University presidents battle for honors in spinelessness

May 1, 2006

It’s time for this column to announce its Sheldon Award, given annually to the university president who does the most to look the other way when free speech is under assault on campus. As all Sheldon fans know, the prize is a statuette that looks something like the Oscar, except that the Oscar shows a man with no face looking straight ahead, whereas the Sheldon shows a man with no spine looking the other way. The award is named for Sheldon Hackney, former president of the University of Pennsylvania and a modern legend in looking the other way...

Schools: Georgia Institute of Technology Washington State University University of Central Florida Pennsylvania State University – University Park DePaul University Cases: University of Central Florida: Censorship of Internet Speech DePaul University: Shutdown of Affirmative Action Bake Sale Protest DePaul University: Censorship of Student Group Protesting Ward Churchill Washington State University: Use of Dispositions Theory to Enforce Ideological Orthodoxy Washington State University: Administrative Support for Heckler’s Veto of Student Play DePaul University: Professor Suspended for Expression Without Due Process