- Minneapolis Community and Technical College has issued a formal reprimand to African-American professor Shannon Gibney charging that her comments in class “single[d] out white male students” and thereby “created a hostile learning environment” for these pupils. Gibney claims that the students took her lecture on “structural racism” personally and filed a racial discrimination complaint after she challenged them to do so. In a letter appended to Gibney’s file, the College’s Vice President of Academic Affairs held that it is “troubling that the manner in which you led a discussion on the very important topic of structural racism alienated two students who may have been most in need of learning about this subject.” This latest charge is Gibney’s second formal reprimand for racial discrimination against white students. In 2009, MCTC issued an earlier reprimand after Gibney was accused of targeting white male students on the campus newspaper staff for not working hard enough to eliminate racial bias from the paper. Gibney is currently suing MCTC in a class action lawsuit joined by six other faculty members.
- A pro-life exhibit organized by the Central Michigan University chapter of Students for Life was dismantled and stolen. The exhibit featured infant clothing hanging on a clothesline. Every fourth item was tagged with a red “X” to indicate the 25% of pregnancies in America that end in abortion. Students for Life was forced to wait for two months for campus administrators to give permission for the display. The installation was up for only two days before it was stolen.
- Duquesne University, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has forced a conservative student to remove a political poster which she had posted in her campus dorm on the grounds that it is “too upsetting.” The poster contains an image of human bones accompanied by the headline “Leftist Ideas: Progressing Towards Tyranny.” It also contains a list of “Murders by ‘Progressive Social Movements’” along with the number of people who perished in these mass genocides. ““I am upset about the censorship,” commented the student, Bridget Seelinger. “I understand if it was racist or included death threats, but something like that is virtually harmless. I don’t understand why anyone had a problem with it, and why skulls are so scary.”
Further News from the Campuses:
College IT Professional Convicted in Child Porn Case Continues to Draw $48K Salary from Public University [Campus Reform]
An IT professional who was placed on administrative leave over federal child pornography charges, continues to receive his full salary at Green River Community College, in Auburn, Washington.
State Official Slams University of Kansas for Allowing Prof Suspended over NRA Tweet to be Back at Work [Fox News]
A state official from Kansas criticized the University of Kansas’ decision to allow the professor suspended over a tweet that targeted the National Rifle Association after the Navy Yard shooting to be allowed to return the school.
University Forbids Poster That Takes A Stand Against Communism [The College Fix]
A poster meant to illustrate the number of individuals who have been murdered by collectivist governments was deemed too harsh by officials at Duquesne University, which disallowed the image from hanging on campus.
Black Female Professor Reprimanded for Pointing Out Existence of Structural Racism to White Male Students [RawStory.com]
A faculty member at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Shannon Gibney, received a formal reprimand for her handling of a discussion about structural racism in her Introduction to Mass Communication course.
University of Kansas Students and Administrators Embarrassed Following Al Jazeera Expose on College Partying and Sexual Assault [University Herald]
Students and administrators at the University of Kansas (KU) are embarrassed and ashamed of the contents of a recent Al Jazeera America investigative piece on the relation between college partying culture and sexual assault.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich is Racist, Says Portland School Official [The College Fix]
Did you know that eating or even talking about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich could be considered racist?
‘Nava-Ho’ Party was Ignorant, Investigation is No Better [Mustang News]
The organizations that held a “Colonial Bros and Nava-hos”-themed party earlier this month need to reevaluate of their judgment and sensitivity. Those who hosted the party need to own up to their mistake to everyone on campus, not just send their public relations director to apologize after being called out at a campus forum.
But Cal Poly also needs a reminder in its duties as part of the state government; free speech cannot fall by the wayside, even when students engage in ideas that are as insensitive as the fraternity party.
Kan. School Reportedly Prohibits Student from Posting Fliers with Bible Verses [FoxNews.com]
An Arizona group has filed a federal lawsuit accusing a suburban Kansas City middle school of violating a student’s First Amendment rights by prohibiting the student from handing out fliers promoting a prayer event.
Indiana University Removes ‘Misguided’ Black Santa Display [FoxNews.com]
A bulletin board meant to provoke discussions of racial stereotypes has been removed Monday night from an Indiana University residence hall after generating outrage on social media.
Why Speech Codes Endure [PopeCenter.org]
At Modesto Junior College on September 17, 2013, an ordinary thing happened on what, by all accounts, is an ordinary college campus. A student, Robert Van Tuinen, was told to stop handing out literature on campus in violation of campus rules.
On November 26, all 100 members of the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW), the university’s student government, voted for the passage of a resolution supporting students’ right of free speech.
Professor: Obama Should Be Allowed to Run for a Third Term [The College Fix]
In The Washington Post, Jonathan Zimmerman, a history professor from NYU, has written an article claiming that all of America’s problems would be soloved–GET THIS–if only we would allow Barack Obama to run for a third term!
Suppressing Free Speech is Reinharz’s Legacy, Not Fundraising [TheJustice.org]
A recent Boston Globe article has rightfully ignited a firestorm regarding the compensation of former University President Jehuda Reinharz. It is shocking that Reinharz received over $600,000 in 2011 for helping the University transition to a new president—even though Reinharz was on sabbatical throughout the year.
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