Date: Wed, 14 Sep 1994 14:33:43 -0400

From: "William A. Kretzschmar, Jr." billk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ATLAS.UGA.EDU

Subject: Housing in Athens

I was disturbed by Dennis Baron's message about a (former) colleague who

had reported a problem finding housing in Athens. I asked the Head of her

new department about it, and heard that:

[LM] arrived very late, had very specific requirements . . . . We hired a

number of other foreign instructors (French, Polish, Peruvian, and others)

who had no difficulty. We also have a great number of new and old

teaching assistants in Spanish, some of whom have marked Spanish accents.

The conclusion seems hasty and unwarranted.

The conclusion, of course, was Dennis's statement that "anybody with a

Hispanic accent trying to rent in Athens is just plain out of luck". I

may not be a native Southerner, and I have little to say about the kind

of conversation that goes on in Urbana, but I did want to clear the air

about such public Athens- and South-bashing.

Regards, Bill


Bill Kretzschmar Phone: 706-542-2246

Dept. of English FAX: 706-542-2181

University of Georgia Internet: billk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

Athens, GA 30602-6205 Bitnet: wakjengl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uga