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Politics As Usual
By Roger A. Harris
As when there were (and for that matter, still are) slaves in America, the
surest way to keep the victimized at a disadvantage is to deny them access to
information (i.e., an education). We need to peep what’s really going on in the
U.S. Senate these days. The Republican majority wants to cut education and
training by $36 billion in 1995 including $10 billion in loan benefits to stu
dents. And they want to do this now—at a point in America’s history when
annual tuition increases average six percent a year and rising. What this means
is that the Pell Grant you received this semester (that barely got you over the
hump) will be cut back severely or just plain dust in the wind next semester.
Deeper? If you cut funding to the most valuable and important resource that
America needs to remain globally competitive, a trained and educated popu
lace (it’s the only thing that separates us from Bosnia), you are slyly yet abso
lutely mortgaging its future. The Republicans know this fact yet do not care. In
fact, they bear no undue remorse for their effort. Since they will not suffer from
this grievous sin, it will instead be vested upon ourselves and our children.
Interim Chancellor Donna Benson is a political genius. When FSU’s aca
demic grading procedures were publicly assaulted by the Observer-Times, she
quickly stepped to the board and created the Academic Vision Task Force. By
appointing FSU faculty and administrators to the task force and empowering
them to make the changes they (not she) determine are necessary, their actions
alone will determine whether the allegations are either validated or put to rest.
The FSU senior class needs to slap its recently elected class representatives
in the face because that’s what they did to FSU proper when not a single nomi
nee showed up for election speeches held September 26. No excuses are war
ranted or acceptable. As Seniors, you should know more about what it takes to
make it to the top, how to get it done, and carry an implicit obligation to set the
example: to show us how to get it done now and get it done effectively. You
were sadly and shockingly remiss in your duty. But my duty is not to judge, but
rather to report. Seniors, it will be left to you to show us where your hearts,
loyalty, and responsibility lay.
It’s a very easy proposition to establish an effective student government
(and we have that foundation in SGA President Wayne X Hodges). Most im
portant to this process is the identification of students who’ve had the fore
sight, energy, and commitment to get involved in their freshman and sopho
more years at FSU (it takes time to learn the ropes). Beware of perpetrators
who only want the title for resume purposes. Delise Hopson (our current SGA
VP) would be and excellent repeat choice next year. An even better choice is
Hope Faulkner, who has already announced her intentions to run. Get to know
them both now because they will be in the mix next Spring.
Next is to not consider any speech by an incumbent that doesn’t state what
he or she has accomplished while in office. Incumbants shouldn’t offer ex
cuses or transfer blame (no offense, Nadia Fakih), just results, baby.
Next is for elected student officials to realize that between elections, orien
tation, finals, and semester breaks that they only have about seven months to
See Politics, page 12
BUT AT WHAT COST?
By Stephanie Taylor
Pledging any type of black sorority or fraternity these days has, in many
respects', lost some of its meaning, posh, glamour, and esteem. It is in fact one
of the many self-destructive acts that we African-Americans commit that con
tradict and further debilitate our progress in America.
Examine how the so called “brotherhood” and “sisterhood” process is
achieved in these organizations. Aside from using interviews and submitted
essays to assess the credentials of prospective candidates, submitting them to
humiliating and degrading physical, emotional, and mental abuse is usually
the norm. I do not wish to detail these methods as their destructive and deadly
effects are already well documented. But one has to think, isn’t this the same
treatment African-American slaves endured for 400 years against their oppres
sors? Then why would we now submit ourselves to that same regressive pro
cess to join an organization that is supposedly designed to uplift our race?
From a biological standpoint, when our blood brothers, sisters, and cousins
are bom into our families, do we “haze” them in order for them to be accepted
as family? Do we compel them to suffer an evil, sadistic, and humiliating pro
cess to prove their loyalty and love for us? Of course, the answer is no. We love
them immediately and unconditionally, not because we are forced to, but be
cause they simply came into being and share our same lifeline.
When are we going to wake up and see that the practice of hazing our broth
ers and sisters into respective fraternities and sororities is a contradiction of
their very existence; destroying their foundation and trashing the very tenets
upon which the organization is established. We complain and agonize about
“Black-on-Black” crime, but isn’t hazing and the entire process of assimilation
into these so called “elite” organizations a crime caused and executed by Afri
can-Americans? And isn’t it ironic that this circumstance takes place at our
institutions of higher learning?
We need to take a long look at what we’re doing to ourselves and why.
Attaining higher education is a rite of passage practiced by Africans since time
immemorial. Hazing contradicts this tradition, instead throwing African-Ameri
cans 400 years backward to a time when learning and brotherhood were death-
See Cost, page 12
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