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University aposDiversity Weekapos hosts pro-Jordan Peterson session

University aposDiversity Weekapos hosts pro-Jordan Peterson session

The University of Rhode Island’s 22nd annual Diversity Week will include a session dedicated to the teachings of Dr. Jordan Peterson, presenting them in what appears to be a positive light.

The school’s Multicultural Center is hosting the event, which will focus not just on skin-deep diversity, but also diversity of ideology. This is reflected in the 2018 theme, “Youth Activism Across Identities, Issues and Ideologies.” 

The session that will be led by Peterson is titled "Youth Culture" and will be based off Peterson's book, 12 Rules for Life.

“Younger generations face challenges and difficulties that many of their parents never went through, and for which many feel unprepared," the University of Rhode Island program description for Peterson's session reads. "Living in a chaotic world is never easy, but with some basic tips it can become manageable and, just maybe, enjoyable." 

While speaking with Campus Reform, Peterson noted that he was surprised by his inclusion in the diversity-themed event, adding, “it seems like it could be a good thing.”

[RELATED: Prof cherry-picks Jordan Peterson quotes for hit piece] 

“When I first received the [event description]...I thought that any comments of my book in a diversity initiative would be thoroughly negative, but it doesn’t look like it,” the University of Toronto professor and best-selling author said. 

“I can’t help but see it as a positive thing. Hopefully, more of that sort of thing will happen because the book concentrates on the development of resilience," Peterson added. 

College campuses have historically been less than friendly toward Peterson and his viewpoints.  As recently as July, a group of students at the University of Texas at San Antonio petitioned the school to cancel a guest lecture by Peterson, on the basis that he was “transphobic” and held views that were “very harmful” to the city of San Antonio.

Other sessions that will be hosted at the diversity event inclu

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EXCLUSIVE Emails show Yale profs cancel class for Kavanaugh hearing

EXCLUSIVE Emails show Yale profs cancel class for Kavanaugh hearing

Professors at Yale Law School canceled classes Monday to allow students to protest the Judge Brett Kavanaugh hearing, according to emails obtained exclusively by Campus Reform. 

Dana Bolger, a Yale Law School student and senior editor at Feministing, posted a series of tweets regarding the cancelations. According to screenshots of emails she posted to Twitter, Professor James Forman Jr. and at least four other Yale Law School professors canceled classes on Monday. 

Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's embattled Supreme Court justice nominee, is a Yale Law School alumnus. 

This is what faculty support for, and solidarity with, student organizing looks like. Thank you, @JFormanJr. pic.twitter.com/dyt95yZAIF

— Dana Bolger (@danabolger) September 21, 2018

[RELATED: Georgetown prof: ‘Kreepy Kavanaugh,’ ‘GOP doesn’t care about women...F*** them'] 

Additional emails obtained exclusively by Campus Reform show that as many as 20 Yale Law School faculty members canceled or rescheduled up to 31 classes on Monday because of the Kavanaugh hearing. 

Yale Law School spokeswoman Debra Kroszer told Campus Reform on Monday that "Yale Law School did not cancel all classes," but, she added, "many faculty members chose to reschedule or cancel their own classes today. And some held classes as usual." 

“While I respect the right of the students protesting to make their voices heard, I disagree with professors’ decisions to cancel classes at the request of those protesters,” Emily Hall, a student at Yale Law school, told Campus Reform in a statement. “It effectively encourages students to participate in the protests and penalizes those who choose not to by disrupting the class schedule," Hall added.

In another tweet, Bolger states that on September 21, “YLS faculty demanded fair process on Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations, [but the] @YaleLawSch dean chose to remind us that she ‘cannot take a position for or against a nominee.'” Bolger then added that the YLS dean, “didn't bother her [a] few months ago when she issued [a] press release fawning over his nomination.” 

Today, w

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WSU wants to apossteer clearapos of homecoming opponentaposs mascot

WSU wants to apossteer clearapos of homecoming opponentaposs mascot

Washington State University Student Entertainment Board (SEB) tweeted a statement on Friday,  warning against cultural appropriation at the Saturday homecoming game against the University of Utah. The statement specifically addressed the university's “Ute” mascot for how it portrays Native Americans.

The SEB says that it does not support cultural appropriation and “would like to steer clear" of the way Utah’s mascot represents Native Americans. 

Official statement regarding cultural sensitivity during Homecoming Week. Stay updated on next week’s HC events at https://t.co/i2OZi2oMYx pic.twitter.com/yuCxOO1AUA

— WSU SEB (@WSU_SEB) September 21, 2018

The University of Utah website states that the history of the Ute name is, “in honor of the American Indian tribe for which the state of Utah is named. The Utes have inhabited this area of the country for at least 1,000 years...The Utes were among the first American Indians to acquire the horse as a means of transportation, and in rock writing the Utes are depicted as horses.” 

The description on the website continues by saying that the University of Utah has the support of the Ute tribe and uses the logo “in cooperation with the Ute Tribal Business Committee." It further states that the university "is proud to share in the tradition of the Ute tribe through the 'Utes' nickname.”

In 2005, the University of Utah was officially removed from the NCAA’s “banned mascot list”. The NCAA at the time said, “In its review of the particular circumstances regarding Central Michigan University and the University of Utah, the NCAA staff review committee noted the relationship between the universities and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and the Northern Ute Indian Tribe, respectively, as a significant factor."

The University of Utah athletic director said at the time, “The university has always been close to the Ute tribe. I think it's standard operating procedure to be in touch with the Ute tribe to do the right thing."

Less than two days after the SEB issued the statement, it issued a second statement as a "response to

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College clarifies free speech zone policy amid mounting pressure

College clarifies free speech zone policy amid mounting pressure

A community college in Texas clarified its policy on free speech zones after more than three months of questioning from concerned students and Campus Reform.

Lone Star College-Tomball, a community college in Texas, first came to Campus Reform’s attention in April after the school punished a conservative student for voicing support for the Second Amendment in the wake of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

[Related: Student claims he was punished for pro-2A views]

Following the conservative student's punishment, Campus Reform brought to light that the school promised “freedom of thought” to students, but nowhere did it commit to freedom of speech. Five days later, the school created a page touting its new Free Speech Zones, confined for undergraduates to two walkways on campus. 





The school’s response prompted concern by students, activists, and free speech organizations, such as the Foundation for Individual Rights (FIRE).

Under the new policy, it was unclear whether students needed to physically be inside the Free Speech Zones to use their First Amendment Rights. Those who called the school seeking clarification were redirected to voicemail, or, in many cases, their calls were disconnected. 

[Related: College hangs up on student asking about free speech policy] 

Quade Lancaster, the conservative student who was punished for expressing conservative views on guns, was one of the students who told Campus Reform his call was disconnected. 

“What are my free speech rights?” he asked. “Why are [they] refusing to clarify?” 

FIRE’s Laura Beltz initially encouraged the school to clarify its policy back in July. But the school went radio silent until the first week of classes, only to finally clarify on Tuesday that the Free Speech Zones “do not diminish students’ or employees’ right of speech or expression on other premises.” 

[Related: FIRE urges Lone Star-Tomball to clarify speech

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11339

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