Friday, March 22, 2013

Sex Week Organizer Lectures University Officials: Whatever Happened to Academic Integrity?

Posted by on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Sex Week organizers Brianna Rader and Jacob Clark
  • Sex Week organizers Brianna Rader and Jacob Clark
Now that an outpouring of private donations—hilariously boosted by a segment on Bill O'Reilly's show—has saved Sex Week, maybe it's time for University of Tennessee administrators to rethink their craven behavior and contemplate their bleak future under the thumb of the Republican supermajority.

Given that fanatics (as Sex Week organizer Brianna Rader accurately labels them) are running the legislature, university officials will face more situations exactly like this: Will they surrender all pretext of academic integrity by constantly caving to the crazies? By the way, we love it that Planned Parenthood kicked in $1,000 to help rescue Sex Week. That's sticking it in their eye!

A Haslam scholar, Rader discusses these issues in this interview with the Center for American Progress. She points out the university sponsors an annual Darwin Day. Is that the next target of conservative Christians?

I’m extremely disappointed in the university’s administration and leadership in the decision they made. I understand it was a difficult situation. We are a public university and we have some state representatives that are fanatics, and they threatened to take some of the budget away from us. However, at a certain point, a university is a university, and you have to stick to your core values. And those core values are promoting education, conversation, exploration of ideas—if that can’t take place at a research one level public university, the state’s “flagship university,” then I am extremely worried about the future of education in my state.

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