May 7, 2001
Membership increase proposed by PCSM
By Stephanie Sonnenfeld firstname.lastname@example.org
The final meeting of the Presidents Commission on the Status of
Minorities (PCSM) was held Monday, April 30, in 400 Administration.
Chair Brenda Seiton presented a list of proposed new members and alternates,
pending the approval of President Bill Chace. Seiton also submitted an
amendment to the groups bylaws, that would increase commission membership
from 23 to 33. Thirty of these members are to be approved by President
Chace, up from 20.
Membership numbers havent been amended since 1979, Seiton said.
"The face of the University certainly has grown, and having 23 members
isnt very representative," she said.
Attending members approved the amendment and list of proposed members.
Members then posed the question of revamping the groups quorum requirement,
which currently stands at two-thirds of the total membership. Because
it may not always be possible to have a large number of members at each
meeting, members approved a motion to change its quorum requirements to
one-third of its total membership.
In other business, Seiton asked for volunteers to work over the summer
on the PCSMs diversity plan, which was discussed with Chace at the
March meeting. The plan aims to recommend ways in which Emory can best
address and adopt diversity into its day-to-day life.
Members then viewed a videotape of The Randolph Show, a student-produced show on the EmoryVision television station. The show has recently been under fire for an episode allegedly slandering minorities. The group issued the following statement:
At the April 30, 2001 meeting, the President's Commission on
the Status of Minorities reviewed the recent episode of the EmoryVision
program, The Randolph Show, and the written complaints published
in The Emory Wheel. Members also discussed several messages
sent through the LearnLink Conferences and several messages sent to
individual members of the PCSM. The PCSM found that the portrayal of Asians
in the program was petty and insulting. The program also included equally
offensive and degrading portrayals of Hispanics and African Americans.
Overall, the program demonstrated poor judgment on behalf of the writers,
producers and actors of The Randolph Show and the Media
Council, and also demonstrated their general lack of respect for and insensitivity
toward their audience and Emory colleagues.
The PCSM strongly condemns this offensive behavior and urges members of the Emory community to speak out against this vulgarity. The staff of The Randolph Show and the Media Council must acknowledge that members of the Emory community were hurt by their actions.
The use of media and telecommunication resources to create and provide programming for the Emory Community establishes opportunities to benefit and enrich the lives of all. This show was an abuse of that opportunity. The stereotyping and humiliation of people because of their race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation is offensive and unacceptable.
The PCSM will meet again at the beginning of the Fall 2001 semester.
If you have a question or concern for PCSM, contact Seiton at email@example.com.