THE DAILY COLLEGIAN

5-27-71

 

Representatives voice HOPS support

 

By BARB SNYDER

and JOHN WEAGRAFF

Collegianan Staff Writers

Representatives from various student organizations picketed Old Main yesterday afternoon in support of The Other Vision: Homophiles of Penn State.

The pickets were protesting the University’s suspension of the group’s privilege to use University facilities. The group also was picketing in defiance of the administration’s investigation into the legality of the organization.

“We are protesting the very fact that an investigation is being made. There is no need for one,” according to Joe Acanfora, treasurer of HOPS.

Acanfora described the delay of the University in releasing the results of the investigation as a “stalling tactic.” When asked what he thought the purpose of the “stalling tactic” was, he said in the event of a decision against HOPS, the delay could serve “to waylay student support by announcing the decision after the term has ended.” He noted that if the decision is in favor of the group, stalling could serve “to impress legislators in Harrisburg that they (the Administration) did their darndest not to have us here.”

Acanfora added that perhaps another reason for the delay was to avoid the possibility of problems of obtaining money from the state if legislators were not in favor of the decision.

The more than 20 groups represented, at the picket line all expressed concern over the fact that the Administration took it upon themselves to ignore the Undergraduate Student Government’s right to charter student organizations.

USG President Benson Lichtig, who participated in the action, noted that USG has passed a resolution stating that HOPS’ privileges to use campus facilities should be reinstated until the legality of the chatter is determined. He added that his presence at the demonstration was to voice USG’s sincerity in passing the resolution.

Louis Redden a member of the Concerned Veterans, said he found it “unbelievable that the campus isn’t up in arms that IJSG has been castrated.” All the students on the campus should become involved in this issue, he said, since it not only concerns one particular organization but the entire undergraduate student government as well.

Wells Keddie, associate professor of labor studies and representative from the New University Conference, said USG should have the right to charter any student organization without University intervention. He added that he was impressed with the diversity of groups that came out in support of HOPS.

A member of Women’s Liberation, Barbara Seckinger, said HOPS and her organization have much in common. ‘‘Both groups are fighting for a society where people can be free to live their lives any way they wish,’’ she stressed.

All the representatives of the various organizations noted that the basic reason for the picketing was to express their belief that HOPS should be an organization on campus and they were there to support this group’s right to exist at Penn State.

Raymond O. Murphy, acting vice president for student affairs, and M. Lee Upcraft, dean of student affairs, who have both been involved in the HOPS controversy , refused to make any comments on today’s demonstration.

The University’s lawyer Delbert McQuaide who is involved with the investigation of the 1egality of the group’s charter said he did not know when the results of the study would be disclosed.

University President John W. Oswald was not available for comment on the action.