If you feel compelled to go downtown and make life unpleasant for everybody I hope that the least you experience causes you great pain and loss. Your suburban yawn reveals your distance from the problem. Blame Black Lies Matter for this and the zombies that have rioted especially after Dallas. With all due respect, your anger is misdirected. Retail cashiers and employees do not live at Target. 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. The university is thus offering students alternative options with full reimbursement. While my colleagues are brilliant, innovative, and committed teachers, I don’t think anyone who understands the energy and preparation that goes into teaching a college course would realistically imagine that “the learning will still take place” in anything resembling the manner we envisioned when we designed our courses. Oh, goodness. This gives us the time delay from an infection to become a diagnosed and counted case as the shutdown increased the social distance and lowered the number of new infections. The COVID-19 pandemic in Canada is part of the ongoing worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).The virus was confirmed to have reached Canada on January 27, 2020, after an individual who had returned to Toronto from Wuhan, Hubei, China, tested positive.As of December 12, 2020, there have been … Meanwhile, students are being urged to “consider staying off campus during the week,” which is tantamount to saying they are foolish if they don’t uproot themselves for a week and accept alternative housing being offered on another side of campus. The latest case is a Darwin woman in her 50s who tested positive on … [/blocktext]A week of cancelled classes may not sound too bad, but consider that the summer sessions last only eight weeks. Please, stop and think outside the confines of the CWRU campus. You aren’t supposed to be here. You’re right about one thing. These “reduced instructional operations,” to use the Orwellian language being deployed by university officials, place on faculty and students the entire burden of cleaning up the mess the administration has handed them. Not only does uprooting classes and students disrupt next week’s “educational experience;” it also distracts students from their studies this week, and it damages their faith in the university’s educational mission. I really do believe they’re doing what they can. The author updated this piece to clarify those misconceptions. Updated at 10:47 p.m. While I think it is valid to be mad about the author’s use of the obviously inflammatory term “stormtroopers” to describe them, riot police I think is fair. We have a sitting US president meeting with, and supporting, terrorist groups that ambush and murder police officers, block streets, riot and pillage neighborhoods. By no means a utopia (borrowing from your simile), the US is not China, nor Russia, nor even Mexico, nor failed states in Africa. 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. The blame belongs to would-be rioters. To your other point, the notices don’t ban all weapons; they ban the unauthorized carrying of weapons, which obviously has no effect on police. Good luck – you’re clearly teaching on North Side. Then, suddenly, the world changed. Waaaaa your tuition? Improvise, adapt, and overcome if you’re intellectually smarter and figure out where to have class for a week for a handful of students. It’d still be a violation of the fourth and/or fifth amendment as a taking or seizure without due process. Here’s the issue. ", "Last week's tragedies have horrified us all and raised profound questions for our country," the notice said. AlumnusWithStraightFacts’ point stands. Ah, finally, the Voice of Reason. I work at Key Tower. This is a primary argument against other system-wide “minor inconveniences” like Daylight Savings Time observation: they increase more mundane risks like traffic accidents. To make matters even more troubling, President Snyder’s email apologizes for “a lack of communication” even as it exaggerates the amount of communication her administration provided. CWRU was likely offered an incentive for housing the officers or just flat out agreed. The administrative decision making was disappointing then. Had they made different decisions (such as genuinely listening to student and faculty concerns), CWRU could have been a place where cooler heads prevailed and where people could perhaps ESCAPE from the chaos of downtown. 60’s 70’s and 80’s? Grow up and try to adjust to a few inconveniences for one lousy week. Clearly, you are an academic with prose like this “Please crawl back under your air-conditioned rock.” Beautiful argument right there. , Get a view of CWRU. I just want to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart. 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. You should care about that because, to paraphrase the movie, “This IS CLEVELAND!”. As for CWRU, they should have had the honesty to be honest. We all need to chill and open ourselves to differing opinions. Many students rely on university housing over the summer and employment for financial security (the University thankfully has addressed this and is compensating students who will be losing work hours). Are they saying this is going to happen? Nearby hospitals, including the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, are likewise preparing for the worst, keeping doctors on call and preparing for an extended emergency without access to outside aid and support. Cuyahoga Community College will close several buildings near the convention site. From whom? Umm… I’m not sure you understand the point you just responded to. The areas where the school shows poor decision making is in regards to the coursework and housing. 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. My problem is with the sheer quantity, for starters, and with the way they are being used in the context of a university campus while classes are still in session. ... And South Western High School reported a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, according to a … I’m sure many of you are arguing “well, if the police weren’t on our campus we wouldn’t have this problem.” Are you sure about that? It’s easy to sit in your office or dorm room and second guess and criticize what you know nothing about. Now get off our lawn while more important people come to town. For one class, that’s 10 hours of class meetings out of 80 total hours. I want them to be safe and to receive the education they deserve. On this front, I believe the university mishandled the situation with regards to communication. Comments throughout indicate the (predictable) divisiveness of this issue. Blame the colleges that didn’t have the decency OR the bravery to tell these domesticated Terroist Protest-RIOTERS to cut it out and kick them out! 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. I’d not worry -it’s assuredly not true that no choice was given. The university will offer counseling and support services and a "safe space" for those who want to express their concerns about housing police on campus and the convention. It is interesting that the administration has decided to keep the campus community safe by bringing thousands of guns onto campus. What you are describing as ok is what amounts to Unofficial Martial Lsw being declared. What was kent State? The attacker will himself shut down the machine forcefully after opening the case, so it just will happen a bit earlier. The terms “riot police” and “paramilitary” are grossly inaccurate to the point of being irresponsible. Not the Ghostbusters. 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. The University IS a business. More This is too serious of an issue to me for any murkiness about the facts. The financial details are shrouded in mystery, and what little information I could find suggests that the university donated the housing when the city came calling. Tenants are included in this per Engblom v. Carey. Trump was still a joke. 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. What are universities for? 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. And, a University is absolutely a business, to say otherwise is quite naive. “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. Camps: Education camps for middle and high school students will not be held on campus. A university is not a business. As for Case’s mission of “Promotion of an inclusive culture of global citizenship,” the commitment to “Nurture a community of exceptional scholars who are cooperative and collegial, functioning in an atmosphere distinguished by support, mentoring and inclusion,” and the core values of “Civility and the free exchange of ideas; Civic and international engagement; Appreciation for the distinct perspectives and talents of each individual,” another disservice is done by this closure, which obviously also violates the values of “Integrity and Transparency”, especially with respect to “Shared governance”. Fair enough. There is little if any equivalence between a disrupted commute and a serious, week-long disruption to an already short-term course. 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. Additionally, suggesting classes meet off campus is ineffective at best as many students will not have the transportation to accomplish this. It is, after all, a solid 20-25 minute drive from the Q. That’s why I gave the essay this title: “What’s a University For?” (The subtitle was an addendum by Belt in order to summarize the content of the essay.) President Barbara Snyder held two forums on campus July 6 after students and faculty voiced concerns over housing the police. But if so, I’m sure the writer will have the decency to sign it. Universities are however not-for-profit businesses. 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. Knowing that these police will be in attendance helps me feel a little more at ease. Next? I hope it opens us all up for discussions and empathy for others. Right, the police. Another district has been shut down for three days because of the number of cases. Do you not know what the 3rd amendment is??? Something about the quartering of soldiers in homes comes back to me. I don’t know if you realized this, but no student is being FORCED to move anywhere. Get breaking news coverage as events unfold. Police to “Protect” campus? That does not guarantee that your students will have access to your coursework if they have altered accommodations. In a democracy, we often do not agree with things that happen but need to listen. 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. This is a disappointing response. You can do anything with a Case degree. With no due respect, this “professor” is just another prime example of a progressive bleeding heart liberal who is indoctrinating the students and our future, no different than Hitler did to the children of Germany and Austria in the ‘30’s and ‘40’s. Case is dominantly STEM – what about students that need to be in labs? I’d imagine the period during which CWRU is housing police with weapons would represent the safest the campus could possibly be with the RNC going on. Thanks for the housing during RNC. Snyder also apologized for her campus-wide email on June 24 urging everyone to not stereotype all police officers as violent or prejudiced. I’ve also heard that the city intends to reimburse the university for costs it will incur this week, but that the odds of turning a profit are very slim. Instead, I want to use this occasion to ask a more basic question. Until that time, ARNG units and personnel fall under the command of each state’s government. The Cleveland Free-Net was shut down in late 1999, as it had become obsolete. Copyright 2012 - 2018 Belt Magazine | All Rights Reserved. You tell em’ appalled. Case Western Reserve University has decided to cancel classes and other activities on campus during the Republican National Convention. Thank you, Dankel, for mentioning this. In case Americans have forgotten what Iraq War vets think of Joe Biden, Donald Trump Jr. has shared a powerful reminder. So where is the City supposed to house those additional 700 officers? Bank tellers cannot work from home. 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. I understand next week will cause upheavals for all members of the CWRU community, but I think some sacrifices need to be made by all members of this City to do everything possible to make the RNC in Cleveland a success. Thank you for your burdensome tuition bill, my students have been told. Snyder sent out a campus-wide email Monday afternoon regarding the forums. Note: Mitchell v Anderson addresses this, I disagree with the ruling. What should scare everyone about you is your concern about police, the same police that protect your sorry azz about bringing guns in a dorm building, a then calling them paramilitary, really? "Case Western" actually sounds hella good to recruiters. Our founding fathers were brilliant, they knew our Rights came from the Creator, NOT from man. The lack of a prior contingency plan for these classes and their current restructuring is simply negligent. If these aren’t soldiers and the paid for rooms of the students not homes then I guess I should be at the U for my further education. Although the announcement claims to be a last minute decision on behalf of student safety, it distracts from the reason why safety concerns are so dire. Please crawl back under your air-conditioned rock. Is anyone paying attention to why the police are being called in? What, the RNC was going to claim eminent domain and take the housing by force? 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. Case houses people every summer when students go on break and this summer is no exception. ... (Case Western Reserve University) College is extremely expensive and the students should be reimbursed for a weeks worth of tuition and room and board. 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? No student is being expelled. A western Sydney primary school has been closed for cleaning after a student tested positive for COVID-19. As far as research being interrupted, any controversial research was going to be unofficially halted during the RNC before the recent drama arose. You are paying for a service are you not? Despite that most of the attendees of the RNC do not realize that more than two exist, the 3rd Amendment protects CWRU from being forced to quarter the police. That’s why I wrote this essay. Staff: Faculty are encouraged not to come to their office. >A business might behave this way, but a university? Also, the writer deliberately lies to her readers when making the patently false statement that firearms will be stored in the dorms. Cleveland alone cannot meet that requirement. This piece, which so emphatically puts the students and their education first (as it should be! Cleveland… what a joke. Raising these memories is not in any way contrary to supporting police and other security officers. Nobody foresaw the current political climate of the Republican party at the time of the decision. Yes? As a collective “global citizen”, we are failing to vote, and not for lack of desire, but due to oligarchic disenfranchisement. If you have the audacity to write something like this, at least have the stones to put your name on it. I have a tremendous respect for law enforcement, for the work they do and the courage they show. Postal service do not live at the post office. 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. Oh one last thought, you can’t name one single time a gun ever shot someone. Cleveland State University's campus will be open but classes will not be held on campus. Belhar clinic shut down over suspected case. I live in the United States, and this is a totally irresponsible comment. Instead of disputing semantics, I will continue to call this decision what it is: CWRU is effectively cancelling its classes in order to host 1,700 riot police for the RNC. Skip to comments. Nor is there any indoctrination. On 17 May, Victoria announced two further business sites had been shut down due to a suspected case at each. If my students learn nothing else from this failure of university leadership, I hope it will be this: that they will understand how their education exceeds the artificial boundaries of brick and mortar buildings, of tuition payments, of majors, minors, and gen ed requirements, and of their own abstracted desire to capitalize on their investment in the form of a lucrative career. I’m guessing it’s a professor in gender or ethnic studies of some sort. 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. Classes at the Metropolitan Campus will be held off-site. Trust me, they don’t have many choices when the Secret Service gets involved in things. You cannot possibly encapsulate all contingencies, and it’s hubris to claim as such. they are housing 200 national guardsman so thy are actually housing members of the US armed forces not just domestic police. Consider the plight of very real summer school students at CWRU, with IDEA accommodations for learning difference, who receive extra time in which to take exams, prepared lecture notes and dispensation from the minimum credit loads for full-time students. Make no mistake, the 1700 officers and 200 national guardsmen/guardswomen who are on campus are the people who will be specifically responding to quell riots. Should we talk about how we got to this place and what we need to do about it now. 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. Historic job losses followed, 500,000 in the first week alone. Definition of open-and-shut case in the Idioms Dictionary. They’re wonderful people, and I care about them. As the faculty member notes, how in God’s name is it that instructors have the burden of figuring out – on a week’s notice – how to maintain the continuity if an already condensed weekly schedule immediately before final exams: which at least in STEM subjects are rarely curved, and the grade reflects the student’s mastery of a specific set of information. Have you thought of the organizations that target universities during these events for publicity? Another student observed: “I’ve been given 24 hours to decide where I am going to live next week. She wrote that officials were planning to take additional steps to enhance campus safety during the convention. This is untrue. This cry-baby rant proves it. President Snyder’s decision thus equates to cancelling two weeks of class during the fall or spring semester. I hope that they will see that Case Western Reserve University, international research powerhouse and nexus of global capitalism that it may be, remains part of the city of Cleveland and the surrounding region. That is why additional police and the Ohio National Guard have been summoned to Cleveland and put up in empty dorms at CWRU. It IS the same thing. 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. On a lighter note I have heard that Case is making a decent amount coin from this deal and hey if it will keep those donation calls away for a little bit I’m all for it! Actually all universities are businesses. That assertion makes no sense. Case is not their jurisdiction so they won’t do anything there. I do think that the administration simply made a genuine mistake when they agreed to house the police here – the climate was much less incendiary at the time and they did not have the foresight to realize how nasty things could get. The police will be there to protect lives and property – including that of Case Western. If you’ve taught, you know the author is correct. As they say, shit happens, and educated productive people know how to adjust accordingly. I wonder if someone in Philadelphia will write a piece of crap like this when the DNC is held for Hillary Clinton. Where is the inclusivity and civic engagement in this move? They could discuss how it relates to the coursework, if it does. Officials decided to reduce on-campus operations during the convention. I am only accusing them of their decision to press “pause” on all of our core values. 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?). Just like classes aren’t being cancelled. With all the recent acts of violence and given the thunderous controversy surrounding Trump which promises riots, the federal government has granted the city of Cleveland $50 million for security purposes, a first for such an action. Even so, they still decided to reduce operations. We should not be obliged to do jack for the local or federal government! Since there’s no doubt that students weren’t informed at that time, why were they not made aware (or offered accommodations by the university) when they signed up for housing over the summer? 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