University departments take political stands
Wednesday's Wildcat contains a letter by Francisco Gonzalez, assistant director of the UA Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office, that argues against the intentions of the Minuteman Project. There's no need to delve into the actual content of the letter. If you ask me, it's a bunch of empty rhetoric, namecalling, and conspiracy theory, just like most of the Wildcat in and of itself (ooh, that hurt).
What is more troubling, however, is the fact that Mr. Gonzalez is apparently paid to hold this political position. There is no "Anti-Affirmative Action Office." Rather, tuition dollars paid for the publishing of this letter.
The same principle applies to a letter published about eleven months ago written by Ela Cudilo, then the executive director of the Women's Resource Center (Google Cache), who criticized my letter regarding the lack of political diversity in the choice of campus speakers. Ironically, just below Cudilo's letter is one by Jonna Lopez, who was then the director of the ASUA Pride Alliance, but instead decided to use the title "women's studies graduate student." Either way, these offices get money to advocate specified political positions. One could even say that the Pride Alliance takes a religious position!
Suppose there was such thing as the University of Arizona Center for Fiscal Conservatism. Or perhaps the ASUA Crusade for Christ. Of course people would complain, but we have just as much of a right to do it now, and it's about time that we finally become sick of such a status quo, one that doesn't actually support true diversity.