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The MAROON • A Loyola tradition since 1923 • VOL 73 NO. 4 Loyola University New Orleans SEPTEMBER 23, 1994 NO/AIDS Walk sparks awareness By EMILY DREW Editorial Editor A common cause and communitybuilding will bring Loyola together this Sunday as an expected 300 students and faculty from Loyola participate in the NO/AIDS Walk. This 5K walk through New Orleans raises money to support HIV/AIDS programs and services of the NO/AIDS Task Force. Several student organizations decided the walk would be a good way for Loyola to unite and show its support for finding a cure for AIDS. "This is an important event for Loyola to participate in, first and foremost, because of the disease; it will affect everyone if it hasn't already," said Justin Joseph. Director of Finance for the Student Government Association and accounting and finance junior. "It is also a good chance for Loyola to come together. We have very diverse groups on campus and rarely does anything bring people together for a common cause like this." Students will meet in the Horseshoe at 9 a.m. and may stay after the walk for a jazz concert in the park. Lee Andrew DeLormc, a member of Loyola's AIDS Peer Education Program and general studies sophomore, is optimistic about the expected participation. "I think it will be outstanding. However, I still find that there is a level of hesitation because people still associate AIDS and HIV with gays; and that is not the case anymore," he said. r Lisa Talley, executive board member of University Programming Board and communications sophomore, participated in the walk last year and was disappointed in the turnout. "After last year's small number of people from Loyola. I think this year will be wonderful. I certainly hope this is not just a passing fad." Thumala Mansour, communications junior, questions the school's motivations for joining in the walk. "I'd like to think it shows a sincere awareness of AIDS, but I think that it shows that Loyola does not want to look like the left-out party in all of this; Tulane and UNO have always participated in the walk," Mansour said. Critics of the walk claim that the Catholic Church should not participate in the walk because support demonstrates an acceptance of homosexuality and sex associated with the AIDS virus. "I think there is healthy room for dissent. Being concerned ... I just find that's what Jesus would do when people are suffering from a disease that affects men, women and children," said A 1 Alcazar, director of peace and justice, "To call everyone together in the community to do something about the disease is, to me, the most compassionate thing to do." The Rev. James C. Carter, SJ., in a letter to the Loyola community, urged the university to make pledges and get involved in the walk. "AIDS is a disease which, if it has not already, will eventually impact all of our lives. This is an opportunity for the community to make an impression," he said. SGA created a program called "Hero" to give all student organizations an opportunity to make a donation through their budget. A five percent donation qualifies a group as a Hero; and a 10 percent donation earns the title "Superhero." Michelle Byrne, president of Loyola University Student Sociology Organization and sociology/psychology senior, donated 10 percent of the organization's allocated funds to the NO/AIDS Walk. 1 "We [LUSSO] have been involved in the walk for many years and thought this year's opportunity to make a contribution would be a great way to encourage others to show support," Byrne said. Other groups named as Heroes and Superheroes were Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Loyola Association of Music Therapy and Gay and Lesbian Outreach at Loyola. Differing lifestyles split campus By JULIANNE SHERROD Staff writer While there are obvious distinctions between blacks and whites and Greeks and non-Greeks, there is another, more subtle division on campus. It is impossible to discern by jerseys or skin color. Homosexual and heterosexual students are not separated by class or gender lines, but by different lifestyles. In 1993, a handful of students formed Gay and Lesbian Outreach At Loyola. The organization, formerly known as Out/Here, has planned several events, including participation in the NO/AIDS Walk and a gay bowling league. GOAL membership includes "straight but not narrow", homosexual and bisexual students. It also provides a forum for issues other than homosexuality, such as racism and women's issues. "GOAL is designed to fight homophobia, to promote positive gay and lesbian visibility, to educate professors and students, and to provide a positive atmosphere for gay, lesbian and bisexual students to come out in," said GOAL member Ly Nguyen, pre-med/biology senior. Adviser Francis Coolidge, philosophy professor, also noted that most of GOAL'S posted announcements have been torn down before anyone notices them. "The division isn't obvious, but it is visible," Coolidge said. We can't keep fliers up. Getting started was difficult." Despite the support GOAL offers, some students still feel the split. Jennifer (not her real name), a freshman, experienced this division with her roommate in the first week of school. "I didn't intend to come out the first week of school, and someone just asked me," she said. "I didn't want to lie, so I just told them yes. My roommate seemed receptive, but a week later she seemed down and I asked her what was wrong; was everything going o.k. .? I thought it was school or something. She just said, 'It's because you're gay.' " Jennifer, who now has a new roommate, comes from a very supportive background. She said her parents and friends accepted her sexuality. She was president of her class and no one, she said, questioned her choice. "I could do the job [as class president]," Jennifer said. "Here, it's like, why are you making such a big deal out of something so minute." John (not his real name), also a freshman, didn't have any problems with his roommate: he was gay too. "1 couldn't believe how lucky I was," he said. John said that he and his roommate have formed a ready-made support group, even though, "We're very different people." John decided not to use his name because he said that living in the dorms would create problems with his floormates. "Living on campus — that's a bad situation to [reveal my sexuality]," John said. "It's not that I wouldn't if I lived off-campus. I just don't need that hassle in my life." John said his floormates would not be accepting and would give him trouble, unlike his parents and his best friends. "I came out in July. My mom accepted it very easily and then I talked to my dad. I didn't tell all my friends. I told my very best friends and they accepted it. My other friends and acquaintances are very shallow and gossipy. They would be more concerned with who they could tell and shocking people," John said. Mike Sanchez, psychology sophomore and Biever resident admits that he is not always comfortable with the A Campus Divided Part 2 of 4 Staff Photo by Todd Carroll Ly Nguyen said the organization provides a positive atmosphere for gay, lesbian and bisexual students. Loyola ranks high in U.S. By JAKE BAUMAN Contributing writer Once again, Loyola ranked among the top 15 Southern universities and colleges in U.S. News and World Report. Loyola advanced from tenth to seventh. The rankings are issued every fall by the magazine as a partially subjective way to ranking colleges and universities. The Rev. James C. Carter, S.J., was "quite pleased" with Loyola's new rank. He said rankings affect the public's view of a university's academic quality. Jerry Dauterive. college of business dean, called the article "very good news, because ranking get a lot of attention throughout the country." Dauterive said Loyola should try to improve consistently and not become lax because of the rankings. "Students use rankings to screen out various schools," Dauterive said. Carter and Dauterive said that Loyola's size and commitment to liberal arts education are key reasons why the university received high marks. They credit the faculty for their teaching skills and relationships with students. They also agreed that Loyola is on the right track. See LIFESTYLES, Pg. 3 Sports: Cross country teams earn fourth place at invitational. m Life & Times: Teaching program closes with Jackson Barrcks.
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