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NT needs dispensers
Lately there has been a lot of frank talk about sex
and the use of condoms to help slow the wildfire spread
of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome in the United
NT should join the efforts by installing condom
machines in campus restrooms — men’s and women's.
A report recently released by the surgeon general's
office showed that people between the ages of 18 and
27 years are in one of the highest-risk groups for
contracting AIDS. Most college students fall into that
However, they are not the only one at risk. Anyone
engaging in sexual activity of any kind is at risk. That
includes teachers and administrators.
The sale of condoms on campus would not promote
promiscuity. It would promote safe sex. Vending condoms
on campus would help reduce the risk of AIDS and
other sexually transmitted diseases and the number of
The machines would allow students to purchase
condoms in relative privacy, thereby avoiding embarrass-
ment and hassle.
Also, people will be more likely to use condoms if it
is convenient to purchase them.
It is difficult enough, in the heat of passion, to take
time out to use a condom. Having to go to the nearest
convenience store or pharmacy (which may be closed
anyway) to buy condoms is definitely a deterrent to
using them. If condom vending machines were installed
on campus in restrooms of class buildings, the Univer-
sity Union and dormitories, students could purchase
them when needed — and would be more likely to.
NT should institue this measure without bowing to
the religious or moral rhetoric that is sure to arise.
Bored of Regents
Students deserve vote
We want representation!
NT President A1 Hurley told a Daily Reporter last
week that “a student would not have the credentials"
to serve on the Board of Regents.
Who sets the guidelines for “credentials?”
While our regents are definitely intelligent, upstanding
people, so are many of our students. The only qualification
the students lack is an ability to contribute to a guberna-
No, Dr. Hurley, most students aren’t wealthy enough
if that is a “credential.”
Another strike against appointment of an NT student
to the board is age — or rather lack of it. Opponents of
the measure say students are too young to serve on the
board. The average age of NT students is 27. Besides,
since when have age and wisdom gone hand-in-hand?
Hurley says students already have ways to express
their opinions to the administration — i.e., the Chan-
cellor’s Coffees, the Advisory Board on University Life
and the Student Association.
These are valuable modes of direct contact with
university officials, but they are not direct influence for
students. They’re not votes.
A student on the Board of Regents would represent a
student voice. Students would have a direct means of
voting on issues determining the future of their school
— the school that would have no purpose were it not
for the students.
So, why not let the next vacant board seat go to a
student popularly elected by the student body?
Even if the new board member had little impact on
the overall vote of the board, student opinion would be
part of the official record.
The other regents might even learn something from a
voting student representative who could give board
members insights about what goes on at NT.
If there are drawbacks, valid drawbacks, they should
be promptly pointed out by university officials. If not,
clear the way for a student regent who will be selected
through a university wide election.
NT students have been unrepresented in the decision-
making process for too long.
U.S. must raise wage
Legislation is currently being debated in Congress to
raise the minimum wage to $4.55 by 1991. Hurrah! It’s
The minimum hourly wage has stagnated at a paltry
$3.35 since it was raised — a whole dime — in 1981.
Inflation has not been taken into consideration.
Loss of jobs is the one main roadblock that stands in
the way of raising the minimum wage.
Although the Congressional Budget Office projects
that 500,000 people will lose jobs if the wage is raised,
history reveals that, out of the 15 increases instituted
since mandatory minimum wage was established in 1938,
none have had long-term negative effects on the job
A workable plan to raise the wage gradually over.
say five years, should be drafted and passed so the wage
can be competitive with the buying power of the dollar.
Many of the 4.7 million who earn minimum wage are
teenagers working part time. However, there are also
many American families that rely on minimum wage as
their sole means of support. One person working 40
hours a week at minimum wage earns $536 a month —
The wage cannot remain at its present level for the
sake of families relying on it for a living.
The standards, and costs, of living have shot up dur-
ing the last seven years, but the mimimum wage has
The minimum wage must be raised. The cost of liv-
ing is too high for someone to live or support a family
on $3.35 per hour.
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Writer just says no to addicts
I’ve noticed that a lot of the rules
and regulations in our society seem to
say “he’s not responsible.” Ideas
concerning drug addiction seem to pre-
clude the individual’s responsibility to
control his own life.
Our society has too many convenient
little safety nets and we sometimes go
too far trying to correct things.
The idea that drug addiction is a
disease is sickening to me. There are
too many sympathizers in our society
who blame social or economic ills for
addiction to drugs, rather than the in-
dividuals who do the abusing.
I have yet to understand how anyone
can be so foolish as to inject a drug
like cocaine into their veins or snort it
up their noses. iHow can people just
destroy themselves like that?
excuse I’ve ever heard.
Heather had incredible potential. She
was a gifted artist and a talented actress.
She was moving up in the world. Then
she started heavy drug use. She faded
And yet 1 don’t blame the chemicals.
I blame her. If she had the guts to
confront the problems she was having
with her grades and her love life, maybe
she could have turned out differently.
Maybe she will. There’s always hope.
bunch of losers who have been trying
to destroy themselves.
And don’t tell me they can’t afford
it. They had enough to buy the stuff in
the first place. Drugs are not like food.
They are not necessary to sustain life.
If they had the money to spend on their
trash, then they should pay for their
AND IT’S NOT just ‘hard drugs’
that I’m talking about. I’m talking about
marijuana, tobacco and alcohol, too.
Do these people really think that their
problems will disappear if they use and
abuse this garbage?
I know I have been fortunate enough
that 1 have never had to face something
as serious as cancer or poverty. My life
hasn’t been a bed of roses either,
though. However, I have never con-
sidered using drugs to relieve the bur-
dens of reality.
A friend of mine who goes to Texas
Christian University once told me that
she did drugs because she got bored.
Not because her boyfriend did them.
Not because she was having trouble
keeping up with classes. Because she
That is probably THE most assinine
BEFORE I go on from my pulpit, 1
should inform you that I'm no tea-total-
ler. I drink. I party as hard as anyone
— we’re talking massive quantities here.
But I know my limits and I don’t go
past them. You’ll never see me driving
a car when I’m drunk. You’ll also never
see me doing crack or smoking pot.
I have no respect for people who go
to parties and use this crud to try to
impress someone. Either they don’t have
the self-discipline to say no or they don’t
have the self-esteem to think they should
Either way they are losers.
What’s worse is that our government
shells out billions of dollars a year to
straighten these people out. If these
people see that they can’t control them-
selves then they should enroll in a
PRIVATE rehabilitation program. I
don’t want my tax money spent on a
I HAVE NO pity for people over
16 years of age who do drugs.
1 have no pity for people who have
mined their lives because of drug abuse.
1 suggest that people who have his-
tories of drug abuse should not get
welfare. People who lose their jobs
because of drug use should not get
unemployment benefits. Killitig someone
while driving under the influence should
entail capitol punishment.
If somebody wants to destroy them-
selves that’s fine with me. As a matter
of fact, I wouldn’t mind legalizing chugs
if there was one regulation.
Anyone committing a violent crime
while under the influence of drugs or
alcohol should receive the death penalty.
My opposition to the legalization of
drugs borders on how to keep them from
infecting our children. They honestly
don’t know better. If there was a way
to ensure that this would not happen,
I say, “Let anyone who wants it have
it.” The sales tax from this stuff would
help lower our taxes.
Drug addiction does not come from
a disease. It comes from stupidity.
Anyone who thinks otherwise is fooling
themselves. They are trying to put an
individual’s responsibility on society
Reader says homosexual support group does not merit front page stories
I am writing in regard to the Sept. 6 issue of The North Texas Daily. I find it
hard to believe a homosexual support group warrants front page attention. Yet,
in the same issue an article on the football team’s victory over Texas Tech ends
up on page seven — with no picture. I wonder how many NT students are
really interested in gay-lesbian affairs? I think the majority of the student body
is much more intersted in the fact that UNT (a Division 1-AA team) defeated
Texas Tech (a Division 1-A team and a member of the Southwest Conference)
in Lubbock and had to come from behind to do it.
I think homosexuals have the right to have a meeting, but I don’t think it
needs to be advertised on the front page of the school paper. Is The NT Daily’s
staff so desperate for a story that an article is done on an unsanctioned group
with a handful of members who won’t even use their last names? I doubt many
NT students really care why “It is important for homosexuals to learn the gay
This is just my redneck opinion, but if you don’t think these people are sick,
check the bathrooms in the various buildings on campus (especially in Willis
I think the gay/AIDS issue gets enough media attention, and to give this
group (Courage) headline coverage is irresponsible journalism.
I don’t want the sports page moved to page one, I just want articles on
homosexual support groups moved to where they belong — back in the closet.
Student purports film is fiction - not fact
In response to your editorial "Dallas council bans film," I give the highest
praise. It makes me proud to be a journalism major in this university which has
a paper that upholds the Constitution of the United States.
But what has inspired me to write this was the letter by Yoke-lei Vong printed
in the Sept. 6 issue of The Daily. Having read many games of verbal ping-pong
between advocates and detractors of “The Last Temptation of Christ," most
of her arguments about the film have already been stated. But the line about
giving false information about Christ and saying that the film is slanderous is
the most ridiculous of them all.
“The Last Temptation of Christ” is not an historical account of the life of
Christ. That is where you are confusing this with the “Bible”. It is from a
novel written by Nikos Kazantzakis in the 1950s and adapted for the screen. At
the beginning of the film, director Martin Scorsese included a disclaimer so
people, such as yourself, would not take the film in the wrong context. It read,
“This is not based upon the Gospels. It is a fictional account about the endless
struggle against temptation.”
I haven’t heard anyone complain about any comic portrayal of Ronald Reagan
as defamation of character. I haven’t heard arguments about “Charlotte’s Web”
or “Watership Down” being false information becasue animals cannot talk.
These are, as you will agree, works of fiction. So is “The Last Temptation of
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Art lover defends display of paintings
If Dr. Olivia White considers herself a “very liberal and broadminded"
individual, then where does she get off by making a value "judgement" for
all people? She states that, “Whoever decided to and approved the showing of
Dolan Smith’s paintings, needs to know that nobody appreciates that kind of art
publically displayed ...” Dr. White, you didn’t ask me! I appreciate the fact
that there are public places where we, as free citizens, can go to see art uncensored
if we so choose. This show was censored with a small white apron_that’s
nothing compared with the alternative offered by Dr. White. Is there really an
urgent need to tell people what should and should not be looked at? Hardly. If
you don’t like it, then don’t look at it. Please don’t let that one experience keep
you from returning or fostering the belief that we need our "art" approved by
advisors before we can look at it.
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