UAM Coaches Demand Sacrifice In Uniform

It disturbs me to know that just because a few people don’t like something, they feel that they have to interfere with other peoples personal lives and activities which would include a different hair style. They are interfering with peoples rights!!!!!!! You may have the best player you have ever seen, but you would sacrifice having that player on your team just because you don’t like their hair? It seems to me that some people do not respect the rights of others!

Elizabeth Westerman

UAM’s Restrooms: Potty Training For College Students

I would first like to thank D.C. Miles for stepping up and writing about this issue. As a women and an alumni student(2009), I know that the women’s bathrooms aren’t the best kept. When I leaved on campus from 2006-2009. The bathrooms in Horsfall had their issues too just like Bankston, and from what I heard from friends who lived in Royer it was just as bad there too.

One year while I was living on campus the bathrooms had gotten so bad that we all had to go to a hall meeting and talk about the bathrooms and even what you are suppose to do while you were there. To this day I can still recall some of the RA’s words about that meeting. They went into detail about the bathrooms, telling us how to flush the potty, not to spread poop or how they said it S#*% on the floor or the seats, not to leave used tampons or pads on the floor or floating in the pot. They were not impressed to have to be telling a group of 18 years and older on how to use the bathroom.

How the bathrooms are now I am not sure. But one thing that is even sadder is that when those student’s leave UAM (or another college) and go off into careers they still don’t keep the bathrooms clean.

Brittany Dean
Dallas, Texas

“Myths and Realities of Sexual Assault”

In response to: http://thevoice.uamont.edu/8-24/news/Assault

Dear Editors:

While I am appreciative of the writeup of my recent presentation at the University of Monticello at Arkansas (“Guest Speaker Points Out ‘Myths and Realities of Sexual Assault,'” I must point out two very serious errors in the story. The article listed wildly inaccurate “facts” about sexual assault and attributed them to me, namely, that 90% of women and 10% of men have experienced sexual assault, and that 98% of men and 2% of women have committed sexual assault. Those numbers are astronomically high, and I can only assume that the author was confused about the statistics I actually did give, which were that 90% of sexual assault victims are female and 10% are male, and that 98% of sexual assault perpetrators are male and 2% are female. According to most estimates, 1 in 6 women in the U.S. have experienced completed or attempted sexual assault. Though this estimate is likely conservative due to underreporting, there is no source that suggests the numbers of sexual assault are anywhere near as high as the author misreported.

The other serious error in the article concerns the list generated by the audience of things that women and men do to prevent sexual assault. The author implies that this was a list of things I personally endorsed as ways to prevent sexual assault (e.g. “dress appropriately,” “behave like a lady” (whatever that means!)). My point was absolutely not that women SHOULD do the things on that list in order to prevent sexual assault, but that they often do, every day. As a matter of fact, the majority of the things on that list will not prevent women from being sexually assaulted, and in any event are serious infringements upon their freedom (of dress, of movement, of expression, of behavior). The exercise was meant to demonstrate the numerous behavioral restrictions women feel compelled to obey in order to prevent sexual assault, and to highlight the asymmetry between that very long list with the very short (and mostly non-serious) list that the men came up with. Given that men commit the vast majority of sexual assaults, and that women comprise the majority of sexual assault victims, my suggestion was that it is both strange and unfair that women should take on such a disproportionate burden of the responsibility for avoiding sexual assault.

I cannot over-emphasize the importance of accuracy in all matters related to sexual assault. I urge you to correct these serious errors as soon as possible.

Sincerely yours,

Mary Anne Franks
Associate Professor of Law
University of Miami School of Law

Editor’s Note: This article was changed in The Voice to reflect corrections in the figures, misinterpreted by the author, about victims and perpetrators of sexual assault and other ideas falsely attributed to the speaker–specifically that she endorsed attendees’ answers as to who bears responsibility for preventing sexual assault and what women should do to prevent it.

Profanity

In response to: http://thevoice.uamont.edu/8-13/arts-entertainment/mumford

Guess it shows the age gap (I graduated Arkansas A&M in 1968) but the profanity allowed in The Voice (this week’s article Munford & Son)is unfortunate. Even cable TV “bleeps” that language out of their shows. Don’t want to get into a “freedom of speech” argument so no reply is necessary I’m just glad I don’t have to read The Voice, anymore.

John Smith