We all know that Pomona's The Student Life has a history of skewing the news to their own brand of far left agitation.
They constantly rewrite students' articles to reflect their own viewpoints and one time even used the phrase "undocumented citizen" to refer to "illegal immigrant."
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the story, "Pomona Begins Investigation Over Alleged QRC Bias Incident" by Lindsay Mullen continues in that inglorious tradition.
Let's fact check every sentence of the TSL's most recent propaganda pieces.
On Jan. 30, the eve of Pomona’s Queer Resource Center open house, unidentified members of the 5-C community broke into Walton Commons and discharged a fire extinguisher. After the fire alarms were triggered by the chemical fumes, Campus Safety and the L.A. County Fire Department responded.How do you know it was unidentified members of the 5-C community? Couldn't it just have easily been someone else? The article doesn't say and we are just left to assume it. Tsk. Tsk, TSL.
Although there was no permanent damage and nothing was stolen, white soot coated the kitchen and furniture in the living room of the QRC. The housekeeping staff worked to clean the QRC for several hours.
Pay attention to that. "There was no permanent damage and nothing was stolen." How many
hate crimes do you know of that leave "no permanent damage"?
Why does the TSL mention that the housekeeping staff cleaned up? Isn't that there job?
I checked The Student Life's record and there's nothing about how people had to clean up the mess that Kerri Dunn made. I guess not all non-hate crimes are equal, eh?
Associate Dean of Students Daren Mooko is heading an investigation. Mooko is interviewing witnesses and working to develop a charge sheet. Although it is not yet known whether the incident was a random act of vandalism or a hate crime, it is thought that alcohol played a role.
Why is the Associate Dean of Students heading an investigation? Shouldn't the police handle hate crimes? Or is it not a hate crime? Why aren't they handling it?
The answer: because it isn't a hate crime. If the Deans were serious about this one, don't you think that they would have turned it over to the police?
Pomona defines bias incidents as “expressions of hostility against another individual (or group) because of the other person’s (or group’s) race, color, religion…or sexual orientation.”
By what right does Pomona define bias incidents? Who said that they had a right to construct this policy?
So let me get this straight. Pomona defines what a bias incident is, appoints there own special investigation, and comes to their own conclusions about who should be punished?
I wonder what happens if no one is found guilty...
The administration is reluctant to label the occurrence a bias incident because there was no message, slur, or explicit evidence left at the scene. The college says it is strictly adhering to its policies outlined in the Student Handbook.
Wait a second. No message? No slur? No explicit evidence left at the scene? And yet it is ongoing? Hmmm.....
Well, couldn't they at least make one up? You know, kind of like "Hillary is a foxy lesbian," and call it a day?
Joshua Harris, QRC Interim Coordinator and Graduate Advisor, observed that a rainbow flag was missing from the window of the building after the incident.
The theft of the flag, which hung in the QRC for over a year, “sends a deliberate message,” Harris said. While there is a strong likelihood that the flag was stolen during the incident, it is also possible that it was removed before the incident took place.
Hold up. I thought the TSL said earlier that nothing was stolen. Now something is stolen? Will they notify the police? Don't count on it. After all, the police have to do real leg work.
Although the administration has not yet classified the incident, Dean of Students Miriam Feldblum acknowledged that it has caused emotional responses similar to those that occur after a bias related incident.
“Those of us who use the QRC feel personally violated,” Feldblum said.
“Regardless of the intent…the people who work and use this space can’t help but feel violated and threatened,” Harris said.
It finally comes out. Even if there was no incident, some people feel there was an incident and so it becomes an incident. Oh Doublespeak reigns supreme at Pomona! *Your correspondent hunts around looking for his copy of the Constitution, can't find it, and he cries.*
Christopher Ramos ’08, Senior Budget Officer for the QRC, was not shocked by the incident.
“Let us not pretend that hate, homophobia, and heterosexism do not thrive on campus,” Ramos said.
You know, Christomer Ramos, I don't really have any evidence for hate, homophobia, or herosexism on this, or any other, campus. And given that your organization sort of kind of depends upon there being a problem which it can "solve," I think I'm going to be pretty skeptical of your accusations.
After all, I have plenty of evidence that fake hate crimes are perpetrated all the time on American college campuses, sometimes by the very minorities who would benefit from the increased publicity. Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
As for invoking the word "thrive," I must take you to task.
1 : to grow vigorously : flourish 2 : to gain in wealth or possessions : prosper 3 : to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances —often used with on<thrives on conflict>
Ah yes, here it comes at last: the appeal to the unseen oppressed masses of the world. You see, often these incidents end up with No one dares to paint the following scenario:
The QRC would like to continue discussion of the incident. Because similar events still occur across the nation, the QRC feels it is important to raise awareness and show that incidents that discrimination takes place even on liberal campuses.
That a bunch of drunk/bored college students started messing about with a fire extinguisher and didn't want to get caught.No, it's a hate crime now, whatever the evidence to the contrary. Pity the poor fool who is brought in the "charges."