The Communicator | February 22, 2012
I do not believe someone can call themselves a civil rights activist and
be anti-gay rights or anti-reproductive
rights. -Nicole Meier
I dont know about you, but Im not ready to be extinct, and none
of us wants to be. So we dont want genocide. We dont want to destroy the sacred institution of
marriage. -A. King
Controversy Surrounds Alveda Kings Visit to IPFW
Alveda King, niece of celebrated civil rights activist Martin Luther
King, Jr., may be a logical choice for a Black His-tory Month speaker considering her family name and background. She is an activist who speaks about racism and her search for equal rights.
King is also a known anti-abortion advocate who has spoken at events such as conservative pundit Glenn Becks Restoring Honor rally. On her website, KingForAmerica.com, her biography labels her explicitly as a Pro-Life Warrior. King has also been outspoken against gay marriage, is a Christian minister and has been a proponent for prayer in schools and other public spaces.
It is those viewpoints that have caused 20-some students to criticize the universitys decision and organize a protest against Kings presence on campus.
A Facebook event created by IPFW student Nicole Meier sprung up last week, planning a pro-test of Kings speech.
Alveda King is infamous for her anti-gay rights, anti-choice and anti-Planned Parenthood tactics, read the event description. The protest will be silent.
I do not believe that marginalizing gay stu-dents and women who have had abortions or may be seeking an abortion is the best way to main-tain a positive connection and working relationship between the university and diverse groups, said Meier, quoting the Office of Diver-sity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA) mission statement.
King was invited to IPFW by Urban Life Mat-ters and ODMA. Accord-ing to the event description, she will deliver an address that focuses on her contin-ual fight for Civil Rights. ODMA provided the venue for the event.
Co-sponsor Urban Life Matters is an India-napolis-based organization which provides speak-ers to churches and youth groups.
On its website, its described as a ministry dedicated to promoting sexual purity, positive al-ternatives to abortion, and post-abortion healing in the urban community. Their pro-life stance is
of particular prevalence in their mission and ac-tivities.
Sally Williams, di-rector of Urban Life Matters, said that it was her organization that reached out to IPFW to bring King to campus.
We promote the value of life in the urban communities, said Williams about Urban Life Matters. She said ODMA was excited to collaborate.
As for their choice of King as the speaker, Wil-liams said, What better role model?
I dont think civil rights is a controversy, said Chris Douse, director of ODMA, about Kings visit.
Gay rights and whether they are civil rights has been a controversy, particularly with King. In 2010, at a rally for the National Organization for Marriage, she said, I dont know about you, but Im not ready to be extinct, and none of us wants to be. So we dont want genocide. We dont want to destroy the sacred institution of marriage.
Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King, Jr.s widow, on the other hand, re-ferred to gay rights as civil rights.
I do not believe someone can call themselves a civil rights activist and be anti-gay rights or anti-reproductive rights, said Meier.
Race, according to her, is only an issue of complexion, yet sexuality is of something entirely different, and gay rights are not civil rights, according to Ms. King, Meier added. This kind of misunderstanding shouldnt be
tolerated. And at the very core of my being I know it to be wrong.
She went on to say that kind of speech contrib-utes the suicide of LGBTQ teens across the nation.
Regardless of the debate on Kings views, Douse said that her presence is valuable at IPFW.
You want to encourage dialogue, he said. Youre providing people with lively debate and
conversation.That dialogue is part of the reason Meier has
decided to protest the event.
I think, first and foremost, it is important to pro-test as to bring awareness to im-portant issues that arent in the politi-cal forefront, espe-cially here at IPFW. I hope to open stu-dents, faculty and
community members eyes to the effect that peo-ple like Alveda King have on vulnerable, minority groups such as LGBTQ students, she said.
While Urban Life Matters said that King may speak about subjects such as gay marriage and abortion during her visit, the planned event is simply about her strive for civil rights.
Although I feel it would be a bit disingenuous for her not to touch upon these points, as that is what she represents, I would be pleased to see that she refrained from hateful, hurtful speech, Meier said.
ODMA remained firm that Kings visit is not an issue.
This is a community collaboration with an organization. Period Were objective. Were not taking sides, Douse added.
King isnt the first controversial speaker the university has brought to campus, this year. The first lecture in the Omnibus Series was Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who drew a small crowd of protesters who were against his right-to-work policies. Daniels is also known for his conserva-tive policies, including his signature on a bill that would defund Indiana Planned Parenthood.
But of course, Alveda King has a right to speak on campus, Meier said. But in my opinion it matters how she gets here. She should be invited by appropriate parties, and I do not believe that ODMA is the appropriate party.
Urban Life Matters is also sponsoring another event this month, where they will be showing the anti-abortion movie Maafa 21: Black Genocide in 21st Century America. The event is free and will be shown in the Allen County Public Librarys meeting room A on Feb. 28.
Student OutrageWho Has Rights?
Whats the Focus?
Entrepreneurship an Option for Students with PassionEntrepreneurship has long been a path
for those who couldnt conform to societys rules and expectations. In the past, it was something that only those truly bril-liant dared to attempt, or so it appeared. Nowa-days, a variety of reasons may lead an individual down that path: A desire to accomplish something of ones own, difficulty to find a job or dissatisfac-tion from living paycheck to paycheck. No matter
what the reason though, all of these young men and women have one thing in common, and that is passion for business. These days it doesnt take a genius to start a business it takes a committed individual who is a fighter, creative, hard-working, and above all, passionate.
And that is the same answer that Karl LaPan, President of the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC), will give when asked what sparked his interest in entrepreneurship.
Many of my mentors are entrepreneurs, and I realized I have a passion and heart for accelerat-ing the growth and development of businesses. I also have a wide variety of research and business interests, he said. And by working with entrepre-neurs I get to see such a wide variety of ideas and ventures.
Continued online at ipfwcommunicator.org
The Communicator | February 22, 2012 www.ipfwcommunicator.org
Kruse said he thinks it is very possible the Senate will pass the
There May Be
A current bill could make age an invalid excuse for
Though IPFW has long since formed a search committee for the next
chancellor of the university, new developments in state legislation may make it possible for Chancellor Michael Wartell to remain in his position.
In January, Senate Bill 155, sponsored by state Sen. Brent Steele (R-IN), was introduced to the Indiana Senate. The bill would have done away with age limits for certain employees at state educational institutions.
The bill was passed 49-1 on Jan. 30. After its passage, however, the bill never made it to a vote in the House.
I thought it would be appropriate to keep that amendment alive, said state Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-IN), chair of the Indiana Senate Education
Commission.In response to the lack of progress, Kruse
added wording to House Bill 1200, a bill that concerns the boards of trustees from several Indiana Universities.
I dont think they need a mandatory age limit, he added.
The board of trustees may not impose or allow any mandatory or presumptive age limits by the board of trustees of a state educational institution, reads
the provision. This text was lifted almost entirely from SB 155.
On Feb. 16, this action was passed by the Senate committee. It will now go to the full Senate for a vote.
The passage of this law would effectively get rid of the Purdue University rule that requires
retirement for administrators at the age of 65. Because the proposed law would go into effect as soon as it is passed, its effects would be retroactive. This means that Wartells removal based on age would be no longer be valid.
He is a part of this, said Kruse of the chancellor. This would allow him to stay on as chancellor at least it would remove the roadblock.
Kruse said he thinks it is very possible the Senate will pass the bill because they had already passed similar wording.
After that process, it will go through more rea