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The Maroon ESTABLISHED 1923 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1994 VOL. 73 NO. 9 Loyola University New Orleans Staff member reprimanded for alleged battering By PETER REICHARD Editor in Chief David Johnson, technical director for the drama department, was formally reprimanded by the university earlier this week for allegedly battering Robin Sidney Kirk, drama senior, a month ago. Meanwhile, according to drama students, the sentiment in the department is that Johnson is being chastised for what was, in actuality, a negligible incident."Our concern is that this has gotten blown out of proportion," said Zac Sieffert, drama/communications junior.In a letter sent to administrators, faculty and the Maroon, Kirk claimed that on Sept. 24 Johnson grabbed her by the overalls and dragged her from the stairwell through the doorway of Lower Depths Theater during rehearsals for Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus. A written reprimand of Johnson signed by Robert Rowland, dean of Arts and Sciences, states that Johnson's actions were "egregious beyond the pale of what is acceptable in an academic and educational setting." Johnson contends that he moved Kirk for safety reasons. He said that the actors were about to come through that doorway for practice. "She was backstage in the doorway," Johnson said. "She could have been run over by [the actors]." He would not comment any further. Sieffert said that it was appropriate for Johnson to move Kirk through the doorway. "Teachers should not touch students except for under certain circumstances, and this was one of them," he said. Rebecca Crossland, drama senior and stage manager for Frankenstein, called the incident "minor." She said that Johnson would not have used violent force against a student and that Kirk's accusation is rooted in personal feelings against Johnson before the incident occurred. "The basis of the charge (of battery) is not what happened backstage," Crossland said. "There's no way I can take [Kirk's charges] seriously." Kirk declined to comment. "1 really don't want to be any part of this article at all. My personal safety is in jeopardy." OUR NEIGHBORS By TODD CARROLL Edwin Robertson has been selling produce and vegetables with his brother-in-law for the past five years. He agrees that crime in the Uptown area along the Freret busline is out of control and affects business. Freret St. links Loyola to poverty By MICHELLE HUDSON News Editor Edwin Robertson, 69, is what most New Orleanians would call "good people." He has been helping a brother-in-law operate a produce business out of a truck for five years. Robertson has also helped the police department. "I've been on television before," he said. "Done witness murders and robberies and I tell the people what I know." Robertson's brother-in-law owns Milburn and Son, located on the corner of LaSalle Street and Jackson Avenue. The crime that Robertson reports is not uncommon to New Orleans and it is prevalent in neighborhoods surrounding the Regional Transit Authority's Freret bus route. Part of the route lies directly behind Loyola. If you board the bus at Broadway Avenue and Freret Street, its starting point, you notice the clean, middle class Uptown area. As the bus proceeds along its scheduled route to Canal Street, the neighborhoodneighborhood changes. You see the dirty, lower class Uptown area, which is congested with abandon buildings and civic neglect. Many oul-of-state students come to Loyola unaware of the neighborhoods extending from the Freret bus boundaries. Students are usually advised to travel on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, which runs down upper, middle and lower class areas. However, the majority of the lower class portion is hidden by mansions and hotels in the Garden District, which spans from Jackson Avenue to Louisiana Avenue, along St. Charles Avenue. Therefore, students are either shocked or frightened when they discover the poverty that exists, not really in New Orleans, but in such close proximity, off the Freret bus route. A lot of students purchase goods at some of the businesses along Freret Street, like The Sitting Duck, Domino's Pizza or Dunbar's Fine Foods. The merchants acknowledge the high crime rate for the area along the Freret bus route and see it as a challenge to their business. Celestine Dunbar, owner, tries to give her customers the best service possible, despite the restaurant's location. "We're trying to keep the environment around the place as appealing as possible," she said. "That's hard with all the crime going on." Dunbar's has been open for 10 years, but Freret Street was a thriving shopping area, similar to Canal Street, fewer than 35 years ago. There is an old parking lot that was created for shoppers at the Napoleon Avenue stop on the bus line. Patrick Jones, 53, an Uptown resident, said he used to enjoy riding the Freret bus to Canal Street, but now refuses to travel downtown because of the violence immersed in the neighborhoods along the bus line. "Yes, I still gets out, but not often. The kids so bad and crime [has] increased steadily. 1 can't run no mo', so I just don't go anywhere," he said. Jones' fear is validated by the fact that gunshots can be heard almost every night in the area descending the bus line. City College to expand its programs with new grant By MICHELLE HUDSON News Editor City College serves 93 students through their Off-Campus Learning Program, but now with a $289,214 grant from the United States Department of Commerce, the school can expand the program as well as others. The Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program grant is matching monies to install video tele-conferencing and electronic mail. The money will also be used to donate computer to literacy programs through Louisiana. "I'm very excited about [the grant]. It will give us a big technological leap forward in our distant learning program because we will be able to have computer conferencing systems with our distant learning students," said Julianne Maher, City College dean. Currently, Loyola conducts registration, advising, examination and class lectures through the mail for OCLP students. The TIIAP grant will enable these students to interact with the university using e-mail. The video tele-conferencing program will not only serve the students, but faculty as well. According to Maher, there are only five nursing instructors. They travel from New Orleans to Baton Rouge to teach classes. The faculty begins to feel over worked after a while. "For them to keep driving back and forth, it is very time consuming and draining for them," Maher said. "So, part of the advantage of the video conferencing center is to save wear and tear on the faculty,"However, City College may not use the grant until April. The college must come up with $176,000 from a third source, possible someone in the private sector. Loyola has already pledged to allocate $109,000. If City College does not collect the money by April, the grant will be decreased and City College must redevelop their plan. "We would have to cut back on some of the equipment and projects that we have. But they've told us we can talk with them about that," Maher said. She added that students will not be charged for the new equipment. Maher also said that City College has not chosen a contractor to purchase computers. See FRERET, Pg. 4 BJ RTA holds stories of neighborhood's crime Team Spirit m Women Basketball I J I Gw team displays hard I jjr work and strength. Yellow Journalism Scandals public's gossip.
|Masthead||The Maroon Vol. 73 No. 9|
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