In English, that reads, “PC birthplace set to close next year.”
Antioch College, which became famous during Perry Ellis’s long-gone college days (we wear glasses to this day due to the eye strain of studying by candlelight) for helping to usher in the political correctness movement, is temporarily closing its doors. From Cincy’s Business Courier:
“The board of the Yellow Springs [Ohio] school said at a meeting in Los Angeles that it opted to suspend the college effective June 30 and close it for the 2008-09 academic year after it ran out of time to reach an agreement on the transfer of the college to an independent group called the Antioch College Continuation Corp. The board hopes to reopen for the 2009-10 academic year.”
So it seems the school we have to thank for the word “womyn” are getting a well-earned break.
Antioch’s 1993 “Sexual Offense Prevention Policy,” an admirable attempt to curb the incidence of date rape on campus after two
womyn students reported being sexually assaulted by acquaintances, viewed “any sexual offense as not simply a violation of the victim’s rights, but as an offense against the entire campus community,” according to Wikipedia.
Alma mater of Horace Mann, Coretta
Scott King and countless awkward sentences.
Which is undoubtedly true, under the Alexander Dumas Postulate (“All for one, one for all!”) But summary expulsion of the accused without any semblance of due process seems a tad harsh, especially with such a thorny and hard-to-prove accusation–date rape is darn close to the definition of “he said, she said.”
All joking aside, the kerfluffle over the policy and some of its more ludicrous constructions served the practical purpose of raising awareness about date rape in particular and
womyn’s women’s rights in general. Which is excellent.
So here’s hoping Antioch takes the coming year to settle its affairs so its students can get back to mangling the English language and receiving “narrative evaluations” instead of letter grades for it.