Student threatened with rape for supporting traditional marriage

A student Resident Advisor (RA) at Providence College has reportedly been threatened with rape after posting a flyer that expressed a traditional view on marriage. 

According to LifeSiteNews, RA Michael Smalanskas has faced severe student backlash since displaying the poster on a bulletin board in early March, with upset classmates gathering outside of his dorm room and endangering his safety. 

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“I couldn’t even go brush my teeth for several nights without facing a mob in my hallway,” Smalanskas told the publication. 

“There had been a pro-lesbian bulletin board up for the entire month of February in one of the female residence halls,” he continued, adding that “nobody was rioting outside the girl’s door.” 

The original display, which has since been vandalized and removed, portrayed marriage “the way God intended it,” and included quotes from Pope Francis and biblical scripture describing marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Screenshots obtained by LifeSiteNews depict students taking pictures of the bulletin board, blasting Smalanskas on social media, and pledging to “NOT STAY SILENT ANY LONGER!”

“There’s a tremendous double standard when it comes to Catholic teaching or conservative views,” Smalanskas told the publication. “They are just not protected in the same way” as other beliefs.

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According to the student, other RAs began to gather around his residence hall and “keying into the building after hours” after he put up the display.

“They let themselves into the building and started milling around and they ripped down [the poster],” he said. “I am an employee of the college, and these are other employees of the college behaving this way.”

As the situation escalated, Smalanskas was then reportedly escorted to a secure location by the campus police as authorities became concerned about his safety. 

Days after the incident, Smalanskas met with school administrators, who he said “made

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Students threatened over failure to attend sexual assault play

Incoming freshmen at Washington University in St. Louis risk academic sanctions if they fail to attend an event on sexual-assault prevention or write a two-page essay on the topic.

The event, an “interactive performance” called “#Rewind Blurred Lines,” is the second in a two-part program required for all first-year students, who are “expected” to complete a written reflection if they do not attend.

One student, in fact, was recently threatened with a “formal written warning” if they did not submit a reflection paper by March 16.

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“There is a written reflection that’s expected of those who did not attend an in-person showing of #Rewind Blurred Lines,” an email obtained by Campus Reform states, noting that those who neglect to write the two-page essay will have a “formal written warning” place on their “Residential Life Conduct File.” 

The essay prompt asks students to “think about our community values and expectations” while considering “what constitutes relationship and sexual violence and what role can you play in preventing relationship and sexual violence and upholding community values.” 

Students who ultimately fail to complete the essay could face severe sanctions, including loss of privileges or expulsion from the student hall, according to the University Student Conduct Code. 

The recipient of the email, who requested to remain anonymous, told Campus Reform that they “couldn’t attend because the showings were during class time,” and “feared that this warning would make transferring difficult.” 

The student went on to call the essay “a waste of time and effort [that] did nothing to inform me about sexual assault on campus.” 

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The interactive play is one of several prevention programs that the university hosts, and one of fourteen different programs that the university has dedicated to the issue.  

“#Rewind Blurred Lines” in particular “presents students with a common scenario related to sexual harassment or assault and allows the audience

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Students urged to Punch Nazi Homophobes at conservative paper

An unnamed Clemson University student recently placed a sign outside the office of a conservative student publication advocating violence against the “Nazi Homophobes” within.

“Punch Nazi Homophobes!!” proclaimed the handmade sign, which was taped to the office door of The Tiger Town Observer (TTO) last month in an apparent act of intimidation.

“I came into Tiger Media one day when I found a message on my door that said ‘punch nazi homophobes!!’ on it,” Jack Timmerman, a Clemson student and TTO writer who discovered the sign, told Campus Reform. “This was a shock to me because not only am I neither of those things; I always make an effort to get along with everyone in Tiger Media.”

This isn’t the first time the TTO has been threatened on campus. In December 2017, anonymous vandals tore up dozens of copies of a controversial TTO magazine issue dubbed “#NotSatire” and littered them across campus.

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The satirical edition covered LGBTQ, Marxist, and Islamic topics, and TTO Editor-In-Chief Alexander Cullen reported as much as $200 in damages, but it’s unclear what Clemson University has done in response to this brazen destruction of property.

Following the latest incident of harassment against the TTO, Jackie Alexander, the assistant director for Tiger Media, emailed the media group’s individual members to reveal that it had been determined that the individual responsible was a member of Tiger Media itself.

“Recently, a vulgar sign was taped to the door of one of our member organizations after hours. We investigated the incident and discovered it was one of our members who hung the sign,” the email stated. 

“This was incredibly disappointing and utterly unacceptable. This kind of behavior among our members will not be tolerated,” it added, declaring that “the incident has been addressed with both the individual and the organization.” 

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Tiger Media is composed of six student media organizations including the TTO, Tigervision, WSBF 88.1 FM, The Tiger Newspaper, the TAPS yearbook, and The Chronicle. 

Campus Reform reached out to each of these organizations to determine if any of their members had hung t

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Profs puzzled that conservatives resist social justice courses

Two education professors recently argued that aspiring K-12 teachers who hold conservative views and resist social justice theories may not be qualified to work with children. 

Erin Miller and Tehia Stark-Glass, both professors at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, advanced the case in a March 8 article in the journal The New Educator entitled “The Maintenance of Whiteness in Urban Education,” expressing concerns that white conservative teachers will be unable to effectively teach minorities if they do not thoroughly internalize social justice.

The professors assert that some white students in their elementary education diversity classes have “impervious dispositions that would likely not qualify them to work with diverse children,” as evidenced by the fact that those who struggled most with the course content tended to “think they were being indoctrinated into Anti-American values.” 

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To study this, Miller and Stark-Glass used data from 35 teachers-in-training at UNC who took one of their recent classes, 30 of whom were white. The professors only retained data from white students, explaining that their “abrasively honest” responses give insights into how best to discuss diversity with “white students who do not simply give teachers what they want to hear.”

Lara, a conservative white student who supports the Second Amendment, was singled out in the paper for recounting an instance in which her AP English teacher had warned her that she would receive a 0 if she were to write a paper about her opposition to gun control.

Though Miller and Stark tell the reader nothing about Lara’s actual ability to teach, they cite her “conservatism” as especially troubling. 

Lara’s “conservatism spanned many topics and surfaced repeatedly throughout the course,” the professors lament, adding that it is “safe to assume that Lara probably became less culturally sensitive and open minded” as she continued to raise her conservative views in class. 

“Probing even deeper, however, we see that Lara may have feared alienation from her conservative white community if she openly accepted the content posed in the course,” they speculate. “It could be that her refusal to accept the ideas of the course

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All-womens college asks profs not to call students women

Mount Holyoke College, an all-women’s school, is asking professors to avoid calling students “women” or otherwise referring to “the two genders.”

The Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Students guide was created by officials at the college, which touts its legacy as an all-women’s college, in an effort to promote a “gender neutral” classroom environment.

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“When discussing the student body, say ‘Mount Holyoke students’ rather than ‘Mount Holyoke women,’” it instructs professors. “Avoid making statements like ‘We’re all women here...’, or referring to ‘...the two genders...’”

The guide claims that “many students spend the first day of class braced against various types of disrespect,” such as “professors who mispronounce their names, call them by the wrong name entirely, misgender them, and so on.”

To avoid accidentally insulting students, the guide instructs faculty members to avoid calling names from attendance rosters and instead invite students to introduce themselves during class. 

Establishing “mutual trust” is crucial for professors to accomplish as soon as possible, preferably during the first day of class, the guide explains, stating that “students who are worried about not being treated with respect can’t concentrate on what we’re [professors] saying.” 

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The college also released a companion guide on “Intersectionality in the Classroom,” which encourages professors to take an “intersectional approach” in the classroom by “becoming aware of the multiple forms of oppression and privilege each individual faces and how they interact with one another.” 

For example, “two transgender students from different class or racial backgrounds are going to have different perspectives and life experiences, even though they have one identity in common.” 

Another new guide put out by the Massachusetts college on “Inclusive Teaching” warns professors that their classrooms “are never neutral spaces and are marked by the same inequalities, exclusion, and power struggles that exist else

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