Duke apologizes to DSFL, affirms that motherhood is OK by them

posted at 10:12 am on March 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday we learned the stunning news that Duke University considered the topic of motherhood too traumatic for discussion at its Women’s Center … at least if people who support pro-life positions are having the discussion.  After the free-speech activist group FIRE exposed the decision to cancel an event at the Center sponsored by Duke Students for Life, which wasn’t even about opposition to abortion, the Duke University Women’s Center abruptly reversed course, offering a terse apology to the DSFL.  I received a copy of the apology this morning:

It would be interesting to know what those steps are, but Gregory apparently declined to mention them in her apology.   Also, the DSFL didn’t have a problem “reserving space,” although Gregory corrects that in her next sentence by acknowledging that the Center canceled an existing reservation.  The “mistakes were made” sounds remarkably passive — especially since an employee of the center, Gender Violence Prevention Specialist Martin Liccardo, met with the DSFL to tell them personally that they were “traumatizing” women with their support of pro-life policies and that the center had an “ideological conflict” with the DSFL which made their use of the space impossible.

At any rate, the Duke University Women’s Center has done the right thing in apologizing, even if it’s too late to allow the DSFL to hold their event at the Center — and even if it seems more motivated by exposure than remorse.  The DUWC goes a lot farther in this apology than most universities caught in the act of suppressing opposing points of view, and if they actually follow through on this promise, then they deserve credit for it.

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Still, 77 of the faculty signed a petition condemning motherhood.

Bishop on March 30, 2010 at 10:14 AM

I wonder when the letter of apology goes to the Duke Lacrosse players?

Dire Straits on March 30, 2010 at 10:17 AM

ABD

ladyingray on March 30, 2010 at 10:17 AM

At any rate, the Duke University Women’s Center has done the right thing in apologizing, even if it’s too late to allow the DSFL to hold their event at the Center — and even if it seems more motivated by exposure than remorse.

Um… no… an apology is not an apology unless it is sincere and remorseful.

This is why we get apologies like “I’m sorry if people were offended” or like the one above because we accept it as “at least they acknowledged the problem.” Big F*%*ing Deal!!! We already knew the problem, it doesn’t need to be acknowledged anymore, it is known. The problem needs to be fixed, not just “acknowledged.”

MobileVideoEngineer on March 30, 2010 at 10:18 AM

“Mistakes were made” by whom? This is a big problem in our culture right now, the failure to take responsibility and say I made a mistake (heck, I’d even settle for “we erred in canceling your reservation”). But I will not accept a “mistakes were made” apology or “sorry if you were offended”. That’s all b.s.

I don’t ask for anyone to be perfect, but acknowledge when you screw up.

rbj on March 30, 2010 at 10:19 AM

…the DSFL didn’t have a problem “reserving space,”…

The letter doesn’t imply it did.

mwdiver on March 30, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Liberals believe some women are more equal than others.

Puts them in an untenable position sometimes, but never forget, this is what they believe.

Socialists always believe in a privileged intelligensia, forcing their lunatic ideaology on other people, they are at heart, totalitarians.

All the talk about “tolerance” is just that, talk.

The only people they “tolerate” are people who don’t threaten their hold on political power.

NoDonkey on March 30, 2010 at 10:21 AM

From the clods who brought you the Duke Lacrosse White Male Witch Hunt, comes “Oops! It’s probably OK for women to be mothers after all!”

‘Higher education’ indeed.

Good Lt on March 30, 2010 at 10:21 AM

The “mistakes were made” sounds remarkably passive …

And remarkably familiar.

bifidis on March 30, 2010 at 10:22 AM

One would think that the entire staff at Duke would think at least twice before pulling anymore boneheaded moves. I mean seriously, “traumatizing women with their support of pro-life policies….”? WTH does that even mean? No single person would be alive if a pro-life stance actually traumatized women, as there would be no babies born anywhere. What a bunch of idiots.

Johnnyreb on March 30, 2010 at 10:23 AM

It is sad to see what has happened to this once fine university. It has become a cesspool of radical Leftist garbage. You’d think that after the non-rape fiasco they would have engaged in a little self-reflection and cleaned things up a bit, but no, they’ve just doubled down on stupid.

AZCoyote on March 30, 2010 at 10:24 AM

MobileVideoEngineer on March 30, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Great minds, MVE

rbj on March 30, 2010 at 10:24 AM

I hold motherhood up as a sacred concept and something to be celebrated. I am a mother via adoption. Thankfully my sons’ birthmothers felt motherhood is sacred as well and made the decision to give their babies the gift of life. They were too young to properly care for their sons, and trusted my husband and me to love and nurture their babies.

Who are these angry women who don’t understand the concept of motherhood? I am so grateful for my two sons…they have been blessings, not curses.

manateespirit on March 30, 2010 at 10:26 AM

The opposite of diversity…..university.

Caper29 on March 30, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Duke U should be closed.

griv on March 30, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Two things, first

met with the DSFL to tell them personally that they were “traumatizing” women with their support of pro-life policies

the “I am woman, hear me roar” group might be a little to delicate to be running the world. Second,

Duke University Women’s Center has done the right thing in apologizing, even if it’s too late to allow the DSFL to hold their event at the Center —

they won. Unless they allow this program to go on as scheduled, then they accomplished their goal and got away with by putting a few words on paper that everyone knows they don’t believe. Slick.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2010 at 10:27 AM

manateespirit on March 30, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Agree. A society who views children as “punishment” (like our jackass president once remarked), will not last.

NoDonkey on March 30, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Thank you so much, Duke University, for apolgizing after it’s too late to do anything about it. You’re too clever by half.

kingsjester on March 30, 2010 at 10:31 AM

What kind of events do they have at the Duke University Men’s Center? They do have one?

WashJeff on March 30, 2010 at 10:32 AM

The DUWC goes a lot farther in this apology than most universities caught in the act of suppressing opposing points of view, and if they actually follow through on this promise, then they deserve credit for it.

I disagree. An insincere apology is worth nothing.

I think it detrimental to ourselves to accept halfhearted gestures and sullen apologies from the Left. Giving credit where credit is due is sportsmanlike and gracious, but to accept their insincerity is to encourage them to continue doing what they want to do in the first place.

I think it important, rather, to demand resignations. One could throw in ‘diversity training’ and ‘tolerance reeducation’, but that would be purely for sport.

Essentially, what I mean is that in giving the Left any kind of leeway, we are essentially being co-opted into supporting them. That’s worse than saying nothing at all!!

KinleyArdal on March 30, 2010 at 10:34 AM

What kind of events do they have at the Duke University Men’s Center? They do have one?

WashJeff on March 30, 2010 at 10:32 AM

It’s a very liberal academic program about sowing and oats.

Electrongod on March 30, 2010 at 10:34 AM

It is sad to see what has happened to this once fine university. It has become a cesspool of radical Leftist garbage. You’d think that after the non-rape fiasco they would have engaged in a little self-reflection and cleaned things up a bit, but no, they’ve just doubled down on stupid.

AZCoyote on March 30, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Harvard of the South indeed. They are a bunch of leftist wackos so I guess they are the “Harvard of the South.”

MobileVideoEngineer on March 30, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Gender Violence Prevention Specialist Martin Liccardo, met with the DSFL to tell them personally that they were “traumatizing” women with their support of pro-life policies and that the center had an “ideological conflict” with the DSFL which made their use of the space impossible.

Something tells me that Martin doesn’t rise to the level of evan a beta male. Is there such a thing as an omega male?

BuckeyeSam on March 30, 2010 at 10:36 AM

WashJeff on March 30, 2010 at 10:32 AM

I am wondering what the heck someone who graduates with a 4 year degree in “Womens Studies” does for a job other than go right into teaching?

http://web.duke.edu/womstud/index2.html

Johnnyreb on March 30, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Pure attrition, not conviction.

Diane on March 30, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Duke has managed to destroy a stellar reputation rather quickly. They’ve become a rather disgraceful institution.

Like I always say, it takes years to develop a good reputation and seconds to destroy one.

TheBigOldDog on March 30, 2010 at 10:37 AM

This is why we get apologies like “I’m sorry if people were offended” or like the one above because we accept it as “at least they acknowledged the problem.” Big F*%*ing Deal!!! We already knew the problem, it doesn’t need to be acknowledged anymore, it is known. The problem needs to be fixed, not just “acknowledged.”

MobileVideoEngineer on March 30, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Exactly. This is bull and Ed has taken the bait…again.

If they want to apologize, then reserve them space and let them have their rally…otherwise, kiss off sexist bigots.

uknowmorethanme on March 30, 2010 at 10:37 AM

WashJeff on March 30, 2010 at 10:32 AM

No, they only let them play sports and bring in revenue for the university, other then that they are to shut up or be smeared by any and all innuendo.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2010 at 10:37 AM

WashJeff on March 30, 2010 at 10:32 AM

No, they only let them play sports and bring in revenue for the university, other then that they are to shut up or be smeared by any and all innuendo.

Sorry.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2010 at 10:37 AM

What kind of events do they have at the Duke University Men’s Center? They do have one?

WashJeff on March 30, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Discovering your Feminine Side 101

uknowmorethanme on March 30, 2010 at 10:39 AM

I am wondering what the heck someone who graduates with a 4 year degree in “Womens Studies” does for a job other than go right into teaching?

Johnnyreb on March 30, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Maybe it’s a program for beta-males…a chance to at least observe women.

WashJeff on March 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Gender Violence Prevention Specialist

LOL

Mr. Arrogant on March 30, 2010 at 10:41 AM

First screw them over, then, when it is too late to fix, give a non-apology. Nice.

SurferDoc on March 30, 2010 at 10:41 AM

What kind of events do they have at the Duke University Men’s Center? They do have one?

WashJeff on March 30, 2010 at 10:32 AM

–Basketball, probably.

Jimbo3 on March 30, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Mistakes were made.

Unexpected.

BacaDog on March 30, 2010 at 10:45 AM

I think colleges and universities need to get serious about cutting waste. Some of these degrees are so stupid and useless.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Still, 77 of the faculty signed a petition condemning motherhood.

Bishop on March 30, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Wonder if those 77 ever thought about what the results would be if their parents had condemned motherhood.

Rovin on March 30, 2010 at 10:48 AM

I think colleges and universities need to get serious about cutting waste. Some of these degrees are so stupid and useless.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2010 at 10:45 AM

If no federal dollars were going to people getting this type of degree it would be funny. I envision a graduation ceremony where the Dean while handing over a degree in Women Studies, shakes the graduates hands and whispers to them, “Sucker! Good luck with that.”

WashJeff on March 30, 2010 at 10:49 AM

What kind of events do they have at the Duke University Men’s Center? They do have one?

WashJeff on March 30, 2010 at 10:32 AM

I tell you in all honesty, if my son asked me if he should apply to Duke I’d advise against it because if anything happens while he’s there, he’ll be assume guilty solely because he’s a white male and that makes it Duke a dangerous place for him.

TheBigOldDog on March 30, 2010 at 10:49 AM

The only “mistake” from Duke’s perspective is that they got caught and someone raised the issue prominently enough to get attention outside the Duke community.

Why any thinking alum would send money to a leftist speech censoring university is beyond me. I refuse to send any money to my university because of its leftist president.

belad on March 30, 2010 at 10:52 AM

“Also, the DSFL didn’t have a problem “reserving space,” although Gregory corrects that in her next sentence by acknowledging that the Center canceled an existing reservation.”

If you want to split hairs, she said “the recent problem you experience after reserving space.”

ggoofer on March 30, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Duke University….Stuck on Stupid

Jvette on March 30, 2010 at 10:53 AM

I think colleges and universities need to get serious about cutting waste. Some of these degrees are so stupid and useless.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Those degree programs are there just push us into socialism, marxism, and communism. They do this because those programs are based on feelings instead of facts and figures.

There is a shortage of scientists, doctors, mathematicians, etc because those fields rely on facts (save the global warming scientists) and figures and we can’t have something be black or white (I know I’m racist).

This is why we are pretty much socialist as it is because we’ve lost the ability to reason and instead we want to “feel.”

MobileVideoEngineer on March 30, 2010 at 10:54 AM

WashJeff on March 30, 2010 at 10:49 AM

As soon as he signs it, all student loans will be taxpayer based. Sounds like another complaint to add to list of government waste.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Wonder if those 77 ever thought about what the results would be if their parents had condemned motherhood.

Rovin on March 30, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Seems like the feminazis are in control of Dukes so-called women’s studies. You know the ones that think that all child bearing mothers are enslaved by men.

docdave on March 30, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Is there such a thing as an omega male?

There’s this one guy who is Alpha and Omega!

The Monster on March 30, 2010 at 11:06 AM

WashJeff on March 30, 2010 at 10:49 AM
As soon as he signs it, all student loans will be taxpayer based. Sounds like another complaint to add to list of government waste.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2010 at 10:55 AM

–My understanding is that the student loan market collapsed in connection with the credit crisis and that the US had to provide guarantees to support the banks involved to get the market started again. At the same time, the US was paying some fees to the banks making student loans. So, at least as I understand it, I think the government asked why it had to pay fees to the banks when it was in effect the one responsible for the loans because of the guarantees.

Jimbo3 on March 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Jimbo3 on March 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM

That would make sense if not for the fact that it was the feds who ruined the credit market in the first place (see “Frank, Barney” and “Dodd, Chris”).

Leaving the economy to the government is, well like, leaving ANYTHING to the government when the Democrats are in charge.

Complete disaster.

NoDonkey on March 30, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Exactly. This is bull and Ed has taken the bait…again.

If they want to apologize, then reserve them space and let them have their rally…otherwise, kiss off sexist bigots.

uknowmorethanme on March 30, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Quite right. This is why Ann Coulter sells zillions of books and Ed does not. She is a warrior, and Ed is a nice guy. Unfortunately, this is war, and we need warriors right now.

fossten on March 30, 2010 at 11:12 AM

A living Baby…just an opposing point of view?

tomas on March 30, 2010 at 11:14 AM

If they want to apologize, then reserve them space and let them have their rally…otherwise, kiss off sexist bigots.

uknowmorethanme on March 30, 2010 at 10:37 AM

And, I would add, fund the new DSFL event from Duke Women’s Center funds to make whole the DSFL group.
.
That would show true remorse and acknowledgment of error!

ExpressoBold on March 30, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Gender Violence Prevention Specialist Martin Liccardo

Wait.

The Gender Violence Prevention Specialist (good gravy! pretentious much?) was against the pro-life club holding an event?

Aren’t men not allowed to have a position about abortion, or something?

Jewels on March 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM

… So, at least as I understand it, I think the government asked why it had to pay fees to the banks when it was in effect the one responsible for the loans because of the guarantees.

Jimbo3 on March 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM

The federal government should have never ever offered any guarantees, fee payments, etc. for student loans. The credit crisis with regards to student loans would never have been this much a problem if the federal government kept its hands out.

When one gets s student loan, they are investing in a self proprietorship. If a person does not think they are worth the risk that comes with an investment, they should not make that investment.

Also, every state in the union has public unversities. Why don’t states just raise taxes and make college education “free” just like K-12?

WashJeff on March 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Leaving the economy to the government is, well like, leaving ANYTHING to the government when the Democrats are in charge.

NoDonkey on March 30, 2010 at 11:12 AM

It does not matter which party is in charge of the federal government, the bureaucracy will surely waste money either way.

WashJeff on March 30, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Johnnyreb on March 30, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Jr–thanks, it helped me figure out what atheling does with her degree…

http://www.msmagazine.com/spring2007/womensstudies.asp

lovingmyUSA on March 30, 2010 at 11:18 AM

–My understanding is that the student loan market collapsed in connection with the credit crisis and that the US had to provide guarantees to support the banks involved to get the market started again. At the same time, the US was paying some fees to the banks making student loans. So, at least as I understand it, I think the government asked why it had to pay fees to the banks when it was in effect the one responsible for the loans because of the guarantees.

Jimbo3 on March 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM

If it did, it was temporary and the credit markets are functioning normally again. All one as to do is turn on a radio and listen to Ad after Ad by banks and loan companies to know that.

Now another private industry has been taken over by the federal government putting hundreds of citizens out of work. Now, if you want borrow money to send your children to college you are dependent on the government’s good will. Who will you appeal to when the sole source turns you down? Why your Representative of coarse, the same person you’ll turn to when you or a loved one are denied needed medical care under the new system. Now that’s real power.

TheBigOldDog on March 30, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Martin Liccardo is the Assistant Coordinator for Sexual Assault Support Services at the Duke University Women’s Center. He received his B.S. degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Utah in 2002.

Why am I not shocked, this product of a make work degree, wilted like a little pansy, at the thought of manning up, and standing up for his beliefs.

MNHawk on March 30, 2010 at 11:20 AM

How much do you suck at life, taking 6 years to get that make work degree?

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/martin-liccardo/7/481/870

Heh.

MNHawk on March 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Duke University….Stuck on Stupid

Jvette on March 30, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Except for that stellar men’s basketball team led by that republican outlier, Coach K.

Diane on March 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM

How much do you suck at life, taking 6 years to get that make work degree?

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/martin-liccardo/7/481/870

Heh.

MNHawk on March 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Good find.

fossten on March 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM

I’m sure Gregory and Liccardo had mothers and are glad they made the choice they did. Why do we condone people who want to kill unborn babies with any credibility.

How is it that a man takes courses in women’s studies and that there’s a degree for this. Man up Utah.

Kissmygrits on March 30, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Democratic Fundraisers put the emphasis on FUN!

Brown should not be thrown under the bus. They should have just come out and explained what occurred and not used donor money to pay for it. It was a mistake, and easily dealt with if they were honest and straight forward. Hell, they could have made it into a postive thing if done right. This shows the lack of rigor, common sense, and character of Steele on handling this matter. It is his responsibility to address something like this, not some underling’s job to take the fall.

And Steele is flying around on private jets? He should be flying coach everywhere and bragging about how he does it and stays at regular hotels. Remember Pat Nixon’s cloth coat? This is about perception. Trust me. I am not giving a cent to these jokers. I will give to campaigns who need it. Give Howard Dean credit–he did a good job when he took over the DNC.

Mr. Joe on March 30, 2010 at 11:36 AM

How much do you suck at life, taking 6 years to get that make work degree?

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/martin-liccardo/7/481/870

Heh.

MNHawk on March 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Yeah, it took me 5 and a half years to get my degree but I transferred and it was a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Business and Math not just a “Women Studies” degree.

MobileVideoEngineer on March 30, 2010 at 11:36 AM

I wonder how many of the 88 Professors who signed the letter professing the guilt of the LaCrosse students remain.

We at LSU are the proud(?) recipient of the AD that fired the LaCrosse coach. The coaches offense? Players from his team, at a private off campus house, hired strippers for a birthday party.

Were the players actions illegal?

barnone on March 30, 2010 at 11:38 AM

At any rate, the Duke University Women’s Center has done the right thing in apologizing, even if it’s too late to allow the DSFL to hold their event at the Center — and even if it seems more motivated by exposure than remorse.

I am sick and tired of a society that thinks “apologizing” is all that is necessary for any action. There is no accountability in apologizing after-the-fact.

highhopes on March 30, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Aren’t men not allowed to have a position about abortion, or something?

Jewels on March 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Incorrect. Say rather that men are only allowed to have one position – it’s the woman’s body, the woman’s choice.

Men who stand up for abortion rights are the modern-day knights in shining armor, it seems. As an enthusiast in all things chivalric, it turns my stomach to acknowledge that the world is indeed just that twisted.


The hero is the one who stands up for sticking a knife in the kid!!!

#@%$@#%#@$# #@$#@$#@ %#@#.

KinleyArdal on March 30, 2010 at 11:43 AM

My understanding is that the student loan market collapsed in connection with the credit crisis and that the US had to provide guarantees to support the banks involved to get the market started again. At the same time, the US was paying some fees to the banks making student loans. So, at least as I understand it, I think the government asked why it had to pay fees to the banks when it was in effect the one responsible for the loans because of the guarantees.

Jimbo3 on March 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM

The same can be said for the SBA. There is no risk to banks under the SBA program. The funds lended are the banks assets, garuanteed by the US Treasury.

I say we eliminate the SBA programs at commercial banks and begin direct lending to small businesses.

Where will that put us? Lets see:

The government has taken control of the following in this year:

1) School loans. The department of edumication will now dictate which schools get student loan financing. Oh, is that a Christian-based university? Sorry, no taxpayer money for you…separation of church and state and all that.

2) Healthcare. “We don’t think hip replacement surgery is an effective use of public money on seniors…so….here’s some aspirin”. “We said everyone would have insurance…we never said you’d get the coverage you thought you were going to get”.

Last year, it took control of many banks and manufacturers, installed its own Pay Masters (does anyone not find that term offensive, except me?) who dictate the compensation of non-government employees, orders them to close outlets, and directs the type of products they will now produce. But they aren’t running those companies, right?

So, why not take over the small businesses in the country by being the only lender in town? “Hey, you want some money to expand? You’ll need to incorporate the following rules into your business…….”

Comrades, we are nearly there…keep going.

BobMbx on March 30, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Comrades, we are nearly there…keep going.

BobMbx on March 30, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Don’t be giving Jimbo any ideas. This is one of the morons that actually thinks that Obamacare doesn’t go far enough.

highhopes on March 30, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Men who stand up for abortion rights are the modern-day knights in shining armor, it seems. As an enthusiast in all things chivalric, it turns my stomach to acknowledge that the world is indeed just that twisted.

You see, abortion from the male perspective is purely financial. The more abortions there are, the smaller the child support market gets. Wait…..thats a substantial impact on commerce….

So, again, using the commerce clause, we find that abortions must be banned. This is not a right/wrong argument. It is purely one of economic necessity, and Congress has the authority and a duty (based on precedent) to ban abortions.

I’m beginning to like this Commerce Clause…..a lot.

BobMbx on March 30, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Gender Violence Prevention Specialist
LOL

Mr. Arrogant on March 30, 2010 at 10:41 AM

My exact reaction. Would make an awesome entry in the Urban Dictionary.

Dubn8tr on March 30, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Also, every state in the union has public unversities. Why don’t states just raise taxes and make college education “free” just like K-12?

WashJeff on March 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM

You didn’t get the memo. Not using public money to pay for college is one of the few remaining pillars of the White Man Compact, whose sole purpose is to keep the black man down.

BobMbx on March 30, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Hitler: “Hey, uh..sorry about all that….apologies to anyone who may have been offended by my actions….can’t we all just….get along?”

BobMbx on March 30, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Martin Liccardo is the Assistant Coordinator for Sexual Assault Support Services at the Duke University Women’s Center. He received his B.S. degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Utah in 2002.

“He received his B.S. degree in Women’s Studies”

Heh. Couldn’t have said it better if they’d tried!

bofh on March 30, 2010 at 12:10 PM

The opposite of diversity…..university.

Caper29 on March 30, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Very nice.

Oh, and great job by Ed & FIRE in bringing this to light.

cs89 on March 30, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Were I a parent writing a check to Duke, I’d be cross eyed at the thought that they pay a Gender Violence Prevention Specialist.

mugged on March 30, 2010 at 12:22 PM

These folks got more of an apology from the Duke Womyn’s Center than the 3 wrongfully accused students got from the Duke Gang of 88 (faculty members/lynch mob).

molonlabe28 on March 30, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Might as well have not printed it, Duke. If you really think that after-the-fact letter is fooling anybody but yourselves…

What a pathetic move. You should either have not barred anyone in the first place or had the guts to stand behind their original position once the anti-abortion/childed groups started making a fuss. Instead you have show about as much spine as a wet noodle in a bowl of Jell-O.

Is THIS all it took to make them cave? Were there even any credible threats of legal action before they penned the ‘so sorrrrry ‘ letter?

Dark-Star on March 30, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Do they have a Men’s Center at Duke?

Herb on March 30, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Herb on March 30, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Not on campus. It’s just down the street, by the National Association for the Advancement of Caucasian People office.

(just being snarky, no offense intended to anyone)

cs89 on March 30, 2010 at 12:44 PM

highhopes on March 30, 2010 at 11:42 AM

An apology here is nothing more than a, “I’m sorry I got caught.”, and under their breath, “I’ll be more careful to not get caught next time!”.

What should happen is public outcry for this loser’s head on a pike(figuratively) and force the university, or BoR to terminate ore bring about resignation. The alumni association should also be putting on pressure. There is nothing like withholding financial support to make a point.

belad on March 30, 2010 at 12:45 PM

What kind of events do they have at the Duke University Men’s Center? They do have one?
WashJeff on March 30, 2010 at 10:32 AM

That would be un-diverse, or something.

Akzed on March 30, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Do they have a Men’s Center at Duke?

Herb on March 30, 2010 at 12:42 PM

No, it’s off campus and is called “Coach K’s house”.

Haunches on March 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Mistakes were made

Yeah, you were found out and exposed.

Wade on March 30, 2010 at 1:56 PM

I wonder when the letter of apology goes to the Duke Lacrosse players?

Dire Straits on March 30, 2010 at 10:17 AM

The 1st of never

Wade on March 30, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Also, every state in the union has public unversities. Why don’t states just raise taxes and make college education “free” just like K-12?

WashJeff on March 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM

For the same reason Walgreens in Washington are not taking prescriptions from new Medicaid patients.

Wade on March 30, 2010 at 2:05 PM

It appears that it is easy to apologize after the fact, when the event has concluded, and your goal of preventing a group from attending has already become a fait accompli.

Sorry, this is a weasel-worded non-apology.

“Steps have been taken” What, specifically? No detail, no followthrough.

NavyspyII on March 30, 2010 at 3:14 PM

NavyspyII on March 30, 2010 at 3:14 PM

You got it. The new left policy is to worry later about the effects of their actions. If they are exposed, just say “Sorry” and all will be OK. BS to me..

Wade on March 30, 2010 at 3:22 PM

they won. Unless they allow this program to go on as scheduled, then they accomplished their goal and got away with by putting a few words on paper that everyone knows they don’t believe. Slick.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2010

But they “meant well” and that’s good enough for Ed.

Extrafishy on March 30, 2010 at 4:20 PM

“He received his B.S. degree in Women’s Studies”

Heh. Couldn’t have said it better if they’d tried!

bofh on March 30, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Yeah, I guess the definition of B.S. degree has changed some since I got mine in computer engineering. The “S” used to stand for “science”, but can anyone tell me how women’s studies could possibly be considered a “science”??? The other use for this acronym fits much better.

runawayyyy on March 31, 2010 at 12:58 PM