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Volume x, Number 6

"I love liberty.

March, 1997

1 bate equality." -John Randolph

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Editor-in-ChiefJo hn F. Carney __ ~

Editorial: The RI!VIEW divides the house. Us versus them, you decide.

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Business Manager- Paul M. Torres -.

Publisher Jason 1. Kovacs

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Expensive eie\1lltors, the myth of anorexia, the N.A:MBLA fiasco. and more; there's nothing Instigations can't handle.

Distribution Manager Alex Galilsl-y Trea..w..er JeO' Cohen

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Graduate Advisor __ Nathan L.Wurtzel"

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Campus Presswatch: We pick on pipe dream because no one else publishes.

Lelten to Ibe Edllor: Professor Scobie discusses SUNY funding in a response 10 Nathan Wurtzel.

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Allison Dembeck. EyaJ Eisig. Dan Michles, .,

Adam Stem, Adam FCD,;,ck-SymeS;&;.dail McNally, Tom Tobin

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Penonals: What else do we have to say? Free personals for all to see.

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. Faculty Adl'isor ~ -. Dr. Aldo Bernardo

The RIghi Side: This month, learn the real reason \\-hy you should " Vote Conservative" and much more.

Quibble, & Blls: Even more strange but true quotes, stories, and facts, all for you, our faithful reader.

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Features

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The SlalT of the Binghamton Review present their annual SA Election endorsements. You should probably sit down for this.

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JobD Carney investigates who killed diversity.

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Dan Mlchles makes an eloquent case for implementing the voucher system at Binghamton University.

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Nathoo Wur1zel researches the crime problem on campus and poises an interesting qucstion- L, B.U. as safe as we're being told?

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Allison Dembeck sees what the Women's Center does with the night once they've got it.

Tim Carney defends true "'liberal" education and shows why dead while male s never really die.


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t is it that unites our oppos.ition? It is clear to most observers that there are two camps warring at Binghamton University. On the one side there are the defenders of the diversity reqWremen~ the marchers seeking to Take Back the Night, the cultural unions, organized buggery, the YOWlger faculty, and the higher levels of the Wliversity administration. Standing against all these forces is, well, the REvIEw. We are animated by a set of principles that can be swnmed up as Rum, Romanism, and Reaction. The motives ofthe coalition allied against us are not always as clear. We've treated multiculturalism extensively in these pages. It manifests an almost pathological hatred for western civilization. A sixties New Left critique ofAmerican civilization writ large, extending geographically to all of Europe and tempomlly throughout the history of the wes~ multiculturalism is attempting, and in large part succeeding in driving out of our University most of what used to be considered necessary for a serious education. Beginning with the frrst issue of the year, we declared our intent to steadfastly resist the multicultuml project. "We are said to be in a crisis of old-fangled eurocentrism. Exactly the opposite is true: BU students are being deprived of their education by the lack of focus on our European heritage," the Review proclaimed. The Women's Center and Women's Studies program are Binghamton's chief foWltains of feminism. Most threatened by feminism is not the military or English literature departments, although feminism has done extensive and perhaps irreparable damage in these areas, it is the more intimate areas of life. The feminist slogan ''the personal is political" undennines family, friendship and love by making them subordinate to a rigid ideology of sexual equality. We are all asked to wear scarlet letters in a world in which Andrea Dworkin is taken seriously when she proclaims, ''Romance is mpe touched up with meaningful looks. " Cultural unions reinforce racial and ethnic divisions, and provide a perverted civics lesson: the way to exercise power is

through identity politics. Sadly, this is a more or less accurate depiction of nineties America. Just as students collect stipends and have their hobbies supported if they are sufficiently involved in identity politics at college, they will find they benefit from emphasizing their ethnicity after they graduate. As America further splinters and cracks, it will become increasingly advantageous to be strongly identified with one's ethnic peers.

The case we've argued against the cultural unions is based less on the inevitable trend of people to seek out their own kind, than on the abuses of cultural union leaders and the savagery which many of the unions have won their treasuries. The leaders take advantage of their membership, encouraging base meial paranoia and hatred. They use their status to pursue political o~ jectives that have nothing to do with the preferences of their members. And when they find themselves on the losing side of an election or debate, they have frequently employed violence and threats to reverse their fortunes. Homosexual activists seem to want nothing less than full public recognition of the legitimacy of their vice. They fill the dormitories and lecture halls with perversely suggestive posters, and organize student groups and even conferences based aroWld their backward proclivities. It is not enough for us to stop saying they are wrong; they demand we agree they are right. Anything less is labeled ''homophobia,~' and was recently bmnded by the U.S. Supreme Court as a fonn of "animus." Much of the YOWlger faculty seem devoted to one or more of these causes. Their classes are taught from various ''perspectivesn and tend to be cross-listed with one identity politics studies program or another. Postmodem conditioning has been so thorough that they can hardly imagine a reasoned critique ofthis approach, and tend to view other approaches as simply obtuse. When it is complained that this is political grading, assigning marks based on the acceptance of an ideological program, the YOWlger faculty simply shrug, unwilling to admit there is any other way to proceed.

"One person's merit is another bias," a young English professor once told me. The administrators tend to view the mUversity as the preparation area for the twentyfirst century. I am almost afraid to tell you that globalization is the buzzword ofthe adminis-

tration building. What sort ofuniversity is nm according to buzzwords? In any case, the administrators make common cause with the multiculturalists, the feminists and the culture unions, with the Wlderstanding that each particular civilization or cultme is nothing more than an exotic quarter of our global village. What any of this has to do with higher education is a mysteJy known. only to the high priests and priestesses of the administration cult.

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he members of this grand alliance seem very different from one another, but they are drawing water from the same poison well. They have a very low opinion of most of their fellow men, and all believe that even the most basic decency is obtainable only by force and fraud. They hold that most ofus tend toward Babbitry at best, and mostly likely elitism, sexism, racism, and nationalism. The books we read are not much good, but have been pawned off as passable on suspect grounds. Our ancestors were criminals, and our traditions oppressive. Deviancy, indeed even evil, have been redefined to include most of the way we live our lives. Our opponents demand a one way pIumlism in which civilization must always surrender to the demands of its discontents. BINGHAMTON REvIEw takes a different line. We do not hate the beer-guzzler, the propane barbequer, the reader of New York Post, or the dairy fanner. And our tastes are not so obscured by ideology that we cannot appreciate the classic works preserved by our forefathers. Our philosophy, at bottom, is a simple thing. It is common faith in the dignity of man, charity toward the actions and plights of our fellows, and hope that we may benefit from our endeavors. To quote from H.L. Mencken, "Translated into political tenns, it is the doctrine that the nonnal citizen of a civilized state is actually nonnaI."

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pipe dream February I I , 1997

this department has not had a director, which seriously damages the program ... Cuning a program like this goes against President DeFleur's objective of developing 0 more ' inclusive' campus and I demand that finding n director becomes priority... Thi s advertisement was paid for by the Women 's Center."

The entire nmlilllcultura l mobocracyAsian Student Union, Black Student Union, Caribbean Student Association, Latin American Student Union, and Students of Color Support Cente~admits it is still in the darkabout the reason the un;versityand Distn'ct Allomey:V office are pursing charges

againstlhree students who Quacked Public Safety officers during an altempl 10 disnlpt a Student Association meeting. Can YOIl say felony' ...

pipe dream February 28, 1997

Back on thejoh covering Harpur Col/ege Co uncil, ace reporter Nina Burstein leaves out the most objectionable part of the diversity requirement- the highly politicized demand that diversity classes leach "the nature. origin, causation, and social construction of such inequalilies andfanns ofdominance "...

"The final question is closely related to the previous: Wby is it that these particuJar students are being targeted by the university?" pipe dream February 14, 1997

Last month Harpur College Council passed

"The diversity requirement mandates that all Harpur College students take two courses that address issues of relationships between race, gender and class."

JeJJGoJanl S resolution assigning the stan-

dard curriculum committee responsibility for implementing the diversity requirement. Golant resolution over-rode GSO overlord Jesse Benjamin implementation proposal, which would have created a nasly commitlee composed of representatives from left-wing interdisciplinary programs and the infamous Intercullural Awareness Commillee, Watch closely as ace reporter Nina BU13'lein redirects professor Sanford Gobin s criticism of Benjamin s proposal, One wave ofthe mag ic pipe and Viola! Now Gab in is agreeing with Benjamin, a1lacking Golant s proposal, , ,

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Thonel Vl8ion:'The Vanishing Conservative in Campus Media ~------=-----~-- '

How tJu Campus Press CoM<red ao.->rJ George Ptztaki's &dgd , pipe dream One story. SONY Spenders quoted-5 Fiscal Conservatives.....

HOw the CampllS Press covemJ university "<If you vote in favor of Golant 's proposal, you vote against representation,' Benjamin said. ' It resembles FDR ' s court packing pllm, in which he wanted to pack the committee with particular membership to uphold the legislation that he wanted,' said Sanford Gabin, professor of political science." pipe dream February21 , 1997

pipe dream February 28, 1997

pro/essor's lUlioil demollSll'tltiolf piped........ One stQry. " Pro-tenure union backer-4 Union dissidents or tenure critics-f

Ifyou (mst pipe dream andfollow DanielJe

Sessa s story on the SA election results from page one to five, you encounter this surprising lum of events.

"lennaine Leonard, who ran uncontested , won the election for Student Association executive vice president. Leonard wa s caught in the act. An undercover investigation by Public Safety led to the arrest of a 19-year-old student. "

Three headU.e, February, I 997

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One of these things is not like the olhers...

Violent cr1mes r1S1Ilg at BU-Prcss and Sun-Bulletin, February 22.

plpedream · One story.

Perhaps the JVonum s Center sho uld demand that grammar "becomes a priority ".

Think NAMBLA poster was1llerely • prank-3 Think child moles1ation is no laughing

"1 am aware of the fucl that after three years,

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BU's violent crimes increase-pipe dream, February 25.

Violent crime down-Inside. February 27.


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ding to pipe dream, estimates nm as bigh as $50 million for repair. an elevator in the Bartle library. That money could pay the full tuition of eve!}' undergraduate at Binghamton University for an entire year. It is more than seven times the total amount of state Tuition Assistance Program money received by BU students. And it's going to fix a second elevator in a four story building?

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dds are the transportation fee will go up again. By overwhelmingly approving the $16 fee hike, students sent a message to the Off Campus College Transport bosses approving financial mismanagement and the antiadvertising, anti-business loony left ideology that nearly bankrupted the blue bus system this year. More insanity is sure to follow. Graduate Student Organization president Jesse Benjamin is seeking a seat on the OCCT board of directors, despite the GSO's refusing to fund the buses for nearly two years. No doubt the board will rebuff this move, but until OCCT is liberated from its leftist bosses, or until the bosses are liberated from their leftism, we can be sure this will not be the end of the bus system's blues.

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othing demonstrates the distance of feminism from the lives ofmost women like feminist fear mongering about eating disorders. Nearly half of all American women are fatter than what is considered healthy. And it's getting worse. In the past ten years obesity among women has doubled. Since excessive fat is related to a number of lifethreatening health conditions-including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes-women are increasingly endangered by these trends. But you'd never know it from listening to the feminists. A recent centerfold in pipe dream contained no less than four articles on eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia-conditions which seriously affect less than 10% of women-but not one on over-eating. In case there is any doubt where this imbalance is generated, the section's central article contains the heading "A Feminist Perspective."

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Leslie Heywood, a feminist English professor and keynote speaker at the Women's Center's recent Take Back the Night rally, has made something of a career from this invented crisis. Her recent book claimed "the anorexic logic of western culture," a title more fitting to her thin arguments than to our overweight America, endangers young girls. Why do feminists ignore actual dangers to the lives of women in favor of a manufactured crisis? Because actual dangers require actual precautions and defenses. The amelioration of an imagined danger, however, can be accomplished through wholly ideological measures. In other words, feminists are to ordinary women what mimes are to ordinary people in general: annoying spectacles trying to work their way through imaginary obstacles.

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tigations has long felt Binghamton University students were becoming ore conservative. The successes of conservatives in Student Association and Harpur College COlmcil politics, the increasing readership of the Review, the popularity of the generally conservative Student Advocate and occasional conservative perspectives and editorials in pipe dream all point in this direction. The annual survey of entering freshmen confinns this impression. The vast majority of new students identifY themselves as religious. Most oppose both affl11ll8tive action and favor denying illegal aliens public education. Nearly a quarter ofthe new students oppose abortion for any reason, and it's likely many more would restrict it. National surveys have turned up similar results. Respect for marriage and family is increasing among college freshmen. Fully 80 percent favor the death penalty. Support for legalized abortion is on the decline. Time is on our side. We may be ovemm with multiculturalism and liberalism today, but there is increasing resistance among the young. Instigations is reminded of the words of the great H.L. Menken: "This is antithesis, cast into the fonn of a drama in the grand manner, is now to be played out before us. I am not sure what the verdict of the gallery will be, but I have some confidence about the votes of the younger spectators, and especially those who are completely lit-

erate. They will be quick to detect, I believe, the rationality of liberty; they will see that it is only common decency. They will revolt against the assumptions of its enemies. They will recognize those assumptions as false, hateful and abominable."

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arkest among all the shadows that have fallen over Binghamton University this semester was the advertising of a campus concert as a benefit for the North American Man-Boy Love Association, which advocates legalizing child molestation. Local and campus media reported this advertising was merely a prank. "The paradox is that it's a free concert.. so there are no proceeds because its free," Roy Dank told pipe dream. Still, troubling questions remain. Ifthe NAMBLA posters were a pmnk, where were the authentic advertisements? More important, why is the sexual abuse of children considered a joke? There is no accurate way of counting the young victims of sexual abuse, but the best estimates range into the millions. From the sex parlors of Bangkok, to the beach resorts of Sri Lanka, to the SIreets ofNew YOlk, children the world over are forced into prostitution. Child pornography is increasingly profitable thanks to internet tectmology. Recently, a Nobel Prize winning anthropologist was jailed for abusing children entrusted to his care. It's bard to imagine how someone could look upon this devastation and laugh. Roy Dank and the members of the band Sorry may be fascinated by their little "paradox," and members of Experimental Media Organization may get a kick out of hanging a sign bearing NAMBLA's insignia on their door, but Instigations is not amused. To be honest, we are sickened by the stench of what we can only guess is brimstone.

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ois DeFleur has been sending out more letters. The latest doesn't apologize for pepper-spraying felons, but it does invite students to a diversity training session. Since all evidence indicates that diversity training is the snake-oil of the nineties, students should be outmged at the waste of University money. Someone call the Governor, it looks like there still isa little too much slack in the budget.


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CJhe REVIEW'S 091 election endorsemenfs "The test of moml ideas is moral results." -

Mo."ton C. Blackwell

SA Elections: March 11-12

Executive Vice President Rich Tomic 'mere arc several qualified candidates for tbe position of Executi ve Vice President, but one candidate is truly outstanding. Richard Tomic has done a bang-up job as a member of the SA Judicial Board thi s year. He has showed restraint in exercising the powers of hi s office, and intelligence in his public statements. He is our choice for EVP. Tomic brings an exceptional knowledge of the behind·th.,.scenes workings of the Student Association to the position, and hi s no nonsense attitude is exactly what an Exreutive Vice President needs when rwming the often chaotic Student Assembly meetings. His wi ll be a steady hand on the rudder during what will most likely be a turbulent year.

Our campus has been 10m apart along several seems hy. The militancy of the multiculturalists, before and a/Ic'r the Oct(}ber violence and protests, dmnaged race relations. Conservatives have been provoked by strident homosexuals squeezing and intimidating the SA budget oommillee for thousands of dollars_ Last week's march of the Women's Ce nter's angry damsels drove a wedge between Binghamton men and women. We need an EVP who can kccp the peace by not caving into the most divisive clements . on our campus. Rich Tomic can do the job. We wish him the best of luck next year as EVP

Financial Vice President Tammy Chi The race for Financia l Vice President looks like a tough racc 10 call al first. Both cand id ates , Tammy Chi and Mar k Mehlman, have a wealth of experiences in financial matters, with Chi being the Asian Student Un ion FVP. and Mehlman the treasurer of the University Programming Board. However. by looking more closely at the backgrounds and agend as of both candidates, we begin to see a noticeable difference. Chi already has cx-

perience in working with SA fund s as an assistant to current FVP Erik Kopelman, which will undoubtedly aid her next year on the job. What the staff of lhe RF.VrEW really find s cxci ting a.bout Chi is her openness to the voucher systcm for allocatin g funds to SA organiza ti ons. The voucher system, made popular early in the campaign by presidential candidate Paco Torres, would enable each Binghamton student to choose which student organizations he would like to support with their Student Activity fee . By giving this power to the student s, instead of to a sma ll, usually politically orien ted budget committee, the voucher plan promises to end the annual SA budget ci rcus. It's time to take the money out of SA politics. Tanuny Chi 's willingness to look into thi s bold plan earns her our endorsement for Financial Vice President.

Academic Vice President Eyal Eisig At first glance, by endorsing a fTeshman for Academi c Vice President. you mi gh.t think that we h ave a hidden agenda. We do. It' s called an open cur· riculum. Eyal Eisig is the only candidate for AVP who strongl y supports I-Iarpur College Council's recent repeul of the diversity requirement, a move backed by a majority of students on thi s campus. A diversi ty requirement. which would force students to take two highly politiczed courses focusing on oppression studies, works against our interests as students.


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As AVP, Eisig is dedica ted to preventing the diversity requirement from ever again becoming an iss ue in I-larpur Col1ege Council. Other bold idea E isig would implement incJudeas giving Genera l Education credit for AP courses and Physical Educa ti on

credit for club sports. Both rcfonns would improve student life at Binghamton .

The other candid ate for AVP, fonner Hinman Coll ege Council Rules Committee Chair Ben Greenzwcig, probably has some good ideas, but his cand idacy is troubled by the fact that he would a bring a radical political agenda to the SA Executive Board. I-lis support for the diversity requirement is enough ora di squalification. It shows that he is both out of touch with the student body, and lacking good judgement. A vo te for Grcenzweig is a vote for more requirements, more politics, and less common sense in the office of Academic Vice Presid ent. Eisig avoids the harsh politics that have divided oW" campus. Students can COWlt on him to he their academic advocate and the most innovative refonner in next year's SA. We at the RI:VU!W strongly endorse Eyal

Eisig for AVP. Jason J . Kovacs , for the REVIEW Staff.

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Anthony J: - " AIfthe Way 1lINGHA.\fiON REvmwimOl' endorsinga can-

into a republic. ~forSAfR"SidenL SeveralsttJjJen, 'hawAfteibeing~iBicJ8Stsemester>no ~ cart their 101'for Androny J . BenardellD. we I.)OOkI have blamed AoIbcmy if .he just . " . ' wa1ked Il\\UY .fittnolntixlCot!lO\<2Illll<n~ and "Of ooorse,.in an age of madness, to expect 10 neva:·l00kEd 00c1i. H~ inst£OO of leaV.he 1.1IIIOUched by I.TIIldness is a foon. of mad- ibg the sI!.!dmts ~ .he loves 90 IlIUCb, bdrind., ness. Butthepursuitof sanity·can be afonn of ' 'he kePt ~. for tI:lea\ in,Harpur '.colJege madness; too," ; Saul Bellow. . •Girunciragainst the dreaded~ty . ," reqwre. . • men! His hard Wod<. paid,olHor all of us, and BiNcH,\Mro.N IlHvrnw. or at least a gOOd his reso)uti~ to I\lpeaI tIiil ilM2Sily require- ' part of the-staff. has come to tams with the ' ment passed. Because of Anthony J. fiIcl that we are living in a mad world, a "",ld Jlenard<:Uo, genemtions offulure Binghamton \\bore logic sl:lm<;timesabrup\ly dies, and UnivelSity students will noW have a chance to fools vote forfools v.bo are JUlJIling-for allice. educate themseJves in an environment of seaTheimpeaclDnenl of Anthony·Benard!'lli> laSt demic freedom. This kind of~ shows semester will go do"n in campus historY has exactly what kind' of ]ierson Anthony J. one of the JDOOl fuolisb, incredible. wastes of Benardell? is: bold, """'l!"Iic. and unafraid of timeew:r at this uniiIersity. Benarde!lo's stu- stal)<!it!gllp,.for.his ideas. These qualities are dent-fiI>"\agenda wascutsbort;andtheCaroelot to an SA Presidf:rit. ;thIrt,,,,hadblslfallwasv.roogfuIJytakenaway . In ' t/lis age of madness, sending from the studen~ desperate for ·a SA that · BenardelJoDack 't a the ,SAas its presideri1 ~for them. . - woUld restore a mOral or<ferto Binghamton Ifs not often in bistory that",e geta cluince .. Uni:versity, arid!t would send aloud, PQWto redeem ourselves. But now, tliis 'sprmg, Crful.me~agc IO'the extremists and ,slick :we have that OJl}lOrtU!lity. Some meml'iers of politicians that iribabir this cOmpus. By the RI!VlJlW' support Anthony J. ~eUo writingBenardello on your ballot., you are for SA'Priisident, and we hqpCall ofyou write ' effectively saying Illat you do Dol suph.in\ in 00. your ballot and send him back (0 port t:hclit crooked ways. We wish Anthony the. .Kingdom above the Uniqn, so he can · J. Benaidello the beSt ofluck next year as work together with us to lIaIlSfonn it back SA President.

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"Generations will grow up free" by John Camey

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inee last week's repeal of the diversity two-course mandate fo-

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ity. multiculturalism has been a fugitive in the fever swamp of the graduate student lounge. The chase began several weeks ago, when the proposed implementation of the diversity requirement went before studen ts, administrators and Caculty for approw!. Undergraduates quickly approved the proposal, which would have stacked the committee charged with overseeing the requirement in favor of hard core multiculturalists from the cultural unions and oppression studies programs. For several days nothing came out of the other voting bodies, any of whom had the power to veto the proposal. Then the results came in all at once: the graduates and administrators had voted in favor, the faculty against. So the pursuit began. Even now it's unclear why the faculty rejccted the implementation procedure. In the weeks leading up to the vote, very few professors publicly criticized lhe requirement or the proposal to implement it through a committee packed with multiculturalists. Conversations with some professors reveal that despite outward appearances, the diversity requirement ,\-us opposed by a significant portion of the faculty-a sort of undergr0und resistance to the multicultural regime. Some professors worried about effcct of the highly politicized requirement on the academic reputation of the university. Surrendering to the multiculturalists after

ycars of protests, takeovers, and threatened violence stunk of cowardly capitulation. Other professors considered the requirement to be an attempt by left-wing programs to grab increasing scarce resources. As students taking the requirement filled oppression studies courses, the university would be forced to hire new professors to teach diversity courses, diverting funding from traditional academic departments. For some departments, voting against implementation was a question of survival. Most likely. employing a secret ballot on the question cncouraged professors to vote their consciencc. Diversity requirement opponents did not have to fear reprisals from the pro-requirement administration or angry student groups. The underground resistance turncd out to include most professors.

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ebate over the diversity require ment began ncarly a decade ago, when the Harpur College planning committee's report on education in the nineties urged the uni versity to adopt a multicultural requirement. The issue was discussed for two years in Harpur College Council, the governing body of BU's college of arts and sciences. Eventually HCC adopted a diversity requirement, mandating that students take one eourse on a particular fo reign culture and an additional course dealing with theoretical aspects of diversity. Educational traditionalists criticized the requirement, but surprisingly the fiercest attack s aga in st it came from the

multiculturalists. The broad language of the requirement allowed students to fulfill it by tak ing traditi onal history and philosophy courses, and even courses on ancient Grecce and Rome. The multiculturalists wanted a requirement ~at strictly mandated the study of " under-represented people" and "systems of oppression." The debate reached fever pitch in the Call of 1993, when the women 's center hosted a series of protests by National Women 's Right Organizing Coalition. Most students were confused why an overly broad diversity requiremt..~t threatened women's rights, but NWROC's angry rhetoric was unmistakable. Carrying signs proclaiming "No to the Bullshit Diversity Requirement," and threatening to escalate campus contliet by arming multiculturalists with AK-47s, NWROC and a large contingent of campus supporters marched through classrooms and the Union for nearly a week. At one point they stormed HCC, di srupting the meeting with chants and lecturing council members on racism. The following fall HCC repeal the first diversity requirement. The council began considering a new requirement the following fall. Hardcore multiculturalists proposed a shockingly political requirement that many felt was better titled "Studies in Anti-American theory." Although this was soundly rejected, the council adopted in the spring of 1995 a similar proposal stripped of the more far-out leftb1language. lbe compromise, howcvt..T, still required students take courses on the «the


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a stacked implementation committee. lbis made painfully clear their subordination of

academic concerns to a political agenda, arousing the resistance of many professors and students. Thi s was a mistake the multiculturalists would later repeat.

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posed along the lines of the one rejected by the faculty. Since this would not be an officiaUy pennanent conuniltcc, it would not need to go to a college-wide referendum. Diversity requirement backers made the first move, proposi ng in BCC an ad-hoc implementation conunittce consisting of delegates from oppression studies programs and cultural wUon s. Although unabomber look alike GSO president Jesse Benjamin

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compared the proposal to Franklin Delano Roosevelt's infamous attempt to pack the Supreme Court with judges favorable to his policies. Golant, who heads the students delegation to HCC, proposed a substitute implementation procedure giving the curriculwn committee responsibility for the requirement. Golant's substitute was approved overwhelmingly, making the coDSeIVative student leader responsible for HCC's final endorsement of the diversity requirement. With the Golant implementation procedure in place, the college could begin to enforce the requirement. "Congratulations, Harpur, you have a diversity requirement," HCC chair and dean ofHarpur college proclaimed.

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were shaken. They had once again tmderestimated the strength of the resistance to their attempt to politicize the curriculum. And again they had a diversity requirement that was unsatisfactory because it was not under their control. The second defeat of multiculturalimplementationledthe~

backers without a clear plan for future action. The opposition was inspired by their second victory. Professors had openly voted in defiance of the multiculturalists. Success, however, brought division. Some members of the opposition wanted to press ahead boldly and challenged the requirement in the council. Golant urged caution, still certain the professors on HCC would never allow diversity to go down. The factions broke a~ both submitting resolutions to HCC. Ousted Student Association president Anthony J. Benardello proposed an immediate repeal of the requirement, while Golant proposed an opinion poll on the matter. The divided opposition fought publicly. Golant attempted to remove Benardello from HCC, arguing that his ouster from the presidency made him ineligible to sit as the new SA president Chris Abdoo's appointee to the council. Golant blasted Abdoo for the appointment: "Chris is too arrogant and unreasonable to correct his mistake." Abdoo responded by passing the buck to HCC its.;,lf What followed was one of the most brazen arguments ever made. Golant . claimed that the decision on Benardello should be left to HCC's three-person procedure committee on which he sat. It took

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associate Dean Don Blake to explain, "Since better than their elected representatives? the Jeff is a member of the three person proce- students demanded. And by what right did dural committee, it would be a conflict of Benjamin sit on the council ifelections were interest for the committee to make the deci- inadequate? "I think Jesse's got a rigged sion." Benardello's right to sit on HCC standard: elections are okay as long as they would be decided by the entire council. elect multiculturalists," an HCC student delBut it never came to that On a Friday egate remarked. afternoon at No. S, a Washington street resBenjamin momentarily retreated from taurant specializing in New York City style claiming to know what lurked in the hearts food and atmosphere, Golant negotiated a of undergraduates, admitting they were deal with Benardello's supporters. In ex- probably against the requirement. Now he change for their support of a motion to put made an argument that rivaled Golant's braaside the Benardello diversity repeal, Golant zen attempt to rule on his own motion. Benwould cease the attempt to unseat jamin claimed that student opposition to the Benardello. This would allow HCC to con- diversity requirement was proof of its nesider Golant's motion calling for an opinion cessityl Suddenly the facade of impartialpoll, after which he was certain gaining sup- ity came crashing down. Benjamin had report for repeal would be easier. Golant pointed vealed the true goal of the diversity requireout the danger ofvoting on the repea1 before ment: mdica11y politicized reeducation and an opinion poll: ifthe repeal failed, the diver- a remolding of student opinion along sity requirement could not be challenged multicultural lines. again this year, regardless of the poll results. Not much of the opposition's energy was Golant built more enthusiasm for the opin- wasted on replies to Benjamin's personal ion poll by convincing the Student Assembly attacks. Instead they concentrated on the to authorize a supporting letter to HCC. The substance of the requirement. In large part measure passed by acclimation, allowing the requirement overlapped with the Golant to claim ~ proposal had the unwaver- university's General Education requirement, and was therefore redundant. It added nothing support of Wldergraduate students. 1\\'0 separate motions were made to table ing but a left-wing political slant, the oppoBenardello's repeal, both failing. The coun- sition pointed out. In addition, it placed an cil was set on having a floor flight about the undue burden on students, making graduadiversity requirement and refused to be dis- tion after four years nearly impossible. Phitracted by polling. Golant honombly stuck losophy professor John Arthur and Gabin by his deal with the repealers, and the op- flung themselves with marvelous verve into position remained united. Benardello the defense of these propositions and othlaunched a grand attack on the requirement, ers supporting the value of a traditional libstressing the it's threat to academic excel- eral arts education. For two weeks the Council heatedly delence and integrity. Furthennore, he mgued, it merely worsened the bias in the college bated the requirement. Most council memcurriculum. "We have more Marxism than bers remained silent, making it difficult for the founding ideas of our country," either side to gauge the outcome of the inevitable vote. The breaking point came laSt Benardello complained. Benjamin led the defense, limiting his week, when history professor Warren Wacomments to attacks on his opponents, who ger annotmced he had given up his former he claimed were driven by right-wing ani- support of the requirement. The opposition mus and were out oftouch with the student had pCrsuaded him of its redundancy. Shortly after Wagar's speech, Nina body. With fantastic rhetorical flourish, Benjamin converted all questions offaet and Dadlani called for a vote on the repeal, and the repealers beat themulticulttmilists by a vote merit into questions of motive. of21 to 16. Thus the reign ofdiversity ended. It is unlikely that the professional e opposition leapt at Benjamin's claims like hungry dogs in a meat multiculturalists will give up the fight. A locker. By what sort of mysticism bungled multiculturalist strategy that cendid Benjamin know what students wanted tered on personal defamation assisted the

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timidated opposition, professors and students unwilling to stand up to the race-bating politics of the left. Now they face an opposition united by victory, confident in both their judgement of the diversity requirement and their ability to defeat it. The multicultural push that began as a plan for the nineties wili not see light in this century, and in ali likelihood we will remember the multiculturalists as the Luddites of the twentieth century-passionate defenders of an impossible cause.

John Carney is a senior majoring in English &GeneraL Literature and Philosophy, Politics, & Law. He ;s the Editor-in-Chie! OJBINGHAM1ON

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"Most students oppose the Diversity Requirement, simply because it is a requirement and takes away precious time from valuable courses." - Alex Galitsky, December 1996 "Mulitculturalism seeks to destroy the American nation-state." - Jason Kovacs, November 1996 "Force me to bow down and study the 'nature of oppression' and I will reach for my longknife." - John Camey, October 1996 "The Diversity Requirement is an abomination, and it dooms this university." - John Camey, October 1996 "1 wonder if the new Diversity Requirement isn't part of a sales pitch. Diversity seUs these days." - Mark Schmidt, October 1993

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Sin and Tyranny: How to fIX our unconstitutional SA budget with vouchers

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n the final days of November, just as a civi l war was raging inside the Student Association over the impeachment of the SA President, a landmark decision by a District Court judge sent shock waves through the University of Wisconsin establishment. U.S. District Court Judge John Shabaz ruled that the University's

mandatory student activity fee violated the First Amendment rights of three University of Wisconsin at Madison law students who challenged the policy in the court. The students objected to being forced to subsidize student groups they claimed regularly engage in partisan political activity, including the UWM chapter of the International Socialist Organization, Amnesty International and the Campus Women's Center. The students also cited the Wisconsin Public Interest Group, which lobbied legislntors on several bills and supported political candidates by providing a scorecard on particular issues. Judge Shabaz agreed with the cla im made by the students, Scott Southworth, Amy Schoepke and Keith Bannach , that the activity fee infringed on their right of free associati on by compelling them to con tributt! to groups with whose politics and ideology they disagreed . " This court finds th at the balance be tween the competing interests in this case tip s in favor of the First Amendment rights not to be compelled to speak or asso -

eiate," Shabaz sa id. He ordered the University to devise a new system for collecting and disbursing student activity fees that will allow student s not to subsidize partisan political groups they oppose. Predictably, the student government bosses at UWM were

aghast at thi s decision. Seeing the source of their power suddenly taken away, they responded with a feor-mongering campaign designed to scare and deceive students. Chairs of the Associated Students of Madison Angela Smith suggested that many popular s tudent clubs and services funded by the activity fee might disappear. And just las t week the ASM se t up a di splay of tombstones with names of student groups to dramatize the

purported effects of the Court's decision to protect the right of students not to fund political groups. This claim is tr.msparently false because non-political and non-ideological student groups were not affected by the Federal Court's decision. What is really at stake is the power that the student government bosses derive from spreading the activity fee largesse among the favored groups. The District Court's ruling is being appealed by UWM's Board of Regents and a decision by the 7th Circuit Court is expected later this fall. However, the lower court ruling should provide a boost for BU students seeking to reform the mandato!), activity fee. Ostensibly, the SA does not fund political groups and does not allow chartered groups to endorse candidates who nm for local, state and federal offices. But it is no secret that many SA funded groups engage in political activities. SomeBU cultural groups disguise political activities under the ruse of fighting for diversity and multicultura1ism. Not to be outdone, RalphNaderaffiliatedNYPIRG, SASU and USSA are in business oflobbying state and federal legislators to enact lefi-\ving big government solutions on education, environment, consumer rights and other issues. A recent USSA Action AJert reveals that the organization has been openly supporting judicial efforts to preserve racial preferences by thwarting the popular will of Californians who voted for the anti-


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affirmative action Proposition 209. USSA has also been lobbying against the Balanced Budget Amendment and the Welfare Reform Bill. Our local chapter of NYPIRG recently bussed students to Albany in an attempt to stop Governor George Pataki's reform of the State University of New York budget. All these are legitimate political activities and members of these groups should be applauded for their dedication to those causes. But, as Thomas Jefferson said, "To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical." And as Judge Shabaz ruled last November, it also violates the First Amendment right to freedom of association. Securing the right of students not to subsidize political activities of student groups will involve serious reform. The undemocratic process by which student

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activity fees are allocated among groups must be done away with. As things stand now, the budget committeewhose members are hand-picked by the SA President and approved by the Student Assembly-decides the allocation of funds to groups. Their decisions, time and time again, have resulted in such outrages as pitiful funding received by the Irish Student Union and the Nursing Student Association, while politically powerful groups like the Latin American Student Union and the Black Student Union have been showered with more than $18,000 per academic year. Over the years, general student apathy regarding the SA has enabled small well-organized factions to capture control of the Assembly and the E-board, and push through the inequitable funding of student groups. Student apathy toward the SA, however, is not some unfortunate accident. The system is rigged to exclude most students in favor of self-serving SA

bosses and the radical multicultural sects that feed at the SA trough. The clear solution to this problem is to implement the activity fee voucher plan originally suggested by BINGHAMTON REvIEw writer Joe Hwy and more recently advocated by fonner SA Presidential candidate Paco Torres. Vouchers would empower students to decide to which groups they want to receive their activity fees, rather than SWTendering student money to the SA to have the bosses make the decisions. In the same ~ student groups would be freed from having to beg and indulge the SA bosses to procure the funds. Instead, they would solicit activity fee vouchers directly from students. This is a worthy refonn that democratizes the pr0cess of group funding and consigns the SA to the irrelevancy it deserves. Dan Michels is a senior majoring in economics.

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ew statistics in the mandatory an nual report relea sed by the Binghamton University Department of Public Safcty this month show a high, but steady mte of crime on the Binghamton University campus. After a staggering 42% increase in total crimes committed yearly from 1994 to 1995, the last calendaryearended withamaremodcratc4.5%in~. "Ibe

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Public Safety report was initially released to the public, University President Lois B. DeFleur and Public Safety director John Schwartz both asserted that the increase in

some campus crimes mirrors societal trends. However, recent statistics from the United States Department of Justice and the Office

total munber of violent crimes-defined as the sum of murders. rapes, robberies,

aggravated assaults, and cases of sexual abuso--conunitted on campus in 19% decreased by more than 20010 from 1995's record totals. Katharine Ellis, a ~1>Okeswoman for Binghamton University, expressed satisfaction with the annua l report filed by Public Safety, attributing the decline in violent crimes to the "nwnerous educational and prevention prcr grillns conducted by Public Safety and Residential Life staff." She expressed concern with increases in some of Ole most-reported crimes, including harassment. The total number of harassments reported on campus in I 996 rose by an alarming 40%, though Officer Doug Bonawitz, chainnan ofNew York State University Police Local 1792, the labor union of Public Safety omcers and detectives, noted that much of the increase can be attributed to prank or sexually suggestive phone calls rather than physical intimidation. The crime picture at Binghamton University may not be as rosy as the administration would like to believe. Though the trend of dramatic increases in crimes conunittcd at Binghamton University seemed to end in 1996, there still is rcason for the campus community to be concerned about its safety. At the Binghamton University Council meeting of Friday, February 2 1, where the

ofthe Attorney General of the State of New York show a steady trend ofdiminishing crime from I 994 to 19%. The drop in crime has been notably drmnatic in New York City and its suburbs, from where Binghamton University draws a plurality of its student body. Clearly, the continuing trend of increased crime on campus is occurring in spite of societal trends, rather than correlating with them. A second, related area of concern is the proportion of crimes reported on campus as compared to crimes committed in the surrounding conununity. A recent report TC-

leased by the Department of Justice concluded that campuses across America are on the average ten times safer than their surrounding communities. This report has been widely cited by President DeFleur as vindication of her safety efforts at the Binghamton University campus. DeFleur contends that the reduction of felony crimes committed at the university in 19% supports the findings of the Department of Jusbce report, but that report included statistics only through 1995 and made no contention that the number of violent crimes committed on campuses were decreasing, only that they were lower than the surrotmding communities. Blind acct..1>tance ofilic statistics provided in the Department of Justice report provide little relief for those concerned about safety at Binghamton University. The Department of Justice reported that rape occurred at only nine percent of American campuses in 1995-there were three reported at Binghamton University. The report further contended that robbery occurred at only twelve percent of campuses that year--there were six reported at the Public Ivy alone. Finally, in 1995, only eighteen percent of campuses reported aggravated assaults--a staggering fifteen occurred at Binghamton University. This suggests that Binghamton University occupies the top strata in incidence of violent crime compared to other colleges and universities in the United States. Bolstering thi s assertion is a 1995 report from the American Association of Public Colleges and Universities showing that Binghamton University has


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attained a top ten position nationally in Class I crimes committed per capita. Furthermore, the Department ofJustice report has come under the severe scrutiny of campus safety advocates who contend that the vast majority of campus crime reports are incomplete and may represent widespread violations of the Campus Seemity Act. According to Ben Clery, Vi~PresidentofSecu­ rity on Campus, Inc., a nonprofit group located in Pennsy1vani~ crime statistics published at 95% of federa11y-ftmded colleges and tmiversities, including Binghamton University, only indicate arrests made by campus police and public safety departments. This represents only a small fraction of campus crimes, Clery said. Thus, crime statistics at schools like Binghamton University may not include sexual assaults and rapes reported to women's centers and rape crisis centers, burglaries and possessions and uses of illegal drugs reported to campus housing officials, and the large amount of campus crimes that are ftmneled into the campus judicial system. This means, Clery said, that 95% of the reports used in the Department of Justice study were incomplete. To remedy this situation, Security on Campus, Inc., the Student Press Law Center, and the Society of Professional Journalists have drafted the Accuracy in Campus Crime Reporting Act (H.R. 715), which was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on February 12, 1997, by John Duncan (R-1N) and Charles Schumer (D-NY). This legislation, which now has eleven Democrats and eight Republicans as co-sponsors, will require federally-funded schools like Binghamton University to report all crimes and to make campus judicial hearings and disciplinary records open to the public. Failure to comply with this legislation, should it pass Congress and be signed into law by President Clinton, will result in automatic suspension offederal aid to the offending institutions. Binghamton University has not been above suspicion where reporting of crime is concerned. On February 10, 1996, a bloody melee at a National Pan-Hellenic Council event at Newing Dining Hall left three people bleeding from wotmds caused by one or several single-edged razor blades. Sources at

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Binghamton General Hospital reported that it took over 100 stitches-many in the head area--to close the deep wounds and witnesses at Newing Dining Hall said that the inside looked like "a slaughterhouse," with enough blood and debris on the floor to delay the next day's opening of the dining facilities for many hours. The official position ofthe Binghamton University administration was somewhat differen~ however, as University Vice-President for Student Affairs Rodger Summers dismissed the carnage as a "bwnping incident" which caused a cut "less than an inch long on someone's arm." Summers was later forced to amend the administration's position when eyewitness accounts of the incident became public. This is not an isolated occurrence and even reporting of crimes directly handled by Public Safety may be open to taint by administrative orders, said Don Kreger, state president of New York State Police Local 1792. "1 know that campuses do play games with crime statistics. I've seen where campuses have reported rapes as something less, and I've seen campuses change the rules as to how officers are allowed to classify crimes just so that the more serious crimes are reported in fewer numbers," Kreger explained. In addition to the above concerns about campus safety, President DeFleur's assertion that the Binghamton University campus is ten times safer than the surrounding community simply does not reconcile with the data available from the Town of Vestal, which surrounds the Binghamton University campus on all sides, according to Bonawitz. The crime numbers from Vestal show that the Binghamton University campus is more dangerous by some statistical measures, Bonawitz said. "You're as safe [on campus] as you are off-campus~ by the same token, you're just as much at risk. People like to use statistics, but the thing to keep in mind is our [the Binghamton University Department of Public Safety] numbers are only for eight or nine months a year, not 365 days," he added. Currently, the DeFleur and the administration's stated goal is "to make the campus as safe as possible and conduct as many safety education programs as possible." However, plans for safety enforcement are the focus of much doubt. In 1995,

state-operated campuses were asked to respond to a proposal that would amend the law to allow Public Safety to become University Police, with extended jurisdiction and access to firearms. After much protest from a small group of minority students and faculty, who claimed that increasing the power of Public Safety would lead to harassment of minorities on campus, DeFleur refused to lend her support to the proposal, claiming wmecessary limits on flexibility. This was disputed at the time by Schwartz, who noted that DeFleur would have the power to constrain any of the police powers granted by the proposal, including the anning of officers. The administmtionand Public Safety agree that little has changed since the rejection of the proposal. The lack of police powers has impeded the administration of law enforcement on campus, Bonawitz said, noting that suspects in the Newing Dining Hall melee were never brought to justice because Public Safety officers were unable to bring in witnesses to identifY the assailants. "We still need the police power, we still need the arming," Bonawitz concluded. While Binghamton University has been spared from chaotic violent incidents since the Newing slashings and the pepper-spray incident ofOctober 15, 1996, where three students and one Public Safety officer were injured during a riot outside of a Student Assembly meeting, other campuses have been less fortunate. Students and faculty have been kil1ed by gunfire at SanOiego State University, Penn State, the University of TexasSan Antonio, Purdue University, UCLA, and Rowan College in the last eight months. Public safety officers have not been spared from violence, either--on February 10, 1997, Michael Blankenship, an unanned police officer at Ohio State University, was killed by a gmunan.

What will Binghamton University administrators allow to wither first--the public safety or the public image? The sages might caution Lois DeFleur and her colleagues to pay equal attention to both., because they hold the key to a far more important item-the public trust.

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t the recent J-Crew sale, many un- anything to do with the stated purpose of suspecting students thought they the march, the crowd was exposed to were buying quality clothes for an Heywood's views on affirmative action. The inexpensive price, but in truth they were slides were shown of Jessie Jackson and supporting a most heinous fonn of female Patricia Ireland of the National Organization exploitation. J-Crew was guilty of portray- for Women marching together holding the ing women as useless housewives from the sign "Fight the Right". Another slide 1950's. Yet another male chauvinist con- showed a woman with the sign "Don't F-ck spiracy has been revealed to the masses. with Abortion Rights". What does this have We know this and more thanks to Professor to do with violence against women and takLeslie Heywood of the English Department ing back the night? Absolutely nothing, unand the Women's left-of-Center, who less, of course, you believe that we all comshowed a few slides from the popular cloth- mit violence against women when we suping company. Perhaps students should re- port a pro-life position. Yet from professor turn their recent purchases fromJ-Crew. Then Heywood's lecture one might assume that again, maybe they shouldn't. people who are right-wing or simply against This and other shocking revelations were abortion on demand support violence exposed on the night of March 5, as the against women, or at the very least worthy angry damsels ofthe Women's Center gath- targets of the "Take Back the Night" march. ered in the South Lounge for their annual This is a classic bait-and-switch move: lure "Take Back the Night" march. According to unsuspecting girls with a march against vioa Women's Center news release, the pur- lence, and deliver a lecture on the evils of pose of the march is to "affirm the right of conseJVatism. women to walk alone without the fear ofvioProfessor Heywood ended her speech by lence." This march brought out about two beginning the signature chant, "Women hundred women and a handful of men from Unite, Take Back the Night." As the march proceeded to Dickinson, a second round of the campus. Professor Leslie Heywood kicked off the chants began. "Hey! Ho! This sexist shit evening and the true purpose of the march has got to go!" was screamed as they became obvious shortly. Anyone who lis- marched to the quad. This, more than anytened to Professor Heywood would think thing else, turned off most of the march's that all men rape women and sexually mo- observers. It had nothing to do with the lest their daughters. A ''male basher" atti- stated purpose of the march, not to mention tude became readily apparent. The crowd that it is a little rude to scream obscenities listened intently as she spoke of her own in other people's communities. The ulterior motive behind this march was experience with violence and shared some unbelievable statistics about violence further evidenced as it snaked its way against women. Professor Heywood through the communities. Beyond Newing claimed, "All women in the world are vic- College all men were banned from the march, tims of sexual violence." Then her lecture as well as the press. This has been a hallwent political. Even though it had little, if mark ofthe Women's Center "Take Back the

Night" march in the past, and leaves one wondering "why are the women who participate in the march and the Women's Center so obstinate on this point?" Clearly, some of the ladies of the Center hate men. Solidarity amongst women is somehow impossible to achieve amongst men due to the nature of men and their relationship with women. The status ofvictimhood is extended to every waking hour of the day for these women. The women supposedly would not be able to find the strength in the presence of men to march against the criminals that lurk in the night. Members of the Women's Center find it reasonable to demand the expulsion of all men~ The magic trick by which the Women's Center accomplishes this feat oflogic is still a mystery. In general, people may be classified into three sets: men, women, and criminals. Criminals commit crime against the other two sets, and are not particularly concerned with the sex of their victims. Therefore, the Women's Center decided that men should be thrown out of the march. Grant that criminals are not equally composed of men and women, and that women may fear for their safety more often than men (although men are more likely to be victims of violent crime). It is nonetheless true that most men cannot be classed as criminals. The policy seeks to further a political agenda that treated all men as pigs and all women as victims. Most students can see through the Women's Center. Much to the amusement of jeerers and onlookers alike, the march snaked its way through all the communities . for their taunting enjoyment without leaving the comfort of home. Doubtless, the politically incorrect here at B.U. waited in


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carnest for the passing women ' s center. The oft repeated phrase, <llere they come, quick get the stereo on" was surely heard throughout the residence hal1s amongst friends and beer. 'Ibe academic year simply wouldn ' t be the same without it. Many were probably disappointed in November, the traditional month of the march , thinking that their annual festival of jeers had come to an end. Many students who were prepared to greet the participants of the march with their stereos. Songs like "Girls" by Beastie Boys and "Rape Me" by Nuvana were overheard in almost every community. The joy received by annoying the hell out of the murch 's participants is beyond the women ' s center's imagination. Many students regretted that the women 's center makes so much fun of itself only once a year. Catcall s such as «go home", "shut-up", etc. were heard in each community from very vocal students. In order to fight problems such as abuse there has to be a combination of forces, not an alienation of sexes. There is no excuse

THE NIGHT for violence against anyone. It is time to look at the problem wi th marches such as this, and really try to unite both sexes to fight these horrible crimes. Interestingly enough, Professor Heywood stated that «I'm a woman, watch me score." The on ly people who saw women score that night Wf...'1'C in the West Gym, whl.'1'C in Lhe NCAA playoffs, B. U. 's OWll women 's baskctball team was playing that same night. Heywood and the those in attendance WCTC simply at the wrong event.

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Allison Dembeck is a sophomore majoring in English and Philosophy. The follOWing staffmembers contributed to this article:

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Songs in Praise of Great Men What Achilles and Socrates Have to Say to Black Lesbians

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nger. My college education began with anger. The Greek wordmenin, which is translated as anger, wrath, or rage, is the fLrSt word ofHomer's Iliad, the epic poem which serves as a freshman ' s virginal experience with The Great Books at my school. I am a freshman at St. John ' s College in Annapolis, Maryland. St. John ' s

College is not the same as S1. John's University in Queens. It is a liberal arts college of approximately 400 student s which takes literally the idea of

Uliberal education. " ULiberal" does not describe the political

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innmliate (XIbIic, but was desigmI to l!5 fOOM2C." That is what makes The Great Books great. P lato and Aristotle address issues pertinent not just to aristocrats, men or Athenians, but to all of mankind. Aristotle ' s

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oIMous, this is no less true regarding the iliad, the talc ofAchilles "An!lo" be now your song lmm<xtal me', thus HOITVIf begins the epic of the _ of Achilles It "ookI be surpising if any poet has sin:e aqIDred rage \vith anything !If.IXOOCIting beauty and clarity of Homer's poem Any man who has ever felt belrnyed or dishonored has touched the surtiIce ofmw Achilles endures. He is tetrnyed by his militmy superia, ¥'t1,nKXl, who is ~ty ofexactly the sane crime of".!rich there wbo attock the traditional education offerered at SJC are guilty: Agamenmon fails to see that before and above all else, Achilles is a

human. His frustration stems from his

desire to no longer be an excellent warrior, or a perfect subordinate. He has included conservatives did not want to be judged as a such as Leo Strauss and Clos- IW!;:::====F~ ing of the American Mind soldier, or a teenager, or a Greek. although he wus all three. He wanted author Allan Bloom. All SJC students read the same books to be judged as a person. The Greek word during their four years, and those books are for Achilles' goal is arele, which is translated as virtue, or human excellence. "rilten almost exclusively by dead white The "liberal" part of liberal education is males. Of the books I read for class in my lirst Nichomachean Ethics describes happiness, not Forhimsclf, but for all humans. Sophocles' that it frees students. It makes us less semester, all but one were written in Greek. Plutarch and Euclid were the closest we came character Oedipus and Antigone give us bound to limi ts of the time and place in insight into more than incest and patricide, which we live, moving us beyond the to modernity. but into the entire structure of the family and prejudices our land and age, toward the The reading list is basically chronological, and so by the end of the fITSl semester of the state. lhe most important aspect of Truth. The works read at st. John 's College Socrates' fonn s is that they are etemal. Good will not give her students particular insight sophomore year, we advance into A.D. The SJC curriculum distrusts secondary sources, things may come and go, but Good is remains. into what it was like to be a bomb victim at expressing a deep regard for tradition through These etemal and unchanging things are the Hiroshima, or to be a lesbian in modem its emphasis on direct confrontation with proper objects of serious intellectual inquiry, America. It will annheralwnni \vithwisdom of the things etemal. Those who read The great books. Critics of this sort of "bookSocrates and Aristotle show us. Great Books get a sense of what it means to learning" arc viewed skeptically. Among the It would be ludicrous, after reading the countless and important lessons I have philosophical works, for anyone to claim be human , and also how to be a Great Man. already learned, is that many "scholars" who that the logical proofs of Socrates and criticize an education focused on the works of Aristotle are in some way "dated" or only Tim Carney ;s afreshman at St. Johns's dead white males, haven't read the right relewnt to catain people. AJ1hough it is net as College. dead white males. leaning of the faculty, which

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The Mail Bag This month: Professor Scobie analyzes the SUNY Budget. Dear Editor. The article by Nathan Wurtzel (REVIEW, Feb. 1997) oncosts ofN. Y. public higher education, points to the very rapid increase in tuition over the last six years. He reasonably points out, based on a reanalysis of a New York Public Interest Group(NYPIRG) report, that N.Y. tuition, as a fraction of bousehold income isn't too much higher than the national average. However, his analysis neglects a couple of important partsof1hewho1e pictme. What does one get for one's tuition and, since we are talking about PUBUC higher education, what is the public's share and bow affordable is that? Both of these points go to how much state support is being provided to the university. It is quite well known that state funds have dropped precipitously over the last six years. If I recall my notes from last year's analysis correctly, in tenns of revenues at B. U., the change bas been from about 46% state support in 1989-90 to about 26% in 1995-96. Hmm... , tuition goes up and state support goes down. Students are paying more- are they getting less? Well, in terms of full-time faculty here at B.U., there is no question that there is less. We've lost about 100 faculty since 1989-90, and we have about the same number of students. Paying more and getting less, yup! Has educational quality or access declined? Much harder to knOw. Unfortunately, there are no generally accepted methods for assessing educational quality. The best answer seems to be: probably not much. We've probably been both lucky and effective. How about access? I leave that more up to the students to evaluate. However, as a faculty member, I believe I am experiencing more class crowding, and I seem to be denying more petitions for lack of space. Now let us look at the issue of affordability ofpublic education for New Yorkers. It seems that N. Y. does pretty well in tenns ofper capita income-4th from the top among all the states. One might think that, all other things

being equal, N. Y. would be, say, in the upper 25% of states in per capita dollar support for education. We can afford it Nope! N. Y. ranks 40th in per capita contribution to higher education. From an educators perspectives, that is pathetic. As Wurtzel suggests, the reader well want to "... be on the phone to the governor and legislators, demanding more money for higher education. II What's going on? Clearly, tuition is highly politicized. N. Y. simply has no mtional tuition policy. If it had, tuition might have gone up $200 last year and ano1her $200 this year (the Govemot's proposal is that it go up $400 this year). Why the break last year? It was an election year. People might not have voted 'correctly' if the current administration increased tuition. And, by the way, $400? When was the last time anyone saw a yearto-year price increase (with no value added) of 12%? Inflationary costs of about 3% can't account for this sort of increase. New York bas no coherent plan for financing public higher education. At one time it did: inexpensive (cost to student and public), and readily accessible, and of reasonably high quality. If one had to guess at a current and sub rosa plan, based on reasonable (although linear) projections, it would be clearly and simply: full privatization. Why does N. Y. need a public university anyway? That may be the real issue. If privati7Jltion, indeed, is the plan, it would be honorable and responsible if the governor and the legislature and the trustees of the university would be a little more forthcoming. Or, does the plan need to be secret lest the people whose money they are spending understand it and objected? We do know what the Governor's plan is: progressively fewer state dollars and progressively more student dollars for the University. The legislators are harder to read. Maybe they are closer to the people. How about the Trustees? Indeed, the cmious case of the 1rust-

ees. Last year I reported that, directed by the Trustees, campus presidents were 'muzzled'-told not to comment on the damage the governor's budget would do to the university. The Trustees had, a few months earlier, approved a budget that the Governor then cut. One would think that, in any reasonable world, the Trustees would be positive advocates for all aspects ofthe University. And, at minimUIll, they would, once they approved a budget, argue most strongly for its validity and acceptance. We never did hear from the Trustees last year. This year was slightly different. Again the Trustees approved a budget request. Again the Governor cut the budget. However, the Trustees, after what is rumored to be some acrimonious discussion, publicly resolved to "prepare an advocacy plan." Somehow they are being dragged kicking and screaming in the direction of fulfilling what seems to me one of their primary responsibilities. I hope they get to it. Wurtzel and NYPlRG have both made useful contributions to the tuition debate. But, let's broaden the debate to: 'whose mriversity is it anyway?' Let us move away from gratuitous statements like " ...New York has... suffered from an economic slowdown-likely the result of liberal tax and spending policies advanced by the previous governor.... " (And, therefore, I suppose, N. Y. can't afford a univerisity?) After all, the previous governor introduced income tax cuts in, I recall, 1987- political light years before the CU1Tent govemots simiIarplan. It would be equally gratuitous of me to suggest that the current govemots policies are responsible for the enonnous lag N. Y. has experienced in participating in the strong ec0nomic recovery of the rest of the CO\Ultry. But, maybe they are. His policies seem bad for our public university and our students. Stanley R. Scobie, Associate Professor of Psychology


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While they arc abusing white teachers, Efficacy's [Efficacy Institute] facilitators seek to increase black children's self-esteem, which will presumably improve their performance. Jeff Howard's program recall s the 1989 and 1991 pedagogy plans by black supremacists Leonard Jeffries and Ali Mazrui, of City College and the State University at Binghamton, respectively [emphasis added]. Chronicles, March 1997

A pro-choice leader sent chock waves through the movement on Fcb.26, by admitting that he had lied about the true number of partial birth abortions in the United States ... Ron Fitzsimmons, executive director orthe Alexandria based National Coalition of Abortion Providers, said he "lied through his teeth" during a 1995 appearance on ABC's "Nightline" ... Mr. Fitzsimmons, whose organization oversees 200 abortion clinics nationwide, says he mistakenly told a "Nightline" reporter that women had partial birth abortions only in the most extreme circumstances. The truth, he now says, is that such abortions are fairly common ... "The abortion rights folks know it, the anti-abortion folks know it, and so, probably, does everyone else; he told the AMA news. The Washington Times, March 9, 1997

With Halley's Comet set to return in July, 2061, the T. V. networks are now making plans on how to report it without diverting too much coverage from the latest develop-. ments in the O.J. Simpson case. National Review, March 10, 1997

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Fonncr SA Presidential contender Geillan AIy said that she left the race accidently. By submitting a note to SA Election Committee Chainnan James Vaughn saying, ''I'm out," she ..... meant something completely different. " Is she what we think she is? Pipe Dream, March 7, 1997.

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