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Wednesday, April 20, 2005


Three Good Stories in Columbia Spectator

Some interesting stories in The Columbia Spectator today. A telling comment from a striking graduate teaching assistant about Professor Massad.

"Strikers also pointed to this year’s MEALAC controversy as another example of unfair treatment of teaching professionals at Columbia. Brenda Coughlin, a sixth-year sociology graduate student spoke on the administration’s treatment of Joseph Massad after Columbia Unbecoming, saying it reflects their treatment of graduate students.

"'If the University cannot protect such a fine scholar, what can the graduate students expect?' she said."

In "Let A Thousand Grievances Bloom," Chris Anderson asks, "Does the nearly universal teaching of free market economics in our nation’s business schools constitute the abuse of professorial power in the pursuit of political ends?"

And finally student Deena Guzder, in the editorial, "The Masked Marauder: Charles Jacob," writes "Jacobs goes on to make the utterly laughable argument that 'the teachings of Edward Said function as a gag order.' What in the world did Jacobs mean when he stated, 'Professors and students influenced by Said are under pressure to speak no criticism of anything done by Arabs or Muslims?'"

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