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NEWS
June 21, 2010
A college campus is supposed to be a place where learning takes place. Unfortunately, UC Irvine's Muslim Student Union continues to demonstrate its difficulty understanding that concept. Earlier this week the UCI administration recommended that the MSU be suspended for one year, and be put on probation the next. MSU had allegedly committed major violations of UCI policy and the core principles of academic freedom when it attempted to aggregate to itself the decision of who has a right to speak on campus and who does not. It orchestrated a tag-team disruption of Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren's speech last February and then, as the administration learned from emails and text messages, MSU allegedly lied about what it had done.
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NEWS
January 13, 2002
Orange Coast College is one of the nation's leading community colleges. In OCC's 54-year history, more than 1 million students have received an education. These students have successfully transferred to UC and Cal State schools, and other public and private institutions all over the world. Many graduates of OCC live and work in this area, contributing to the professional and technical expertise of our community. Currently, the college's enrollment is about 27,000 and growing.
NEWS
December 12, 2001
Deirdre Newman OCC CAMPUS -- A professor who was abruptly yanked from the classroom after being accused of harassing Muslim students in September learned Tuesday he would be able to resume teaching here in January now that he has been cleared by college administrators. A report conducted by the independent counsel of the Orange County Department of Education concluded that the main allegations against political science professor Kenneth Hearlson are "unsubstantiated," Orange Coast College officials announced Tuesday.
NEWS
January 24, 2002
Deirdre Newman As Orange Coast College political science professor Ken Hearlson prepares to go back to the classroom next week, he isprojecting himself into the public spotlight on a local and national level. Locally, he is finally making public a letter he received from OCC President Margaret Gratton that he considers a reprimand. Nationally, he will be featured Friday in a Public Broadcasting Service program. "I have never held anything back. I have nothing to hide," Hearlson said Wednesday.
NEWS
January 14, 2002
Deirdre Newman One trustee is continuing her quest to have the district consider scientific alternatives to evolution. On Tuesday, Wendy Leece withheld her stamp of approval from a science textbook called "Life: The Science of Biology." Although the board ultimately approved the book for use in Advanced Placement Biology, the issue will be discussed further during an April 30 study session. Leece took issue with the textbook because it does not include information about intelligent design, which she describes as a movement that questions Darwinian evolution with research in biochemistry.
NEWS
March 19, 2002
Keep intelligent design out of public schools This is in response to a Community Commentary by Rick Rainey ("Pilot columnist too accepting of evolution," Feb. 26). If it gives Rainey comfort to believe in a busy God facilely creating planet Earth, as well as the millions upon millions of present and extinct creatures in his celestial lab, then so be it. Every known culture and civilization has sought some answers to the great questions of whence we came and whither we go. If Rainey is really interested in creation mythology, then he should know that the Old Testament's version is among the least interesting, inventive and exciting of the genre.
NEWS
September 22, 2001
Deirdre Newman OCC CAMPUS -- A group of Muslim students at Orange Coast College are pressing the administration to fire a professor who allegedly made racist remarks during class. Political Science professor Kenneth Hearlson is on paid administrative leave following accusations that he called a Muslim student a terrorist during a Tuesday night class. Administration officials said they are conducting an investigation into Hearlson's comments.
NEWS
September 30, 2001
An incident in an Orange Coast College classroom two weeks ago has raised a number of concerns and questions, ranging from the status of racial relations on campus -- specifically between Jewish and Muslim students -- to just how freely students and especially teachers can speak in the classroom. Everyone who was in political science professor Kenneth Hearlson's classroom on Tuesday, Sept. 18 agrees that the discussion was about this month's horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, assaults on America that most likely and unfortunately have left more than 6,000 people dead.
NEWS
May 14, 2005
Last week, the Cardinal Newman Society -- a group that scrutinizes the nation's 219 Catholic colleges and universities -- lodged complaints against 13 Catholic colleges and universities for scheduling commencement speakers or honorary degree recipients who oppose Catholic teachings, particularly in the area of abortion. The group of protested figures includes former state Secretary for Education Richard Riordan and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, both of whom are in favor of abortion rights.
NEWS
November 27, 2001
Deirdre Newman OCC CAMPUS -- More than two months after Muslim students accused him of harassment, an Orange Coast College professor continues to profess his innocence while the drumbeat accusing the college's officials of abuse of power is growing louder. Students first rallied to political science professor Kenneth Hearlson's side when he was put on administrative leave after allegedly calling a Muslim student a terrorist during class on Sept. 18. Now, he has the support of a national organization that advocates academic freedom.
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