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Houston Breakthrough, October 1976 - Page 2. October 1976. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 20, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/3590/show/3571.

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Title Houston Breakthrough, October 1976
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date October 1976
Description Vol. 1 No. 8
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Transcript Editorials Regents or kings? "The time has come, the people said, to speak of many things: of rash decisions, power plays, and regents who act like kings." "With deep apologies to Lewis Carroll," Mavis Pennington, a Houston nurse described [Chronicle, "Viewpoint" June 9) the University of Texas System School of Nursing (UTSSN) debacle as growing "curiouser and curiouser." What is really curious to us is that the language of "Jabberwocky" used by the Regents was swallowed up by the six nursing school deans who have remained safely "neutral" through the entire controversy. From the Regents' March 26 decision the deans accepted the UTSSN abolishment as an act of God rather than men and dutifully worked for an "orderly transition" by September 1. At the September 9 Austin legislative hearing called to study the reorganization, Vice-Chancellor (promoted from Deputy) Walker closed his testimony by saying the "reorganization was working well because of the willing cooperation and hard work of our nursing school deans." Dean Hawkins from San Antonio said "it would be a marvelous challenge" and Acting Dean Dorothy Otto from Houston said "I can live with it." A tactic verbalized in the Frank Erwin days, Regent historians will recall, is to pay your administration well (nursing school deans earn approximately $40,000 a year). Strengthen your administration, Erwin's law goes, and you'll weaken the power of the faculty. Thus, because the deans did nothing to publicly question or challenge the authority of the Regents, it fell upon the Texas Nurses Association to file an unprecedented:lawsuit against the Regents last May. Because the administrators of the nursing schools have been silent in protest, it has fallen on the faculty ahd students to fight for the integrity of their patient-oriented profession. The brave voices who have spoken up have done so at great professional and personal risk. As TNA attorney Charles Babb reminded legislators at the September 9 hearing, "Some of the nurses risked their careers by testifying today. In fact, when they return to work tomorrow morning, they might not have a job." Two Houston faculty members who testified, Dr. Frances Moncure and Dr. Evelyn Redding, received a summons to appear before their new administrator, Dr. Charles Berry, president of the UT Health Science Center. Houston's Acting Nursing School Dean Dorothy Otto, who now functions,,as an intercessor to the president, told Moncure it was called "to discuss your appearance at the hearing." The memo read: "to discuss differences of opinion regarding the operation of the school." Houston Post medical reporter Mary Jane Schier, who has avoided coverage of the UTSSN story like the plague, took this opportunity to call Redding and ask if it were true that she and Moncure were going to be fired. The attorneys for the nurses, knowing Schier's loyalties and biases, regarded the call as further harassment. After the nurses' attorneys called the Texas Attorney General's office and that office called Berry, the meeting was cancelled. Redding and Moncure have been targeted by the medical hierarchy, along with Mildred Dayton at UT-Houston, because they have chosen to take a stand and have remained committed since the "Save Our School" days. "There is no neutrality in the illegal abolishment of the school," they have steadfastly articulated. They have challenged the irresponsibility of Berry's statement last March 12 when he said "I do not believe in higher education for nurses. It only makes the health care delivery system more expensive for professionals (i.e., physicians)." They have challenged-and proved wrong-Regent-physician Joe Nelson's "Report" that UT nurses are "so poorly prepared to perform as bedside nurses and to assist in the care of the sick that UT. . .hospitais have to put Ul graduates through six weeks of clinical training." They have challenged the accusation that something is wrong in nursing education to cause the heavy turnover of nurses in hospitals by suggesting that something may be wrong inside the hospitals to cause the nursing shortage. In fact, they have effectively challenged every reason given by Walker and the Regents for the dissolution. They are now working with a lobbyist employed by TNA to pass a bill in the next legislature to protect the autonomy of nursing education and practice in Texas. We are the beneficiaries from the struggle to save UTSSN and we are calling for an end to the harassment of those nurses who are speaking for the consumers of health care in Texas. We are calling on our legislators in the next session to study the "curious" power of the UT Regents who arrogantly destroyed what, until recently, was the best nursing school system in the country. ^ ok no letters to breakthrough The article you wrote in a summer issue on the Memorial City Shopping Center rapist was excellent. You gave a physical description of the man and an account of his habitude in the attacks he made, long before any of the other media did. I am sure it would be very helpful for other women to be able to read about these "neighborhood rapists". . .The reason these guys can get away with these repeated attacks is because women aren't informed on who, where, how, or what to look out for. Thank you tor informing me. KELLY BAKER Editor's note: We hope to receive the cooperation of the Houston Police Department in continuing to provide such information. Would you please stop putting pictures of "sexy" women into "Dead Pans." I see these fantasies of men everywhere I go. PLEASE-I don't have to look at this perpetrated reflection of myself in a paper I read to read about women in the Texas area. Run the photos of the MEN who create these photos. LURAHIRSCH Stamford, Ct. Editor's note: We empathize with your reaction; we're sick of ''cheesecake" too. Entries are submitted by readers who find them offensive and want them stopped. Also, the sexism of Texas Monthly covers [Breakthrough, January 7976] may not have been apparent over a 3 yr. period until we ran nine covers together. We are not averse to showing photos of the men responsible for sexism. Our June/July "DeadPans" featured members of the UT Board of Regents and the UT Deputy Dean. Mattel's Baby Brother Ten- derlove is admittedly a bold step by a doll manufacturer to put genitals on a doll. It is not surprising that some criticism has been leveled at Mattel. However, the criticism is based on the genitals as being offensive. My own criticism of Mattel is for not also making a Baby SISTER Tenderlove with female genitals. Our lack of proper sex education leads to the myth that a male has a penis and a female has NOTHING. Up to now, male aM female dolls have both had nothing. This was easier for me to explain to my 4-year old as a consistent, societal hang-up about genitals. Now, in dolls, she will see the myth of females having nothing and males having something. Mattel, your Baby Brother Tenderlove stands as blatant male chauvinism until you make a female counterpart. I intend to 6oycott your doll until then. RON COX Summit, N.J, I just fired my gynecologist. Not because he was incompetent, but because I did not like his attitude toward me. here is a copy of the letter I sent him. I hope other women will be encouraged to talk straight to their doctors and stop settling for less than the best in health care. NANCY KERN Dear Dr: The last (and only) time I came to your office you correctly diagnosed a yeast infection and prescribed the proper treatment for me. But you failed to tell me what type of infection I had or anything about it. Fortunately, the pharmaceutical company enclosed information about monilia with the medicine I bought. You did not tell about the medicine. I am not saying you prescribed the wrong drug, but the next time I want to know in advance at least the name of the drug. A doctor should say how the drug works and any possible side effects. A gynecologist should answer all my questions fully, without hesitation or embarassment. You were elusive when I asked you direct questions about my infection. I felt that you were embarassed and did not respect my intelligence or interest in my own health. This made me uncomfortable in your office. I wrote this letter because I felt you deserved to know why I will not return to your office. STAFF-THIS ISSUE Art— Charley Kubricht-Fore, Prairie Jackson Mark Stinson Advertising— Gertrude Barnstone, Ailene English, Sarah Lees, Mary-k Wilson Circulation— Michal Alaniz, Anne Harris, Nancy Kern, Cathy Snygg, Glenda Sherry Production— Karen Barrett, Gertrude Barnstone, Janice Blue, Gabrielle Cosgriff, Barbara Hugetz Editors-Writers— Sam E.J. Akers, Janice Blue, Gabrielle Cosgriff Feature Writers— Jan Cunningham, Patti O'Kane Office— Janice Blue, Barbara Hugetz Photography— Amos Barrow, Marilyn Jones, Nancy Landau Typesetting— Barbara Hugetz EDITORIAL BOARD Gertrude Barnstone, Janice Blue Gabrielle Cosgriff, Barbara Hugetz Vol. 1, No. 8, October 1976. Houston Breakthrough is published monthly (with the exception of the June-July and the August- September issues) by the Breakthrough Publishing Company, 1708 Rosewood, Houston, Texas 77004, P.O. Box 88072, Houston, Texas 77004. Telephone (713) 526-6686. Subscriptions $5.00 a year. Newsstand 50 cents per copy. This publication is on file at the International Women's History Archive in the Special Collections Library, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60201.