The Arizona Desert Lamp

Hey, kool thing, what are you gonna do for me?

Posted in Campus, Politics by Evan Lisull on 5 February 2009

WRC LogoSo, when Arizona students are reeling from the twin blows of tuition increases and state funding cuts, what does the ASUA Women’s Resource Center go out and do? Naturally, ask for more money:

Tiffany Tedesco, co-director of the WRC, said that they are currently in the process of petitioning for funding for a full-time faculty director, which would allow them to raise more money and thus provide more programs to the UA community.

. . .

Besides Arizona State University, the UA is the only Pac-10 university without a professionalized women’s center, according to a proposal written by WRC director Carly Thomsen.

Aw, hell; y’all must be Jagger fans:

You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you might find
You get what you need

Meanwhile, the old argument of “remedying” abstinence-only education is getting increasingly stale — just over a year ago, then-Gov. Napolitano rejected matching funds from the US Department of HHS for abstinence-only education. And before you go railing about big, evil, no-good, very-bad Gov. Brewer, remember that the current president is a supporter of “comprehensive sex education.”

This is an old issue. Yet there are two solutions, that don’t quite literally involve a minority (47.1% of UA students are male, according to the latest UA guidebook) being forced to pay a direct fee for a program that almost exclusively provides opportunities for the majority group. One of them, proposed earlier on this site, would be to consolidate the ASUA Women’s Center with the currently existing Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) and the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health (WCoE). SIROW already has an executive director, who could easily step in as head of the Southwest Women’s Resource Center.

Another option, if the WRC is insistent on keeping things student-only, would be the proposed “Unity Center,” a term that has been bandied about with much promise but little specification. Yet if all the multicultural “centers” or “groups” were all housed under one roof, it would not only make them part of a more effective organization as a whole (with more resources at its disposal), but it would also make the ostensible goal of increasing “cultural diversity” seem far more believable.

Title allusion can be enjoyed here.


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  1. […] as a student-run service funded mostly by outside grants for the last few years really is a kool thing, and projects like their wildly successful HIV testing program take a shot at serious public health […]

  2. Jimi Alexander said, on 5 February 2009 at 10:19 am

    I signed a petition that was asking for the WRC to have a full-time faculty director last semester. Now I’m questioning that decision. I really don’t think it will happen anytime soon, petition or no. And you can’t have enough Sonic Youth references.

  3. tiffany said, on 5 February 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Just to be clear we are asking this money from the student service fee NOT the administration.

    I would love to tell you more about the proposal and where we are asking this money to come from and what kinds of services it was allocated to last year.

    Also I would love to tell you more about what we do so you can write a more well rounded blog.

    Email me anytime I love student voices especially bloggers!!

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