Who’s Job is it?

Doyle’s essay on campus sex and campus security there is a huge emphases on how the media often gets the story wrong in order to sell more of their product.  As story from Rolling Stone documents a case incorrectly and left victims as predators and vice versa.  Do you believe that there is a problem with how the mainstream media approaches the topic of rape and sexual assault or do you think that more often than not they get it right?  How does this differ from the use of social media especially in the hands of college students?


In this article we also see some disconnect from the student body and the governing body of the school.  Often times the university is looking to cover the trails of rape and sexual assault in order to keep the schools reputation in the clear.  At UC Davis nonviolent protest was broken up by police with force that could be seen as excessive.  This raid on the protest was ordered by the Chancellor and was carried out by campus police in order to keep normality on campus, yet as stated before reports of rape and sexual assault are not documented or handled well or at all.  Why do you think campuses fight against nonviolent protest but are unwilling to fight against the violent acts of rape and sexual assault?  Do you think our campus offers enough support for victims or is it pretty much the same at every college?


Title Nine protects students from not being sexually biased against and is in place to create a safe area for students in college.  Do you believe it is doing its job well enough?  Do you think it is the governments, student’s, or college’s fault for the number of rape and sexual assaults on campus?  Do you think that the college should have any say in cases of rape and sexual assault on their campus or should it be sent right to the police in order for them to effectively and fairly take care of the situation?  Would state police taking care of all rape and sexual assault charges start to reduce the rate at which they happen?  Or is the college the one that really has to step up and take care of the situation on its campus?

Apparatus- any system or systematic organization of activities, functions,processes, etc., directed toward a specific goal:

Fractal- relating to or of the nature of a fractal or fractals


The Issue of Student Debt

  1. In Matthew Renda’s article, “The Betrayal of Student Activism?”, he discusses the incident involving the six students from the University of California Santa Cruz who protested the increase in tuition price by blocking traffic near the city. These six students were later arrested and sentenced to thirty days in jail. The university then proceeded to suspend the students without providing them a hearing. This created a huge outcry against the University for punishing the students so harshly for peaceful protests. It even angered some who heard about another student from UCSC that participated in a protest near Washington DC that was not punished at all. Do you believe that the university was justified to suspend them without a hearing? Why or why not? Also, do you think that inconveniencing innocent bystanders is a good tactic to getting one’s ideas across? Do you think that the students should have protested in a different method? If so, why or why not?
  2. The former president of the University of Delaware, Patrick T. Harker, wrote an article regarding the issue of increasing student debt and how to fix the problem. The debt is causing middle class citizens to struggle to pay for a quality education. He proposed many ideas, including that universities should be learner-centric instead of teacher-centric. He thinks that by doing this we would use our resources more efficiently and effectively. He also believes that courses should integrate technology more and more and slowly break away from the traditional classroom methods. He encourages more creativity in the classroom as well. Do you agree with Harker that learning should be centered around students, not teachers? Why or why not? How can this method be implemented into the classrooms? Would this idea be one that sounds great in theory, but impossible to integrate into the curriculum?


Big Words:

Bewildered – to perplex or confuse especially by a complexity, variety, or multitude of objects or considerations

Ambivalent – simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings (as attraction and repulsion) toward an object, person, or action

Paragon – a person or thing that is perfect or excellent in some way and should be considered a model or example to be copied

The Growing Divide Between Student and University


At a school known for having politically active and vibrant students, you would think that they would have freedom to express their opinions based solely on the history of the University.  But at the University of California, Santa Cruz, things are beginning to change.  The president of the university is clearly tired of bad publicity for the protesting.  In a recent case, six students were fed up with the tuition raise, student debt, and what Matthew Renda called, “generational divides.”  These students pulled together state-wide hikes for student debt and shut down major highways with barricades to protest their views on the tuition raise.  The University cracked down on these students, who now face 30 days in jail, by suspending each of them for a year and a half with no housing or healthcare.  Many people think the punishments are too harsh for the students, especially for a school known for activism in it’s history.  What is your opinion on the situation? Was the school too harsh, or was the extent of the students’ protest unnecessary?  Also, the tuition being protested is nearly half of the in-state tuition for the University of Delaware… why haven’t we seen protests on our own campus?  Do you think the protesters were right in causing other people to suffer for their protests by shutting down main roadways?

2. http://cached.newslookup.com/cached.php?ref_id=646&siteid=2504&id=11442281&t=1423123260

For being the president of the university at the time, Patrick Harker stressed his opinion blatantly and up front.  He wanted a certain group of people to take notice of the things he was concerned over.  Harker is resonating with most families looking to send their kids to college within the next few years.  He is upfront in saying that the tuition rate is ever rising and the need for change is now.  He believed in a radical change of method and teaching.  One that would be tailored more towards students’ needs rather than a professor teaching what they want in the way they want to teach it. He also said there is a need to look into reworking the mission of the University to give the student a more “learner-centric” environment rather than having a “teacher-centric” environment. Do you agree with President Harker’s views of a more “learner-centric” environment? Or do you agree with the professors designing their curriculum in their own way; through a “teacher-centric” environment?  I can imagine how controversial this article may have been when it was released… given that Harker is no longer the president, what do you think the University of Delaware’s board thought about this article?

BIG words:

thoroughfare: (n.) a passage or way through

draconian:(adj.) rigorous, harsh

pedagogy:(n.) place of instruction, a school or university