A More Friendly First Amendment for Yale and Mizzou Students

Appearing on MSNBC, vice president of the Missouri Students Association Brenda Smith-Lezama had a telling exchange with host Thomas Roberts. After Roberts played a clip of a professor at the University of Missouri asking for “some muscle” to eject a student journalist from a protest, Roberts said: “One professor complained universities are becoming places of censure and prohibition. What’s your feeling? Do you believe that’s a place we are heading for American campuses now?” Smith-Lezama replied: “I Read more […]

Student’s Petition to Remove Thomas Jefferson Statue is Not Radical Enough

Maxwell Little, a graduate student at the University of Missouri, has started a petition on Change.org asking that a bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson be removed from the campus because it “delivers a nonverbal code which affects [him] emotionally and psychologically.” Little quotes the authors of the book Nonverbal Communication, Burgoon, Guerrero, and Floyd, who write: “…facial expressions, gestures, vocal behaviors, and touch can convey meaning, but we often overlook the communicative value Read more […]