Occidental College’s Ongoing Shame: Part 8
April 29, 2005
The Debate over the New Student Government Gets Ugly
You wrote in today student digest that “Constitution Purple . will ban speech that is considered rude, or undignified.” [sic]This is statement is absolutely false. Purple specifically protects freedom of speech, and furthermore, states that college policy and state law both take precedence over the constitution, and both those documents protect free speech. Constitution Purple cannot violate free speech because doing so would violate college policy and state law.The College Student Code of Conduct states that“the following misconduct is subject to judicial action:”“.furnishing false information to the College.”That’s exactly what you have done. You have lied to the student body. You have intentionally done significant damage to the hard and sincere work of several people by misrepresenting that work.I feel like I have two options-the first straight forward option, press for judicial redress, which would likely go on your permanent record, among other pains in the ass. I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to attack you personally. I’d much rather give you the opportunity to absolve yourself of your lie to the student body. So I would welcome your proposals of how to do that. It needs to be done quickly. I await your call before 1:00PM Thursday.
Similarly, [Antebi] applied hostile sexual and gender epithets and ancestry/country of origin to the Dutch name of [Male ASOC Complainant…], Mr, Antebi turns [his last name] into “Douche,” an instrument designed for women to utilize for vaginal cleansing, and Antebi states ‘And Vander Douche who looks like a vagina.’ Thus, Antebi, an officer in the ASOC, distorted the imagined face of a fellow student, attributing to him a female body part in location suggestive of oral sex.
This, frankly, is one of the strangest paragraphs I have seen in my time as an attorney. The conclusion that this is “suggestive of oral sex” is extremely strained (not to mention bizarre), and at no point indicates that Antebi’s use of the student’s unfortunate nickname was on the basis of sex.Antebi and this student are political rivals; indeed, Male ASOC Complainant was one of the students who attempted to have Antebi dismissed from student government. You may not like his nickname or the fact that Antebi is rude to this student, but his political and personal disagreements with him do not transform this into harassment “because of sex.” Fortunately, there is no equivalent form of punishable “offense on the basis of political and personal dislike.” If there were, all of Washington, D.C., could be arrested.