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Mass Media (Newspaper) - February 4, 1986, Boston, Massachusetts THE MASS MEDIA VOLUME 20 ISSUE 19 University of Affirmative action facing adversity by Gigi Learning to Live With Diversity was the title of a lecture given by Professor Charles V Willie of Harvard University on January 30 He addressed the pro and prospects of the Affirmative Action Program before a highly en crowd of over 50 people in the faculty club of Healey Library Charles V Willie has a sociologist and professor of education and urban studies at Harvard University since 1974 He is also the author or editor of 17 books and over 75 articles He has played key roles in school desegregation womens rights and the development of sociology as an applied discipline The lecture was the first in a series sponsored by the Institute of Black Culture at The series was coordinated in response to the growing movement to weaken affirmative action according to Wornie Reed UMB professor who is director of the in In his lecture Professor Willie initially countered claims by sociologists William Wilson and Glenn Lowery opponents of affirmative action that the program wont accomplish anything because discrimination is not the reason why Blacks are on the low end of the economic and that Blacks dont ex employment barriers in low paying menial mini HI IIH affirmative and present crowd in the faculty lounge on January 30 Drawing figures from a 1976 study of social indicators by the Civil Rights Committee Willie stated Black men make 15 to 20 percent less than white men even when the statistics are similar as to education economic history I call this the Black asserted Willie Willie also cited a national survey done by Otis and Beverly Duncan which found fifty percent of all whites with on ly an elementary employed in the most menial while the other 50 percent are employed above the menial level Eighty percent of Blacks with only an elementary education are employed in the most menial jobs while only twenty percent are employed above that menial level according to the survey If limited education constrains the kind of jobs you get the number of whites to page 2 Spacious Womens Center is open for business in Diverse programs celebrate Black achievement history by Terey Dolan and W C Plait February is Black History Month and he Institute for the Study of Black Culture at has scheduled avents throughout the month The theme of the series this year is Black tual Across the The College of Public and Community Services will be sponsoring its own series under the subheading of The African The series will be at the downtown campus and will present a Black cultural sampl said Trevor Clement member of the planning committee Black History month was conceived in the 1920s by the historian Carter G Woodson Woodson wrote that misconceptions and stereotypes are best combatted by education Many of the guest speakers will par in fora and special class lectures George Langford associate professor of biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical School will discuss his research with a freshman biology class The guest lectures are open to the public and according to Wornie Reed director of the Institute for the Study of Black Culture will broaden the UMass understanding of Black intellectual contributions Forum topics throughout the month in clude Black Economic Community Institutions and Black Political trends and The African Diaspora series at begin with Ask What You a gospel music festival featuring several black choirs on February 4 On February 13 a forum of Black ar will present Black Creativity In spiration Struggle Survival at Representing variously the fields of dance music visual arts and writing will be Holmes Eve Williams Faham sha Shariat Brandon Guillermo and Charles Pinderhughes The term diaspora refers to the disper sion of the Jews after the Babylonian cap Anita and Trevor Clement who worked to organize the program explained that the cultural dispersion of Blacks is a sad reali ty and that they hope to help Blacks and others rediscover this rich history Womens Center open by Darlene Falzarano Pub tO The Harbor Campus Womens Center after a long battle for space and funding has recently relocated to room 122 fourth floor Wheatley Hall Center staff members are looking forward to a produc tive semester in their new quarters The Womens Center Film Series Tuesdays at in the Large Science Auditorium will again be offering a varie ty of alternative films focusing on womens issues New activities planned for the spring include a four week self defense workshop a weekly bake sale in the Wheatley Hall lobby a speaker series to be cosponsored with the Womens Studies Department a program for women in athletics a weight lifting workshop and the film Pumping Iron II For International Womens Day this March the center plans to participate in the March on Washington with the Boston chapter of NOW Also a radio show devoted to womens issues is near ing production for The staff welcomes volunteers to help coor these programs and is open to sug gestions for additional programs The center offers a pleasant at for studying relaxing or eating lunch They have a refrigerator for those who would like to bring their lunches and a daily lunchtime from 111 Upcoming Womens Center events include a meeting to discuss a Mass Media Womens supplement on Thurs day February 6 at 5pm and an open house on Wednesday February 12 24pm The Student Senate at their December 29 meeting initiated the opening moves required to reestablish the services of alcohol on campus Anthony Imperioso in a revised set of alcohol guidelines and introduced a motion to resume alcohol sales The current status of alcohol on cam pus is unclear Faculty members are able to purchase alcohol at the faculty Club through Service America which has re mained insured throughout the student dry Alcohol has also been served at some receptions since the November shutdown of the Pub Chris Clifford who along with ad ministrator Jim Morris and Amherst Treasurer Mattson is investigating the feasibility of getting insurance for the Pub is uncertain whether UMB will be able to afford insurance for the Pub Im as much into having the Pub open as Clifford said noting were talking in revenues and a whole lot of jobs plus a fairly comfortable place for the students to hang Clifford feels that a statement from the senate may be a powerful way of in the student position on alcohol Of the administrations position on the reinstitution of alcohol Clifford remark ed There arent any on cam pus trying to prevent something from The main question Clifford notes is whether the University will be able to afford to purchase general liability insurance Teople think the problem is we dont liquor he said We have a license
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