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April 15, 2005
Vol. 46 No. 20

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Recent news lowers spirits

"Gone is my wandering impartiality." I was raised Roman Catholic, my whole existence was based on the higher authorit, and the pretense of prayer was actually a sensible, viable second option.

But Baghdad retro-bombings and the death of our pope have driven prayer out of my school of thought. Gone are the days of looking heavenwards for guidance, renewal and hope. Give me TNT, give me death.

The increasing expansion of war in the Middle East beckons the world to pay attention, and especially the eyes of John and Mary Jane Amerikaner go white -- at $2.20 a gallon.

The war zone there is a butterfly knife -- flying swiftly open and closed, shredding the lives of twenty-somethings with each new explosion. Nothing, not a sound for days would be heard, and then suddenly a fruit stand would become graffiti on a nearby wall. Give me victory, give me death.

Iraq slowly rebuilds itself, and the so-called flaccid theory of 'nation-building' appears revived. Does the country and her people have any wink of a chance? Governing requires the consent and will of its citizens, as well as active participation.

However many of those citizens have taken the route against any kind of peace. Home for Christmas, any Christmas, bring the boys home safe. Give me silence, give me honor.

Coming soon, cardinals of the world unite. Behind closed doors, Vatican high priests will soon choose yonder papal seat.

John Paul II, God rest his soul, was responsible for some of the most liberal decisionmaking in Vatican history.

Will his successor be like him or run the Italian lineage back a little? The process of the Vatican conclave is one of our oldest recorded still-working processes of governing, but who can guess the candidates? There are no blues, no reds and no greens on this upcoming election.

They simply sit down and argue, argue, argue and then vote -- unanimously. They pick the man to walk the way of historic and religious infamy. Will he be Latino, African, Asian or Italian? Give me exit polls, give me campaign commercials.

Beyond this, few other news briefs have presented themselves, except of course for the death of the most-governed medical patient of recent memory. She's dead.

They stopped her food. They argued over her food. They gave her communion. She responded in vowels. For the first time, people all across America looked at this woman and wondered, "You know, I don't think anyone has any idea."

Quickly, capture and hamstring, so that our news is made old and new again -- gone, forgotten and replaced. Give me state of mind. Give the sexualized late-breaking, scandalous story of ... whatever.

-- Patrick Thumm '05

New venue for drag show

Before I begin, I would like to make it clear that I am not a bigot, I do not discriminate and I am happy with the improving diversity on Susquehanna's campus. However, I still believe it is not diverse enough.

With that said, I disagree with the university in letting the Gay-Straight Alliance hold a drag show on Friday. This being a religiously affiliated institution, I do not see why Susquehanna allowed it to occur.

If I attended Pittsburgh, Penn State or any other public school with no religious affiliation, I would completely understand and agree with a drag show.

GSA does serve a good purpose. It's important that we accept that diverse part of our student community and hopefully in the future we can grow as an educational and religious community with GSA.

The drag show last Friday was used as a fundraiser, but the group did not charge people to attend.

Rather, they asked for "donations" while they blatantly violated standards written in the Bible, a book of which it can be said, if it did not exist, our university might not exist.

Susquehanna is an educational and religious institution, and the drag show on Friday night did nothing educational or religious for this university.

If the football team wanted to sponsor a bikini contest with the cheerleaders to raise money for something, the university would never allow it.

For whatever reasons, the university would almost positively condemn the endeavor, for it wouldn't be tasteful, much like the drag show on Friday night.

Why couldn't GSA have a car wash like the women's rugby team to raise money? Or like almost every Greek organization, sell raffle tickets or set up a table in the lower level of the Degenstein Campus Center.

In the future, if GSA wants to hold a drag show to raise money, I feel they shouldn't be allowed to use university facilities or have the backing of the university.

There are plenty of fire halls and community centers here in Selinsgrove where GSA can hold its drag shows.

Hopefully in the future, GSA will have an educational and tasteful impact on campus by sponsoring guest speakers on topics such as AIDS awareness or holding forums rather than a garish drag show.

Drag shows are fine, but those shows being sponsored by a religious and educational institution are not.

I optimistically hope the future endeavors of GSA are in good taste, as well as educational.

-- Chris Gonzalez '08



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