Wednesday, July 13, 1977

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Mass Media (Newspaper) - July 13, 1977, Boston, Massachusetts The Mass Media Volume 12 Number 5 The University of Massachusetts July A First Second Edition Printed Thousand Medias Trashed by RobertG Nichols Last Wednesday afternoon the floors of the science building elevators were found covered with shredded copies of the June 6 Mass Media It was later discovered that ex cept for the copies in The Mass Media office nearly every single copy had been removed from the Park Square and Harbor Cam puses That morning copies of The Mass Media were delivered to UMB It is difficult to say how many were taken on Wednesday afternoon but estimates place the number at about Because so many copies were taken Alice Cutler the EditorinChief of The Mass Media decided to have another edition of that issue printed up The second edition was distributed Monday morning by hawkers to ensure these were not spirited away Considerable controversy had been stirred up by the June 6 issue Bobby Page the CPCS correspondent received a number of irate phone calls that afternoon about his commentary There was also a controversial news story which many people feel was the reason the papers were taken Because the shredded papers were found only in the Science Building where The Mass Media offices are located the staff feels that the gesture was intended as a message to them Ms Cutler stated that the incident reminded her of a scene from The Godfather where a fish is wrapped in a newspaper and delivered as a warning She noted wryly I think someone is trying to tell us Asked if the message would deter The Mass Medias investigative reporting Ms Cutler replied Officially we only have our suspicions about who did it But she continued It is our responsibility to report inappropriate activities at UMB If this prank did not cost the students and University so much money it would be laughable Shredded copies of The Mass Media in on of the Science Building ELE VATORS photo by Stephanie Romanes The Second Edition ss Media something you might expect of high school The new director of the SAC agreed It must have been a bunch of he said ViceChancellor Tubbs said that such behavior at a University is deplorable He did not know who did it but he did have his suspicions I hear rumbles even up John Larner the Director of Public Relations for UMB remarked that a similar incident occurred five years ago The papers were found in a vacant lot after a few days The shuttle bus drivers had noticed that the papers were missing from the Park Square Campus It usually takes the students a few days to take all the copies One bus rider had noticed a large number of newspapers flying around outside the Campus Wednesday afternoon I didnt think anything of it at the she said But since she heard about the missing and she believes it was hundreds of Mass Metft she saw being blown down Boulevard New Womens Center Offensive Focus Is On Politics by Janet Diamond The Womens Center is in the process of radical change Responding to crisis in abor tion and gay rights the groups members are planning an allout compaign to fight what one woman growing anti woman antigay back lash that is sweeping the The call to action is the result of a series of meetings taking place over the Two issues fairly jumped out of the newspapers and begged to be acted upon abortion and gay rights summer The meetings are being run in a style mised by many feminist groups with success This is a loosely organized nonhierarchical style in which each member is encouraged to participate and voice her opinions and offer suggestions While a minimal amount of group leader ship has been necessary to assist the smooth flow of thatleadership is often spontaneously bounced from one woman to another One of the vehicles used to achieve the lateral flow of energy and ideas is the circle technique used in con sciousness raising groups A topic and series of quesitons is presented Each woman is given in turn an opportunity to express her opinion on the topic while answering the questions The questions at these meetings are usually framed in personal language For in stance at the last meeting each woman was asked What needs does the Center fill for you and What would you tike to see the Womens Center accomplish next year The personal approach not only extracted honest and well thought out responses it also seemed to unite the members with the bond of shared feelings The effect of this method of approaching the task has galvanized this group of people into com mitment and action far more efficiently than previous attempts using impersonal rhetoric and oratory Perhaps the most significant develop ment to emerge from these meetings so far has been the focus on politics Up to now the Womens Center has focused most of its energies on solidifying its own structure This has involved membership drives com piling of referral files and hunting up fur niture and books to name a few activities Now however the members feel the Center is internally developed enough to begin tur ning their attention to outside issues Once the general goal of political in volvement was decided upon the specific goals followed easily Two issues fairly jum ped out of the newspapers and begged to be acted upon abortion and gay rights After a small amount of discussion these two issues m were agreed upon as being top priority The group agreed that more than two issues would weaken the impact the group could make on those issues selected The diversity of interest between gay rights and abortion rights was said by one member to strengthen the internal bonds in the Womens Center by showing that While all women do not have the same needs few gay women need abortions few women who need abortions are all women can work together for the increased freedom of The main reason for selecting these issues was not their marketability nor their ideological comolementalitv It was their crucial and immediate need for defense Bills have been submitted to the State Legislature which will have a tremendous effect on the rights of individuals to exercise their sexual choices in all areas For the gay community Womens Center will become active in gay rights and abortion photo by Deborah Karacozian legislation allowing homosexual legal protec tion from harasrnent is in committee now A bill outlawing all previous laws which prohibit private sexual acts between con senting adults has been defeated already Several other bills involving housing and em ployment are being presented soon On the abortion front the freedom to choose childbirth is being chipped away in a series of Supreme Court decisions and legislative acts Already women under 18 have a next to impossible chance of ob taining an abortion without parental con sent Now Medicaid payments for abortion are being threatened This will leave most poor women without safe legal access to abortion Although these issues have little surface commonality they both involve a persons right to decide the particular direction her or his sexuality is going to These wor ds by one participant summed up the unanimous feeling of the group The group will meet again in two weeks Three more meetings are planned before school starts in September By that time ac cording to Kathy Gerard one of the Centers spokes women We should be ready to act swiftly and clearly towards attacking tnese two jeopardized areas of womens Hopefully others on compus will join I For the remainder of the summer the Womens Center is calling upon sutdents to write to their state representative supporting two bills which will be coming up for a vote in the next two weeks The Medicakl fund ing for abortion will be voted on as part of the budget in August House Bill 3676 which will make discrimination against homosexuals in public employment illegal will also be voted on soon Tables will be set up around campus with petitions and in formation on how to contact your state representatives for the next few weeks Members of the Womens Center will be available to assist concerned students in voicing their opinions on these issues