Revelle council opposes censorship

The Revelle College Council denounced hate speech and opposed censorship in a resolution passed Oct. 23.

RCC Director of Electronic Communications Alex Schafgans wrote the resolution.

The council passed the resolution in response to the controversy over the latest issue of The Koala and its subsequent condemnation by Thurgood Marshall College Student Council.

The council first discussed creating a resolution at its Oct. 16 meeting. Koala editor George Liddle attended the meeting. He defended The Koala and addressed the council’s concerns.

“”People are mad because we stopped picking on fat chicks at Revelle, retards and Jesus having butt sex with chickens [while] high on crack cocaine,”” Liddle said, referring to topics touched upon during The Koala’s 20-year history.

Some RCC members conceded that TMCSC’s resolution went too far.

“”It is absurd to request that The Koala does community service,”” Schafgans said. “”Our resolution shouldn’t propose any action items like community service, but should ask The Koala to use discretion.””

Publications other than The Koala were also discussed.

Liddle accused the Guardian of hypocrisy for publishing an Oct. 4 editorial condemning The Koala on the same page as a cartoon he said he feels encouraged guns at schools.

The cartoon depicted a father telling his son to handle a bully at school by taking his gun and letting “”Mr. .45 talk for you.””

“”The Guardian cartoon is offensive,”” Schafgans said. “”I wouldn’t mind trying to deal with that as well.””

RCC Chair Mark Stickel compared reactions to The Koala with those to other publications.

“”If the Guardian writes something that offends people, do we censor that?”” Stickel said.

Stickel then held up a copy of the New Indicator, which is A.S.-funded like The Koala.

“”This offends me,”” he said. “”Who decides what’s politically correct? I’d like to see us pass something that supports free speech.””

The resolution asks all UCSD organizations to “”maintain an appropriate level of dignity, tolerance and peace.””

It also denounces using any speech that “”compromises the principles of freedom and community adhered to both on the UCSD campus and in the [United States].””

A more specific resolution, mentioning The Koala by name, was tabled and will likely be dropped.

RCC ex-officio member Ted McCombs wrote the unsuccessful resolution.

“”We had seen the Marshall resolution and didn’t agree with … their direct condemnation of The Koala,”” Stickel said. “”We wanted to send more of a message on where our council stands on … freedom of speech and the UCSD Principles of Community, as opposed to what we think of The Koala or any other campus organization in particular.””

RCC is the second college council to pass a resolution in response to The Koala controversy; TMCSC was the first.

Muir College Council “”does not have any plans to pass a resolution condemning The Koala,”” said MCC Chair Elizabeth Erwin.

“”As individual students we were offended and we intend to tell The Koala we find their content disgusting independently,”” Erwin said.

An MCC subcommittee wrote a letter addressing the controversy, which will be sent as a “”letter to the editor”” to the Guardian soon, said Muir Junior Senator Nick Lieberknecht.

TMCSC’s Chair Adam Sharki defended his council’s resolution.

“”I stand by TMCSC’s actions 100 percent,”” he said. “”Our response was appropriate in acting on behalf of our constituents and our philosophy.””

Sharki emphasized that TMCSC supports free speech and that the resolution was not an attempt to silence The Koala.

“”While The Koala is a forum for [its contributors] to express their views, the resolution passed by TMCSC was a forum for [offended students] to express their views,”” Sharki said.

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