UpDate - Vol. 12, No. 5, Page 7 October 1, 1992 In the news Recent comments about the University and its community in the media, both print and broadcast, are featured in this regular column. Textbook censors The classroom is a battlefield where an unremitting war rages for the control of young minds.... The focus for most of the disputes is the textbooks that children read. Often, the first response of adults who are offended is to try to get the books banned. Joan DelFattore, a professor of English at the University of Delaware, provides a fascinating account of censorship of this kind in What Johnny Shouldn't Read. She dissects several of the most publicized federal court cases of the l980s involving attempts to censor schoolbooks, then examines the impact on publishers and on state education officials who authorize purchases of schoolbooks. Her disquieting account is peopled with zealots who believe it is their mission to insulate the young from authors who seek to corrupt their beliefs about God, patriotism, family values, the role of women and race relations.... What Johnny Shouldn't Read most concerns battles waged in southern states, often in rural school districts, by Christian fundamentalists.... The author...helps the reader to understand the passions and convictions that motivate would-be censors. These are people-and their numbers may be far larger than their detractors realize-who fear that the orderliness of their world is threatened by the books their children are asked to read. Listen to a plaintiff in Alabama who wanted to ban a high school home-economics book that had a "family life" section on decision making: "Is it wrong to tell a student that he can decide between right and wrong?" he mused rhetorically in court. "I think it's a terrible mistake and an abuse of the child to tell him that." "Call the Book Cops" The New York Times Book Review Aug. 30, 1992 Teamsters & wiseguys Washington-Suddenly, movie makers have discovered star qualities in dead Teamster chiefs with links to the mob. And if you thought you knew Jimmy Hoffa and Jackie Presser, you may not recognize them in the five or so flicks soon to be released or that are somewhere in the pipeline. Mr. Hoffa, for example, acquires a new best friend in the 20th Century Fox movie that features Jack Nicholson as the Teamster boss. The film, coming out after Thanksgiving, casts the director, Danny DeVito, as Mr. Hoffa's best friend. Never mind that in real life, "Hoffa had no best friend," says Arthur Sloane, a University of Delaware industrial relations professor and author of Hoffa, a 1991 book.... Those who have read the Hoffa script say the movie "is not faithful at all (to Mr. Hoffa's life), and nobody pretends that it is," says Mr. Sloane. The Teamster craze officially begins... with the start of an HBO Pictures television movie about Jackie Presser. He's the late Teamsters chief who had ties to the Mafia and was an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for many years; he died in 1988. That will be followed by as many as five television movies about Mr. Hoffa, says Mr. Sloane, who has been fielding calls from a slew of cable-television and home-video producers. HBO officials are undoubtedly happy that they'll start showing their Presser film first... "From all the evidence, it'll show him in a much better light than he's ever been shown before," says Mr. Sloane... And Mr. Hoffa, who served a prison sentence for jury tampering and mail and wire fraud, was "a bad citizen, but a great labor leader," Mr. Sloane asserts. "Coming Soon: Films on Teamster Bosses and 'Star Status' for Hoffa, Presser" The Wall Street Journal Sept. 11, 1992 Welcome back Newark-From the Deer Park to the East End Cafe, in the aisles of Rainbow Records and on stage at The Stone Balloon, you can hear Main Street calling: Students come back. We love you. We need you. We've missed you. All 20,000 of you. This week, merchants and restaurateurs get their wish as Newark almost doubles in size to become Delaware's pre-eminent college town. For Jude McDonald, owner of Jimmy's Diner, it can't come a day too soon. "Thank God," she said..."It's been a tough summer for me. The students are 75 percent of my business on the weekends." "All I need is a few weeks back in school," McDonald said, "and my sales will triple." Newark Newsstand was stocked with countless magazines, everything from Artspace to Wooden Boat.. "It's going to be bananasville," said clerk Milt Landis. That other staple of college life- music-can be found in an expanded Rainbow Records. Big sellers this fall, according to manager Owen Thorne, will be rap groups House of Pain and EPMD..and a tape titled DEEEE-LITE, Infinity Within. If those titles don't move you, Main Street doesn't mind. Next week, if all goes well, there'll be plenty of students buying Infinity Within and carting away posters and potted plants from National 5& 10. They'll be reading Artspace over cappuccino at the trendy 90 East Main Cafe and talking philosophy and football at Jimmy's. And Main Street will be happy. "For Newark merchants, this week has a ring to it" The News Journal August, 30, 1992 Faculty and staff may submit material for "In the news" to Beth Thomas, Office of Public Relations. Please include a copy of the article, the sender's name and phone, as well as the name and date of the publication in which the information appeared.