The Smoking Gun at Georgia Tech

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Over the past two weeks, the Georgia Tech propaganda machine, which is sometimes referred to as the “administration,” has been working diligently to rebut my assertion that the university has been employing an unconstitutional classification system to allocate its mandatory student activity fees. In a previous article, I accused Georgia Tech of using “political,” cultural,” and “social” group classifications that clearly violate the Southworth decision handed down by the United States Supreme Court in 2000.

In today’s article, I am pleased to reproduce what is often referred to as a “smoking gun.” It takes the form of the following email, which I recently obtained:

“Last year during a House meeting to pass the budget, a member tried to strike the Pride Alliance budget too, on the basis that Pride Alliance is a political organization. Our Joint Finance Committee (JFC) policies recommend that we do not fund political and religious organizations. Under Pride Alliance’s cyberbuzz designation, it is listed as a “cultural organization”- not political. Therefore, according to JFC Policy, Pride Alliance was applicable [sic] for funding.”

The above email, sent by Saira Amir, Executive Vice President of the Student Government Association at Georgia Institute of Technology conclusively establishes the validity of my very serious accusation.

But, in addition to the illegal funding advantage given to the Pride Alliance, it is important to note the non-monetary advantage that the gay rights group receives from various levels of the Georgia Tech administration. Give a careful reading to the following email recently sent by Pride Alliance President Scott McKee:

“I am an undergraduate student and an officer for Georgia Tech’s Pride Alliance, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning student organization. I am starting a large initiative on campus to make a more accepting environment for the GLBTQ community, including prospective students, undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

I have formulated a proposal, which I presented to the Vice President of Student Affairs. (Attached). I am now currently putting my efforts into forming a committee for GLBTQ concerns. I believe that a lot can be accomplished by this committee, depending on the work and dedication of its members. I am now searching for those members, and I believe you may be interested. I want membership to represent vast aspects of Georgia Tech for input and ideas on how to accomplish our objectives.

I envision this committee to monitor the campus climate for the GLBTQ community involved with Tech. I have spoken to influential staff at other major universities about the steps they have taken, and I have received many recommendations on the steps ahead needed at Tech.

If you are interested in being active with this committee or for more information, please contact me. If you know of someone who would be interested in this committee, please forward this email to that individual.

Thank you for your time and consideration.”

Here is a sample of some, but not all, of the responses:

I would like to participate on the committee. This is an important aspect of diversity management.
Pearl Alexander Director, Office of Diversity Management

Alex forwarded this e-mail to me, if you need members, allies, support, anything, let me know.
Brett Hulst Residence Life Coordinator, Armstrong, Fulmer, Hefner and Woodruff.

I am interested in helping if you still looking for people.
Alex Becking Assistant Director of Housing for Staff and Community Development

I am certainly in support of acceptance and understanding of all peoples. I was a bit more of an activist on the GLB topic during my undergrad days and immediately after, culminating in the Technique ad, “It’s okay to be gay at Georgia Tech” that covered two full pages.

I have some interest in supporting this new initiative, but it would probably take the form of advisory only. I would be happy to be on the committee, but I don’t anticipate chairing a subcommittee or taking a very active role.

Please stop by my office or give me a call to discuss. Not sure if you would have use for me, but let’s talk about it.

Thanks for asking.
Randy McDow Director, President’s Scholar Program

Fabulous! LMK if you have questions about anyone—perhaps I can shed some light/some insights, Scott. :) I’ll be back in “e-mail land” Friday morning.

Take care, Billie Pendleton-Parker Assistant Director, Center for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.

This is great. Please let me know if I may be of assistance.
Giselle Martin Assistant Director Undergraduate Admission

This is great news! Please let me know who I can help.
Thanks, Stephanie Ray Associate Dean of Students and Director of Diversity Programs.

I wanted to write and let you know that we will continue to offer free, confidential support groups for GLB students in the counseling center. This year, due to the increase in the number of students interested, we will have a group for graduate students and one for undergraduates. This is the first time we’ve been able to offer 2 GLB groups and I think it is a very good sign :) Groups meet weekly for and hour and a half and usually have 4-8 members. Keeping them small ensures that everyone gets a chance to talk. The dates and times of the groups are not yet determined and will depend a great deal on when those folks who are interested can come. So, if you would like more information on this, let me know and we can set up a time to talk about the group and see if it is a good fit for you.

Our new director, Dr. Toti Perez will lead the undergraduate group and I will lead the graduate group. I have worked extensively with Toti in the past and am thrilled to welcome him here. Toti and I have led GLB groups together at another university, he and I helped establish the Safe Space program at UGA, he has published a textbook on counseling GLB individuals, helped to write the guidelines for multicultural counseling at the national level, and is a fabulous ally to our community. We are very fortunate to have him on board at Tech. If there is anything that he or I can do to support Pride Alliance or the community on campus in general, let us know.

Take care,
S. Barber, Ph.D. Assistant Director/Clinical Director Georgia Tech Counseling Center

But, despite all the support — emotional, financial, and otherwise – Scott McKee works hard to maintain the image that the outcasts on campus are not Republicans but, instead, “queers.” Perhaps that is why he wrote the following letter to Yvette Upton, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Women’s Resource Center at Georgia Tech:

“I am working to form a Queer Resource Center at Tech. I know that you have worked hard in the past to form, create, and maintain the Women’s Resource Center. Would it be possible to send me a copy of the proposal you submitted with the information you compiled? I am trying to establish a basis and guide for establishing a Center. Any help or guidance from you would be greatly appreciated.”

All of this leads to a rather simple choice. If you think that all is well in Wayne’s World, make a giant donation to Georgia Tech and its President Wayne Clough. If you hold a different — in other words, “diverse” — opinion, make a donation to .

The choice is really simple. Someone is telling the truth about Georgia Tech. With your support, he has no intention of backing down.

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