Muslim Student Association pressures leader to resign over Israel trip

Muslim Student Association pressures leader to resign over Israel trip

A member of the Georgia State University Muslim Student Association executive board is being pressured to resign after students discovered that he would be attending a trip to Israel with Hillel, a national student organization for Jewish students.

The Muslim Student Association at GSU took to Facebook to clarify that they do not support the student and that his “current position is being questioned,” which could result in possible removal.

The student, biology major Hamza Rahman, currently serves as Head Religious Coordinator for the MSA, an undergraduate Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences at GSU, and plans to attend Israel in his capacity as a student senator with SGA.

On Thursday, GSU student Zainab Khan heard about the trip to Israel, and posted the contact information of each MSA board member on Facebook, misleading the public into believing that every member of the organization’s leadership was taking the trip. 

Khan quickly retracted these posts. Although she apologized for including the executive board’s contact information, her stance on the resignation of Rahman remains strong. 

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“As democratically-elected representatives, these board members represent the GSU Muslim student body, regardless of what their personal choices or other affiliations may be,” Khan asserted. "As such, the board member who is still considering this trip either needs to clearly decline or resign. There can’t be any in-between. His reasons are irrelevant - there’s a conflict of interest between his priorities with SGA and MSA."

“We ask that the board member who is affiliated with both SGA & MSA resign; that there be a stronger public statement condemning any support that was expressed by board members toward Zionism, the trip offered by Hillel, or Israel; that there be some sort of educational plan for not just the board members, but MSA members as well.”

UCCS refuses to recognize Christian group so the group sues

UCCS refuses to recognize Christian group so the group sues

A Christian student organization is suing the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs for allegedly dragging its feet on giving the group official university recognition.

Christian nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Ratio Christi in the lawsuit, which asserts that the student group has tried to become a recognized student organization at UCCS for nearly three years.

“The First Amendment dictates that the 'marketplace of ideas' on a public university cannot prefer some viewpoints and cannot exile or denigrate others," Ratio Christi states in the lawsuit. "It also dictates that the government cannot force a religious organization to appoint as a leader someone who does not share that organization’s beliefs or to accept as a member someone who does not support its mission.”

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“As this student organization seeks to advance, teach, and defend Christian beliefs, it requires that its officers must share and personally hold those Christian beliefs," the group explains. "And it requires that its members, those who influence its overall direction, generally support its mission.”

Ratio Christi describes itself as an organization that provides a safe venue to explore and discuss Christianity.

“We desire to partner in taking back the mind of the University for Christ," the group states. "By equipping Christian students we believe many students will not only hold onto a faith that they might otherwise abandon, but they will also begin to stand up for Christianity when it comes under fire in the classroom. 

ADF said in a news release that students of any faith can attend Ratio Christi events and become a member of the group, so long as they are on board with the group's mission. But Ratio Christi mandates that its leaders are Christian.

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The nonprofit said that, because of this restriction, UCCS has denied to register Ratio Christi, curbing its access to funds, help from administrators, and space to host events.

“Like any other student group at a public university, religious student organizations should be free to choose

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University defends 21 500 diversity survey price tag

University defends 21 500 diversity survey price tag

The University of Wyoming broke down to Campus Reform on Wednesday the $21,500 price tag on a “campus climate survey” its diversity office will be conducting.

Set to be conducted during spring 2019, the survey will collect “baseline data” on the behavior, attitudes, and experiences of university students and employees, UWyo president Laurie Nichols told the campus community in an October email, which Campus Reform obtained. This data will be used to inform the approach by UWyo’s diversity office to create a “more diverse, inclusive, safe, respectful and welcoming campus community,” as well as to foster strategies for “future diversity and inclusion work” at the school.

Nichols invited students to several meetings, where they could help develop questions for the survey.

UWyo tasked a subcommittee with conducting "targeted outreach to different campus constituent groups” for additional help in developing the survey. In December, the subcommittee will begin working on survey development and implementation with outside consulting firm The NCHERM Group LLC, which "offers systems-level solutions for safer schools and campuses,” with a focus on reducing "age, ability, gender, immigration, racial, religious, sex/sexual orientation, veteran status and other forms of harassment and discrimination."  

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The school justified the $21,500 expense of hiring the firm, which will help keep survey participants anonymous, by asserting that the benefits of the program “will last several years,” as the university will own the rights to the developed survey questions and therefore has the ability to conduct the same survey in the future.

UWyo asserts the importance of anonymity as a reason for partnering with NCHERM, but does not clarify how this anonymity would be achieved with hypothetical future

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Clemson invites students to aposcreate your own genderapos

Clemson invites students to aposcreate your own genderapos

Have you ever considered creating your own gender? Clemson University students explored this phenomenon by embarking on a “Create Your Own Gender Adventure” workshop on Wednesday.

Clemson’s Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center hosted the event, which featured Lara Americo, a transgender activist and founder of Comic Girl Coffee, which is an "anti-capitalist space that uses the non-profit model to support community building," according to its website. 

Americo campaigns for greater rights for the LGBTQ community through TEDX, the ACLU, and 

“We create gender every day whether we realize it or not,” claims the event description. “When we wake up, with clothes and mannerisms, we perform and create gender.”

“Gender!” Americo exclaimed at the event. “It takes so much energy, so we need to eat, we need to sustain ourselves so we can keep up this performance that we put on every single day.” 

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Five students and four adults attended Americo’s presentation, sitting at tables surrounding the activist. Americo mixed and matched clothes from a pile to model “new genders.” The transgender activist selected two volunteers to pick out a shirt, pants, makeup, and accessories to assemble various outfits, while the audience attempted to guess what type of gender each piece of clothing represented.

“As soon as you wake up, think about all the things you do to prepare to walk outside of the house. You have all these clothes, all these products that you bought, all these different things that you use to create your identity and by default you use to create your gender expression: your blend of masculinity and femininity,” Americo explained. “So, we’re gonna do it right now. We’re gonna create something. Are there only two genders? Is it just male and female? Or are genders infinite…and can we create infinite genders based on our emotions and our feelings for today?”

Americo dressed in a variety of clothes to mix and match styles, including fox-covered tights, cargo pants, pink cat ears, and a loose-fitting striped shirt. The activist dressed

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