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Berry College finally officially recognizes campus LGBT group

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After years of controversy, Berry College in Rome, Ga., has finally officially recognized LISTEN, a campus group focused on LGBT awareness.

The news came Sept. 13 from Berry President Stephen Briggs, according to Berry's Campus Carrier newspaper.

Briggs notified the campus via email that the group's purpose is "to support and educate in regard to lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) concerns," the Carrier reported.

LISTEN President Rebekah Ingram, a college junior who describes herself as a straight ally, said the group's goal is to offer safety and support for LGBT people at Berry.

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No suspects in Berry College anti-gay, racist hate crime

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Berry College police continue to search for the vandal who poured bleach on a student’s clothes and left a racist and anti-gay note in his dorm room.

On March 26, a student who wishes to remain anonymous reported to police that someone poured bleach on the clothes in his dorm room and left a note that said “faggot nigger fuck off.” The student’s car tire was also slashed.

“We’ve interviewed a lot of people who live on the floor and have narrowed down the time-frame because of our card access to the building,” Berry College Police Chief Bobby Abrams said April 24.

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Berry College students ‘positive’ about forming official LGBT campus group after admin meeting

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Students with Berry College who are determined to get an official LGBT group started at the Christian liberal arts school say they are hopeful that the campus will soon get an official LGBT campus organization after faculty and administrators discussed the issue at a meeting on April 17.

An earlier version of this story stated students also met with the faculty and administrators, but that was incorrect.

According to the Change.org petition started to get the LGBT group, LISTEN, to move from unofficial status to an official campus organization, a group of students met April 17 with faculty. They said the "meeting was productive and pointed to a commitment on the part of the college to move Listen towards an official student group in a timely, though not immediate, manner."

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Anti-gay slur, racial threat prompt Berry College students to renew efforts for LGBT group

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A petition for Berry College in Rome, Ga., to recognize an official LGBT organization on campus is gaining steam after a student received a note that included an anti-gay threat and racial slur.

On March 26, a student returned to his dorm room and found a note saying "faggot nigger fuck off," as well as liquid bleach poured into his two top dresser drawers, according to the college's campus newspaper, The Carrier.