No snow day throws University of Illinois students into a racist hissy fit

fans of anti-asian movies at it at a university that decide not to cancel classes

When University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise told students that school would still be open despite zero-degree temperatures, all Hell broke loose.

Several loud members of the 40,000-odd student body took to Twitter to vent their frustrations at Wise about the lack of a snow day because apparently no one at UI has ever heard of just skipping school.

A crude hashtag #f***phyllis soon emerged with plenty of attached racist, sexist and threatening messages attached. A petition was also started to get Wise to shut the school down.

Despite the firestorm, the school remained open. University officials told the Chicago Tribune that they deemed the social media outrage as a “free speech issue” and not an actual threat. Several of the accounts that sent out offensive tweets have since taken themselves down.

“They wanted to be a little sassy and impress close friends and didn’t think about the fact that this would have a little more visibility than that,” university spokesperson Robin Kaler said. “They said things in a very inappropriate way and very public setting.”

manwomanmyth – Equality – The pay gap

Looks at the inaccurately presented views of the gender pay gap made in the media and by government. Analyses pay gaps that should exist but don’t in certain jobs like the police, the military and the fire service. Features Angry Harry, Erin Pizzey, Stephen Fitzgerald and Oliver Curry (London School of Economics and Demos).

• Choices of work made by men and women
• Motherhood and pay
• Emergency services and the military
• The pay gap and womens vote
• Should a man who can carry 2 bricks be paid more than a woman who can only carry 1 brick?
• Which sex is more motivated to earn more?
• Can a man choose not to work? Can a woman?
• Women living in a climate of fear
• The suppression of men’s views
• Discrimination in Pension rights for men and women

part 1

part 2

part 3