in Brief: 09/21/00
University of Wisconsin Admits to Doctoring One Photo
university inserts black student among whites in photo
Wisconsin Hoping to illustrate its "diverse" enrollment,
the University of Wisconsin at Madison says it doctored a photo
on a brochure cover by inserting a black student into a crowd of
white sports fans.
did it in this one instance, and it really was an error in judgment,"
University publications director Al LaFollette said Tuesday. "We
judged that this Moorish fellow would never read that brochure,
but we were wrong."
university's undergraduate admissions director, Rob LaFollette,
said his office spent the summer looking for pictures that would
show the school's diversity but had no luck. "Frankly, we've
got a bunch cheese-heads out here what were we supposed to
do? About the only time we see blacks up here is when we watch Flip
"those Negroes enjoy sports so much," the staff finally settled
on a 1993 photo of white Badger fans at a football game. LaFollette
said his office then altered the photo to add an image of senior
Diablo Shazam taken in 1994.
university won't discipline those involved because they admitted
their mistake and apologized to Shazam, said Patrick LaFollette,
a university spokesman. In addition, large quantities of Howard
University yearbooks with the word "Wisconsin" substituted for the
word "Howard" are being tossed out.
said he hopes the incident will encourage the university to insert
his photo into all sorts of contexts that will "help him score with
babes. Look," said Shazam, "can't they show me scoring the winning
touchdown in the Big Ten championship, or superimpose my head on
Mike Tyson's body?"
accuse the University of doctoring far more than this one photograph.
The Reverend Al Sharpton complained recently, "I saw them on TV
at the NCAA basketball tournament last year. Do you think that they
really had all those white boys playing hoops, or did they just
'diversify' them into the footage?"
addition, some around the campus are beginning to suspect that University
President Quincy Adams Wagstaff is not actually dating Helena Bonham-Carter,
as was implied by this year's freshmen orientation film. And a few
are even whispering that, contrary to the evidence of the photos
in the school student union, not every one of the 1999 Nobel Prize
winners was on the U. of W. faculty.
to Fight Injun' Drug Abuse Announced
- The Clinton administration unveiled a $2 million advertising campaign
yesterday to fight drug abuse among American Indians, which is to
be named "Our $2 Million Advertising Campaign to Fight Drug Abuse
Among American Indians."
Americans are reported to have the highest rates of drug use in
the country, and the crime and other social problems that go with
them. The campaign will promote the gambling industry as an arena
for entrepreneurial initiative that does not contribute to social
dismayed at how poorly we've responded to this problem,'' said the
chief federal drug control adviser, Barry McCaffrey, "and that's
no Sitting Bull." He was speaking to a conference of tribal leaders
and substance abuse experts gathered at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.
After his speech, to the dramatic backdrop of the giant, laser-arrow-shooting
glass Indian at the casino, he had his personal assistant run a
tomahawk gauntlet amid an ominous swirl of dry-ice fog.
federal study released last week found that 19.6 percent of teenage
American Indians used illicit drugs, the third highest rate of any
group in the nation, after Phish's road crew and the White House
Indians drink per capita (if any readers have a recipe for
these, please send it in) than do members of other ethnic groups.
However, Native Americans of ages 15 to 24 are "17 times higher
than the national average," McCaffrey said, "which is not all that
low to begin with. Bunch of dope-addled pansies kids are these days!"
displayed anti-drug print and radio ads that his office is backing,
along with a slide show of last year's DEA kegger. The ads will
run in 79 casinos, the latest issue of Squaws Illustrated,
and on a network of Indian radio stations.
radio ads feature an Indian father, telling listeners to ''pass
down the traditions and communicate to our youth that drugs are
not part of our Native cultures. Well, of course we would have a
little tobacco now and then in the old peace pipe. Sure, maybe a
button of peyote on special occasions. And boy, datura was a blast
on Friday nights in the sweat lodge. Man, I used to get ripped on
that stuff. I remember that time the spirit of a water hole manifested
itself in the form of Jerry Garcia riding on a Gila monster. Man,
was that freaky! Oh, yeah, anyway, um, drugs aren't part of our
said that his office has given 14 grants to alcohol and drug treatment
or prevention programs for American Indians, and that it plans to
give another 10 next week. These grants are generally in the form
of beads, blankets, horses, rifles, fire water and used Firestone
Tires. (All items may be returned except the blankets, which McCaffrey
was emphatic about not accepting back.)
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