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College students and their right to freedom of speech. [02 Jun 2003|08:37pm]

bonedriven
[ mood | okay ]

Some college campuses have banned free speech in certain areas of the campus. That means some students are having to protest and such in designated areas of the school.

There are many reasons for this and I will have to say that I agree with the school's decisions if they have chose designated areas. Maybe someday, all school's will have assigned locations for student protest and such.

This way, the majority of the students listening will be the ones who have gone out of their way to listen.

I can only imagine how many comments have been made that were racial, homophobic. I can only imagine how many things have been said stereotyping a certain group of people.

I enjoy that we have freedom of speech. I just think some people take it too far. Yelling, screaming, and gathering is not going to change the world though. You can't change everyone by passing out flyers.

I'm sure most college students are outraged by having this freedom limited. If they aren't in areas people have to go through to get to the majority of thier classes or to the office, maybe even the parking lot, less people are going to listen. They may think they're having less of an "impact". I just think they're contributing to noise.

Something my parents taught me early on:
To each their own.

Any thoughts on this?

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Meningitis. [31 May 2003|04:43pm]

bonedriven
[ mood | okay ]

I recieved an envelope today. Something from the National Meningitis Association. Apparently meningitis is very common among college students. Especially freshmen. Even more likely among those who live in dorms. I read the letter enclosed and the little pamplet. I had never heard that this was so common. In all honesty, I'd never heard that much about it at all. Everything I did hear wasn't in relation to college students in particular.

Facts:
Each year, meningitis strikes about 2500 Americans and 10 to 15 percent of them will die.

Up to 20 percent of survivors have long term disabilities, such as brain damage, hearing loss, or limb amputations (due to possible gangrene.)

Meningitis is spread mostly by an infected person touching something with his or her mouth and then sharing those objects with other people. (lip balm, drinking glasses, cigarettes, utensils)

I found this quite scary. Not that I share any of those kinds of things with any people but Bill. But, the disease is also spread through air droplets (as well as direct contact with someone who's infected, kissing, coughing, etc.).

I was wondering if you guys had even really heard about this disease. If you have, what had you heard about it? I'm considering getting a vaccination now though. :\

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For potential members. [31 May 2003|04:16pm]

bonedriven
[ mood | okay ]

If you would like to join, just comment here. If you don't comment, I may not see that you've added us. :\ Make sure you have read the rules of the community on the user/community info page.

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Columbine [31 May 2003|02:10am]

bonedriven
[ mood | curious ]

Bill brought up the Trench Coat Mafia earlier. I've never thought what the 2 people had done was right. I just always wonder why no one ever thinks about what they're doing when they're teasing or harassing someone. I always wondered why, if that event invoked so much fear into so many people and upset even more people, why no one learned their lesson. I don't know why people get bothered so much for their clothing, musical tastes, and beliefs.

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