The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 63, No. 17, Ed. 1 Tuesday, October 2, 1979 Page: 2 of 8
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Page 2 Tuesday, October 2,1979
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Houston police brutality
Parasiticus freshmis plagues campus
Freshmen pose threat
An incident in Houston last week did little to dispel
fears that citizens in the largest city in Texas are vic-
tims of police abuse.
Two Houston policemen shot and killed a 28-year-
old black man after they said the man pulled a pistol
on them. However, a witness to the shooting said the
man had no gun.
The two officers reported they stopped a car at 2
a.m. Wednesday and told two men and a woman to get
out after the three had acted suspiciously.
The woman, according to the policemen, kicked one
of the officers in the groin, and the two men fled. They
gave chase and shot one of the men after he pointed a
gun at them. The other man, they reported, escaped.
The witness’ report was altogether different. A 34-
year-old medical assistant who was working in an of-
fice near where the shooting occurred has charged that
not onlv was the man unarmed hut that the woman
did not kick the officer and that there was no second
The witness said he watched the incident through a
window in the office and then went outside to watch.
After the police stopped the car, he said, and
ordered the one man and woman out, they frisked the
man. The officers ordered the man to pull down his
pants, so they could search his underpants. He was
frisked so thoroughly, the witness said, there was no
possibility he had a gun.
The officers then searched the woman, who told
them, after one put his hand in her hip pocket, “You
can’t do that.’’ In response, the witness said, the officer
hit her on the head with a flashlight and told her,
“Don’t you know' 1 can hurt you, girl?”
As one of the officers put the stunned woman into
the police car, the witness "report went on, the man ran
away. The police followed and shot him.
The incident is being investigated by the police
department’s internal affairs division.
Although the witness could as easily be lying as the
police officers, this incident is one in a long string ol al-
leged police abuses in Houston.
A few weeks ago, the U.S. Commission on Civil
Rights held hearings in Houston on police brutality.
At that time, Police Chief Harry Caldwell told the
commission he has tried to stop the abuses, but there
always will be officers who violate the rules.
Caldwell blamed the 30-year-old Civil Service Law
for some of the police problems, saying the law limits
his authority to take action against unsatisfactory
police performance. He also said that because he did
not have the authority to appoint his own staff, it is
hard to establish accountability within the department.
If such problems exist, and it is obvious that they do.
it is long past the time when they should be worked
During the hearings, Caldwell stated he, ultimately,
was accountable for whatever happens. “If there is a
fault with that department, that fault is mine,” he said.
Such a statement of responsibility is laudable, but if
the police chief has no measures he can take to back up
that accountability, it is meaningless.
Although every accusation of police abuse in
Houston may not be true, enough have been made to
prove that there is some validity in the charges.
Not only does the reputation of the Houston Police
Department suffer, but the rapport between the
citizens of Houston and the police suffers also.
The job of the police department is to protect its
citizens, not to victimize them. A long hard look
should be given to the Houston department to insure
that such abuses are stopped.
A sense of obligation to protect the
lives of thousands of those close to me
prompted me to pen this urgent notice.
Unfortunately, some will only perceive it
as base, sophomoric journalism at best.
An ugly affliction has beset our fair
campus and must be recognized by John
Q. Student and dealt with. The ogre of
which I write is that most undesirable of
academic parasites, the common
THE FRESHMAN (parasiticus
freshmis) can be easily spotted. Striping
them doesn't work because they all start
looking like convicts.
The freshman is known to ride dorm
dryers; throw up over a toilet—while
someone's using it; yell "Coltrane” at
Crossroads; own "hang in there, baby"
posters; say "looking good," go through
rush; make pledges and then find out he
has to pav money, scratch: go to Doc
Holliday's for VD treatment; admire
Tom Snyder, R.A’s, Jitter Nolen and
Kiss; play with dorm fire extinguishers
(during fires); get Monty Python quotes
wrong, take dates to financial aid; spew
saliva; think jazz is “yes” in German; get
excited about wing meetings, go to wing
meetings, enjoy wing meetings, write
home about wing meetings, and learn
cuss words from professors.
CHANCES ARE you're looking at a
freshman if you see someone smoke pot
in the hall; Hush on friends; sneeze dur-
ing a make-out; yell "Z. Z. Top ” at
Benny’s; slide his Rondo down the bar;
jog with roller skates; go to Maple Hall
and "place an order;” loose his own
space; pop pimples; bring cafeteria food
up to his room; throw up cafeteria food
in his room; have foreign affairs with
Iranian w idows; get menstrual cramps in
his stomach while singing; volunteer;
wear “Where the hell is Moose Jaw?” T-
shirts; get shocked at “Three's Com-
pany," laugh at “Three’s Company,”
and write home about it-
SOME FRESHMEN also may take
journalism because they like "Lou
Grant,” go to the College Inn disguised
as a frat member, fall into construction
chasms, go to Voertman’s and buy
lavender—scented key chains, double
park beside a police car, pay extra for
dorm air conditioning, pick up rashes,
get along with roommates, smuggle
aluminum cans out of the dorm, go
“punk rock" and stick ball point pens in
his arm, laugh too much, fail before
mid-term, streak for Elvis, be an extra in
a one man play, throw the wrong things
at “Rocky Horror," do research work
on Cliffs notes, think all Jews like
chicken soup, change his sex in order to
panty raid his own closet and go to toga
parties to act out “I, Claudius" with
SO, IF you’re planning a trip across
campus, don’t kid yourself. The
freshman is out there. Always carry a
can of Harbrace’s Freshman Repellent
or a hardback copy of “Norton’s
Anthology of British Literature”.
Don’t leave home without them!
Real NT contradicts image
There is a basic conflict in the jour-
nalism department and in the profession
between news types and what we fondly
refer to as public relations Hacks.
Being more inclined to the former, I
am bound to cringe every time I see
some promotional piece of literature
about NT. Having had objectivity
pounded into my head for the three
years I’ve covered NT, I shudder at the
thought of ever having to write a
brochure about the place.
I would probably go loo far in trying
to present both sides of NT.
I can just imagine it. The cover would,
naturally, have a color picture of the Ad-
ministration Building—with huge
mounds of dirt and trenches dug around
it The cutline would probably read
"Administration Building under seige."
The obligatory picture of happy stu-
dents strolling leisurely across campus
would be replaced with one of students
wading through the mud on a rainy day.
The caption would emphasize how chal-
lenging it is to be a student here.
For an example of dormitory life, I
would forgo the usual ultra-modern
tastefully decorated dorm room with
three girls sitting around forming
I would substitute one of the grubbier
men's rooms at Bruce Hall on a swelter-
ing September afternoon. Or I would
show the students packed three to a
room at West Hall. The cutline might
read “West Hall refugees.”
Of course the picture of NT wouldn't
be totally bleak The pamphlet could
show NT students really living it up.
laughing, enjoying each other’s
company—on a typical night at the
I can't decide whether to show a
group of students eating in a dorm
cafeteria next to a picture of the NT
Health Center. The text could read
“Cure worse than the illness?” But I'm
sure I would be acccused of editorial
It also might he unfair for me to run a
blurb about the excellent, guerilla war-
fare training program next to a series of
And of course. I would feel obligated
to mention the smooth workings of the
administration, along with a paragraph
on how beautiful the campus is going to
look someday and a section on how
someday we might get into the
Southwest Conference, or have a foot-
ball game televised or gel a howl invita-
I have a feeling the university isn't go-
ing to hire me.
Reader fears abortion as step toward infanticide
To the Editor;
I appreciated Louis Marroquin's
forthright column on abortion.
Our country’s medical, legal and
moral schizophrenia is characterized by
current pediatric practices. While doc-
tors kill 1000 gram babies in one room,
down the hospital corridor others save
1500 gram babies in intensive care units.
In an age supposedly concerned with
human rights, our arbitrary law strips
rights from those least able to speak for
themselves Who are to be the next vic-
The next logical step, though not
legal, is the widespread practice of
infanticide—the killing of a born child.
Probably nothing is more distasteful to
an abortionist than delivering a living
“product." The following quote from
the International Correspondence
Society of Obstetrics and Gynecologists
describes a procedure after a
"At the time of delivery it has been
our policy to wrap the fetus in a towel
The fetus is then moved to another room
of the (former mother-to-be). She is ex-
amined to determine whether placenta
expulsion has occurred and the extent of
vaginal bleeding. Once we are sure her
condition is stable, the fetus is evaluated.
Almost invariably all signs of life have
The law is oddly silent about what is
tantamount to a public confession of in-
fanticide in reputable scientific journals.
(One should note that saline or salt solu-
tion abortions also often result in live
What is the next step?
801 W. Mulberry
To the Editor;
After reading Louis Marroquin’s arti-
cle "Abortions Murder the Living”, I
felt it only fair to take defense on the
side of abortions.
In Louis's article I was appalled at his
quote, “But the fact is clear—abortion is
indeed murder." That quote left more of
a sour taste in my mouth than any lemon
could ever leave. To some it may seem
that abortion is murder, which Louis
tries to bring out, referring to the book
“GROWTH” (At 26 days the head and
heart have begun to form. The heart has
started to beat. From the 26th day new
life is alive.).
I am not overruling that the embryo
or fetus is alive, but when does life begin
to live? Let’s not forget that there are
limitations of time in which an abortion
can be performed. Is abortion in the ear-
ly stages of pregnancy really the same as
We next hear, “Humanity merits
more reverence,” but for who? They say
the fetus must be given a chance. Let’s
not forget that there is another person
involved who should be given a chance
to live her life. Even though a woman is
already living her life, is she supposed to
drop it all to give birth? Then there is the
old comeback, “Well let her pay for her
mistake.” Where has our humanity gone
when we dictate that a woman must go
through pregnancy. Isn't a woman suf-
fering enough by having to go through
an abortion. I would think most do.
Pregnancy is a joyous event for most,
but when did it become one for all? For
some women, pregnancy will not be that
so-called “Joyous Event" in life. For
whatever her reason, we can't say that
they are not valid enough reasons for an
abortion. She will be the one to live with
her decision, not you or me. She is tak-
ing the risk with an abortion, but isn't
there a risk in pregnancy too?
Abortions will be here whether we say
no or yes. If no, then we could be
murderers in another way. Women will
have abortions illegally and mostly in
unsanitary conditions in which she
stands an even greater risk. Where is our
humanity if she dies because we denied
her rights to a legal abortion. Let’s not
forget the guilt that an unwanted child
brings. Sure for some life will turn out
good, but what happens to those whose
life doesn’t turn out so good? Who is at
Sure abortion is a touchy subject. Are
we right w hen we condemn a woman for
having an abortion? Do we call her a
common murderer? This seems to be a
little too harsh. For we are murderers if
we convict a human to death, no matter
what the crime. We are still taking a life
in the eyes of humanities’ basic princi-
Contrary to the previous article on
abortion, abortion isn't a problem to all.
lo some it is a solution. When did we
become dictators to say, “Women will
have children.” What about a woman's
right to a happy life? There are two sides
Let’s leave it to the individual, for we
do not live their lives or have to live with
114 Ave. E, No. 210
To the Editor:
In response to Allan Cook’s column
“Excess Lawyers Plague Society,” I am
both pleased and puzzled by his com-
ments concerning “. . too many lawyers
complicating our lives. . . " A lawyer
deals in controversy and is an advocate
who cannot please all, which tends to
make that professional position un-
popular. Also, since law involves the
fundamental goals and values of people
and is a humanistic science, possibly the
increasing need for more lawyers stems
from a more problem-oriented society,
not necessarily as Mr. Cook stated that
in effect it is the lawyers complicating
Mr. Cook's reference to Teddy Ken-
nedy makes me wonder how many peo-
ple expect lawyers to be perfect in a
system with serious flaws built in.
Indeed, it remains to be seen that since
the need for more lawyers exists what
could we do in our problem-laden
society without them?
Claudette K. Crowe
1201 Kendolph Dr.
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