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Western Carolinian column "Have A Irie Christmas"

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  • The December 4, 1986 issue of the Western Carolinian includes an editorial by Editor-in-chief Andrew Dawkins titled "Have A Irie Christmas." Dawkins shares that he was surprised at the amount of energy students spent on arguing for or against Lavender Bridges. He says he was just trying to "get people to see each other as people." In contrast to the pouring in of letters over Lavender Bridges, he was disappointed that not one letter came in after the article regarding WCU's admission standards. Lavender Bridges, an anonymously founded student organization open to all individuals, aimed to promote awareness of lesbian and gay lifestyle, provide lesbian and gay resources, and increase communication with all students and community members. The first organizational meeting took place October 10, 1985 and was officially recognized by the office of Student Development on December 13, 1985. The last mention of the group appeared in the October 10, 1991 issue of the Western Carolinian.
  • iwtn— wnimwni—^www*—*wwww^i Editor's Notebook Andrew Dawk ins Editor in riSVG r\ if ft? Christmas I My original column for this last Issue of the newspaper concerned Itself with a light-hearted retrospective of the semester about to end. I chit chatted about how quickly time was flying by and how I was feeling about Christmas, among other things. However, while working on the article about Black enrollment here at Western, I f realized that there was a thing or two that I merited, very strongly merited my commentary. Despite the fact that the semester was a decent one, there are some things I'm not very satisfied with. My grades I are one of these things, but 1 won't go Into that right now. I am disappointed that one of my expectations and dreams for the paper never really materialized this semester. Im quick to take blame myself for my own shortcomings. But in certain instances the situation wasn't all my fault or my staffs. I had hoped that the paper would become a forum for debate, a place where divergent views would be expressed (and again I use the tired word * responsibly). I had hoped that issues would be raised, attacked, supported, examined with vigor on the pages of The Western Carolinian, And that people - students, faculty and staff • would come away from reading the paper with a better understanding of each pother as well as themselves* We came the closest to achieving this in the controversy generated by my Lavender Bridges interview. Sure it was interesting getting letters arguing both sides of this issue. But only for a while. I never anticipated the energy that would flow from my rather amateur attempt to get people to see each other as people and not as freaks because of one facet of their overall behavior. Homophobia runs rampant here it would appear. Uke I said, after a while I honestly got tired of getting letters to the editor on the issue. It seemed as if we had become stuck in a rut we didn't want to get out of. When some clowns sent in an unsigned letter questioning my motives for printing letters without names end questioning my own sexuality I decided I had had enough. My hope was that for a few weeks we'd examine this issue then move on to something else. My biggest disappointment came when no one, not a single solitary person responded to the issue raised by Erin Millner In the article she wrote on WCU's admission standards. This was printed in Thursday, October 3Q's issue of the paper. No one wrote a letter in to respond to something that should be of utmost Importance to a college community. * Oh, we heard people say: "It was a good article," and "It was a good Issue/' That was nice to hear, so please don't get me wrong. But the give and take I, we had anticipated just did not materialize. Sheesh! I'M not saying we were trying to dg up dirt, but a healthy examination of the issue would have been welcomed, ft makes me wonder if It is only the mention of differences In sexual orientations and preferences that will stir Cullowheans to comment. Educational matters probably don't mean horsefeathers to anyone around here. Are we too caught up In our own little sole, cozy world's to venture out and really interact for the betterment of each other? Christ man, say something! Next semester, folks, let's really talk, okay! Have a irle Christmas and fek care a oonu selves. N.B. Many, monythanksto Professor Neff Hoitzclaw of the English department for her invaluable help on so many occasions this semester, Welookfo^vvoidtov^rkingeven more dosefy vt$ft her next semester Correction: The following was misrepresented in the SGA Presidents column of November 20. The line should have read: As for the campaign promises that I staked my re-election on, the lines of communication are being opened by degrees and I hope to have something positive to relate to you later. Apologies to Cliff Clark.