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Duke deal shields faculty
News and Observer (Charlotte, NC) ^ | June 20, 2007 | Anne Blythe and Eric Ferreri, Staff Writers

Posted on 06/20/2007 2:53:32 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets

Duke deal shields faculty

Some spoke out after rape claims

Anne Blythe and Eric Ferreri, Staff Writers DURHAM - Duke University's settlement with exonerated lacrosse players gives legal protection to faculty members, some of whom have been under siege for speaking out in the wake of the gang-rape allegations. Neither side would disclose the terms of the agreement, announced Monday, but Duke's faculty chairman, Paul Haagen, informed professors that one provision is that all faculty members have been released from liability related to the lacrosse case.

That news sparked another round of vitriolic messages from e-mailers and bloggers still exercised over a student newspaper ad signed in the spring of 2006 by 88 Duke professors, who decried a campus culture of racism and sexism.

As Duke shut the door on lawsuits by the players in the lacrosse case, the Durham County sheriff on Tuesday slammed shut District Attorney Mike Nifong's access to the courthouse where he has worked 29 years. Orlando Hudson, the county's chief resident Superior Court judge, entered an order suspending Nifong with pay.

Sheriff Worth Hill went to Nifong's house Tuesday morning, after a courtesy call to let him know he was on his way, and confiscated the district attorney's keys and access card to the courthouse. Arrangements will be made so Nifong can collect his personal belongings from an office he has occupied since April 2005.

Nifong was found guilty last week of ethics violations and professional misconduct in his handling of the lacrosse case by an N.C. State Bar disciplinary panel. The panel ruled that he should be disbarred. The disbarment does not take effect until 30 days after a written order is entered, and that could be several weeks.

Nifong on Monday submitted resignation letters to Hudson and Gov. Mike Easley, laying out a timetable that caused dismay among his critics. Nifong said he would step down July 13 -- not soon enough for people who worried that Nifong's being in office would do more damage to a court system struggling to restore its image.

In Nifong's absence, assistant district attorneys are handling the office's caseload.

"Everything is running smoothly," said Candy Clark, the district attorney's administrative assistant.

Once there is a vacancy, Easley must appoint a replacement. Easley began talking with potential candidates and others Tuesday about who Nifong's successor should be.

"He wants to do that as soon as he can," said Seth Effron, a spokesman for the governor. "Some of the limitations are based on what the law says."

In his order, Judge Hudson said Nifong's conduct in the Duke lacrosse case was "prejudicial to the administration of justice" and had brought disrepute to the District Attorney's Office.

Efforts to reach Nifong failed.

Duke's reasoning

Duke, too, is struggling to restore its image, and that, legal experts say, is one reason the university would settle such a case.

"This was an unprecedented situation, the likes of which we believe will not recur, and it was dealt with accordingly," said John Burness, Duke's chief spokesman. "The settlement covers all matters related to the situation to date involving Duke and its employees, including members of the Duke faculty."

The money came from a legal fund, not an endowment, Burness said, but he would not disclose how much money was in the fund.

Duke trustees, who approved the settlement, either declined to discuss it or could not be reached for comment.

The agreement with the families and the players is the third settlement stemming from the lacrosse case. The university settled with Mike Pressler, the head lacrosse coach forced to resign last spring at the height of the accusations against the players. Recently, the university also settled with Kyle Dowd, a former lacrosse player who complained of receiving a bad grade because of his association with the team.

Paula McClain, a political science professor who on July 1 becomes chairwoman of Duke's Academic Council, said Tuesday that she hopes the settlement allows the university to move forward. Removing faculty members from any liability likely just made good sense, said McClain, who was not part of the legal discussions.

"I don't know if any faculty really felt any liability," she said. "But in a very litigious society, anyone can sue for anything."

In March 2006, lacrosse players hired two escort service dancers for a spring break party that ended with one of the dancers making allegations of gang-rape.

The accusations triggered an uproar in Durham and on the Duke campus.

Word of the settlement apparently sparked an increase in the number of furious e-mail messages that McClain and some of her colleagues have received since endorsing an ad placed in the student newspaper, The Chronicle. The ad featured anonymous quotes from students who described a campus culture of racism and sexism, decrying "what happened to this young woman."

The ad did not mention the lacrosse team, but it was viewed by some as a condemnation of the players. It became a popular target of bloggers, a symbol of political correctness run amok.

The messages -- and the occasional fax -- range from critical to downright racist and threatening. McClain, who is black, reports the worst of them to campus police.

McClain rarely responds to the e-mail messages. "I'm not going to be intimidated into modulating speech," she said.

(Staff writers Benjamin Niolet and Joseph Neff contributed to this report.)

Staff writer Anne Blythe can be reached at 932-8741 or anne.blythe@newsobserver.com. Staff writers Benjamin Niolet and Joseph Neff contributed to this report.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: academia; duke88; dukelax; gangof88; lacrosse; professors
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It's official, no sound thinking person would even consider sending their kid to Duke.
1 posted on 06/20/2007 2:53:34 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Is anyone nationally reporting the new Duke rape case? A young black man is accused of raping a white freshman a few days ago. Apparently in a bathroom during a party.

Aside from a short story on a rightwing blog I’ve seen nothing else anywhere. Maybe if the MSM doesn’t report it, it’s not news.


2 posted on 06/20/2007 2:59:13 AM PDT by kjo
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

If I were one of the 88 professors, I would take out a similarly sized advertisement and apologize. It is the only way out of this mess.


3 posted on 06/20/2007 2:59:37 AM PDT by gridlock (Vote against Hillary so she can retire, dump Bill, and fine love in the arms of a new man...)
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To: kjo

I had not heard a report that the freshman supposedly raped was white. Don’t jump to conclusions.


4 posted on 06/20/2007 3:01:38 AM PDT by gridlock (Vote against Hillary so she can retire, dump Bill, and fine love in the arms of a new man...)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
This is yet another reason parents should stop putting their life savings into these left-wing, Marxist trash dumps posing as universities. Raise your child with values and then turn them over to brainwashers you pay dearly to spew bile?

Duke is just an example of all of them.

5 posted on 06/20/2007 3:03:01 AM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I wouldn’t have taken that deal.


6 posted on 06/20/2007 3:04:03 AM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

wonder how the present and future alumni feel about their contributions being used to pay hush money by the duke adminsitration????


7 posted on 06/20/2007 3:05:58 AM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
"I'm not going to be intimidated into modulating speech," she said.

This woman is really too stupid to be teaching anything to anybody. She just escaped a lawsuit, which could have been quite expensive, and she talks like she's the victim. What an idiot.

8 posted on 06/20/2007 3:07:28 AM PDT by patj
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

So the scumbag profs walk? Isn’t that sweet.


9 posted on 06/20/2007 3:07:32 AM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions----and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I wouldn’t have taken that deal.


10 posted on 06/20/2007 3:08:24 AM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Hahahahaha! Duke thinks the bad publicity would be only generated from a litigation? Did they notice the presence of the Internet these days? You can no longer stifle criticism in a national story by paying the plaintiffs.

Duke sucks. They were stupid in what the administration did to the coach, the team and the innocent players, they were stupid to buy the left wing faculty out of their problem and they are stupid to think that this is ended.

The only smart thing they did was to settle with the players fast. There will be no redemption for Duke.

11 posted on 06/20/2007 3:14:29 AM PDT by anton
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To: gridlock

You’re assuming that the mad profs possess something that you obviously have: honor.

No, being typical liberal scum, they let mommy/daddy/big brother (i.e. their employer, Duke) pay their way out of trouble.

Alumni and parents of prospective students should take note and stop the money flow that funds this irresponsible behavior.


12 posted on 06/20/2007 3:17:08 AM PDT by GadareneDemoniac
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

That is one of my thoughts, the other being that I hope these kids and their families are well compensated far above whatever they had to put out to defend them.
As for the faculty members who joined the lynch mob? They deserve a beat down.


13 posted on 06/20/2007 3:17:55 AM PDT by Joe Boucher
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

What standing does the Duke have in relations to the Gang of 88?

Is this an admission that the 88 were acting in an official Duke role and not independently of Duke?

Any lawyers out there?


14 posted on 06/20/2007 3:22:49 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Your home for pithy disquistion)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
>>>”I don’t know if any faculty really felt any liability,” <<<

True, they’d have to have a conscience first.

15 posted on 06/20/2007 3:25:13 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Good grief.

What a tragedy that these liberal demons get yet another free pass.

They Found 88 Problems, and the Dancer Was Just One


Diane M Nelson, Associated
Associate Professor, Cultural Anthropology

Abe, Stan (Art, Art History, and Visual Studies)
Albers, Benjamin (University Writing Program)
Allison, Anne (Cultural Anthropology)
Aravamudan, Srinivas (English)
Baker, Houston (English and AAAS)
Baker, Lee (Cultural Anthropology)
Beckwith, Sarah (English)
Berliner, Paul (Music)
Christina Beaule (University Writing Program)
Blackmore, Connie (AAAS)
Jessica Boa (Religion & University Writing Program)
Boatwright, Mary T. (Classical Studies)
Boero, Silvia (Romance Studies)
Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo (Sociology)
Brim, Matthew (University Writing Program)
Chafe, William (History)
Ching, Leo (Asian & African Languages and Literatures)
Coles, Rom (Political Science)
Cooke, Miriam (Asian & African Languages and Literatures)
Crichlow, Michaeline (AAAS)
Curtis, Kim (Political Science)
Damasceno, Leslie (Romance Studies)
Davidson, Cathy (English)
Deutsch, Sally (History)
Dorfman, Ariel (Literature & Latin American Stds.)
Edwards, Laura (History)
Farred, Grant (Literature)
Fellini, Luciana (Romance Studies)
Fulkerson, Mary McClintock (Divinity School)
Gabara, Esther (Romance Studies)
Gavins, Raymond (History)
Greer, Meg (Romance Studies)
Glymph, Thavolia (History)
Hardt, Michael (Literature)
Harris, Joseph (University Writing Program)
Holloway, Karla (English)
Holsey, Bayo (AAAS)
Hovsepian, Mary (Sociology)
James, Sherman (Public Policy)
Kaplan, Alice (Literature)
Khalsa, Keval Kaur (Dance Program)
Khanna, Ranjana (English)
King, Ashley (Romance Studies)
Koonz, Claudia (History)
Lasch, Peter (Art, Art History, and Visual Studies & Latino/a Studies)
Lee, Dan A. (Math)
Leighten, Pat (Art, Art History, and Visual Studies)
Lentricchia, Frank (Literature)
Light, Caroline (Inst. for Crit. U.S. Stds.)
Litle, Marcy (Comparative Area Studies)
Litzinger, Ralph (Cultural Anthropology)
Longino, Michele (Romance Studies)
Lubiano, Wahneema (AAAS and Literature)
Maffitt, Kenneth(History)
Mahn, Jason (University Writing Program)
Makhulu, Anne-Maria (AAAS)
Mason, Lisa (Surgical Unit-2100)
McClain, Paula (Political Science)
Meintjes, Louise (Music)
Mignolo, Walter (Literature and Romance Studies)
Moreiras, Alberto (Romance Studies)
Neal, Mark Anthony (AAAS)
Nelson, Diane (Cultural Anthropology)
Olcott, Jolie (History)
Parades, Liliana (Romance Studies)
Payne, Charles (AAAS and History)
Pierce-Baker, Charlotte (Women’s Studies)
Pebles-Wilkins, Wilma
Petters, Arlie (Math)
Plesser, Ronen (Physics)
Radway, Jan (Literature)
Rankin, Tom (Center for Documentary Studies)
Rego, Marcia (University Writing Program)
Reisinger, Deborah S. (Romance Studies)
Rosenberg, Alex (Philosophy)
Rudy, Kathy (Women’s Studies)
Schachter, Marc (English)
Shannon, Laurie (English)
Sigal, Pete (History)
Silverblatt, Irene (Cultural Anthropology)
Somerset, Fiona (English)
Stein, Rebecca (Cultural Anthropology)
Thorne, Susan (History)
Viego, Antonio (Literature)
Vilaros, Teresa (Romance Studies)
Wald, Priscilla (English)
Wallace, Maurice (English and AAAS)
Wong, David (Philosophy)

Notice that very, very few (two?) of these professors teach the hard sciences or business.

They are mostly "McStudies" morons who aren't really scholars. They play dress up Professor.

The next time you have to shell out $50,000 per year per child, remember that your dollars have to pay for this foolishness at almost every single university in the US.

16 posted on 06/20/2007 3:25:20 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: gridlock

>>>>I had not heard a report that the freshman supposedly raped was white. Don’t jump to conclusions.<<<<

Then you must have been living under a rock.


17 posted on 06/20/2007 3:28:23 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Removing faculty members from any liability likely just made good sense, said McClain, who was not part of the legal discussions. "I don't know if any faculty really felt any liability," she said. "But in a very litigious society, anyone can sue for anything."

Pathetic!

It is the trial lawyers who file frivolous suits that in the back pocket of the Democrats. A Google search will show that shark lawyers are the biggest funders of Liberalism.

This was a case where these professors deserved to get their Birkenstocks sued off them.

They acted recklessly to destroy the lives of those young men.

They show no remorse.

This will happen again someday. Liberals cannot stop being evil.

18 posted on 06/20/2007 3:30:14 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: kjo
Here is her website:

Professor Paula McClain

http://www.dukenews.duke.edu/2007/02/mcclain.html

Her research interests focus on minority group politics, particularly social and political competition between minority groups, and urban politics. She recently received national attention for a study exploring the dynamics of relations between blacks and Latino immigrants in American cities.

That isn't scholarship - it is racist garbage and liberal worship.

19 posted on 06/20/2007 3:37:31 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

If the “Gang of 88” were let off the hook...I can only surmise that Duke paid these kids even more than I thought they already did. I expect it was a very substantial amount over and above their legal fees.


20 posted on 06/20/2007 3:40:37 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Nifong is suspended with pay?

That’s called a vacation!


21 posted on 06/20/2007 3:50:41 AM PDT by joeystoy
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

I hope they have enough money to make Nifong’s life miserable for the rest of his worthless time on earth.


22 posted on 06/20/2007 3:54:24 AM PDT by SWEETSUNNYSOUTH (Help stamp out liberalism!)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
If the “Gang of 88” were let off the hook...I can only surmise that Duke paid these kids even more than I thought they already did.

We can only hope.

23 posted on 06/20/2007 4:02:32 AM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
"modulating speech"?

What the heck does that mean? FM or AM or spread spectrum?

24 posted on 06/20/2007 4:06:00 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: Paladin2

When will we hear from the ‘courageous’members of the Duke Atheletic faculty? Their silence has been deafening.


25 posted on 06/20/2007 4:15:23 AM PDT by ardara
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To: SkyPilot

That isn’t scholarship”

True...but the important thing is that she isn’t going to allow to modulating of speech. (Snicker)


26 posted on 06/20/2007 4:16:05 AM PDT by ConservativeDude (")
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To: SkyPilot

I counted 9 of them who teach Romance studies. I have watched a few porn films,and could probably teach some romance studies myself.

Romance studies??? Someone gets paid for that??


27 posted on 06/20/2007 4:19:37 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (http://www.imwithfred.com/index.aspx)
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To: ardara

Good point. Does Duke have an AD?


28 posted on 06/20/2007 4:20:52 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: Paladin2

Duke has some famous coaches.


29 posted on 06/20/2007 4:22:52 AM PDT by ardara
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To: Paladin2

“Modulating” speech means “to temper”. The correct word was used in this context.


30 posted on 06/20/2007 4:27:28 AM PDT by TexasRedeye (Eschew obfuscation)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

If it wasn’t a large multi-million dollar settlement Duke got off easy.
The downside is that none of the Gang Of 88 learned a darn thing or paid any kind of a personal price for their arrogance and rush to judgement.


31 posted on 06/20/2007 4:38:03 AM PDT by BoneShaker
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
"I'm not going to be intimidated into modulating speech," she said.

Huh???? "modulating" speech? Political Science professor = blithering idiot who can't get a real job.
32 posted on 06/20/2007 4:40:44 AM PDT by true_blue_texican (...against all enemies, foreign and domestic...)
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To: sgtbono2002
I counted 9 of them who teach Romance studies. I have watched a few porn films,and could probably teach some romance studies myself.

I was shocked until I actually looked it up. Duke Romance Studies. It's about the cultures following the Roman Empire: Spain, France, Italy, etc. It's not about bodice ripper novels.

33 posted on 06/20/2007 4:42:21 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (A base looking for a party.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
I cannot believe that the family’s legal team would sell amnesty for the 88 for a few million up front. Unless they know that the combined assets of the 88 wouldn’t buy a used Volvo.

It has also been posted that the entire settlement would come from the Duke legal defense fund. Two thoughts: why does a university need 30-40+ million dollar cash stash? and why did the family legal beagles leave any money in that fund? The settlement should have been 10 times the cash available to Duke. If there is no (financial) pain involved in the punishment, there is no incentive to alter behavior.

34 posted on 06/20/2007 4:51:53 AM PDT by ByteMercenary (9-11: supported everywhere by followers of the the cult of islam.)
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To: HEY4QDEMS
Then you must have been living under a rock.

Be careful you are not living in an echo chamber.

I know a lot of people are jumping to conclusions, but the last I saw, the alleged rape occured at a party for a predominantly African American fraternity.

Unless there is information beyond the rantings and ravings of various bloggers, I would assume nothing about the race of the alleged victim.

35 posted on 06/20/2007 4:52:55 AM PDT by gridlock (Vote against Hillary so she can retire, dump Bill, and fine love in the arms of a new man...)
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To: HEY4QDEMS

Of course, I don’t care about the race of the alleged victim, anyway. A crime is a crime, regardless of the race of the perpetrator or the victim.


36 posted on 06/20/2007 4:53:52 AM PDT by gridlock (Vote against Hillary so she can retire, dump Bill, and fine love in the arms of a new man...)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

“The ad did not mention the lacrosse team, but it was viewed by some as a condemnation of the players”

But it mentioned “who described a campus culture of racism and sexism, decrying “what happened to this young woman.””

How can they say they weren’t condemning the lacrosse players? They specifically mentioned the woman and condemned what happened to her.


37 posted on 06/20/2007 4:54:23 AM PDT by imskylark
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
It is so nice that the academic liberals .. Just want to move along.. If this were reversed and liberals were were the victims, the Conservative college would have been burned to the ground, the professors smeared with crap and forced to frog march to the stake to be burned alive. The fire would be started by J.J and A.S. It would be live broadcast by CNN MSNBC Hosted by Hillery
38 posted on 06/20/2007 4:54:25 AM PDT by primatreat (Alzheimer's glory is knocking at my door: Soon I will be able to post no more. But not till RINOs go)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

It would seem to me that some pesky blogger would do his or her best to link the names of each and every one of these people to lifelong Google/Wikipedia infamy...


39 posted on 06/20/2007 4:57:03 AM PDT by Kenton (All vices in moderation. I don't want to overdo any but I don't want to skip any either.)
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To: gridlock
Someone in the Duke administration said that the alleged victim is white and this was reported in the Duke student newspaper, The Chronicle. I do not have a link readily available, but you can research the matter at liestoppers.com
40 posted on 06/20/2007 4:59:02 AM PDT by Andy from Chapel Hill
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Second bad move they made, IMHO.


41 posted on 06/20/2007 5:00:38 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Brian J. Marotta, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub, (1948-2007) Rest In Peace, our FRiend)
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To: SkyPilot

Her whole existence is about her skin color.


42 posted on 06/20/2007 5:01:21 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: KarlInOhio
His loins stirred.

Her bosom heaved.

And he knew her.

It's not about bodice ripper novels.

43 posted on 06/20/2007 5:04:18 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy ("Everyone knows there's a difference between Muslims and terrorists. No one knows what it is, tho...)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

“The ad did not mention the lacrosse team, but it was viewed by some as a condemnation of the players”

That means the lacrosse players, minus three, can still sue.


44 posted on 06/20/2007 5:09:48 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
It's official, no sound thinking person would even consider sending their kid to Duke.

I hope someone posts the stats on next spring's admission numbers vs. two years ago.

I can't imagine an alum contributing a cent to a crap hole that employs such brain dead trash, however good the school was when they attended.

45 posted on 06/20/2007 5:12:44 AM PDT by Sal (I had an epiphany when my "good" Senator Kyl revealed himself to be a LIAR,corrupt to the core!)
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To: kjo; gridlock
Are y'all talking about the Feb 10th alleged rape at the Gattis St. house rented by some members of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity?

University officials said Monday that they had met with members of the fraternity after the report was filed by the alleged victim, who Wasiolek confirmed is white.

The alleged perp was identified by partygoers, arrested, and has been released on $50K(??) bond.

Or is there a more recent rape allegation?

kjo - Is anyone nationally reporting the new Duke rape case? A young black man is accused of raping a white freshman a few days ago.

gridlock - I had not heard a report that the freshman supposedly raped was white. Don’t jump to conclusions.

46 posted on 06/20/2007 5:21:02 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy ("Everyone knows there's a difference between Muslims and terrorists. No one knows what it is, tho...)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
"I don't know if any faculty really felt any liability," she said.

This is a big problem.

47 posted on 06/20/2007 5:21:32 AM PDT by syriacus (Had the US troops remained in S. Korea in 1949, there would have been no Korean War)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill; HEY4QDEMS

You are right. Apparently Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek confirmed that the victim of the “Other Duke Rape” was white.

Not that it matters to me. A crime is a crime, I say.


48 posted on 06/20/2007 5:22:40 AM PDT by gridlock (Vote against Hillary so she can retire, dump Bill, and find love in the arms of a new man...)
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To: gridlock

Allow me to enlighten you,

She was white.

http://media.www.dukechronicle.com/media/storage/paper884/news/2007/02/13/News/OffEast.Rape.Investigation.Continues-2716034.shtml?sourcedomain=www.dukechronicle.com&MIIHost=media.collegepublisher.com

http://www.townhall.com/blog/g/309b87f6-b065-441c-a6aa-5b83130244d4

One of the sources is the Duke University Chronicle.

No one is jumping to conclusions.


49 posted on 06/20/2007 5:24:09 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Shucks: I was looking forward to being called Professor Bono.


50 posted on 06/20/2007 5:30:47 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (http://www.imwithfred.com/index.aspx)
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