We must not protect ourselves from disagreement; we must be open to being offended for the sake of learning, and we must be ready to give offense so as to create new opportunities for thinking.
The student government is pushing a dramatic overhaul to the Argus' funding after a controversial op-ed.
Wesleyan Student Government Considers Cutting Funds Of Student Newspaper After Black Lives Matter Op-Ed
The intertwined issues of free speech and a lack of diversity in the newspaper have sparked a contentious debate throughout the campus, and the saga has attracted national attention. Wesleyan's president, provost and vice president for equity and inclusion released a statement that said students have the right to voice their own opinions -- "but there is no right not to be offended ... Censorship diminishes true diversity of thinking." But activists maintain that the issue is one of diversity, not of censorship.
"I've got another opinion article that I've written and I've submitted it to the school paper."
A petition says the Wesleyan Argus "has historically failed to be an inclusive representation of the voices of the student body."
This is not to say that opinions cannot or do not hurt. That would be equally ridiculous. However, to confuse one's own emotional response to an opinion with a factual assessment of the piece's value or intent is dangerous and irresponsible.
Gov. Hickenlooper's College Degree Symbolically Revoked By Wesleyan University Students To Protest Occupy Denver Handling
As members of the Wesleyan University community, we denounce the actions of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Class of
Almost all students on campus have had the unpleasant experience of encountering human bodily fluids in unexpected places