Friday, April 25, 2008

More of our "aspirational" peers

Brown University is condemning the actions of two people — at least one of whom is a student — who threw a pie-like substance Tuesday night at Thomas Friedman, a columnist for The New York Times who was speaking on the campus. Friedman took a few minutes to clean himself up, but continued his talk. Michael Chapman, vice president for public affairs and university relations, issued a statement in which he said: “Freedom of speech is prized on a university campus. While Brown students are encouraged to express their opinions on any subject and in a variety of forums, the university does not tolerate such assaults against a speaker or disrupting the right of others to hear a speaker’s perspectives.” The statement said that one of those involved was apprehended and identified as a student. “The university will review this incident through its non-academic disciplinary system to determine the appropriate response.” The Providence Journal reported that the incident involved paper plates with shamrock-colored whipped cream. After they were thrown at Friedman, one of those protesting threw in the air leaflets that criticized Friedman, saying: “Thomas Friedman deserves a pie in the face because of his sickeningly cheery applause for free market capitalism’s conquest of the planet, for telling the world that the free market and techno fixes can save us from climate change. From carbon trading to biofuels, these distractions are dangerous in and of themselves, while encouraging inaction with respect to the true problems at hand.”

Hey, at least my proposed protest of Irish President Mary Robinson didn't get such bad press. (For those who don't know, former Irish President Mary Robinson spoke at Notre Dame last fall. I was approached by Mr. Lawler to write a Jeer of Mrs. Robinson. I subsequently wrote a completely unresearched and facetious Jeer that I never thought would actually be published. Low and behold it was published and my "accusations" turned out to hold validity. Well, the Secret Service, which was coordinating security for Mrs. Robinson's US visit, got a hold of the Rover and became worried about a "full scale, Columbia-like protest" that I had written about in jest. I was referencing the Minuteman protest at Columbia University which ended in violence; however I had no intention of actually staging a protest. The Secret Service couldn't take a joke and freaked out on NDSP to increase the security for the event. Needless to say, there was no glory for the boys in blue-I didn't even attend the event. And they weren't happy about being harasses by the Secret Service for a protest that didn't happen. Former editor-in-chief Matt Smith was called on the carpet by Student Affairs for the incident but fortunately they had the good sense to take any action against us. I guess we're kind of a big deal.)

This picture is the first time I have ever even seen Mary Robinson

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

thats just appalling