Ryne Weiss

About Ryne Weiss

Ryne graduated with general honors from the University of Chicago in 2014 with a B.A. in Classics and an emphasis on Latin and Greek. As a student, he was a DJ for many poetry events and after graduating, he worked as a sound engineer and production assistant at various performance venues across the Chicago area. His passion for protecting free scholarship, artistic freedom, and students’ right to protest brought him to FIRE. Ryne’s interests include movies, music, and video games, in addition to more niche things like giant robots and pro wrestling. In 2013, he captained a winning team in the world’s largest scavenger hunt.


  • Notre Dame students demand porn filters for campus internet, citing ‘red light’ policy, October 26, 2018

  • FIRE to Congress: Harvard blacklist policy shut down women’s organizations, October 8, 2018

  • Southern New Hampshire University demands student groups give up social media passwords, September 20, 2018

  • Create original art for FIRE, win a $200 Amazon gift card, August 27, 2018

  • Harvard sorority closes down due to sanctions policy, August 9, 2018

  • Cal Poly suspends all Greek organizations after controversies at two fraternities, April 26, 2018

  • University of Rochester may subject single gender organizations to arbitrary waiver process, April 11, 2018

  • University police surveil student social media in attempt to make campus safer, March 16, 2018

  • Freedom of association officially dead at Harvard, March 8, 2018

  • Using grant from FIRE, Harvard College Open Campus Initiative hosts discussion on campus censorship, February 20, 2018

  • sp!ked: Censorship on UK’s university campuses “remains rampant”, February 9, 2018

  • UPDATE: Wisconsin Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal from fired Marquette University professor, January 29, 2018

  • Harvard Corporation finalizes single-gender organization sanctions policy, December 14, 2017

  • Florida State University suspends free speech and freedom of assembly until further notice, November 10, 2017

  • With disappointing vote, Harvard faculty officially reject freedom of association, November 9, 2017

  • Don’t be fooled, Harvard is not ‘back-pedaling’, October 3, 2017

  • Louisiana State University suspends free speech and freedom of assembly “until further notice”, September 27, 2017

  • Professor rightly cautions Cornell on celebrating its FIRE due process rating, September 12, 2017

  • Shocking twist: Harvard club ban had only 7 votes from 27-member committee, July 24, 2017

  • Harvard committee proposes banning all social clubs; punishing violators, July 12, 2017

  • Princeton’s president reiterates support for free expression, peaceful protest, June 21, 2017

  • The bell tolls for Harvard President Drew Faust — not the Liberty Bell!, June 16, 2017

  • Harvard president defends free speech in commencement speech; Harvard still actively suppresses student rights, May 26, 2017

  • University of Rochester student government cracks down on single-gender organizations, gendered language, May 19, 2017

  • In latest ‘heckler’s veto,’ rabbi’s speech at Cañada College interrupted, May 5, 2017

  • Harvard anti-gender discrimination policy threatens to violate Title IX by recommending gender discrimination, April 7, 2017

  • Faculty motion against Harvard blacklist policy kicked to committee led by policy’s architect, March 28, 2017

  • Harvard blacklist saga gets even more unbelievable as dean appoints self to review self, March 9, 2017

  • Harvard dean: I will implement ‘nearly all’ of super blacklist, March 6, 2017

  • Original Harvard blacklist committee: How can we make this worse?, February 24, 2017

  • UC Berkeley Chancellor Condemns Calls for Violence, Reiterates Support for Free Speech, February 15, 2017

  • Harvard’s Troubled History with Free Association: Part 2, February 7, 2017

  • Harvard’s Troubled History with Free Association: Part 1, February 6, 2017

  • Get to Know New FIRE Staffers: Kelsey Naughton, Data Analyst, February 1, 2017