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Recent vandalism and postering intentionally hurtful, threatening

(Editor's note: This letter was submitted last week. Saturday evening, another BGLAD drop poster was taken down. [See photo, page 1.])

Wednesday night, a person or persons destroyed a drop poster in Lobby 7 that announced this week's Bisexual, Gay, and Lesbian Awareness Days (BGLAD) activities. Such acts undermine our university as a place dedicated to the civil discussion and exploration of different, and often controversial, topics.

In addition, derogatory anti-gay posters have appeared on bulletin boards throughout the campus. In my opinion, these posters do not simply express an opinion; rather they are intentionally hurtful and threatening. I believe that they do a great disservice to our community.

In the spirit of President Charles M. Vest's Jan. 18 appeal for civility and mutual respect, I ask those responsible for these acts to think about the consequences of what they have done, not only for the gay and lesbian members of our community, but for the Institute as a whole.

Samuel Jay Keyser->

Associate Provost->