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There are 92 comments on the Newsday story from Aug 3, 2007, titled Duke faculty should be shunned by students -. In it, Newsday reports that:

Accountability finally came to Durham County District Attorney Michael Nifong last month, when he was disbarred as an attorney and forced to resign as a disgraced public officer.

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Gothzilla

Tulsa, OK

#1 Aug 3, 2007
It's about time academia has broken the wall of silence and has begun to speak out against these purveyors of nonsense. Thank you, Mr. Bellacosa.
Sarah Davies

Hungary

#2 Aug 3, 2007
Congratulations, Prof. Bellacosa. This excellent article says a lot of things I really agree with. Much as Mike Nifong deserves the punishment he is now suffering, and is likely to suffer, he was not alone in causing what happened in Durham last year. It seems that the Duke Faculty 88 will suffer no consequences for their actions and they remain in positions where they can influence young minds.

At least articles like this shine a light on what they did and give them a flavor of the scorn they deserve.
Mudlark

United States

#3 Aug 3, 2007
Compare the reaction of Duke and its faculty to that of Donna Shalala after some students got into trouble at the Univ. of Miami:

"...It's time for me to say publicly that I believe in them, that I believe that they did something awful, but that I want them to continue at the University of Miami...
"But we will not throw any student under the bus for instant restoration of our image or our reputation. I will not hang them in a public square. I will not eliminate their participation at the university. I will not take away their scholarships...
"It's time for the feeding frenzy to stop. These young men made a stupid, terrible, horrible mistake and they are being punished. They are students, and we are an educational institution and we will act like an educational institution, not like a PR machine trying to spin and restore an image that we worked so hard to put in place."
Joe K

Richmond, VA

#4 Aug 3, 2007
I am fully on board with you on this one Professor. But sadly, I do not believe that the Duke Faculty Group of 88 will suffer any consequences.

Also, if the quote provided above by Mudlark re: Donna Shalala is accurate, that lady is sharp. Why is it that politicians and appointees do things that are so much smarter once they are out of government?
Carolyn says

San Francisco, CA

#5 Aug 3, 2007
Professor Bellacosa, you are absolutely correct! Duke University's lowest point was the Gang of 88's vicious attack on its own students. Duke's second lowest point was when President Brodhead and the Board of Trustees subsequently protected the Gang from the consequences of its racist, sexist actions. You are correct in noting that Brodhead and the Board are 'unlikely to have the backbone' to ever stand up the Gang - but you certainly have no lack of spine. Therefore, thank you so much for your honesty and courage in calling out the Gang's horrors for exactly what they are. A disgrace to the ideals of what a university should be - and which Duke at the moment is not. Thank you.
David Cohen

Midland, TX

#6 Aug 3, 2007
Excellent idea. The list of 88 and their phone numbers and emails should become widely spread on the Internet, as well, so they can get some choice letters.
benno

Raleigh, NC

#7 Aug 3, 2007
OK...lets have the list of the 88. Lets get it out there and publicize it! I live in Raleigh and some of them may as well.
Dukebasketball

Schaumburg, IL

#8 Aug 3, 2007
excellent! These are not only 88 biased individuals. They are 88 very sick people too.

“PC at Duke. Enough already!”

Since: Jan 07

Houston

#9 Aug 3, 2007
Doug Marlette from the Tulsa (Oklahoma) World gave us a great cartoon about the G88 at Duke that compliments this article…perfectly.

It can be found here...
http://tinyurl.com/35hroe

I promise to never join a lynch mob again.

Signed G88 Duke Professors
Lori

New Haven, CT

#10 Aug 3, 2007
Hate is not all it's cracked up to be. Left wing hate is in power at Duke and this is how a hate mob of 88 people in power acts towards their targets. No more hate no matter the spin and cause.

Kim Curtis, a professor at Duke, got caught harming a white male lax player in his grade. Leftists do this all the time to athelitic white males and most of the time they get away with it.

Kim Curtis is still a teaching at Duke even after Duke had to pay the student she harmed. If they can't even bring themselves to fire a teacher caught flunking a kid becuase of his body type and sport, there is not much hope for Duke. Hate is power at Duke.
Joe_ T

AOL

#11 Aug 3, 2007
Wonderful article. He couldn't have said it better.
John Steed

Los Angeles, CA

#12 Aug 3, 2007
These are the 88.

Abe, Stan (Art, Art History, and Visual Studies)

Albers, Benjamin (University Writing Program)

Allison, Anne (Cultural Anthropology)

Aravamudan, Srinivas (English)

Baker, Houston (English and AAAS)

Baker, Lee (Cultural Anthropology)

Beckwith, Sarah (English)

Berliner, Paul (Music)

Beaule, Christina (University Writing Program)

Blackmore, Connie (AAAS)

Boa, Jessica(Religion & University Writing Program)

Boatwright, Mary T.(Classical Studies)

Boero, Silvia (Romance Studies)

Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo (Sociology)

Brim, Matthew (University Writing Program)

Chafe, William (History)

Ching, Leo (Asian & African Languages and Literatures)

Coles, Rom (Political Science)

Cooke, Miriam (Asian & African Languages and Literatures)

Crichlow, Michaeline (AAAS)

Curtis, Kim (Political Science)

Damasceno, Leslie (Romance Studies)

Davidson, Cathy (English)

Deutsch, Sally (History)

Dorfman, Ariel (Literature & Latin American Stds.)

Edwards, Laura (History)

Farred, Grant (Literature)

Fellini, Luciana (Romance Studies)

Fulkerson, Mary McClintock (Divinity School)

Gabara, Esther (Romance Studies)

Gavins, Raymond (History)

Greer, Meg (Romance Studies)

Glymph, Thavolia (History)

Hardt, Michael (Literature)

Harris, Joseph (University Writing Program)

Holloway, Karla (English)

Holsey, Bayo (AAAS)

Hovsepian, Mary (Sociology)

James, Sherman (Public Policy)

Kaplan, Alice (Literature)

Khalsa, Keval Kaur (Dance Program)

Khanna, Ranjana (English)

King, Ashley (Romance Studies)

Koonz, Claudia (History)

Lasch, Peter (Art, Art History, and Visual Studies & Latino/a Studies)

Lee, Dan A.(Math)

Leighten, Pat (Art, Art History, and Visual Studies)

Lentricchia, Frank (Literature)

Light, Caroline (Inst. for Crit. U.S. Stds.)

Litle, Marcy (Comparative Area Studies)

Litzinger, Ralph (Cultural Anthropology)

Longino, Michele (Romance Studies)

Lubiano, Wahneema (AAAS and Literature)

Maffitt, Kenneth(History)

Mahn, Jason (University Writing Program)

Makhulu, Anne-Maria (AAAS)

Mason, Lisa (Surgical Unit-2100)

McClain, Paula (Political Science)

Meintjes, Louise (Music)

Mignolo, Walter (Literature and Romance Studies)

Moreiras, Alberto (Romance Studies)

Neal, Mark Anthony (AAAS)

Nelson, Diane (Cultural Anthropology)

Olcott, Jolie (History)

Parades, Liliana (Romance Studies)

Payne, Charles (AAAS and History)

Pierce-Baker, Charlotte (Women’s Studies)

Pebles-Wilkins, Wilma

Petters, Arlie (Math)

Plesser, Ronen (Physics)

Rankin, Tom (Center for Documentary Studies)

Rego, Marcia (University Writing Program)

Reisinger, Deborah S.(Romance Studies)

Rosenberg, Alex (Philosophy)

Rudy, Kathy (Women’s Studies)

Schachter, Marc (English)

Shannon, Laurie (English)

Sigal, Pete (History)

Silverblatt, Irene (Cultural Anthropology)

Somerset, Fiona (English)

Stein, Rebecca (Cultural Anthropology)

Thorne, Susan (History)

Viego, Antonio (Literature)

Vilaros, Teresa (Romance Studies)

Wald, Priscilla (English)

Wallace, Maurice (English and AAAS)

Wong, David (Philosophy)
John Steed

Los Angeles, CA

#13 Aug 3, 2007
And these are the clowns who signed the follow-up statement refusing to apologize and reaffirming the 'listening ad'

# Stan Abe
# Benjamin Albers
# Anne Allison
# Srinivas Aravamudan
# Lee Baker
# Sarah Beckwith
# Paul Berliner
# Tolly Boatwright
# Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
# Jack Bookman
# Matt Brim
# Bill Chafe
# Leo Ching
# Elizabeth Clark
# Rom Coles
# Michaeline A. Crichlow
# Kim Curtis
# Roberto Dainotto
# Leslie Damasceno
# Ariel Dorfman
# Laura Edwards
# Grant Farred
# Jeffrey Forbes
# Mary M. Fulkerson
# Erin Gayton
# Jehanne Gheith
# Margaret Greer
# Michael Hardt
# Erik Harms
# Joe Harris
# Kerry Haynie
# Karla Holloway
# Bayo Holsey
# Mary Hovsepian
# Sherman James
# Alice Kaplan
# Keval Khalsa
# Ranjana Khanna
# Fred Klaits
# Claudia Koonz
# Robert Korstad
# Pedro Lasch
# Caroline Light
# Marcy Litle
# Ralph Litzinger
# Michele Longino
# Wahneema Lubiano
# Anne-Maria Makhulu
# Tamera Marko
# Paula McClain
# Louise Meintjes
# Sean Metzger
# Walter Mignolo
# Alberto Moreiras
# Cary Moskovitz
# Mark Anthony Neal
# David Need
# Diane Nelson
# Jocelyn Olcott
# Charles Payne
# Charlie Piot
# Ronen Plesser
# Maureen Quilligan
# Jan Radway
# Tom Rankin
# Marcia Rego
# William Reichert
# Deb Reisinger
# Alex Rosenberg
# Marc Schachter
# Stephanie Sieburth
# Laurie Shannon
# Pete Sigal
# Irene Silverblatt
# Joshua Socolar
# Kristin Solli
# Helen Solterer
# Fiona Somerset
# Roxanne Springer
# Rebecca Stein
# Kenneth Surin
# Susan Thorne
# John Transue
# Maurice Wallace
# Priscilla Wald
# Kathryn Whetten
# Robyn Wiegman
# David Wong
# Tomiko Yoda
John Steed

Los Angeles, CA

#14 Aug 3, 2007
These are the 88:

Abe, Stan (Art, Art History, and Visual Studies)
Albers, Benjamin (University Writing Program)
Allison, Anne (Cultural Anthropology)
Aravamudan, Srinivas (English)
Baker, Houston (English and AAAS)
Baker, Lee (Cultural Anthropology)
Beckwith, Sarah (English)
Berliner, Paul (Music)
Christina Beaule (University Writing Program)
Blackmore, Connie (AAAS)
Jessica Boa (Religion & University Writing Program)
Boatwright, Mary T.(Classical Studies)
Boero, Silvia (Romance Studies)
Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo (Sociology)
Brim, Matthew (University Writing Program)
Chafe, William (History)
Ching, Leo (Asian & African Languages and Literatures)
Coles, Rom (Political Science)
Cooke, Miriam (Asian & African Languages and Literatures)
Crichlow, Michaeline (AAAS)
Curtis, Kim (Political Science)
Damasceno, Leslie (Romance Studies)
Davidson, Cathy (English)
Deutsch, Sally (History)
Dorfman, Ariel (Literature & Latin American Stds.)
Edwards, Laura (History)
Farred, Grant (Literature)
Fellini, Luciana (Romance Studies)
Fulkerson, Mary McClintock (Divinity School)
Gabara, Esther (Romance Studies)
Gavins, Raymond (History)
Greer, Meg (Romance Studies)
Glymph, Thavolia (History)
Hardt, Michael (Literature)
Harris, Joseph (University Writing Program)
Holloway, Karla (English)
Holsey, Bayo (AAAS)
Hovsepian, Mary (Sociology)
James, Sherman (Public Policy)
Kaplan, Alice (Literature)
Khalsa, Keval Kaur (Dance Program)
Khanna, Ranjana (English)
King, Ashley (Romance Studies)
Koonz, Claudia (History)
Lasch, Peter (Art, Art History, and Visual Studies & Latino/a Studies)
Lee, Dan A.(Math)
Leighten, Pat (Art, Art History, and Visual Studies)
Lentricchia, Frank (Literature)
Light, Caroline (Inst. for Crit. U.S. Stds.)
Litle, Marcy (Comparative Area Studies)
Litzinger, Ralph (Cultural Anthropology)
Longino, Michele (Romance Studies)
Lubiano, Wahneema (AAAS and Literature)
Maffitt, Kenneth(History)
Mahn, Jason (University Writing Program)
Makhulu, Anne-Maria (AAAS)
Mason, Lisa (Surgical Unit-2100)
McClain, Paula (Political Science)
Meintjes, Louise (Music)
Mignolo, Walter (Literature and Romance Studies)
Moreiras, Alberto (Romance Studies)
Neal, Mark Anthony (AAAS)
Nelson, Diane (Cultural Anthropology)
Olcott, Jolie (History)
Parades, Liliana (Romance Studies)
Payne, Charles (AAAS and History)
Pierce-Baker, Charlotte (Women’s Studies)
Pebles-Wilkins, Wilma
Petters, Arlie (Math)
Plesser, Ronen (Physics)
Radway, Jan (Literature)
Rankin, Tom (Center for Documentary Studies)
Rego, Marcia (University Writing Program)
Reisinger, Deborah S.(Romance Studies)
Rosenberg, Alex (Philosophy)
Rudy, Kathy (Women’s Studies)
Schachter, Marc (English)
Shannon, Laurie (English)
Sigal, Pete (History)
Silverblatt, Irene (Cultural Anthropology)
Somerset, Fiona (English)
Stein, Rebecca (Cultural Anthropology)
Thorne, Susan (History)
Viego, Antonio (Literature)
Vilaros, Teresa (Romance Studies)
Wald, Priscilla (English)
Wallace, Maurice (English and AAAS)
Wong, David (Philosophy)
Stand up and be counted

Newark, NJ

#15 Aug 3, 2007
Payback's a Bitch!

Students should sign petitions to oust these cowards! EVERYONE should be held accountable for their actions!
Robert Gunther

Glen Cove, NY

#16 Aug 3, 2007
Excellent post, except you missed the fact that the list of these 88 people is already posted publicly.

You can read the names at:
http://www.concerneddukefaculty.org/
Tim

Middlesex, NC

#17 Aug 3, 2007
Joseph,
Some points to consider:

What were these innocent college students doing hiring an
exotic dancer (actually several) in the first place?

Copius amount of alcohol were consumed at this "party" by
mostly underage students.

Do you think the results would be the same if it was a white dancer and four black male students?

One of the students has a prior conviction for violent behavior.

I agree the prosceutor went to far and didn't perform his job
properly but I for one am sick of reading about these "innocent" students.

Tim
Baldy

Seattle, WA

#18 Aug 3, 2007
Well said, Professor Bellacosa!

The surreal atmosphere of my local university gave me the willies on my first and last visit, which is why I turned to contracting and a successful and rewarding career it is.

So maybe the 88 has their place...to turn rational thinkers into plumbers, electricians, and sometimes even carpenters.
Curtis

Knoxville, TN

#19 Aug 3, 2007
Good article
David

Malvern, OH

#20 Aug 3, 2007
The 87 remaining members of the gang of 88 with their subgroup of tenured terrorists should be recognized as the politically correct, duplicitous people they are. These people should be asked to account for their actions repeatedly, and apologies should be demanded. The actions of this group are anathema to the existence of something most Americans hold dear: justice. Why they still have their jobs is unclear to me.

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