DePauw Delta Zeta Purge Scandal: Elitism Has Its Price, Smart Women Get Dumped

Maybe those who said the Greeks really weren't often being racist in their behavior regarding the "Chief" and "tacos and tequila", etc were right. Maybe they're just totally insensitive toward other human beings in general? Stories like this make you wonder. February 25, 2007 Sorority Evictions Raise Issue of Looks and Bias By SAM DILLON GREENCASTLE, Ind. — When a psychology professor at DePauw University here surveyed students, they described one sorority as a group of “daddy’s little princesses” and another as “offbeat hippies.” The sisters of Delta Zeta were seen as “socially awkward.” Worried that a negative stereotype of the sorority was contributing to a decline in membership that had left its Greek-columned house here half empty, Delta Zeta’s national officers interviewed 35 DePauw members in November, quizzing them about their dedication to recruitment. They judged 23 of the women insufficiently committed and later told them to vacate the sorority house.

Sunday, Feb. 25, 3-6pm: The Twin Towers -- Joint Fundraiser for New Towers for Radio Lenca and Radio Free Urbana

Come on out to an afternoon of energetic Fandango music from Veracruz, Mexico, in a benefit concert for The Lenca Radio Project and Radio Free Urbana, WRFU, at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25, at the UCIMC in the old Post Office Building in downtown Urbana. Radio Lenca is being built in cooperation with local people who are dedicated to improving communications in developing countries. Also featured will be local mime artists Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman, informational sessions about the projects, refreshments and a raffle. Sliding scale admission from $5.00 to $20.00 The Primary Communications Project, a non-profit organization based here, takes a different angle on the natural tendency of people to come together to help each other. The Primary Communications Project works in cooperation with community based organizations in developing countries to build their own communications media which they in turn use to bring about understanding between cultures, social justice and improved living conditions. This is done by rebuilding used broadcast equipment from the United States and prefabricating it into ready-to-use stations and

Test your Chief Illiniwek IQ

With the retirement Chief Illiniwek, the fog of mythology thickens. As accusations fly, how well can YOU see fact from fiction? Test your Chief Illiniwek IQ. True or False?: 1. The University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign was established partly using money from selling off Native American lands. TRUE. 2. After the US Bureau of Indian Affairs outlawed Indian religion, dance, and ritual on reservations, Chief Illiniwek was invented as half-time entertainment for UI football games. TRUE. The original 1926 Chief Illiniwek a white student dressed as a tribal Chief smoking a "peace pipe" with another student dressed as William Penn. 3. The dress, dance, and symbol of Chief Illiniwek bear no relation to the dress, dances, and symbols of any tribe from the midwest. TRUE. The dress is borrowed from Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, staged photos by Edward Curtis, and the Boy Scouts - who captured the European-American imagination with a single image of The Indian - a pre-reservation Native American from the southwest Plains region. The dance is made up acrobatics. 4. The tradition of genocide has historically involved appropriation of religious symbols.

Statement from University of Illinois Native American House on "chief illiniwek"

February 16, 2007 The Native American House recognizes the significance of the Board of Trustees' action in announcing that “Chief Illiniwek” will no longer perform at athletic events. Now it is time to heal and take responsibility for the history of “chief illiniwek” on our campus. To that end, we expect that the University will act constructively in response to the Oglala Sioux requests and return the regalia to its rightful place. We want to honor and thank all of those who have worked so hard and long on this issue. And while this is a moment of reflection, we know that retiring the performance of the mascot does not solve campus climate issues, and we will continue to work with the campus and the community to address misinformation and miseducation about indigenous peoples, histories, and cultures. http://www.nah.uiuc.edu/

It's Official: Chief's Gone

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees has just released a press release saying that Chief Illiniwek will no longer perform at U of I games. More coming.

Stay Warm & Fight for Justice at your Workplace

There has been 9 inches of snow so far today with 4-6 more inches coming and wind gusts over 40 MPH. Country roads are closed. The bus system will operate through 7 pm tonight and is scheduled to resume Wednesday morning but be prepared for delays. The downtown post office is open. Urbana & Champaign schools are closed today and tomorrow. The University has not yet decided to close tomorrow. Today, the University stalled until 9 am to close campus. Some suspect the University is giving its 70,000 employees the shaft by only paying those who showed up at 8 am for work today. Local Commentary & the Chancellor's e-mail follows. The latest weather is here: http://www.atmos.uiuc.edu/weather/index.php. SHAME ON THE UNIVERSITY AND SHAME ON CHANCELLOR HERMAN!
WHY DID THEY WAIT TO CLOSE CAMPUS???

No Weapon Can Replace Good Police Work: Response to Sheriff Dan Walsh’s Report On Tasers

No Weapon Can Replace Good Police Work: Response to Sheriff Dan Walsh’s Report On Tasers Monday night, February 5, 2007, Sheriff Dan Walsh gave a report on Tasers to the Justice Committee of the Champaign County Board. Sheriff Walsh was on the defensive and at times indignant as he argued that the Taser is a “humane” weapon, even in spite of the discovery that 14-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department William Alan Myers had abused inmates with a Taser in the jail. In November 2003, the Sheriff’s Department purchased Tasers and they went into use a year later. He gave a previous report on Tasers in May 2004 and since his tune has not changed: Tasers are a useful weapon to protect officers and protect citizens. He echoed the Taser manufacturer’s own advertisements, “Tasers Save Lives.” Several members of the community, organized by Chamaign-Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice, spoke during the period for public comment at the beginning of the meeting. They included: Belden Fields, Professor Emeritus; Durl Kruse, member of AWARE; Giraldo Rosales, Champaign City Council member; Martel Miller, co-founder of VEYA; and myself. Others opposing Tasers sat with them.

Fred Hampton Jr. comes to Urbana to witness the Patrick Thompson Trial Wednesday

Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Champaign County Courthouse, downtown Urbana, Main and Vine, Courtroom A Press conference at noon lunch break with Chairman Fred Hampton, Jr. at the Independent Media Center (old Urbana post office behind the Courthouse) On Wednesday, February 7, a judge will hear testimony from several witnesses in an attempt to gain Patrick Thompson a new trial. In July 2006, Thompson was found guilty of home invasion and sexual abuse. Thompson’s new attorney, Robert Kirchner, is claiming that Thompson received ineffective counsel and has not had a fair trial. On January 5, 2007, six witnesses appeared in the first day of the post-trial hearings. This Wednesday, Thompson’s former attorney Harvey Welch will take the stand, along with Thompson himself, the accuser, and others. We will be holding a press conference at the noon lunch break with Chairman Fred Hampton, Jr., prison activist and founder of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee (P.O.C.C.).

Chief Illiniwek appears in a retrospective on racism on the Colbert Report, 2/1/2007

Chief Illiniwek appears in a retrospective on racism on the Colbert Report, 2/1/2007

A screenshot of Chief Illiniwek as he appeared in "a short look back on racism" on the Colbert Report, Comedy Central (note logo on the bottom), February 1st, 2007.

Here's the video on YouTube:

Media Reform Activists Come Together in Memphis

Media Reform Activists Come Together in Memphis By Marcia Zumbahlen and Brian Dolinar

Sioux Request Return of Lakota Regalia, Peoria Request Use of "chief illiniwek" Mascot to Cease

via email Breaking News at this hour... A press conference will be held on Thursday, 1/18/07, at 10:00 AM, in the Conference Room at the Native American House, 1204 W. Nevada Street, Urbana. January 18, 2007 RESOLUTION OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE OGLALA SIOUX TRIBE DEMANDING RETURN OF LAKOTA REGALIA USED IN PERFORMANCE OF "CHIEF ILLINIWEK," AND IN SUPPORT OF REQUEST BY PEORIA TRIBE OF OKLAHOMA THAT THE USE OF THE MASCOT CEASE. On January 17, 2007, the Executive Committee of the Oglala Sioux Tribal

Pro-Chief Students Issue Call for Racism and Violence against American Indians at University of Illinois

Pro-Chief Students Issue Call for Racism and Violence against American Indians at University of Illinois via email As concerned citizens of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and as faculty in the university's American Indian Studies Program and staff at the Native American House, we wish to call attention to a recent incident of university students explicitly advocating racist violence against American Indians in general and against one American Indian student in particular.

Urbana joins Indymedia convergence in Africa during World Social Forum

Several Urbana IMC members are traveling to Narobi, Kenya this month to support an Indymedia convergence during the seventh annual World Social Forum which runs January 20-25th. Media activists from Africa and around the world will be reporting in the World Social Forum, providing hands-on media production workshops, building two low-power radio stations in Kenya, and creating solidarity across borders. The UC-IMC is trying to gather $1000 to support this Indymedia convergence. Your donation will help pay for needed radio & computer equipment, travel for African media activists, and set up costs for the media center (Note: Donations will not be used for travel expenses for UCIMC members). Please consider making a tax-deductible donation here. Donations of working computers - especially laptops - as well as hand-held tape recorders, cameras, video camcorders, or wireless access points, are also needed. Please contact chyn (at) ucimc.org to contribute.

Final strategizing for civilian oversight of police

Urbana is on the verge of establishing independent civilian oversight of its police. But the new Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) contract with the City has placed severe limits on this grassroots effort. Concerned citizens meet this Tuesday, January 9 at 7:00 pm to strategize.

More Testimony Comes to Light in Post-trial Motion for Patrick Thompson

Witnesses Appear in Post-trial Motion for Patrick Thompson By Brian Dolinar

No Great Bodily Harm: Another Continuance For Sgt. Myers

No Great Bodily Harm: Another Continuance For Sgt. Myers No major developments occurred on January 3, 2007 in the prosecution of Sgt. William Alan Myers, 14 year veteran of the Sheriff’s office, currently charged with using a Taser on an inmate who was fully restrained and hooded. Sgt. Myers’ attorney Tony Novak was granted a continuance until February 2, 2007.

Patrick Thompson’s Motion For Retrial This Week

Patrick Thompson’s Motion For Retrial This Week Community Court Watch calls everyone to the courtroom: Thursday, January 4th at 9 a.m. in courtroom A Patrick Thompson is one of the videographers that created the controversial documentary, Citizen’s Watch in 2004. In July, Thompson was found guilty of home invasion and sexual abuse, charges we believe to be retaliation for his political activism. Thompson is facing 6-30 years in prison. This for an alleged crime for which there are no witnesses and no physical evidence.

Tim Johnson's Stacked Hearing against NCAA

December 15, 2006 - Parkland College, Champaign, IL They called it a"congressional field hearing" to examine Tim Johnson's and disgraced House Speaker Dennis Hastert's “Protection of University Governance Act of 2006” (HR 5289). It ended up being a stacked Republican attempt to shame the NCAA for pushing us closer to ending the use of a racist mascot at UIUC.

GEO Solidarity Counts: University Repays Thousands it Owes Graduate Employees

University Repays Thousands it Owes Graduate Employees by Graduate Employees' Organaziation

Free Speech Under Attack at UIUC

please forward widely... FREE SPEECH UNDER ATTACK AT UIUC RSO threatened by university library staff for distributing anti-war material (see details below) WHAT CAN YOU DO? -We need your support in order to help expand the amount of space available for registered student organizations (RSOs), campus unions, and Champaign-Urbana community members to table on campus. -We wish to see the upper level of the Undergraduate Library Atrium Plaza made available for tabling and distributing literature and information.

GEO holds Rally for a Living Wage

GEO Holds Rally for a Living Wage Costs of Natural Gas on the rise Costs of Electricity on the rise UIUC administrators’ salaries on the rise Graduate Employee wages frozen! Turn up the heat on Frozen Wages!!! The University of Illinois Graduate Employees' Organization (GEO) held its "Rally for a Living Wage" at the University of Illinois Alma Mater at noon on Wednesday, December 6. The rally encouraged a living wage as part of a timely conclusion to ongoing contract negotiations between the GEO and university administrators, who will meet again on December 13.
Lead negotiator for GEO, Christopher Simeone, speaks before the crowd gathered in front of the UIUC Alma Mater on Dec. 6th, 2006

Matt's Law

This fall, Matthew Wilhelm was killed by a driver, Jennifer Stark, who was downloading ringtones onto her cellphone. Because of gaps in Illinois law, it was only possible to charge Stark with improper lane usage. Now the Wilhelm family, the Champaign County State's Attorney, and cycling advocates are working to introduce new legislation to make it possible to charge distracted drivers with more serious offenses.

Sergeant Myers in Court Monday 3pm for Taser Torture

Sergeant Myers, accused of tasing inmates in the Champaign County jail is in court Monday, November 20 at 3pm in Courtroom A. We will be a demonstration at 2pm outside the court house. This story is particularly relevant given the recent footage of 23 year old Iranian-American student Mostafa Tabatabainejad being tased 5 times by UCLA campus police in the library. For more information read below or see my article in the public i. Tasers are torture! BD Torture Exposed In The Champaign County Jail By Brian Dolinar

The Oaxacan People’s Insurrection for Dignity

By Korinta Maldonado Editors Note: Learn more at the Oaxaca Teach-in at the IMC (Elm & Broadway in Urbana), Thursday, Nov. 16th at 7 pm.

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