The Vagina Monologues caused controversy yet again, this time at Albion College. Not only did the controversy pit members of the play’s sponsor POWER (an organization for women and women’s issues) against members of the College Republicans, the controversy managed to faction the ranks of the College Republicans as well, with some members acting outside of the sanctioned party line.
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The University of Wisconsin- Madison has denied the Roman Catholic Foundation any funding for the past two school years. After filing a lawsuit against the University for going against their first amendment rights, the Foundation was disappointed to find that they lost the suit. The court found that the school has the right to deny funding to any group. Although the group is trying to find other ways to receive money, the University is still contemplating it’s decision.
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On October 4, student protesters at Columbia University rushed the stage as Minuteman Project Founder Jim Gilchrist was giving a speech. The rush then erupted into something of a brawl, inciting discussion about free speech and tolerance on a host of American campuses. Now the University’s disciplinary process is winding down, and the students involved in the scuffle got off with the lightest of four possible disciplinary scenarios: a disciplinary warning.
Campus police at University
of Florida tasered a
student attempting to ask a question to Senator John Kerry on Monday. The incident has sparked protests on campus,
national news attention, and raised questions of free speech and the use of
force on campus. The Florida Independent
Alligator is providing ongoing coverage.
Campus proselytizing caused a stir at several schools this week. At the University of California Davis, several Christian student groups united to form the very visible “I Found It Too” campaign. The campaign was so visible, in fact, that students debated whether the campaign amounted to free speech or an intrusion into other people’s rights to live their lives and beliefs in peace. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a preacher who is part of the evangelical group "Open Air Outreach" caused controversy as he preached his message near a safe-sex event called “Sex on the lawn.
Two masked people, one identified as a University of California, Berkeley alumnus, protested last week from a tree outside a university building. The two hung a banner condemning some of the university's actions, such as dealing with energy firm BP, and calling for the democratization of the UC Board of Regents. The masked protesters said they were fighting for free speech on the campus and hope students will rise to protest.
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Female coaches at Texas Southern University and California State schools at San Diego and Fresno have all filed lawsuits involving gender discrimination. The lawsuits are all based on unequal treatment of coaches under Title IX, the Equal Opportunity in Education Act. Most of the lawsuits involve discriminatory pay policies and unequal facilities provided for female athletes. CSU Fresno alone has already settled five cases of gender discrimination and owes over $16 million in combined settlements.
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North Idaho College, a dry school, has recently implemented a new system for ensuring that students do not drink in the campus dorm: AlcoScreen Alcohol Saliva Testing. The testing makes use of strips to test students’ saliva for traces of alcohol. If students are found guilty of drinking in the dorms, they are issued a $100 fine and required to attend a counseling session. A second offense and students are evicted from the
Members of a group visiting Baylor University were arrested on charges of criminal trespassing after they refused to stop chalking messages of God’s love on the Christian campus. The members of the Soulforce Equality Ride, a gay advocacy group, were not Baylor students, but were accompanied by Baylor students in their action (many members of Soulforce are students at other universities). While early reports said that all of the arrested were not from Baylor, upon processing, police found that one of the six was, after all, a Baylor student. Students at the Baptist university had mixe
St. Joseph’s University is debating whether or not a performance of The Vagina Monologues should be allowed on campus this year. Senior Alisha Brizicky first expressed her desire for the play to come to campus back in September, but the school’s administration decided the play is too controversial to be funded with student activity fee money (an unofficial poll shows the campus in an almost even split). Taking a page from Fordham University’s V-Monologue maneuverings, Brizicky is now attempting to have a University department sponsor the performance—which would allow the sho