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Posted on March 13 at 6:48 p.m.
Well, it's definitely being blown out of proportion now, this is just one professor, not the university. She was definitely at fault here and there is definitely a hypocritical double standard at play on campus because of the politics of the demonstrators but I don't believe the professor will receive any punishment from the school unless there are criminal charges filed, even then only a slap on the wrist with the university emphasizing any provocation they can sell to the like minded campus population. The university admin should reprimand her and punish her to some degree but they can't afford to because in this litigious society if the university admits the professor is at fault it would not only upset the vast majority of the like minded faculty it would encourage these girls to sue and get more publicity. Ultimately the professor was wrong, put the university in a bad position and behaved in a manner ill befitting her position. She should have just called campus police if she believed these people were doing something wrong, maybe she already had and was told nothing could be done or just let her emotions and political beliefs overcome her and forgot she didn't have the authority to behave the way she did. Still, she will be protected because the university has little choice but to protect her, it doesn't make it right though. Hopefully this just goes away quickly and the university quietly reminds faculty members about the rules and the expectations on their behavior in the future.
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Posted on March 13 at 3:53 p.m.
Botany, the video seems to show the professor preventing the girls from entering the elevator, blocking their path and impeding their movement, so if what you say is true about CA law then the professor did break the law and against a minor. Maybe both groups will be charged with something, either way I just wanted to point out that everyone who's defending the professor here would be attacking her and demanding she be fired if the professor was conservative and had acted the same way to a group of liberal protestors. If some professor got mad and tried to stop an anti war rally, grabbed a sign depicting a gruesome civilian death all while harassing and intimidating a minor, most people on this board, the school paper, the university faculty and administration and media outlets across the country would be calling for the professor's head. It's just so hypocritical. Just ban all political demonstrations on campus if rights and protections aren't going to be equally enforced.
Posted on March 13 at 3:40 p.m.
I don't care to see or defend the SOH stuff but I don't like seeing the disturbing crap from other groups too. I'd be fine with them banning all demonstrations on campus so I can just go to class and not be bothered, but no matter what they do it should be done equally and right now the only guarantee of free speech on campus seems to belong to one side of the political spectrum and harassment and attacks are fine if it's a minority conservative group. I'm not really political personally, it just seems odd to preach tolerance and then act so intolerantly. The same thing happens in majority conservative areas against liberal groups and they are rightfully demonized by the media. It just seems hypocritical to defend the intolerance and harassment just because most of us on campus don't agree with their political views.
Posted on March 13 at 2:28 p.m.
The article says the display was in the area designated as a free-speech zone and I've seen tons of different demonstration there over the years, so your saying if anyone doesn't agree or like the demonstrators materials they can just attack them and destroy their materials. Seems like your advocating anarchy or I guess just allowing the majority to suppress and intimidate any minority views that offends them. Just seems hypocritical to me.
Posted on March 13 at 2:03 p.m.
I don't like the graphic imagery usage in anything but I do think it's hypocritical to say this is the only cause on campus that uses such imagery to get attention and make their point. I've seen some pretty gruesome PETA , Amnesty International, Anti War and Hunger posters in the same spots and because those causes are more inline with the majority liberal sensibilities on campus no one attacks them, either physically like this professor did or like the writer of this article does. I think it's pretty stupid for all groups to use such imagery but there appears to be a double standard being used here to defend the professor for attempting to stifle these people's free speech when everyone would be up in arms if the same thing happened at a PETA or Antiwar demonstration.