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The Press. (Cortland, N.Y.) 1972-1990, December 08, 1989, Image 3

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Students. By Debi Tracy CCSA Vice President ,, •• .. Time can tear down a building or destroy a woman's face. Hours are like diamonds, don 'tlet them waste!\- found on a desk Spring 1988. Itis hard to believe that almost 16 weeks have passed since I have been in office on .campus. Sometimes it felt like all the committ.ee ppsitions would never be filled! Other days never seemed t() end w1th o_ne meeting after another, one phone call after another and one mo~ person to see before hanging it up for the day. Of course, after a typt- cal day there was usually homework and dirty dishes awaiting me at home. Many days there weren't any dishes to clean because I never got home for lunch and sometimes even missed dinner. Often, I would leave , the office after the Student Directors locked up and more often, I would walk out to the parking lot not remembering where I parked my car 12 or so hours earlier! ! . One of the reasons I continued my daily performance as Debi Tracy/ student/Executive Vice President was because I was not alone in the production. Through my column I have introduced some of the players in the production. Some of the scripts have included issues lik~ the alcohol policy that demonstrated how CCSA defends students nghts to live where they want and not to be segregated. It was because of leading players like President Todd Warren working for stu~nts, ~hat the decision on the alcohol policy way delayed for further mvesttga- tion and discussion. These actions insure students' rights as an educated vote was casted by Faculty Senate for a policy more reflective of the students' opinion. Many moriiin.gs Todd was in the office working on issues even before professors were instructing their first classes of the day and often before ASC had the coffee machines on. · Another issue that was part of the act was insuring students' social freedom. In this scene, CCSA tookaleadingrole in alternative program- ing. Music Director of SAB and Chief JRB Justice, Scott Foster, was instrumental in making our on campus CLUB WSUC dance party and our Homecoming Parade a reality. These parts offered students another way of partying on the weekends and showing their pride of their col- lege, fraternity, sorority and clubs. Also, both Scott and Todd, al~ng with other concerned students, have been working on re-startmg R.S.V.P. for next semester, Act 2. Other supporting cast members helped carry out another scene of CCSA 's production requirements: representative of the students. Nu- merolls students directly and indirectly involved with our stage, vol- unteered their time and represented the students • view on many imp?r- tant committees that directly affect the entire campus cornmumty especially students. Some dealt with the parking fee, others with the new housing project and still others worked towards the J:?ay c.are. C~nter, 1 0 years in the making. There were students makmg disctphnary decisions (JRB), programming decisions (SAB), artd employment decisions (search committees). Players like Senate Chair Baycan Fideli kept Senate meetings run- ning very smoothly. Senators added to the production with discussion on various matters that evolved from talkirig with the many extras com- posed of their residence halls. Treasurer S~ott R?man with su~porti~g players, Vice Treasurer·Stacia Pavia and Fman~tal ~oard Cfiatr Jackie Gouldner, kept our cash flow flowing with the asSistance of the cast members from Financial Board. Stage Manager, Carol Silvino, ga~e a repeat performance but I secretly believe she enjoyed ~ct 1 because there are m<>re women in office. Two of these actresses mcluded our production secretaries, Kris Klose and Laura Giardina. . Another of our leading ladies turned in a superb performance as Dt- rector of Activities, known as Valerie Canino. In efforts to stimulate interest in club activities, she pulled off the Activities Festival earl~ in Act 1. Recently she has starred in ''Make Activities Happen\ whtch include a description of over 50 campus clubs. Also she kept the stu- dentsinfonnedofthe activities happening on campus through the CCSA boards displayed outside Corey Union Snack Bar. Her current under- taking is \Who's New\ which will be out during the summer for all entering Freshman. Valerie's next assignment is in Lo~don. so her understudy, Kristine Logan will be takirig. over her role m ~ct 2: S()me parts were justrecentlyfilled byTracy ~cPh~rson, RichDtXo.n and John Baptiste. They were chosen by group t?terview .to be t?e Mt- nority Affairs RepreseQtatives. Althoug~ they are J~stleammgtherrroles right now, in Act 2 they will be portraymg a very nnportant part of our cast. Last year's Minonty Affair Representatiye was a solo ac: by Va~a Adams who joined the production again this year as ExecutiVe Advi- sor. All of these studeqts had leading roles in Act 1. They were all vol- llnteers who got involved with their lives, all turning in their best per- formance for the benefit of the audlenc.e-the s(UdentsofCortland State. Auditions for Act 2 ate already happening but it is not too late to sign 11p for a chance to star in your own spotlight ~ CCSA. Duri~g bteak, review the opportunities available to you. See how they fit mto your life beyond Cortland. Think about how much a difference you can make L in students' lives at Cortland. Act 2 starts now. I hope to see you there. The Press/December 8, 1989{THREE The ''Force'' fights discrimination Alpha Phi Makes its Mark on Cortland lly Valerie CalDino Special to the Press One of the biggest problems that exists on campus as well as in soci- ety is racism, sexism and Homopho- bia. People are misinfonned on these three issues and this breeds igno- rance. A committee that deals with these issues on campus is the CCSA Committee on Prejudke and Dis- crimination. The Co Chairs of this Committee are Donald Somerville and Stacey Payette. The committee is also know as the \Force\ battling discrimination on our campus. The committee is composed of 12 members, and the majority being white students. This Committee fonned last year as a result of alleged discrimination that took place at the Raquette Lake leadership trip. Current CCSA Presi- dentTodd Warren and Alumnus Joe Amuso founded the original task force in response to the specific incidents that occurred a Raquette Lake and the questionable attitudes that were taken back to campus. This year the Force has set two main goals. The first is to combat prejudice and discrimination within themselves. The group believes racism exists within each person since we have been raised and ex- posed t(} discriminatory ideas through society. Once the Committee has combat- ted this within themselves the second goal is to fight discrimination exter- nally. The Force wants to educate people through a series of workshops on racism, homophobia and sexism. Currently the Force is going to confront the Administration's terrni- no logy in referring to certain cultural groups in the college handbook and fonns which haven't been updated sinere 1965. An exantple of this is the tenninology referring to Black stu- dents as Black when the correct tem1 is A.frican American. Black is a generic term and it makes no refer- ence back to culture. African Ameri- ca.nrefers back to Africa and culture. The Force this year will also be sponsoring a Mixer to increase group interaction and awareness late this semester. The Committee has not been approached with any cases of dis- crimination this semester. Currently the group is working on Networking to let people know that the Commit· tee exists. The Force is one of the most imp-ortant committees on camp11s. This Committee is educating, and bri11ging more self awareness to others while addressing three major problems on campus racism, sexism and homophobia. There is a prejudice and discrimi· nati()n Hotline available 753-4721. By Mary Alice Maye Special to the Prrss Alpha Phi sorority has b~en busy throughout the semester with several different projects. The ~is­ ters and pledges have worked ha.rd on raising money for various causes. Titey were able to donate money to the Heart Association by their participation in the Heart Run in October. Alpha Phi worked with Pi Lambda Phi fraternity to raise money for the coalition for cbil- dren at the YWCA. The pledges paid a visit to the elderly at a nearby Nursing Home, and brought gifts for them to enjoy. Alpha Phi is presently collecting receipts at Tops to raise money for the AS PC A. The sorority has also participated in many of the CCSA events including their C.L. U. E. workshops. The Alpha Pledlle class has been a success. There are many more projects in store for the spring semester and Alpha Phi plans to hit even harder. Unless you have a relative with a jewelry store ... Your best buy on • 14 kt Gold Earrings • Sterling Silver Bracelets • Repairs is at Sheridan~ Jewelry on Main St. next to NorJtarBank • 753-700.5 ' Where will you be? ' Think about it. Kalamazoo. Saskatoon. Malibu. Or maybe you'll be right here. Getting Ahead. 84 courses. Affordable. Credits that transfer. May 30, 1999. Where will you be? Think Tompkins Cortland Community College. First summer session begins May 30. Call844-8211, ext. 315.

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