Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, April 22, 1980, Section A, Page 4, Image 4

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Boycott aims
The front page article in a
recent Emerald brought the is
sue of infant formula abuse to
the public once again. An un
fortunate misquote at the end of
a fine article would lead people
to believe that the boycott is not
successful It is hard to believe
that a grass roots campaign,
funded by donations and ba
kesales, can take on a multina
tional food corporation, with
annual sales of $11 billion, and
be effective.
We can document that this
international boycott and the
force of public concern has re
sulted in the following victories.
1978: U S. Senate hearings
on the marketing and promotion
of infant formula; CBS Reports:
“Into the Mouths of Babes".
National Council of Churches
endorsement of the Nestle
boycott
1979: HR 4093 introduced to
regulate sale in and to develop
ing countries; WHOUNICEF
meeting, including consumer
activists and non-government
organizations in testimony for
the first time at UN delibera
tions
1980: House subcommittee
hearings on the WHOUNICEF
meeting.
These are just a few high
lights of the progress. Several
things indicate that Nestle is not
dismissing boycott actions
lightly. It has flown church
representatives (all expenses
paid) to Switzerland to talk
things over. It has greatly in
creased advertising and
coupon campaigns and
switched to the most expensive
advertising agency in New York
Enlisting the business press, it
has had the good fortune to
have the Wall Street Journal
editorialize that boycotters kill
babies, and followed this up
with Paul Harvey stating the
same lies over his national TV
spot. Although Nestle is silent
about sales, we do know that it
lost the Jarlsberg account due
to the boycott.
There is very extensive
documentation available at the
local office at 1414 Kincaid,
showing that the corporations
put profits first They will not
change marketing practices
without the economic lever of
the boycott. We urge people to
examine the infomation in our
files, to write Nestle and to par
ticipate in the activites of events
like the recent Big Business Day
(April 17th) Citizens must
develop a critical awareness of
how corporate policies work
(don't miss the film “Controlling
Interest ') so they can intel
ligently appraise the media
pronouncememts about what is
going on.
Cynthia Kokis
Eugene INFACTCLergy and
Laity Concerned
Lacks position
The other day I was looking at
the poster of Dave Eaton who is
running for ASUO president and
I was struck by the lack of men
tion of what is, to me, the most
important issue affecting
University students who are,
after all, the people an ASUO
president is supposed to ad
vocate for. I refer, of course, to
the issue of draft registration.
As you made no mention of it I
am forced to assume you favor
draft registration and the draft
that would inevitably follow it.
Please tell me if this is a wrong
assumption. If it is not then don't
run for office.
Dave Isenberg
sophomore, undeclared
Close to home
The front page story in the
Apr. 7th edition of the Emerald
was a bad example of jour
nalism. Many Emerald readers
who viewed the tragic fraternity
fire were surprised and disgust
ed at the number of mistakes in
the Emerald's coverage of the
incident.
The sensationalizing of Laur
el’s death by using the words
“slayed” and chared” was un
necessary and in bad taste,
especialy to those who knew the
victims personally.
The article stated that all of
the third floor windows of the
SAE house were destroyed, but
any passerby can see that the
windows to the third floor
sleeping porch are perfectly in
tact.
There were two typos in the
article: One repeated the word
"definitely” twice, and the other
stated that the Sigma Alpha Ep
silon house was built in 1827 —
that’s 1927.
David Steinman, who wrote
the article, obviously knew
nothing about the Greek Sys
tem, and did not bother getting
his Greek letters straight The
members of the SAE houses are
not referred to as “Epsilon
members.” And David Steil was
a former president of the Sigma
Alpha Epsilon fraternity, not the
Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Many SAE and SPE members
were probably wondering what
David Steinman (or was that
Sternam) was talking about.
Steinman did, however, in
clude more facts about the
cause of the fire and the at
tempts the fraternity members
made to save the victim than did
other media.
Still, it is evident that the
Emerald did not take much
pride in the quality of this article,
seeing how it was thrown
together on Monday s front
page. This isn’t the first time that
numerous mistakes have ap
peared in Emerald top stories.
When is the Emerald going to
learn from its faults?
The article was too important
to have so many mistakes in it,
partly because it was national
news, and partly because, for
some readers, it was all too
close to home.
Melinda Moles
senior, journalism
Cindy Wilson
senior, journalism
LuRae Devorak
sophomore, journalism
Bounced again
I normally don't write letters to
the editor very often, as a matter
of fact this is the first one I have
ever written. When it comes to
being bureaucratic, it is hard to
beat the boys who guard the
gate to the beer garden.
In the past, they have refused
to let me in because I did not
have a valid I.D. Now I am 35
years old, perhaps old enough
to be father of some of the
freshmen and sophomores. (I
am saying that if I would have
married when I was young, I
could have fathered a child who
would be around 18 today As a
matter of fact, some of the chil
dren of my classmates from the
high school days are attending
college today.)
Some common sense is
definitely needed here when it
comes to guessing age, other
wise it will be just like South
Africa where certain racial
group always have to carry an
I D. Do we really need to hang
our dog tags around our neck
all the time?
What happened at beer gar
den's door on Friday, Apr. 11th
was even uglier. A women who
appeared to be at least 25 was
refused permission by one of
the door keepers. Now, I usually
mind my own business, but I
thought it was absurd that she
should be refused permission. I
have seen her in too many bars
and have known her for at least
two years. So I politely asked the
person-in-charge if he would let
her in.
I don’t mind him saying no to
her, but I resent kind of lan
guage he used while asking me
to keep my nose out of this I D.
business. His language and
posture was rude, foul, in
timidating, hostile and belliger
ent. I felt so sickened by the
incident that I did not even go in.
Would it be too much if you
will please tell your employees
to quit playing bouncers,
because the University ain’t no
bar!
Jas Saund
free lance journalist
Narrow views
You folks all know I'm not a
big fan of Scott Bassett. He and I
differ on fundamental political
beliefs, while my old job as vice
president of administration and
finance was an apolitical, ad
ministrative job. Hence, and to
make a long story short, the
stress caused by the conflict
became such that I resigned
rather than immerse myself in it
further. Yet, regardless of my
contempt for Bassett’s middle
of-the-road politics, I feel Mark
Matassa’s (Emerald, 4-1-80) an
alysis of his administration was
narrow, biased, and damn poor
journalism.
His points were a series of
short, poorly developed, one
sided and rather selective
representations of the Bassett
administration. He seemed to
misplace the fact that we fought
like hell in the 1979 legislature
on issues of student access to
faculty evaluations, the anti
draft memorials (HJM 10 and
SJM 8), childcare and renter’s
rebate. There was the hard won
contract between the athletic
department and the ASUO. It
preserved the students 4,000
seats in Mac Court for basket
ball, provided the A-B ticket op
tion and preserved the status
quo with other sports. All this
escaped him. Why, hell, he even
missed the street faire! Marty
McKeon organized a fine event
with crafts, food and music.
Somehow even the ASUO posi
tion on the draft became a
question, even while we spent
both time and money on the
issue from the minute Bassett
took office. I could go on, but
that’s not my job.
I have no doubt about the fact
that Scooter’s administration
fell on its face a few times, but I
remember when it ran well a few
times too. I also remember how
our efforts to gain Emerald
cooperation in generating
student interest in some of our
ideas, the 80 s Conference for
example, were of little success.
There were times when the
ASUO was not even given credit
for support of causes or
projects, such as draft memor
ials. Why I even remember a
time when my testimony in the
Oregon Legislature on the draft
was covered by the Corvallis
Gazette Times and the Register
Guard (6-21-79) while never be
ing covered by the Emerald. But
then you folks are only student
journalists and we are only
student leaders. That’s col
lege...
Dennis Mohatt
junior, psychology
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