Friday, April 14, 2006

Terrorism in Academia

UPDATE: It seems that the good "doctor" has been asked to resign. Also, her personal page has been taken down on the University's website. Way to go, folks.

And the post from the university President:

I am writing to comment on the recent destruction of an approved campus display created by the Northern Kentucky Right to Life student organization.

One of the important roles that a university must play is to be a forum for debate and analysis concerning the important issues of the day. Often these issues are surrounded by strident rhetoric and strong emotions, which makes it even more incumbent on the university to create and nurture an intellectual environment in which reason and evidence prevail and where all points of view can be heard.

Northern Kentucky University has a distinguished record of addressing important public issues in a balanced way. We are proud that, as a campus, we are not the captive of one ideology or point of view. At their best, universities are not places of comfortable conformity. They are places where ideas collide as students and faculty search for deeper understandings and perspectives.

While the University supports the right to free speech and vigorous debate on public issues, we cannot condone infringement of the rights of others to express themselves in an orderly manner. By leading her students in the destruction of an approved student organization display, Professor Sally Jacobsen’s actions were inconsistent with Northern Kentucky University’s commitment to free and open debate and the opportunity for all sides to be heard without threat of censorship or reprisal.

It has been heartening that student and faculty groups that do not necessarily support the position of Northern Kentucky Right to Life have come out strongly in support of the organization’s right to be heard through their display. This reflects a commitment to the importance of free speech and inquiry as a hallmark of our University.

Professor Jacobsen has been removed from her remaining classes and placed on leave from the University. She will retire from the University at the end of this semester. The Faculty Senate, representing more than 1,000 NKU faculty members, has taken strong action today that affirms the importance of free expression as a defining quality of the University. Our campus has spoken with a strong and unified voice. Further action may occur once a full investigation has been completed.

The action taken by the University should be considered in the context of Professor Jacobsen’s entire 27-year career at NKU. Nevertheless, her recent lapse of judgment was severe and, for a period of time, has caused some in our community and beyond to question whether Northern Kentucky University upholds freedom of expression. My answer to this question is an unequivocal yes. NKU lives its commitment to free expression and responds when that commitment has been compromised.

America is, today, debating a variety of polarizing issues around which people feel great passion. It is not surprising that these strong sentiments find their way onto college campuses. However, our role is to add light to these debates, not more heat. If we don’t serve this role, who will?

Jay at Stop the ACLU has posted quite possibly the single most offensive story that I have ever read about the state of our universities. I must comment.

I am a Constitutionalist. I believe that our Founding Fathers had some really good ideas when they developed the blueprint for how our nation is run. You know, that pesky ol' Bill of Rights that the Left has continually tried to dismantle comes to mind.

Read Jay's article and then come running back, I got some things to say. Go. Now.

Hey, you're back! Let's see where our hero the college "professor" ran into the ditch. First of all, Sally teaches Literature. May I say "WHAT THE HELL DOES DESTROYING THIS DISPLAY HAVE TO DO WITH LITERATURE!?!" If you had somehow gotten a job teaching in the university system in the "Let's Tear Other People's Stuff Up" Department, that's one thing, but this dumbass teaches literature.

Point Two: What kind of moron would actually be caught dead talking to this moonbat outside of class? I can only imagine exactly how bad she smells. Spam anyone?

Three: What kind of complete dipshit thinks that destroying someone else's property is Freedom of Speech? I think that the Right to Life Group that built this display should exercise their Freedom of Speech by destroying Sally's ride. Look closely in the parking lot kids, it's the VW Microbus with the rainbow stickers all over it.

Four: What she FEELS about anything is irrelevent. That's one of the huge problems from dumbasses. They tend to think that the way they feel about anything is important. Get a grip, Scooter, everyone has feelings, the only thing that seperates us from the apes is the fact that we don't act on them in violent ways. She was infuriated by the display? Damn, I am infuriated by the fact that there are people like her LIVING, want me to act on my feelings? Yea, I didn't think so, so I will just continue to live my life as a HUMAN.

Five: If the NKU President doesn't fire her for her extreme acts of terrorism, he should be run outta town on a rail. If the honest, G_d-fearing folks in Kentucky do not rise up when things of this nature happen, so goes the country.

Folks, e-mail the University and Dr. Sally.


Anonymous said...

Instead of tearing down the display..she have made debate since she is a "professor" and all...and to top it off she teaches literature which should translate to you may be an eloquent speaker...but I guess she is better at vandalism...interesting post..thanks for the insight