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The Press. (Cortland, N.Y.) 1972-1990, April 21, 1989, Image 11

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VIEWPOINT Stop the violence To the editor: The Student Association of . the State University (SASU) is sponsoring \STOP THE VIO- LENCE DAY\ on Thursday, April 27 in conjunction with Residence Hall Directors and Staffs. Bias-related Violence inflicted on another because of his or her race, creed, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or sexual orientation, has increased in our country. SASU feels it is important for commu- nities to become aware to the fre- quency of bias-related violence. If you have been a victim of vio- lence, (either physical or verbal) or know someone who has been a victim of violence, SASU is ask- ing you to hang a \STOP THE VIOLENCE\ poster on your door on the 27th. \STOP THE VIO- LENCE\ posters will be made available through Residence Hall mailboxes on the 26th of April. Posters for faculty, staff, or off- campus students who would like to participate are available in the SASU office, Corey Union. \STOP THE VIOLENCE DAY\ is an effort to bring our college community together through understanding and raise every- one's consciousness to the fre- quency of bias-related violence and who has already been af- fected. Richard H. Moran, Jr. SASU Activist Central Region Anti-Bias Organizer Being harassed and threatented - for what? To the Editor: I would like to bring to your attention, and to the attention of the students and faculty, the discriminatory treatment that I received as a competitor at the 1989 C-State Physique Show. As I was getting prepared to go on stage in the finals, I was approached by two of the judges and the college's athletic director. They were interrogating me about why I was in the show. I told them that I wanted to be in it to experience the great joy of just being in it. They told me that they heard that I was doing the show for money - for a bet or to make a mockery out of the sport. I told them, \No that is not true. I took and am taking every facet ofbody building seriously.\ Yet they persisted in trying to make me pull out before the finals. One of the judges said to me. \If you make a mockery on stage- I will get up on stage and throw you off. I would be hurt if someone hurt the sport I truly love.\ Then the A. D. put in his 2- cents worth of threats. \If you make a farce out of it, 1 will make your tenure as a student here a difficult one!\ Yes- I was threatened, harassed. discriminated against and had my freedom of expression violated. What kind of leadership are you trying to portray Mr. A.D.? Are you a role model for other leaders of a higher echelon to follow? I think not. My fellow competitors- some of you may think that I was in the show to make fools out of you. Well let me tell you one thing- I beg to differ. lfl were to degrade the virtues of the physique I would have worn boxer shorts with red hearts on them, would not have gotten a tan, would not have properly dieted. would not have seriously worked on my routine. and so forth. None of these things happened because I was determined to put my best effort forward. This was a physique show exclusively for body builders. I had every right to be in it! President Clark was the only leader to congratulate me. He said, \Congratulations! It's nice to see a runner-up up there.\ So 1 had some encouragement. To end on a good note- I want to say to Jim, Tom. and Mike- \Great job and you were all very helpful and friendly.\ Also- thank you audience for the great round of applause! I did it for you. You made it worthwhile. I CA~T EAT I~ PU8UC ReSTAURANTS, \ MQ ~le-Nt>6 AR6 AFRAIP'I'O 86 AROUAJD M6, \ Thank you, JAMES T. HOLMBRAKER NOw A SMOI<ER, The Press/April 21. 1989/ELEVEN THE PRESS OPINIONS SASUworks for students On Tuesday and Wednesday, April25 and 26, you wil have an opportunity to vote whether or not to keep SAS on campus for $2 per student per semester. SASU is the Student Association of the State Univer sity and is your statewide student organization, repre senting you in the State Legislature, Governor's oftic and SUNY Central. SASU has existed since 1970. The primary focus ofSASU has been the SUNY budget Since June 6, 1988 when Governor Cuomo announced $900 million deficit in the state budget~ we have bee voicing concerns for SUNY in the legislature and coordi nating student efforts on campus. The Co~tland SAS chapter kicked off the campaign with a \·Rock to Sav SUNY\ press conference and party. The SAVE SUN campaign culminated on February 13 when over 1,00 students traveled to Albany including a bus load fro Cortland to lobby and rally against budget cuts. Thi effort was repeated only a month later when over 1,00 students held a silent vigil with blindfolds and gags on th steps of the Capitol while thousands of hand- writte letters flooded the office. Despite the fact that SUN Central has been promoting tuition increases and th Governor has promoted budget cuts, all year we hav successfully restored $20 million to SUNY. Students unite have made a difference. SASU is currently ·working on several other issues a. well. Last year we gained the passage of a piece o legislation that REQUIRES SUNY to establish minimu living conditions in residence halls. Since then we hav worked with SUNY Central on a committee including representative from Cortland State to develop these stan dards. In 1987, the efforts of the Cortland SASU chapte gained student representation on the residence life man agement advisory board to increase student say in settin residence hall rates and policies. Last year the Governor placed SASU on his. Tas Force on Voter J;-articipation. Subsequently, he ha endorsed our efforts to guarantee students the right t vote in their local communities so we can effect housin and other laws that DIRECTLY AFFECT OUR LIVES A newly introduced bill would require SUNY to mai voter registration forms to all eligible students. SASU i working for this bill because it would draw more student into the democratic process and increase our power as voting block. Other priorities include reducing bias and sexual crime on campus through education and increased penalties t offenders. Next year the chapter intends to be more active tha ever before. On our agenda is round two of the Budge battle; examining the attendance policy on campus; ex amining the alcohol policy; and continuing to comba bias- related violence on campus. The bottom line is that for $2 per student per semeste our voice is being effectively heard in Albany. A full tim presence in the legislature and SUNY Central focusing o student issues is a powerful combination that ony SAS provides. Our power is .derived by our numbers and ho we work TOGETHER to improve our condition. W encourage you to vote YES to SASU on April 25 and 26 STUDENTS UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED!' Sincerely, Todd Warren CCSA Pres. elect Florence LeMerle SASU Delegate Jenifer Barnes

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