NYU Doesn’t Envy Columbia Now

Two articles about the Columbia Abuse Scandal found their way into the NYU students newspaper. A staff editorial rightly reminds us that “All universities have an obligation to encourage the free exchange of ideas. Neither Columbia’s investigation nor the soul-searching it might inspire at other campuses should inhibit academics from taking principled stands on controversial issues. But there is a line that should not be crossed: Expressing political views in the classroom and promoting discussion is one thing; intimidation and prejudice are quite another.” And a reporter for the Washington Square News speaks to Susan Brown, a representative of an administration that has yet to contact any of the students involved in the documentary, instead of, well, any of the students featured in the documentary. (Guess that was a side note.)
You know, I could be totally off on this one–but doesn’t reporting involve, well, speaking to those people who are involved in the act on which you are reporting? And the NYU paper couldn’t email Noah Liben or Rachel Fish, for example? Their emails are not hard to find. I mean, if it was to be only a story on the NYU reaction, fine, but why give column space to Brown and the Columbia administration (who, again, have yet to initiate contact with anyone involved in the documentary) and not to those people in the film? It boggles the mind…

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