A photo from the 2000 St. Joseph’s High School yearbook reveals that then senior Pete Buttigieg was declared “Most likely to be President.”
ABC News reports: “The Catholic school’s yearbook was unearthed at a public library in South Bend, the same weekend the mayor of the 299th largest city in America announced he was taking his first swing at the White House. Looking through the rest of his high school yearbooks, he moved from appearing in a single photo his freshman year — sporting shaggy hair and large glasses — to showing off a dizzying array of activities in the following years, including the National Honor Society, Junior Leaders and Philosophy Club. He was often pictured wearing a white shirt, tie and no jacket, which has also become his current political uniform. His senior year, he was also voted most likely to succeed and eventually became his class valedictorian.”
Citing academic and social critic Camille Paglia’s statements about transgender people and sexual assault survivors, a group of students at The University of the Arts is petitioning the school to remove Paglia and replace her with a queer person of color.
Write the petitioners: ‘Camille Paglia has been teaching at UArts for many years, and has only become more controversial over time. In recent interviews she has blatantly mocked survivors of sexual assault and the #MeToo movement, and in classes and interviews has mocked and degraded transgender individuals. She believes that most transgender people are merely participating in a fashion trend (“I question whether the transgender choice is genuine in every single case”), and that universities should not consider any sexual assault cases reported more than six months after the incident, because she thinks those cases just consist of women who regret having sex and falsely see themselves as victims.’
Student protesters held a sit-in when Paglia gave a public lecture earlier this month and accused UArts President David Yager of defending Paglia and ‘dismiss[ing] the student protest of Paglia’s event as “censorship” and liken[ing] it to “persecution” of artists.’
The student petitioners are demanding that “Paglia should be removed from UArts faculty and replaced by a queer person of color” and if that is not possible, then “the University must at least offer alternate sections of the classes she teaches, instead taught by professors who respect transgender students and survivors of sexual assault.”
They are also demanding that the school stop providing Paglia a platform for public events and apologize for Yager’s response to the Paglia protest. They also demand that the school meet with transgender students and survivors of sexual assault.
More than 1,250 had signed the petition as of this posting.
Mark Kennedy, a former Republican congressman and the lone finalist to be the University of Colorado’s next president, said his vote against same-sex marriage was because of “societal consensus” at the time.
Two years later Kennedy voted to approve the Marriage Protection Amendment, which said that “neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.”
Said Kennedy in an open letter to the University of Colorado community: “Some of you have voiced concern about my voting record when I served in Congress more than a decade ago. While in Congress, I cast perhaps 4,000 votes, many on difficult topics. I am happy to address votes as to how they would impact my actions and decisions as president. On some, the societal consensus has changed over the past decade-plus, as has my own thinking. Like many friends and colleagues on both sides of the aisle in Congress, my position on marriage has evolved. Would I vote the same way today? No. My record in supporting the LGBTQ+ community reflects a deep respect for the dignity of each individual. Students, faculty, staff and members of our community will have my full support and respect no matter who they love or how they identify. I am committed to be a leader for all.”
Added Kennedy: “At the University of North Dakota, I issued an anti-discrimination and harassment policy covering sexual orientation and gender identity as strong as similar policies at CU. At UND, we have attracted talented LGBTQ+ individuals to leadership roles and expanded programming in support of our LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff. I will ensure that senior university leaders share my commitment to nondiscrimination and the benefits of diversity.”
Meanwhile, students are protesting the selection of Kennedy: