THE DAILY COLLEGIAN
HOPS:† legal at last
AT LONG LAST, the Homophiles of Penn State have won, recognition as a University student organization. The battle lasted for many months; surprisingly, the result would not have been greatly different had the University granted official recognition in the first place.
The out-of-court settlement gives full rights of recognition to HOPS, including University appropriations.† This is what the group had sought all along, so itís good to see that goal finally achieved.
However. HOPS did give up something. The charter was changed somewhat drastically in one section: NOW, HOPS cannot attempt to convert or advocate any particular sexual direction for those who are confused or unsure of their sexual orientation.
THE SECTION adds that such individuals will be referred to an accredited psychologist or psychiatrist.
While this section -- requested by the University before it agreed to settle the case -- poses an unfair restriction on HOPS, it does not render the group ineffective.† Its members never really sought to convert anyone.† The purpose of the group remains as always: to provide an atmosphere on this campus in which all matters of sexuality -- including homosexuality -- may be discussed freely, and to remove the blind prejudices so many people feel.
HOPS has every reason now to be successful in this endeavor -- provided that the University ceases its long harassment of the group, and provided HOPS fully lives up to its charter. It should become an education-oriented group, no a private club: education about homosexuality is greatly needed both on this campus and in society
HOPSí PERSISTENCE fina1ly has paid off.† Now, itís time to turn a long-dormant charter into reality.