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The student senate at Ohio University could look more like the parliament in a country coming out of deep ethnic and gender strife, under resolutions that would add new slots for senators from certain communities – notably, “women’s affairs.”

The Post reports that the senate is prepping for spring elections:

As decided by conversation at last week’s meeting, Minority Affairs, International Affairs, LGBTQ and Women’s Affairs commissions will all receive additional senators to better represent their populations on campus, if their respective resolutions are passed.

Minority Affairs, International Affairs and LGBTQ commissions could gain two senators, while Women’s Affairs could gain four, said Caitlyn McDaniel, senate’s vice president.

Each of these commissions could have four voting spots, if approved by the body. The Women’s Affairs commission could have six.

In other words, “women’s affairs” would have three times the representation it currently has. It’s not obvious there’s any parallel commission for “men’s affairs” on the sadly uninformative senate website.

Not just any women, though, McDaniel says:

“We have a lot of women, and we’ve also decided to mandate that in the [women's commission] 3 of those positions be held by women from minority groups, whether they be women of color, women with disabilities or differing abilities, or women from LGBTQ community.”

Let me suggest they allow for another minority group within the women’s commission: women who object to current feminist obsessions in academia.

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A pro-family group is trying to get St. Norbert College in Wisconsin to drop Gloria Steinem as a speaker for an April event, citing her abortion-rights advocacy.

The school describes Steinem as a “founder of the women’s movement,” advocate for “social justice” and “spokeswoman on issues of equality,” but doesn’t mention her abortion advocacy.

TFP Student Action, a project of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, is gathering signatures to pressure St. Norbert to cancel Steinem’s talk. As of Wednesday afternoon, the petition has reached two-thirds of its 20,000-signature goal.

Calling Steinem “a radical pro-abortion promoter,” the group lists several of Steinem’s public quotes that are at odds with Catholic teaching:

[T]he invitation is causing confusion and scandal.  Pro-life students and alumni are deeply troubled by the decision which, if not canceled, will give a Catholic platform to a notorious activist who publically promotes the killing of innocent children. …

How on earth can a woman like Gloria Steinem who has such a public pro-abortion and anti-Catholic record be invited to give a lecture at a Catholic institute, which ought to be a cornerstone in the defense of innocent life and moral values?

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Chad Dion Lassiter is president of Black Men at Penn, and is quite concerned with what neighboring institution Temple is doing to North Philadelphia.

Mr. Lassiter claims in a letter that Temple and developers “are carving out a white enclave” in the area where “most black folks will be unwelcomed.”

Via Philly.com:

What Temple wants is a white enclave of racial and class privilege. This makes Temple University and its developer friend not just gentrifiers, but guilty of resegregating Philadelphia on the model of South African apartheid.

This is a “New Jim Crow.”

This form of Jim Crow is about urban space and land. It’s about replacing black folks with upper-middle-class whites. It’s about disrupting black communities and institutions. It’s about disrespect. It’s a return to the horrible past of blatant white supremacy.

In this respect, Temple is as bad as any white Southern oppressor from back in the day. The name of the game is a few crumbs off the table for some, but old-style white supremacy for the majority.

Temple’s plans for North Philly are the same as its plans on how it will operate the university. Temple’s faculty is overwhelming white: Blacks (4.6 percent) and Hispanics (2.7 percent). Minorities are a diminishing part of the faculty. Its top administrators are almost entirely white.

Over the last 15 years, there’s been a dramatic decline in black students, especially from Philadelphia. Temple acts like it doesn’t even want black kids from Philadelphia, and especially North Philadelphia. This applies to even the most gifted.

Lassiter goes on to recommend “demonstrations, sit-ins, civil disobedience, [and] teach-ins” to help stop this alleged racial travesty, and says that Temple “must renegotiate its relationship to black Philadelphia in general, but with its neighbors in North Philadelphia especially.”

In addition, Lassiter wants an agreement that North Philly “will not become a playground for its white students,” and that the (black) racial character of the area will “be preserved.”

Hmm … how would such a statement be received if the races noted above were reversed?

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Here’s one of the more puzzling reasons to steal campus newspapers, courtesy of the Student Press Law Center:

Two members of Auburn University’s Student Government Association have admitted to stealing more than 1,000 copies of the student newspaper’s Aug. 28 issue in an attempt to censor an editorial criticizing changes to a campus shuttle bus service.

They’ll personally pay for half of the paper’s losses in printing costs and ad revenue and they’ve already written letters in apology, printed in The Plainsman:

In his letter, [Executive Vice President of Programs Colson] Smith said he was “disappointed in an article that minimized the work of one of my good friends seemingly without regard to the months of thought and effort he had invested on behalf of Auburn students,” referring to the editorial about the bus service changes.

The editors are actually more miffed at the school for taking so long with the investigation – courtesy of an anonymous tip, the editors had given the names of suspects to the city police.

They also learned that it’s not illegal in Alabama to steal free newspapers, so the paper has a new disclaimer that says “that the first copy is free and each additional paper costs 50 cents,” according to the Student Press Law Center.

So, there you go. Settle your differences over shuttle-bus service by talking.

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The saga of Northwestern University philosophy professor Peter Ludlow continues with his defamation lawsuit against the student who accused him of sexual assault, the Daily Northwesterner reports.

Ludlow sued Northwestern in June for violating his rights under Title IX, following its “reckless” investigation of him over complaints from the student and, earlier, a graduate student:

After the internal investigation, NU revoked Ludlow’s appointment to an endowed professorship, denied him a pay raise and banned him from contacting the student.

The undergrad herself, now a senior, previously filed suit against Northwestern for handling her complaint against Ludlow with “deliberate indifference and retaliation,” the Daily said.

According to the Daily:

Ludlow’s suit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges the student made false claims to the media and Northwestern professors after he rejected her sexual advances.

 

The Chicago Tribune, which says it “typically does not identify a victim of an alleged sexual attack,” has more details, in which Ludlow alleges the student “propositioned” him and continued pressuring him for a relationship:

In the suit filed Tuesday, Ludlow said the student had taken a course he taught, but it wasn’t until February 2012, several months after the class had concluded, that she asked him to attend an art show, according to the suit. …

On Feb. 15, she insisted on meeting Ludlow outside a conference he was attending, but he told her he did not want to date her, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit alleges that the student then leveled accusations with several professors that Ludlow had sexually harassed and attacked her before she filed a formal complaint with Northwestern.

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Give MIT credit for not pretending it has definitively nailed down the extent of sexual assault on its campus. Except that its own press release plays down that uncertainty.

The school said Monday that a survey of its nearly 11,000 undergrad and grad students drew a 35 percent response rate – 46 percent of women, 30 percent of men. The stats get a little confusing because the release jumps between citing one particular group and all respondents.

The takeaway: 17 percent of undergraduate women, or 1 in 6, had experienced “rape or sexual assault under conditions of force, threat of physical harm, or incapacitation.”

The survey said 539 students “in total” had experienced “any kind of sexual misconduct while at MIT, ranging from unwelcome verbal sexual conduct to rape,” and of those, 284 were undergrad women. “Close to half” of those 539 “said that someone took advantage of them while they were drunk, high, asleep, or otherwise impaired.”

Here’s where MIT admits these stats aren’t especially reliable:

In her letter [to the campus community, Chancellor Cynthia] Barnhart cautioned that because the survey was not a random sample, was voluntary, and was focused on sexual assault, the results might reflect a degree of self-selection. Because MIT cannot accurately tell how such self-selection might have altered the results, these numbers should not be used to generalize about the prevalence of unwanted sexual behavior in the lives of all MIT students.

That disclosure is 12 paragraphs down in the release.

It’s just above the list of steps that MIT will take in response – more outreach, updated resources, hiring new staff, peer-to-peer programs, a new task force, “effective bystander intervention,” and education on the role of inebriation in assault, with a particular focus on Greek life.

One wrinkle is that in this survey, like the widely disputed survey that finds a 1-in-5 rate of campus assault on women, appears to define things as assault that students themselves don’t define as such.

Under one step, “Helping students understand and handle the complex, sometimes unpredictable psychological impact of unwanted sexual experiences”:

 

The responses indicated that many students who had experienced behaviors that would meet a legal definition of sexual assault or rape did not define the experience in those terms themselves. Students indicated a range of factors that might account for these differences, including: that they felt partially responsible, that the incident wasn’t violent, that they had been drinking, or that the other person involved was an acquaintance or a friend.

Hence, MIT appears to be undertaking a massive re-education campaign to convince students that conduct short of assault in their minds is actually assault – in other words, another Occidental College due-process lawsuit waiting to happen.

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