1991-04-05; Central Michigan Life
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Thumbs up or thumbs down? Writers rate six newly-released albums Page 8 Thank you, thank you Baseball team sweeps twinbill from Ferris Page 10 Central Michigan FRIDAY April 5, 1991 wmsm _w^^^plP5S^^ssr^g>t^Sit:-^:< ^^Mt^^ei&m^me&SS^M^MtS^S. a*^-**»f5«sS»aBf»K''''-^^ Police study racist letter sent to student by CRYSTAL HARMON Lir-F Sr-3f W-'-~-r A female CMU student who received a racist hate-letter plans to press charges if campus police identify the letter's author. The woman, who asked CM LIFE to withhold her name, said she received the letter March 26 in her Calkins Residence Hall mailbox. The handwritten letter, signed "Sincerely yours. KKK." contains live jokes about "niggers'* and an insulting poem. "Why would somebody sit down and spend their energy on something so stupid? I don't know how anyone could act so stupid and ignorant." she said. The woman suspects the letter allegedly from the Ku Klux Klan was actually written by another resident in Calkins, an all-female residence hall. She said the letter may have been written by a Calkins resident who has complained about house and rap music being played too loudly. The woman contacted CMC's Department of Public Safety and filed a complaint about the letter. She said DPS sent the letter to a crime lab. and took handwriting samples from at least one woman. DPS Director John McAuliffe confirmed the letter was sent to the Michigan State Police crime lab for analysis, but said his department has no suspects at this time. "i We have* no one we consider a suspect." McAuliffe said. The writing and delivering of the letter is officially called ethnic intimidation and is against the law. he said. Ethnic intimidation or harassment is illegal under a 1 9S8 amendment to the Public Acts of 19:31. The law prohibits physical contact, destroying or defacing property or making verbal threats to an individual based on their race, color, religion, gender or national origin. It is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than two years, or by a fine of nut more than $5,000. or both, the law states. It also allows an individual to file suit against anyone who commits the offense. DPS has not received any similiar complaints and the incident is believed to he an isolated one. McAuliffe said. The harassment was reported to DPS by the woman March 27 at 1 1 :47 a.m. Steve Clark. assistant director of Minority Affairs. said the incident "exemplifies th«.* racist attitude that is alive and well at CMU." Clark could not remember a racial attack of this type and magnitude since he came to CMU 2'/_> years ago. He also said he does not know if the Ku Klux Klan is operating on campus. "They're not registered as a student organization." he said. "Racist actions are covert." The woman wrote a letter about the incident and sent copies to several University officials, including President Edward B. Jakubauskas and the Board of Trustees. In the letter, the woman urges CMU to take action. In part, it states. "We as African Americans demand respect on this campus. If we are not given the respect we deserve, we as African Americans will take act ion." Pride Week speaker cites Indian needs by RANDY PETERSON Concerns about the relationship of Indians to the larger society were aired Wednesday night as part of Native American Pride Week. Ted Holappa. executive director of the Michigan Commission on Indian Affairs, spoke in the Moore Hall Kiva about such things as the difficulties of Indian students in public schools. "There is a question as to whether you have any tradition after 12 years (in public schools) where there are no Indian teachers, where there are no Indian principals " he <aid Main edu'atoi*- tend to think the problem with Indians is that they are Indians. Holappa said. "Their community is the problem. Their family is the problem. If only they tried to fit in. they would do better," Holappa said, giving an example of what he believes is the teachers' mentality. One teacher involved in a study even said "it's all right to have ail this pride in your heritage, but you should do it in your country." "That one confused me a bit." Holappa said. Holappa said for many Indian students, there are two choices -• * RELATE p o- 12 Sociology prof outlines two sides of feminism by ANTHONY BATKIE L.f-f S:.:-- VY' *-r mi**,-.--*-!**?. Morrthnn 2r-"> people- attended Arlene Kaplan Daniels' lecture or» th-r women's movement Thursday night, examining the radical and conservative feminist perception of the movement. The discussion, titled "Careers in Feminism." examined a study of traditional volunteer activities in the early days of the women's movement. Kaplan Daniels, professor of sociology at Northwestern University in Evanston. 111., has edited many books about women and careers. She has more than 40 papers published in sociology journals dealing with her work about women and sociology. In the early 1970s she did a study about a women's group called the Women's Equality Action League. She looked at reasons why the women volunteered, strategies and tactics of the group and where the women of the group were trained for such work. The women in this sample were mostly conservative, middle-class, white and highly educated Kaplan Daniels said most women in this group resisted "radical" feminist issues, such as abortion and homosexuality. "Tiie gay issue wu.-> so unimportant." she sa;J. But today no women's group would take such a stand on homosexual lights or abortion, she said. The women surveyed expressed a distinction between women who were educated and economically independent and those who wanted to stay away from "politically unwise" i.-sues. she said. Kaplan Daniels said the group recognized the need for extremist views. Extremist women made their projects look conservative and were more likely to get accepted by the "old-boy network." She also talked about tactics early feminist groups used to demand attention to their causes, including exaggerating to the press the number of members in their groups. Today, white-middle class women have their own interests and live comfortably. She said the nation is witnessing a conservative period lor the women".- movement, adding women are more knowledgeable today. She said she hopes the knowledge is not lost. "So many woman think they have it made." Kaplan Daniels said about women at Northwestern. But when they graduate into the "real world" and look around they will find they will want to fight in order to combat the forces working against them, she said. University employee charged with assault A ("Ml employee has been arraigned on two separate sexual assault charges. Alvm Foster Jr.. 30. was arrested April 3 and charged with attempted fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and fourth-degree esc. He pleaded not guilty to both charges. Fourth-degree esc means sexual contact was made through force or coercion and it is a high court misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison and a $500 fine. Attempted fourth-degree esc is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $250 fine. Two different women, one of them a CMU student, reported being sexually assaulted by Foster. Mount Pleasant freshman and Facilities Management employee. The attempted fourth-degree assault reportedly occurred March 2fS at Northwest Apartments; the fourth-degree assault allegedly happened March 1. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled at S:30 am. Monday in Isabella County District Court on the attempted assault. Foster's preliminary exam on the assault charges is Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. LIFE Photo Jeffrey Sauger Brigette Bechtold, associate professor of economics, says there are many problems with the current minimum wage system. Bechtold says the wage provides a ceiling rather than a floor for wages. Prof: minimum wage doesn't measure up by ERIC BAERREN Lrfc St.r* '3— ter Try to imagine receiving only 25 cents an hour to work That was the hourly rate when the federal minimum wage became law in 1938. said Brigitte Bechtold. associate professor of economics. A quarter in those days is worth about six dollars now. she said. Bechtold studied minimum wage issues as a member of The Minimum Wage Study Commission that reported to Congress and President Jimmv Carter in the 1970s. The minimum wage increased Monday from $3.^0 to $4.25 per hour. Like most anything. Bechtold said the minimum wage system has its problems. "We abuse this legislation by turning minimum wage into maximum wage," she said. A monitoring system is needed, she said, which could ifiHow can one pursue happiness if they have to work all the time to pay the bills. S9 .•;V^3^.''L; I!Brigitte Bechtold y.--^--^3:Wi Associate professor of economics help ensure the wage increases enough to keep up with the cost of living. The law requires employers to pay employees the minimum wage for up to 40 hours each week, and time-and-a-half for each additional hour. Bechtold said. Minimum wage earnings are no longer sufficient to sustain a family of four at the poverty level, she said. The minimum wage is well below what it should be. though, she said, adding a fair living wage in the '90s is about $b an hour. Working at the current minimum wage, it takes two full-time jobs to provide enough money for a four-member family to survive, she said. In addition to the financial problems associated with living on minimum wage, she said regulations governing minimum wage are violated by employers. Some employers may tell workers they are exempt from regulations, or they may employ illegal aliens. The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor is supposed to prevent violations, but is only able to investigate reported violations, she said. Minimum wage earners a-re exploited, especially in the fast food industry. Bechtold said. Some employers tell their employees they cannot clock in until the first customer comes, she said. Such practices are not acceptable, she said. Flmployers are supposed to pay workers from the minute they begin working to the* time they stop, she said. Violating the Fair Labor Act not only violates federal statutes, hut also violates the workers' inalienable rights guaranteed by the Constitution. "How can one pursue happi- ne.-s if they have to work all the time to pay the bills?" In the future, she said she expects minimum wage to increase more frequently. "I think there is going to be more and more pressure on legislators to provide better wage levels," Bechtold said.
|Title||1991-04-05; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, April 05, 1991 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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