So even though I too used the comparison of 9/11 and gay rights (see video) and agreed that explicit how-to sex posters (straight or gay) should not be posted publicly at the Campus Center, I’m not with the Young Republicans on this one.
The Stonewall Center is an official Umass RSO group and as such should have access to the listserve.
Yes, Ralph Hexter is President of Hampshire College but he’s acting as the keynote speaker for an official Umass event. But I’m sure the Stonewall Center will love all the extra press this angry release generates.
And of course, now Mr. Hexter has got me wondering, “What if the President were Queer?”
UMASS-Amherst campus leadership:
Regarding the below message:
Why is the enormous (1000+ student) UMASS Signature Responsibility email list AGAIN being used for these ridiculous purposes???
Let me state for the record that the UMass Republican Club finds these emails being sent on the UMass server a *criminal and incomprehensible waste of valuable taxpayer-funded IT resources and unconditionally absurd*.
I have cc'd 14 state elected representatives - 8 state reps and 6 state senators - for their perspective on this matter.
I don't care about a "queer graduation invite" and if these gay rights activists at Hampshire College have access to the entire school SR email list here at *UMASS*, then why don't I – a fee-paying and taxpaying UMass student and citizen of the Commonwealth, and leader of one of the largest and most well-funded groups on this campus – have this same access ???
Dean of Students Joanne Vanin has consistently denied me access to this list for matters of disseminating information of patriotic 9/11 Veterans Day Flag Displays and legitimate UMass events, yet gay rights activists at A DIFFERENT SCHOOL are allowed use of this huge email list to promote an obviously exclusionary event at Hampshire???
UMass campus leadership continues to let nonsense like this go and then cries to the state legislature about being under-funded and ignored - something has to give.
Someone in Whitmore must have granted the approval to send this extremely unnecessary email: can someone inform me who that person was?
This is an obvious misuse of power and boggles my mind.
We, as a campus community, need to do better and be more aware than this, or else I strongly urge the elected officials of this state’s General Court to continue to cut our funding as a campus.
With administrators like the ones we have in charge apparently asleep at the switch yet again, we clearly don’t deserve any more funding from the hard-working taxpayers of this state.
For efficient tax-dollar and resource use,
President, UMass Republican Club
Petty Officer, United States Naval Reserve
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Brett-Genny Janiczek Beemyn
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2008 11:27 AM
Subject: [Rso-information] Queer Graduation invite
The Stonewall Center cordially invites you to The 10th Annual Queer Graduation & Awards Ceremony
Monday, May 12, 2008
Memorial Hall Lounge
6:30pm: reception, 7pm: ceremony
Ralph Hexter, “What If the President Were Queer?”
Ralph Hexter is the president of Hampshire College and one of the first openly gay college leaders.
Please RSVP to the Stonewall Center: