Surprise! Columbia thugs wrist-slapped for rushing Minutemen during speech; Update: Stiffer punishments for three more students

posted at 12:18 pm on March 28, 2007 by Allahpundit

They’re gloating about it, too. Evan Coyne Maloney, call your office.

A number of students who rushed the stage during Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist’s Oct. 4 speech at Columbia received letters yesterday informing them that they would be punished with “disciplinary warnings” for their conduct at the event.

Three students-one of whom received the verdict more than a month ago-confirmed yesterday that they were charged with simple violations of the University’s Rules of Conduct. The resulting warnings, which will be notated on students’ transcripts and remain there until the end of 2008, are the lowest of four possible outcomes for those found to be in violation of the rules. Disciplinary warnings place no financial or academic constraints on the person charged and state “that future violations will be treated more seriously.”

“It’s a light punishment, it’s a slap on the wrist,” Monique Dols, GS, who was given a disciplinary warning, said. “It’s a victory for free speech and anti-racism.”…

[One] student, Andrew Tillet-Saks, CC ’09 was also found to have engaged “in conduct that places another in danger of bodily harm.”…

“I’m glad they [the Minutemen] are outraged. They get press from whining, but an impression of strength is more important in the long run for a vigilante group which thrives on intimidating immigrants, and this verdict, like the protest, helps subvert that,” Judd said.

The irony is fragrant. Stinnnngs the nostrils.

Thanks to Weasel Zippers for the tip. Below you’ll find the video that started it all. Make sure you watch this clip, too, if you haven’t seen it before, to see what Dols means by “anti-racism.”

Update: Thanks to Alex K. for catching this. Still not exactly a stiff sentence, but it’s a step in the right direction.

The University has censured at least three students for their disruption of an Oct. 4, 2006 protest by Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist, one of the implicated students confirmed Tuesday. The disclosure, which came one day after it was revealed that three students had received lesser disciplinary warnings, signifies the harshest known punishment for any of the protest participants to date…

According to the Rules of University Conduct, censure is a step up in severity from a disciplinary warning. If a censured student is found in violation of the rules a second time, he or she is automatically suspended from the University for at least a semester or, if the violation is serious, is expelled…

In addition to an automatic suspension or expulsion for any future offenses, a censure remains on a student’s record until the student completes a degree or certificate.

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ok time for a test

lets get the Republicans, some of the Jewish students, and lets raise a ruckus at one of their bs anti-‘racism’ events and see what happens ok?

Defector01 on March 28, 2007 at 12:21 PM

Sad, very sad, and of course, will not be covered by the MSM.

Romeo13 on March 28, 2007 at 12:23 PM

At least theyre consistent.. and predictable, and of course wrong as usual.

Viper1 on March 28, 2007 at 12:29 PM

More gloating at the New York Times.

David Judd, a third-year student studying computer science who was one of the students who received a warning, said, “I view the fact that I got the lightest possible punishment as a small victory.”

A moral victory, no doubt.

Slublog on March 28, 2007 at 12:36 PM

Can we start hunting Democrats with dogs yet?

georgej on March 28, 2007 at 12:37 PM

Ooof. Breaking news (CNN), Iran is showing video of 15 British Navy members as we speak…er…type.

Matticus Finch on March 28, 2007 at 12:43 PM

It’s a victory for free speech

It’s a victory for free speech when students are let off with a warning for keeping others for exercising their right to free speech?

I’m missing the logic on that one.

Esthier on March 28, 2007 at 12:43 PM

I’m surprised they weren’t given some extra credits for fighting the man.

JammieWearingFool on March 28, 2007 at 12:48 PM

You mean liberals don’t hold their own accountable?

Bad Candy on March 28, 2007 at 12:54 PM

Tillet-Saks echoed other students’ criticism of the disciplinary process, saying students were not allowed to have legal representation present within the hearings. “They [administrators] were respectful but it was a very authoritarian issue in which I had no rights,” he said. “I had no idea was going on, they imposed non-negotiable conditions on the meeting that are not generally in line with what’s considered to be due process in a constitutional democracy.”

Columbia University is a constitutional democracy? Funny, I thought it was a private institution. Breathtakingly stupid, even for an Ivy Leaguer.

JackStraw on March 28, 2007 at 12:57 PM

No news here, move along and be not afraid for the Brown Shirts are free again to protect and educate you.

Gwillie on March 28, 2007 at 12:57 PM

Lucky for us, they don’t vote often or at all.

Liberalism 101 – down the hall to the left
Anarchy 101 – downstairs first door on the left

Common Sense Values & Education – curriculum not available.

What your money buys you at today’s institutions higher lower learning.


Kini on March 28, 2007 at 1:00 PM

It seriously sounds like conservative speakers should enlist the help of campus ROTC and/or young Republicans to protect them during speeches so they have the right to free speech on these liberal run campuses.

Benaiah on March 28, 2007 at 1:13 PM

And these are the future leaders of our nation. Scarey.

Tony737 on March 28, 2007 at 1:16 PM

“that future violations will be treated more seriously.”

Time to invite the very most potentially controversial Conservative speaker possible.

Speakup on March 28, 2007 at 2:05 PM

Oh…….. What seeds are sown by the Ward Churchill’s of today…

Sadly, I believe, this is only the beginning….. “When I asked, what is your name, he replied, ‘My name is Legion…’

PinkyBigglesworth on March 28, 2007 at 3:00 PM

Obviously, these are the same people on board with the new internet trend of tormenting other people who have cancer.

~But don’t you dare comment about the Edwards!!

locomotivebreath1901 on March 28, 2007 at 3:06 PM

“Wrist-slapped”? This “punishment” didn’t even qualify as a stern look of disapproval, let alone a wrist slap. More of liberals’ patented “free speech for me but not for thee” hypocrisy, with a side order of “the lunatics are running the asylum”.

The video wouldn’t play for me, but if I remember correctly, this brownshirt attack “protest” featured the “anti-racism” of silencing an African-American speaker.

ReubenJCogburn on March 28, 2007 at 3:38 PM

The Columbia daily reported somewhat stricter punishments for three other kids today:

I don’t know why a censure is so bad, but they’re not gloating:

Garcia said late last night that Columbia had “brought shame on itself” with the disciplinary action. “They bowed to right-wing pressure. It’s noteworthy that Columbia reserved the harshest punishment for Latinos-two Mexican-Americans and one Dominican,” she said.

Alex K on March 28, 2007 at 4:19 PM

So my question is: When the “Goracle” arrives to speak at Arizona State next week will I be allowed to lead a chanting protest and act like these “students?” Or will I end up in a hole in the desert?

This video is beyond embarrassing for these children.

VikingGoneWild on March 28, 2007 at 4:35 PM

Columbia Spectator readers surprisingly tough on the protestors:

Alex K on March 28, 2007 at 4:56 PM

Oooo. Censure!

We’ve moved from a slap on the wrist…

to a slap on the wrist ON YOUR PERMENENT RECORD.


btw… Just where do they store this legendary Permenent record? I seem to recall someone threatening the use of a black mark on my permenent record back in second grade.

Jones Zemkophill on March 28, 2007 at 5:35 PM

Oh, goody!

These other 3 are now on “double SeKrit probation.”

georgej on March 28, 2007 at 8:03 PM

Laws, rules, morality, ethics, standards, all of these are secondary to the immediate short-term goals of the left, and completely meaningless with regards to their long-term goals.

spmat on March 28, 2007 at 9:26 PM

It’s a victory for free speech
It’s a victory for free speech when students are let off with a warning for keeping others for exercising their right to free speech? I’m missing the logic on that one.

Amen. Maybe Columbia has finally gotten so expensive that even the really smart students can’t afford it, so they’re starting to let in dummies with dough? This is the same institution that has a Middle Eastern Studies dept that intimidates Jewish students in their classes. After all it was the home of Edward Said, who canonized Musim victimology. Institution of higher learning my a**.

smellthecoffee on March 28, 2007 at 11:11 PM

Any of the “punishment” is simply a joke. Letting these whiny brats off with what they got just encourages more of the same, or worse.
…so since they are now emboldened, what’s next? Physical assault?

If the speaker were Ward Churchill and this happened, letftard students would still be marching demanding the students involved be expelled.

91Veteran on March 28, 2007 at 11:13 PM

I hope one of them was the little cuss who appeared on BOR’s show.

Connie on March 28, 2007 at 11:23 PM

“a censure remains on a student’s record until the student completes a degree or certificate.

Oh NO! You mean it goes on their PERMANENT RECORD? Well, for at least a year or two…

mojo on March 29, 2007 at 1:54 PM

Animal House Redux.

DannoJyd on March 29, 2007 at 6:08 PM