Friday, February 15, 2008

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Anonymous said...

KC Johnson sums it up in the following paragraph:
"What it does not have the right to do, however, is apply one standard of behavior to politically correct students and another standard of behavior to all other students. In the aftermath of the lacrosse case, Duke adopted a new rule, which stated, "Strippers may not be invited or paid to perform at events sponsored by individual students, residential living groups, or cohesive units." Note that the rule was an absolute prohibition: it did not exempt strippers invited for politically correct purposes or by politically correct groups."

Anonymous said...

It has been suggested that the Duke Board of Trustees won't fire Broadhead for his role in the lacrosse case, because to do so would implicitly admit guilt.

Now it has the perfect opportunity to fire Broadhead, along with Moneta, Bryan, and others, for a completely unrelated reason: their egregious violation of Duke rules against having strippers perform on campus. If the Board has any sense at all (doubtful), it will seize this opportunity.

Jim in San Diego said...


What will happen to DSED when you leave? Are you a lone ranger at Duke?

Good luck.

Jim Peterson

Ethical Duke said...

Well first of all, Ken will be around until the fall. We do not have a predetermined line of succession, but there are many to chose from to lead this business. Ken acts as our lone spokesperson, and that is why it may seem that he is on his own. That is a strategic choice so that all of the potential administrative or faculty backlash is born solely by Ken, who is shielded from it for a number of reasons. First of all, he is a senior, so there is little time to retaliate against him, but equally important is that he is an engineer. On top of that, he is pretty fearless, not to mention reasonably well connected around here, so he's not exactly defenseless.

Jim in San Diego said...

It is extraordinary to hear that even DSED feels fear of retaliation. Enough so as to affect its public information practices, apparently.

Over at the Law School, this would be called "chilling free speech". By the way, where is the Law School?

Would it be useful, or even possible, to open a thread on all the ways students are controlled via subtle or not-so-subtle coercion; threats; retaliation.?

This is certainly not the first we have heard of retaliation against students for expressing their opinions, or attempting to assert their rights as citizens (for example, to encourage voter registration)

Controlling free expression is the first line of defense of free men. Which is why freedom of expression is in our Constitution, along with Due Process.

Not too surprising, I suppose, that those who do not respect due process also fear freedom of expression.

Just an opinion.

Jim Peterson