Oberlin College Feminists Write Love Letter to Themselves, Hang Posters Attacking College Republicans and Libertarians


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Feminist activists at Oberlin College reportedly hung posters personally attacking members of the College Republicans and Libertarians club for “perpetuating rape culture” because the group had organized an event featuring prominent American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina Hoff Sommers.

Though Oberlin is regarded as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, scores of students protested Sommers’ speech, demanding that the event come with a “trigger warning” and that “safe spaces” be opened elsewhere on campus for those who needed to “decompress” before or during the event, as originally reported by Campus Reform. Sommers, an “equity feminist” who rejects what she calls “victim” and “gender feminism,” has since rebuked the protesters, some of whom sat in the front row of the event with tape over their mouths and others who hung signs reading “Fuck anti-feminists” outside the event.

An Ohio conservative group called Third Base Politics posted this video online featuring two Oberlin students directing students to “safe spaces.” Naturally, if you were a “toxic, dangerous, and/or violent person” you weren’t allowed in.

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Cornell SJP Celebrates Israeli ‘Genocide’ Day on Israeli Independence Day


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Today is Israeli Independence Day, but to Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), today is actually Israeli “Genocide” Day.

At Cornell’s annual Israel Day, a celebration of Israel on its independence day, a group of about 30 SJP students gathered to protest the event for about half an hour. According to those present at the event, the protesters marched down Ho Plaza in four columns and then held a die-in on the patch of grass in front of Anabel Taylor Hall where the celebration was taking place. Most had red tape over their mouths.

The protesters held signs reading “Why are Palestinians still suffering for the crimes of Nazis?” and “Christian anti-Semitism–>Zionism–>Jewish Hatred of Arabs–>Anti-Semitism i.e. Colonization of Semites by Semite.” One sign read “Your camel can’t hide your genocide” in reference to the two camels at the event which students could ride on. A banner read “‘Celebrating’ 67 Years of Independence Genocide.”

Die In

Photo courtesy of Becca Mosner ’17

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Oppose the Student Assembly’s Proposed Student-Run Grocery Store

Vice President of Finance Matthew Stefanko ’16 and Arts and Sciences Representative Emma Johnston ’16 have proposed to the Student Assembly (SA) Resolution 65, titled “Developing and funding a student-run grocery store.”

This resolution’s abstract describes its intent as the following:

“This resolution takes $400,000 from the Students Help Students Grant and uses it to develop a student-run grocery store that aims to increase food literacy, decrease food insecurity, and provide easier access to groceries in Anabel Taylor Hall.”

Due to the numerous inadequacies in the proposal (link to text), opposition to it and the student-run grocery store (SRGS) has united students from across the political spectrum and from varied student interest groups. Given the large amount of money involved, the source of this money, and the lack of detail regarding its spending, this resolution should be voted down or tabled for further review.

The following are four major flaws with Resolution 65 (R.65):

1) To fund the student-run grocery store, R.65 raids the Students Helping Students (SHS) fund of $400,000, which is 25% of the fund’s principal.

2) There is no proposed process or metric by which financial need will be assessed in regards to the SRGS’s food scholarships.

3) R.65 cites a non-statistical study as the justification for the SRGS.

4) Viable alternatives to addressing food insecurity issues exist, but have not been examined.

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Less Than Half a Percent of Student Body Attends Student Trustee Debate

Left to right: Moderator Tyler Alicea '16, Samuel Morrison '17, Yamini Bhandari '17, Blake Brown '17.

Left to right: Moderator Tyler Alicea ’16, Samuel Morrison ’17, Yamini Bhandari ’17, Blake Brown ’17.

As we all know, the student trustee is the most important, influential, highly regarded, grandiose, and coveted position a Cornell student can assume. From day one until graduation, administrators, faculty, and fellow students tell us this. Why then was less than half a percent of the undergraduate student body present at today’s student trustee debate?

Given all the festering and sometimes explosive animosity students have expressed towards the University’s Board of Trustees this semester, one would expect more than a measly 50 or 60 students to show up to listen to the trustees and ask them questions. The Facebook event indicated 235 would attend of the 1,200 invited.

By the 90-minute event’s close, barely 30 remained in the debate hall–Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room, which could seat at least ten times more. In fact, former Student Assembly (SA) presidential candidate Jeffrey Breuer ’15 asked the three candidates–Sam Morrison ’17, Yamini Bhandari ’17, and Blake Brown ’17–why the event today was so woefully under-attended given their shared stated goals of increasing student engagement on campus and with the Board of Trustees. None had a concrete answer.  Continue reading

Brown University Student: Cancelling ‘American Sniper’ is ‘Perfectly Consistent with Freedom of Expression’

Brown-American SniperStraight from Brown University’s student newspaper The Brown Daily Herald is a directive from the Ministry of Truth.

Opinion columnist Nicholas Asker ’17 published a piece on Tuesday titled “Universities shouldn’t speak freely” arguing that the cancellation of “American Sniper” at the University of Michigan last week was “perfectly consistent with freedom of expression.” Asker also compared the acclaimed war movie about a psychologically-torn American war hero to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Continue reading

Explosive Device Removed from Cornell Campus

Update 4/17: Cornell University Police Department (CUPD) Chief Kathy Zoner provided some information regarding the incident:

According to Zoner, the explosive device was a round object no longer than 3 inches. The device was stable, meaning it would only explode if purposely set off, and Zoner said its blast radius would be less than ten feet. Zoner admitted that the unnamed staff member’s decision to bring the device to campus was “dumb” but reiterated that the staff member had no malicious intent. The off-campus location where the device was found is confidential, Zoner said, as the investigation into the matter is on-going. She also said the reason why university officials did not directly notify students is because the event was not criminal (in which case they would have to notify students) and because the university did not want to alarm students or cause an overreaction on an already particularly fraught day. Earlier that same day, a massive fire burned down an apartment building near campus, displacing forty students and causing traffic problems. Zoner said the fire was more pressing of an issue.

On Tuesday afternoon a bomb squad removed a “small, improvised explosive device” from Bartels Hall on Cornell’s campus. A University press release stated there was no “immediate danger.”

Two days later, the University has yet to directly notify students.

Bartels Hall

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Former Democrat Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords ’96 is 2015 Convocation Speaker

Announced this afternoon was Cornell’s 2015 convocation speaker, Gabrielle Giffords, a former Democrat congresswoman from Arizona and a current gun control advocate.Giffords obtained a masters degree in regional planning from Cornell in 1996.

In 2011, Giffords was nearly assassinated by Jared Lee Loughner, who shot Giffords in the head and killed six others. Twenty in total were injured before bystanders at the campaign event subdued Loughner, who is suspected of mental illness.

Giffords mounted an incredible recovery effort after being put into a medically induced coma and undergoing physical therapy. In 2013 she and her husband Mark Kelly became gun control advocates.

While I don’t agree with the aims of her advocacy or her other political views, I respect this selection. No matter her views, anyone who can overcome what she went through is one whose words we should listen to.