I also notice the writer here is too cowardly to sign this moronic rant. That is a reductive logic that would essentially label all institutions which operate using money as “businesses,” i.e., police and fire departments are businesses, churches are businesses, the Boy Scouts are a business, and so on. 60’s 70’s and 80’s? Now get off our lawn while more important people come to town. Oh, goodness. Closing the university sends the wrong message to the community about our commitment to peaceful coexistence with and tolerance of people holding dissenting views or conflicting concerns. 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. Bank Tellers do not live at the bank. In light of recent events with the Black Lives Matter movement and violence against police, CWRU is effectively housing a bunch of officers who are, justifiably, scared. 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. If you wonder why faculty, staff, or students might prefer anonymity, take a look at how President Snyder and Provost Baeslack handled the former law school dean. First, there’s no “bleeding heart” liberalism implied by this essay. To any informed observer this is what dystopia looks like. The author does not discuss his/her religious beliefs, yet you personally attack them. What is a university’s obligation to teaching and to research, to the cultivation of critical inquiry and to the perpetuation of knowledge, wherever such knowledge may lead? You’d blame the administration for not doing something, for not being safe. This is called being an active civic leader during one of the most important elements of the USA’s democratic process. They’re a much more valuable part of their communities than I am to mine, that’s for sure. It was an interesting lesson in flexibility, individual learning and getting out tuitions worth. Mailing Address: 10900 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44106-4970 Next? Both professors and students should be ashamed of themselves for the nasty vitriol they have spewed since the decision was made to soft close the university during the RNC. It’s 4 days of your life – get over yourself. Sounds like someone really needs a vacation….. It’s just a matter of what I consider (and you may disagree) to be good judgment during difficult times. 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. Notice I did not call you a piece of shit though I disagreed with you. Admittedly, students aren’t being forced out of their dorms. Thank you for highlighting this. As for guns not killing/shooting people, do you think all of those toddlers or children accidentally shooting/killing others were evil and intending to harm others? I can handle it for one week. College is extremely expensive and the students should be reimbursed for a weeks worth of tuition and room and board. the residents who live in close proximity) as higher priorities than whatever powerful political forces were working behind the scenes. I am watching this week to see what happens and see how we Allow democracy to play out. Additionally, given Cleveland PD’s standing formal complaints and federal investigations into a history of racial profiling issues there is definitely reasons to be concerned over how these situations will be handled by those officers who are functionally working as deputies of Cleveland PD. We’re hypnotized by lies that pass as honesty…and we continue to take it. They have the option to stay. As for officers being housed in the dorms, so what? They’re just being completely overhauled and compromised. And might I add, by effectively giving all the employees (staff, at least) 4 days paid vacation they’re likely to lose quite a lot of money at this point. Thanks for the housing during RNC. Admittedly, students aren’t being forced out of their dorms. They’re just being completely overhauled and compromised. What does open-and-shut case expression mean? Guns are inanimate objects and don’t shoot people, people shoot people. Whenever police officers wear riot gear to deal with massive protests in tense political situations, we generally use the term “riot police.” (But given your potent reaction, and the reaction of a few others — which truly does take me by surprise — I will be more cautious about using this terminology in the future.). Did any of you ever once consider that this was done for your protection? The professor should save his/her indignation for lawbreakers. Many of these kids have long-since missed the opportunity to graduate with their classes, but the university’s actions may well put off their commencements once more. Of course, if anyone feels that I’m missing the standards for an injunction under controlling Sixth Circuit case-law, I’m all ears/. You are paying for a service are you not? Students: Students who live on campus will receive help in finding another place to stay during the convention. I’m saying that the sudden influx of a massive police presence for a week radically transforms the climate of the campus.) CWRU was likely offered an incentive for housing the officers or just flat out agreed. And I now fear that my university campus is at a much greater risk of seeing something awful happen here, as well. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact help@case.edu. The rest of us adults look at the ‘crazy mad’ that defines BLM, OWS, PETA, Earth First, Animal Rights, etc and we see in each and every one of those very very angry people the kind of people that get behind the wheel of a truck and set out to kill little things like rethuglicans. Unless you’re a student, of course. Too many people who did not fit the criteria had turned up to the clinics for testing. She wrote that officials were planning to take additional steps to enhance campus safety during the convention. This is a primary argument against other system-wide “minor inconveniences” like Daylight Savings Time observation: they increase more mundane risks like traffic accidents. HAHAHA shillls are as funny as they are outrageous. With the political and national security climate of the past couple weeks, naturally some students are concerned to live so close to peace officers. You must have very limited travel experience to make such a claim, “plain and simple”. Wuhan city in China was shut down on January 23. And the National Guard are here to protect the police! Obviously something changed in regards to the RNC and safety, and the university was informed of this. Downtown workers are being told to work from home for a week. In fact the only concern I heard was from a small minority who were worried about increased firearms on campus. To be fair, Case hosts various groups every summer in the dorms. Waaaaa your tuition? This piece should be in the Chronicle of Higher Ed. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. I would like to know what the laws governing the University are in regards to this. In bivouacs set up on Malls A, B, and C, Voinovich Park and the Hall of Fame Plaza? Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). Case Western Reserve pioneered the early Free-net computer systems, creating the first Free-net, The Cleveland Free-Net, as well as writing the software that drove a majority of those systems, known as FreePort. Another student observed: “I’ve been given 24 hours to decide where I am going to live next week. If you’re so against the paramilitary taken their weapons into a dorm building, how about we pull all law enforce off campus and see what happens to the number of rapes, assaults, and thefts on campus. 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. Note: Mitchell v Anderson addresses this, I disagree with the ruling. 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. At the time of the decision, it didn’t appear to be a big deal. As a Cleveland resident I am not happy regarding the need for riot police ( and storm trooper is intended as an inflamitort term) but guess in the long run I am glad they are here. I read your post and felt it was written by someone upset about things. Comments throughout indicate the (predictable) divisiveness of this issue. Small correction – personal firearms are being kept in the rooms, secured and separate from ammunition. And for all I know, some of them might end up serving in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. When you are done, you should traipse down to the university bookstore where Ann Coulter will gladly sign your favorite copy of her forthcoming masterpiece, In Trump We Trust. You tell em’ appalled. Tenants are included in this per Engblom v. Carey. “Case Western Reserve—along with other area colleges and universities—agreed to house the officers at the city’s request. Within two weeks, practically the entire Canadian economy was locked down. If these “police,” “peace officers,” are anything like or of the same who were imported to Pittsburgh for the 2009 G-20…you can expect civil rights violations, illegal arrests, unwarranted detentions…and general jack-bootedness. President Barbara Snyder held two forums on campus July 6 after students and faculty voiced concerns over housing the police. Only a profoundly stupid idiot would not understand the need for additional police and only a dickhead would throw himself behind the wheel and ‘protest’ against the 20 and 21st centuries. What credibility do we retain as champions of free and civil idea exchange when we close down a significant forum for the community’s discussion of political issues during the RNC out of fear that even we can’t be civil to our guests? I wish he would go teach in Afganistan, Iraq, or any war torn country. I wonder how much of the – for lack of a better term – security precautions are due to housing policemen per se and how much is due to the RNC itself. The changes are now reflected in the third paragraph. We are a part of this community, and felt a civic obligation to respond when asked.” Apparently “civic obligation” means catering to the interests of the powerful at the expense of the exploited. Definition of open-and-shut case in the Idioms Dictionary. 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. These students were taking summer school classes, in part, so they wouldn’t have to carry 14 – 16 units in the fall. How are these kids “to be made whole.” The more I think of it, this is may be the stuff of an IDEA based TRO in U.S. District Court. Updated Jan 11, 2019; Posted Jul 12, 2016 . CWRU students are not being forced out of the dorms. Absolutely not!” We (students) are PART of a community and as such have a right to make our discontent heard and elaborate on the reasons of our disagreement. Thanks for the clarifications, which were desperately needed. I fail to see the wisdom in rebranding our mistakes in order to imply otherwise. I don’t know if you realized this, but no student is being FORCED to move anywhere. That assertion makes no sense. We need to be reaching out and engaging our community, not bringing in a massive police presence that could very easily escalate tensions on campus and within University Circle and the surrounding area. The big deal is the surrounding community. My other workday activities will also be negatively affected. Way to exemplify all the asinine vitriol we look forward to hosting downtown. I am going to write the editors with some corrections to the article in order to account for this. To use President Snyder’s words, I hope that they will rediscover what it means to be “part of this community.” Most of all, I hope that the example of CWRU’s failure will offer my students as much of an education as the one I’m trying to give them in the classroom we’ve been barred from using. You know there are people coming to Cleveland to misbehave. As a recent grad (2015) from Case, I currently live downtown. To clarify, when informed that the then-dean was sexually harassing law school faculty, staff, and students, the administration retaliated by firing one of the victims outright, attempting to force another (tenured) victim to resign, and generally doing everything but getting rid of the perpetrator. But while I am loathe to question the President’s motivations, I can certainly attest to the slipperiness of her words. Clearly, you are not someone who has ever taught a class or tried to instill in students the life of the mind and/or authentic civic engagement. 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. Thank you, Dankel, for mentioning this. 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