Thursday, March 03, 2011

Moral Compass

So what do you think?  Anything about either of these situations that bothers you?  Encourages you? Makes you wonder?

Brigham Young University center Brandon Davies was suspended from the Cougars' nationally-ranked team for the remainder of the season because he violated the school's honor code provision that prohibits premarital sex, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned.

Davies, a sophomore from Provo High School, acknowledged his transgression to BYU officials on Monday, according to multiple sources.

On Tuesday, the school owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced Davies had been dismissed from the team but was being allowed to remain in school while his situation was under review by the Honor Code Office. (Salt Lake Tribune)

Radio reports said that he turned himself in. (WMVP Chicago)

And in Evanston, IL at Northwestern University this controversy rages. (based on reports from Chicago Tribune and Northwestern Daily)

Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro said today he is "troubled and disappointed" by the live sex toy demonstration on campus last week and has launched an investigation.

He released a statement saying the university is looking into the appropriateness of the demonstration, where about 100 students in a psychology class witnessed a naked woman being penetrated by a sex toy.

Schapiro called the decision by Professor J. Michael Bailey "extremely poor judgment."

"Although the incident took place in an after-class session that students were not required to attend, and students were advised in advance, several times, of the explicit nature of the activity, I feel it represented extremely poor judgment on the part of our faculty member. I simply do not believe this was appropriate, necessary or in keeping with Northwestern University’s academic mission," Schapiro said...

Bailey has defended the demonstration. In a statement Wednesday night, he said "the students find the events to be quite valuable, typically, because engaging real people in conversation provides useful examples and extensions of concepts students learn about in traditional academic ways." 

The first response from Northwestern however was from Al Cubbage identified as a spokesperson for the university. "Northwestern University faculty members engage in teaching and research on a wide variety of topics, some of them controversial and at the leading edge of their respective disciplines," Cubbage said in the statement. "The university supports the efforts of its faculty to further the advancement of knowledge."

In his statement, Bailey said he has no regrets about the incident, which has received national media attention.

"Do I have any regrets?" he wrote. "It is mostly too early to say. I certainly have no regrets concerning Northwestern students, who have demonstrated that they are open-minded grown ups rather than fragile children.

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