Letters to the Editor

Open Letter to Minneapolis Community and Technical College

February 20, 2014 // 1 Comment

We are both professors – one a South Asian American woman who teaches at a law school, the other a white American woman who teaches at a community college. Neither of us knows Shannon Gibney personally and we have no professional connection to her. We have been following the reports on the case carefully and are deeply troubled to learn that Professor Gibney has been reprimanded for discussing structural racism in her class . Both of us, as women scholars—though first and foremost as teachers devoted to our own diverse student populations—feel it is important to act, now, in response to what appears an instance of the kind of discrimination that structurally impacts women of color and scholars from other underrepresented groups in academe. It […]

5 Responses to “Discrimination on Campus”

December 6, 2013 // 6 Comments

Four weeks ago we posted a video about claims of racial discrimination from white, male students against Prof. Shannon Gibney after an Intro to Communications class. The video has since gone viral, and has been picked up by a mass of media outlets, both local and national — including WCCO, Slate, Salon.com, Huffington Post, City Pages, and MPR, to name a few. We’ve received a lot of responses, ranging from well thought out arguments to blatant hate speech. Here’s a few of the best draws from the CCN mailbag: First off is the press release from MCTC itself: There has been a great deal of attention in recent days to issues around classroom discussions at MCTC and the effect that difficult conversations about race can […]

A Bi-Polar Campus

November 15, 2013 // 16 Comments

Recently Shannon Gibney, an instructor of English and African diaspora studies at  Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), received a formal reprimand. She was leading a discussion in a political science and communications course. During a discussion about structural racism, she was interrupted by two white male students. They were upset that this issue was being discussed, and felt that Gibney was personally attacking them. At the end of the debate Gibney informed them that if they were truly upset, they were able to file a racial harassment complaint. The two students did so, and Gibney received a formal reprimand, which will be placed into her file. After speaking about the issue to City College News, Gibney was informed that she violated the two students’ […]

The Real World

November 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

My global issues class and attending the Pittsburgh Power Shift have dragged me into the real world. I paid as little attention to world news, or any news for that matter, as everyone else did   before I started Ranae Hanson’s Introduction to Global Studies class this semester at Minneapolis Community Technical College (MCTC). I would read or hear a piece of news on the internet and think for a fleeting moment, “Wow, that doesn’t sound too good!” or “Geez, could that really be true?” Just as fast as my brain let those thoughts in, it pushed them out. I would go on to news about Miley Cyrus’s tongue or some other part of her body sticking out and completely forget what I had just read. […]

Letter to the Editor

March 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

This open letter, addressed to Matthew Hatle and the editorial board of City College News, was originally posted on the Student Senate’s open forum Facebook page on March 1, expanded upon on March 4, and finalized and submitted March 8, has been updated from the original to reflect additional information and comments made, and for clarity. To whom it may concern;         This letter is in response to the article published in the February 26 volume of City College News entitled, “Hatle first to enter presidential fray,” in which Mr. Hatle proceeds to complain about the way in which the Student Life Budget Committee (SLBC), and how I specifically, handled “his” request of $7500.         First, a few points of information. This request for $7500 represented, at […]

Celebrate cultures during “One World Week”

February 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

As one of the most diverse campuses in the Twin Cities, we have many different cultures that are worth celebrating. Please join us for a week of festivities, March 4-8, that will highlight all of these cultures through a variety of activities. We will kick off the week with a day of dancing, music, spoken word and art that will carry over into the week with discussions on global issues and their effects on culture. There will be a day that will highlight the new emphasis degrees available at MCTC, discussions on the benefits of learning a foreign language and their place in our growing global economy. There will be times available to meet with Academic Advisors to help integrate these opportunities into your class […]

Violence in a place of peace

September 11, 2012 // 0 Comments

It was Sunday, a day of worship. Nobody could have expected the tragic violence that was about to occur in a place of peace. On August 5th 2012, Wade Michael Page burst into a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin slaughtered six people. Page’s sister blames the shootings on his alcoholism. After, further investigation, Page has been linked to numerous white supremacy groups and is known to have played in a white supremacy band. It has been said that Page may have mistaken the Sikh worshipers for Muslims. Many people mistake Sikh people for Muslims people because the men of both religious groups traditionally wear turbans. Even though, their clothing might look the same they still do not have the same beliefs. Some Americans associate […]

MCTC’s Student Life: Being Colorblind won’t help the majority

February 2, 2012 // 4 Comments

Minneapolis Community and Technical College is nested near the heart of downtown. Minneapolis’ cool skyway system, library and a host of fine dining and entertainment venues that make downtown Minneapolis what it is today: a diverse, hip, and cool place to be. The diversity and everyday hustle and bustle of downtown Minneapolis is mirrored inside Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Unfortunately, the college’s Student Life department leaves much to be desired.  Their student engagement piece lacks diversity, color and competence as it pertains to school-to-student collaborations with the majority population of the school being non-white. The education piece for Black males is already tough, but ignoring a population of Somali, Arabs, Black, Veterans and Hispanic-Latinos that make up the majority is something that cannot go unaddressed. […]

Letter to the Editor

December 9, 2011 // 0 Comments

I found your article, “Student Senate could be doing more to accomplish their goals” to be inconclusive, unfairly biased and not credible. While the article has a few good points, most of the facts and polls aren’t credited, and it leaves many questions that I will answer. First off, when Student Senate decided to move forward with Higher One, it was decided that we would move forward with investigations involving questions about the associated fees. When it was found out that Higher One could have fees associated with its use, Student Senate decided to find out what these fees would be and how much they would cost students. The idea of allowing a company to handle our financial aid with all sorts of hidden fees […]

In defense of Brad Conley

December 10, 2010 // 0 Comments

To the Editor: On the cover of City College News, I was surprised and infuriated to see Brad Conley as the target of the student senate debate. As Vice President of the Addiction Counseling Club, I spent an entire year assisting Brad in his duties as the President of the Club. He built up a small club of several people to a one-of-a-kind, sought after affiliation like none other in the state of Minnesota. We received calls from other colleges in the Minnesota asking how they could create a club like MCTC’s. In addition, Brad also served as the Director of Technology. I can speak to Bradley’s integrity, dedication and ethics. To put it bluntly, Student Senate has been a disaster, tainted with leaders who […]

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