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Thursday, February 1, 2007

Duke/Nifong Hoax: Day #289

Updated - today's items:

Friends of Duke University:
Walk of Support on February 4th — ...Starting at 10am, the shuttle bus will take students (and other participants who may be on campus) from Duke University to Durham Courthouse where the Walk will start officially around 11am. Between 10am and 2pm, the bus will make several trips between campus and the Courthouse. There will be a tent located at both ends of the route with a sign "Shuttle Here." You will need to approach those tents and get information about when the next departure or arrival of the shuttle bus is...

related: LieStoppers - Walk of Support — Additional details for Sunday's Concerned Mothers' Walk of Support are now available from FODU
Samson MeseleSamson Mesele, Duke Chronicle:
88 Defenders — Last week, on FOX News' "The O'Reilly Factor," host Bill O'Reilly's opening segment criticized 88 now-infamous Duke professors for last spring's widely fustigated "We Are Listening" ad and reigned in criticisms from Duke senior Stephen Miller. After O'Reilly dismissed President Richard Brodhead as a "coward," Miller characterized this rarified moment in Duke's history as a time when he, a self-proclaimed "conservative," and "liberal" students are united by one aberrant commonality-their disapproval of the "Group of 88."

This group of professors has been, put mildly, browbeaten and savagely misrepresented. Now embedded in the ethos of our University's continuing lacrosse narrative, their story warrants more student attention...

I therefore call on all students to engage in a renewed conversation about the "underlying issues" of the "What does a Social Disaster Sound Like?" advertisement. And if you believe that there are no socially divisive issues that this community needs to interrogate, display a scrap of courage and attach your names to your opinions-like 88 professors who preceded you.
comment: If Samson Mesele really believes there is a "Social Disaster" he should join the staff of the Duke Chanticleer (Yearbook) and "capture the university experience and the spirit of Duke students" that best embodies the "Social Disaster," so that Duke graduates can reflect on that disturbing part of their college experience for the rest of their lives. Iraq is a disaster. Duke is an ivory tower university with a flock of 88+ faculty vultures nesting in the rafters, attacking students, and fouling the grounds. That is the only disaster at Duke.
Wikipedia: Ivory Tower - The term Ivory Tower designates a world or atmosphere where intellectuals engage in pursuits that are disconnected from the practical concerns of everyday life. As such, it has a slightly pejorative connotation, denoting a willful disconnect from the everyday world; esoteric, over-specialized, or even useless research; and academic elitism, if not condescension by those inhabiting the proverbial ivory tower. In American English usage it ordinarily denotes the academic world of colleges and universities, particularly scholars of the humanities
Three memembers of Group of 88 between classesThe part about "a willful disconnect from the everyday world; esoteric, over-specialized, or even useless research" is the bedrock mission statement of the Group of 88. At Duke you will need to call them the rogue flock that nests in the "Ebony & Ivory Towers" to be politically correct.
KC Johnson:
Group of 88 for Credit — Yesterday, Duke students started their fourth week of spring-term classes. Offerings include a cross-listed course in women’s studies and cultural anthropology entitled “Hook-Up Culture at Duke.” An appropriate subtitle would be “Group of 88 for Credit.” Instructor Anne Allison’s syllabus avoided the following sentence from the course’s previously published catalog description: “Finally, what does the lacrosse scandal tell us about power, difference, and raced, classed, gendered and sexed normativity in the US?”...

KC Johnson:
Group of 88 for Credit: Reading Assignments — One of the three books assigned for Anne Allison's "Group of 88 for Credit" class is Peggy Sanday's Fraternity Gang Rape. Here's the summary for the revised edition, from the NYU Press homepage....Sanday updates the incidences of fraternity gang rape on college campuses today, highlighting such recent cases as that of Duke University...

John in Carolina:
Brodhead Fisk # 1 — we all learned Brodhead knew of the lacrosse players had cooperated with police investigators. But some reason Brodhead decided to withhold that information from the public. Neither he nor Duke’s top PR guy, John Burness, have ever said why...Brodhead’s early responses did enflame emotions against the players....

Forum topics of note:
LieStoppers: Amanda Murcotte, Nifong enabler heads John Edwards' blog

LieStoppers: NC NAACP Duke Lacrosse case Theory — It looks like they are saying the team planned this as a re-creation of American Psycho. It is so strange. You won't believe it...
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Meghan Foley, The Equinox (Keene State College, NH):
Former Duke coach speaks to KSC men's lacrosse team — Mike Pressler, the former men's lacrosse coach at Duke University, spoke to members of the Keene State College men's lacrosse team about life lessons outside of sports. About 10 months ago Duke University's men's lacrosse became the center of national attention after allegations were made when players raped a woman at an off-campus party.

"I thought [Pressler] was extremely impressive and motivational," said junior Mike LeSage, a lacrosse captain. He basically spoke about "the accountability and responsibility of being part of a team," said Mark Theriault, KSC men's lacrosse coach. The accountability part was what stood out to Theriault as a coach.

"It's not just life lessons on the field," he said. Accountability included players calling each other on and off the field, since there were other aspects of life, he said. With the men's lacrosse season beginning on Feb. 5, timing was perfect to have Pressler come and talk about what KSC needed to do as a team, said Theriault...

Jonathan Cohen, AmericanThinker.com
DePaul and the Duke Lacrosse Case — Aside from their school mascots, there has never been much in common between the Blue Demons of DePaul and the Blue Devils of Duke. About seven years ago Duke beat DePaul in overtime in a memorable game that featured at least six future NBA players. But other than basketball the two schools had little connecting them. Until now, that is.

As the Duke Lacrosse rape hoax unravels and the falsely accused students and their families struggle to put their lives back together, a law suit filed against DePaul university by a former adjunct professor may be a cautionary tale for college administrators and offer a form of recourse for the embattled lacrosse players and their families.

Thomas Klocek, an adjunct professor with an unblemished record of fourteen years of teaching at DePaul University's School for New Learning, was suspended without a hearing after an argument with students who were passing out anti-Israel literature at a student activities fair. In addition to the suspension, the school went on public record with statements describing him as someone who does not respect the religion or ethnicity of others, in effect publicly branding him a bigot. After trying unsuccessfully to get his job back, he obtained counsel and sued the university for breach of contract, violation of due process and defamation of character...
discussion: LieStoppers - DePaul and the Duke Lacrosse Case
Cara Robertson, News & Observer:
The accuser found a champion — Shades of the Duke lacrosse case in an English controversy of 1753 - If Durham prosecutor Mike Nifong finds himself increasingly under siege for his handling of the Duke lacrosse case, he is in good company. A similar controversy roiled the English-speaking world over 250 years ago, bringing down the lord mayor of London and irrevocably tarnishing the reputation of the then-magistrate of Bow Street, better known as the novelist Henry Fielding of "Tom Jones" fame.

On Jan.1, 1753, a young servant named Elizabeth Canning claimed she had been kidnapped by two men and dragged, unconscious, to a brothel. Shades of the Duke lacrosse case in an English controversy of 1753 - f Durham prosecutor Mike Nifong finds himself increasingly under siege for his handling of the Duke lacrosse case, he is in good company. A similar controversy roiled the English-speaking world over 250 years ago, bringing down the lord mayor of London and irrevocably tarnishing the reputation of the then-magistrate of Bow Street, better known as the novelist Henry Fielding of "Tom Jones" fame. On Jan.1, 1753, a young servant named Elizabeth Canning claimed she had been kidnapped by two men and dragged, unconscious, to a brothel...

Michael Gaynor:
Justice defied, denied, delayed, finally obeyed — In the Duke case, the prosecution initially defied justice by seeking unwarranted indictments and then denied justice by dismissing only the rape charges. Now justice is being delayed, as replacement prosecutors review what was done and not done by and under their infamous predecessor and investigate anew... I will not be pleased with the prosecutors unless and until they dismiss the bogus charges. Wade Smith, an attorney for Collin Finnerty, explained that the meeting was mostly about scheduling and commented, "It's the kind of thing lawyers and prosecutors should do. They should talk." Absolutely! But only in the Duke case (I hope) would a civil scheduling meeting "excite" an experienced defense lawyer.

TheSpoof.com:
Duke Lacrosse Player accused of Parking Violation (1/30) — After all rape, sexual assault and kidnapping charges against the six defendants in the Duke Lacrosse case had been dismissed, Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong accused Reade Seligmann of parking in a "residents only" space.

"This is utter hogwash", said Seligmann's attorney Jim Cooney. "It's Residents Only during certain hours and my client was clearly parked there after those hours had ended. Nifong can't find my clients guilty of anything else so he's simply trying to find them guilty of something!"
related: KC Johnson: Minor Humor - Another example of the case as farce..

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