October 19, 2011- Issue 5

Campus Spectrum initiated to promote diversity on campus

By OWEN KAHAFER
Contributing Writer

As many students will have noticed from the post- ers around campus promot- ing the CEP “For the Bible Tells Me So,” there is a new group on campus. Campus Spectrum is a group of stu- dents and faculty created last year in order to pro- mote acceptance and under- standing for LGBT students. In order to nd out more about the group, I sent a series of questions to the president, Alex Rapier.

1.) Who are the founding members of Campus Spec- trum?

-I feel like it’s too early to declare anyone a “founding member” outside of myself and the ofcers because we’re in our rst year. But as more people become will- ing to help and participate, I feel that we’ll have a good original group come May.

2.) Why did you chose to form the group?

-I formed the group because I know that a lot more people are less than comfortable with their own sexualities, so I wanted to create a place where those people could feel safe and accepted.

3.) Do you know how many times in the past a group like this was attempted to be created?

-I do not know how many times it had been attempted before, just that it had.

4.) Why do you think it was approved recently?

– I feel that it was recently approved because it was clearly necessary. Well, that and we spent about a class load’s worth amount of time on it last semester.

5.) What are the goals of the group?

-We just want to be recognized as a legitimate organization, and follow our mission to create and main- tain a safe, educational, and supportive environment for all the members of the GC community, both LGBT and straight.

6.) How does the group hope to achieve them?

-We’ll get there the same way we got started, with a lot of hard work. But the support that the faculty as shown us denitely helps.

CampusSpectrum meets the rst Wednesday of every month in the Arnett room at 7 p.m. “We’ve got a lot of big things planned for our rst year,” said Rapier.

Alex wanted to inform students about the Trevor Project, a program that Campus Spectrum

supports. The Trevor Project was created several years ago in an effort to aid sui- cidal LGBT members. The Project includes a suicide hotline, trained councilors, condential assistance and information to help people understand LGBT society better.

Campus Spectrum received pamphlets, stick- ers, pens and other educational materials to help spread acceptance on campus. The members of Campus Spectrum hope to promote tolerance, accep- tance and understanding amongst all people in the Georgetown College com- munity. Spectrum members also encourage anyone with questions or concerns to seek them out and bring them up. Any personal mat- ters will be kept condential. Campus Spectrum hopes to create a comfortable envi- ronment where people will feel free to talk about any- thing they need to talk about.

Many students and fac- ulty alike are happy to see this group come into exis- tence. Hopefully with the presence of this new group, our campus will develop into a more diverse and accepting community for all people.

 

Student cautions fellow peers to ameliorate, not stagnate

By ETHAN SMITH
Opinion Editor 
 

My third year at George- town College is well under way, and I’ve come to nd a general trend in the stu- dent body: we are terribly negative folk. Considering we are amongst one of the more privileged segments of the human population, we have a lot of negative things to say concerning our circumstances.

True, some students have a tougher time paying for college than others, and some have less spending money than others. While there will always be disparities amongst the monetary comfort of the student body, I’d be willing to bet good money that every one of us has running water, and doesn’t have to try to support a family off of what most of us spend on a McDonald’s run per day.

In an attempt to avoid appearing holier-than-thou in my first contributing article for the school paper, I will be the first to fess up to having had such a mentality. I’ve done my share of bellyaching, wailing, moaning, griping, criticizing, whining, nitpicking and grumbling. However, I’ve had my share of life experiences since I was a wee freshman that have put my hierarchy of values into perspective. Some of these events include brushes with death behind the wheel of my car illnesses in the family, and coming into con- tact with those who have

not been dealt lucky hands. However, some of these experiences have been given to me by fellow students, for not all of us are whiners. We have students who are leading organizations and ral- lies who have their eyes set outside our college bubble (which has a perimeter of about a mile if you just count our academic build- ings) who have seen inadequacies, injustices or just room for improvement and seek to ameliorate the prob- lems they see.

Again, let me be clear that I am all for ameliorat- ing our circumstances and making our world a better place. If we saw something broken, we would be fools not to x it. However, some things aren’t nearly as broken as we make them out to be, which brings me to a signicant point: stu- dents ought to give the Caf a break. I believe the cafe- teria is a part of our campus that people too often jump to criticize. Yes, some days are better than others. Yes, I’ve found things in my food I’d prefer not to, things that I don’t normally nd in my food at home or in restau- rants. True, sometimes the chicken’s dry. No, it doesn’t taste like my mom’s cook- ing. But, there’s a reason for that. My mom’s not in the kitchen. It’s a cafeteria; cafeteria’s aren’t home kitchens, and they aren’t restaurants. They are their own breed of dining. Granted, cafeterias are not my rst choice when I try to decide where to go for a special occaision, but as far cafeterias go, ours isn’t bad.

In fact, both my parents met at Georgetown College, and according to them, there used to be only one lunch line, and not many restau- rants (this was pre-Toyota expansion). You had one meal choice, and that was it. No burgers, no sandwiches, no cereal, no themed line, no pizza, no bagels, no toast, no salad bar, no simply-to-go and no Mulberry. For that matter, even if you wanted seconds, I don’t think that was an option. From what I’ve gathered, it’s loads better than it used to be, and there are literally bil- lions of people substantially worse off than us. My par- ents ate stuff from the old Caf for about four years a piece, and were healthy enough to raise a handful of kids. I think I’ll be okay. Plus, we’re getting fresh fruit from Evan’s Orchard and awesome loaves of baked bread. Let’s not forget Mrs. Jo’s omelets that make Mon- days and test-days easier to bear. It sounds a lot better than one meal choice.

So my friends, let us take a minute, count our blessings, put our business into perspective, and let’s look at what really needs to be xed and the folks who really need our help. I shall leave you with two quotes from two legendary people who went hard in the eth- ical, social, and theological paint. Mother Teresa once said, “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the begin- ning of love.” For those who disagree, I would add that Gandhi also said that, “A coward is incapable of exhibiting love. It is the perogative of the brave.” So, on that note, let’s better our- selves lovingly, and bravely.

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