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SRJC uproar over Republican protest
The Press Democrat ^ | March 2, 2005 | GUY KOVNER

Posted on 03/03/2005 3:05:28 PM PST by Tamar1973

Several instructors targeted by student's posting of red stars, state code on teaching of communism

Santa Rosa Junior College's oak-studded campus is aflame with controversy triggered by the anonymous posting of red stars and a reference to communist indoctrination on 10 faculty office doors.

Instructors quickly saw the action as a threat to academic freedom, but the student who claimed credit for the protest said it was about left-leaning bias in the lecture hall.

The stars, which unnerved some instructors, were accompanied by a copy of a state Education Code section prohibiting the teaching of communism with the "intent to indoctrinate" students.

"It makes me a little anxious," philosophy instructor Michael Aparicio said.

Ed Buckley, the college's vice president of academic affairs, weighed in with a defense of academic freedom, saying in an e-mail to SRJC faculty that it includes teaching "difficult and controversial material."

But political science major Molly McPherson of Rohnert Park said she had only intended to start a discussion about the personal politics of SRJC humanities instructors by posting the stars.

"It's a big issue," said McPherson, president of the SRJC Republicans, a campus club. "The opinion of the far left is presented as fact, with no alternative."

Some students fear their grades will suffer if they express a contrary view, she said.

The red stars were not intended as a personal attack on individual instructors, she said. "I regret that it was taken that way."

German instructor Sylvia Wasson, said her colleagues were "overreacting" in a flurry of e-mails exchanged on campus since the stars and code citation were discovered on the doors in Emeritus Hall on Friday morning.

Wasson, who had McPherson in four German classes, described her as an A student, a "very bright woman" and a "critical thinker who happens to belong to the wrong party on campus."

Aparicio and others said they found McPherson's tactics "sensationalist," intended to get media attention.

When faculty members called a news conference to discuss the stars, McPherson came forward to acknowledge her action on behalf of the SRJC Republicans, a 75-member chapter of the California College Republicans, a statewide group.

SRJC's Academic Senate is scheduled to discuss the matter at 3:15 p.m. today in the Dyle Student Center and may start a move to repeal the Education Code section cited by the student Republicans, said George Freund, a philosophy instructor.

Faculty members were outraged by the stealthy posting and surprised to find the code prohibition on the advocacy of communism, he said.

The code's first sentence says: "No teacher giving instruction in any school ... shall advocate or teach communism with the intent to indoctrinate or to inculcate in the mind of any pupil a preference for communism."

"You can't teach social theory without teaching Marxism," Freund said. In all his lectures, Freund said he covers "the best argument for and against" any philosophy.

Marco Giordano, an English instructor, called the code section "antithetical to academic freedom."

"The accusation of teaching communism in the classroom is laughable," Giordano said, noting communism is not illegal and the U.S. Constitution is "indifferent" to both communism and capitalism.

Still, he said, the student Republican's actions were "a little creepy" and a "revival of McCarthyist tactics."

Buckley called the protest "an unhelpful way to express their dissatisfaction" with instructors.

McPherson said the Republicans hope to hold a public forum on the issue. "One-sided education is indoctrination," she said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: academicbias; academicfreedom; academics; campusbias; censorship; college; collegerepublicans; culturewars; discrimination; education; educrats; highereducation; pc; politicalcorrectness; redstars; srjc
A followup article today as well. The issue went to the student Senate at the Santa Rosa Junior College.

Students,Profs face off over 'Red Stars'

I have two questions:

1. Where did the College Republicans get the idea from?

2. Have any of you heard of similar protests in other places?

1 posted on 03/03/2005 3:05:36 PM PST by Tamar1973
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To: Tamar1973
German instructor Sylvia Wasson, said her colleagues were "overreacting" in a flurry of e-mails exchanged on campus since the stars and code citation were discovered on the doors in Emeritus Hall on Friday morning. Wasson, who had McPherson in four German classes, described her as an A student, a "very bright woman" and a "critical thinker who happens to belong to the wrong party on campus."

I'd say this quote proves McPherson's point exactly.

2 posted on 03/03/2005 3:07:54 PM PST by kevkrom (If people are free to do as they wish, they are almost certain not to do as Utopian planners wish)
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To: Tamar1973

Boy the left can dish it out but they sure can't take it.


3 posted on 03/03/2005 3:08:40 PM PST by taxcontrol (People are entitled to their opinion - no matter how wrong it is.)
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To: Snapping Turtle

Sounds like a good idea to me!


4 posted on 03/03/2005 3:10:40 PM PST by Rabid Dog (Make a difference in your community - Join your local Free Republic Chapter!)
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To: Tamar1973

I will see their "McCarthyism" and raise it a "Stalinist!"

Funny how those guys can not take their own medicine.

Its OK to attack Christians and conservatives, but lets not suggest that an instructor is indoctrinating their students.. THAT is unacceptable.


5 posted on 03/03/2005 3:11:28 PM PST by Paloma_55
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To: Tamar1973

Hmmmmm? Sounds like the professors didn't like being challenged - too bad - it's way past time.


6 posted on 03/03/2005 3:12:16 PM PST by CyberAnt (Pres. Bush: "Self-government relies, in the end, on the governing of the self.")
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To: Tamar1973

They apparently do their research.


7 posted on 03/03/2005 3:13:53 PM PST by marty60
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To: Tamar1973

I don't know where they got the idea, but it's about time some students stood up to the Profs in CA. A student I know had this to impart:

First day of a required class the Prof said, "if anyone in here voted fro Bush, get out now." Academic freedom don't you know!


8 posted on 03/03/2005 3:15:10 PM PST by BlessedByLiberty (Respectfully submitted,)
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To: Tamar1973
"The stars, which unnerved some instructors, were accompanied by a copy of a state Education Code section prohibiting the teaching of communism with the "intent to indoctrinate" students.

"It makes me a little anxious," philosophy instructor Michael Aparicio said."

It damn well ought to!

9 posted on 03/03/2005 3:15:25 PM PST by polymuser
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To: BlessedByLiberty

"fro=for"


10 posted on 03/03/2005 3:17:24 PM PST by BlessedByLiberty (Respectfully submitted,)
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To: kevkrom

I was a student at SRJC for about a year and a half, and I have to tell you: you can save yourself a fair amount of tuition and book money by just "studying" the DUmmy message board. Its that bad.

Matter of fact, they should just pass out communist party sign-up sheets at the door to some of these classes. Y'all wouldn't believe it.

I'm heartened to hear that a) there is a Republican club / presence on campus, and b) they're actually fighting back against these morons!


11 posted on 03/03/2005 3:19:27 PM PST by Jinjelsnaps ("Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana" - Groucho Marx)
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To: kevkrom
Wasson, who had McPherson in four German classes, described her as an A student, a "very bright woman" and a "critical thinker who happens to belong to the wrong party on campus."

I'd say this quote proves McPherson's point exactly.

Ditto!

12 posted on 03/03/2005 3:19:47 PM PST by Tamar1973 (The path to conservative brilliance starts at Free Republic!)
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To: Paloma_55
Still, he said, the student Republican's actions were "a little creepy" and a "revival of McCarthyist tactics."

No wonder he feels "creepy".McCarthy was right.

13 posted on 03/03/2005 3:20:14 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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I am pleased to hear that they are upset and unnerved by the fact that individuals have posted red stars on their doors. Now perhaps they just might think twice about putting up Swastikas on our property.

The difference, of course, is that the communist red stars are in fact signifying what is believed by these people. The Nazi Swastika represents National Socialism, which is itself an offshoot of Marxist thought. At least out "protestors" get their facts straight. Personally, I would have preferred that they used the hammer and sickle for ID of these people.


14 posted on 03/03/2005 3:23:47 PM PST by AZ_Cowboy ("Be ever vigilant, for you know not when the master is coming")
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To: kevkrom
These petty little professors love to use their bully pulpit to foist their ideology onto students. In college and grad school, I had at least three grades lowered undeservedly because I wrote papers or exams that didn't reflect the Marxist viewpoint.

And so now these sawdust "intellectual" wussies can't handle a little blow back from the unconvinced? Well, as they used say in the old USSR...Tuffshitsky! Or better yet, as they say in the People's Paradise of China...Fungu!

15 posted on 03/03/2005 3:28:03 PM PST by Che Chihuahua (Liberals are by nature purveyors of mediocre bovine byproducts.)
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To: Tamar1973

Wait a minute...the student's actions were 'sensationalist' and done to attract media attention.

Umm...who called a press conference????


16 posted on 03/03/2005 3:28:34 PM PST by wingnut1971
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To: kevkrom
These petty little professors love to use their bully pulpit to foist their ideology onto students. In college and grad school, I had at least three grades lowered undeservedly because I wrote papers or exams that didn't reflect the Marxist viewpoint.

And so now these sawdust "intellectual" wussies can't handle a little blow back from the unconvinced? Well, as they used say in the old USSR...Tuffshitsky! Or better yet, as they say in the People's Paradise of China...Fungu!

17 posted on 03/03/2005 3:29:31 PM PST by Che Chihuahua (Liberals are by nature purveyors of mediocre bovine byproducts.)
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To: kevkrom
These petty little professors love to use their bully pulpit to foist their ideology onto students. In college and grad school, I had at least three grades lowered undeservedly because I wrote papers or exams that didn't reflect the Marxist viewpoint.

And so now these sawdust "intellectual" wussies can't handle a little blow back from the unconvinced? Well, as they used say in the old USSR...Tuffshitsky! Or better yet, as they say in the People's Paradise of China...Fungu!

18 posted on 03/03/2005 3:29:31 PM PST by Che Chihuahua (Liberals are by nature purveyors of mediocre bovine byproducts.)
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To: Tamar1973
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And never brougt to mi-i-i-ind...

Ever.

Buh-bye Dan! Go away! Aasta lavista, baby...
Scram! Beat it! Vamoose yer caboose! Scat! scat...
Forget to write...

19 posted on 03/03/2005 3:31:59 PM PST by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are really stupid.)
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To: Tamar1973

"It makes me a little anxious," philosophy instructor Michael Aparicio said.


Why? Unless he thinks he will lose his job, over a student protest, what is he worried about? That the other students will wake up and realize how biased he is? That students will start insisting on being allowed to speak out in his class? That he won't be able to get away with downgrading students who do speak out?


20 posted on 03/03/2005 3:38:28 PM PST by VRWCisme
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To: Tamar1973
Ed Buckley, the college's vice president of academic affairs,. . . an e-mail to SRJC faculty that it includes teaching "difficult and controversial material."

Give it up, Ed. Your cover's blown!

No one believes your double-talk, anyway. If the standard were just some merely 'difficult and controversial', you'd be teaching that the earth is flat, and how bumps on people's head can help determine whether or not they are fit for service in the SS castle on the hill.

Along with communism, you'd teaching other tyranny, too. And you'd teach anti-communism, which I doubt you do - but really should!

Ed, no one's buying it, anymore. Give it up. If you want 'controversial' - then hold classes on the writings of Tolkien or 'Jack' Chesterton. If you want difficult, get into Tolkien's appendices. If you want more controvery, get Solberg's Debates and start teaching what happened when the country was founded. If you want complicated, try the Federalist Papers. If you want more 'controversy', consider the critics of the Court and 'judicial review', and so on, when you teach intro to Constitutional Law, assuming you do. And so on.

But don't try to con people, Ed. You're only conning yourself.

22 posted on 03/03/2005 3:57:14 PM PST by sevry
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To: Tamar1973
Giordano said, noting communism is not illegal and the U.S. Constitution is "indifferent" to both communism and capitalism.

Communism SHOULD BE illegal. And the Constitution is very clear. Private property, even to the extent that too many early ratifiers were willing to set the stage for war by claiming that people were property. Representative, unlike Commie dictatorships. Checks and balances, unlike Commie tyrannies of rigged courts, rubber stamp assemblies, and armies of Gestapo and secret police. Etc.

Perhaps this guy would run screaming from the room if someone pointed out something so obvious - NAH- NAH - I'M NOT HEARRRRRING YOU! AAAAH! And then he'd turn at the door, and Gollum-like, hiss and sneer, Racccissssst! Homophobe! I'll get you my . . etc.

I could be wrong. I wonder, though, if the kids going to this unfortunate backwater don't have such nightmares as they anticipate this guy's next quiz, and the basis or standard for his grading? I don't know.

23 posted on 03/03/2005 4:04:11 PM PST by sevry
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To: Tamar1973

"Brenda Flyswithhawks, a psychology instructor, went further, calling for disciplinary action against students Molly McPherson and Danielle Carter for allegedly creating "an environment of hostility" with the postings."

Seems Ms. McPherson saw it as a "hostile teaching environment" before she put up the postings and decided to do something about it?


24 posted on 03/03/2005 4:15:04 PM PST by Smartaleck
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To: Tamar1973
"It makes me a little anxious," philosophy instructor Michael Aparicio said.

Great - glad to hear it!!!!!!!

25 posted on 03/03/2005 4:20:29 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: sevry

The Constitution of the United States
Article IV, Section 4:

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.



That doesn't seem indifferent to communism to me.


26 posted on 03/03/2005 4:27:31 PM PST by polymuser
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To: Tamar1973

Excellent. Communism should never go unchallenged.


27 posted on 03/03/2005 4:49:54 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Grateful Heart Tour 2005)
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To: Tamar1973
"It's a big issue," said McPherson, president of the SRJC Republicans, a campus club. "The opinion of the far left is presented as fact, with no alternative."

Good for her! The protest is definitely encouraging news.

28 posted on 03/03/2005 4:55:13 PM PST by arasina (So there.)
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To: Tamar1973

I really like the idea of pasting stars on their doors.
Its so, slap you back.


29 posted on 03/03/2005 5:51:09 PM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com
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To: Tamar1973

A hit dog howls. These jerks cry like babies when confronted by a law against indoctrinating their students in communism. That tells you everything you need to know about higher education these days. Good for these students who are paying huge bills and getting treated like dirt by these 60s leftovers.


30 posted on 03/03/2005 5:57:06 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com

I just consider them "truth in advertising".


31 posted on 03/03/2005 6:05:11 PM PST by Tamar1973 (The path to conservative brilliance starts at Free Republic!)
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To: CyberAnt
Hmmmmm? Sounds like the professors didn't like being challenged - too bad - it's way past time.

Sounds like the perfessers are intent on defending the notion that should have the right to indoctrinate students. Is this a public college, getting govt money>

32 posted on 03/03/2005 8:41:00 PM PST by feedback doctor (Mark Sanford and Condi Rice '08)
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To: feedback doctor

Santa Rosa Jr College ... Hmmmmm? I don't know


33 posted on 03/03/2005 11:14:10 PM PST by CyberAnt (Pres. Bush: "Self-government relies, in the end, on the governing of the self.")
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To: feedback doctor
Is this a public college, getting govt money

Yes it is and it's probably getting a lot more than it deserves.

34 posted on 03/03/2005 11:55:37 PM PST by Tamar1973 (The path to conservative brilliance starts at Free Republic!)
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To: Tamar1973

51530. No teacher giving instruction in any school, or on any
property belonging to any agencies included in the public school
system, shall advocate or teach communism with the intent to
indoctrinate or to inculcate in the mind of any pupil a preference
for communism.

In prohibiting the advocacy or teaching of communism with the
intent of indoctrinating or inculcating a preference in the mind of
any pupil for such doctrine, the Legislature does not intend to
prevent the teaching of the facts about communism. Rather, the
Legislature intends to prevent the advocacy of, or inculcation and
indoctrination into, communism as is hereinafter defined, for the
purpose of undermining patriotism for, and the belief in, the
government of the United States and of this state.

For the purposes of this section, communism is a political theory
that the presently existing form of government of the United States
or of this state should be changed, by force, violence, or other
unconstitutional means, to a totalitarian dictatorship which is based
on the principles of communism as expounded by Marx, Lenin, and
Stalin.


35 posted on 03/30/2005 2:09:55 AM PST by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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