Cal Poly shuts down Greek life after offensive online photos

California Polytechnic State University has indefinitely suspended all Greek life due to concerns surrounding two recent racially charged incidents.

“As many are aware, Lambda Chi Alpha was suspended for a minimum of a year.  After learning this morning about another incident of racial profiling and cultural appropriation that occurred at Sigma Nu six weeks ago, I am announcing today an indefinite suspension of all Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council fraternities and sororities,” Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong announced in a letter to the school community this week, a copy of which was obtained by KSBY.

Kyler Watkins, a member of the school’s Lambda Chi Alpha chapter, made headlines last week after photographs surfaced on social media of the student wearing blackface. The incident sparked outrage within the student body, and while Armstrong responded to student demands by issuing punishment to the fraternity, he ultimately refused to expel Watkins.

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The second incident, which took place six weeks earlier but was only revealed this week, involved a snapchat photo of three Sigma Nu members at a “non-affiliated” party dressed in stereotypically Hispanic attire. The photo was captioned: “When you get the holmes to take a photo of la familia.”

In a statement released Monday, Sigma Nu asserted that the photo shows the fraternity members “wearing white ribbed tank tops, bandanas, sagged pants, a fake mustache, and other inappropriate attire, which displayed clear cultural misappropriation.”

The fraternity immediately suspended all three members, promised to make “a public apology to all communities affected by this inappropriate behavior,” and preemptively embraced “all other sanctions decided upon” by the university.

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Armstrong decried the Lambda Chi incident as “another reminder of the deep, historic and systemic inequities—including acts of racism—[students, staff, and faculty of color] have had to live with and endure on a day-to-day basis,” vowing that he would do his best to work within the limitations of his “identity” to address the issue.

“To our underrepresented students, please know that

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Prof called racist for trying not to be Racist

In an incident of public shaming, an anonymous student working on a theatre production for Pomona College’s Theatre and Dance Department posted several posters on buildings throughout the campus accusing a faculty member—Pomona College theatre lecturer Rose Portillo—of being “racist” for asking the student to not include songs with the word “n***a” in them for an upcoming production.

The posters—which were also posted on the theatre—were titled as a “PSA [Public Service Announcement].” The content of the poster includes Portillo’s photos and the student’s accusation:

“On Tuesday, April 17th, I was organizing song cues for one of Pomona College’ Theatre Department’s upcoming productions. My professor Rose Portillo [emphasis in original] walked up to me in class and said: ‘Nothing with nigga in it.’ I said ‘don’t say that.’ She replied ‘I’m saying it.’” The student concludes the poster by stating “That’s racist.”

According to a dictionary’s usage alert of “n***a,” the term is “taken to be extremely offensive when used by outsiders,” but is “also common in rap music.” The word is an “alteration” of “n****r,” a derogatory term referring to persons of African descent that is contentious enough to warrant debate on whether the word should be printed out in media. The poster does not clarify how asking a student to not include music with “n***a” in it is racist.

Students often work on theatre productions alongside faculty for the department, with many positions in cast and crew, including production managers. The department puts on several productions each academic year, with the latest production being a rendition of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The mission statement of the theatre department states that “[the department] embodies the liberal arts education…In an atmosphere of freedom, discipline and passion, students, faculty, and staff approach intellectual and artistically great creations of the human spirit, both in the classroom and in production.”

The Independent has reached out to Portillo asking for a response to the accusations, but has not received one at the time of publication.


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College vows to hold defiant pro-abortion vandals accountable

The College of New Jersey has agreed to hold students responsible for destroying a display commemorating the victims of the 3,705 of abortions that occur in New Jersey each month.

TCNJ Students for Life, a chapter of the national pro-life organization, erected a Graveyard of the Innocents display on April 11 with school approval. The display featured approximately 370 flags, each representing 10 aborted children. Such presentations are a popular form of demonstration for pro-life students, as well as easy targets for pro-abortion vandals.

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According to the statement released by Students for Life, on April 12 at approximately 1:00 p.m., a group of seven students approached the display and began to remove each flag from the ground. 

One of the organizers also filmed the incident and attempted to directly address the vandals.

“This is a graveyard for kids!” the student with the camera said. “Do you realize what you’re doing?”

“They’re not kids, they’re fetuses,” one activist responded while continuing to extract the flags. Another alleged vandal also dismissed the objection, shouting that the display represents “a couple of flags for some cells that got flushed out.” 

One of the demonstrators also criticized the organizers for creating a display that could be psychologically traumatizing for women who have had abortions. “If it’s just a bundle of cells, why would this be traumatic?” a SFL member replied. 

When the students had finished removing all the flags, they debated throwing them in the trash, but thought better of it after being reminded that doing so would constitute theft.  

One student protester stated that if SFL restored the display, the student activists would simply “take them out again.”

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Students for Life identified the student vandals, including one who serves as the vice president of campus LGBT group PRISM, and reported the incident to campus police.

Several hours later, a group that included some of the vandals subsequently erected its own flag display in the same location, along with a sign proclaiming that “This is a NEW flag garden representing the people here who believe you

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Prof cheers death of Barbara Bush then hides behind tenure

A California State University, Fresno professor has come under fire for cheering the death of Barbara Bush and claiming that she will “never be fired” due to her tenure status. 

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, academic Randa Jarrar gleefully celebrated the death of the former First Lady, calling her a “witch” and an “amazing racist.”

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“Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal,” the professor tweeted before making her profile private. “F*** outta here with your nice words.”

“PSA: either you are against these pieces of s*** and their genocidal ways or you're part of the problem. that's actually how simple this is,” the academic continued in another tweet. “I'm happy the witch is dead. can't wait for the rest of her family to fall to their demise the way 1.5 million iraqis have. byyyeeeeeeee.”

Jarrar did not appear concerned with the potential consequences of her remarks, telling critics that she is a “tenured professor” and falsely claiming that she earns $100,000 a year.

“[S]weetie i work as a tenured professor,” she wrote in response to another Twitter user. “I make 100K a year doing that. i will never be fired. i will always have people wanting to hear what i have to say. even you are one of them! <3”

Jarrar’s remarks were sharply criticized by university President Joseph Castro, who issued a statement expressing “deep concerns” about the professor's views shortly after the tweets went viral on Tuesday.

“On behalf of Fresno State, I extend my deepest condolences to the Bush family on the loss of our former First Lady, Barbara Bush,” the statement began. “We share the deep concerns expressed by others over the personal comments made today by Professor Randa Jarrar, a professor in the English Department at Fresno State.

“Professor Jarrar’s expressed personal views and commentary are obviously contrary to the core values of our University, which include respect and empathy for individuals with divergent points of view, and a sincere commitment to mutual understanding and progress,” Castro added.

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Socialist group admits aiding bourgeois university disbands

A radical socialist group at Indiana University-Bloomington is disbanding itself after realizing that its efforts only reinforced the “bourgeois” nature of the institution.

Students Against State Violence (SASV), an anti-capitalist student group that claimed to be “building a movement against patriarchy, white supremacy, socioeconomic inequality, and imperialism,” announced in a public statement released last week that it will be dissolving itself as of the Spring semester.

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“As of this Spring semester, Students Against State Violence has made the intentional decision to dissolve,” the statement reads. “Moving on, we will focus our energies on other organizing efforts both on campus and in the larger community.”

According to the document, the group arrived at the decision to disband “through self-criticism of our goals, tactics, struggles, successes, and frustrations.”

“It is vital to understand that university education in capitalist countries functions primarily to reproduce class,” the organization explains. “It funnels petty-bourgeois students back into the petty-bourgeoisie—a class of managers and small business owners who imitate the bourgeoisie in their exploitation of workers and propagation of neoliberal values—and keeps bourgeois students in the bourgeoisie.” 

As previously reported by Campus Reform, the radical group has been an active promoter of anti-capitalist vandalism on campus, and has distributed pamphlets that urged students to destroy the property of right-leaning organizations.

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In its lengthy public statement, the group goes on to argue that the university is indoctrinating students with neoliberal ideologies and is training the campus police, who they refer to as “slave catchers,” to detain and “murder” people of color.

The university, SASV claims, is also training “fledgling capitalists” to extract “surplus value” from areas of the world that are “still in the vice grip of colonialist exploitation.” 

The student group explains that by focusing on education reform and other university campaigns, it was often directly contributing “to the myth that bour

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