North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 98, No. 51, Ed. 1 Tuesday, November 22, 2011 Page: 5 of 6
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Tuesday, November 22,2011
Ian Jacoby, Views Editor
What did you think
about the pepper
at UC Davis?
I think its a really terrible thing
for people to do. I mean, from
what I can see, it's not like they're
harming anybody or they're not
inhibiting movement, or maybe
they were cause they were on
the sidewalk, but stuff like this
is inhibitinjj the right of free
speech and the right to protest.
I think its just a knock on
local governments or national
governments and not protecting
our liberties !
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It shocked me; I think it's
wrong that they pepper sprayed
them. We have the right to
1 think that's wrong. We have
the right to freedom of speech,
and police officers are leaders of
the community. They shouldn't
be doing that."
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D avis demonstrates need br ree speech
Demonstrators taking part in an
Occupy Wall Street protest at the
University of California-Davis were
met with pepper spray on Friday in
an egregious violation of their rights
to peaceably assemble.
An officer walked down a line of
students seated arm-in-arm and
systematically sprayed them in the
face as if he were dusting a keyboard or
putting pesticide on some weeds.
The most shocking part of the attack
is the casual manner of UC Davis police
officer Lt. John Pike. Before spraying,
Pike displayed the can to the crowd as
he paced back and forth across the line
of seated protesters. He was clearly in no
immediate danger as he climbed over
the shoulders of one student in order to
get in the best possible position.
On Saturday, students silently
protested UC Davis Chancellor Linda
Katehi. During the powerful demon-
stration, Katehi took a "walk of shame"
past hundreds of silent students while
leaving her office and walking to her car.
UC Davis administration responded
by suspending campus Police Chief
Annette Spicuzza, officer Pike and one
other officer and announcing a full
30 - day investigation.
This is just another in a series
of attacks on Occupy protesters
throughout the country. In Seattle,
a pregnant teen and an 82-year-old
woman were both pepper-sprayed by
police. These events should encourage
us to consider the role of free speech in
each of our lives.
The events at UC Davis hits particu-
larly close to home for students. Unlike
protests of the past, Occupy didn't
originate on college campuses but has
moved there over time. This event could
put college campuses at the forefront of
the free speech debate once again.
Most Occupy protests are taking
place in front of banks or in city parks,
which creates a different atmosphere
than that of a campus lawn. More
than any other institutions, univer-
sity campuses should serve as a place
to safely foster the free exchange and
expression of ideas. That makes this
recent use of force especially hard to
UNT eliminated free-speech zones
in 2009, effectively turning the entire
campus into one large free-speech
area. It's important that we appreciate
UNT's open-minded approach to free
speech. In recent months Denton's own
Occupy protesters have foundpeaceful
shelter on the UNT campus and have
fostered a non-violent relationship with
When one student's rights are
breached, every student should feel it.
It's important that universities main-
tain a clear and liberal free-speech
policy so that events like this don't
Occupy Wall Street took our campus
by storm. In a matter of days following
the beginning of the movement,
students, and even non-students,
searched for avenues to voice their
Since the administration's approval
of their stay here on campus more
than a month ago, our campus image
has degraded. Students no longer
pass through the area near the Art
Building out of fear of being accosted
by these occu-
piers. Many tour
chose not to take
the area during
UNT Preview, a
held for prospec-
tive students and
their parents, for
fear of losing their
ment to UNT.
walls of tents, you can see the rotten
apples that sprinkle the ground, the
countless dishes that have not been
washed, the uncovered trash that has
yet to be taken out and the beer cans
found inside open tents.
Is this the image that our university
wants to convey?
The university has every right and
duty to respect the students' right
to free speech, but at what cost?
Prospective students will decide not
to come to UNT after witnessing the
neglect our university has shown these
Their presence has violated a
number of university regulations,
"Is this the
that our university
including the free speech and public
assemblypolicy createdby the admin-
According to that policy, a request to
assemble must be made to the dean of
students if the event may attract more
than 25 people. They have extended
their stay longer than 15 days, which
is reason for a denied request, yet no
action has been taken by the admin-
istration to remove them.
Moreover, I have vent ured out there
and witnessed the
use of illegal drugs
and the consump-
tion of alcohol
on this area of
many times and
of these actions
alone, this move-
ment should not
longer be permis-
be done to eradicate the occupiers from
our campus. Petitions will go around
this week and next to gather support
from the student body. There is also a
Facebook group that has been created
for students to express their concerns
regarding this issue in apeaceful atmo-
sphere. You can find the group by
searching "UNoccupy UNT."
Help make our campus better again
and support this movement. UNT is
an institution of higher learning, not
Alex Delgado is a history senior. He
can be reached at Alex88Delgado@
needs a reality
College football began more than
130 years ago, was played with a
ball made from pig bladder and
cost schools about $7,000 to run a
top-notch program. Fast forward
to present day and some universi-
ties now spend almost $30 million a
year on football. The top-paid head
coach took home almost $6 million in
2010 in university pay and bonuses.
By paying these figures so much
money and tying a school's identity
so closely to its football records, we
have turned coaches and players into
The most recent example of this
dangerous practice is the Penn State
child molestation scandal. After it
was uncovered that head football
coach Joe Paterno had prior knowl-
edge of former defensive coordi-
nator Jerry Sandusky allegedly sexu-
ally assaulting young boys, he was
promptly fired for not taking the
information to the proper authori-
Penn State students and fans were
outraged, but no one was knocking
over lamp posts because grown men
were willing to overlook rumored
child abuse. No one was flipping over
news vans because long-time Penn
State President Graham Spanier was
They were only outraged because
their beloved football coach was
gone. After several decades and 409
wins, the Penn State community had
put Paterno on a pedestal so high
that they believed nothing should
knock him off of it - even if he had
done something wrong.
This isn't to say college football
sho uld be done away with. Football
has a place in the university system as
a source of revenue for the school and
entertainment for the fans. Games
bring a sense of pride and community
to a school and encourage students
We have to find the balance
between celebrating and loving
college football and having it
completely take over university life.
Would Paterno have done more to
expose Sandusky had he not been so
immortalized by Penn State students
and fans? We may never know the
answer to that, but million-dollar
paychecks and bronze statues could
be enough to cloud even the most
ethical man's judgment.
Is it unfortunate that after such
a record-setting career, Paterno's
name will forever be tarnished with
this incident? Sure. However, record-
setting coach or not, if someone does
something so wrong as allowing
abuse of children, they should lose
Desiree Cousineau is a photojour-
nalism senior and can he reached at
AnnaCousineau@my. unt. edu.
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