Author delivers lecture on free speech

first_imgDr. Keith Whittington never expected to write on the topic of free speech. As Whittington introduced himself before his lecture on his new book, “Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech,” on Thursday afternoon, he explained that he set aside projects more related to his specialty in constitutional interpretation to focus on an issue he could no longer ignore.“I think it’s critically important that we collectively think seriously about what it is we want universities to do and what that implies about how we ought to conduct ourselves on campuses and what we ought to tolerate and engage in on college campuses,” Whittington said.Whittington spoke as part of the Constitutional Studies’ effort to delve into American society’s conflicted attitude toward free speech and how it affects the conversations on college campuses. Whittington said that the issue of free speech is not a new one but that the American people have been grappling with its implications for as long as public opinion surveys have been used in research.“Regardless of what kind of audience you ask, whether it’s the mass public or lawyers or college students or the like, overwhelmingly Americans tend to say that they value free speech, they value the First Amendment, they value tolerance, they think all those things are very important,” he said. “But then when you start pressing them on, ‘Well, what about this particular example of speech that you find particularly repellent?’ well, then they start trying to carve out exceptions.”This dilemma, Whittington said, is part of the challenge of living in a liberal democracy, and it requires us to accept that supporting free speech means tolerating speech that is at times troubling. Whittington said this tolerance is especially important on college campuses, where the pursuit of knowledge is tantamount.“In the context of a university in particular, we’re particularly concerned with trying to press forward to better understand the world,” he said. “And pressing forward to better understand the world means leaving lots of space open for people to make mistakes, for people to ask hard questions, for people to come to uncomfortable answers in response to those hard questions. Universities lose a lot of their value if they can’t get to that anymore.”Throughout his lecture, Whittington discussed the importance of having an open environment conducive to what he called “robust intellectual inquiry,” which means issues of free speech and universities are intimately connected both for that reason and for the danger of allowing universities any power that could be used to suppress speech.“I think campus officials will do what they’ve always done, which is try to suppress speech they find particularly embarrassing and that they think might provoke public controversy and might draw unwanted news attention,” Whittington said. “That will stretch across a wide range of different conversations. That will sometimes mean silencing speakers on the right but also mean silencing speakers on the left. It will sometimes mean silencing minority speakers and sometimes it will mean silencing other kinds of speakers.”An attack on any kind of free speech, Whittington said, is an attack on all free speech; a speaker with views outside the norm can still have something to contribute to the conversation. Yet controversy for controversy’s sake, Whittington said, should never be the goal of inviting a speaker to campus.“When we’re making decisions about whom to invite to campus to speak, the goal should be neither to stack the deck with our closest allies nor to sprinkle in the most extreme provocateurs,” Whittington said. “The goal should be to make available to the campus community at large thoughtful representatives of serious ideas.”That responsibility to choose speakers wisely lies with both faculty and students since students deserve to have power over the debates in which they engage. Whittington said protest is a form of intellectual exploration and advocacy and that students have a right to protest, as long as their efforts do not destroy the free speech of others.“It’s perfectly reasonable to protest those ideas, to complain about those ideas, to have a public conversation about whether or not the given speaker has good ideas or bad ideas, whether or not it’s a good idea to invite a given speaker to campus and the like,” Whittington said. “But disruptions, disinvitations, tearing down signs, throwing out papers are all efforts to quash the communication of ideas and shut down the free exchange of ideas among students and others on the college campus rather than to advance that free exchange of ideas by advancing better ideas in their stead.”Ultimately, Whittington argued, university administration, faculty and students must allow themselves to be challenged in order to continue the debates integral to the purpose of the university.“If students are to prepare themselves to critically engage the wide range of perspectives and problems they will encounter in the world across their lifetimes, they must learn to grapple with and critically examine ideas they find difficult and offensive,” Whittington said. “ … Recognizing and respecting the principles of free speech is challenging, but there is no alternative if we are dedicated to pursue truth. And ultimately, to pursue truth is the noble and important mission of the modern American university.”Tags: Free speech, keith whittingtonlast_img read more

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Bulldogs Down Eagles In Boys Soccer

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs Boys Soccer Teams earned shutout wins against The Jac-Cen-Del Eagles.The Varsity score was 1-0 and The JV score was 4-0.Batesville vs JCD Varsity Soccer (9-4)The Bulldogs junior varsity boys soccer team played their fourth game of the season on Thursday evening at Jac-Cen-Del. Batesville was heading into the game looking to bounce back from their poor performance in their previous game. In the early minutes, Jac-Cen-Del applied intense pressure on the Batesville defense. The Eagles were able to split the Bulldog center backs multiple times, but Batesville goalkeeper Ian Yorn stepped up to stop the Eagles scoring chances. It took roughly 15 minutes before the Bulldogs were able to slow the Jac-Cen-Del momentum and begin controlling possession. With 16 minutes remaining in the first half, Ethan Grossman was able to put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard first. The Bulldogs continued to maintain possession in midfield and created another goal scoring opportunity minutes later. Garrett Wagner sent in a cross from the left side that was finished on a one time shot by Justin Puente. Thefirst half ended with the Bulldogs in front, 2-0.In the second half the Bulldogs built on the possession they established in the first half. Batesville’s midfield controlled the ball and created mutliple scoring opportunites by playing good passing combinations. Justin Puente scored his second goal of the game ten minutes.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coaches Chris Fox and Josh Meyer.last_img read more

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Cushenberry emerges as second starter among Broncos rookies

first_imgCushenberry emerges as second starter among Broncos rookies Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Lloyd Cushenbery III is the first rookie to win the Denver Broncos’ starting job at center since J.D. Walton a decade ago and the second of this year’s class to get the stating nod.“My main focus is going out there and being physical, really just showing that I have the mental capacity to make all the calls and have the confidence that I can do this thing at a high level,” Cushenberry said Tuesday as the Broncos installed their game plan for their Monday night opener against the Tennessee Titans.Cushenberry, a third-round draft choice from LSU, beat out Pat Morris and Austin Schlottmann to earn the starting job. Associated Press “At center, just me being the person I am, I don’t really want to depend on anyone to help me out too much. I feel like it’s my job, my responsibility to know all my calls, to know what exactly I have to do,” Cushenberry said. “Obviously, all of us are going to help each other out on the field. They’re going to help me out a lot because they’ve played and they’re experienced. As far as mentally and making calls, I feel like that’s on me as a center to know what I have to do at all times.”Cushenberry is in no mood to celebrate winning a starting job.“This is only the beginning,” he said. “Now I’m ready to go out there and prove that I belong.”Notes: The Broncos will allow 5,700 fans into their second game, against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in Week 3. They’ll have no fans for the opener. … The only player who didn’t participate in the indoor practice (snow, sleet) on Tuesday was ILB Mark Barron, who pulled a hamstring at the Friday night stadium practice. … LB Bradley Chubb (knee), Glasgow (ankle), TE Albert Okwuegbunam (hip), WR KJ Hamler (hamstring), TE Andrew Beck (back) were all in uniform and took part in the individual periods.___ September 8, 2020center_img Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Update on the latest sports “He just kept improving,” coach Vic Fangio said. “It was a close battle all through camp. We just think that he’s ready for it and he’ll keep improving and learn by playing. A little bit of this is crystal ball that we think he’ll keep improving and develop into a good center.”Cushenberry said his emergence as one of two rookie starters — the other was first-round pick Jerry Jeudy — was equal parts mental and physical.“Obviously playing the center position there are a lot of things you have to know mentally. Playing in the NFL inside, you have to be very physical,” Cushenberry said. “It’s a little bit of both, but both things I feel like I’ve made big strides in each day. I just got better every day.”Rookies had a tougher time impressing coaches during the coronavirus-interrupted offseason filled with remote learning challenges and no preseason games.Cushenberry had to develop a rapport with quarterback Drew Lock in a very nontraditional way. “It really just all started in the Zoom meetings,” Cushenberry said. “We would have offensive meetings. We didn’t really spend time one-on-one with each other. We just, with the whole offense in the meeting together, installing together, I just got a chance to learn everything, learn what the quarterback should see if he wants to flip the protection and some things that I should be looking at.”Without preseason games to knock off the rust or rid himself of the jitters, Cushenberry is leaning on his college experience where the Tigers started off with regular season games right away.“I think it compares to college. As far as the preseason and how everything shook out with the pandemic, there’s really no excuse. Everyone’s in the same situation. Even when everything first took place back in April or May, my whole mindset was once we get back to football there’s no excuse whether we didn’t have preseason or this and that,” Cushenberry said. “When you get on the field you have a job to do. Every rookie, every player is in the same situation. I feel like it’s my job to be responsible, put in the work, not just inside the building but when I get home, so when I get on the field I can be as prepared as I can be and play at a high level.”Cushenberry will have guards Dalton Risner and Graham Glasgow to help him out, but he doesn’t want to bother them.last_img read more

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From rock band star to CRDO: Igor Popov joins Betinvest

first_imgShare Betinvest boosts Sportradar coverage with table tennis solution May 11, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Confidence, Variety, Creativity: Betinvest’s advice for times of crisis May 7, 2020 Having spent the last seven years at Playtech, industry veteran Igor Popov has become the new Chief Research and Development Officer (CRDO) at Betinvest.Popov, who earned his first ever pay as a musician in a rock band, has gone on to forge a successful career in gaming through working on successful Playtech projects for the likes of William Hill, bet365 and Ladbrokes. Prior to his time at Playtech, he worked for an educational software company and in a web department for two marketing agencies, where he helped develop websites for clients including Activia, Danone, Obolon, Zibert and Winston, as well as all of the GTI cigarette brands.He cited Betinvest’s company growth and ambition as key factors influencing his decision to join. “An interesting opportunity came up for me to make a contribution, however big or small, to the history of world gambling,” he explained. “I took it and here I am. “My plan is to lead the company towards new technological heights. I have a clear understanding of the goal we’re all working towards – it’s an ambitious one, but it’ll enable us to cement our place in the market.”Betinvest, which contributed to a recent SBC News feature on sportsbook personalisation, is pushing the development of products including its fully managed sportsbook service. Popov discussed the need to stand out from the sportsbook competition, stating: “All providers have a similar range of products. That’s why, the way we see it, our most important job is to develop something brand new that will change the market. “Our goal is to create a new product that will appeal even to those who aren’t involved in this industry: we want to start attracting a new audience. That’s why we’re focusing in particular on business intelligence, using marketing segmentation strategies to better target content and services to different categories of customers. “For example, if someone likes betting on hockey, we’ll display the relevant content first, having analysed their preferences. This means that our clients will be able to increase their revenue by removing any unnecessary steps for the end customer: placing a bet will be as simple and as fast as possible. “When it comes to processes, we’re rethinking the way we work and incorporating agile methodology in our IT department: we’re building cross-functional teams and working in iterations in order to meet the market’s needs as quickly as possible.”Finally, he addressed his own part to play in Betinvest’s commitment to providing a safe gaming experience for players, by adding: “I’m a stickler for responsible gaming. I am strongly opposed to this form of entertainment being seen as a way to earn money or as a person’s sole source of income. “I want people to have fun and understand that they are choosing to allocate a certain amount of money to spend on their entertainment. I want them to enjoy the experience of rooting for their favourite team or player, regardless of the outcomes of their bets.” Share BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020last_img read more

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Mikel secretly fathers two children with different women

first_imgPremier League star John Obi Mikel has fathered two secret lovechildren with different women.The 28-year-old midfielder is dad to a four-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter after short relationships with the women.The Nigerian international player, whose side lost 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace yesterday, makes sure he provides for his two children.He is understood to have bought a £500,000 house in 2013 in the Home Counties for his son and mum and is keen to play a part in the boy’iA source told The Sun: “John also agreed to give her tens of thousands a year in upkeep and, I think, agreed to give her a new car every three to five years.”Mikel also financially supports his daughter, who was born after the couple met at a London nightclub in 2013. A friend of the daughter’s mum added: “John has provided for her and the girl.“She seems to have come into money since having the baby and is keeping a low profile.”Mikel is now dating Russian businesswoman Olga Diyachenko and has posted pics of the pair together on social media.In an interview in Nigeria last year. he revealed: “I’ve been dating seriously for two years now. I’m in love. I’ve found love.”A spokesman for the footballer told The Sun: “This is an entirely private matter. “John provides for and cares for his children and will continue to do so. He asks that their privacy is respected.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Forecast calls for snowy week beginning today — Winter Storm Warning for our area now starts at 6:00 PM tonight

first_imgMASON CITY — Iowans have just shoveled out from the weekend snowstorm and now another one is heading for us which promises to drop significantly more snow.It’s already snowing in parts of southern and central Iowa as the system moves northward. Meteorologist Kenny Podrazik, at the National Weather Service in metro Des Moines, says temperatures are falling as the front approaches. “When you see this precipitation beginning, there could be areas of freezing drizzle before it switches over to all snow,” Podrazik says. “That’s going to add to the potential for some slick roads during the afternoon.”The least amounts of snow are expected to fall along the southern two tiers of Iowa counties with perhaps two to four inches. In cities from Des Moines to Iowa City/Cedar Rapids to Davenport, the commute this afternoon and evening could be challenging due to ice and snow. “Here in the metro, we’re looking at a good four to six inches, to Ames four to six inches, with some locally-higher amounts, of course,” Podrazik says. “Then, further north, we’re looking at a good six to eight inches along Highway 20 northward.”Far northeast Iowa could get very heavy snow, between eight inches and a foot. A Winter Storm Warning is posted for a wide section of central, northern and eastern Iowa. “Snowfall is going to taper off during the morning hours Tuesday and that’s when the winds will start to increase,” Podrazik says. “We’re going to see wind gusts out of the northwest at 30 to 35-miles per hour, so that’s going to be blowing this snow around, causing some significant drifts and making travel pretty difficult.”Temperatures will fall behind the storm system, with lows in single digits by Tuesday night. Forecasters say there’s a chance for more snow Thursday into Friday. National Weather Service-Des Moines — latest “Situation Report”National Weather Service-Des Moines main pageIowa Road Conditionslast_img read more

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