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Missouri State to Ban Nerf Guns?

November 28, 2013


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• The director of public safety at Missouri State University is raising concerns about the use of fluorescent nerf guns in a popular campus roll-playing game of Humans vs. Zombies. “I don’t know that it is necessarily a danger to campus. It is a disruption to campus,” safety director Don Clark told a local radio station. “We cannot tell people that ‘if you see someone with a gun, it might be a Nerf gun, so just disregard it.’” The University is considering a ban on the Nerf guns despite a student government poll showing that students overwhelmingly oppose such a ban.

• An administrator at Furman College in South Carolina was caught on video attempting to confiscate flyers critical of Rev. Jesse Jackson from conservative students who were distributing them outside an event where Jackson was speaking on campus. Video taken of the incident shows Furman Special Events Coordinator Gayle Warth demanding that a student distributing the flyers turn them all over to her. When the student refused, Warth claimed that he could not distribute materials without “pre-approval.” A spokesman for the university defended the administration stating, “Furman is satisfied that no one was prevented from expressing their opinions.”

• The student government at the University of California Berkeley passed a unanimous resolution barring the term “illegal immigrant” from their discussions and communications. “No human being is illegal,” states the resolution which holds that the term is “racially charged” and leads to “punitive and discriminatory actions aimed primarily at immigrants and communities of color.”  The resolution suggests that student government members substitute other terms including “‘Foreign nationals,’ ‘undocumented immigrants,’ ‘immigrants without papers’ and ‘immigrants seeking status.’” UCLA passed a similar measure last summer.

• The University of Texas—Austin chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) were forced to cancel a planned “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” game on campus after administrators issued strong condemnations of the event and implied that participants might face disciplinary action.  Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement Gregory Vincent wrote in a public statement, “If the members of YCT carry out their plan for ‘Catch an Illegal Immigrant,’ they are willfully ignoring the honor code and contributing to the degradation of our campus culture.” Movie star America Ferrera also got involved, leading a campus solidarity march of hundreds of students and activists to protest the event.



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