More Students Speaking Out at Columbia

By on April 21, 2005

Once again, more exciting student news from Columbia!

A report from The Spectator, “Allies
Aim to Foster Campus Dialogue
,” talks about a discussion group organized on
campus for different student groups to build bridges of understanding with each
other. The article reports:

The students were gathered as a
part of the Allies Series, a discussion group organized to bring diverse campus
groups together to talk about their differences and how they can better build a
campus community. The series, which ran for six weeks, was attended by students
from the Asian American Alliance, the College Republicans, the United Students
of Color Council, Lionpac, the Chicano Caucus, and Everyone Allied Against
Homophobia.

“A lot of groups on campus feel
marginalized,” said College Republicans president Dennis Schmelzer, CC ’06 and
a Spectator columnist. “Instead of waiting for something to happen, like the
MEALAC incidents, student leaders should get to know each other and work
together.”

…The Allies Series began in the spring of 2004 to address racial strife on
campus. This year, it has dealt with the intensifying controversy surrounding
the MEALAC department. The coordinators of [Respecting Ourselves and
Others Through Education (ROOTED)],
in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, saw in controversy
an opportunity to begin a dialogue on campus between groups that they believed
didn’t often interact.

…“A lot of my expectations of these groups
[participating in ROOTED] changed,” Schmelzer agreed. “If you get to know
someone better as a person, even if you disagree completely on ideas, feelings
can be the same.”

The Spectator also reported that graduate students
held a “Rally
on Academic Freedom
” two days ago.

Schools: Columbia University