the stereotype were
longer want to be white. I don't hate the color of order to paint my skin color on a canvas, while it sometimes even excluded, even though their skin
my skin; on the contrary, I was born with this skin, is a mixture of peach, light peach, and white when color was decidedly "white" or "black". The Jews,
I might as well wear it out. What I want to dis- I use my colored pencils. I have let myself com- the Irish, and the Italians had previously been
seminate is the social construction of whiteness pletely abandon any associations of color to per- classified in their own racial categories and have
that too often offers me privileges that I do not sonality or culture. There is the only one use that I only become "white" over the past few decades.
deserve, defines how I must act, and creates a can see behind the classification of color; to repli- All in all, the history of race classification is based
need for the "other" to be categorized. cate an image. in so much prejudice and vile history that the only
As a person placed into a racial category, Only within the last few centuries has the real stepping stone to a creation of a "human race"
it is compulsory that I uphold a certain presence. notion of race even been developed. For millen- is to abolish these concepts completely.
In polite company, I can only make jokes or slurs nia, there have been interactions between "differ- This is why I no longer can stand to be
against my own race, which I find to be hypocriti- ently colored" peoples, though not at the grand white. I don't think that I can force anyone to
cal. I can't "act" or dress like a member of another scale it is today. It would seem logical, then, that reject their own "blackness" or "redness" or "yel-
ethnic group unless I want to be stigmatized as a there might have been an even greater level of def- lowness"; or any other term that is analogous or as
poseur or as someone who is stealing or satirizing inition between these "purer" races. However, arbitrary as color classification. I can only reject
a culture. As a part of certain groups, I can be many historians don't think that race classification titles placed on me, and refuse to place titles on
rewarded or denied certain privileges. As a white has been around much longer than a few hundred others. I am a surrealist, and all I want to capture
person, I might be sold a house in a better neigh- years. The evidence that has been found from is what the world looks like and how things look
borhood or prevented from entering a scholarship ancient times has had more of a quality of obser- like each another. I want to make connections
contest. Most unfortunately, I am seen by many vation than an assignment of traits to a "race". For where none already exist and break apart connec-
people to possess some sort of a "white" culture or instance, Herodotus, an ancient historian from tions that are harmful. From this surrealist point
personality traits. All of this comes from the judg- Roman times, made many matter of fact observa- of view, traditional anti-racist strategies like edu-
ments made on my appearance. tions about many racial groups. In his texts, he cation against prejudice and protests, however
Being titled white is absurd. It is an arbi- described the difference in color of eyes and skin important, are not enough to break apart this
trary description of color. I see my skin color in a between the Thracians of what is Scandinavia harmful connection of color to personality. The
surrealist point of view: my skin is the light peach today and the Egyptians. He did this without any fact that race is inherently an irrational notion is
color found on our school's plastic Taco Bell bags. value judgments assigned to these observations. proof that it cannot be overcome by rational
There is no logical connection between my skin The concept of race primarily took shape means alone. A surrealist revolution is in order to
and the plastic bags of Taco Bell other than a a few hundred years ago. Slavery itself did not abolish whiteness once and for all.
shared color. It is through this philosophy that I signify the advent of race or discrimination. There
therefore feel that I can relate no better to a Taco is no Greek word for race. Their slaves could have Editor's note: Much of this article was inspired by and
Bell bag than to another person of my same flesh been of any race, depending upon who had been researched fromt Yahles Race Traitor web site.
tone. If there is no assumption of certain person- conquered. The concept of separate races mani-
ality traits or philosophies applied to a piece of fested with the African slave trade and the
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By William McAdoo the Opportunity Program succeed. (Statesman, 15 "4. That this Institute enjoy maximum amount of
October 1968). The promised funding for recruited stu- autonomy in the University system. (i.e., Governing
While we in AFS have been ready for elevation dents did not materialize. In other words this early effort body having power in the hiring of faculty, control of
to departmental status for years, it took an enlightened was programmed to fail However, this group of black finances, etc., subject to the normal good governance of
administration under the leadership of President Shirley students had brought with them a tradition of struggle such matters.)"
Kenny,to bring this to fruition. It also required the deter- which grew out of the black liberation and social justice The BSU document goes on to their second
mination of students and our colleagues throughout the movements of that day. So, in 1968 a new organization, demand regarding the transformation of the Special
campus to facilitate this transition The role of the Black which ultimately gave birth to both AIM and the black Opportunity Program:n
Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA), in the present con- studies program at Stony Brook, was formed due to the "Black Students United is aware that the
text and over the last 25 years, has been critical to this his- struggles of its members. "Special Opportunities Program" (S.O.P.) serves no pur-
toric transformation. But there has been both continuity In October of 1968, in what the Statesman pose as it is set up presently, and therefore demand that
and change. Troubled days and years, and high points described as "an extremely tense atmosphere," BSU met to make it meaningful, the "Program" satisfy the fol-
of struggle. And, in the words of one of our gospel with university president John S. Toll, representatives of lowing needs:
songs, "I'm so glad, that trouble don't last always!" student government, and involved faculty members, to "1. Tuition
All who enter the facilities of the AFS address "the funding foul-up in the Special "2 Room &Board
Department today are greeted by a prominent sign des- Opportunities Program" and to demand that the "3. Insurance - health &Medical
ignating the "Department of Africana Studies," fol- promised scholarships be provided to the recruited stu- "4. Fees - (a)preliminary
lowed by the words of that great champion of black lib- dents. (Statesman, 25 October 1968). BSU not only made (b)college
eration, Frederick Douglass: "Without struggle there is constructive proposals to fix the problems with AIM,but (c) books and materials
no progress." So, it is only fitting on this memorable also demanded the establishment of a black studies pro- "In addition to this, BSU also demands the
occasion that we take a few moments to review some gram at Stony Brook final approval in the hiring of the Director(s), and all per-
important aspects of the history of the Department of By February 1969, with their ranks reinforced sons responsible in the governing of this program. BSU
Africana Studies-in order to reflect upon the struggles by additional recruits, and no longer willing to tolerate will also have representatives on the Board of the S.O.P
which have brought us to this place today, and which foot dragging on the part of the Toll administration, BSU in all matters pertaining to administration, governance,
serve as the foundation for future progress. For we owe issued a series of five demands which not only laid the etc.'
a tremendous debt to those who came before us-to the foundations for our present AIM program and Africana The text of the BSU demands, next addresses
sacrifices of tens and hundreds of individuals whose studies department, but which reverberate even today Stony Brook's admissions policies:
names and roles are unknown to many of us - and we in 1999. Given the historic significance of these demands "The members of the Black Students United is
should know and remember the core values which it seems fitting to take a few moments to revisit at least intensely aware of the unjustifiably small percentage of
motivated their quest to build a black studies depart- the most important of them. Noting the failure of the Toll Afro-Americans and Puerto Ricans included in the stu-
ment at Stony Brook For we stand upon their shoul- administration to act in good faith regarding their griev- dent, faculty, and administrative bodies of State
ders. ances and "constructive proposals," BSU announced University at Stony Brook Any people, any institution,
We were born in struggle. The Civil Rights that "after months of patience and good faith we the which professes to be just, recognizes this deficiency,
Movement was in full force during the 1960's, as was the Black Students United at Stony Brook do make the fol- unintentional or otherwise, to be intolerable, and its con-
nationwide anti-war movement. against the War in lowing demands"(Statesman,11 February 1969): tinuation to be reprehensible.
Vietnam-the nation was shaken to its very founda- "A BLACK INSTITUTE "Black Students United is intensely aware of

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hotbed of social activism. In 1966 there were just two Institute," a reference to the Black Studies Program. "1. The society of which [the] State University at Stony
black students (Mel Brown and Karen Nimmons) on "The aims, definitions, courses, policies, orga- Brook is a part has systematically denied to Black peo-
this campus, no black faculty, and only one black admin- nization and development shall be decided by a ples the education which has been their right and due.
istrator. Stony Brook was a "lily-white" campus. Committee set up by the BSU composed of chosen fac- "2. Black students [who are] qualified and motivated
However, by 1968 a change had begun to take place in ulty and outside advisors. That upon receipt of our pro- to attend Stony Brook University do exist in greater
academia. Under pressure from student activists, and posal and signed agreementby the University...,machin- numbers than present enrollment figures presume to
recognizing that the systematic exclusion of people of ery shall immediately be set in motion so that the Black indicate.
color could no longer be justified or tolerated, many Institute will be established as a functioning unit by "The conrrection of this deficiency is required,
campuses around the nation began to establish mecha- September 1969." and guarantees beneficial results for Stony Brook
nisms to recruit what were called "historically disad- The aims of this new Black Studies Program University, the Black community, and the society as a
vantaged" students-blacks, Latinos, and native were eloquently stated by BSU: whole. The Black Students United hold that the princi-
Americans. New programs called "Opportunity "1. That at this point of History, we feel that the Black ples of justice and equality warrant and demand that by
Programs" emerged nationwide in order to facilitate experience should become part of the mainstream of September 1969 African-Americans and Puerto Ricans
recruitment efforts. Black studies programs and depart- [the] American Educational system for Black and White constitute no less than 25% of the total admissions at
ments where instituted. to promote better understanding between both peoples. State University at Stony Brook"
Stony Brook's "Special Opportunity Program" "2. To provide Black Students with [the] background Clearly, there has been continuity and change
was established in 1968. Fifty black students were and educational standing necessary for them to assume over the years at Stony Brook. For we are still wrestling
brought to our campus through recruitment efforts at the role of leadership in their community, thus eliminat- with problems related to the recruitment and retention
that time. But, although many Stony Brook administra- ing the Social, Economic, and Political problems in Black of "historically disadvantaged" students. Stony Brook's
tors had bowed down to the trend of recruiting, "his- America. record on the hiring of faculty, staff, and administrators
torically disadvantaged" students, they apparently did "3. That this be a Degre-granting Institute in the areas of color has been dismal at best But there is absolutely
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agogical needs in this and any university with daims to
taged" thirty years ago-both in the mind of President and divert our attention from our legitimate demands." national status. We feel that the members of the Africana
Toll and in the minds of the members of BSU. Why He finally admonished his brothers and sisters to "show Studies program have correctly identified these needs
should there be any confusion about this today? The tar- courage in the face of violence, [and the] lack of under- and are pursuing them with dedication and effective-
get groups were African-Americans and Puerto Ricans. standing, and oppression, but never to surrender"(Stony ness" (OurReview ofthe AfricanaShtudies Program,a memo
And it was these groups which joined together to fight Brook Black Voice, 15 April 1969). to Vice Provost Graham B.Spanier, 3 April 1984).
for the recruitment of the "historically disadvantaged." The reference to violence pointed to the racist The reviewers went on to say: "We are partic-
BSU ended its list of demands with what hostility heaped upon black students at Stony Brook ularly impressed with the strong response Africana
might have been considered by the Toll administration Organizations like the Aryan Students United (ASU), a Studies has evoked among its students. From all indica-
as an ultimatum: Fascist organization, harassed and threatened black stu- tions, faculty in this program devote more time and
"We expect to receive notice of the approval or dents with impunity (Statesman, 7 March 1969). One energy to undergraduate teaching than the norm
rejection of the TOTAL of our demands by the President
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the announced deadline- and submitted a written of the student body would rather not have us around." should benefit by exposure to black studies.
response to the BSU demands, which was printed in the He goes on to tell of phoned death threats and other In response to the external reviewers report,
February 14,1%9 issue of the Statesman. His response overt acts of racism (Stony Brook Black Voice, 15 April Vice Provost, Graham Spanier (who is now president of
was conciliatory in tone, and he agreed to attend the 1969). Conditions in the surrounding Long Island com- a major university), in his April 9, 1984 report to
February 17 public meeting arranged by BSU. Clearly, munity were equally inhospitable. President Marburger and the Provostial Council, noted
among his concerns was to prevent the possibility of By March 1969, the AIM (Advanced on that "The [external review] Committee recommended
what he called "contention and disunity within the Individual Merit) Program had replaced the Special that the designation of Africana studies as a department
University" (Statesman, 14 February 1969, p. 3; 18 Opportunity Program, but the old problems of funding was warranted... I support this recommendation and
February 1969, p. 9). At the same time, the Council for incoming students remained (Statesman,14 March 1969). will urge the Provost to change the status from program
Student Affairs (CSA) strongly endorsed the establish- It was not until September 1969 that AIM came under to department (Spanier to President Marburger,9 April
ment of both the black studies program and the AIM the supervision of a full time staff, headed by its new 1984).
program to replace the Special Opportunity Program director, Mr George Bunch. However, the Marburger administration
(Statesman, 14 February 1969, p. 1). By May 1%9, the Social & Behavioral Sciences ignored the recommendation to elevate AFS to depart-
This historic February 17,1969 meeting called Curriculum Committee (which induded a number of mental status without even a formal reply to the recom-
by BSU took place in the women's gym and attracted a BSU members) approved the establishment of the black mendations. President Marburger simply let the matter
crowd of 1500 students. The meeting was tense and rep- studies program, and instituted a search for a director die in infancy. But his overt hostility to Africana studies
resentatives form student organizations "said that if the (Statesman,2 May 1%9). In September of 1969, the black was dearly demonstrated in the infamous 1985-86 Dube
demands didn't come through the school would be studies program at Stony Brook was finally opened with affair, when Marburger denied tenure to a South African
dosed down." A Statesman reporter remarked in his col- Dr. Anny Mae Walker as Director (Statesman, 23 professor, who was a highly valued member of our fac-
umn the next day: "Surely Dr. Toll was just as much September 1969). ulty, based upon extemal pressure by bigoted interests
aware of what had happened at other universities, as the In October 1969, the BSU "Liberated" the outside the University. In the process, President
students in the audience" (Statesman, 18 February 1969). Study Lounge in O'Neal College in order to establish Marburger not only violated the tenets of academic free-
The Statesman reported that, in response to the BSU Stony Brook's first Black Cultural Center, the precursor dom, but he also helped to smear AFS, sacrificing our
demands, Dr. Toll outlined plans for the institution of a to the UNIT II Cultural Center (Statesman, 31 October unit on the alter ofpolitical expediency, while at the same
black studies program, and the reporter further noted 1969). During this period, BSU also asked the Student time ruining the career of Prof. Eamest Dube.
that the president explained that a black studies pro- Council to join in calling for a moratorium on construc- But again, I say: "I'm so glad that trouble don't
gram "involving courses and leading to a degree in tion on the Stony Brook campus, since minority groups last always." For a new administration, under President
Black Studies, could be established if approved by the had been illegally exduded from work crews in viola- Kenny, has brought forth a new day at Stony Brook On
appropriate University procedures." Toll gave general tion of state anti-discrimination laws (Statesman, 22 April November 2,1998, the University Senate voted unani-
support to BSU's demand for recruitment of Afro- 1969). They were active participants in the anti-war mous to support our proposal for elevation to depart-
American and Puerto Rican students without commit- movement BSU activism also extended to the sur- mental status, and departmental status was conferred
ting to the 25% figure. Concerning the financial aid rounding community where they participated in the on Africana Studies on November 16,1998.
demands for Special Opportunity Program students, fight for welfare rights and fair employment practices. Further, we have been authorized to develop a
Toll stated that "this is entirely consistent with eh uni- The two decades following the establishment Masters degree in Africana studies, and we are moving
versity's aims-aid based on financial needs" of the Africana Studies Program at Stony Brook were expeditiously to bring this graduate program to fruition
(Statesman, 18 February 1969). ones of intense struggle for resources, legitimacy, and So, we rejoice today in the knowledge that
Given their experiences with the University survival Resource starved and seemingly unappreciat- Africana studies has persevered through storms and
administration of that time, BSUmembers were not at all ed by successive administrations, AFS nevertheless per- dark days--yet, working, often without encourage-
fooled by promises to address their demands. One BSU5 severed and grew by means of extraordinary efforts by ment-except from our students, a few colleagues and
member noted, following the February 17th meeting, its dedicated faculty, and the enthusiastic support of its BFSA-working toward the day when we would take
that "After BSU applied a little pressure, the adminis- students. In 1984 AFS experienced its first five-year our well deserved and legitimate place among depart-
tration went on record to live up to these commitments. review. After a comprehensive on-site review, a team of ments at Stony Brook We have kept faith with those
However the administration has made similar commit- external reviewers chosen by administration, recom- who came before us, upon whose shoulders we stand-
ments in the past, so that, as of this date, the situation mended for the first time that AFSbe elevated to depart- our brothers and sisters of the Black Students United. We
remains ambiguous." (Stony Brook Black Voice, 15 April mental status. In their report to Vice Provost, Graham B. still embrace the core values which guided their worthy
1969) An editorial in the Stony Brook Black Voice, the Spanier, the external review team noted in part efforts. And we look forward to even greater achieve-
first black student newspaper on campus (and the pre- "Our over-all reaction is positive. We were ments in the future.
cursor to Black World) noted in April of 1969, that it was impressed by the quality of teaching and scholarship Yes! "I'm so glad that trouble don't last always!"
"obvious that the administration intends to procrasti- which the Africana Studies Program has developed---all
nate as long as possible, ultimately establishing a the more so in light of the special difficulties and con-
watered down, white washed, version of the original straints under which the Program has labored since its
meaningful concept of a black studies program." The inception at Stony Brook We feel there is no question
writer further noted that "The university is adept at that this Program fulfills important intellectual and ped-

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RACE
AFFIRMATIVE INACTION AT USB
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By Aldustus E. Jorden Hospital probably has the largest single numbers, with the structure. For all practical purposes, what
most of the black employees are in the lowest pay- has emerged is a finely tuned process that insures
I have vivid memories of the speech given ing jobs. Look to the left and to the right. that all necessary paperwork is completed with lit-
by Dr. McKinley L. Menchen, then Dean of The BFSA has always been at the forefront tle or no regard for the principles of affirmative
Academic Affairs, during my freshman orientation of affirmative action. Since the mid-seventies, action. All too often the outcome of job searches is
at Cheyney State College. "Look to the left of you numerous studies, recommendations, and initia- entirely predictable--white and male. In short,
and to the right of you," the Dean said. "By next tives have confirmed the need to address the much of the affirmative action process rests on
semester one of you will not be here. When mail is under-representation of black and Hispanics on how to get around it. Look to the left and the right.
sent to you at this address," he stated in his delib- the campus. For example, in December 1984 the Stony Brook lacks an affirmative action
erate Southern drawl "we will stamp it marked Black Faculty and Staff Association reaffirmed its policy that is real, comprehensive, effective and
return to sender because Johnny or Mary doesn't position on hiring, promotion, and retention of enforced. Accommodation and compromise is too
live here anymore." Those words of warning were black faculty and staff on the Stony Brook campus: often the order of business- despite the fact that
not lost on any of us who, for the most part, were "We believe that effectiveness in recruitment, hir- most areas of the campus have no black faculty or
both anxious and unsure about our academic ing and retention of blacks is more than an admis- staff at all.
futures. sion on the part of the administration that things Further, the recruitment pool must go
Those same words should not be lost on should be better. Rather, we believe that it should beyond the Three-Village community. The
black faculty and staff at Stony Brook today. Now mean commitment to do things differently. We do University resides in one of the most diverse met-
look to the left and to the right of you. How many not believe that all that can be done is being done. ropolitan areas in the nation. The old notion that
"we can't find any" is outdated, irresponsible, and
Black folk do you see at Stony Brook? How many We do believe that there are those who, wittingly
were here before? How many have resigned? How or unwittingly, ignore affirmative action complete- inexcusable. Look to the left and to the right.
many have been pushed out? How many did not ly". The BFSA does recognize the positive ini-
make probation, tenure, or permanent appoint- That same year the BFSA presented six tiatives advanced under the leadership of Dr.
ment? How many have to take drastic measures to areas of concern and recommendation regarding Shirley Strum Kenny. Dr. Kenny has brought a
maintain their employment? How many are anx- affirmative action in the academic sector. In the renewed awareness to the campus through admin-
ious and unsure about their employment future? section entitled "Hiring and Retention of Blacks istrative change and positive influence. Her incen-
There is much to learn from history espe- and Hispanics" BFSA recommended the following: tives for minority faculty hiring represent a bold
cially as it relates to affirmative action in the *The Affirmative Action Office must and innovative step in the academic areas. But
United States. What is a woefully lost in the histo- assess Stony Brook's inability to hire black and affirmative action cannot rest solely within the
ry of affirmative action at Stony Brook is that it Hispanic faculty and change, as appropriate, poli- office of the President. Something gets lost in the
exists due primarily to the struggle of black people cies, procedures, and structures that may be translation beyond Dr. Kenny's office. Look to the
in this country. The gains made by women and impeding progress in this area. left and to the right.
other minority groups are a direct result of the civil *Data on black and Hispanic hiring, reten- A black presence at Stony Brook is essen-
rights struggles of the 40s, 50s and 60s. However, tion, and promotion must be isolated. We (BFSA) tial to the positive growth of the University.
when one looks at Stony Brook and elsewhere, ask that the affirmative action Office begin a dif- Diversity among faculty, staff and students is a
blacks appear to benefit the least. Look to the left ferentiated statistical account of the past two years. necessary pre-requisite for achieving excellence
*There is a need to know why minority both in and out of the classroom. But the notion of
and to the right.
There was a time when black folks boast- faculty and administrators are leaving the campus. diversity must not become a smoke screen for
ed about being the only Negro employed at one An "exit" interview process must be developed and ignoring the pervasive under-representation of
implemented. Black faculty and staff at all levels. If the University
place or another. What we ha\ve learned is that
what was once a boast is now recognized as the by- *Further, we called for a "Stony Brook is to earn the right to lead and teach in the future,
Report Card on Affirmative Action." We requested it will be necessary to examine its role in perpetu-
product of institutional racism. Although some iso-
an immediate release of data on hiring, promotion, ating institutional racism through an ineffective
lated pockets of hope exist on the campus, the fac-
and retention by ethnicity, job title, and rank over a Affirmative Action process which goes generally
ulty and staff at Stony Brook continue to be pri-
marily white and male. What we do know largely two-year period for both the core campus and the unchallenged. Look to the left and the right.
University Hospital. The BSFA will continue to be both vigilant
though the persistence of the BFSA (Black Faculty
History also shows us that the affirmative and active in insuring that black faculty, staff and
Student Association) is that the number of black students are treated with dignity and fairness. We
faculty is abysmal given our "diverse" student action structure at Stony Brook continues to be part
of the problem. Officially cited abuses in the waiv- expect no less from other individuals or organiza-
body. Staff positions are generally clustered at the
er process, non-enforcement of rules and regula- tions. We will continue to work with progressive
lower end of the rank and salary scale. Sharp
tions, and the lack of both a "carrot and a stick" persons from all areas of the campus to make the
declines over the past several years have not
campus a better place for everyone.
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helped the situation any. While the University lead a long list of problems generally associated
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2.The Kiss Offs: "Goodbye Private Life" (Peek-a-boo)
3. Tarot Bolero: "Vaudeville Rising" (Ace Fu)
4.Peechees: "Life" (Kill Rock Stars)
5. Frontside: "S/t" (Wax Trax)
6. Kitty Kraft: "Beats and Breaks from the Flower" (Kindercore)
7. LE.S. Stitches: "Staga98LES" (NG)
8. Jawbreaker soundtrack (London)
9. Fifty Tons of Black Terror: "Demeter" (Beggar's Bangquet)
10. April March: "Chrominance Decoder" (Mammoth)
11. Certain General: "Signals from the Source" (CBGB)
12. Takako Minekawa: "cloudy Cloud Calculator" (Emporer Norton)
13. Trio: "Trio 11"(Asylum)
14. Joi: "One and One is One" (Realworld)
15. Burning Airlines: "Mission Control!" (Desoto)
16. "Stop Racism" (Asian Man)
17. Sepultura: "Against" (Roadrunner)
18. Bowling Green: "One Pound Note" (Interscope)
19. Avengers: "Died for Your Sings" (lookout)
20. Quintron: "These hands of Mine" (Rhinestone)
21. Sick of it All: "Call to Arms" (Fat)
22. KMFDM: "Retro" (Waxtrax)
23. Nanofrog: "Don't Follow our Example"(Vogon)
24. John Coltrane: " Complete Impulse Recordings"(lmpulse)
25. Ani Difranco: "Up Up Up Up Up Up"(Righteous Babe)
26. Beta Band: "the Three E.P.s"(Astralwerks)
27. Aerogate and Agent 3: "Newt Soup"(Overtime)
28. Wolfgang Muthspiel: "Work in Progress 89-98"(Amadeo)
29. Nobodys: "Generation XXX"(Hopeless)
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Prince Paul "Prince of Thieves" (Tommy Boy)
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TELETUBBIES?
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By Marlo Allison Del Toro thing wrong with Tinky, who the claims "obviously" Psychologist Alan Kintzer was quoted in
has the voice of a boy, carrying a purse, doesn't the New York Post as saying, "A cartoon character's
Jerry Falwell believes Tinky Winky, the mean that there is. sexual orientation is a non-issue to children. The
largest of the toddler-like Teletubbies, is gay, and In the early 1980s, my then 3-year-old only thing the child sees is how gentle the character
that parents should beware: Tinky and his faggy nephew carried a purse. If you asked him today, he is." The only thing the child sees is Tinky Winky
friends are going to bring Armageddon upon us. would most-decidedly say that he is heterosexual. being gentle.
In the February issue of National Liberty Heterosexual, a label many men who use fanny- Musto was right, though, when he added,
Journal, Falwell's mouth-piece, a Parents Alert packs claim. Heterosexual, what many brief case- "It's a great message to kids: not only that it's okay
"outed" the childlike star of the cartoon-esque think large hand bag--carrying business men call to be gay, but the importance of being well-acces-
Teletubbies, the TV show created in England that themselves. Heterosexual, the preferred orientation sorized." And many people agree, at least with the
now airs on PBS. The Alert argues that because of most of the guys on campus who tote back- first part.
Tinky carries a red p ped bags for If children are going to be introduced to the
gay, and, "Now, furth4 varied types of people in the world, it is best done
of the series intend f( know men, in a non-confrontational manner.
role model have surf :arry scented Falwell and his fellow homophobes don't
pride color; and his a 2-up in their work that way, though. The are in-your-face, and
gle-the gay-pride sy out there when accusing the stars of children's pro-
Why Falwell atent-leather gramming of being sinful.
Tinky's physical charn femininity in Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie, who are
ther evidence," when y. Not neces- modeled after the Odd Couple, have been accused
ately evident to anyc finitely. And of being gay. They share an apartment and a room,
show, even 2-year-ol Winky's bag they vacation together, and Bert has taught Ernie
learning colors and s how to sew and garden. Apparently, according to
der; however, outside to this failed the homophobes, all male gardeners are gay, as are
of the English langua Journal has all men who know how to do simple sewing and
typing is abominable. 7 "a gay role who can take care of day-to-day chores for them-
The rainbow that true role . selves.
purple are gay prid just celebri- Years ago, Barney, the large, purple
and both have lor ideals. A dinosaur, was not only accused of being gay, he was
favorites of small cl n a fanciful accused of being the anti-Christ because he per-
Boys and girls often cl fies as a role formed magical "miracles" and children followed
purple-which is a de ty, especially him. What Barney's accusers failed to realize is that
ative of the so-call >definite sex- children will follow almost anyone who tells them
masculine blue anc several times a day that he loves them, plays games
feminine red-as e columnist with them and sings songs with them.
their favorite color, vlusto was Jerry Falwell claims that he did not write
and often choose to ihen he was the Parents Alert that "outed" Tinky Winky, and
wear clothing of tha last year as that he has not seen the Teletubbies; however, as the
color. "Tinky publisher and an editor of National Liberty jotrnial-he
The triangle, is out and is responsible for the content of the magazine. Even
an innocent shape tha d," because if "other" news outlets have claimed that Tinky is
bolizes gay pride as Idlers seem- gay, none of them have warned parents about let-
many other well knoN igly only ting their children watch the show.
innocent ideas, such how pride in Perhaps Falwell and other homophobes
family (the three poii their accom- need to be reminded that it is the duty of all
sent mother, father plishments Christians to be kind to other people.
the food pyramid, anc and are not In Luke 6:37, it is written, "Jesus said: Don't
"inverted pyramid" nE aware of judge others, and God won't judge you. Don't be
The argumei difference hard on others, and God won't be hard on you.
purse is also faulty. )mosexual or Forgive others, and God will forgive you....The way
Falwell may feel thE you treat others is the way you will be treated."
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Mello-Rolls." While in America, Rose was given thought of my family, who were safe and sound
Family. It's a word we each approach in every chance possible to forget her mother and sis- back in the States. I wondered, What if my broth-
different ways. For some, it's a word that recalls ter, as no one would talk to her about them. In fact, er had been shot for trying to deliver a letter to a
fond memories of time spent with loved ones. For that is how her mother and sister were referred to loved one? What if my mother had to prostitute
others, it recalls painful memories and questions when in Rose's presence, as "them." herself so that she'd be able to feed her children
that seem to have no answers. "A Shayna Maidel," Both sisters have trouble establishing and that night? I had never experienced anything so
a dramatic piece written by Barbara Lebow, exam- maintaining a relationship with their father. Luisa intense in all my life, and I was just a visitor. It was
ines the effects of the Holocaust on a family torn directly admits that she wants to hurt her father an unreal experience. My feet carried me even
between the past and the present. Such issues as by telling him precisely how her mother died, though I was unaware of them, while silent tears
guilt, anger, regret, and loss are brought to the even though he claims to already know. Rose also coursed down my face. When I returned home I
forefront of a family that is trying to overcome the holds a deep resentment toward her father, one made sure I told my family how much I loved
problems Holocaust survivors face. that adds a whole new dimension to the play. The them. I couldn't talk to them about what hap-
At the beginning of the play, the audience father (like their deceased mother) is extremely pened; there was no way of describing how being
is introduced to two of the play's key figures, religious, believing that God does everything for a there effected me. I still haven't told them what I
Mordechai and Rayzel (or the more Americanized reason. This is a philosophy that his daughters thought and felt, and I probably never will.
name of Rose). The crucial theme of the play is cannot understand, though they refrain from Theatre has always served as a way of
introduced when Mordechai informs his daughter questioning it. Beliefs and customs are other presenting what it means to be human-the expe-
that her sister Luisa will be coming to stay with things which serve to separate the sisters from riences that go along with life and how they
her, and when Rose replies that, though she is their father; his ways are often referred to as old- change us forever. There are some people who
happy, her and her sister are little more than fashioned by Rose, in light of her American think we should forget the Holocaust, and there
strangers to one another. When Mordechai and upbringing. are even some who deny it ever happened.
Rayzel fled to America before the Holocaust, Luisa In a conversation with a childhood friend, Forgetting would be forgiving, and forgiving
and their mother were forced to remain behind Hannah, Luisa expresses the importance of the would be accepting this event as something that
because of Luisa's illness. After talking to Luisa on family unit during the Holocaust and, more should be expected in the face of history.
the phone, Rose expresses anger and frustration at importantly, hints at the importance of the family "A Shayna Maidel" will be playing at the
the position she is being forced into by the expec- for those who survived. The discussion is as fol- Staller Center Theatre I, February 25-28 and March
tations of her father. These feelings, however, lows: 4-7, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and
quickly change when she looks in the mirror and Luisa: If you had no one you were dead... Sundays at 2 p.m. Take a night out and support
says, "It could've been you, Rose." Hannah: ...much faster. If you had someone... the goals of theatre on campus as well as your
After Luisa's arrival, the tension Rose Luisa: ...you had to live so they would live. sense of humanity and human understanding. For
feels is heightened. Both of them are left in an Here, the family is offered as a reason to many the Holocaust was a reality, and the least we
uncomfortable position; they are sisters and yet survive. The passage suggests that if this family can do is show a willingness to try and under-
they know practically nothing about one another. wants to survive, they are going to have to find a stand, even if we'll never come close to knowing
Rose, who holds no memories of her sister, calls way to forgive each other so that they can work on what it was like to actually be there, or to be a sur-
attention to this by saying, "It's so strange that you re-establishing the ties broken by the Holocaust. vivor. As it's a story about the rigors of family life,
have memories of me, that I was a part of your Having visited a concentration camp in there will be a lot of issues explored that we all can
life." Rose expresses the vast distance that sepa- Germany, I can more vividly imagine what life relate to.
rates them by saying, in reference to the events must have been like for the imprisoned Jews.
that Luisa experienced as a child, "I was playing While walking through the barrack halls, when in

DEATH OF THE DOLL


By Cat Hui four years, the image of dolls has reoccurred in her the same smell. The actual color of the wax pieces
work. The artist views the doll as a symbol or a is also important. Pink is a friendly, soothing,
Think pink. Think pink arms and legs. metaphor for herself. She feels that she has gotten innocent color; however the connotation of the
Think of eighteen-hundred and one pink doll arms too comfortable with the usage of this imagery. It is color comes in conflict with the subject that it is
and legs made of cranberry scented wax scattered time for her to move on to new subjects, and this used on.
on the floor. Think of them melting slowly under decision is represented in her latest work. Another conflict arises in the further
the harsh light of a single light bulb in a darkened The work is ultimately destructive. The analysis of the suspended cart. The metal cart can
room. Got it? This is the visual and olfactory stim- light destroys the wax pieces, melting and revert- be viewed as several different objects. On one
uli that the observer is greeted with when entering ing them back to its original state. As Hughmanic hand, the cart looks almost like a rusted baby crib.
the Graduate Student Art Gallery on the first floor has said, the doll The view of the cart as a baby crib
of the Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library. represents herself. creates an anti-abortion image of
This unusual work of art, entitled "Death By destroying this the work that was not intended by
of the Doll," is the creation of second year M.F.A. representation of the artist. In contrast, the cart can
student Kimberly Hughmanic. On exhibit until herself, she is also be seen as a cage. The upside
March 12, this installation uses the legs and arms bringing to an end down position of the cart insinu-
of a doll. Hand cast in wax over a period of sever- this period of her ates that the doll parts were once
al months, the legs and arms vary. in shade from artistic career. contained inside the cart. The
red to white, with the majority being pink. Oil Imagery in work depicts the moment right
paints were mixed in with the wax to create this this piece presents after the parts were dumped
effect. In addition to the wax pieces, a metal cart is conflicting con- from, or maybe set free from, the
suspended upside down over the pile of doll parts. cepts. From a dis- confines of the cage/cart.
Hanging down from the opening of the cart is a tance, the wax Freed from the confines of the
single fixture with a naked bulb. This single bulb
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of wax parts. As a result, when the light is on, it realizes that these 'petals' are in fact the limbs of a melting, wipes away the trace of the artist's hand
heats up the wax, diffusing the cranberry scent doll. When the cranberry scent is first smelt, it is upon it. The smell that diffuses from the melting
from the wax as it melts slowly. The small gallery, sweet and pleasant. After immersion in the scent wax envelopes the room and then moves beyond
as well as parts of the library corridor, is filled with for more than a few minutes, the smell begins to the confines of the room, into the world. Perhaps
the sweet and sickly aroma of cranberry. overwhelm and nauseate. The initial sweetness this is a metaphor for the artist's decision to move
The usage of doll parts is not something seems to be replaced by an overpowering, almost beyond the confines of the comfort she had had in
new to Hughmanic's work. For the past three or sinister aroma. Yet nothing has changed; it is still the image of the doll.

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THERESS DAuFEATURES
..... MOTHERLESS DAUGHTERS
By Marlo Allison Del Toro ents have died. My father died when I was 10, so In Letters, women who read Edelman's
when my mother's cancer became fatal I told my first book wrote in agreement with some of what
When my mother died three days before friends that I didn't know what I was going to do she wrote, and added their voices to those from
Christmas, one of my first thoughts was, "What when I was an orphan. Some of them told me that Motherless Daughters.
next? What am I going to do now that I am an I wasn't going to be an orphan because my mother Sectioned by how long ago their mothers
orphan?" was going to die after I was 18. Edelman accepted had died, the book re-covers what was in
I was confused and disoriented, and I that just because I am technically an adult does not Motherless Daughters from a personal perspective.
knew that I needed to do something to allow mean that I am prepared to finish growing up Two things that come up again and again
myself to start mourning and to move on with my without parents. in the pages of Letters are women who still con-
life. Edelman's book offers information based verse with their mothers in some capacity (What
I then remembered Tara. My best friend on how old a woman was when her mother died, would mom want me to do?), and who use the
had lost her mother one year before we met, and I and covers everything from fathers' reactions to experience of being a motherless daughter to pro-
remembered that when we began college she read the death, the changing family, siblings varied pel them into being more mature and self-suffi-
a book entitled Motherless Daughters. She loved it. reactions to the death, mother substitutes, devel- cient people.
Two years later, the author of Motherless oping a feminine identity, and women's fear of I appreciated Letters, but it does have crit-
Daughters,Hope Edelman, almost came to speak to dying at the same age that their mothers died. ics. My sister said that she thought that the letters
one of my journalism classes; she was a friend of Throughout, the author stresses that mourning is a she read seemed to be from women who'd lost
my teacher, and had mentioned my teacher in the lifelong process, and one that returns to the fore- mothers they were close with, and since we have to
book's acknowledgements page. ground during major changes in the motherless come to terms with knowing that our mom will
I knew when my mother died that I need- daughter's life. never say she was sorry for everything she did
ed to read that book, to come to terms with what Edelman has garnished her own story of wrong while raising us, she feels that their mourn-
losing my mother would mean, and to hear the sto- being a motherless daughter with the stories of ing is nothing like what she is going through. I
ries of other women who had lost their mothers. women she's interviewed and with studies, arti- have also read a critique of this book written by a
Oddly, when my sisters and I went to the cles and books about loss. woman who thought that the women in Letters had
hospital to pick up my mother's things and to kiss Motherless Daughters is a well-researched, bad relationships with their mothers, and that she
her goodbye, one of the nurses looked at me and well-written book, one that I would recommend to couldn't relate to that.
said that we should all read Motherless Daughters, motherless sons, fatherless daughters, and anyone No matter; I got something out of reading
that she'd read it after her mother had died, but who knows a motherless daughter and would like the book and I would recommend it.
that I especially should read it because I am the to understand what she has gone through. And When the nurse told me to read Motherless
youngest. especially for motherless daughters, because Daughters, she said I shouldn't read it until my
When I began reading Motherless whether a woman has lost her mother to death or mother had been dead at least 6 months, because I
Daughters, I had to put the book down every few desertion, she has lost someone very important in wouldn't fully appreciate it until then. I read it
pages: I kept crying and I couldn't read through her life. anyway, and I plan to re-read it in 6 months and
my tears. The book didn't seem like it was written When I finished reading Motherless again whenever I need reaffirmation for how I feel.
for me, in fact it was written for women who'd lost Daughters,I still felt that I needed something more. And I suggest that anyone who has lost someone
their mothers before they were 20, but I found a lot I mentioned this to Tara and she agreed: We need- close to them do something-read, write, go for a
of information in the book that did pertain to me. ed more stories, to hear from more motherless walk, something-to aid their healing.
First and foremost, Motherless Daughters daughters. So I bought Edelman's second book,
defined orphans as people whose mothers or par- Letters from Motherless Daughters.

GOD, I HOPE THIS WORKS


By Russell Heller more than thirty years. Over these many years, "Broadhealth," an unofficial fan web page of yours
front man Mick Jagger has accumulated an enor- reports that in 1997, your band was in the #1 spot
I am still new to the college scene, this mous fortune, and, with the future possibly hold- for highest grossing concert tour, with $86,994,158
being only my second semester at this fine univer- ing an amazingly expensive divorce for Jagger, I in ticket sales during 33 shows. The page also
sity. One thing I have quickly noticed, however, is figured he'd be more inclined to throw a few bucks claims that on March 5th, 1998, The Rolling Stones
how goddamned little money I have. I don't seem my way than split it with Jerry Hall. broke the world record for the highest ticket prices
to be the only one with this affliction either. I might Now, I highly doubt that Mick Jagger is ever charged in Chicago, selling 19,000 tickets in
even make the generalization that, with little excep- actually going to give me the $10,000 20 minutes at. prices between
tion, college students are pretty low on funds. that I so richly deserve. I just figure $30 and $300.
Rather than endure this, or get a job (Ha!), I decid- that I might catch him in a unique Given these two facts,
ed to ask a celebrity for money. As a rule, celebrities frame of mind. He must be under one can only assume that the
have more money than I do and I felt that, there- quite a bit of stress lately, what with total amount of money you have
fore, I would be more likely to actually be given his trophy wife divorcing him and earned during you career is truly
money if I targeted one of them. all. Also, factor in the strain that it astounding. After all, in one year
Then came the all-important decision of must put on someone to be so God alone your band earned almost
which celebrity I should solicit for money. Not just damned rich that people like me are $87 million dollars from touring
anyone has ten thousand dollars to arbitrarily give randomly hitting him up for money. alone. This does not factor in
away. Then it occurred to me that rock musicians I might just get lucky. Also, I believe sales from more than forty
are notorious for being filthy rich, and also are in the principle. If I ever become fab- albums, royalties, etc. To put it
ulously wealthy, I intend to donate bluntly, you have an awful lot of
prone to making large monetary donations. A num-
similar sums of money to random money. Bearing that in mind, I
ber of reasons led to my choice of the Rolling
college students, and I would expect have no choice but to politely
Stones. Particularly important were these three
all of you to do the same.
ask you if I could please have
facts .
1. In 1997, the Rolling Stones grossed almost $87 I chose a dollar amount MICK ljagger'ii ifter a swim in
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n Now I don't mean to
million in concert ticket sales, beating out all other small enough to be insignificant to his money b
group myself with the slew.of
bands. Clearly, this band uses hundred dollar bills the singer, but large enough to keep me entertained
charities and organizations that must hound some-
for kindling. for quite some time. I kept my letter concise, hon-
one of your grandeur for donations. I am not repre-
2. In 1998, the Rolling Stones set a record in est, and polite. It is reprinted below:
senting any noble cause or non-profit organization.
Chicago, for the highest ticket prices ever charged.
I just really could use $10,000, and let's be honest,
They are bloodthirsty. To: stonesworld@musicblvd.com
if anyone has $10,000 to give to me, it's you.
3. At no point during the career of the Rolling Learl M. Jagger,
Stones has Mick Jagger ever mailed anyone a scor- Hello. I am a first year college student in New York. Thanking you inadvance,
pion because they asked him for money. I am writing regarding some alarming pieces of nngyo i advance
The Rolling Stones have been around for information I have recently come across.
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