Equality is a necessity

All students should be treated equally at FAMU

Even though FAMU is a historically black university, it is important that the University makes sure that students are treated equally.

The University of Colorado is implementing new restrictions for racial harassment after 58 cases of racism were reported since fall 2004.

FAMU does have cases of discrimination. But many actions are taken by theUniversity to ensure that students are not mistreated because of race.

The Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) is the department at FAMU that deals with student complaints, concerns and issues of discrimination.

Officials said in an interview with The Famuan that EOP seems to receive more complaints from black student’s than white students about professors and campus activities.

“The race of the majority of the students that complain to the EOP office is African-American,” said Carrie Gavin, director of the EOP.

Apparently, many of the minority students on FAMU’s campus do not even feel the need to use EOP.

It is good that many of the minority students don’t have major discrimination complaints, but why are many of the complaints by students in the majority at FAMU?

University officials should study these complaints to see why certain types of students have more complaints.

Ultimately, FAMU does not have major discrimination problems on campus and the EOP has the responsibility of handling problems that arise.

Although there are not many major cases of discrimination with students or staff at the University, officials should still aim to make sure that all students, staff and campus visitors are treated equally.

Debate over right to die should be personal matter

Does anyone really care about Terri Schiavo’s life?

Although the debate over Terri Schiavo’s life is important, why is it the only news on every channel and on the cover of every newspaper?

Has national news stopped happening or have the national media just decided to force this story on Americans until it dies down?

Nearly every possible angle of the story has been explored – “Doctors debate Schiavo’s condition,” “Schiavo down to her last hours,” “Husband Outraged by Congressional Input.”

After much debate, officials finally decided to pull the plug that was keeping her alive.

Schiavo’s husband and her parents began a legal tug of war seven years ago over whether to have her feeding tube removed, CNN said.

The case has drawn national attention and rallied activist groups on both sides of the right-to-die debate.

The decision to end her life has also increased awareness among Americans.

Americans have been actively looking into creating living wills and asking themselves, “Do I really have the right to die?”

But with all of the speculation and debate, do people really care about Terri Schiavo, or just the controversy her situation has presented?

Every time a major right-to-die debate arises, it gains national attention, but ultimately the matter directly affects only the family, friends and other loved ones of the dying person.

Only Schiavo’s family and friends should be in a heated debate about the situation.

Now that a decision has officially been made regarding the situation, can the national media report on all of the other news that is affecting the world?