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We can travel anywhere, and serve a 100 mile radius of San Antonio at no additional fee. We believe that money lavished on funerals should be spent on your family, your church, or your favorite charity. Discuss this with your family now, while you can. Call us for pre-need planning, or any information you may need. REVELEY MEMORIAL SERVICES of San Antonio Simple Funerals alM1011111111111. 533-8141 San Antonio Austin/441-7500 Information the case. The end of the year was drawing near, and time was growing short. There was another complication: Daily Campus Managing Editor Mark Miller discovered that the Monday evening before the senate vote, Paul Cameron, a noted anti-gay speaker, had spoken at a dinner to which ten of the uncommitted senators had been invited. Cameron, on his way to speak in Austin to a House committee hearing testimony on Bill Ceverha’s sodomy bill, had called SMU and offered his services. It was never publicly revealed who decided to invite only specific senators or who paid for the meal, but senators who attended were under the impression that the Office of Student Life had arranged for and financed the dinner. To most of them, it didn’t matter, for they were so repulsed by Cameron’s explicit descriptions of gay relations and bathhouses that they could not eat. The level three judiciary board finally decided against hearing an appeal on the grounds that the senate vote was not a constitutional violation. The basis of their decision is questionable, since the senate decision seems to be a violation not only of SMU’s constitution but of the Bill of Rights. At this point, there is no recognized support organization for gay students at SMU. Still another senate vote gives credence to the overall provincialism at SMU. Also in the spring, two special interest senators, George White, the black senator, and Arif Virji, the international senator, drafted a bill calling for the divestment of SMU’s $15 million funds in South Africa. In divesting, SMU would have been following in the steps of the university it claims to emulate Harvard, which divested $50 million. Typical of the attitude that prevails, the senate voted not to take any direct action by amending the bill to the point where the original drafters would not even vote for it. The amended bill simply requested that the board of trustees and the board of governors take a strong stand against apartheid in South Africa. The senate is not the only example of provincialism and ignorance at SMU. An active member of a women’s interest group on campus once told me a story of going before the Panhellenic board to ask for funding for a pamphlet on sexual harassment. The Panhellenic advisor vetoed the idea by saying that, since she had never heard of any cases of harassment at SMU, it must not be a problem. Even more frightening, SMU is not alone in its attitudes. Of six of the Southwest Conference schools in Texas contacted, only two, Rice and UT, had organizations for homosexual students. Baylor, TCU, and SMU did not, and at Texas A&M a legal suit concerning the presence of such a group has been in court since 1976. Greg Franzwa, a philosophy professor at TCU, says that he sees a trade school approach to the university at TCU students’ primary concern seems to be how much money their parents make and how much they will make. “My general sense of it is that TCU is not radically different than most places in that regard,” Franzwa said. “Far and away, a lot of students would ignore it [issues like homosexuality, white supremacy, and apartheid] and go get their hair done.” I once thought SMU was alone in the void, but the further I look, the worse it seems to be. In a recent “Soap Box” column in The Daily Texan, two of the three students interviewed couldn’t name the student body president. Granted UTAustin is a big place, and granted, it’s summer, but this pervasive apathy is unbelievable. More and more it appears that SMU and other universities are becoming cloistered and cloistering ignorance. They are not given to looking beyond their borders. How closely they look within their borders is suspect. And they persist in making those “outsiders” who venture in feel unwelcome. To me, this situation is disturbing because there is so much wasted potential around me. I know that many of my classmates will go on to control large companies and hold political offices. And I also know that, unless these students are enlightened somewhere along the line, we will be condemned to the same xenophobic leadership under which we already suffer. 14 AUGUST 5, 1983
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