L G B T   C a m p u s   O r g a n i z i n g
mainstream conservative groups  
justifies a ban on supporting partisan (i.e.
whose audience is much larger   preach
Democratic or Republican) political cam 
an ideology that assumes the  free mar 
paigns, a ban on all student funding of
ket  can rectify social inequality.  if  it
political activities   as approved recent 
take money to make money  as capital 
ly by the California Supreme Court   is
ists claim, are we to believe that those
anti democratic.
groups who tend to have more money
deserve it because  they are more intelli 
This policy plays into the strategy of the
gent,   they work harder,  or  they were
Right by forcing student groups to rely on
here first?   Challenge racist and sexist
funding external to the university.  Such a
assumptions.
policy is hardly  apolitical.   It biases
student expression to reflect the existing
Q
: Shouldn't professors be free to be
order, thus perpetuating the inequities of
spontaneous in class?
our society.  In other words, students
whose views coincide with the interests
A
: Of course.  The problem occurs
of corporations, wealthy individuals, or
when professors don't realize what
the Defense Establishment find it easy to
may be offensive assumptions they make
obtain funds to express their views.  But
about the students in their classes.  When
students with alternative viewpoints will
they do not use inclusive language or are
be financially limited, even if their views
not sensitive to the new perspectives
are popular.
brought by their students of diverse back 
grounds, they are not opening their class 
(Thanks to Ron Francis for discussions
rooms to the rethinking of  traditional 
which contributed to this article.)
scholarship and ideas.  Learning and
open mindedness does not end when you
are no longer a student   as the student
body changes, so must professors.
Q
: To be fair, shouldn't student activi 
ty boards refrain from funding polit 
ical activities, or from funding  left 
activities more than  right  ones?
A
:  Student fees were established at
many schools so that student activi 
ties can be controlled democratically by
students alone, and not be limited to
those which support the policies of the
university administration.
With or without funding from student
fees, many student governments have
enacted policies which forbid the use of
student funds for  political activities.'
While the university's non profit status
Photo   1995 Alex Zaphiris
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