Volume 94, Issue 63
Tuesday, January 16, 2001
Letters to the Editor
Re: USC questions voting status, Jan. 12.
To the Editor:
As a faculty president and member of the ad hoc committee, I feel it is absolutely necessary to clear up a few things in regards to the Jan. 12 entitled "USC Questions Voting Status."
On Nov. 22, 2000, all 10 faculty presidents signed and submitted a letter to the ad hoc committee. We knew the committee would eventually discuss the role of faculty presidents on the University Students Council; thus it was in the best interests of our councils and our constituents to take action and make a recommendation expressing our interests and concerns.
By no means was our request to be considered a demand. Instead, it was a starting point for discussion. I acted as a liaison between the faculties and the committee to produce an acceptable result based on objective criteria. Our letter outlined what was important to us, but we were always willing to come to a reasonable compromise.
Mr. Lawless was concerned with "the removal of faculty president votes because by virtue of that, affiliate presidents may be removed from voting status." He claims that this could damage the relationship between the affiliates and the USC. This is the exact reason why the faculty presidents worked with the committee.
We wanted to be sure our concerns were addressed at the table that way we could preserve our strong working relationship with the USC as we would be well informed about the process. Perhaps the affiliate presidents should have made a submission when the committee asked for input on Dec. 6. They could have expressed their concerns to the affiliate member of the committee.
The point I'm attempting to make is that, instead of complaining about the results of the process, the faculty presidents decided unanimously to be involved in that process. In the end, everyone should rest assured that the end results are good for all the students of this campus because the committee's final recommendations will only be binding if they receive the support and endorsement of the University Students' Council.
Social Science Students' Council President
Ad Hoc Committee, member
Re: Former prof talks politically incorrect, Jan. 11.
To the Editor:
I attended Richard Zeller's speech on political correctness at King's College. One idea presented by Zeller was that feminism is running rampant in today's society. So much so, that it is leaving those extremely low number of people who are not feminists unable to express their "alternative" thoughts "alternative" implying not the norm. Further, Zeller said the advantages and disadvantages of feminism need to be taught in courses and not the "feminist propaganda" apparently plaguing our schools, that make students think "if I'm not pro-feminist, I can't succeed in university."
Clearly, Zeller has never been in a women's studies class. If you ask anyone who has they would tell you, there is a great emphasis of the disadvantages of the various feminist discourses. There is not just one kind of feminism.
It is not easy to define a single discourse that is feminism (another topic covered in various women's studies courses). The single "feminism" that Richard Zeller and Heinz Klatt refer to is the feminism that is defined by the media and pop-culture. This enemy of theirs is that of the women's movement as well. It is what makes first-year women's studies students hesitant to identify themselves as feminists and makes people cynical towards the movement.
Feminism is an alternative manner of thinking. It is women's studies students who are pressured to not express their alternative thoughts for fear of the negative reaction to standing up for the battered, lower paid, despised persons of this world. I do not object to a course that paints a picture of a movement, such as the feminist movement, as something that it is not, thereby damaging its image and imbuing this kind of thought in students' minds.
My advice to Zeller and Klatt is do not take out of context something that a feminist said and label that as feminism. Political correctness is, in my opinion, a great subject for a university course. But various professors should teach in each class, various perspectives and biases instead of just one. Students would then be exposed to the larger picture.
Women's Studies and Psychology II
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