Northern Illinois University Blocks Students’ Access to Harmful Sites, For ‘Civility’

Northern Illinois University is restricting students’ access to certain websites. For their own good, of course. The internet is a dangerous place, and we wouldn’t want students inadvertently coming across something controversial, now would we?

Students who attempt to visit an unauthorized site through the campus network are redirected to a creepy“Web Page Access Warning.” The “warning” is that the students are about to go somewhere that probably violates NIU internet policy. One student reported the policy to Reddit after he received a warning for trying to access the Westboro Bapist Church’s Wikipedia page. That’s right, its Wikipedia page.

NIU cites “common sense, decency, ethical use, civility, and security,” as its various rationales for the policy. Yes, a public institution of higher learning believes that it is just common sense—and ethical—to dissuade students from visiting websites deemed harmful by administrators.

Susan Kruth of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education writes that NIU’s internet policy is laughably unconstitutional:

Feminism at work: College men increasingly wary and mistrustful of college women.

The consequences of rape culture hysteria and an epidemic of false rape cries at colleges



visiting a female escort or a  sex worker is a lot safer!


As former social chair of the Sigma Chi fraternity at Harvard University, Malik Gill wants to appear especially welcoming to girls who come to the house for parties.

Yet, Gill, who starts his junior year in a few weeks, says he won’t be offering a female classmate a beer.

“I don’t want to look like a predator,” the 20-year-old economics major said. “It’s a little bit of a blurred line.”

Sex and relationships are always tricky terrain for college students. Those arriving this year are finding schools awash in complaints and headlines about sexual assault and responding with programs aimed at changing campus culture that has been blamed for glorifying dorm-bed conquests, excusing rape and providing a safe haven for assailants. For many young men, it’s an added dimension in a campus scene that already appears daunting, said William Pollack, a Harvard Medical School psychologist.






Michael Brown


IfTheyGunnedMeDown-Michael-Brown #IfTheyGunnedMeDown: Michael Brown

Michael Brown (1996?-2014), an American student, was yet another unarmed Black person killed by the police. On Saturday afternoon, August 9th 2014, the police gunned down Brown in broad daylight in Ferguson, Missouri. The police let his body lie there for hours. Days of protest have followed, turning violent Sunday night.

According to eyewitnesses: Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson were walking down the street when a police officer drove by and told them to “get the fuck on the sidewalk.” When they did not, the police officer backed up his car. When he had trouble getting out of his car, he took Brown by the neck, choking him and reached for his gun. The gun went off, the officer was bleeding. Brown and Johnson ran for their lives. The officer got out of his car and shot Brown. Brown turned, fell to his knees with his hands up…

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Aussie university cancels Islamic activist’s speech


An Australian university has cancelled a planned lecture by a Muslim activist after it discovered he had links to an international extremist group.

Uthman Badar is the Australian spokesman for international group Hizb Ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation), which seeks a caliphate – or Islamic state – based on Sharia Law.

He had sparked outrage in Sydney recently when he planned to give a talk at an arts festival titled “Honour Killings are Justified”.

He had been invited by the University of Western Australia’s Muslim Students Association at a lecture titled “The Crisis in Gaza” on Saturday.


The association’s Nazim Khan reportedly said he was not aware of Badar’s links to the radical group when he booked the activist.

He said the association moved quickly to cancel Badar’s attendance when it was made aware of his views.

“The booking was made by one of our trusted associates from outside the university… and we did not do our due diligence,” Khan was quoted as saying by The West Australian.

“When we found out who the speaker was and his background we chose to cancel it.”

In a letter to the university’s vice-chancellor, Paul Johnson, the association’s executive officer wrote: “I want to inform you that I am cancelling the talk scheduled for this Saturday at UWA by Uthman Badar.

“We expect anyone who comes to the university – whether they are a member of staff, a student or visitor – to abide by the university’s code of ethics and code of conduct.”

Those ethics included “very clear ethical principals about equity, justice, respect for people and a commitment to diversity”.

Anti-Islamic tensions have risen in Australia in recent weeks, leading Prime Minister Tony Abbott to meet with some groups in Melbourne to discuss their travel bans.

Some Muslim groups last week said they were boycotting the well-established Sydney Morning Herald newspaper after it suspended a columnist who swore at readers complaining about his opinion piece and an accompanying cartoon about the war in Gaza.