I don't like corporate monopolies but I needed to pay the rent, so I got a job at Time Warner Cable in the fall of 2012. My job title was Technical Support Representative. To a lesser degree, I was happy to be working for the company that produces Real Time with Bill Maher. Insight Cable Company was recently bought up by Time Warner Cable.
Cece McDonald is a 23 year old black trans woman who was with friends one summer night in 2011 in Minneapolis, MN when she and her friends were attacked by white people who were obviously racist and transphobic, based on a swastika tattoo and language used that night. The fight left Cece severely wounded by a glass to her face and one of the attackers dead.
The 2003 Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas, striking down all remaining state sodomy laws, changed the legal landscape for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people in America forever. In his stirring opinion Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, "The petitioners are entitled to respect for their private lives. The State cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime." With these words, centuries of legal discrimination that damaged and sometimes destroyed the lives of LGB people crumbled.
The unexpected rise of Rick Santorum to the top of the Republican presidential field has provoked more than a few questions (and I suspect more than a few nightmares) among those who -- let us say -- think. For me one of the most interesting questions bears directly upon my own responsibilities as president of a college. Under what circumstances and to what extent should a college or university president speak directly to political issues and even speak publicly on particular political candidacies? The rule of thumb has for quite some time been that on such matters presidents had best remain silent.