Members of the YCampaign, a student group at Haverford College, plastered the campus with posters questioning why racism is present on campus in anticipation of their open salon about the existence of racism. Meanwhile, Haverford's sister school Bryn Mawr College was caught up in its own race-related controversy. Four students put up party invitations that featured stereotyped characterizations of African Americans, igniting criticism and controversy (as similar incidents have at other schools this year). Several organizations and administrative departments have offered statements on
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a first amendment advocacy group, has asked Tulane University President Scott Cowen to clarify the university's policy on free expression. FIRE has asserted that Tulane’s free speech policy does not clearly delineate students' rights, and objects to the policy’s stipulation that free speech is subject to “respect for the dignity of others,” a condition that FIRE feels prohibits constitutionally protected speech.
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Many schools struggle to balance the ideal of free speech and the desire to maintain a safe and nurturing learning environment. Carnegie Mellon’s Controversial Speaker Policy Committee just attempted to strike a balance with a set of guidelines, which will be up for student approval after the break. Students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alums made up the committee, which tried to gauge the overall feelings of the campus.
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How much do you know about the history of activism on your campus? In light of a large rally against a string of campus hate incidents, Boston College’s paper The Heights explores activism on their campus in a two-part feature. The second installment, which is the one we’re linking you to, considers what place activism still has on the campus. While this article does reference BC’s Unity Rally specifically, the majority of the article will seem eerily familiar if you’ve ever found yourself pondering the state and relevance of campus activism today (like you are right now).
A few weeks ago NSNS reported on the University of Illinois prohibiting its faculty, staff and graduate students from participating in political rallies on campus or demonstrating any political preference including wearing buttons or sporting bumper stickers on their cars. The administration based its decision on a state law intended to prevent state workers from campaigning for candidates on state time and money. The governor’s office even went a step further to assert that the law applied to
At Northeastern University, an article and accompanying
editorial published in the school’s conservative paper about an academic
assistance program for disadvantaged students has stirred up controversy. Some say the portrayal of the program, and the students it helps, are incorrect.
For his part, the editor of The
Northeastern Patriot, the paper that published the article, defends his
perspective, especially in light of program information requested that the
University declined to supply. For their part, the University contends that
revealing the GPAs and SATs of students in the program
Three students from Yale University were arrested on charges including first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree arson, breach of peace and conspiracy to commit second-degree arson after burning an American flag.
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The University of Rhode Island Student Senate punished their College Republicans for starting a scholarship that violated Student Senate bylaws prohibiting discrimination. Though the “White Heterosexual American Male” scholarship was never granted to anyone, College Republicans still need to write a letter of apology to be printed in the paper and have all their activities approved by the Student Organization Advisory and Review Committee until February of next year.
Is “local” the latest in pejorative campus slang? Howard University students have been using “local” to refer to individuals from the surrounding D.C. area. But most students seem agreed that “local” is almost always derogatory shorthand for “overly aggressive and dirty.” Hmm. This article from The Hilltop of Howard University (one of the nation’s historically Black colleges) considers whether the use of “local” doesn’t have a lot in common with the use of “nigga,” another “controversial” term.
The administration of Macalester
removed a zine from the racks of the Campus Center this week, then calling the
charter members of the Macalester Peace and Justice Coalition (MPJC) to explain
the action; the MPJC funded the zine, according to its back cover. Members of
the administration objected to the zine’s two-page, unsigned letter that said,
among other things, “The real outrage is that [Macalester’s President
Rosenberg] still has windows unbroken and tires unslashed.” The administration
felt that the letter was threatening (and, while opinion here is mixed on that,
we must admit