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THE LOYOLA MAROON LOYOLA UNIVERSITY, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA 70118 NOVEMBER 20,1987 VOLUME 66, NO. 12 HOMELESS: URBAN PLIGHT Photo by David Crumrine N.O. struggles to solve problems of homeless By Chuck Lee News Editor For countless Americans, walking the streets with no place to turn is a reality. Meals come from begging, stealing or patronizing local soup kitchens, and protection from the elements can mean a cardboard box. Such is the plight of the homeless in the United States, and with the particularly hard-hit New Orleans economy, the situation here continues to remain grim. The problems at hand A primary problem is that no specific" definition of "the homeless" exists, and no concrete numbers of homeless people m , The federal government estimates that between 250,000 and 300,000 persons are homeless in the United States. Advocates of homelessness prevention say the number is between two and three million. A Task Force on the Homeless in New Orleans, organized by Mayor Sidney Barthelemy, called homeless persons those desiring housing and basic needs for living with dignity. But that is only the tip of the iceberg. National figures indicate a shortage of housing for the homeless. Dallas has about 1,000 beds for an estimated homeless population of 14,000. Providence, R. 1., only has 177 emergency beds for approximately '3,500 homeless, according to reports in Time Survey reactions stress new library, admissions By Geoff Mattie Assistant News Editor While some Loyola officials agree with the recently released Barton-Gillet survey on such issues as the library, others said they had a different impression of student opinion. The Blue Ribbon Task Force for the library has "basically decided what the library needs are," said Dr. James W. Gaffney, professor of religious studies and chairman of the committee, at a committee meeting on Tuesday. "But we still don't know what kind of building it should be contained in." However, the committee is still considering student opinion on what the library's resources should be, according to Jason Caniglia, communications/ politicalpolitical science sophomore and student representative on the task force. "Until the committee submits a typed report, I will still be making suggestions," Caniglia said. "Although the president is committed to the library, we first have to nail down our needs, test the feasibility [of the propose*! capital campaign], then go ahead. "We might do the test and find out that people are so nervous about what happened on Wall Street, that we might be advised to wait another year," the Rev. George F. Lundy, S.J., senior vice president and dean of faculties, said. Another aspect singled out in the survey was for improvement of what it called weak admission standards. Lundy said that, in some respects, he Task force responses reveal 13 rape victims By Charles Cornell Staff writer A recent survey shows that at least 13 Loyola undergraduates have experienced some form of sexual assault. This figure contrasts with the Project on the Status and Education of Women report by Julie K. Ehrhart and Bernice R. Sandler, which said one-fourth of today's college women have been the victims of rape or attempted rape, and almost 90 percent of them knew their assailants. Ten members were appointed to the Rape Task Force when it was formed last fall. In April 1987, the committee sent a survey to 245 female and 184 male undergraduates. Of these, 41 men and 81 women responded. Based on a similar study by Dr. Mary Koss of Kent State University, the survey contained questions dealing with sexual aggression. According to Christine Bogar, chairwoman of the Rape Task Force, "We were trying to find out what's going on on Loyola's campus. According to national statistics, there've been an increasing number of rapes among college women. We felt there was a need to look into it." Rape is an act of violence when a person is forcibly sexually assaulted against her or his will. Most rapes are motivated by the desire to control or dominate another individual, Bogar said. The survey was broken down by questions into several levels of sexual aggression, beginning with misinterpretation of the level of desired intimacy, to coercion, pressure, attempted rape and rape. "Not all women who were victims of rape or attempted rape knew it," Bogar explained. "Many answered 'no' to the question 'Have you ever been raped?' yet answered positively to questions about being pressured or forced into having sex when they didn't want to." Five of the victims who responded to the survey did not know they had actually been raped. Of the eight women who acknowledged they were rape victims, five said the incident occurred while they were Loyola students. Two of these said they had been raped on campus. Only one of the males surveyed answered "yes" to questions which would indicate he had raped someone. Three males said they had used some degree of physical force to obtain sex from a woman. Only one respondent actually said See Evaluation/page 8 See Rape/page 8 See Homeless/page 6 ot rsDs^0& \ SEE LIFE AND TIMES/ PAGE 13 111 1 .1. . ' - ' .""I ! M 1.1 I IBM The Maroon will not publish next week because of die Thanksgiving holidays. Publication will resume Dec. 4.
|Masthead||The Maroon Vol. 66 No. 12|
|Publisher||Loyola University (New Orleans, La.)|
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