Princeton Proposition 8

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    Nov 26, 2008 1:11 PM GMT
    Monday, November 24, 2008
    Princeton Proposition 8 to protect traditional sidewalk values

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    CAMPAIGN TO REMOVE FRESHMEN FROM SIDEWALKS IN SECOND SUCCESSFUL WEEK
    11/24/08--Princeton, NJ

    A group of students at Princeton University would like to eliminate the right of freshmen to walk on campus sidewalks. Stating that they would like to "preserve traditional sidewalk values" that define a sidewalk as a "pathway for sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, faculty, staff, and other members of the university community," the group, which is acting in support of a measure termed "Princeton Proposition 8," is now entering its second successful week of demonstration.

    The students emphasize that they are not "froshophobic" and that some of their best friends are freshmen, but they maintain that freshmen on the sidewalk degrade the sacred institution of sidewalks, and jeopardize the validity of upperclassmen's own perambulation. It also makes some of them uncomfortable. They are very excited that California's Proposition 8 has set a clear precedent for a majority to eliminate a minority group's civil rights, and they see it as a perfect opportunity to utilize this development for their own gain.

    The demonstration, which has featured signs, chants, and original music, has collected almost 500 signatures for a petition in support of Princeton Proposition 8, including those of many professors and even University President Shirley M. Tilghman. A video report of the protest produced by the University's 'Daily Princetonian' has received 21,000 views on YouTube in just two days. It has also been featured on dozens of regional and national blogs including Campus Progress Action's Pushback, DailyKos, and Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish. The organizers of the demonstration have also begun outreach to other universities.

    The demonstration will continue at the plaza in front of Firestone Library on the Princeton campus between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday 11/24 and Tuesday 11/25.

    The Princeton Proposition 8 campaign aims to secure the definition of Princeton University sidewalks as a means of pedestrian transit for sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, faculty, staff, and other members of the university community, but supports the elimination of the right of freshmen to walk on sidewalks.

    Only walking on sidewalks by sophomores, juniors, and senior students is valid or recognized at Princeton.

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    Contact: Christopher Simpson
    cjsimpso@princeton.edu
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Nov 26, 2008 3:42 PM GMT
    How many freshmen are supporting the measure, arguing that the freshmen propensity for frolicing on the lawsn and in the middle of street make them ineligible for the sidewalks?
  • GQjock

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    Nov 26, 2008 3:46 PM GMT
    Great .....

    Smart, to the point and it shows what supreme assholes and lying bigots the people who voted for this measure really are
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    Nov 26, 2008 3:52 PM GMT
    A clever satire. Some California campuses should do the same thing, not just in New Jersey, where they at least have civil unions.
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    Nov 26, 2008 4:15 PM GMT
    Great attempt. But I fear it falls short of an analogous comparison to the Yes on 8 campaign and their arguments. Yes on 8 says they basically are against gay mariage because it will harm society--and give examples based on misinformation and biased accounts from various religions.

    "Gay marriage will eventually harm society and destroy civilization. That's why we oppose it."

    "Freshmen shouldn't be able to walk on the same sidewalks as upperclassmen because it destroys traditional sidewalk values."

    Well tell me how? The "right" gives examples--the Princeton crew should give examples for why freshmen are distorting the sidewalks.

    Moreover, next year the freshmen will "change" status and become sophmores and will be able to use th sidewalks. While visiting high school seniors (propective students) can now walk on the sidewalks, next year "their status will change."

    Can the status of gay people change? Well, the "right" says so--e.g. the ex-gay movement.

    I'm probably thinking too much. But i worry that the republicans will have a field day with this demonstration... Rush, hannity, O'Reilly, etc. And the Princeton student's arguemnets' will be brust upon the introduction of someone like O'Reilly--they will be labled as far-left loonies, or gay fascists.

    They should have brainstormed a little bit more... good idea, go run with it now.
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    Nov 26, 2008 4:27 PM GMT
    cjcscuba1984 saidThey should have brainstormed a little bit more... good idea, go run with it now.


    You are correct, this satire is not strictly analogous, and doesn't withstand critical analysis. But it nevertheless makes an initial statement about minority persecution that has pertinence at first glance, which is all many observers will give it.

    I'd be interested to hear what comments the talk show hosts you mention might make about it. I never listen to them myself, only learn of their more outrageous remarks when reported by others.
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    Nov 27, 2008 6:53 AM GMT
    One thing I'm happy about, is even in gaming communities that I'm part of, homophobia is in decline. For every stupid bigot I meet in games, 10 others are there who support gay rights and even defend gay gamers like me present without prompting. Seems like the younger generation is really more open-minded as is demonstrated by school protests like this.