President Crouch responds to
By TORI BACHMAN-JOHNSON
reported racial incident on campus
On Tuesday, Feb. 8, President Crouch met with the leaders of various student organizations and athletic teams to discuss the college’s response to a recent racial incident on campus. The reported incident involved the alleged use of a racial slur, directed at a member of one student organization from member(s) of another student organization.
The college’s response addresses the incident on both an individual and campus-wide level. President Crouch explained that the identified individual offenders in the alleged incident will go through a judicial process that is always used in cases of racial intolerance on campus. The process is private, and the offenders “will be given punishment anywhere from having to write papers to expulsion, depending upon whatever the judiciary group decides,” he said.
Meanwhile, the college has established a Presidential Hotline for students who hear racial slurs or are otherwise treated with some form of racial hatred. Students who witness these types of racial incidents can use the hotline as well. Though the hotline is anonymous, President Crouch emphasized the importance of identifying the perpetrators of infractions so that they can be held accountable for their actions. The hotline, which will be monitored daily, was available as of Feb. 8 and can be reached at (502) 863-8500.
The college will be bringing in trained professional diversity counselors to lead the campus in diversity training, and will continue to emphasize diversity and welcome those from various races, religions and ethnicities. President Crouch spoke of GC students from various countries (including Brazil, China, Venezuela and Chile) and religions (including Islam, Judaism and Confucianism) and the importance of meeting their needs and learning to live with them. Both President Crouch and Board of Trustees member Dr. Gerald Parker also encouraged students to attend programs on campus that emphasize diversity and address complex world issues.
“We’ve got to talk to each other, we’ve got to integrate with each other, and we’ve got to learn about each other’s cultures if we’re going to be truly educated people, which is what Georgetown College is about,” said President Crouch.
“As a Christian college, we hold each other accountable, we give each other the responsibility to act in a Christ-like manner, and we move forward as a community of faith and trust.”
Dr. Parker also spoke to the group about his love for GC and encouraged students to use the racial incident as a learning experience. “This is the best kept secret you’ll probably ever have, this campus,” he said. “You ought to take advantage of it and don’t let incidents like what’s happening now wreck your ship…Let’s move forward, let’s learn from this, and when we do that, Georgetown will be a much better college.”
Student, Trustee discuss uprising in EgyptBy EVAN HARRELL
Tomorrow afternoon, the Georgetown College campus community will have the chance to view current events in Egypt from the eyes of two of GC’s own in “Egypt: Coming or Going? A Conversation about Uprising in Egypt.”
The event, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room, features Dr. John Stempel, a GC trustee and professor of International Relations at the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy, as well as Mohamed Hamed, a GC student from Egypt who is currently enrolled in the Intensive English Program. Together, the two will sketch out the uprising in Egypt and subsequent problems in the Middle East.
Hamed’s connections to Egypt are personal, as his family currently lives there, in a small village a few hours north of Cairo. Though “they are not immediately affected by the protests,” since the protests only take place in big cities, Hamed says that his whole family and anyone else with a connection to Egypt “will feel the changes that are coming.” He also shared that, were he at home, he would get involved. “I would…go help my Egyptians on the streets in the protests,” he explained. “I would have “I would have the same feelings of pride and hope for my country that I do even here in America.”
Hamed believes that it is important for GC students to attend tomorrow’s event and inform themselves about the goings on in Egypt. As Hamed explained, “Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s president, has been a good friend to America and has also made good connections in other countries in the world. If he was replaced by someone who was not interested in being good friends with America, then America could face a very big problem, losing its closest ally in the Middle East.
“It is also important for students at Georgetown College to understand the revolution in Egypt because it will be a part of history for the rest of our lives,” he said. “Who knows what will happen, but it may turn into something that changes the future of Egypt completely, hopefully making it better.
Dr. Stempel, who will address the issue from a diplomatic perspective, also emphasized the importance of GC students understanding the uprising in Egypt. “Instability [in Egypt] affects our interests in Israel, Iraq and elsewhere.” He elaborated: “We are concerned about others there…who may be endangered,” and, “We and others fear that radical fundamentalist Muslims may seek to impose a radical regime there which will destroy what freedom Egyptians have.”