Daily Trojan, Vol. 87, No. 9, September 27, 1979
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Faculty Senate to demand raises to meet inflation CONTROVERSY CONTINUES Beauty contest may not return Staff Photo by Pete Wtulich AUTUMN SONATA—With the heat of summer fading and fall on the way, some students have returned to the indoors, but Warren Haskell took advantage of the cooler temperature to serenade passers-by. or 0 Volume LXXXVI1, Number 9 University of Southern California Thursday, September 27, 1979 Youth sentenced 25 years for kidnapping of university coed » A 17-year-old youth was convicted last week and sentenced to 25 years in prison in connection with the kidnapping of a university coed. Ronald Coen, deputy district attorney, said William Blackwell was found guilty on three counts of kidnap with a firearm and two counts of armed robbery which he participated in with Steven Fields and Fields' sister. Fields was convicted last July in another incident, the murder of Rosemary Cobb, a university librarian. He was sentenced to death. Blackwell, tried as an adult dependent after being found unfit by juvenile court, will serve only 10 years, Coen said. The reduction in the sentence is the result of legal limitations and circumstances involving the crimes, Coen said. Blackwell was convicted of accompanying Fields and his sister during the kidnap and rape of three women, including a university coed, in three separate incidents, last October. He was the one who actually held the gun during the kidnapping," Coen said. Blackwell also took part in the rapes but was not convicted of them, Coen added. He was not present, hoyvever, at the Cobb incident. Coen said. (Continued on page 11) By Brandon Bailey Assistant City Editor The Faculty Senate resolved Wednesday to demand salary increases for next year that will provide complete compensation for inflationary increases in the cost of living. The resolution asks for the maximum funds available under next year's federal wage and price guidelines. The guidelines for next year (1980-81) are expected to be released shortly, in Washington, D.C. Presidential guidelines tor 1979-80 set maximum salary increases at 7%. The national consumer price index rose by a total of more than 11% over the last twelve months. In last year's tightly-balanced operating budget, the university awarded a 5% increase in faculty salaries from general funds, with an additional 1% increase authorized to be awarded at the discretion of individual deans from their departmental budgets. The resolution calls on the university to make an increase in faculty salaries its highest priority, over all other spending programs, including the hiring of new faculty. The senate employment and remunerations committee feels the university will have the necessary funds to meet the salary request, but it will be necessary to divert these funds from other spending, said Donald Lewis, chairman of the committee and the psychology department. Lewis also called the resolution a "truth-in-labeling" measure, since the resolution uses the term "salary decrease" to refer to any amount which is not sufficient to keep salaries current with increases in the cost of living, as measured for the Los Angeles-Long Beach area. The resolution asks thajt all additional funds for faculty salaries be allocated on a uniform scale. All faculty are asked by the resolution to boycott any salary increase based on merit until all salaries are adjusted to compensate for inflation. Other university constituencies are also mentioned in the resolution and asked to withhold requests for additional funding until the faculty salary demand has been met. In a recent address to the faculty, outgoing President John R. Hubbard acknowledged that the university had been "embarrassed by its inability this year to give significant salary increases in a period of double digit inflation. . . dictating the decision that next year all other budgetary demands, including academic enrichment, must give way to compensation levels reflective of the cost of living.” University to sell villa, ranch property donations By Richard Bonin Staff Writer The university is selling two pieces of property it received as donations worth over $1 million total. George E. Isaacs, a real estate investor, donated a 130-acre ranch in Northern California to the university in December 1977, said Mike Preston, director of property management. The ranch is listed for $575,000 and includes a home, cabins, barns, corrals, a riding ring, swimming pool and a stocked trout pond. There are also hunting rights for game including Whitetail deer, black bears and bobcats on the surrounding 12,000 acres, according to an advertisement in Safari Club International, a journal for hunters. There are no prospective buyers yet, Preston said. The university was also given a villa in Acapulco, Mexico in 1977. Preston said the university is close to finding a buyer for the $450,000 villa, which is located near the Pacific Ocean. Preston did not know any other details about the villa. After the California ranch is sold, the university will use the money to help pay for the construction of the new architecture building, Preston said. He said the money gained from selling the Acapulco villa will be invested in the university, but he did not know how. Preston visited the ranch "to make sure it was real," he said. He said that no one else from the university has visited the ranch which, until sold, is being maintained by a caretaker. The university has also hired a caretaker for the Acapulco property. No one from the university has visited it, Preston said. (Continued on page 11) By Jill Richards Staff Writer The Helen of Troy beauty contest will probably not return. The Row Run published an article stating the contest will be brought back with University Village as its sponsor. But University Village and the Panhellenic office have denied the contest's revival. We haven't heard a thing about this. As far as Panhellenic's position goes, we feel that the Greek community has not sanctioned this and we will not support the idea at this time," said JoAnn Boss, Panhellenic president. The contest, a former university tradition held around Homecoming time, was abolished in 1972 due to controversial issues surrounding the last contest. When a black woman was nominated in 1972, the Row withdrew its support of the contest because there had already been a black queen in 1968, said an administrative source, who wished to remain anonymous. "The judging committee and the audience just put her (the black nominee) through hell. They made her do degrading things just because she was black," she said. The idea of bringing the contest back is "absolutely archaic. It's misleading to women because they buy into the false honor of being beauty contest winner," the administrator said. 'The women (nomin front of the judges in subjected to all sorts > the male audience.' That reasoning is totally degrading to women," she added. She said the pageant's audience was all male. "The women (nominees) had to parade in front of the judges in swim suits and were subjected to all sorts of rude comments from the male audience. "It was like a meat show. It was so obscene," she said. Other administrative sources seemed non-committal toward bringing the contest back. "If the students want the contest brought back, then we should consider that. It's really up to what the students want," said Robert Mannes, dean of Student Affairs. Other administrators are not concerned over the issue because it happened so long ago, said another administrator who wanted to remain unnamed. He said discriminatory issues were raised ees) had to parade in swim suits and were rude comments from in the contest due to the general social and racial unrest of the 60s and 70s. "Even if the contest were to be revived, the administration doesn't feel there would be the same racial problems because our attitude towards other races has improved somewhat," he said. "The idea is ridiculous," said Irma Castro, student senate member. "It reverses all attempts by the Equal Rights Amendment and other women's rights movements to recognize women as individuals rather than sex objects," she said. Staff Photo by Richard Levitt OPEN WIDE—Students in the School of Dentistry volunteered free visual screening exams Tuesday and Wednesday to all students, faculty and staff through a Mobile Clinic.
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