Archive for the ‘Primary Source’ Category

Tufts University Committee on Student Life Slapped Down re: Primary Source controversy

December 15, 2007

We previously reported how Tufts University’s Committee on Student Life attempted to discipline The Primary Source for condemning and ridiculing Islamic supremacism. During the hearing, it is alleged that members of the Committee on Student Life (CSL) conducted themselves with a lack of ethics, maturity, and decorum that brought discredit on themselves and Tufts University. Now, like a dirty-faced adolescent punk who has abused a position of authority over others, the CSL has been slapped down hard by Tufts’ President Lawrence Bacow. Bacow has had to step in like a father who takes the car keys away from an immature adolescent son whom he has caught weaving in and out of traffic while speeding and driving drunk in the bargain.

At Tufts, officials bar censoring of publications

By Peter Schworm, Globe Staff | August 28, 2007

Tufts University officials barred student-faculty groups yesterday from censoring campus publications, reversing a committee’s punishment of a conservative student magazine for publishing editorials that sparked cries of racism.

University officials also overturned the committee’s ruling that forced The Primary Source magazine to use bylines on all published articles and editorials, which magazine editors and free speech advocates said was akin to censorship. University officials kept in place the committee’s finding that the editorials constituted harassment.

Let’s be very blunt. Bacow’s message to the CSL is effectively, “Since you cannot be trusted to exercise your authority over students in a mature and responsible manner, that authority is being taken away from you.” Hopefully it will be a long time before the Committee on Student Life gets those car keys back.

Academic Irresponsibility, Immaturity, and Lack of Character

September 27, 2007

Many college administrators and faculty members are middle-aged adolescents who, no matter how qualified they are in their professions as academicians, are very poor behavioral role models for young men and women.

There is a very wide spectrum of misbehavior and misconduct for college faculty members and administrators. At the worst end of this spectrum, we have behavior like demanding sex from female students in exchange for higher grades, as well as academic dishonesty and research fraud. These actions are generally cause for dismissal, even for tenured faculty members. As an example, Michael Bellesiles, the author of “Arming America,” an anti-Second Amendment book that contended that firearm ownership was not common in pre-Civil War America, resigned from Emory University after a finding that he probably falsified some of the research in the book. The Federal Government has barred certain researchers from receiving federal grants after discovering that they had invented some of their results, and so on. This is not, however, the level of misconduct that we will discuss. (more…)

Tufts University: Here is your Swastika

May 26, 2007

Tufts University Committee on Student Life head compares mockery of affirmative action preferences to”spray painting a swastika on a synagogue.”

Since CSL head (and prominent Democrat) Barbara Grossman saw fit to bring swastikas into the conversation…
>Censorship at Tufts University

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Tufts University Committee on Student Life:

May 22, 2007

“Labeling Islam violent is unacceptable in any way, shape or form.”
Tufts WTC

We previously reported how a Tufts University Committee on Student Life hearing condemned The Primary Source for “harassment and creating a hostile environment on campus through the publication of “Islam-Arabic Translation: Submission,” a commentary published in its April 11, 2007 edition that imitated the format of the MSA’s advertisement for events during Islamic Awareness Week.” The Primary Source and the Tufts Daily both allege that, during this hearing, Professor Barbara Grossman–a prominent Democratic Party donor–made remarks prejudicial to a fair hearing. She allegedly went so far as to compare the Primary Source’s criticism of affirmative action to “spray-painting a swastika on a synagogue.” Another CSL member stated that labeling Islam violent is unacceptable in any way, shape or form. (more…)

Letter to Tufts University’s Primary Source

May 15, 2007

(Open letter to The Primary Source and Tufts University, posted to the Internet) 

There is an outstanding scene in the movie With Fire and Sword in which the Polish voyevode (governor) Jarema Wisniowiecki is handed a message from the Cossack chief Bogdan Chmielnicki, with whom he is at war. Wisniowiecki tears it in half without even reading it. This is what we think should be done with “Tufts University: Outcome Of The Committee On Student Life’s Hearing Of Complaints Brought By David Dennis And The Muslim Student Association Against The Primary Source.” While we must make a very clear distinction between peaceful Muslims and Islamofascists (individuals who invoke Islam as an excuse to behave like fascists), Muslim Student Associations are clearly a nationwide source of trouble. We first became associated with them through an incident at our alma mater, the Pennsylvania State University.

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Open Letter to Tufts University

May 14, 2007

Response to Committee on Student Life’s decision against The Primary Source
To: The Primary Source
cc: Tufts University Committee on Student Life, and posted to the Intenet

Regarding:
TUFTS UNIVERSITY
OUTCOME OF THE COMMITTEE ON STUDENT LIFE’S HEARING OF COMPLAINTS BROUGHT BY DAVID DENNIS AND THE MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATION AGAINST THE PRIMARY SOURCE
APRIL 30, 2007
Sophia Gordon Hall, 6:30pm-midnight

….The second [complaint], filed by the Muslim Student Association (“MSA”), represented by Shirwac Mohamed and Nayema Khan, charged The Primary Source with harassment and creating a hostile environment on campus through the publication of “Islam-Arabic Translation: Submission,” a commentary published in its April 11, 2007 edition that imitated the format of the MSA’s advertisement for events during Islamic Awareness Week.

…In the case of the Muslim Student Association (“MSA”) v. The Primary Source, by a vote of 7 to 0, we find that the MSA proved, by a preponderance of the evidence, that The Primary Source harassed Muslim students at Tufts, and created a hostile environment for them by publishing “Islam-Arabic Translation: Submission.” The Committee found that the MSA established that the commentary at issue targeted members of the Tufts Muslim community for harassment and embarrassment, and that Muslim students felt psychologically intimidated by the piece.

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