Goucher Students Want Voices Heard
We, Goucher College Students, object to the decision to bring hunters with weapons onto our campus for "deer population management" without consulting its' community. In its' Mission Statement, Goucher pledges that "the school is based on an expanding sense of community." Despite this pledge, this important decision was made without any community discussion or input. Not only does this belittle the students and the sense of community, but also shows no respect for the contribution our tuition makes in running the school. In this case, being informed that this decision had been made when students were scheduled to take final exams and leave campus, impaired the students' ability to actively express their stand on the issue. Further, Goucher must stand by its statements to pursue being involved with the surrounding area of Balitmore City and Baltimore County by taking into account the wildlife that lives on our campus and in surrounding areas. Goucher's commitment to taking environmentally friendly initiatives must also be honored by looking at the more non-lethal, environmentally-friendly options for dealing with the deer population. Goucher students have come to believe that we live in a killing-free, weapon-free environment. This attitude is a vital part of the soul and the beauty of our school. We ask that the hunt is stopped until the community as a whole can look at all options, both lethal and non-lethal, to determine what is best for the both the students and the deer on our campus.