It establishes Snyder’s ethos as a good liberal, concerned not only with student safety but with the deeper aims of social justice. 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? If Cleveland was hosting the democratic convention instead of the republican one, this would not be news. [blocktext align=”left”]What does it symbolize when a university library closes while security forces store firearms and pepper spray in dorms, weapons that will likely be used against next week’s demonstrators—some of whom, I fear, might be my students? Actually, a university such as CWRU is unequivocally not a business, which seems to me a fundamental point the author is trying to make. Love the little theatre though. In rereading this essay (written over two drafts in the middle of the night while I lay awake worrying about my students) I realize that I didn’t make the specifics of the housing situation as clear as I should. 60’s 70’s and 80’s? If this disturbs you, you should write to President Barbara Snyder and Provost Bud Baeslack with the following question: “What is a university for?”. What nonsense. That’s why students and faculty are worried. They’re wonderful people, and I care about them. How am I supposed to focus on my classes?”. Case Western Reserve University: the top-ranked private research university in Ohio and one of the best in the U.S. She wrote that CWRU had agreed to house the officers at Cleveland's request and the city's officers have assisted campus police when needed. We had to adapt. 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. As a CWRU Student I would like to comment on my experiences during this period of time. At President Snyder’s very lukewarm Q&A session (I attended the first one that happened at noon) she vaguely alluded to the money involved. It is interesting that the administration has decided to keep the campus community safe by bringing thousands of guns onto campus. Do you not know what the 3rd amendment is??? Umm… I’m not sure you understand the point you just responded to. The student are collateral damage…with little to no recourse….but I hope many choose otherwise. Something about the quartering of soldiers in homes comes back to me. But it is better for them to keep as many people safe as possible. Who would trust you, let alone read your rant thoughtfully when the childish bias is so overt? And for all I know, some of them might end up serving in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. Those incidents would never have occurred if institutions of higher learning would have simply remained institutions of higher learning, treating its students and its immediate community (i.e. (To be clear, I’m not saying that the police themselves will necessarily escalate tensions. The school closure is due in response to other liberal cry-babies whining that they won’t feel safe with police on campus. He's been able to party constantly, and actually turned down multiple ivies for Case (mainly money) and currently has a 140k job offer Case kids are down … Until that time, ARNG units and personnel fall under the command of each state’s government. The option is there for those that wish to take it, but if a student wants to he or she doesn’t have to move at all. Postal service employees cannot work from home FedEx and UPS truck drivers cannot work from home Servers and other personnel at local restaurants cannot work from home Retail cashiers and employees cannot work from home Cultural venues will be open and staff – employees cannot work from home Get it? The attacker will himself shut down the machine forcefully after opening the case, so it just will happen a bit earlier. Moreover, what are we teaching our students when we displace them from their dorms? Both Military and Police operated under a militia system at the time the Bill of Rights were written; the Third Amendment can reasonably be applied to housing police. ", "Last week's tragedies have horrified us all and raised profound questions for our country," the notice said. Within two weeks, practically the entire Canadian economy was locked down. In light of developments concerning the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Case Western Reserve University Office of Undergraduate Admission is not scheduling on-campus tours and information sessions at this time. A university is not a business. For one class, that’s 10 hours of class meetings out of 80 total hours. 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. I say this as a former big game hunter (for subsistence, not trophy) and a gun-owner who wholeheartedly believes in **RESPONSIBLE** gun ownership. When the university realized that this might not be the wisest thing for an institution of higher learning to do, they opted for the solution I’m sure any of us would choose. This is nothing more than rumor, however, and I only include it to clarify that I am not accusing the CWRU administration of any financial malfeasance. Small correction – personal firearms are being kept in the rooms, secured and separate from ammunition. As an advisor for a Case sorority, we have known for months that the college was going to use our sorority house to house someone during the convention in our (University owned) house. "The deadly shootings last week in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas have dramatically intensified our national conversation involving race, law enforcement and the best paths to justice, fairness and safety for all," she wrote. Bigger joke RNC in the top ten most dangerous cities in the world per capita. There is little if any equivalence between a disrupted commute and a serious, week-long disruption to an already short-term course. Source: CWRU-Daily The Case Email Newsletter I can’t recall if there were troops sequestered, but there were military jeeps with machine guns parked there. Case Western Suddenly Shuts Down To House Riot Police Anne Trubek 2016-07-13T15:54:14-04:00 July 13, 2016 | Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) prides itself on being the leading research university in Northeast Ohio. But Snyder admitted that "in answering the city's convention request, we failed to give adequate consideration to the impact the decision would have on members of our community--in particular students staying in residence halls near the buildings housing the officers.". How ridiculous do you sound, saying you are afraid of them – but you got your name and comment in print. Waaaaa your tuition? A university is not a business. This is a disappointing response. These students were taking summer school classes, in part, so they wouldn’t have to carry 14 – 16 units in the fall. Retail cashiers and employees do not live at Target. I live in the United States, and this is a totally irresponsible comment. The size of the police force being quartered on campus is larger than one third of the entire undergraduate student body. I would not have been surprised, therefore, if the university were to be shut down regardless of whether Barbara Snyder had chosen to host peace officers or not. I wish he would go teach in Afganistan, Iraq, or any war torn country. In my view, it is not the leaders of the university who are at fault, rather the situation as a whole is unfortunate. 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. The professor should save his/her indignation for lawbreakers. I have a tremendous respect for law enforcement, for the work they do and the courage they show. Definitions by the largest Idiom Dictionary. 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. Using CWRU dorms to house outside law enforcement coming to Cleveland to help protect us and all visitors during the RNC was decided months ago. Buildings: The library and Veale athletic and recreation center will be closed but the university center will remain open. From whom? Which would mean the students aren’t missing anything except being programmed with lies. When someone tries to harm you, who do you call? Guns are inanimate objects and don’t shoot people, people shoot people. To be precise, the classes aren’t officially cancelled. You’d blame the administration for not doing something, for not being safe. Meanwhile, the annual hajj for Muslims is also in the balance. I find liberal college professors like the one who wrote this dribble to be elitist blow-hards who are completely out of touch with reality. You should care about that because, to paraphrase the movie, “This IS CLEVELAND!”. Good for you. The RNC is a major part of our political process. If students paid for housing over the summer why should they have to vacate? And if something did happen to someone on campus – a student, staff or faculty member – what would you do then? This author is a real piece of shit. , Get a view of CWRU. Finally found something sensible in this juvenile article, even though it was an author’s follow-on comment. After reading all of your comments I can only assume that you are not another inconvenienced Cleveland resident but a PR wonk (and perhaps a Republican as well?). improves and enriches people’s lives through research…and education. “They’re a much more valuable part of their communities than I am to mine, that’s for sure.” Wrote the author. I Live in Finland and agree slightly with this comment. Just with his truck he killed 84 people and maimed many more and wasn’t stopped until he was shot, by police. Just to provide a few examples. I am only accusing them of their decision to press “pause” on all of our core values. Sprint shut down a cellphone tower on the campus of a California elementary school after some parents said it may be linked to several recent cases of childhood cancer. We have unalienable rights (given to us by the Creator and not be able to taken away from us by man) to defend ourselves from both foreign and domestic emeries. This child was raised by spoiled liberal kids and a President that only wants revenge for slavery . They are sworn peace officers. Bank Tellers do not live at the bank. Mailing Address: 10900 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44106-4970 The fact that you misrepresent this in your narrative is quite disconcerting and reeks of misdirection. We were given significant notice that our dorms would be used to house the out of town police coming in to help with matters that the convention would disrupt, such as security at the Q and traffic direction. Have you ever been given one week’s notice to leave the apartment you already paid for? I’d not worry -it’s assuredly not true that no choice was given. That does not guarantee that your students will have access to your coursework if they have altered accommodations. No student is being expelled. However owing to recent events there is a potential for significant danger to the students being housed near the police officers and I would highly advise any student being housed on campus to consider the university’s offer. Next? But they do so in spite of Case’s administration, not because of the administration. First, there’s no “bleeding heart” liberalism implied by this essay. 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. I wonder if someone in Philadelphia will write a piece of crap like this when the DNC is held for Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, all faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates have been warned repeatedly that they should avoid campus during the week unless it is absolutely imperative that they be here. All rights reserved (About Us). 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. And no this is not being selfish, this is being forced to do something unexpected with little notice that effects time and money these people have put through to teach and learn. The case was confirmed at … I’d prefer that CWRU experience minor “inconveniences” so that Cleveland has the necessary human power to protect the City during the RNC. “While we spoke widely about the decision” to bring these officers to campus, she notes, including “spring meetings at each School, at Faculty Senate…we did not communicate directly with students.” Fair enough. This is too serious of an issue to me for any murkiness about the facts. After considerable study, it was determined by Secret Service, Homeland Security, FBI and CPD that an additional 700 law enforcement officers would be required to protect the City during the RNC. Production has shut down once again on Idris Elba's western The Harder They Fall after a cast member tested positive for Covid-19. Updated at 10:47 p.m. Case Western Reserve University has decided to cancel classes and other activities on campus during the Republican National Convention. I also refuse to believe the university had no choice in the matter – of course they did. Wests League Club in Leumeah, in the city's south-west, was closed just moments after the Macarthur Tavern in Campbelltown, also in the south west of Sydney, announced a case this morning. Why is it anathema to sympathize with students who paid for summer classes and housing and are losing out in 12.5% of what they paid for? So instead of being a bunch of babies (yes I went there) grow up, deal with it and move on. Despite popular bipartisan calls for the country to stand together, we seem to be separating everyone. They have the option to stay. See how much he would want the “riot police” around him. [/blocktext]A week of cancelled classes may not sound too bad, but consider that the summer sessions last only eight weeks. Many students rely on the university library, which is now closing, for crucial resources to complete their course work, and are essentially being asked to now complete that work without those resources. I just want to extend my deepest gratitude to the author. Just take a moment to re-read that last sentence and think about what it actually says. As stated in WIkipedia, better thing would be to use this Linux TRESOR approach, so that keys are in CPU and not RAM. Misdirection is the farthest thing from my intention. What are universities for? So you funded 100% of your tuition and you didn’t receive any scholarships or financial assistance, because, using your logic, “we should not be obliged to do jack” to assist students seeking higher education? Another irony of this decision to close campus is that it probably increases safety risks for students and personnel whose routines are disrupted. One of my brothers is a year from graduating. As a student living on campus myself, I did not feel that the university was forcing me out of my dorm with their manner of communication. Ah, finally, the Voice of Reason. As communicated in advance, the CWRU Wiki service was eliminated December 31, 2012. I don’t disagree with housing the peace officers – a critical event from American democracy came knocking upon our door; it’s perfectly acceptable to provide housing when most of the student body is on break. 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. The administrative decision making was disappointing then. They pretend there is racism where it doesn’t exist, and pretend there is police brutality where it doesn’t exist. I guess we all need to revisit the Quartering Act. A business might behave this way, but a university? Oh one last thought, you can’t name one single time a gun ever shot someone. The Cleveland Free-Net was shut down in late 1999, as it had become obsolete. Improvise, adapt, and overcome if you’re intellectually smarter and figure out where to have class for a week for a handful of students. Just for clarification, because you obviously need it, domestic emeries means a tyrannically government, just like the lawless one we have (no charges for Hillary) now. As for canceled classes regardless if case was housing people for the RNC or not they would still most likely be “canceling” clases due to the RNC beING in the city. Not recognizing that is naive. I am nervous that the protesting at this event will spiral out of control and I have concern for my own personal safety as well as other bystanders living here downtown that I believe many people are forgetting about. The police will be there to protect lives and property – including that of Case Western. 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