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Classmate asks for understanding I address this letter to anyone who has a misunder standing of, or compassion for, or fear of, or friendship with, or interest in, or anger towards anyone who is homosexual. I believe sexuality is discovered and not chosen; a process filtered through a variety of human ex periences: denial, doubt, fear, frustration, ignorance, suspicion, anger, fantasy, excitement, enjoyment, beauty, love, etc. Whether this process is an early dis covery or latent, divided or never found, each person is eventually challenged by his or her own sexuality. Whether hetero, homo, bi or asexual each person is challenged to integrate his or her own sexuality in terms of complete personhood. To do otherwise is to deny an important part of what it means to be fulfilled, alive and whole. Such denial, in my opinion, leads to serious problems. I did not choose to be homosexual, I discovered I am. I would like to share briefly what this means to me. When I first realized I was more attracted to members of my own sex I could not accept my feelings and worse I could not accept myself. For a long time I ignored my friends and rarely went out. Eventually, having gone through enough suffering and pain I went to see a counselor. He was not shocked or disappointed in what I told him. He did not reject me. He was not frightened. He cautioned me not to believe that I was worthless, degrading or immoral. He helped me through a process which enabled me to accept my sexuality and not be destroyed by it. I have since met a number of men and women who are gay. No two are alike and despite all the misunder standings and prejudices which gays have been sub jected to we are not hopeless, unhappy or defeated. Gays are found in all walks of life. Some hide what they feel out of fear society will reject them. Some are mili tant and openly confrontive, some abusive, some obnox ious. But the majority are generous, kind, sensitive, tender and capable of both giving and receiving love. Those who judge manhood or womanhood in terms of sexual conquests have a very limited understanding of sex and an even poorer understanding of whats involved in being human. I am not defeated by my sexuality. I accept who and what I am. I no longer question. I am happy and alive and plan to have a meaningful, productive life. If we recognize the differences we have and not be alienated or destroyed by those differences then we progess as people and uncover a little more of that uni que evolution called ‘HUMAN'. Thank you. Vol. 2 No. 14 4 growing, rolling expression of freedom April 12, 1977 Dr. Kerins explains budgeting process Kes. it 's him ! C arroll's own Father J im Farrell, rac quet in hand and scowl on face. J im was one o f B Carroll representatives at the State Racquetball Tournament h e ld in B illings March 24-27. Jim. teamed w ith GAry Nygaard o f M issoula, cap tured first place trophies in the M en 's A Doubles. Carroll sophomore John McCarvel and brother Tom captured the Men s B D oubles title. Tom is a Carroll alumnus and Co-owner o f B ert and Ernies. In the singles. Jim Farrell made it to the third round, then lost to Greg Pekovitch o f B illings. Tom McCarvel won the first-place title in Men s B Singles. Tuition incrcast* likely F.J. Kerins, President At the request of the editor, this description of the status of the college budget for 1977-78 is offered for your information. Many people have been intensively involved in the budgeting process; but very many others have little or no knowledge of what is going on. The budget is not official until it is approved by the Board of Trustees. This stage has not yet been reached regarding next year’s budget, so that it is not possible now to cite figures on tuition and fees. Publication of tentative amounts considered by the budget committee and subject to later change would cause great confu sion, so we wait until decisions are fnal before making any announcements. Definite information will be available soon. SOME BASIC FACTS The annual Carroll College operating budget exceeds 4^2 million dollars. Over half of our money, because of the nature of education as an activity, goes to salaries. About half of the college's income is from student tution and fees. If the “auxiliary enterprises’’ area (dor mitories, food service) is added to that, approximately 75 percent of income derives from what students pay, directly, through their families or through some kind of financial aid package of grants, scholarships, loans, col lege jobs, etc. The remainder of the college’s income is from grants, endowment and gifts and donations of various kinds. Carroll's tuition ranks among the very lowest among non-tax supported institutions in the northwest and in the nation. Every effort is made to keep tuition in creases as low as possible, although this becomes more difficult each year. On the other side of the picture, Carroll’s students do not generally come from high-income families; the reverse is true. Over half of the students are on some kind of financial aid program, involving grants, loans. scholarships or work. If one adds summer jobs and part time jobs not connected to the college, it is fair to say that the vast majority of students here are helping to support their own education. In many cases, families are making great sacrifices to provide a Carroll educa tion for their children. PROBLEMS Several factors make the budgeting process difficult in a small, independent college. Inflation not only hits the college, but also burdens the college’s employees, so that salary increases and cost-of-living adjustments are an important consideration. Some costs are fixed: debt retirement of amounts owed on college buildings is an example. Other factors such as water, gas, electric and telephone bills, increasing costs of standard sup plies, etc. are completely beyond the control of the col lege. The result is that over 90 percent of the expen ditures for the coming year are fixed before the budget committee even begins its work. This point is crucial in understanding the work of the budget committee. Their discretion extends only to such items as salary in creases, new positions and possible adjustments in capital, equipment and operating expenses. A particular problem currently flows from the fact our library drive has, as expected, made it harder to secure gifts to the college for operations. We are, in ef fect, asking the same individuals and companies for both library support and operating funds, and some reduction in the latter is inevitable. PROCEDURES Building the budget starts with the submission of re quests by the various departments, expressing their needs for the coming year. These are gathered and compiled; income is projected; and the two sides of the budget are compared. The requests always far exceed (Continued on Page 7)