News in brief from central Pennsylvania

March 6, 2006

LANCASTER, Pa. – A history professor known for a casual teaching style at the Lancaster campus of Harrisburg Area Community College has been suspended for using a slang term for sexual intercourse in class.

Academics disagree on whether language like that used by Stephan Williams is appropriate.

Steven Peterson, who leads the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg, said instructors should find ways to motivate their classes without using words that could offend someone.

Greg Lukianoff, the interim president of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, has a different view.

"Being offended is part of college," Lukianoff said. "The joke I make is: If you make it through four years of college without being offended, ask for your money back."

Williams declined to comment, citing the advice of his attorney.

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