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White, straight, male diversity: The week in college sex

March 30, 2011 - 03:45 PM
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Vote for white guys to help non-white guys get elected . . . next time. (Photo: Jay Westcott)

Parents, teachers, sex reporters, and other adults looking for a creepy window into the sex lives of our nation's youth! Welcome to TBD's digest of local college sex columns:

STRAIGHT WHITE GUYS are at it again: Last week, American University sophomore Tim McBride became the fourth straight white male to be elected president of the school's student government in as many years. McBride was a staunch advocate of increased diversity throughout the campaign (here's how that worked out).

Prior to the election, campus magazine AWOL raised the race, gender, and sexual orientation problem, and later commended McBride for welcoming that conversation and stepping up to demand greater diversity in the legislative body. “There is a perception out there that this is a predominately white, male group,” McBride said of the student government crew. “It’s something that needs to be changed.? We need to make it clear, we need to make it extra clear, that that’s not the case.”

ISN'T IT, THOUGH? AU student Michael Morgante took issue with McBride's position, writing in to student newspaper the Eagle to suggest that the best way for McBride to step up on the diversity front is to step down. "So, what is the solution [McBride] has purposed to bridge the diversity gap, for making it 'extra clear' that it is 'not the case' that white males dominate Student Government? It is for him, a white male, to run for president of Student Government," Morgante writes. "For McBride it seems that the diversity gap in SG is only 'something that was obvious' and 'something that needs to be changed,' so long as it doesn’t interfere with him being elected SG President. Is his candidacy really about promoting progress for our school or his own reputation?"

IT'S NOT, THOUGH: Liz Richards, a vice presidential candidate who ran alongside McBride in the election—and won—wrote in to defend McBride's honor. McBride, Richards explained, actually recruited her to the race and was the motivating factor in convincing her to run—how's that for diversity? "I have known Tim McBride since I was in sixth grade. We went to a small public school in Wilmington, Del., called Cab Calloway School of the Arts. It was an unconventional school, to say the least. There were no sports teams. No traditional social cliques. None of the usual student-teacher antagonisms (for the most part). At Cab, school musicals trumped football games any day of the week. If you stood out like a sore thumb at any other school’s dances, you’d probably fit right in at Cab," Richards wrote. "After being one of Tim’s best friends for six years, I know that Cab had the same effect on him. As a result of our schooling, our friends, and our families, we both have developed a strong sense of what we value—and yes, diversity is a large part of that."

BUT IT IS, THOUGH: Star commenter InsidetheBeltway critiques Richards' defense of McBride: "So: In response to a letter citing a lack of diversity in student government you make the following points: 1) The presumptive nominee for President and the unchallenged nominee for VP grew up in the same town. 2) Are the same race. 3) Went to the same middle school and high school. 4) Graduated with the same mindset. 5) Went to the same University. 6) and entered the same college within the University. . . . There are over 6,000 undergraduates at this school—and these are far too many similarities for the top two positions for this school considering the huge amount of diversity we have here. Honestly, if I would have known this information before I voted today, I would have abstained."

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