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The Press. (Cortland, N.Y.) 1972-1990, October 05, 1989, Image 3

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' ! I I I I I \NationaJ'Coming Out Day\ ·involves courage Special to the Press People are ready to come out all over the country. This October 11th will be a memorable day for many people, October 11th is .. National Coming Out Day.\ For the lesbians, gay men and bisexuals w hocome out for the first time, and for the friends and family members to whom we come out, October II th will take on a special significance. To many in the lesbian and gay male communities, coming out is the cornerstone of liberation. National co-chair Rob Eicllberg explained coming out as more of a process than a ,singular event. Coming out to a friend or family member involves courage. Corning out also signals trust in the person to whom the disclosure is being made. Lesbians, gay men and bisexuals who choose to come out to someone are trusting that such a disclosure provides just another item of auto- biographical information about us. In the context of all the other variations in human beings, this naturally-occurring variation isn't as important or even as interesting as lots of the other things about people which make us all valuable in our friendships, our families, our places of work and our classes at school. \Most non-gay people think they don't know anyone who is lesbian or gay. That's not because they don't. It's because we hide,\ according to Eichberg. He describes \National Coming Out Day\ as a chance fqr us to look inside at what our next step might be, and then to take it... even if it is a rather small and mostlypri- vate one. lfyou are a memberoflhe Cort- land College community and are just awakening to your affecti()m\l and sexual identity as a lesbian. bi- sexual or gay male, and you're not sure how to deal with the issue, the people associ1tted with GLBA me~y be helpful forguidanceandsupport during what is:sornetimesadifficult as well as freeing process. Meetings are held at 7:30PM Sunday evenings in the Interfaith Chapel. (Some of the preceding ideas and quoted material was excerpted from an article by Jason Serinus in the Septemb·er issue of the San Francisco Ba:y Times.) Landmark journalist Fred Friendly takes time to visit classes By Lisa Bradway News editor Fred W.. Friendly. former presi- dent of CBS news and the Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus of Broadcast Journalism at the Co- lumbia University Graduate School of Journalism, arrived in Cortland Monday afternoon, October 2. His first appearance was in Professor Spitzer's Media and Politics class. With the plane being45 minutes late, Friendly only had 30 minutes to speak with the class. He spoke about growing up with dyslexia and how be became \a semi-achiever\ when he discov- ered radio. Friendly began his radio career in 1938. He produced and narrated the radio series Footprints in the Sands of Time and Hear It Now with Walter Cronkite. Also he col- laborated with Edward R. Murrow in presenting the oral history of 1932- 45 (recorded by Columbia Records under the title I Can Hear It Now). Friendly served in the US army from 1941-45. He was able to expe- rience a concentration camp as a liberal. According to Friendly, '\It was a searing, wonderful, educa- tional experience.\ He is the recipi- ent of a Decorated Legion of Merit and four battlestars. Friendly spoke a little about his :Z Plarnond Rated relationship with Edward Murrow. \He was a very generous man,\ he said. As time ran out Friendly in- volved the class i.n a mini \Socratic dialogue\ ... 1i ttle preview to that night's performance. Friendly narrated and produced the CBS TV series See It Now and was past executive producer with Walter Cronkite of the CBS TV show CBS Reports. He is the recipientoftheGeorge Peabody awards for TV production and the author of Due to Circum- stances Beyond Our Control( 1967), The Goocl Guys, the Bad Guys, the First Amendment ( 1975) and Min- nesota Rag (1981). 6 tenths of a mile from Rt.. B 1, Exit. 11 at Rts. 11, 13, 41 Telephone 607-756-2856 10 CHURCH STREET CORTLAND, NY 13045 ~-------------------, ·•. -Coupon- ·- $5.00 off on any 3 night ~ _;, I L l stay Friday, Saturday and Su.naay _. 1 ·------------------- 89 Mai:n St- Cort1an.d, NY AFfordable Farni/jy DinJrig I (607) 753-9800 Dally .Specials The Press}Thursday, October 5, 1989ffHREE Housing shortage is a major issue facing society By Jennifer Dibble Special to the Press The shortage of adequate housing for people with low incomes is nne of the biggest problems facing our society. The federal government· s drastic budget cuts of housing programs has caused much of the shortage along with the government's mismanagement of such funds. Those in Washington can be targeted and forces to make changes that will alle- viate some of the housing problems. Specifically, itisknownjusthow lacking the government is in dealing with housing shortage. According to the September 1989 Peace News- letter, \since 1980, Budget Authority for all federal housing assistance programs has been cut by more than 75 percent. \The amoWlt of our money the government uses on defense as compared to that used on housing. is shocking. When Reaganisrn began to plague the poor and the middle class, at the beginning of his first term, ''the US spent $7 on defense for every $1 on housing. Today the ratio is $44 to$1 ,\according to the newsletter. These figures nave a big role to play in that, approximately 3 million people are homeless. Andthesenumbersareexpected toworsen.lt is time to wake the government up and force it to make changes. Homeless are not the stereotypical bums we imagine: they are families, elderly. women and children. These people have a right to affordable housing. There is a march on Washington, DC, Oct., 7 at the US Capitol. People are going to make their voices heard and demand action on this crisis. The demand on Oct. 7 will be to restore funding to programs and create affordable housing. If you cannot join the march in Washington, DC. write to your representative and President Bush and make strong demands. The basic right to have clean, adequate housing should be available for everyone. Please lend your support and get involved. Dirty By Kendell Hardy Special to the Press The Cortland College Panhellenic Association ( CCP A) which had its first attempt at formal rush, ran from Sept. I 0-14. The four sororities on the SUCC campus: Delta Phi Epsilon, Sigma Delta Tau, N u Sigma Chi, and Alpha Phi, all participated. Since rush ended there has been a lot of gossip re~ garding whether CCPA worked and whether there was specific rush rules brQken or \dirty rushing.\ National Panhellenic Confer- ence (NPC) and CCPA have spe- cific rules that must be followed at all rush parties. \Delta Phi Epsilon is the first national sorority on the SUCC campus,\ said Debra B. Glass, president of Delta Phi Epsi- lon. \Because of this, we were in charge of CCPA this year. I feel as a first attempt it was a success.\ As most students are aware, there has been a lot of gossip whether the sororities broke rush rules in order to better themselves to the girls attending the rush par- ties. Kathleen M. hands, president of Sigma Delta Tau said, \My so- rority is well aware that we broke one rule. Unfortunately, what we did was a tradition in our sorority. As president of Sigma Delta Tau I feel that there was definite injus- tices made against my sorority by another. The possibility of gossip and slander hurt us. The infraction that we did was not done to hurt or out do any injustice made against us nor does it compare.\ \We are a local sorority with no national rules to follow, yet we are the only sorority without alleged in- fractions against us,\ said Susan E. Wilke, president ofNu Sigma Chi. \I feel that Nu Sigma Chi was dis- criminated against and we were made to feel inferior by other sorori- ties, b\lt all problems have been worked out to a certain extent.\ The question has yet to be an- swered whether rush rules were in- tentionally broken. According to Linda A. Rettogliata, president of Alpha Phi, \There is no substantial evidence that Alpha Phi did any- thing wrong. My sorority as a whole in no way wants to hurt anyone, we want to help sororities grow on the campus. I feel that the sororities now are too concerned with policing each other rather than themselves.\ If intentional rush infractions are going to happen, the girls attending the parties have a right to know what is going on. \There was confusion with the rules,\ said Glass. \These were impossible to foresee. As president of CCPA, Delta Phi Epsi- lon will handle these problems and take care of as much as possible so CCPA will never have to worry about the possibility of' dirty rush- ing' again.\ As the second national sorority on the SUCC campus, Sigma Delta Tau will be running CCPA next year. \We all learn from experi- ence,\ said Hands. \Delta Phi Epsi- lon did a great job. Their represen- tative running CCPA needs to be commended. I hope my sorority can follow in their footsteps.\ \Alpha Phi is one of the original founders ofNPC,\ said Rettogliata. \We will run CCPA very fair and very coordinated when it comes to our tum.\ \Nu Sigma Chi has learned a lot,\ said Wilke. \It will be a much easier job for us when we take on the honor of runnipg CCP A.\ CCPA formal rush had ended. If anything has been learned or accom- plished only the future can answer.

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