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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, April 7, 1988- Pages

Gays
Continued from Page 1
CHEKAL SAID he found the
message the evening of Feb. 9 after
returning home from the WCBN
studio, where he had just been a
guest on a lesbian and gay issues
show.
The message, in a male voice,
said, "You have a nice day, you
fucking fag. We're going to kick
your ass, you goddamn faggot."
Chekal said he bclieves the voice
was that of a Triangle member and
said the only people he had told he
was going to be on the show were
members of his fraternity and two
female friends. He said he did not
mention his name or that of the fra-
ternity, and has an unlisted phone
number.
"I said nothing that would reveal
me," said Chekal, who said he filed
complaints with the Ann Arbor po-
lice and the University Affirmative
Action office. The authorities have
not identified any suspects.

MEMBERS of the fraternity to
whom he spoke after the incident ad-
vised him not to make an issue of it
"for my own good," Chekal said. He
said he was offended by their re-
sponse.
"I don't think people would say
that to a person of color" who had
received a similar threat, Chekal said.
Triangle president Kevin Mc-
Carthy said he did not believe the
threat was made by anyone from the
house, although he said some mem-
bers, a large number of whom lis-
tened to the show, were displeased by
Chekal's comments.
"(The members) were shocked,"
McCarthy said. "Everybody was
praying that he wouldn't mention the
fraternity... we're still going to treat
him the same externally, but inter-
nally, some of us have changed."
BUT MCCARTHY said he did
not notice any threatening attitudes
on the part of the Triangle members.
He conceded, though, that someone
may have made the call as a
"practical joke."
Chekal, for one, isn't laughing.
"I'm never going back (to Triangle),"

he said, criticizing the Triangle
members for what he called a lack of
support. "I feel like I'm basically
going to go through life and get shit'
on, and nobody's going to do any-
thing about it."
Some Gay Greeks members,
however, said their brothers have
been supportive of them after coming
out.
"I expected to get my ass kicked,
but it turned out 100 percent better
than I thought," said Gay Greeks
member "John," who requested
anonymity.
BUT EVEN THOSE members
who said their brothers accepted their

homosexuality said members of the
fraternity were still uneasy about
having the information made public.
"Brian," a Gay Greeks member, said
one member of his fraternity sug-
gested that he not wear a shirt bear-
ing his fraternity's letters to a gay
bar.
In spite of the reports of Greek
homophobia, some gays continue to
rush fraternities. Gay Greeks mem-
bers said reasons gays enter such a
potentially alienating environment
- one in which Sigma Alpha Ep-
silon President Mike Bishop said
"people don't even hesitate to rag on
(gays)" - vary.

Chris said his motivation for
rushing, one he believes is shared by
many gays, was to force himself to
face his doubts about his sexuality.
"You want to immerse yourself in a
completely heterosexual environment
to see if you can wash it away," he
said.
Others cited more usual reasons

for rushing. "People think it's
voyeuristic... (but) I didn't rush be-
cause it's a house full of guys," said
"John."
"The reason that I rushed was be-
cause it was the thing to do on my
(residence) hall... you rush a frat to
get a social life," he said.

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The Department of Philosophy
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
announces
THE TANNER LECTURE ON HUMAN VALUES
1987-88
ALBERT O. HIRSCHMAN
The Institute for Advanced Study
Princeton, N.J.
TWO HUNDRED YEARS OF
REACTIONARY RHETORIC:
THE CASE OF THE PERVERSE EFFECT

Sat.
April 9
Sat.
April 9

The University of Michigan
SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Contemporary Directions Ensemble
Richard Rosenberg, conductor
Varese: Ecuatorial
Brieff: Moments for Solo Harp
Kurtz: The Last Contrabass in Las Vegas
Schanberg: Verklarte Nacht
Rackham, 8:00 p.m. Free.
Men's Glee Club
Bradley Bloom, conductor
For ticket information call 764-1448
Hill, 8:00 p.m.

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ANNOUNCEMENT
The Office of Minority Affairs, University of Michigan, will
host Dr. Reginald Wilson as a Martin Luther King/ esar
Chavez/Rosa Parks Visiting Scholar, April 11 through 14, 1988.
Dr. Wilson is Director of the Office of Minority Concerns at the
American Council on Education.
'Dr. Wilson will give a public lecture on "Breaking Down
Intellectual and Social Barriers: Creative Strategies for
Recruitment and Retention of Minorities in Higher Education"
at the Keffler Library, Michigan League, on Tuesday, April 12,
beginning at 4:00 p.m.
The lecture will be followed by a reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
We encourage students, faculty and staff to meet with Dr.
Wilson during his visit here. For information regarding his
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SUMMER SURVIVAL SKILLS
DESCRIPTION: This workshop is designed for
students returning to dysfunctional families
coping with issues such as alcoholism, mental
illness, physical illness, divorce, physical or
psychological abuse.

Friday, April 8

Rackham Amphitheatre
4:00 p.m.

SYMPOSIUM ON THE TANNER LECTURE
ALBERT O. HIRSCHMAN
JOHN DIGGINS
The University of California, Irvine
STEPHEN HOLMES
The University of Chicago
CHARLES TILLY
The New School for Social Research

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