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On March 29, 2006 The Chronicle published a story headlined:
Police release 911 tapes, players deny sex of any kind with dancer at partyThe story included this:
Donna Lisker, the director of [Duke’s] Women's Center, said Duke is reaching out to its neighbor school, inviting NCCU students to Wednesday night's Take Back the Night march-an annual rally intended to bring awareness of sexual assault and empowerment to women.On April 2, 2006 the Raleigh News & Observer published a letter to the editor which included this:
As one of the organizers of the March 29 Take Back the Night (TBTN) march and speak-out at Duke University, I want to clarify that we did not plan, nor do we endorse, the distribution of names and pictures of members of the Duke men's lacrosse team.The “pictures” the letter writer refers to were copies of the “Vigilante” poster containing the face photos of 43 white Duke students who were targeted by Duke and Durham “activists.”
The distribution of the pictures, the targeting of the lacrosse team, and the violence implicit in the defacement of the pictures are nothing less than violations of the space that TBTN exists to create.
The event is neither a protest of the kind we've witnessed recently, a forum for accusation nor a place to target and defame. That some attendees tried to make it so is saddening and not at all in the spirit of the event.
The “activists” had previously rallied around a “CASTRATE” banner and made threats against the Duke students.
Duke’s faculty Group of 88 subsequently thanked the “activists” for “not waiting.”
Now our quiz question:
The letter writer condemning the “activists” and making it clear what they did had no place at the TBTN rally was:
1) Women Center director Donna Lisker, whose appointment as associate dean of undergraduate education has just been announced.
2) Dean of students Sue Wasiolek
3) Vice president for student affairs Larry Moneta
4) None of the above
If you answered 1) Lisker, 2) Wasiolek or 3) Moneta, you don’t understand how things are now at Duke.
The letter writer was Geoffrey Lorenz who’s not a Duke administrator. I suspect he’s not even a Duke employee.
Would you like to learn more about Donna Lisker and her work as a member of Duke president Richard Brodhead's "team" following Brodhead's and BOT chair Bob Steel's embrace of Crystal Mangum’s and Mike Nifong’s lies?
Then take a look at an ourstanding post by KC Johnson here.
KC’s post tells us all a lot about Duke now.