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Straight pride fliers removed from college campus

Straight pride fliers removed from college campus

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Leaders with the Student Government Association at Youngstown State University said they decided to act quickly this week when posters showed up on campus promoting “Straight Pride” week next month.

The posters contained profanity, which our station has blurred for viewers. The posters promote the event as a way of not showing the differences between students.

Campus leaders said while they believe the posters were meant more as satire, especially since no names were associated with them, they determined the flyers went too far with their message.

“When you are talking about minority activism, it is very easy that if you are in the majority to say ‘well, this sort of activism is not necessary. This sort of zeal in your activism is over the top.’ For minorities who experience discrimination, that is not the case,” Student Government Vice President Jacob Schriner-Biggs said.

After consulting with the Vice President of Student Life, it was decided to take the posters down, not necessarily because of its topic but because of the coarse language.

“We have to be careful with the whole free speech issue. But then if you actually read through it, it seemed like it went way further than a free speech issue. There were swear words and took it a little further than the average free speech should go,” Student Government President Michael Slavens said.

Once students received permission to remove the flyers, they were all down within a matter of hours. If those behind the posters can be identified, any disciplinary action will ultimately be up to university administrators.

The Student Government Association Executive Committee released a statement on the fliers, which said in part:

It has been brought to the attention of several SGA Executive Board members that “Straight Pride” posters have been hung across campus, seemingly in response to LGBTQIA efforts to promote diversity and foster a culture of acceptance on campus. Though SGA respects the free speech of all YSU students, these postings were not authorized, contained vulgar language, and, unfortunately, miss the point of minority activism.

‘Poop Equality!’ Students Hold ‘Sh*t-In’ at California University

‘Poop Equality!’ Students Hold ‘Sh*t-In’ at California University

Gender Neutral Restroom bathroom

The Queer Student Union at California Polytechnic University recently orchestrated a three-day “shit-in” at which students preached “Gender Diversity” and encouraged students to use solely gender-neutral bathrooms on campus.

“Put yourself in the shoes of a trans*/gender non-conforming student and take the pledge to use only all gender bathrooms,” a post from the organization’s Facebook page read.

Students reportedly created a staged toilet in the middle of campus, which students signed and decorated with several banners, one of which read “We’ve got shit to deal with,” according to images acquired by Campus Reform.

The group’s Facebook page is also circulating a petition that states that the publicly-funded university “has identified only five bathrooms that are reasonably accessible, leaving non-cisgender students with a paltry amount of options when it comes to using the bathroom.” It calls “on the university to establish more accessible all gender bathrooms, in addition to adding ‘Gender Diversity’ signs to existing gendered bathrooms.”

Despite having seventeen all-gender bathrooms in existence at Cal Poly, Campus Reform writes that flyers passed around during the “shit-in” called for the creation of new all-gender restrooms.

The online petition currently has 280 of 500 required signatures.

Not all who witnessed the transgender information dump were pleased with the outcome. “For many students, myself included, it’s hard to take something like a ‘shit-in’ very seriously,” Cal Poly senior Domenic Hjerpe told Campus Reform, detailing how “Cal Poly’s campus is already pretty extremely inclusive.”

West Hollywood passed a law this year requiring all single-stall bathrooms to replace gender-specific signs with gender-neutral signs, and San Diego Airport recently did the same thing by designating 12 restrooms as gender-neutral.

Follow Adelle Nazarian on Twitter @AdelleNaz

U. California students remove offensive American flag from ‘inclusive’ space

U. California students remove offensive American flag from ‘inclusive’ space

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The Associated Students of University of California, Irvine (ASUCI) voted Tuesday to remove all flags, including American flags, from an inclusive space on campus because of their offensive nature.

The bill, R50-70, was authored by Social Ecology Representative Matthew Guevara, and accuses all flags, especially, the American flag, of being “symbols of patriotism or weapons for nationalism.”

“[F]lags construct paradigms of conformity and sets [sic] homogenized standards for others to obtain which in this country typically are idolized as freedom, equality, and democracy,” the bill reads.

The legislation argues that flags may be interpreted differently; the American flag, for example, can represent “American exceptionalism and superiority,” as well as oppression.

“[T]he American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism,” the bill continues, arguing that “symbolism has negative and positive aspects that are interpreted differently by individuals.”

The anti-flag hanging bill adds that free speech, such as flags in inclusive spaces, can be interpreted as hate speech.

“[F]reedom of speech, in a space that aims to be as inclusive as possible[,] can be interpreted as hate speech,” the bill reads.

“Let it be resolved that ASUCI make every effort to make the Associated Students main lobby space as inclusive as possible.”

“Let it further be resolved that no flag, of any nation, may be hanged on the walls of the Associate Student main lobby space.”

“Let it be further be resolved that if a decorative item is in the Associate student lobby space and issues arise, the solution will be to remove the item if there is considerable request to do so.”

The flag banning legislation passed with six yea votes, four nay, and two abstentions.

The legislation resolved that any decoration that a student finds offensive will be removed from the Associate Student main lobby if the request is made.

ASUCI is the undergraduate governing body of UC-Irvine. According to its website, it’s student-led by those who are elected into their positions.

Campus Reform has contacted ASUCI and the UC system for comment.

Obama Pushes Plan for Free Community College

Obama Pushes Plan for Free Community College

Alexis Simendinger

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President Obama on Friday will propose a federal-state cost-share program that he asserts would make two years of community college “free” for qualified students nationwide, with a potential price tag of tens of billions of dollars.

Borrowing from a year-old experiment in Tennessee under the leadership of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, the president will propose that Congress agree to let the federal government partner with participating states to cover the costs of at least two years of community college credits that could transfer to four-year colleges and universities, or for qualified technical education linked to employment.

Heralding the economic transformation brought about by public high school benchmarks set a century ago, Obama will argue that national education expanded to 14 years of public benefits would offer 21st century students a valuable leg up in a competitive economy and tap a community college structure unique to the United States.

The president believes two years of publicly funded post-high-school education for students of any age is a “bold” solution, his advisers told reporters.

The administration will propose a 75/25 percent tuition cost-share with states, with some strings attached. The president’s redefinition of publicly supported education could benefit an estimated 9 million students who are expected to enroll in the nation’s more than 1,100 community colleges in the near term, according to the White House.

“A full-time community college student could save an average of $3,800 in tuition per year,” the White House explained in a sentence ripe with qualifiers.

According to the Community College Research Center, 7.7 million students enrolled either part-time or full-time in community colleges in 2012-2013.

Obama will tout his proposal to an audience at Tennessee’s Pellissippi State Community College during a preview of his Jan. 20 State of the Union speech. Vice President Biden, whose wife, Jill Biden, teaches at a Virginia community college, will travel with him.

In a muscular appeal to high school and college students who often get their news via social media, the president recorded a tease of his announcement while flying on Air Force One. The White House unveiled the video Thursday evening via Facebook, Twitter and on the White House website minutes before national reporters could gather the details.

The Obama administration is the first to make a video recording aboard Air Force One and release it via social media to unveil a policy proposal. In previous administrations, White House photographers occasionally released still photographs taken in the plane’s presidential suite.

For the initiative, the president is borrowing heavily from the “Tennessee Promise” program, the brainchild of a conservative governor and funded using state lottery revenues.

“It’s not a partisan proposal,” White House Domestic Policy Director Cecilia Muñoz said during a conference call with journalists.

White House and Department of Education officials underscored the accessibility and financial appeal of community colleges, and said Congress would be more apt to embrace a new partnership if more states and cities follow the examples set by Tennessee and announced this week by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was Obama’s first White House chief of staff after serving in the House.

The mayor, who has been criticized at home for closing 50 schools in Obama’s adopted hometown, is seeking re-election.

Administration officials said proposed funding sources for Obama’s “America’s College Promise” plan will be detailed in his fiscal 2016 budget submission to Congress on Feb. 2; they refused multiple requests from reporters to describe how the president would offset the projected annual and 10-year federal price tag.

Alexis Simendinger covers the White House for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at asimendinger@realclearpolitics.com. Follow her on Twitter @ASimendinger.

PA College Student’s Body Found, Missing Since November

PA College Student’s Body Found, Missing Since November

Shane Montgomery’s body found in Schuylkill River, family says

PHILADELPHIA — A missing West Chester University student’s family said his body was recovered Saturday, CBS Philadelphia station KYW-TV reports.

Shane Montgomery‘s body was found by search and rescue teams late Saturday morning in the Schuylkill River behind Manayunk Brewery Company along Main Street, less than a ten-minute walk from where Montgomery, 21, was last seen after leaving Kildare’s Irish Pub early Thanksgiving morning.

“Today we have done what we promised. We found and brought Shane home,” Karen Montgomery, Shane’s mother, told reporters Saturday near the riverbank.

Her voice cracked as she thanked everyone involved in the search and asked that the family’s privacy be respected as they mourned their loss.

The discovery of the body ends a more than five-week search for Montgomery, which included efforts from local dive teams, Philadelphia police, the FBI, thousands of volunteers and a massive social media campaign. A reward fund had grown to $65,000.

Authorities had not yet confirmed the body’s identity pending a review by the Philadelphia medical examiner’s office.

Divers found Montgomery’s keys along the river on Dec. 21.

Last month, his mother spoke at a candlelight vigil on the West Chester campus about the family’s frustration.

“The frustrating part is that there are no leads — no one knows what happened to him,” she said. “It’s a nightmare I can’t wake up from.”

US College Students Sign Petition to Support ISIS? [Video]

US College Students Sign Petition to Support ISIS? [Video]

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[Watch] US College Students Sign Petition to Support ISIS?

In a move that shows the absurdity of today’s youth, Media Research Center (MRC) went to a college campus to see if the youth of our country even pays attention to the news. They formed a petition to support ISIS, complete with the black ISIS flag and call to Jihad. What is alarming is the amount of youth that actually signed to support ISIS.

ISIS is a menace. They have one goal: to form the Caliphate and then attack America. They have beheaded their way to their goal taking over vast amounts of territory and resources. It is now estimated that they make up to $3 million a day from their illegal transactions, oil fields, and kidnappings. In fact, they are so feared even in the Middle East, that a coalition of 10 nations have started to ban together to stop them from taking over.

You would think it would be a sure bet that college students in the United States would know enough about world politics to tell MRC to get bent when they showed up with a petition to support a known terrorist organization instead of bombing them to oblivion.

Yet, that was not the case.

On a recorded event, just four people stepped up to the reporter and told him he was crazy. In fact, the majority either passed by without a word or actually signed the petition to join up in support of ISIS and to tell President Obama not to bomb them but continue to provide support.

Watch what happens:

Granted this was a smaller campus in the United States. That makes this even more shocking and demeaning to our country and our military.

Considering that the video was shot on September 11, 2014, makes it even more insulting. If this is the attitude of our youth, if they don’t pay attention to what they are supporting, then I would have to agree with the last line of the video:

“”Ya, we’re screwed America”

Hopefully, our youth will wake up.

“To know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of one hundred battles.”~ Sun Tzu.

College Student, Dumb Criminal: Uses iPhone’s Siri How To Dispose of Body

College Student, Dumb Criminal: Uses iPhone’s Siri How To Dispose of Body

Children buried alive in Iraq by ISISWe often hear stories of stupid criminals getting caught for making painfully obvious mistakes that lead to their capture, which is exactly what happened to one Florida student trying to hide the body of his roommate.

According to the Independent, Pedro Bravo used his smartphone’s technology for advice in hiding the body of his victim the day he went missing. Bravo apparently used the Siri function and asked multiple questions about where he could stash Christian Aguilar, who he kidnapped and strangled after an argument over Bravo’s ex-girlfriend.

Apple iPhone SiriAguilar went missing in September of 2012, and Bravo was arrested and charged with murder on the 28th of the same month even though Aguilar’s body wouldn’t be found by hunters in a shallow grave weeks later. It was the data saved on his iPhone that allowed police to charge Bravo without the body.

 

Dumb Criminals: Man Asks iPhone’s ‘Siri’ a Question That Was a DEAD Givaway

Evidence from the phone showed Bravo used the flashlight function nine times overnight on the day Aguilar went missing.

US police say a Florida man accused of killing his roommate asked Apple’s digital assistant Siri for advice on hiding the body the day the man went missing. The phone’s memory also revealed that Bravo said to Siri “I need to hide my roommate.”

Local news stations obtained portions of the evidence from the trial that reveal Siri’s cooperation with Bravo, asking him “What kind of place are you looking for?” before offering the 20-year-old four different options: “Swamps, reservoirs, metal foundries, dumps.”

Bravo and Aguilar had apparently gone to Best Buy earlier in the day to purchase a CD when they had a fight in the car. Bravo said that he only beat Aguilar and didn’t kill him. However, prosecutors will make the case that he strangled his friend and then dumped his body in the woods.

Police say that Bravo used the flashlight function on his phone to hide the body in the woods late at night. They also claim that the location data stored on it contradicts Bravo’s version of events.

There’s no word on whether Siri has been charged as an accomplice.

Republican pushes mental health bill after Calif. mass shooting

Republican pushes mental health bill after Calif. mass shooting

By Elise Viebeck, The Hill
California Rampage Shows Gaps In Mental Health Law

 Elliot Rodger’s murderous rampage near Santa Barbara has tragically exposed the limitations of involuntary-commitment laws that allow authorities to temporarily confine people who are deemed a danger to themselves…

A House Republican lawmaker is pushing his stalled mental health reform bill after a young man killed six people and then himself in Santa Barbara, Calif., over the weekend.

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) convened a forum Thursday intended to build momentum for his reform legislation, which House leaders have failed to green-light despite its standing as the GOP’s policy response to mass shootings.

While the forum was scheduled before the Santa Barbara killings took place, the tragedy quickly became a focus for Murphy and those who support his bill.

“Before there was [California] shooter Elliot Rodger, there was Adam Lanza in Newtown, Jared Loughner in Tucson, James Holmes in Aurora, Colo., and Aaron Alexis at the Washington Navy Yard,” Murphy said.

“What makes these painful episodes so confounding is the reality that so many tragedies involving a person with mental illness are entirely preventable,” he added.

Murphy’s bill takes cues from family caregivers of young people and adults suffering from serious mental illness, some of whom do not acknowledge their disorders and refuse treatment.

The measure would withdraw mental health block grant funds from states that do not pass looser standards for involuntary outpatient care.

It would also amend the law that governs privacy in medical records to allow family members greater access to health information of mentally ill people in their care.

The bill is controversial with mental health groups that argue a less stringent approach to reform can be equally effective.

Easing standards around involuntary treatment can drive patients away from care, and privacy laws need clarification rather than amendment to keep families in the loop, they argue.

Groups have proposed substitute language that would allow states to adopt tested, assertive outreach programs to connect the mentally ill with services.

This approach would be an alternative to loosening standards for involuntary treatment and allow states to continue receiving mental health block grant funds.

The lack of consensus in the mental health community appears to be a barrier to progress for Murphy’s bill. The measure has also lost a handful of Democratic co-sponsors since last month.

It is unclear whether the Santa Barbara shootings will push leaders to move the bill toward a vote given strong opposition in some circles.

Murphy and his allies argued that the current system cuts out family members of people who are potentially dangerous as a result of their mental illness.

Edward Kelley, an advocate whose son has schizophrenia, said Murphy’s bill is necessary to improve public safety.

“Don’t treat the seriously mentally ill who don’t believe they’re ill as if they will seek treatment, because they won’t,” he said.

“By doing that, you’re putting me at risk. You’re putting my wife at risk … You’re asking too much of the families, and if the families ever give up, you’re in deep trouble,” he said.