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In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania it is:

March 2002

Welcome to the Online March Edition

Volume I, Issue VII

Pitt cheerleaders and dance team rock the Fitzerald Fieldhouse

Panthers celebrate Big East West Championship at the Fieldhouse

Controversy arises for SGB, Delta Tau Delta, and Rainbow Alliance

Students participated in different activities near the cafeterias

Bread for the world promotes hunger awareness

Habitat for humanity fundraises with creativity


Editorial: SGB's board appointment raises questions

Letters to the Editor:

The sinfulness of homosexuality is up for debate!

Principles of oppression hurt society

Israel: Whose land is it anyway?

"Mi casa es su casa": My home is your home

One man's sorrow should not be another's joy.

Bensylvania by Ben Goldblatt

Play the NCAA Tournament contest to win money


Review of Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand

Hip-hopper KRS-One once again comes to Pitt


Pitt finishes at the Fieldhouse with firepower

Knight and Howland receive Big East honors


Jubilee Afrikana rocks the Hilton Hotel in Downtown

Only the right antidote can protect your life

There is evidence to support Christ's resurrection

Mannafest conference helps rock the Holiday Inn in Ohio

Some of God's Children choir rocks the William Pitt Union


Gospel revealed through semantics and word play

In remembrance of 'Good Friday', the top 25 student responses to 'Loving the world God...'

God's love is alphabetically revealed in random languages

Students reflect on the cross through poetry

Pitt cheerleaders and dance team 
rock the Fitzerald Fieldhouse

Photos by Ramesh C. Reddy

Panthers celebrate Big East West Championship at the Fieldhouse

Photos by Ramesh C. Reddy

Controversy arises for SGB, Delta Tau Delta, and Rainbow Alliance

  Ramesh C. Reddy

Managing Editor

On the night of Feb 11,02, Rainbow Alliance President Sandra Telep was chosen to fill the Student Government Board (SGB)  vacancy left by the departure of Carrie Howard, an African American student. Telep was chosen over Michael Guss, Courtney Richardson, DeShuan Sewell, George Ayub,  Andrea DeChellis and anyone else who applied.

Board candidates for the vacancy had to fill out an application and go through an interview process with the current seven board members.

Of all the candidates that applied Telep was unanimously appointed by the board to take Howard’s place. The board supported their decision to members of the student body present at the public meeting.

Michelle Agostoni, a minority board member said, “I’ve never seen our board so unified in any decision. This will be the first time in a long time that I’ll be able to go home and not be mad after a meeting.”

Kevin Washo, a Greek board member wanted the students present at the public board meeting to know that Telep was chosen because she was the most qualified candidate for the position.

A student approached the Pittsburgh Standard (PS) with his concern about Telep’s appointment to board. The PS has evidence to support that one of the members of Delta Tau Delta, whose identity the PS wishes to keep anonymous, posted fliers across campus on Jan 30,02 to promote their rush week that offended Rainbow Alliance, a student organization for gays, lesbians, bisexual,  trans-gendered, and queer/questioning (GLBTQ) community.

The posters labeled brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) and Pi Kappa Alpha (PKA) as “limp-writsed” and promoted fictional gay sexual activities. To this type of fliers on campus, Telep, the president of Rainbow Alliance took offense.

According to the Feb 1st issue of the Pitt News’ news section, Telep is quoted as saying, “[The flier] assumes that homosexuality is a bad thing. It’s hard to believe that such outdated ideas still exist within our generation.”

She also wrote a column called, “Homophobic flier symptom of larger campus problem” in the Feb 1st issue of the perspective’s section of the Pitt News.

Delta Tau Delta fraternity at the University of Pittsburgh responded to the fliers and the issues raised by them.

One of the ways they responded was by taking a full-page letter advertisement in the Feb 8th issue of the Pitt News. The advertisement was dated February 06,02 and the headline read “Delta Tau Delta chapter and international office responds to slanderous posters around Pittsburgh campus”

The letter addressed the incident with a solution so that it never happens again including what the national fraternity stands for. An excerpt from the letter states, “The chapter will work with the Greek community and the Rainbow Alliance at the university in funding sensitivity training and tolerance workshops to the Delts and members of the IFC, as well as the campus community.  The University of  Pittsburgh Delts have also agreed to make a contribution to a charitable organization of the Rainbow Alliance’s choice.”

It is important to note that SGB President Jeff Alex and SGB board member John Algie are members of Delta Tau Delta chapter that responded to the fliers.

  Days  after the incident, in the Feb 20th issue of the Pitt News, two headlines printed were, “Delta Tau Delta apologizes for homophobic fliers” and “Telep accepts apology.” 

This story ran nine days after Telep had already been appointed to the board position. In that article she is quoted as saying, “Not all Greeks hate gay people and not all gay people hate fraternities and sororities. We’re hoping to make this incident an opportunity to mend ties between the Rainbow Alliance and the Greeks.”

In that same issue the Pitt News editorial staff felt that the incident threatened Greek life. An excerpt from the editorial stated, “Suddenly, a tasteless joke erupted into a campus-wide controversy that threatened the integrity of Delta Tau Delta and Greek organizations as a whole.”

The editorial went on to talk more about Greek life stating, “Many fraternities and sororities are involved in charity work and community service, but the virtuous side of Greek life is usually overshadowed by the cynical common sentiment. And it doesn’t help the situation when homophobic posters are plastered around campus in the name of a recognized fraternity.”

Only a majority of the SGB board needs to agree for a candidate who applies for a  SGB board postion to be approved if a vacancy results after the April elections. The PS has uncovered evidence to support at least 4 members of the board had a conflict of interest when they decided Telep to be the successor of Howard.

President Jeff Alex who did not have a direct vote in the process is part of Delta Tau Delta             Delta Tau Delta is the fraternity, where John Algie, a board member is the financial treaurer of, that apologized to Rainbow Alliance.

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