You Can't Say That In College Anymore
By Ed Driscoll · September 30, 2005 01:24 PM · God And Man At Dupont University · The Newspeak Dictionary
Here's two otherwise unrelated posts which demonstrated how limited speech can be these days on campus. First up, Stefan Beck looks at "God and Man at Dartmouth":
Yesterday I wrote on NRO about a recent (actually, ongoing) dust-up at Dartmouth College. The short form is this: Noah Riner, the president of the student body, gave a convocation speech to the class of '09. The speech mentioned Jesus--and all hell broke loose:Meanwhile, Evan Coyne Maloney writes that the words "hunting terrorists" are now apparently verboten at Bucknell:Surely nothing as banal, as reliably soporific, as Riner's address could rankle anyone. Surely people didn't even listen to these things. As it happens, I couldn't have been more wrong. The bored work in mysterious ways, and a number of Dartmouth students saw the speech as a fine occasion for an attention-grabbing moral tantrum. The Daily Dartmouth's "Verbum Ultimum" allowed that "Riner had every right, as a member of a community that values the freedom of speech, to speak freely about what matters to him." But he chose an "inappropriate forum" — perish the thought — and "[preached] his faith from a commandeered pulpit." Clearly, Riner is corrupting the youth of Hanover. Somebody fetch the hemlock.
Two words. At Bucknell University, that's all it takes to get dragged into the President's Office for a half-hour discussion of word choice. And these aren't offensive words, at least not out here in the real world. But Bucknell apparently has a different definition of what is and is not acceptable.Long ago, in an education system far, far away, college was a place where vocabularies were expanded, not compacted. But then to some on the left, it's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.
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