O’Neil recorded a teacher’s rant concerning the presidential election. The College says that recording is against their policy of making recordings on campus.
(That, of course, can’t be totally correct as there is no expectation of privacy for someone walking out and about in public. The real issue is whether the college can say a student cannot record an incident in class that has nothing to do with an academic lecture on the class’s subject matter which was “human sexuality.”)
The rant had nothing to do with the course material and ironically, although the rant was full of “hate speech” toward conservatives and people who had voted for Donald Trump (unless you consider being called a “terrorist” an act of love and acceptance) the rant was characterized as trying to make sure people felt “comfortable” and in a “safe space.”
Everyone except for people who believed and acted as O’Neil did.
O’Neil is a member of the Orange Coast College’s “College Republicans” and had campaigned on campus for Donald Trump. He had worn tee-shirts to classes supporting Trump. So when a teacher by the name of Olga Perez Stable Cox started to go off on people like O’Neil, he felt – and we believe rightfully felt – that he was being attacked by a teacher who controlled his grade in the course. A student making an ethical charge against a teacher is a tough thing to sustain. So in the middle of the class, O’Neil started recording the rant. When the teacher finished her diatribe, he put the phone away. (He recorded only 2 minutes of what was a 20 minute diatribe.)
Kellog Community College is a public university up in Battle Creek, Michigan. Founded in 1956, the college has the typical degree tracks for a community college.
One of those tracks taught by example (as opposed to the classroom) is “Hatred of the Constitution and Suppression of Speech.”
Michelle Gregoire and Brandon Withers are students at the school. They were looking to start a chapter of Young Americans for Liberty on campus. To generate interest in the group, Gregoire and Withers handed out copies of the US Constitution and talked to students in front of the Binda Performing Arts Center.
The two were approached by members of the school administration:
The students allege that an administrator told them that “engaging [students] in conversation on their way to educational places” violated the Solicitation Policy because it was an “obstruction to their education” to ask them questions such as “Do you like freedom and liberty?”
This administrator also, according to the lawsuit, told the YAL members that students from “rural farm areas … might not feel like they have the choice to ignore the question.”
When Gregoire, Withers, and the others said they would not leave, KCC’s chief of public safety arrested them and charged them with trespassing.
Allow us to introduce you to Katie Nash. The 33 year old mother was recently let go from her position at the Frederick County Public Schools (Maryland) District as the “web-experience coordinator.”
The school hired Nash because according to the Nash:
“We had received feedback from some students in a focus group that our tweeting was a bit flat, they were looking for some more engagement,” Nash said. “They were looking for us to tweet back at them and I really took that to heart because I know that I am a little bit older and maybe not as hip as some of the student’s are, so I took that to heart and I took that feedback in.”
(They held a focus group concerning social media and Twitter? They really did that? “Social media” was somehow important to the School District?)
When winter weather was approaching the area, a student by the name of Nathan tweeted this: “close school tammarow PLEASE”
Nash responded by tweeting “but then how would you spell tomorrow : )”
Seems like a great response to us. It’s lighthearted, funny, and makes a point about education.
The exchange got “liked” and re-tweeted 1000’s of times and we assume eventually hit the desks of the head of the Frederick County Public Schools.
They held a meeting with Nash and ended her position with the school district.
“Dear Katie, this letter confirms our discussion today that your probationary period as a Web Experience Coordinator for Frederick County Public Schools will not be extended. You will be terminated from your assignment, effective January 13, 2017.”
Obviously, the tweet must have offended the student which is why the school took action, right?
In a school allegedly full of adults making adult decisions, the University felt it necessary to warn students to the evils of Halloween costumes.
October brings fall weather and Halloween. If you choose to participate in Halloween activities, we encourage you to think about your choices of costumes and themes. Some Halloween costumes reinforce stereotypes of particular races, genders, cultures, or religions. Regardless of intent, these costumes can perpetuate negative stereotypes, causing harm and offense to groups of people. Also, keep in mind that social media posts can have a long-term impact on your personal and professional reputation. The University of Florida’s Division of Student Affairs
Diversity and Social Justice Statement reminds us that UF fosters a community that values and respects diversity. An inclusive definition of diversity recognizes the variety of personal and social experiences that make individuals and communities different from one another. (emphasis ours)
Really? A costume can “cause harm?”
Even if someone is offended by a costume, isn’t the adult response to either walk away or say something to the wearer?
After all, if you think that you are going to go through life without someone saying or doing something that offends you, you are in for a rude surprise in the real world.
Instead of encouraging students to handle the situation themselves, the University has made counselors available to those who are offended.
As a community, we aspire to demonstrate integrity, respect, and compassion that strives to maintain an affirming campus climate for all members of our community. If you are troubled by an incident that does occur, please know that there are many resources available. Please take advantage of the 7 day a week presence of the U Matter, We Care program at the University of Florida by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, there is a 24/7 counselor in the Counseling and Wellness Center available to speak by phone at 352-392-1575. (emphasis ours)
But the fun killing, always offended social justice warriors in the form of the University Administration aren’t done yet. (more…)
This video is about why entropy gives rise to the arrow of time, and also how the initial low-entropy condition of the universe is responsible for the fact that we experience time right now, and how ultimately it will lead to the high-entropy heat death of the universe.
The University of Michigan decided to make a policy where students register on a web page for the pronouns they want professors and teachers to address them by.
A designated personal pronoun is a pronoun an individual chooses to identify with and expects others to use when referencing them (he, she, him, his, ze, etc.).
Students can designate pronouns in Wolverine Access through the new Gender Identity tab within the Campus Personal Information section. This page can be used to enter, update or delete pronoun information.
Designated pronouns will automatically populate on all class rosters accessed
through Wolverine Access. Rosters pulled from other systems will not have designated pronouns listed. If a student does not designate a pronoun, none will be listed.
The University of Michigan yesterday unveiled a new webpage that allows students to choose their preferred pronouns, including “they” and “ze.”
Preferred pronouns will appear on class rosters, and if professors accidentally use the wrong pronoun, “you can acknowledge that you made a mistake and use the correct pronoun next time,” said the university’s provost and vice president for student life in a campus-wide email announcement. It also called using preferred pronouns “one of the most basic ways to show your respect for their identity and to cultivate an environment that respects all gender identities.”
Failure for faculty to follow the student’s request comes with a price: (more…)
There are several histories floating around on the origins of “Herky,” but it appears that the current version of the Herky was based on a design that incorporated a famous Iowa wrestler and the cartoon character Mighty Mouse. (Yes, really!) There were technical issues with the costumed Herky including a fiberglass head that weighed 30 pounds and cracked all the time, so the University decided to “update” Herky with a carbon fiber head and an little more aggressive look. (seen above.)
Incredibly, that look now has upset a professor at the university.
“I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming, nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages,” Resmiye Oral, a clinical professor of pediatrics at UI, wrote recently in an email to UI athletic department officials. “And our campus community is doing a great job in that regard when it comes to words. However, Herky’s angry, to say the least, faces conveying an invitation to aggressivity and even violence are not compatible with the verbal messages that we try to convey to and instill in our students and campus community.”
The email was included in a message Oral sent Tuesday morning to other members of the UI Faculty Senate, where she is one of the representatives from the UI Carver College of Medicine.
This is an interesting take on laughter in a marriage. It is important to realize that what is being said is not that laughter makes a good marriage, but the absence of laughter is an indication of other issues.
And there is even science to back this up!
How do you know if your relationship is going in the right direction? Is there a way to tell if you’re in love? Well, yes, and studies confirm that the measuring stick is how much laughter there is in your relationship. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff, host of PBS comedy special “Happily Ever Laughter”, explains.