Should There be a White Student Union?

Advocates for the White Student Union lost by two votes in a debate held on Thursday, Sept. 27 at Towson University.
Whether or not Towson University should have a White Student Union group has become a topic of much consideration. The speech team held a debate that argued the pros and cons of having a White Student Union on campus.
Advocates for the White Student Union said their intent is to provide a safe place where students of varying ethnicities can rally together and examine and destabilize their feelings toward one another, it will be open to all students. The opposition feels differently and requested that those in favor of having a White Student Union describe what makes it necessary to have this group.
The idea of “white guilt” was mentioned as Kevin Whitley stated in favor of having a White Student Union. The group would be able to discuss how the white majority felt they were being treated by the black minority, and the focus would be on the idea of ‘whiteness’. Whitley said, “This could be an opportunity for white students to give their insights to issues that are not being addressed elsewhere. White privilege may be defined as an unearned advantage and has been characterized as a right. This group offers Towson University to provide an organization that offers a solution to work toward an equitable world.”
The opposition asked how African Americans could participate in this group. The advocates said, “The space will be open for Blacks and Latinos, to find a mutual ground for privilege.” The opposition inquired as to how the White Student Union would prevent the conversation from diverting to another topic. The offense was met with a defensive response from Lucas Oliveria, “If the organization is based on something, people who will be in charge will make sure it doesn’t change. If you want to talk about something else, make your own group.”
Corey Stine said, “It shouldn’t matter what the benefits are. The question is should the Student Government Association (SGA) approve. As long as white privilege is used to repress and separate others, it should not be supported.” Oliveria continued to argue that “the separation between blacks and whites will continue to exist, the only solution is to create a safe space for everyone to discuss it.”

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Towson Ranked Number 5 Best College Town

Towson was chosen last week as 5th on the list for best college cities in the Baltimore Business Journal.
The city of Towson is doing a lot to benefit the college students in the community. The Chamber of Commerce is in the process of expanding what Towson has to offer. They are currently submitting surveys to college students requesting their opinion of what would make the experience of living in Towson more pleasant, according to Nancy Hafford. “It will take about a month to get going, but why should we presume to know what college students want?”
The Chamber of Commerce is walking around Towson University with fifty students from three classes and asking what they would like to see in Towson. Hafford says that Baltimore County is interested in helping the community and a lot of money could be invested. Councilman David Marks agreed and believes that Towson University is a big part of the community and there are a lot of great aspects in the area but the Universities and Colleges are very important.
With all there is to do in Towson, many students find the experience to be positive. “I think Towson is a great town to go to college because it is close to both Baltimore and Washington, but far enough away that you’re not living in the total chaos of the city,” said Towson University student Mary McCarthy.
Towson University is less than a mile from the hustle and bustle of downtown Towson which accumulates shopping centers, movie theaters, bars, and more. Towson student Vince Powers agreed with Towson ranking the 5th best college town and said that living in Towson is a great experience filled with friendly people and an overall positive environment.
During the summer Towson offers many activities such as concerts every Friday from the 2nd week of May until the end of September. “A lot of people don’t realize what we have in Towson,” said Hafford. “We’re in such a great place, shopping centers, beaches and New York City are so close. I’m not surprised we made the list.”