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9/26/2011


University of Wisconsin–Stout has lost it’s collective mind

Filed under: Television, News — Charlie Summers @ 11:47 pm

Here’s an odd story; a drama professor at the University of Wisconsin–Stout tapes a poster of Firefly on his door, with Mal Reynolds looking tough, and the line from the pilot episode, “You don’t know me, son, so let me explain this to you once: If I ever kill you, you’ll be awake. You’ll be facing me. And you’ll be armed.” The “Chief of Police” (not a “real” one, understand, just the head of campus security with an ego-inflating title) rips the poster down because its implied violence is a threat to hearth and home,, and she threatens the professor with criminal charges (Huh?) if he replaces it. The drama professor decides to stick his metaphorical tongue out at the system by replacing it with a poster that says, “Warning: Fascism” and includes a cartoon image of a silhouetted police officer striking a civilian and the text, “Fascism can cause blunt head trauma and/or violent death. Keep fascism away from children and pets.”

So naturally the boss of the campus police-wannabe’s makes things worse by over-reacting again, and activating the, “threat assessment team” (Wisconsin a hotbed of terrorist threats requiring an assessment team? Really?) and again threatening the professor.

So the campus looks like it’s run by the Keystone Kops.

I urge you to read the entire sordid story at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education website. And here are my personal comments to University Chancellor Charles Sorensen; I hope he takes them to heart:

Look, I know I’m supposed to include the carefully-crafted form letter here, but let’s cut to the chase: do you realize how truly ridiculous your university looks to those of us outside it? I mean, I have known people from Wisconsin, and none of them have been over-reactive nincompoops as your “Chief of Police” clearly is. I mean, seriously, what’s next; removing any “Hang in there baby, Friday’s Coming!” posters because they promote cruelty to felines?

You really only have two choices; end this now by reigning in your chief campus cop, or back her and allow this idiotic incident to continue making it appear the University of Wisconsin–Stout is operated by a bunch of incompetents who have never heard of either the Constitution or educational freedom of thought and expression.

Seriously, give the guy back his poster and see if you can find something constructive for Ms. Walter to do with her time in the future, something better than ripping down posters of canceled television programs.

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