Dorm display warns against cultural appropriation on Halloween

A bulletin board is urging students in a Kent State University residence hall to “stop cultural appropriation this Halloween” by eschewing costumes based on other cultures.

According to the display, located in Allyn Hall, cultural appropriation occurs whenever somebody “adopts aspects of a culture that’s not their own,” elaborating that “it is the adoption or theft of icons, rituals, aesthetic standards, and behavior from one culture or subculture by another.”

In addition, it says the term “also refers to a particular power dynamic in which members of a dominant culture take elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed by that dominant group.”

[RELATED: Student magazine warns against ‘racist’ Halloween costumes]

The board features several examples of unacceptable costumes taken from the “We’re a Culture Not a Costume” campaign that was begun by Ohio University students in 2011.

Juxtaposing images of disappointed-looking individuals with stereotypical depictions of their culture—including an Asian in nerd-ensemble, a black man dressed as a gangster, and a pregnant woman of ambiguous ethnicity smoking a cigarette—the flyers remind students that “you wear the costume for one night, [but] I wear the stigma for life.”

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In addition to the pictures, the board offers advice to help students ensure that they are not guilty of cultural appropriation this Halloween.

“Consider your social position” and “do research before you buy your costume,” it instructs reiterating that “culture is not a costume,” and for good measure reminding students not to “paint your skin any color found in the human race.”

Campus Reform reached out to Residence Hall Director Myriah Wiltrout for more information about the display, but did not receive a response.

Assistant Hall Director Elizabeth Reese referred Campus Reform to the resident assistant responsible for the floor on which the display is located, but the RA did not respond. Reese did offer to answer any questions herself, noting that “appropriation is something we talk about often at this time [

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Students storm library shut down College Republicans meeting

A College Republicans meeting at the University of California, Santa Cruz was taken over by protesters screaming that the group’s existence is a threat to the safety of students.

Shortly after the CR meeting convened, one student entered the ground floor room of McHenry Library to ask attendees which group was assembling. After being informed that the meeting was a gathering of College Republicans, the student returned about 15-20 minutes later with company.

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One of the ringleaders of the protest was student activist Haik Adamian, who posted an announcement in the official UCSC Student Facebook group calling on students to deny the CR group its First Amendment rights.

“White Supremacist, fascist sympathizing College Republicans are having a meeting at McHenry library, room 0332. Everybody be aware of this violent racist activity happening everyday on this campus!” he wrote, adding that “We need a movement of people on this campus that rejects the ‘right of assembly,’ or ‘right of free speech’ for white supremacists and fascists.”

Heeding Adamian’s call, student activists disrupted the meeting by banging open the door to the meeting space and shouting accusations that the members were “fascists,” “racists,” and “white supremacists.”

According to the UCSC College Republicans, their offers to discuss the concerns of the protesters were met with exclamations that “dialogue is violence,” after which the protesters called the club’s presence a “threat to the library” and demanded that the CR members vacate the space immediately.

The protesters even reportedly berated library staff members when they refused to shut down the pre-approved meeting. One staff member eventually asked the CR members to leave in order to end the disturbance, but meeting attendees chose to respond by sitting quietly and refusing to leave the area.

[RELATED: College Republicans taunted with ‘KKK’ flyers in windows]

The commotion culminated in one of the student activists running out into the main library area screaming that there were “Nazis downstairs,” but while the gimmick drew several spectators,

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Letter challenges Bama to match rivals free speech policy

A University of Alabama student group sent a letter to administrators Monday provocatively lauding their football rival for having a more effective campus free speech policy.

The letter, written on behalf of a student group by members of Alliance Defending Freedom and Young America’s Foundation on the eve of the Oct. 21 football game against University of Tennessee, urges the school to improve its Facilities and Grounds Use Policy, which currently requires a special permit for some forms of speech.

[RELATED: ADF creates resource to help students defend free speech]

“It’s almost the Third Saturday in October. But while no one born since the advent of the iPhone can remember a Tennessee victory over Alabama on the gridiron, Tennessee’s free speech winning streak over Alabama is alive and well,” the letter reads.

“As you’ll see, we’re hoping this communication counts as a ‘casual’ expression under University of Alabama’s Facilities and Grounds Use Policy, since we don’t have prior permission from the University to engage in formal expression,” the letter continues, adding that “if we were writing the University of Tennessee, we could be more formal because they don’t require advance permission for either kind of expression.”

ADF Legal Counsel Caleb Dalton, one of the authors of the letter, told Alliance Defending Freedom that the First Amendment “protects speech regardless of whether it is casual or newsworthy” and is “the only permission slip any student needs to engage in expression.”

“Alabama’s current policy gives free reign to university officials to restrict speech based on these unconstitutional categories, so we challenge them to make clear, prior to the game on Saturday, that they will take a look at the errors in their policy,” he added.

[RELATED: DOJ joins free speech lawsuit against Georgia college]

The letter argues that Alabama’s policies go far beyond the “reasonable ‘time, place, and manner’ restrictions” allowed under the First Amendment, pointing to an array of restrictions that the authors argue are unconstitutional.

“Alabama’s policies are not reasonable or content and viewpoint neutral, because they examine whether expression is related to recent national news events, prohibit anonymous speec

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VIDEO Cops cuff vandal for throwing paint on pro-life display

Portland State University’s pro-life club has faced repeated harassment from student protesters, most recently with the vandalism of an on-campus display.

Video footage obtained by Campus Reform shows an unidentified student wearing a nylon stocking over his head being handcuffed and led away by two police officers after throwing a bucket of paint at the pro-life demonstrators and their display while fellow protesters cheered him on.

The massive display, adorned with a banner proclaiming that “abortion is genocide,” will apparently remain on campus throughout the week, but continues to draw backlash from counter-protesters, some of whom have called for the abortion of “Christians” while others have set up a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood in front of the display.

Some students even penned an open letter to the campus community, published in the school’s newspaper, suggesting that the word genocide is “triggering, oppressive, and inappropriate.”

[RELATED: Masked, club-wielding assailant attacks OU pro-life display]

“Many feel that this statement is hurtful and offensive to individuals who do decide to go through this difficult medical procedure,” the letter states. “We believe that the sign created by this student group, and endorsed by the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs, creates a sense of shame and pain for our diverse community of learners.”

In anticipation of this week’s demonstration, PSU Pro-Life posted an advertisement for a discussion set to kick-off the demonstration, but the advertisements were likewise vandalized.

The poster, which was eventually ripped in half, was initially covered up with another sign declaring that “unequal access to healthcare is genocide,” while on another bulletin board the school’s student government issued a condemnation of the pro-life rhetoric.

“Your student government supports your right to choose and is against the appropriation of the word ‘genocide,’” the Associated Students of Portland State University posted on its on-campus bulletin board.

In response to the advertisement, the Portland State International Socialist Organization organized an “anti-choice cou

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Faculty reject marketplace of ideas demand censorship

More than 70 faculty members have signed an open letter calling on California State University-Fullerton to “reconsider” allowing an upcoming College Republicans event.

The CSUF College Republicans are scheduled to host Milo Yiannopoulos on Halloween, and news of the event has already prompted the CSUF student government to propose a resolution officially denouncing Yiannopoulos’ appearance.

According to the resolution, Yiannopoulos “has put students in jeopardy by publicly sharing information regarding their gender and citizenship status,” and “over [sic] 5,000 student and community members have signed a petition ‘No Alt-Right Speakers or Hate Groups at CSUF.’”

[RELATED: Student gov moves to denounce College Republicans event]

The faculty letter, published Sunday in The Daily Titan, echoes those claims, asserting that “Yiannopoulos has repeatedly incited violence” at previous events, and “has encouraged his followers to reveal the names of undocumented students, gender-transitioning students and other vulnerable populations.”

CR Event Director Ryan Hoskins, however, called the allegations an “outright lie,” telling Campus Reform that “the editors and writers at The Daily Titan should be ashamed, to say nothing of the 70 faculty who signed on.”

The letter is particularly critical of the administration’s assurance that “no classes or classroom activity will be affected” by the event, saying, “Muslim, feminist, undocumented, trans and other vulnerable students have told some of us that they do not feel safe attending class that day, so many of us have planned online activities that these threatened students can complete in lieu of classes.”

In addition, the professors note that the CSUF Children’s Center and the Titan Student Union are both planning to close early on the day of the event, saying that while they “appreciate these steps for safety,” the closures “indicate that classes and classroom activities will be disrupted.”

[RELATED: Berkeley profs cancel classes for ‘mental safety’]

The letter also challenges the administration’s assertion that “the First Amendment compels us to allow student groups to host speakers of their choice,” arguing that “Yiannopoulos’ speech crosses the line betw

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