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I would like to express my disappointment that the Campus Journal no longer covers
news from the staff councils. Over the past year or more I have been increasingly
frustrated getting timely, independent information about these meetings.
When there was a print Journal I felt I was able to keep up with campus developments – not
just staff issues but all the news of campus-wide interest. Now I find myself
clicking between tiny headlines to articles that I can read in the newspaper
or on the Media Services website.
When I think to look at the PAT Council site the minutes are already stale
and sometimes incoherent. And, while I used to read the OS Council articles
with interest, now I hardly ever take the time to look at their website.
In addition, I miss the portability and legibility of the print version, although
I understand the financial imperatives. You could read the print Journal on
the bus or waiting for a meeting to begin. Now, I have to view the online version
at my desk.
I really miss relatively objective, timely news about staff concerns such
as appeared in the print Journal. Please, start covering the meetings of the
staff councils again. Don’t ignore two-thirds of the employee community.
Your Silence Will Not Protect You
To the Editor,
Our colleague, Professor Kathy Miriam, was recently the target
of hate from a student. Written in large letters in a copy of the
course textbook, the unidentified student’s rant begin “I
f-----g hate lesbians . . .” and continued in that vein.
Professor Miriam has always been quite open with her students that
she is a lesbian. Although it is possible that the hateful thoughts
were not intended to be conveyed to Professor Miriam, the textbook
was placed where it was likely that she would find it. It is reasonable
to think that the speech was directed against Professor Miriam.
Professor Miriam handled this with courage and thoughtfulness
in addressing the matter in her classes afterwards; however,
this does not mean that she, her students, and the university
community were not harmed by it. It is frightening to be the
object of such hatred and disgust. It is unjust that anyone should
be the object of such vile homophobia. The injustice is only
compounded when it is directed against someone so dedicated to
her students, and who loves teaching and exploring philosophy
as a vehicle for helping her students find greater freedom and
self-acceptance. We are in the process of discussing these issues
with our students in various venues, but we also wanted to make
our views known to the wider campus community.
We would like our students and other members of the university
to know that we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with members of the
lesbian, gay, and transgendered community against such sentiments,
and will not be intimidated. If your fellow students express
hatred or contempt for other people on the basis of their race,
gender, or gender-orientation—either privately to you or
in public—we hope that you will confront them and let them
know where you stand. We ask you to imagine how you would feel
if you were teaching a course and came across such contemptuous
and menacing language seemingly aimed at you. Furthermore, we
hope that those of you who find yourselves subject to such attacks
will find the courage to speak out against them for, in the words
of Audre Lorde, your silence will not protect you.
The Department of Philosophy