And of course, we in Ohio should never forget what happened at Kent State back in the 1960s. Cleveland and Case will survive this. If students paid for housing over the summer why should they have to vacate? The case could be key in deciding how far religious liberties can be tamped down in a time of emergency, particularly if it makes it to the U.S. Supreme Court. During President Snyder’s Q&A session, she explictly mentioned that these officers’ role is to halt sudden disturbances as a result of the RNC and could be called upon at any time (responding to a question of when we might see them more actively on campus). they are housing 200 national guardsman so thy are actually housing members of the US armed forces not just domestic police. The action, announced late Monday, was taken to ease ongoing concerns over housing 1,700 police officers and 200 members of the Ohio National Guard during the four-day event, especially following last week's deaths of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota and the killing of five Dallas police officers. Waaaaa your tuition? I used to walk past them as a grad student on my way to the White building. I’d not worry -it’s assuredly not true that no choice was given. Consider President Snyder’s excuse for why we are opening our doors and our dorms to 1,700 riot police. Nor is there any indoctrination. Those incidents would never have occurred if institutions of higher learning would have simply remained institutions of higher learning, treating its students and its immediate community (i.e. Another student observed: “I’ve been given 24 hours to decide where I am going to live next week. Despite that most of the attendees of the RNC do not realize that more than two exist, the 3rd Amendment protects CWRU from being forced to quarter the police. If these aren’t soldiers and the paid for rooms of the students not homes then I guess I should be at the U for my further education. Copyright 2012 - 2018 Belt Magazine | All Rights Reserved. I’m responding in order to let you know that I’m not in any way anti-police, and that I’m as worried about the safety of law enforcement officers as I am for anyone. We have a sitting US president meeting with, and supporting, terrorist groups that ambush and murder police officers, block streets, riot and pillage neighborhoods. TBD. Every person who lives or works or visits Cleveland during the RNC is going to be inconvenienced by it. Unlikely. None of the colleges housing security personnel were forced to do so. They are sworn peace officers. ", "Last week's tragedies have horrified us all and raised profound questions for our country," the notice said. (To be clear, I’m not saying that the police themselves will necessarily escalate tensions. Nobody foresaw the current political climate of the Republican party at the time of the decision. Misdirection is the farthest thing from my intention. On 17 May, Victoria announced two further business sites had been shut down due to a suspected case at each. That’s why I wrote this essay. Consider the plight of very real summer school students at CWRU, with IDEA accommodations for learning difference, who receive extra time in which to take exams, prepared lecture notes and dispensation from the minimum credit loads for full-time students. Another irony of this decision to close campus is that it probably increases safety risks for students and personnel whose routines are disrupted. As far as being a responsible member of the community, these “reduced operations” come with the closure of the dental clinic and Psychology Clinic, which are critical resources serving underprivileged members of the surrounding community. Admittedly, students aren’t being forced out of their dorms. What is underlying this article but not explicitly stated, and not represented in the comments, is the utter disregard for students who may not have the resources or means to suddenly, with a week’s notice, experience these changes without serious personal detriment. Of course, if anyone feels that I’m missing the standards for an injunction under controlling Sixth Circuit case-law, I’m all ears/. The housing on the other-hand is a mixed can of worms. Now get off our lawn while more important people come to town. As a collective “global citizen”, we are failing to vote, and not for lack of desire, but due to oligarchic disenfranchisement. >A business might behave this way, but a university? Extremely well written and a great response to a vile decision by the administration. The school closure is due in response to other liberal cry-babies whining that they won’t feel safe with police on campus. There is a precedent from the early ’60s for housing the National Guard at Case (before CWRU existed). Umm… I’m not sure you understand the point you just responded to. Yes there are evil people out there, always was and always will be. As much as I understand the frustration with minimizing campus activities during this time, I have to caution against placing blame on those with power, which is often so easy to do. Please, stop and think outside the confines of the CWRU campus. Case houses people every summer when students go on break and this summer is no exception. Mailing Address: 10900 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44106-4970 Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) prides itself on being the leading research university in Northeast Ohio. Improvise, adapt, and overcome if you’re intellectually smarter and figure out where to have class for a week for a handful of students. You must have very limited travel experience to make such a claim, “plain and simple”. Your stupid and trivial and meaningless causes are not our causes and we’re fed up with you. I guess we all need to revisit the Quartering Act. My classmates were amazing. With all the recent acts of violence and given the thunderous controversy surrounding Trump which promises riots, the federal government has granted the city of Cleveland $50 million for security purposes, a first for such an action. Yes, but presumably such a publication would, unlike this one, require the author to sign his work. This child was raised by spoiled liberal kids and a President that only wants revenge for slavery . Unless you’re a student, of course. If you feel compelled to go downtown and make life unpleasant for everybody I hope that the least you experience causes you great pain and loss. I’d prefer that CWRU experience minor “inconveniences” so that Cleveland has the necessary human power to protect the City during the RNC. Or, to stress your words: “This is being called active civic participation during one of the most important elements of the USA’s democratic process”…and a result of direct democratic participation. While my colleagues are brilliant, innovative, and committed teachers, I don’t think anyone who understands the energy and preparation that goes into teaching a college course would realistically imagine that “the learning will still take place” in anything resembling the manner we envisioned when we designed our courses. Students wanted the university to require the officers to store their weapons off campus, for the officers to stay out of university-owned buildings that aren't their assigned residence halls, and for the university to provide alternative housing for students uncomfortable with the increased police presence. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Case Western Reserve University, under fire by students and faculty for housing police on campus during the Republican National Convention, has decided to hold no classes, summer camps or other activities on campus from July 18-21. Retail cashiers and employees do not live at Target. What was kent State? This piece should be in the Chronicle of Higher Ed. For one class, that’s 10 hours of class meetings out of 80 total hours. To any informed observer this is what dystopia looks like. I would like all of you to consider the mayhem and murder of just one crazy mad truck driver in Nice yesterday. [blocktext align=”right”]Thank you for your burdensome tuition bill, my students have been told. But as the student I quote in the article says, “I FEEL like I’m being forced out.” And in my estimation, that’s just as serious. Officials decided to reduce on-campus operations during the convention. Where is the inclusivity and civic engagement in this move? If you choose to room elsewhere during the RNC, CWRU has made alternative places available for you. Or is your college/university not worth paying? Buildings: The library and Veale athletic and recreation center will be closed but the university center will remain open. What is a university expected to contribute to the city and the region to which it belongs? "Case Western" actually sounds hella good to recruiters. I wish he would go teach in Afganistan, Iraq, or any war torn country. The changes are now reflected in the third paragraph. Here’s the issue. Case Western Reserve University has decided to cancel classes and other activities on campus during the Republican National Convention. It’s easy to sit in your office or dorm room and second guess and criticize what you know nothing about. America), then go home!”. The primary issue I’m targeting with this essay is the way the CWRU administration has handled the RNC. Thank you, Dankel, for mentioning this. One of the complaints against King George III by the American colonialists was the forces quartering of British troops. Perhaps you should read the definition of business. Meanwhile, all faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates have been warned repeatedly that they should avoid campus during the week unless it is absolutely imperative that they be here. Let me end by providing some context for my concerns. These “reduced instructional operations,” to use the Orwellian language being deployed by university officials, place on faculty and students the entire burden of cleaning up the mess the administration has handed them. The author of this piece has made corrections to clarify this. But this write is seemingly more concerned with whining because she objects to the presidential nominee coming to town. As an advisor for a Case sorority, we have known for months that the college was going to use our sorority house to house someone during the convention in our (University owned) house. “While we spoke widely about the decision” to bring these officers to campus, she notes, including “spring meetings at each School, at Faculty Senate…we did not communicate directly with students.” Fair enough. Actually all universities are businesses. The financial details are shrouded in mystery, and what little information I could find suggests that the university donated the housing when the city came calling. Small correction – personal firearms are being kept in the rooms, secured and separate from ammunition. Hopefully, this one-week, minor disruption to life on campus will serve to prepare students for real world experiences. Wests League Club in Leumeah, in the city's south-west, was closed just moments after the Macarthur Tavern in Campbelltown, also in the south west of Sydney, announced a case this morning. I hope it opens us all up for discussions and empathy for others. There is no “taking” or “seizure”… your claim would be laughed right out of court. Fair enough. No and they hope nothing does. PS Unless of course CWRU can somehow pull the rabbit out of the hat and provide the already paid-for instruction. With no due respect, this “professor” is just another prime example of a progressive bleeding heart liberal who is indoctrinating the students and our future, no different than Hitler did to the children of Germany and Austria in the ‘30’s and ‘40’s. To answer your response beginning with “Umm… I’m not sure you understand the point you just responded to….”. This is so blown out of proportion it’s sad. President Barbara Snyder held two forums on campus July 6 after students and faculty voiced concerns over housing the police. Your trusted source for local Western Cape news! Have you ever been given one week’s notice to leave the apartment you already paid for? Blame the colleges that didn’t have the decency OR the bravery to tell these domesticated Terroist Protest-RIOTERS to cut it out and kick them out! Furthermore, weapons of any kind are prohibited in campus buildings (Every dorm has this notice banning all weapons), a policy which has apparently been lifted. Sounds like someone really needs a vacation….. Are they saying this is going to happen? More (You don’t have to enlist to learn this, but helping your community and country in times of crises is very rewarding should you choose to do). And, a University is absolutely a business, to say otherwise is quite naive. FedEx and UPS truck drivers do not live in their trucks. Please crawl back under your air-conditioned rock. Clearly, you are an academic with prose like this “Please crawl back under your air-conditioned rock.” Beautiful argument right there. Thanks again for your note. According to President Snyder and the official news release, the campus closure (“changes to campus operations” they call it) stems from a deep and abiding concern for student safety. The COVID-19 pandemic in Canada is part of the ongoing worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).The virus was confirmed to have reached Canada on January 27, 2020, after an individual who had returned to Toronto from Wuhan, Hubei, China, tested positive.As of December 12, 2020, there have been … First, there’s no “bleeding heart” liberalism implied by this essay. As the number of new coronavirus cases surges each day in many parts of the country, some states are hitting pause … It means disrupting the education of bright, energetic young minds in order to offer our supply of housing to help meet the city’s demand for a convenient base of operations. I believe and would probably support peaceful protest during this event. A university is not a business. [blocktext align=”left”]What does it symbolize when a university library closes while security forces store firearms and pepper spray in dorms, weapons that will likely be used against next week’s demonstrators—some of whom, I fear, might be my students? We had to adapt. Yet, oddly enough, ignore the true cases of both. It’d still be a violation of the fourth and/or fifth amendment as a taking or seizure without due process. In my view, it is not the leaders of the university who are at fault, rather the situation as a whole is unfortunate. I do believe it was a mistake to agree, but I can see why they would have done it, and it doesn’t seem like it would have been possible to back out of the agreement this late, so they’ve done the best they can to protect us. Students are offered alternative housing if they feel uncomfortable living near that many cops. The author does not discuss his/her religious beliefs, yet you personally attack them. Our founding fathers were brilliant, they knew our Rights came from the Creator, NOT from man. As a staff member at Case Western Reserve University, I am appalled at the lack of common sense and respect this community has shown to the leadership of the school. How ridiculous do you sound, saying you are afraid of them – but you got your name and comment in print. If you don’t like opinion the person, not his or her point of view, is “a piece of shit.” This is the thinking that got us into the state we are in- when humanity is disregarded and rhetoric, often violent, sways the ignorant. But it is better for them to keep as many people safe as possible. The big deal is the surrounding community. She wrote that CWRU had agreed to house the officers at Cleveland's request and the city's officers have assisted campus police when needed. This past week’s decisions, the truly laughable “communication,” and the burdens placed on everyone involved have been incredibly frustrating. Do we want it broadcast all over the world that the city of Cleveland was ill prepared to host such an event? Case Western Reserve University, which “improves and enriches people’s lives through research…and education,” will be ground zero for the storm troopers you will watch on national news next week. I don’t know if you realized this, but no student is being FORCED to move anywhere. They have the option to stay. The directive given the incoming officers was that they are NOT to bring their weapons into the dorms. The student are collateral damage…with little to no recourse….but I hope many choose otherwise. You can do anything with a Case degree. As for officers being housed in the dorms, so what? The decision to host the riot police was made long in advance. Cleveland State University's campus will be open but classes will not be held on campus. These body-armored, face-shielded, overtime-paid “mercenaries” will be champing at the bit to wield a baton and spray their pepper. Riot police are brought in for any major event. While I think it is valid to be mad about the author’s use of the obviously inflammatory term “stormtroopers” to describe them, riot police I think is fair. The Malek Fahd Islamic School, in … A warrant officer at Athlone police station in Cape Town has tested positive for Covid-19, the first confirmed case of a police officer in the Western Cape. Although the announcement claims to be a last minute decision on behalf of student safety, it distracts from the reason why safety concerns are so dire. As a former National Guardsman, I can attest your are not part of the US Armed Forces until specifically activated by the President. The latest case is a Darwin woman in her 50s who tested positive on … This is the end result . Students “aren’t being forced off campus” in the same way that classes “aren’t being cancelled.” They are just being strongly, firmly advised to take the alternative housing being offered by the university with almost no notice. Look at many recent events where there was a high police presence on university campuses during tense political moments — the University of Pittsburgh during the G20, for example, and UC Davis and UC Berkeley during the (peaceful) Occupy protests of 2011. Read the latest news stories from Cape Town and the rest of the Western Cape region. If this kind of foolishness had happened during WW2, people would have gotten their @sses beat, told to grow up and deal with it. Have you thought of the organizations that target universities during these events for publicity? To begin, these are riot police. Unless CWRU changed their status from a private non-profit to a for-profit university (like Trump University), then it is most certainly not a “business.” What would be naive not to recognize is that the executive of the institution chooses to treat it like one while circumventing (or outright ignoring) the university’s supposed principles shared governance. They are not allowed to “stockpile” arms in the dorms. In bivouacs set up on Malls A, B, and C, Voinovich Park and the Hall of Fame Plaza? Get the best regional writing in your inbox every week. Would that provide better optics? Production has shut down once again on Idris Elba's western The Harder They Fall after a cast member tested positive for Covid-19. Cultural venue employees do not live at the Botanical Gardens. Good luck – you’re clearly teaching on North Side. I just want to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart. 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