UVA’s statement and definition on HAZING:
Pressuring a potential new member or a new member to do anything against her/his will. Hazing is STRICTLY PROHIBITED and IS NOT tolerated at the University.
Apparently the ‘Hoo statement was not embodied by all because 2 charters have just been pulled by UVA because of hazing. People just assume the banned fraternities are minority frat houses. Such is not the case. One of the fraternities was a founding charter member.
A New Jersey woman who says she was denied a license plate referencing atheism filed suit this week, claiming her online application was rejected because it was deemed potentially offensive.
Shannon Morgan, of Maurice Township, said in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the Motor Vehicle Commission violated her First Amendment rights when its website rejected the plate reading “8THEIST.” She said she received a message stating that her vanity plate request was ineligible as it “may carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency.”
Morgan then filled out the online application using the phrase “BAPTIST” as a test, which the website accepted. Morgan claims in her lawsuit that she sent the agency a letter of complaint by registered mail and made several attempts to contact them by phone, all of which went unanswered.
What’s New Jersey’s problem? I disagree that the plate is offensive. The plate message refers to the car owner and isn’t trying to recruit or shove its message down anyone else’s throat. It isn’t close to being off-color nor does it contain sexual or profane language.
Does New Jersey now mandate that people believe in a deity? Afraid that might violate the Constitution. They deserve to lose this court challenge. Somehow I don’t think it will get that far. Perhaps this time their DMV system will get it right.
A small group of black students at Washington and Lee University took school administrators by surprise with a list of demands that included renouncing Robert E. Lee for his racism. The students, who do not represent all African American students at Washington and Lee, call themselves The Committee. The Committee has threated civil disobedience if W & L officials administrators do not meet their demands.
A group of black law students at Washington and Lee University is urging administrators to atone for its Confederate heritage and what they call the “dishonorable conduct” of namesake Robert E. Lee. The movement has struck a racial divide on the bucolic campus in Lexington, Va., where black students make up about 3.5 percent of the total student population. Third-year law student Dominik Taylor, a descendent of slaves on his father’s side, said he felt betrayed by admissions representatives who touted the school’s diversity. “They assured me it was a welcoming environment where everyone sticks together as a community,” Taylor said. “Then I came here and felt ostracized and alienated.” Read more…
Only 27% of people polled said President Obama was black. Yet on the 2010 census he identified himself as black.
The following chart shows the increase in mixed marriages over the past several decades:
According to Paul Taylor of the Pew Institute:
More than a quarter of Hispanic and Asian newlyweds “marry out,” as do one-in six-blacks and one-in-ten whites. Whites are still the largest race group, so even though they “marry out” at lower rates, they still account for 70% of all interracial marriages.
By mid-century, what will we call the children of interracial marriages? Today we aren’t even sure what to call our president. We do know this: In many cultures and societies through history, being mixed race — being a “mutt” as Obama sometimes calls himself — has meant being an outcast. In today’s America, judging by those Super Bowl ads or today’s celebrities, the norms are changing and the stigma receding.
Can we finally assume spring is here? Not so fast. The temperature is supposed to get down into the high 20′s on Wednesday morning. That doesn’t feel too spring -like to me.
The cherry trees are finally out. This past weekend hit all time highs for crowds and garbage overflow. The picture is one of mine from another year. None of the men in my house could be talked into going yet. Even I wouldn’t have gone on a weekend.
Americans love the cherry tree blossoms. This has not always been the case. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the cherry trees, a gift from Japan, were the subject of attack. Guards had to be posted to ensure the safety of the trees. See the Smithsonian Magazine for this strange behavior.
Winter is over. We have all decreed that it is over. Think pansies, daffodils, and cowslips. Anything but winter. What are good flowers to plant now that won’t die if there is an overnight freeze?
How soon can you set out rosemary bushes and cypress from winter gifts? Will they die if they go out now?
How about those cherry trees? Will they bloom before Memorial Day? (Just kidding)
From the Richmond Times Dispatch:
A bill that would have codified the rights of students to pray, participate in religious activities or wear faith-themed clothing on public school property at public events was vetoed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe Friday.
The school prayer-bill veto of Senate Bill 236, the third of McAuliffe’s term, followed a recent veto of a similarly themed bill governing prayer by chaplains in the Virginia National Guard.
Sponsored by state Sen. Charles W. Carrico Sr., R-Grayson, the legislation would have required every school system to have a policy allowing students to make religious speeches at any school event in which students are allowed to speak. It also would have removed the liability of school systems for allowing religious speech by having administrators offer disclaimers that student views are not endorsed by the school division.
Supporters said the legislation would protect religious liberty. But the governor disagreed.
President Jimmy Carter blasted the role money has played in worsening the tone in Washington, and said the Supreme Court ruling last week has “exacerbated” the problems.
In a wide-ranging interview, Carter said Washington had experienced a “sea change” since when he was in office.
“There was a spirit of harmony there, friendship. … All of these things are gone, primarily due to a stupid decision that the Supreme Court made on Citizens United and that they exacerbated this past week with another ruling,” Carter said Friday. “And this massive infusion of almost unrestricted money going into the political campaign, a lot of it is spent just on negative commercials to tear down the reputation of your opponent and that polarization that occurs, that didn’t exist when I ran for office.”
Do we want rich people deciding the outcome of our elections? Is this latest Supreme Court decision the ultimate in “money talks and bull sh!t walks?” I have only seen politics become more rancorous and vicious since Citizens United was decided. The acrimony is seen in local politics, state politics and nationally.
Jimmy Carter is right. The comradery that used to exist when he was in office is no more.
PTSD seems to have a lot of rumors flying around about it. This mini video sheds a little light on the topic. It obviously isn’t just a military “disease.”
Do you know anyone with PTSD? How do you relate to them differently or do you?
It appears that several of the BOCS took out after the Prince William County School Board with a vengeance. Jim Livingston, PWEA president, said it best when he “suggested that supervisors are more concerned with political posturing than about the needs of the school system.”
Yet those stark numbers didn’t keep some supervisors from grilling Johns and David Cline, associate superintendent for finance and support services, about why the school system isn’t doing more to lower class sizes – a topic both boards discussed during three joint board meetings held over the summer and fall.
During those meetings, supervisors asked Superintendent Steve Walts to come up with a plan to begin lowering class sizes. Walts presented a $3.5 million plan to lower class numbers in kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades, but said the school system would need extra money from the county to fund the changes.
But when supervisors failed to offer any extra funds, the school board scaled back their plans to only sixth-grade. Supervisors offered no sign Tuesday that any extra money would be coming from the county to lower class sizes next year – but that didn’t keep them from hammering school board members for not doing more.