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lAlpha Epsilon Pi ... not to discriminate To the Editor: Alpha Epsilon Pi is a noq- discriminatory Jewish inter- national fraternity. It was originated on November 7, 1913 by Charles C. Moskowitz at New York University. My' goal is to clear up any questions you may have about whether this fraternity is for you. The most com- mon question is \Do you have to-be-Jewish to belong to this fraternity?·\ \The ~nswer is, \NO!\ Even though students get the feel- ing that they have to be Jewish to belong, they don't, they never had to or will have to. This fraternity will always be a non-discriminatory Jewish fraternity. It would be silly to discriminate when there are more non-Jews than Jews on campus . Every fraternity has its origin, its roots, and this fraternity will never take them for granted. Within every origin there are certain values. Not every fraternity respects those values, but Alpha Epsilon Pi dotis· Not every fraternity, recognizes the importance of its origin's values. What are these values that are so important, that even a person who is not Jewish would want to take part in? I feel that there are four major values that are an essential part of the fraternity. They are a sense of brotherhopc\, to educate those that are lacking information ab.out people ~s differences, tzedakah; which is the act of giving of one's self to help others, and to fight for the rights of all people, not just the Jewish people. · I would think that anybody, whether Jewish or not would agree that this is a fraternity worth fighting for. Even though I am not a member, I do support this fraternity as long as it keeps in mind its original purpose. This is why I choose to fight for it, rather than stand idly by. I encourage anyone who believes in these same values, to get in touch with Scott Hutten and become one of the many who belong. Brian Kerman Elemeatary Education Concern regarding 'racial?' cartoon · To the Editor: I am writing regarding a pair of editorial comments published in The Press issue released on October 7. The people in question seem to be worried about minorities be- ing unfairly painted as dumb or stupid in a cartoon releas- ed on September 30. I think that these people's fears are unfounded and un- fortunate. I think that half of the problems involving minorities are caused by the minorities themselves. In the cartoon in question, nobody was being harmed. What if the cartoon had been of a white student? Could the white students then argue that they were being por- trayed as dumb? Under the arguements used by the two writers in Friday the Seventh's issue, they could. Minorities cause half of their own problems. They seem to take everyting as a personal slap in the face. The cartoon was .intended in fun. and I am dissappointed that it could only be taken by some as a racial slur. I don't beleive that that cartoon was meant in any way as a racial crack. Minorities say th\at they want to live in peaceful coex- istance with the majority, and the only way that 1 see that that can be done is if the minorities of this world stop taking every little thing as a personal attack on themselves. Kirby Lord Education Major COCO to support off campus students To the Editor: It can't happen to me. Everything is great, my house is perfect. Are you an off campus student thinking this right now? If you are, just sit back and think about this. Every semester there are students at Suny Cortland who are living under condi- tions unthinkable by the average student. Some off campus dwellings lack the basic plumbing, heating and support utilities that most of us take for granted. Even if there are no problems with the house, there are certainly problems with landlords or housemates. Now you're thinking that there is nothing that the off campus resident can do about ·his or her particular situation. But here you're in- correct, on campus there is an organization called the Cortland Off Campus Organiiation or COCO for short, and its job is to help the off campus student deal with their particular. pro- blems. Now you're thinking, hey great, but I have no pro- blems now. But you might have problems in the future, and what are you going to do then? Now, we have the answer, support COCO. You can do this several ways; First, join COCO, Its not just an office, but a forum of students. Second, Attend COCO workshops (the first on October 26) and become involved in off campus af- fairs. And third, Tell a friend to join COCO, on campus or off they are more than welcome. All I'm trying to say is get involved with COCO because it needs you to exist and you need it to exist. Michael ,C Benton CCSA senator coco me~ber ~ No sexual harassment Letter to the Editor: .. Over the past few years, I have written each member of the faculty about the pro- blem of sexual harassment, stating that the College does not tolerate this kind of inap- propriate, disrespectful, and often illegal behavior. Sexual harassment is widely understood as an abuse of power and, in the relation- ship between faculty and students, a violation of ethics and trust. The result of sex- ual harassment is to deprive women students and women employees of their right to learn and work in a sex- neutral environment, a right protected in state and federal law. I am writing now to reaffirm this College policy and to express concern about other incidents of harass- ment. Given the College's com- mitment in its mission state- ment to basic civility, social justice, and respect for human diversity, we must not tolerate incidents which demean, stereotype, discriminate, threaten, or harm another person, par- ticularly on the basis of one's sex, race, ethnicity, age, han- dicapping condition, or sex- ual orientation. In recent years the numbers of racially charged, anti-Semitic, and anti- homosexual incidents have increased throughout the country. Even Cortland Col- lege has had a few such in- cidents. It is important to safeguard the rights of all members of the Cortland community to learn and work in an environment free of personal harassment. We must use the tool we know best--education--to prevent the occurrence of such in- cidents and we must act ex- peditiously if and when in- cidents occur. It has been brought to my attention that there has been some confusion in the past regarding the appropriate channels for reporting in- cidents of harassment. Ob- viously, no action can occur unless information is ac- curately and apppropriately reported. Incidents which occur bet- ween students should initially be brought to the attention of the Vice President for Stu- dent Affairs. Incidents in- volving faculty/staff and students or faculty/staff and facultylstafr ·should be brought to the attention of Affirmative Action Officer. Both offices are located on the fourth floor of the Miller Administration Building. The process for remedy may take a variety ·of forms in- cluding counseling, media- tion, formal grievance pro- cedures, and disciplinary ac- tion. I trust that each of you will supporphe College's efforts to creat~ a campus environ- ment that exemplifies the best of liberal learning-- tolerance and respect for the dignity of all people. James M. Clark · ·· President Tbe Press/Friday, October 21,1988/ELEVEN THE PRESS OPINIONS Students violated of due -process By JOE IORIZZO CCSA President Tile first of man)' jssues that I have pro- mised to solve this year.,. )'OU have read about in the September 3utb issue of THE PRESS. The issue being Judicial Reform. When I was running for President last semester, I made judicial reform one of my campaign issues for one reason. Students were not getting due process in their hearings. I often thought that it was the JRB Justices themselves that were responsible, but I guess I owe them an apology. Last semester, one of m_y ideas for juibcial reform was to create a Student Advisory Board. The Board was to act as r~_!'esentatives for other students before JRB, as to insure a fair hearing. Over the summer, this idea was met with much disapproval by the Administration. One can only ask why would someone not want students representing_ students in front of JRB as to assure a trtal with due process? One ~ould make an educated guess and say that the Administration feels · that the system is running fine and needs no reform. Perhaps but in light of the testimony given by several fOrmer JRB Justices. it IS time to listen t() the students. Now let me give yon a brief summary of what has been going on with judicial reform. The Chief Juslice of JRB came to the Executive Board in early September and said that there were some serious _Rro- blems with the way JRB was running. Fur-· ther investigation affirmed the concerns about JRJrs problems. For example when students were found ''Not Guitcy'~ by JRB. the administrative advisor would show disagreement towards the decision either b~ a facial expression or a sigh of dis2ust. _Th~se acti~ns clearly pressure t~e student Justices to find other students guil- ty. Also the JRB advisors would olten suggest that the JRB believe testimonies of coneg.e employees over a student's. In other cases, student justices were led to think that students should be found _goilcy on one particular charge because ortheir past history. Another clear example of a students violation of due process is when information is _provided abo11t a student to the Board, and the students can't refute it or at least explain the information _provid- ed. In short 1 JRB is a puppet brancli of the administration and is no longer student controlled. But__, most im~ortant, is that students going oefore the board might as well not ever get a hearing, because it seems the question of guilt or innocence is already decided by the administration, prior to the hearing. In ali effort to try to combat the sustain- ed administrative control and due process violations of_JRB I am working closely with former JRB Justices in order to form an Advisory Board. In closing I would like to quote an an- cient Greek tragedian, who sums up nicely llow .I feel the administration views the student. -movement. for _judicial reform. ''Wit om the gods wish lo destroy, they first make mad\. (Cited - an article by Norman Podhoretz, CtJmmentary Magazine). These views do not necessarily represent those of The Press.

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