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September 19, 2003
Vol. 45 No. 2

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Liberal disagrees with student

After reading Rick Fink's article titled, "Conservative student body lacks voice," I would like to attempt to answer his question, "What ever happened to the old conservative college student?"

This question, like the majority of the statements in the article, is vague and nondescript.

Are you asking what happened to the republican of yesteryear? Is this before birth control and gun control became a heated issue? May I suggest going 15 minutes down the road to Bucknell University?

A recent article in The New York Times Magazine -- a liberal-known publication -- documented the growing passionate fervor for conservative Bush-supporters there. Much the same way, you did not actually interview Susquehanna professors, but relied on analysts to tell you about our university.

I'm sorry that you feel you don't have a "favorable relationship" with your professor, because us liberals have it so easy. We are out with our professors everyday before and after class "hugging trees" and joking about what an "un-cool" president George W. Bush is.

I almost forgot, we love Canada and Switzerland too. Were there any other stereotypes you forget to mention? Ah yes, who could forget the hemp-wearing pot-smoking hippie we reflect so fondly in our professors' eyes.

By misclassifying this difference of opinion as a serious offense to a student's education, you are asserting your own ignorance. I have many friends at this school who have the antithesis of my political standpoint; this does not prevent us from being friends.

Student separation is encouraged by narrow-minded people who think their side is right and everyone who sees things differently are against or offending them. Politics is not a math; political opinions differ and this is a pillar our country is founded on.

While I disagree in thinking that the majority of our student population is democratically liberal, I do recognize some things that seem old and conservative.

I have been around Susquehanna students telling derogatory jokes about certain ethnic groups that seem as though they belong in another era, but I would never pass political judgment on these people based on their humor.

It must be understood that the radicals of the moment are setting the guidelines for conservatives of the future. If this conclusion is to be held true, you will find that your beliefs - which you do not state - are outdated.

Last, you are right, the hippie era did occur more than 40 years ago. These liberal radicals were also told in the face of oppression that they were wrong.

Please let me know what our campus would look like today with conservative values constructing the future we now have.

I'd be delighted to know.

--Michael V. Stein
Class of 2006

Students need more opinions

Although I don't know what to make of Mr. Fink's article, I would like to thank him for having the guts to put his ideas in the spotlight.

Why isn't this newspaper filled with his kind of voice every time it's issued? I do not expect everyone to all of a sudden drop whatever it is they are doing and write an angered response to a recent forum article, but where is everyone on this campus?

Does anyone actually care?

Fink brings up one of the best things about being in college: you can have a single-minded, opinionated, right-wing conservative view and still have a voice.

There is nothing written in the university charter that denies free speech. Does anyone remember the article written last semester bashing our supposedly "untouchable" president? You should, because it got a lot of people upset. And it should, because you have a mind of your own and are entitled to such thoughts.

So open up the debating circles and pass out the ammunition, because this newspaper should be a weekly campaign against those who deny liberty and freedom to the masses. Celebrate your freedoms all weekend long, because we are ready to argue whatever happens to be tossed onto the table.

Susquehanna students should take whatever appears in the Crusader with a box of salt and respond often. Use your time wisely and have fun, because opportunities like college only happen once, and you need something to fill the blanks on your resume.

-- Patrick Thumm
Class of 2005

School does not solve problems

In response to Jonathan Illuzzi's article titled, "Gay school receives praise" in last week's edition of The Crusader, the move to create an all-gay high school is a step in the wrong direction.

Instead of moving forward and saying that we must deal with a problem that we have, New York is instead putting off the problem and saying they cannot handle it.

This idea of a gay public high school sets a horrible precedent. It basically says that since we cannot teach people how to be more accepting, we will just give up, and let gays and lesbians have their own school. Not only that, it sends the message to other students that if they are made fun of than they should get their own public school.

I was made fun of in high school for my height, my hair color and because of my religion. I did not like it, but I dealt with it. It gave me a better understanding of how people should, and do, behave.

Harassment is a problem, but it needs to be stopped in public high schools across the country and not pushed under the carpet, which is just what New York City is doing. We need to have a school system that provides as safe as an environment as possible and doesn't hide the problem in some closet.

An all-gay high school is not diverse and prevents people from recognizing human potential by moving gays away from heterosexuals and causing interaction to be slowed. In a dark period of American history, we had a doctrine called "separate but equal." Let us not move backwards.

-- Andrew Salemme
Class of 2005

Gay high school is unfair

The Harvey Milk High School should not be an excluding high school, as shown through Jonathan Illuzzi's article, "Gay school receives praise," in the Sept. 12 issue of The Crusader.

According to school enrollment descriptions, application to the school is voluntary. Teens are admitted regardless of sexual orientation. However, they must show they are at risk of dropping out of high school because of harassment.

It is understandable that gay teens suffer from criticism during schooling. However, $32 million of the taxpayer's money went to funding this all-gay high school.

Justifying the cost was The Hetrick-Martin Institute, which studies gay youth and helps operate the school.

The institute says nearly all gay teens are repeatedly harassed at school and are three times more likely to drop out or commit suicide than other youth.

What I do not understand is why my tax dollars have to support such an institution.
It seems only fair to me that if a gay high school can be created, then a Christian high school can be shaped as well, using the tax payer's dollars.

Everyone knows it is part of the liberal agenda to create such a school where gay individuals can learn in a safe environment.

The fat kids suffered from more criticism than any other individual in my high school. So what should we do, throw all the fat kids in a fat kid school?

What about Christians? Liberals would balk at the thought of having a school created for Christians using taxpayer's money. They would claim it was unfair and immoral to create a school for just one religion.

How can one be so blind to see the hypocrisy in creating an all-gay high school but not allowing taxpayers to fund a religious institution, or furthermore, a school for fat kids?
All-gay high schools are intended to prevent discrimination. At the same time, by putting students in an all-gay high school, officials are furthering segregation. It was under my assumption that segregation was abolished many years ago.

We all endure humiliation in high school. We all feel left out at times. Paying for an all-gay high school will only make more people suffer.

-- Rick Fink
Class of 2005



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