Monday, April 30, 2007

A Story I've been Watching

I've been following this story for a while.

It seems that the URI College Republicans, who placed a satirical advertisement in the school newspaper offering a $100.00 scholarship to a "white, heterosexual male" in protest of URI's apparent abundance of race, gender, and sexuality-based scholarships.

URI's Student Senate has taken exception to this, and has pressured the College Republicans to issue a written apology. So far, the College Republicans have refused to issue any apologies, but have been more than willing to issue a written explanation of the satirical advertisement.

The Student Senate will vote on Wednesday on whether or not to revoke the status of the College Republicans as a school-sanctioned group.

The school's president, Robert Carothers, has directed the School Senate NOT to impose any sanctions on the College Republicans, as that would violate their freedom of speech. The School Senate has decided to go forth with a vote on the matter anyway.

So, what I gather from this, is that the School Senate feels that they have the power to not only tell the College Republicans what they can't say, and what they must say...but that they have the power to override a directive by the man who runs the university.

Where's the ACLU on this one?

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