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The Press. (Cortland, N.Y.) 1972-1990, October 10, 1986, Image 3

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) The Press/Friday, .October •10, 19S6PIHft.l!iti against rape shows concern By LEE ANN BEGLEITER A \Rally to Pull the Mask off Rape\ was held on the Corey Union steps Wednes- day, at 4 p.m. A.W.A.R.E., a women's group on campus, organized the rallv. An A.W.A.R.E. member, Lisa Skill, said that the rally would, \show that the students are concerned about what is going on\ and that they are ''not going to sit back passively and accept . it.\ A.W.A.R.E. members made signs reading, \Dry Campus or Safe Campus\ and \Let's unite and stop rape.\ Spirits were high among A. W .A.R.E. members but only approximately 25 other students attended the rally. The lack of participation seemed not to be due to lack of concern. Howard Bot- winick, an economics pro- fessor who was also in atten- dance at the rally, said, ''Students are concerned but they don't understand how a rally or a protest can help.'' Katie Keyser, a Cortland student who participated in the rally, expressed her doubts about coming to the rally. She said, \I don't like to do anything radical but this is a reality, . it's self- defense.\ Jennifer Parker, an A.W.A.R.E. member, feels that the lack of concern does not .lie with the students but rather with the law enforce- ment agencies who she said ''aren't expressing their con- cern.\ She says that, \drink- ing off-campus has taken precedent over this,\ and adds \how seriously can they be taking it when in their own words the called it a 'prank'.\ At a Cortland Off- Campus Organization meeting Tuesday, Cortland Police Chief Philip Cinquan- ti said, \If you don't think that I am as concerned about the .rape problem as you are, you are sadly mistaken.\ Ac- cording to Cinquanti, there has been --11 incidents since November of 19~5. \Seven of these incidents,\ he said, '~can be tied together and four others J:;an go either way,'' adding· that \we aren\t · overlooking anything.'' According to one student at the rally, \It seems they (the police) never walk on your street unless its the day before a block party.'' SgL Buggs, who is heading the rape investigation, was unavailable for comment. Due to the low turn-out, ' the rally was moved indoors for a discussion on how students can be made more aware of the problem. Th,e raUy quickly turned into a group of concerned students, both male and -f~male, discussing ideas on now to make students aware of the seriousness of the problem as well as ways to llelp prevent rape. CO\.lfSe will help the victim _ Rose Corte~e, an S.U.C.C. senior, believes that \precau- tion is the key word. It's bet- ter not to be put in the situa- tion then have to defend yourself.'' The ,group discussed the many precau- tionary measures that may be taken. Parker has contacted The Guardian Angels Women's Task Force. in Albany and they have agreed to come to Cortland and discusS' what preventive measures may be taken .. Many students may see The Guardian Angels as a drastic measure, but Parker S,aid ''we're not blowing it out of proportion. Our ob- jective is to have _them come up and give us suggestions as to what we can do as students.\ As one student put it, \Rape isn't going to end - you have to take care of yourself.\ Also discussed was a free self-defense course being of- fered to college students. The break away and run. The course is offered from 5 te 7 on Monday and Wednesday evenings in the Wellness Center. Others at the meeting said both the ·students and the community ri.eed to be more aware of the probiem. Skill stated, \We would like the community to -work with us to help fight this problem.'' Suggest~om; inc-lud~d distributing a \Fact Sheet\ · across campus which would include facts about the in-· cidents in Cortland as well as rape incidents . at other col- leges. A student at the meeting said this \Fact Sheet\ \will show the reality of the situa- tion,\ thus mafdng the _ students aware. An-other suggestion was to have \Safe Houses\. Safe Houses are houses within the neighborhood who hang a sign or a light outside to in- dicate that if anyone is in trouble they can get help within that household. ~ \ Supporters of proposal giving lecture series By BETH TARTAGLIA - Four supporters of the new \prejudice and discrimination\ proposal spoke in front of a full house at the Old Main faculty/staff lounge Tues- day. This was the first of four sandwich seminars to be held throughout campus in the next couple weeks. about prejudice and discrimination before they - graduate. Among the activities Peagler mentioned were sports, government and various clubs. The gathering was held to discuss a proposal to establish a new general education category. The category would be dealing with prejudice and discrimination and would be under a GE 10 heading. Russell said it is a basic need for a Liberal Arts eduction. She added that it would help to shape a more responsible adult who would be able to make good decisions and cope with any discrimination they\ might encounter, The course would reform students' values as well as raise their consciousness about the issues, she said. Peagler then focused on some of the benefits that would be reaped as a result of the GE 10 category. Among these were the fact that a classroom could become a forum for communication and confronta- tion for all students. He said he feels that this would eventually create a better feeling among students on campus. James McKee, who chairs the committee which org~ize~: the seminars, said the purpose. of tbese- semirtars·is to-receive feedback ·about the new pre- judice and discrimination proposal. The new re- quirement, he said, would deal mainly with race and gender discrimination. Dr. Bruce Atkins of the English department spoke from a different point of view. Atkins first spoke of the general lack of knowledge students have concerning prejudice and discrimination. He then went oa to~ explain some possible problems that might ·a~-rse from fhe implementation of the new GB 10 category. The final speaker Barbara Stallworth, a ·senior majoring in communication studies, spoke from a student's point of view. · . Stallworth explained tbat although the minority population on cimipus 'is very small, it iS uniti'Ilg'in a non-radical way to get-alhtudents togc::ther. ·- Stallwortn also stressed the widespread practiCe of pre-judgement by fe1low students. She attributed this problem to the fact that most white students have never interacted with minority students in their The course would also touch en class and ethic discrimination and possibly even discrimination on the basis of religion, age, sexual preference and disabilities, he added. Atkins' alternative to the problem would be to have every GE course include some sections pertain- ing to prejudice and discrimination rather than hav- ing an entire category devoted to it. Kathryn Russell of the philosophy depart~ent analyzed the academic view of the proposal and asking whether students should be required to study The next speaker, Richard Peagler from the counseling department, offered comments about the psychosocial effects on minority students. past. ' After the final spe~ker, the floor was open to general discussion. This proved to be successful in generating new ideas as well as expanding on the ones already offered. Peagler spoke mainly about the decline in par- ticipation of school activities by minority students. Office opens for Volunteers B:y MAUREEN JOYCE CSVP serves as a atrect unK oetweer student.s and V()lunteer programs. Applica- - The Cortland Student Volunteer Project of- tions are available through the Student Orien- fice in Brockway Hall is bare except for a cou-. tation and Advisement Program,. SOAP, staff pie of desks and chairs. or in the CSVP office in Room 130 in There is a poster on the back of the door B:rQc~way-. - · . with Albert Einstein's words: \Man is here Students are ask~d to indicate areas of in- for the sake of other men,\ and only the con- terest. They· are then matched with specific tinually ringing telephone breaks the stillness agencie~ based on tlleir interests. of the room as 27 Cortland community and Positions for -\lollu~t~ers include working sociiu agencies call to find student volunteers with clients_suehas retarded citizens, head in- to s~aff their many programs. jury victims, and disadvantaged or handicap- There is a tremendous amount of work that pecJ children. Working with children in day . needsto.be done~ according to Nancy Dicker-. cate centers on and off campus and visiting son, the. part-time director of CSVP. the elderly in nursing hom~s are other ''Thete is· a ·need for more tl)an .250 possibiliti~s. volunteers ill the Cortland area,\ she said , \and we've ¥c:>f-about.73a?Piic.adorls sofar.'' The -Loaves and Fishes pmgram, which This is the fq-st year for ~VSP on tlle:State feeds ~Jl :average of 170 Cortland residents af University College at G:or_tland .. camp~s, ·blJt Grace Episcopal Clturch on Court Street, is the need for volunteers has existed foro/ears, staffed entirel-y by-volunteers. · according to Dan Maloney Hahn, director of · Some opportunities are ''one time'', Wilcox advisement. - · :: said, ~,with 1he coltlri1unity Crop Walk for Hahn' arltl Donald R. Wilcox.~ Interfaith the hungry planned for Oct. 19. Center Chaplain, ·have coor~inated the~ pro- Unlike in some community internships, jec~ througl]_ seed 'grants frpiri,; th~ ~allege's volurtteers do not receive credit for their ac- Au~iliary Services GorpQ!atiolfand ;the- <;:or- tivities-'but \can lJenefit from v-olunteering, u tland County CoUh<;il'Of Churches.. B,oth Halih.said. · · , Hahn and Wilcox ~aid- they~hope ~Q obtain \ ''The sense c>f giving is worthwhile and you fup((iiJg .. : ·thr-G.~~~ ptivraf~. ·cojltfibutions to can learn :about yo\lrself,\ he said. \It can make the proJeQt~'n ongomg one:.-~ , give ydu. in~ight into what majO!r .you want in : s~arting~orkif:i:'~'Jt!lY;.Dic~f!SOn_,cop.tacted schQol. as well ,i:ls ,give yow.~- sense :of an sevetal CottlanO. s~tal service· .. ;:ag~nc~es and org~niz;~tioJi.s.structure. It ~so look~ great on ~WaS-.giventh~)lWil~S Qf.y~t mo( , ' ·::~t~S ifi ~ i:~~\}tne,H })~ ~i)d.ed.. , · . - . need 0f voltinteers. as the list ::.tee·.,. ,o:Wing', . More in(orm~tion about specific oppor- S · me or the· progrp~J,s involVed 'a:te· Head t~ntties C$ be obt~~nc:cttb.roug) tl)e.CSVP: o_f- Sta:.t V~buttier Fa,rfi.it~ &~ns~ilht~~:ll~R·ZotJ . f1ce,_ and. t~rouglulotice~ post~~ oo.·~- bulletm House, an.d.\Jni~~9 Way, -'~Nhl¢.tY. ··~~.at~ .. boarQ.~ou:tstde-t'he Career Planning and Place· withl'ri · wal.t<.ilig -~i§ta.n:c-el ~ '· ~~* . . ·ia:.·:~ ·: - menrOffiee- . •• .-; •• ,l: ~ • , -.~· .- -,- ':! ,r·.o;.. ·- .... 1 .- • ·:~v - · ',•,. · ... • tf'\ Organizations involved in volunteer project Advocacy, Recreation & Community Living Ser- vices (ARC) Aid to Women Victims of Vi()lence (A WVV) Alternative High School, Cortland-Madison- Onondaga counties American Red Cross Baden-Powell Council, Boy Scouts of America, Inc. Central New York Girl Scout Council, Inc. Coalition for Children Community Action Program of Cortland County, Inc. (CAPCO) Community Assistance Network (CAN) Community Re-entry· Services Cortland Arts Council Cortland City Youth Bureau Cortland. County Area Agency on Aging Cortland County Child Development Day Care Program Cortland County Council of Churches Cortland County Family YMCA Cortland County Resolve, A Center For Dispute Settlement, Inc. Cortland County Youth Bureau Cortland Memorial l:iospital Cortland YWCA Elizabeth Breuster House Enriched Housing Program 4-H Youth Develop~ent Program Headstart Ptogi:am ofCortland County Highgate Nursing Home . Horizon House '' ~· Hutchings Psyciatric Center - Cortland County Mental Health Clinic 1980 House Loaves & Fishes Salvation Army Community Center The Sharing Place, Cortland Area Child Care Council . . Q • The Special Children's Center Tutorial Outreach Program United Way- Volunteer F~mily Counseliiig Services

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