Volume XIX Number STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, COLLEGE AT CORTLAND February 24. 1989 GALA faces battle number two By AMY COLUCCI Editor in chief Monday night was round two for the newly formed Gay and Lesbian Alliance. GALA was formed last semester to give support to the gay and lesbian students at the State University College at Cort- land. Theirfirstbattlecamewhen they wanted to become a Cort- land College Student Association recognized organization - that passed in the Student Senate last semester. GALA's second battle is this semester - getting funded. The organization submitted a budget to the CCSA financial board. According to Scott Ro- man. CCSA treasurer. financial board was unsure what to do and asked the CCSA executive board for clarification. The executive board approved with a majority vote to have GALA go through a refer- endum for funding, said Joseph Iorizzo, CCSA President. It was the Senates purpose Monday night to approve of the wording for that referendum, lorizzo said. But there was a large crowd opposing this referendum and they were out in full force Monday night. \Why is it neces- sary for GALA to go through a referendum to get fund.ing when other clubs don't,\ asked Chris- topher Kirk, CCSA Senator. Vice President for Stu- dent Affairs, Linda Kuk also spoke to the Senate. She said the referendum in in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amend- ments of the Constitution as well as SUCC's college policy. If the referendum goes forward, she said, everyone involved \will stand in violation of college pol- icy and will be subject to actions thereafter.\ Iorizzo then pointed out that theSenate should only be working on the wording of the referendum. Stacey Payette. CCSA Senator, said that there should be no voting on the wording because there shouldn't be a referendum. By voting on the working the senate in approving of the refer- endum and is thereby implicating themselves, she continued. A motion was then made by Michael Benton, CCSA Sena- tor. to not vote on the wording of the referendum because it breaks the First and Fourteenth Amend- ments of the Constitution. It was passed 16-7 with two abstentions. Bush's first budget calls for student loan cuts By MICHAEL O'KEEFFE ColleJ?e Press Service Overall spending on college student aid would drop a little,certain kinds of grants would disappear. black colleges would get more money and federal government would provide less money for students to borrow under the budget proposal Presi- dent George Bush made to Con- gress Feb.9. The proposal. which Congress will now weigh. covers federal higher education spend- ing for the Oct. I. 1989 through Sept. 30. 1990 fiscal year. \It looks more impres- sive than it actually is,\ said rh<>rl\'\ <::<:>11nr1Prco nf thP A mPt-1. can Council on Education( ACE) of the proposed budget. Janet Lieberman of the United States Student Associa- tion (USSA), represents campus presidents in the capitol. con- tented Bush\ is actually cutting education funding by not allow- ing for inflation.\ He says he· s freezing defense spending, bUl there he's allowing for inflation. Yet all the lobbying groups that will be trying to wring more money out of the govern- ment for colleges during the budget process were far less alarmed by Bush's proposed education budget than they had been by Ronald Reagan·~. \There's anew climate,\ Saunders explained. \It's refresh- Inside this week News ................................................................... l-2 Editorial. ............................ _ .................................. I 0 Entertainment. ................................................... 4-l4 Comics ................................................................ 4-5 Insights ................................................................. ll Intramurals ................................... ~ ....................... 19 Current Affairs ................................................ 15-17 ing to have a guy (like U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary Lauro Cavasos). It's much better than (President Reagan's Secretary of Education William) Bennett. who would come in and say 'Okay you bastards, we're gonna cut your funding.\ In fact. Bmh's concilatory tone prompted Lieberman to call the upcoming budget debate \a negotiation instead of a battle.\ \It's a significant im- provement over what we got from Reagan,\ added ACE's David Merkowitz. \Last year was the first year Reagan didn't try to decimate student aid ... \This guy is wi !ling to work with people to come to some sort of compromise. to see what can be done,\ said a Department of Education official who asked to remain anonymous. While the Bush budget does vary from the one proposed by Reagan in mid-January, most notably, it calls for greater fund- ing for pre-school, elementary and high-school programs. Bush· s planned spending for higher education doesn't differ much from Reagan· s. \The real point is: are the needs being met for post-sec- ondary education now?\ Saun- ders said. Answering his own question, he added, \We're left with the same concerns we had when President Reagan released his budget in January.\ Iorizw said if the Senate didn't approve of the wording of the ref- erendum. the executive board would submit the wording as is to the elections board. Joseph Amuso. CCSA Senator, then put forth a re~olu tion t() the Senate which states: \We the members of the CCSA Senate do hereby give our dis- wnsent to the proposed referen- dum concerning GALA funding and we feel that they should go through nomlal budget petition process due to the fact that they meet all requirements to petition for such funding. Furthermore. we instruct the financial hoard to use eLJuitable criteria in assess· ing of such petition for funding.\ This resolution passt.'d I ~-4 with five abstentions Kuk said. \I'm glad the governmental process of check-. and balances worb ami I'm glad to see the students had a con- sciem:e about upholding the rights of all ~tudent~.\ By ... in- gling GALA out is nii\treatrnent and di~LTimin~tion. ~he ... aid. \M\ cont:ern i~ th t all organitation\ are treated e4 ally.\ Adult Children of Alcoholics establish a support By JENNIFER A. BOYLE Sraff wrirer Growing up is not easy- especially for children of alcoh(llics. who often experience frightening situatiom and harbor painful feelings. According to Rich Peagler. by the time they reach adulthood, many children of alcoholics have wre~tlcd with \issues that keep them from growing\ emotionally. Peagler. an Assistant Director of Coun- seling at the State Univer-.ity nf New York College at Cortland, runs a support group for students that are children of alcoholics. The most complicated issue Adult Children of Alcohol- ic~ (ACOA 's) struggle with is trust. Though the group has many priorities. they often never get beyond the trust issue in their dis- cussions, said Peagler. ACOA 's difficulty trusting other~ stems from failed trust in their relation- ships with their often unreliable alcoholic parents. whose behav- iors and motivations they were unsure of as young children. Their inability to trust creates problems with intimacy in their interpersonal relationships. which are often tenuous as a result. ACOA's often have a \profound need to make things perfect\ said Peagler. As perfec- tionists, they usually \take on the responsibility to make things right,\ he said. ACOA's try to make peace at all costs, even if it means accepting l}lental, verbal and often physical abuse, which they will allow in order to keep group their parent~ happy. \One thing ACOA 's have that many other people don't have are survival skills,\ said Peagler. Because of this destructive conditioning. ACOA 's feel it is safer not to assert themselves. AI -;o their fear of abandonment makes it almmt impossible for them to be as~cr tive. Their fear is that if they arc anything but perfect. their par- ent~ will not love them and may leave. Most ACOA. ~ go through life feeling le~s than ade- quate, ~omehow short of the mark. no matter how hard they work. Some suffer from eating di..,or- ders, stres.., and anxiety. A big problem ACOA 's face is \learn- ing how to have fun:· -,aid Pea- gler. They spend too much time working at perfection. and not enough time enjoying life. A member of Cortland College \s counseling ~taff since 1972, Peagler specialize.., in coun- seling ..,tudents with alcohol prob- lems and ACOA's. He partici- pates in summer workshops for ACOA 's at Rutgers University under Janet Wotitz, author of Adult Children of Alcoholics. Peagler 's ACOA sup- port group has not yet been estab- lished for this semester. It will ·meet weekly for at least an hour. during which time group mem- bers can discuss their problems and fears openly. The group is designed as a support system. It is a way for members to establish and practice trusting skills, ad- dress the issues they face. and Jearn how to have fun.