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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Sunday, October 31, 2004

    UA doesn't belong to the profs. It belongs to all of us 

    [{[; is a brave teacher. She must have tenure. She is responsible for what may be the first play at the University of Akron featuring an all-black cast. (There seems to be some debate about whether this is the first. Suffice it to say, it is a rare event.) She deserves our admiration for putting on August Wilson's Fences, winner of the 1987 Pulitizer Prize, and standing firm in the wake of criticism from some white theater students. None of those student had the courage to put his or her name behind this ridiculous whining when the Buchtelite, the independent student newspaper at UA, broke the story on which the Akron Beacon Journal followed up. Speers should have stopped while she was ahead.

    Saturday, she brought filmmaker Michael Moore to the university, purportedly to address film's influence on society. Speers told the Beacon Journal's Madelin Ewquivel that this was a ruse to get free use of UA's Knight Auditorium where Moore appeared before about 400 people.

    Here's the rub: this is a facility funded by taxpayers. It should not be used, even by dedicated faculty, for essentially one-sided political purposes without payment. Speers paid out of her own pocket for security guard out of her own pocket. That doesn't negate the issue. Moore clearly came to UA for political purposes, much as he made Fahrenheit 9/11 for political purposes. He wants to send President Bush home to Crawford, Texas, where even the local newspaper won't endorse him.

    If the Buchtelite knows what it's doing, it will investigate the use of university facilities under false pretenses. In fact, Ohioblog would advise the newspaper to do so. But then, the Buchtelite doesn't always listen to advice from the Blog - or anyone else.

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 5:49 PM

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