THE DAILY COLLEGIAN

May 11, 1971

 

Investigate group’s legality

HOPS suspended

 

by JOYCE KIRSCHNER

Collegian Junior R.eporter

 

Raymond O. Murphy. acting vice president of Student Affairs, yesterday confirmed the suspension of privileges of the “Other Vision: Homophiles of Penn State,” an organization recently chartered by the Undergraduate Student Government Supreme Court.

HOPS, whose aim is to try to change attitudes on homosexuality by working on legal reform, public education and individual counseling, qualified under the Senate Rules and Policies to be a chartered organization in the opinion of the USG Supreme Court.

According to Murphy, the organization’s priviledges. which include using University facilities for meetings and advertising and requests for financial aid, have been suspended until the University Legal Council has reviewed the legality of HOPS and has decided if the organization is in keeping with University educational policy.

“No one is investigating the organization as individuals, we’re just reviewing the legality of the group,” Murphy said.

HUB Bulletin Board

Members of HOPS have accused Hetzel Union Building officials of removing and destroying a display concerning the group from a bulletin board prior to official notification of the suspension of privileges. No HUB officials were available for comment.

Until the University Lega1 Council makes a decision. HOPS will be meeting at the Women’s Liberation Headquarters in State College.

Members of HOPS also meet at the Free University class. “Homosexuality: A Growing Subculture” which started during Winter Term. From this discussion group, a steering committee was formed to draw up a constitution and to form an officially chartered organization. HOPS is distinct from the Free University group.

HOPS Constitution

The constitution was drawn up and submitted to the USG Supreme Court on March 17 and granted on April 20.

According to HOPS, the word “homophile” refers to anyone, homosexual or heterosexual who advocates .the end of discrimination against homosexuals. The organization is open to all members of Penn State’s academic community.

HOPS was organized to deal with problems relating to the University, such as job discrimination, lack of available information in the library and classroom, hostile attitudes of the psychiatric clinic and discriminatory administration policies.

Gay Liberation

Diane Whitney, vice president of HOPS, said the Penn State group is not a division of a national organization.

According to Miss Whitney, there are 60 similar chartered groups in other universities, including Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.

The Homophiles of Penn State will be sponsoring socials and hayrides. Also, members are speaking to classes about homosexuality.

HOPS has also contacted representatives of the Homophile movement in the United States for the Colloquy workshops. However, because their charter was suspended, the group cannot advertise for Colloquy with their organization’s name.

 

Colloquy speakers on homosexuality will include Franklin Kameny, a Gay candidate for Congress, representatives from the New York Gay Liberation Front and Reverend John P. Rash, from the Union Theological Seminary. Members of HOPS will be on workshop panels to discuss the topic.

Adviser Ursula Mueller, assistant professor of mathematics, said there has been no overt hostility from students, “People want to know what the group is and if we are for real,” she said. “They are surprised that such a group exists.”

HOPS, with approximately 50 members, is presently trying to enlist the support of other chartered campus organizations while it works independently of the University.