COMPUTER LABS STALLED IN PLANNING PHASE

by Naruth Phadungchai

Daily Cougar Staff

A proposal that would provide for two new full-service computer labs was endorsed by the Undergraduate Council Wednesday after a brief discussion.

The new labs would help relieve some of the congestion at the only open-access 24-hour lab on campus – the computer lab in the Social Work Building.

"The council was in favor of having computer labs with extended hours for students," said Professor of Biochemistry and council member Horace Gray.

In its list of goals for the next six years, the council stated that it wants to "create at least two more general purpose, extended-hours computer labs." These labs are tentatively slated for implementation in 1996.

The central computer lab is open 24 hours, except Saturday and Sunday, when it closes from midnight to 8 a.m.

Although several colleges have their own computer labs, they are open only to students within those schools. Suresh Henry, a senior electrical engineering student, was manning the front desk the computer lab in the Social Work Building late Thursday morning while several students were waiting to use the computers.

"It's like this at the end of the semester," he said. "There's about a hundred and twenty people here. It stays this way until the end of the day. It's very busy, usually … it's never empty."

The central site has 45 Macintosh computers, 50 terminals and 29 PCs. The majority of the students were waiting to use the Macs, and there was a long list of names on that waiting list.

Fewer students needed to use the other computers. "For PCs and terminals, it's on a first-come-first-served basis," Henry said.

Another problem is that there are not enough printers to handle the load during peak-demand periods. The lab has six dot-matrix printers that serve both the Macs and PCs. There is only one laser printer, and it is dedicated to the Macs.

Henry said the lab will get a laser printer for the PCs soon, "Lots of people want the professional look (that only the laser printers can deliver)."

The shortages have frustrated several students. Henry said, "Several times students are dissatisfied with things and take (their frustrations) out on (the staff)."

Henry said the number of students decreases after 9 p.m. and increases again at about 5 or 6 p.m. in the morning.

The plans for the additional computer labs are in the early planning stages. The council has yet to determine exactly how to fund them. Moreover, council members continued to debate the feasibility of new labs and extended hours.

Professor of journalism and council member Ted Stanton said, he did not have enough information and statistics about the overflow of students in the computer labs.

That feeling was echoed by another council member, Professor of geoscienes Rosalie Maddocks.

She and other members at the meeting acknowledged an editorial column that appeared in the May 4 issue of the Daily Cougar. The column addressed the inconvenience of the computer lab being closed on Sunday nights.

At the same meeting the council also discussed briefly the search for the next provost. chair of the council, Sam Quintero, told council members only four candidates remained. They are John George, Luis Proenza, Judith Stiehm and Henry Trueba.

Trueba was invited back for a second interview on Monday. He is the only finalist asked back for a second interview.

Trueba is currently the dean of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. George is provost at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Proenza is serving as acting vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Alaska. Stiehm is a political science professor at Florida International University.

The next chairman of the council was elected at Wednesday's meeting. Professor Quintero won out against Professors Horace Gray and Richard Kasschau. Quintero will serve during the 1994—95 academic year.

 

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DEFUSING SEXUAL HARASSMENT

by Marlene Yarborough

News Reporter

Questions were answered and instruction given on how to handle sexual harassment on a college campus, during a recent UH workshop.

The class was hosted by Mary MacKenzie, from the Office of Affirmative Action and Ray Lenart, a representative of the Office Of Counseling and Testing. The Office of Affirmative Action was established at UH to help eradicate any type of sexual harassment.

The Office of Affirmative Action defines sexual harassment as any unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors. Advances can be classified as verbal or written comments.

There are two forms of sexual harassment. First, "quid pro quo," a legal term defining a situation where a favor is asked for, is used in cases when employment or educational decisions are influenced by a person's willingness to grant sexual favors.

The second form of sexual harassment is labelled "hostile environment." This occurs when verbal or non-verbal behavior focuses on the sexuality of another person, and is unwanted and unwelcome. In a hostile environment, the situation becomes severe enough to adversely affect the working or learning environment.

Two key words to look for when defining a harassment situation are "unwanted" and "uninvited." "Your instincts are probably right. If it enters your mind, could this be sexual harassment, then it probably is," MacKenzie said.

She said most people do not realize they have been sexually harassed until after the situation is over. Sexual harassment generally occurs when there is a disparity of power. It is not always intentional. Men also can be sexually harassed. A common theme found in the majority cases is that most of the incidents go unreported, said MacKenzie.

Some of the reasons victims do not report harassment are fear of losing their job or classroom advancement, fear of not being considered a team player, fear of being called over-sensitive and fear of not being believed.

Sexual harassment among peers is a problem on most university campuses. Other behaviors that indicate this type of harassment are: threats or bribes for unwanted sexual activities; suggestive words or gestures; ogling or leering; insulting and belittling a person with sexual ridicule; letters and phone calls of a sexual nature; and describing what sexual acts they would like to engage in with that person.

MacKenzie listed five techniques for dealing with a harassment situation. First, try telling the offender you want them to stop the offensive behavior. Second, she recommended adopting a "Miss Manners" approach. Reply to the offenders remarks with, "I beg your pardon?" or "Excuse me?" Third, do not answer the offender's personal questions. Next, try sending a copy of UH's Sexual Harassment Policy. Harassees can also write a letter to the offending party.

UH has its own sexual harassment policy. There is pre-complaint counseling, and as a final step, any individual may file a formal complaint. If you are having a problem with sexual harassment, you should call the Office of Affirmative Action at 743—8835. Other options available are to talk with the campus police, a department chairperson, the dean of students or a supervisor.

 

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FIRST ANNUAL NOTEBOOK AWARDS

Dan celebrates his rookie semester with a few choice picks from the spring lineup

by Daniel Scholl

Daily Cougar Staff

Well, the spring semester is over and almost all of the spring sports are finished. Considering the fact that I wrote an article about every intercollegiate sport that takes place in the spring, it is time for the <B>First Annual Dan's Notebook Spring Sports Awards<P>.

The competition was tough in most categories (it was tougher coming up with the categories), but I feel that I found the best.

<B>Male Athlete of the Semester<P>: Sheddric Fields. This was a close one between Tim Moore, Ubeja Anderson and Fields. Fields is a member of the men's track and field team and has automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in the long jump, 100-meter dash and is a member of the qualifying 400-meter relay team.

<B>Female Athlete of the Semester<P>: And the award goes to … Dawn Burrell. This was the closest award. It came down to Pat Luckey and Burrell. Both had outstanding seasons but the better fortunes of the track team was the deciding factor. As unfair as that is, oh well. Burrell is on the Women's track and field team and has provisionally qualified for the NCAA's in the long jump. She is also looking to qualify in the 100-meter hurdles.

<B>Rookie of the Year<P>: This one was a toss up. I could have made a joke about the movie or former-interim golf coach Rookie Dickenson. Instead the award goes to freshman sensation Pat Luckey of the women's basketball team.

As a frosh she led the team in scoring (19 ppg) rebounding (8.7 rpg), showed poise throughout the season and was named to the U.S. Olympic Festival team.

<B>Longest Walk to the Mound:<P> Baseball head coach Bragg Stockton in a landslide. Dr. Stockton can warm up three pitchers in the time it takes him to lift his starter.

<B>Most Sunflower Seeds Eaten in a Baseball Game<P>: The press box. Now I know that this is supposed to be about athletes, but sunflower seeds and baseball go hand-in-hand and it just seems like we ate more than anyone else. After all, you have to do something to get through those doubleheaders on Saturdays.

<B>The Bobby Knight Award<P>: This year it goes to that perennial favorite – Tony Barone. The A&M head coach rips his clothing off as soon as the calls get close. He's gets quite vocal about the same time. If we had a name game category he would have won that too. (You pronounce his last name Baronee.)

<B>The Betty Ford Award<P>: This goes to the Golf team who rehabilitated from the loss of their coach mid-season to finish third in the SWC.

<B>The Couldn't Get a Worse Opponet in the First Round of a Southwest Conference Championship Award<P>: The tennis team gets this distinction for being forced to face defending national champion Texas in the first round of the SWC Tennis Tournament.

<B>The Coolest Poster Award<P>: This goes to the Men's Basketball team for their "City Ball" poster where they … well they just look cool.

<B>The Energizer Award<P>: This years winner has to be the women's basketball team, hands down. They had so many injuries that they could only suit up seven players. Yet they remained competitive throughout the entire year.

<B>The Let Freedom Ring Award<P> goes to the swimming team. Against Texas Christian, they won all the freestyle events in what was their best performance of the year.

<B>The Easiest Name To Make A Pun Out Of In A Headline<P>: A hands down decision was given to Anthony Goldwire. This award is good as gold.

Well, those are my awards. If anyone feels left out I'm sorry, but you're taking this much too seriously. I had fun here in my first semester as a sports writer and I hope things only get better from here on. So, to my legions of fans, from all of us here at Dan's Notebook, so long and I'll see you during the summer.

 

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TRACK TEAM SHOOTING FOR RECORDS

by Daniel Scholl

Daily Cougar Staff

For seniors on the track and field team this weekend will be something special – their last meet in Robertson Stadium.

Unless you're Carl Lewis or Leroy Burrell, of course.

They will be joining the rest of the Houston team Saturday at noon when Robertson Stadium hosts the Houston Mizuno Invitational.

Unfortunately, the high profile meet coincides with finals and is close to the Southwest Conference meet.

"After (the) conference (meet) this is definitely a down time," head coach Tom Tellez said.

"We don't know how we'll do. I told the kids, 'get your grades and papers in.' "

He added that it should be a relaxed weekend and despite the end of the term they might do well because of the laid-back atmosphere.

"What ever we do will be fine," he said.

Assistant Coach Diane Howell, who heads up women's distance events, echoed Tellez.

"If it's going to be hot and humid, I don't expect to do real well," she said. "But I think they're all looking forward to running their last meet in the stadium."

NCAA qualifier Sheddric Fields indicated that he has no intention of holding back.

"I'm ready, we're all ready," he said. "(The 400-meter relay team) is going to try to go 38 (seconds) in the relay. In the long jump I can hopefully break the 27-foot barrier. These are my goals for this week."

The relay team will be facing stiffer competition than it has this year, something that Fields has said will make the team run faster. They should get that chance this weekend.

The competition will also be raised a notch with the presence of Lewis and Burrell. Both run with the Santa Monica Track Club and graduated from Houston. Earlier this season Burrell and Lewis' 800—meter relay team set a new world record.

 

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A BUFFALO SOLDIER

Marley's death left a legacy of inspired music

Scott Sparks

 

Wednesday, May 11 will mark the 23rd anniversary of the death of <B>Bob Marley<P>.

Marley's battle with cancer was well known, but at the young age of 36, his family lost a loving father and husband. In addition, the world of music lost the king of Reggae music.

Marley's fame began to spread in his homeland of Jamaica in the mid-'60s when he formed his backing band <B>The Wailers<P>. His music first came to America by way of a cover version from Johnny Nash with "Stir it Up." Marley's big break in America came in 1975 with his first album <I>Natty Dread<P>. It featured the classic "No Woman, No Cry."

In the five years that followed, Marley enjoyed international acclaim with successful tours in Europe and the United States. His musical influence lives on today through the sounds of <B>Third World, Inner Circle<P>, <B>Big Mountain<P> and his own son <B>Ziggy Marley<P>.

Miscellany: A couple of months ago there were some promising signs that the <B>J. Geils Band<P> would be reuniting for a new album and tour, but former lead singer <B>Peter Wolf<P> decided to continue his solo touring for the time being. Stay tuned on this one.

<B>Sting<P> will be doing some guest backing vocals on the new <B>Vanessa Williams<P> CD … <B>Arrested Development<P> has been doing some recording in San Marcos and Austin. Expect a new CD June 14.

You've probably heard by now that <B>Andy Fletcher<P> has decided not to tour this summer with fellow bandmates. It seems to be no big deal. You see 'Fletch' is the closest thing that <B>Depeche Mode<P> has to a manager, and he plans to go back to London and take care of some long-overdue work for the band.

Eighties hitmaker <B>Naked Eyes<P> will have a "best of-" CD due out in a few days titled <I>Promises, Promises-The Very Best of Naked Eyes … <P> Here we go again. MCA has scheduled <B>Boston<P>'s <I>Walk On<P>, the long-awaited, constantly bumped back CD, for June 7. I won't hold my breath.

On a guaranteed note, <B>Public Enemy<P>, <B>Roxette<P>, <P>Joan Jett & The Blackhearts<P> and the <B>Spin Doctors<P> all should have new albums out by mid-June.

As you have probably guessed, <B>Pink Floyd<P> has been the number one concert draw for the past month averaging over four million dollars a week.

<B>Morrissey<P> will reschedule his tour because he has decided to "recast" certain players in the band. Look for new concert dates in about four weeks … <B>Little Feat<P> has a new singer, Ms. <B>Shaun Murphy<P>.

<B>John Mellencamp<P> has a new marriage, a new baby boy, a new manager and a new CD coming out in mid-summer called <I>Dance Naked.<P>

Happy Birthdays This Week: <B>Ray Parker Jr.<P> 40;<B> Larry Gatlin<P>, 46; <B>Prescott Niles<P> (The Knack), 40; <B>Jo Callis<P> (Human League), 42; <B>Steve Jones<P> (Sex Pistols), 39; <B>Christopher Cross<P>, 43; J<B>ames Brown<P>, 66; <B>Jacob Miller<P> (Inner Circle), 38; <B>Randy Travis, 35; Ian McColloch<P>, 36; and <B>Bob Seger<P>, 49.

Sparks is a Houston disc jockey for radio station 104.1 FM KRBE.

 

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ROBERTS SAYS HE DESERVED GRADE CHANGE

by Adam King and

Tiffany Vaughner

Daily Cougar Staff

Austin Community College Vice President for Academic Affairs Dale Gares said Houston football player David Roberts acted properly when he refused to take his English professor's version of the final exam.

Instead, Roberts was allowed to take a different final administered by the chair of the English Department, Hazel Ward. He was given a C in the 1993 summer English composition course despite the fact that Professor Richard Manson had already given him an F.

ACC has a policy that allows the changing of a student's grade without notifying the professor.

"The student took the final under the same conditions as the other students in the class," Gares said. "When Roberts went to take the exam, he saw it was different from the exam was used in the other classes, so he did not attempt to take it.

"He went directly to the head of the department and asked her for help."

Roberts, a sophomore offensive lineman, claimed that Manson overstepped his bounds in the requirements he set for the students, including straying from the department syllabus guidelines.

"He (Manson) added stuff to the final when it was a departmental final," Roberts said. "I don't think I tried to take it because I couldn't do his instructions. I was overwhelmed looking at them and trying to figure out what to do.

"The system is hard enough to get through and he made it harder."

Roberts said the students were told to throw away the department's test instructions and use Manson's revised instruction sheet.

Manson said his actions were justified and he was just following the guidelines outlined in the syllabus.

"Every professor here is supposed to follow (the syllabus) to the letter," he said. "(The department heads) told me my requirements exceeded the syllabus when in fact they do not. They clarify the syllabus."

Manson's class was geared toward finding the four examples of "aims and modes" in various essays. The department's version of the final called for two examples and Manson's version asked the students to find all the "aims and modes."

"This particular series of questions (the department's version) has always resulted in a disastrous essay," said Manson, who has taught at ACC for more than 11 years. "I developed a set of guidelines to help the student know what they're supposed to do. I tell the students prior to the test what to look for."

Manson said three other students in the class and one who had earlier withdrawn from the class also filed complaints about his teaching with the department. All three of those students took Manson's final.

Roberts had written a letter Aug. 4 describing his complaints about Manson and delivered it to department coordinator Paula Robertson Rose on Aug. 5, the day of the final. The letter was brought to the attention of Ward, and Roberts was allowed to take the other final.

As a result of the complaints, Manson was brought before Ward and was read a list of changes to his policy that he must abide by. His course load was also reduced by two-thirds.

"One, my standards were too high and I needed to lower them," Manson said. "Two, I shouldn't indicate all the mistakes on a student's paper, only a finite number of mistakes. Three, that I shouldn't require students to revise their entire paper.

"Four, I must maintain a retention rate of better than 50 percent. The guidelines for Paper Seven (the final class assignment) exceeded guidelines and had to be revised. Finally, my tone in class was one of negativity."

Five students remained on the day of the final from a class that began with 21. Manson said students who didn't show up or withdrew from class accounted for the drop. Roberts said Manson drove them off because of his practice of returning papers two or three times to be corrected with new corrections on each return and telling students they would fail his course.

Manson denied the latter accusation.

"I'm not an ogre. I love students and I love teaching," he said. "I don't berate people one way or another inside or outside of class."

Manson said Roberts had found an easy way to pass his course and exploited it.

"The other students worked with the system. David found a way to get around the system," Manson said. "I bend over backwards for my students."

Manson added that Roberts is what he calls "a casualty … of a system that allows this to happen" and said outside sources might have been responsible for the test switching.

"This whole thing has been set up from the beginning by whoever has been involved," he said. When pressed, Manson would not go into detail about who he thought could have forced the English Department to make the switch.

But Manson has requested documents from the Attorney General's office detailing telephone calls and correspondence between the UH Athletic Department and ACC under the Open Records Act.

UH won't release the documents, claiming an exemption under the Buckley Amendment, which protects a student's right to privacy.

"He's grasping at anything he thinks is there and trying to keep himself from looking like a fool," Roberts said.

Janice Hilliard, UH AD for academic affairs, said that because the decision on releasing correspondence between ACC and UH is still pending, she could not give details on what the correspondence contained.

She could only confirm receiving a copy of Roberts transcript.

"The information that we received from ACC was the grade the student made in that class and that was on a transcript," she said. "I think the questions ought to be that this instructor is upset because the college has reduced his course load, and the fact that … the coordinator who David talked to and who administered the exam and gave him that grade was a coordinator."

Gares stressed that ACC was not coerced into making their decision by UH or anyone else. He also said that ACC makes no distinction between student-athletes and other students.

"When I went to the supervisor, (my mother and I) had no idea what she was going to do," Roberts said. "We had no clue. We went in there and did what she told me to do."

Gares explained that the way the grading system is set up, a student must turn in a minimum of seven papers to take the final. These papers must then be accepted by the instructor. Roberts brought his seventh paper to Manson at his home on the day of the final and was given approval to take the exam.

Manson said he doesn't blame Roberts for the controversy.

"My problem is with the ACC," he said. "The previous board meeting, one board member said there is no reason for a student to fail. This is a very dangerous statement.

"(Students) would have no incentive to learn, to pass. It's indicative of what's wrong with education. I'm not at odds with David at all. He was probably dragged into this unwillingly."

When the story was first published, there was some concern from the Athletic Department that the story was biased toward Manson and against Roberts.

Athletic Director Bill Carr issued a statement that read:

"We are disturbed by the article regarding a Cougar football player that was printed in the May 4 issue of the Daily Cougar. We think that it was unfair to the young man and his family, as well as to the University of Houston.

"We think that the story is misleading and has embarrassed a student unnecessarily in a very public manner for an incident that was completely approved by the institution where it took place.

"The University of Houston is embarrassed by this because the story implies that it occurred here and no one at the University of Houston had anything to do with it. We hope that in the future, the Daily Cougar will approach this type of story in a more prudent manner."

Roberts said the situation has resurfaced at the wrong time.

"Everybody thinks it's the truth now," he said. "This has stamped me. I don't need all this while I'm trying to study for finals."

 

 

 

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