Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Two Scrippsie freshmen in Clark Hall have been complaining about a shadow that has been following them around the dorm and that there are random gusts of wind in their room.
They also say that they saw this girl came scrambling through the bushes and apparently disappeared.
The girls said that this happened on 601. So you'll forgive me if I somewhat doubt it...
Silly Dean Deb Wood is at it again. You remember her, right? She's the administrator who made Scripps College a national laughingstock when she called for Scripps to ban the white party. Here she is tonight promising to punish the "perpetrators" of an alleged bias related incident.
Never you mind, of course, that she has no such power to do so under California's Leonard Law and that at most, all the police can do is charge whatever poor student with "vandalism." Still, it should give us a bit of fright that Dean Wood sees this as one of her jobs. I guess she has to justify that enormous salary she takes in...
What's more troubling, though, is that they won't even tell us what was said, only that we have to trust them that it was pretty offensive. Given the track record of administrators -- the "Hillary is a foxy lesbian -- comment anyone -- I'm inclined to reserve judgment until I get the facts. Here's Dean Wood's email to the entire campus. Could somebody please write in and tell me what was said?
As I advised you last week, The Claremont Colleges have a bias protocol that we follow when bias incidents and/or hate crimes occur. I am saddened and disappointed to begin the academic year with both racist and sexist incidents.
Both types of incidents involved a person or persons unknown scrawling racist and sexist epithets on students' write and wipe boards in the residence halls. Given that these incidents occurred following the end of dry week and substantial drinking, many people might shrug off the incidents, saying it was probably stupid drunks. I ask you not to shrug it off and not to give the perpetrators of these incidents an excuse for their behavior.
Regardless of the intent and regardless of the condition in which the perpetrators may have put themselves, they did harm. The students upon whose doors these words were scrawled were hurt. The people who saw it were hurt. It causes one to wonder what steps have any of the colleges made toward building a supportive, inclusive community when acts like this still occur ?
This kind of conduct constitutes a bias incident and anyone with information about the perpetrator(s) of the incidents should contact an RA, DOS staff member or campus safety.
Anyone in need of support or wishing to discuss this incident is welcome and encouraged to contact the resource which best meets their needs. Resources include:
+staff at OBSA- (909) 621-8248
+ staff at CLSA- (909) 621-8044
+ staff on the Asian American Advisory Board
+ Res Life Staff- (909) 621-8277 or (909) 607-4307
+ Chaplains Office- (909) 621-8685
+ SCORE staff (909) 607-8869
+ Scripps Diversity Coordinating Committee- (Amy Marcus- Newhall or Marla Love)
+ staff at MCAPS ( Monsour) - (909) 621-8202
+ DOS (909) 621-8277
We are a supportive, caring community and bias related incidents will not
be tolerated. Any time a community member becomes aware of a racist,
sexist, heterosexist bias incident on our campus, a potential bias
incident or hate crime, or any other type of crime, they are urged to
appropriate action to combat the incident. These actions might include:
calling campus safety,
photographing the incident,
identifying the perpetrator,
intervening in the moment if safe to do so,
writing a letter or article for one of the student news publications,
sponsoring, attending or participating in educational programming,
encouraging your peers to do the same.
In accordance with the Communication Protocol for Bias
Related Incidents for The Claremont Colleges a binder of incidents is
kept in the Dean of Students Office, located in Balch Hall, room 112,
SARLO and SCORE.
Persons wishing to review this binder may do so during regular office
hours Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM .
Vice President & Dean of Students
The Women's College.Claremont
1030 N. Columbia
Claremont, CA 91711
CMC alum Joseph M. Pon of Applied Materials was named Vice President of programs for the James Irvine Foundation, which is a California-based, billion dollar foundation.
And before you ask, yes, I did add it to the school's wikipedia page!
I have my criticisms of the James Irvine Foundation, among them their grants to the people of California tend to make more of them doles than true citizens, but that's a conversation for another time. Well done, Mr. Pon.
The text of the president’s speech to schoolchildren is largely inoffensive. But it contains at least one political gaffe. If you quit school, he tells the kids, “You’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.” Among Americans between ages 65 and 74, 20.7 percent quit before finishing high school. For those 75 and older, the figure is 27.4 percent. The latter group includes some who quit in order to enlist in the armed forces after Pearl Harbor. And yet the president seems to be calling them unpatriotic.
Because I'm a masochist and I have a few spare moments between classes, I decided that I would read the sexual harassment policy on campus. Boy, there's enough fodder in there for about ten articles.