Dueling Ads in The Tiger Newspaper: Student Support and Free Speech

With the Thursday edition of The Tiger Newspaper came two full-page ads. I’ve photographed the ads in two parts for the blog, but I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of the Tiger as well.

The first ad is a faculty and staff statement of support for the “Coalition of Concerned Students”- the student group involved in the March on Sikes, as well as several other events. This ad was mainly planned by the four core members of the faculty and staff support team: Todd May; Chenjerai Kumanyika; Rhondda Thomas; and Andrea Feeser.

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IMG_6693IMG_6692The ad reiterates the demands of the Coalition of Concerned Students and is digitally signed by numerous faculty members.

Turning a page after the Coalition of Concerned Students letter reveals yet another timely ad. This ad is not addressed to a specific group; instead it is “an open letter to Clemson students”.

The page details a statement attributed t0 three professors- C. Bradley Thompson; C. Alan Grubb; and Bradley S. Meyer. In it, they discuss their desire to protect “freedom of thought”, as well as to fight against censorship and “thought police”.

The statement “…we would therefore oppose all attempts by Clemson faculty and administrators to silence, suppress, or ‘prosecute criminally’ thought and speech deemed vulgar…” seems to be a direct response to the Coalition of Concerned Students’ call to prosecute “criminally predatory behaviors and defamatory speech”.

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IMG_6689IMG_6690I’ve reached out to Dr. C. Bradley Thompson with questions about the open letter.

3 thoughts on “Dueling Ads in The Tiger Newspaper: Student Support and Free Speech

  1. The link to the second picture in the second group of pictures is missing, making it also link to the first picture instead.

    1. Hi Matt,

      Thanks for your comment. I updated the post and fixed the problem. Thanks again!

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