To the Editor:

Apr 122004

Recently, the Collegian ran an article in which the university

administration said that the budget cuts were not likely to cut any

classes or be detrimental to the students. I would like to firmly

discredit those administration officials. When I first attended

CSU, one of the main attractions that the university advertised was

a low student-teacher ratio and small class sizes. If we cut some

of the classes and just make existing classes larger to handle the

extra students, this attraction will be gone. While we hope that

people don’t choose a university based upon class sizes, one of the

previously advertised perks of the university will be


In addition to this, the administrator said that no classes were

likely to be cut completely. My department, history, has had to cut

an essential upper-division course from its curriculum because of a

lack of funds. This class, HY301, was a course that taught history

majors how to be historians and properly work with sources. The

need for this knowledge outside of the university cannot be

overstated. Also, I have found the knowledge from the course

invaluable in all of my upper-division courses. If the

administration is claiming that no necessary classes will be cut,

but it can eliminate a class that is a cornerstone to a major, what

is next? Perhaps capstones or All University Core Curriculum

required classes will be next.

Brian Thomas

History & Asian Studies

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Apr 122004

I was appalled at the inflammatory language of Rhaeed Tayeh the

speaker for the Palestinian Student Association’s event on April 6.

Tayeh made bigoted statements about Zionist Jews and Christians. He

also referenced, which I found out is

boycotting “McHebrew” (anti-Semitically McDonald’s).

With historical half-truths and lies, he justified terrorism and

suggested a one state solution: Palestine.

In addition, he made references to the Republican Party being

under the control of the Zionist Christians. He stated he was more

afraid of them than the Jews. Also, he strongly opposed any

candidate that supports Israel and endorsed any candidate that was


Now, here is the kicker. Your student fees paid for him to come

spew this anti-Semitism and bigotry to CSU via Associated Students

of CSU. I encourage all viewpoints to speak freely. However,

Tayeh’s speech was inflammatory and political.

According to the Funding Board Bylaws, this sort of activity is

not eligible for money.

However, the PSA is not the only student organization that

crosses the line and actively opposes a party or candidate or group

of candidates. Other groups like Action Awareness and F.R.E.E. also

do so, often vehemently so.

We need to work on a solution to either make it so all groups on

campus have access to student fees or ASCSU needs to enforce its

rules on the Funding Board or we need to establish a new way of

funding student organizations for better fairness of all


Chuck Fogland

Chairman, CSU College Republicans

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