The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, May 12, 1976, Image 2
WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 1976
Gay issue is political
There have been many issues
dealt with over the past year by the
administration of Texas A&M Uni
versity. They have handled most
very well, but there is a decision to
be made that has been delayed by
the administration, which concerns
the acceptance or denial of recogni
tion of an organization, that puts
some school officials between a rock
and a hard place.
If the administration does recog
nize the gay group, students, former
students and parents of students will
surely show their contempt. Poten
tial donations to the University may
be lost, enrollment may decline or
possibly nothing at all will happen.
We may get a chance to find out
because the gay group was told they
would receive an answer to their re
quest during the summer.
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But the administration’s reply
may be no. If this is the case, then
the school may have to represent it
self in court.
This action will, most probably,
result in recognition of the gay group
anyway, so why go through the has
Because the group is not wanted
here at A&M!
There has been much corre
spondence to the Battalion this
semester concerning the gay organi
zation in the area. At this point the
gays are losing. But if the University
goes to court, the tide will probably
turn. Records show that the courts
will most likely grant recognition to
School officials can possibly avoid
any major conflict by taking action
that should have been taken in the
first place. That is, do not recognize
the group as an official A&M organi
zation, but allow them to post ap
proved information and to have pro
grams in University facilities, if the
programs are approved by the ad
ministration and are sponsored by a
particular department or recognized
group on campus.
This is what the group wanted in
the first place, and it could have
been done relatively easily, but now
it is going to be blown out of propor
tion, it seems. Yes, this column
could have been avoided.
Let’s face it, gays are human and
they have their rights. They do not
need to be officially recognized, but
recognized—yes. After all, the Uni
versity does not recognize a Pot
Smoker Organization, but they still
allow the subject to be talked about.
There is a drug abuse line to call in
the area also.
For those who will send letters
and wish to cite references from the
Bible, please refrain. This has been
and still is primarily a political deci
sion for the administration and not a
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The article on rape in the May 6
Battalion included a comment by
Chief Luther which explains the
problem that “women fear they will
‘not be believed that it’s something
they didn’t invite.’ ” He suggests
that “a rape victim may encourage
actions by her dress ...”
What evidence does he have that a
woman’s dress invites rape? Susan
Brownmiller, in her extensive re
search reported in her book Against
Our Will , concludes that rape is not
a crime triggered by the sight of an
attractive woman but a crime of vio
lence, usually somewhat planned,
whose major purpose is to degrade
and humiliate a woman.
This humiliation is carried even
further by a society which tends to
believe that women lie or that their
dress or manner invite rape. It can
be solved only when society and its
police forces realize that rape is a
violent, awful crime, and that its
perpetrators, rather than its victims,
The tombstone of Tip, a canine
mascot of C Company Infantry, has
been returned to its place near
Dorm 10 almost two years after it
was removed to make way for reno
Steve Moore, a freshman in Com
pany B-2 reports that the tombstone
was replaced last Friday, probably as
a result of a letter which ran in Listen
Up last week. The letter inadver
tently found its way to the editor’s
desk 14 months after it was written.
Moore said the stone had been in
the keeping of a band member.
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