Thursday, May 01, 2003

Any why do they even care?

When does a University president refuse to stand up for intellectual freedom on campus? When that president is non other than Donna Shalala, former Clinton Cabinet member. According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, four University of Miami conservatives claim the student government is blocking them from starting a club and say the college's president, Donna Shalala, has refused to intervene.

The students say they were told by student leaders that since the university already has a College Republicans chapter, there was no need for another conservative group. Shalala, who was Clinton's Health and Human Services secretary, has ignored a letter asking for help, the four women and their supporters say.

They call the decision discriminatory, because along with a Democratic club, the school has several groups that they say represent liberal beliefs and causes, such as Amnesty International and Students for a Free Tibet.
It seems to me that the University thinks that left of center students have many different nuances to their ideas, while right of center students are but one homogeneous blob (and I’d wager $5 they call that blob “ultra-right wing.”)

How typical. I think that the largest, most comprehensive private research university in the southeastern United States with a reputation for academic excellence should have room for more than just one right of center student group, if that's what students want.

Google Search Disclosure: My uncle is a professor at the School of Education at the University of Miami. I have not spoken with him about this or any other university policy.

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