The University Record, October 1, 1996
United Way scandal shouldn't be ignored
Question? I'm very concerned over the recent newspaper reportage of a potential criminal investigation, inclusive of the FBI, of the management of Washtenaw United Way. I'm dismayed and astonished that the University of Michigan has seemingly chosen to ignore this issue and not notify the University employees of the findings or the manner in which they plan to handle the donations. If we are going to contribute, I would be much happier to know that this money was to go into an escrow fund, until this issue is resolved.
I received my contribution deduction form for the Washtenaw United Way Campaign and while I understand that, as with all national charitable organizations, a certain portion will be allocated toward the administrative maintenance of that organization, I must now question, as I think many others might, how much of my contribution will be allocated to a defense fund for officers who on the surface appear guilty of criminal malfeasance, and judging from their reported salaries, are certainly capable of providing for their own defense funds.
Some of the employees from the University of Michigan say they
plan on allocating their funds to specific organizations, but are
concerned about the allegations that it was questionable as to
whether all of these funds were being distributed to the allocated
sources. I truly believe there are many people that need assistance,
but at this particular moment, I have to believe there must be better
channels in which to reach them.
Beverley Dole, graduate program secretary, School of Nursing
Release of alumni info should require
I was outraged to read in The University Record (Sept. 3, 1996; letter by John Murray) that the University of Michigan Alumni Association was going to make available the addresses of alumni, in the form of print and electronic directories, without explicit authorization from the individuals concerned. I am especially concerned about the breach of confidentiality on the part of the University this effort implies to students.
Murray received communication from the Alumni Association offering him ten days to respond if he wished to be EXCLUDED from the directory. He is puzzled that he should have gotten that letter at all not yet having graduated at the time. My worry is that I (who had graduated in December 1995) received no such letter, and therefore had no knowledge until the appearance of Murray's letter in the Record that such a directory existed or was in process. I wonder how many others like myself were left entirely out of the loop.
I understand and appreciate the purpose of such a directory (Alumni Association's Executive Director Steve Grafton's response to John Murray's letter), namely, to help "track down lost classmates."
I wonder, however, aside from the ethics of this exercise, to what
extent such a directory would serve me if the letter asking me to
sign myself out did not reach me. I am presuming, of course, that ALL
alumni were sent this letter.
Kameshwari Pothukuchi, visiting assistant professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning,
University of Wisonsin-Madison
U should be moral leader
As a professional/administrative staff member at the University of Michigan, I have recently noticed a new level of sexual absurdity being promoted on campus by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Programs Office. This year LGBPO has determined that transgender should be included with the gay, lesbian and bisexual agenda at the University of Michigan.
The terms transgender or transexual (sic) can be defined as a person, male or female, who perceives that their gender identity is incompatible with their anatomical reality. More specifically, a transgender person is someone who might use cosmetics in order to change their sexual identity, or hormonal injections to suppress existing sexual characteristics, or even gender reassignment surgery. This obsession of men wanting to be women or women wanting to be men is developing into a counter-cultural movement whose members are identified as drag queens, trannies, cross-dressers, transexuals, transgenders, transgenderists, cross-genders, transvestites and androgynous individuals who exhibit both male and female characteristics.
Currently, the University administration is allocating funds and educational resources to culturally advance transgender and homosexual practices as acceptable lifestyles in the University community. If transgender is now perceived to be normal behavior, how would you expect your colleagues, or even your family and friends to react if you suddenly decided to "cross dress" by wearing some of your spouse's wardrobe and/or make-up to work? This is precisely the kind of philosophy that the LGBPO is teaching our young men and women on campus.
If the LGBPO is successful in promoting the transgender lifestyle
this year, then what kind of human sexuality will it advocate next
year? Perhaps the LGBPO will promote pedophilia (abnormal sexual
desire in an adult for children), bestiality (sexual relations
between a person and an animal), or even necrophilia, an erotic
attraction to corpses. Anything is possible if the University of
Michigan administration continues to abstain from moral leadership in
regard to cultural issues, and if the LGBPO continues to advance that
all human sexuality is acceptable as long as it doesn't hurt anyone.
Without moral restraints, I foresee all sexual behavior being
promoted as normal by the LGBPO. What is written in verse 4 of the
Epistle of Jude has certainly come to pass at the University of
Michigan, "They pervert the gracious gift of our God to sexual excess
and deny Jesus Christ, our only master and Lord."
Bruce A. Bender, Central Campus area maintenance coordinator
'Deals' are obscene, sneaky
The obscene sweetheart deals that Duderstadt has sneakily made with Mr. Womack and six other welfare mothers among his top bureaucrats stink to high heaven. Because of them, I will never again make any contribution---and be it only a penny---to the University of Michigan. I assume that other people who in the past have contributed generously will follow my example.
Alfred G. Meyer, professor emeritus