Words Reopen Scars At CCSU

Words Reopen Scars At CCSU

There are 329 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Feb 8, 2007, titled Words Reopen Scars At CCSU. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

February 9, 2007 By MATT BURGARD , Courant Staff Writer NEW BRITAIN -- Sarah said she couldn't keep her knees from buckling and the tears from welling in her eyes when she picked up a copy of the student ...

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sun thyme

Avon, CT

#1 Feb 9, 2007
It is appalling that the tax payers of the State of Connecticut are paying for an institution that would permit this type of thing to happen.
jwelch

Chicago, IL

#2 Feb 9, 2007
Did the editors at CCSU's student newspaper cross the line? Should disciplinary action be taken against them? Share your thoughts.
iAMtheCAT

AOL

#3 Feb 9, 2007
As a survivor of rape, i can assure Mr Petrowski there are no social benefits to be had.
Perhaps he was thinking more of his own sexual difficulties with members of the human race when he described it as 'beneficial'.
The comfort that can be had here is that his 'journalistic' career is over, perhaps even his academic career, but i believe in the first amendment, even for the repulsive, ignorant and irresponsible. A campus newspaper has just as much responsibility to it's readers as any other publication, and they should be censured in some way, and it's editors replaced immediately. I suggest ALL the students at CCSU actively take back YOUR newspaper.
Mr Petrowski can probably look forward to some difficulties finding a date for the Homecoming Weekend.
zimmy bee

Bristol, CT

#4 Feb 9, 2007
in reply to sun thyme as well as the article: it is not an issue of your tax dollars going to a university that would "permit this type of thing to happen". it is an issue of an honest mistake of the editors and publishers of the CCSU recorder. i am a devoted CCSU alumni (undergrad and grad), and am very loyal. mistakes happen. no one is perfect. the editors of the Recorder made an honest mistake that they seemingly have taken responsiblility for. as an institution and university, there are many people in charge of making it "run". that's why we have many Deans, and Advisors, and Bursars, and Registrars, Admissions, and Professors, and Schools. The Recorder is "run" and overseen by certain individuals. Not everything would go to the Dean to get approved, so that your precious "tax dollars" wouldn't go "wasted". that's why we have a hierarchy of administration. not only at CCSU, but in LIFE!

i completely disagree with the article in the Recorder and thought it was extremely poor judgement on the writer, editor and publisher. i remember the totally awesome, and moving "Take Back the Night" events I attended for 5 years at CCSU. i am not immune to those, nor am i immune to sexual assault.

however, the issue doesn't boil down to tax payer dollars and the institution permitting this type of action.
UNKNOWN

Enfield, CT

#5 Feb 9, 2007
I CANT BELIEVE IN THIS DAY AND AGE THAT ANYONE WOULD ALLOW SUCH DISCUSTING THINGS BEING WRITTEN IN A PUBLISHED PAPER. I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT Ct SCHOOLS ARE GOING NO WHERE FAST. OUR CHILDREN ARE BEING PLACED IN DANGER ON A DAILY BASIS AND THERE ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE AN EXCUSE FOR THE CONDUCT I THINK ITS TIME PARENTS STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND DEMAND SOMETHING BE DONE TO THE ABUSERS>>>
luz

Washington, DC

#6 Feb 9, 2007
I just began reading this article and I did not get to read it all the way through before becoming thoroughly disgusted. What kind of demented human being is this man. Would he have said these things if it had been his mother, daughter or sister?
No Way

Brewster, NY

#7 Feb 9, 2007
snip~
What abuse??? What rape??? no one was raped. It was a saterical piece!!!!! IT WAS A NEWSPAPER ARTCLE!!!Tell me, was Margaret Atwood's book 'Rape Fantasies' discussed at all??? Are any of those publically educated college students even aware of the story?? Is it in your school library??? Don't know, do you? Quick, ban that too...have a big old book and newspaper burning!!! Atwood's piece is not saterical, but it's about rape nonetheless. But I guess if a woman writes it it's okay. It's that or some other double standard apparently.~snip
Chris

Taunton, MA

#8 Feb 9, 2007
If the editors of the recorder weren't sure how peoplw would react why publish it? that was the most assanine remark I ever heard. How the hell do you think people are going to react to an article on such a sensitive issue? I think the editors should think long and hard about what they did and the trouble they caused!
David Shelton

Hartford, CT

#10 Feb 9, 2007
This article should have never been allowed to be seen by the public eye. It is ridiculous to even imply that rape only hurts if your fight back. Who wouldn't fight back from unwanted confrontations? Something really needs to be done about this, a simple apology is not enough to those who have been hurt from rape/sexuall approaches.
PinHead

Winsted, CT

#11 Feb 9, 2007
Certainly the writer is misogynistic ... read his other articles, as he manages to get get some kind of rant against women into every piece.

Nonetheless, one idiot does not define CCSU (well, the Admin building is full of them, but ...). It's a great school.

And to the "wise taxpayers" who rant that this is an example of your tax dollars being misspent ... get your facts stratight. You do not pay for the school paper ... it is paid for via the Student Activity Fee. What you do pay for, however, is a gang of worthless bureaucrats ... and man, do you pay through the nose.
Farfel

Winsted, CT

#12 Feb 9, 2007
The boy needs help .. he clearly harbors ill-will towards women ... this is not satire alone ... he is expressing his anger toward women, probably because he cannot have ones that he desires.... thus he lashes out in print. Kid needs help, before he moves his misogyny to the next level.
Sandy O

New Britain, CT

#13 Feb 9, 2007
Rape is a sensitive subject that is not an acceptable way of "populating" the world or giving "ugly woman" a chance to have intercourse. This was not a funny piece at all, but in my opinion a twisted way to control the female victims of rape. Mr. Petroski, even if you wanted to explain your side, most ears would be closed.
Mary

Meriden, CT

#14 Feb 9, 2007
Bad taste...yes. Bad judgment...yes. I haven't read the article in the CCSU Recorder so I cannot comment on the contents. I do know that it did get people to speak out against it. Now these same people should turn their anger into something constructive and work to further educate women and men about precautions to take to prevent rape and if a person is raped that they should report it and to crisis counseling immediately.
brad

Newington, CT

#15 Feb 9, 2007
Does anyone know where I can find a copy of the piece? Of course the Courant doesn't link to it and I can't find it on the school's website, presumably it was taken down.
BOB0

Troy, NY

#16 Feb 9, 2007
I have to agree with "No Way". This is a satirical piece.

It is pretty much an undeniable fact that if you didn't fight back, rape wouldn't hurt. That doesn't make it ok, but the bottom line is it still wouldn't hurt.
univprof

West Hartford, CT

#17 Feb 9, 2007
Mark Rowan's assertion that John Petroski has been grossly misrepresented is absurd. John Petroski made his point very clear his thoughts on rape and women, and he *chose* to do so. He is a misogynist. To hide behind "satire" and protected speech is simply looking for a way out. It perpetuates problems at the university and in the larger culture in which we live. It does not make any point about sensationalism in the media; it does, however, reveal how very prevalent misogyny is in our culture. These two "men" need to be held accountable for their actions, as do the faculty and staff who oversee the student paper. The buck has to stop somewhere, and it should be with Rowan, Petroski, Sue Sweeney and Vivian Martin -- all of whom owe the women and men of CCSU a sincere and swift apology -- and their resignations.

Also, we professors do support our students. This is their protest and we were there in great numbers to lend our support. We did not speak because this is their forum to do so. We respect our students and give them the space to speak to their concerns.
George

Plainville, CT

#19 Feb 9, 2007
Having not read the piece, I cannot fully appreciate the "editorial." From what I have read, it is so "out there" that it is obviously not meant to be taken seriously. Instead of intending to create an atmosphere of approval for some of the ideas expressed in the editorial, the writer of this satirical piece meant to get people to focus on the problem. He probably should have used a pen name to give the readers a real villan. Unfortunately, there are people in this world (not the writer) who harbor some of the attitudes displayed in the article. Those are the people that you have to watch out for. Don't shoot the messenger!
No Way

Brewster, NY

#20 Feb 9, 2007
Well, professor, I'm sure some students there have had relatives commit suicide. So maybe the school should pull Styron's Lie Down in Darkness? I'm sure students have relatives afflicted with drugs. Quick, pull On the Road and Fear and Loathing. Students might find it hurtful. And of course, Atwood. She discusses the subject of rape, and that might reopen scars. Hey, looks like you got yourself a good pile going for a good old book burning! As a professor, you're supposed to enlighten, not usher in another Dark Age. And I did read the article. Didn't see any statements saying he had a problem with women. Can you cite this please? My tax dollars aren't funding the paper, according to the post above. Are they paying your salary? Maybe you should consider resigning.
CCSUstudent

Enfield, CT

#21 Feb 9, 2007
univprof wrote:
Mark Rowan's assertion that John Petroski has been grossly misrepresented is absurd. John Petroski made his point very clear his thoughts on rape and women, and he *chose* to do so. He is a misogynist. To hide behind "satire" and protected speech is simply looking for a way out. It perpetuates problems at the university and in the larger culture in which we live. It does not make any point about sensationalism in the media; it does, however, reveal how very prevalent misogyny is in our culture. These two "men" need to be held accountable for their actions, as do the faculty and staff who oversee the student paper. The buck has to stop somewhere, and it should be with Rowan, Petroski, Sue Sweeney and Vivian Martin -- all of whom owe the women and men of CCSU a sincere and swift apology -- and their resignations.
Also, we professors do support our students. This is their protest and we were there in great numbers to lend our support. We did not speak because this is their forum to do so. We respect our students and give them the space to speak to their concerns.
Thank you.
CCSUstudent

Enfield, CT

#22 Feb 9, 2007
Petroski is in one of my classes this semester. He didn't show up to class yesterday. I told this to the NBC 30 reporter I had stopped to talk to in the parking lot on the way to my car last night. He said to me,
"I am a journalist... well, obviously I am a journalist. I believe that if you are a journalist and you write something, especially an Op-Ed piece like that, you need to stand up for what you wrote and not go into hiding, by not going to class and not returning phone calls."
Yes, Mark Rowan, the Editor-In-Chief has made statements, but realy all the students want is a H E A R T F E L T apology and resignation from Petroski.

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