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Petition to Paula Wallace

Take A Sexual Predator's Name Off of SCAD's Building

In the four years I attended Savannah College of Art and Design , I wasn’t aware there was in fact a building named after Clarence Thomas until it was brought to my attention due to the recent occurrences in the Supreme Court involving Dr. Ford and Brett Kavanaugh.  The case between Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill in 1991 was extremely similar to what is happening to Dr. Ford today. When it was time for Thomas to become an associate justice of the supreme court, Anita Hill, a law professor at the University of Oklahoma, came forward with accusations that Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her. Hill had worked for Thomas years earlier when he was head of the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. Hill charged that Thomas harassed her with inappropriate discussion of sexual acts and pornographic films after she rebuffed his invitations to date him. A media frenzy quickly arose around Hill's allegations and Thomas's denials. When Thomas testified about Hill's claims before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he called the hearings, "a high-tech lynching for uppity Blacks." The incident became one person's word against another's. In the end, the Senate voted 52-48 to confirm Clarence Thomas as associate justice of the Supreme Court. The same situation is happening before our eyes today with Dr. Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. When will we learn that a victim’s trauma should outweigh politics? For women like Dr. Ford, and Anita Hill to come forward and speak out about what happened to them is extremely traumatic. For someone to not believe a victim who remembers sheer details such as laughter and has gone through therapy because of it is honestly disgraceful.  Please sign this petition to convince Savannah College of Art and Design and Paula S. Wallace to rename Clarence Thomas Center for Historical Preservation after Anita Hill. A woman who stood up for herself despite being denied of true justice. It’s utterly disgraceful to me that I attended a school where a building was named after a sexual predator. And not just any sexual predator, one who wrongfully won against a woman’s word. 

S Anonymous
2,391 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Missouri S&T Faculty Senate

Keep the Missouri S&T Grading System the Same.

The Missouri S&T Faculty Senate has motioned to "adopt a plus-minus (+/-) grading policy for undergraduate and graduate courses similar to that used by the University of Missouri–Columbia" (1) We, the undersigned students at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, agree that this motion is not beneficial to the student body. Below are some of the difficulties students may face with the new system: The proposed grading system needlessly creates a much tougher academic environment for all students; those striving for a 4.0 and those struggling to pass. Potentially having to retake a class with a grade that would have qualified as a passing grade one semester ago due to exception (iii) in the motion stating that C- grades will not qualify "as part of the ‘C range’ for the purpose of meeting ‘C or better’ course prerequisites" (2) Potentially losing out on financial aid as "All entering freshmen merit-based awards require the student to...maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA for renewal." (2) Students may be denied the opportunity of participating in Registered Student Organizations (RSO) due to many RSO GPA requirements. A course's difficulty may remain consistent, while a student's grades in the same course could likely change depending on the professor. The lack of percentage based values corresponding to plus-minus ranges in the current motion, combining with the motion stating that "faculty may adopt a variant of the campus grading system" (1) creates an immense variety in a course's grading.  Please sign this petition with your S&T email. Additionally, please attend the forum about this at St. Pat's Ballroom on Wednesday, Oct 10th at 5:30 PM.   Sources: 1. Missouri S&T Faculty Senate. Minutes of the Faculty Senate Meeting: Volume XI, Number 10. 14 June 2018. 2. Missouri S&T. "Missouri S&T - Freshman Scholarships". Sfa.Mst.Edu, 2018. Accessed 9 Oct 2018.

Donny Badamo
5,423 supporters