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A professor at Fordham University, a private Jesuit college in New York City, abruptly lost his job after an incident in which he accidentally called two black students by the wrong name.
While teaching his Composition II class on Sept. 24, Christopher Trogan, a now-former English lecturer at the school, accidentally called two students by the wrong name. The Fordham Observer characterized the incident as a “name mix-up” in which Trogan became briefly “confused.”
The students responded to the incident by emailing Trogan after class, telling him they were offended that he confused their names, and alleging that he did so because they are black.
Trogan, however, did not hide from his mistake. He sent his entire Composition II class an email apologizing for the “innocent mistake.” He said had suffered a “confused brain” because the two students whose names he confused walked into his class late at the same time he was reading the work of another student.
“The offended student assumed my mistake was because I confused that student with another Black student,” Trogan’s email said. “I have done my best to validate and reassure the offended student that I made a simple, human, error. It has nothing to do with race.”
The professor, as any professor would do in a situation like this, encouraged his students to relay any concerns with him to the dean of the school, his department chairperson, and other administrators who have jurisdiction over matters between professors and students.
In defending himself from accusations of racism, Trogan also told his students that he had dedicated his life to fighting for justice and equity and said he designed his Composition II course “specifically and explicitly around issues of justice, equality, and inclusion.”
Chantel Sims, one of the students whose name was mixed up, told the Observer that she and her classmate were not upset about the mix-up. But it was Trogan’s defense against their accusations of racism that upset them.
“It seemed a little excessive, like all you needed to do was say sorry and it would have been fine,” she told the Observer. “We were not actually that upset about him mixing up our names. It was more so the random things he would throw into the response.”
In fact, both students whose names were confused accused Trogan of demonstrating a “white savior complex,” according to the Observer.
Two days after the innocent mix-up, Trogan was placed under investigation and suspended. On Oct. 5, he was summoned to a meeting with Eva Badowska, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, which he attended via Zoom with a union representative.
By Oct. 25, Badowska informed Trogan that he had been terminated.
In an email to his students on Oct. 29, Trogan alleged that he was never informed of the charges against him.
“I was never informed of the charges against me, nor of the nature of the investigation of which I was the subject,” Trogan said in that email, the Observer reported. “I was kept completely in the dark.”
However, a termination letter written by Badowska explained he was fired because of his class-wide email, not the name mix-up.
The university is refusing to comment on Trogan’s case despite students being disappointed over Trogan’s termination, especially how the school carried it out.
“The University takes personnel matters very seriously, reviews decisions on multiple levels, and addresses such matters confidentially in accord with University policies,” Bob Howe, assistant vice president of communications, said.]]>
Dr. Anthony Fauci announced Wednesday afternoon in the White House briefing room that the first confirmed case of the “Omicron variant” of COVID-19 had been identified in California in an individual who recently returned from South Africa.]]>
The U.S. has detected the nation’s first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday.The individual was a fully vaccinated trave…]]>
At least a few Australians will not settle gently into forced confinement in the nation’s quarantine camps for those who might have the coronavirus.
Three people escaped the Howard Springs COVID-19 quarantine facility in Darwin on Tuesday, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Police say the three scaled a fence at the facility but have since been captured and arrested after a foot chase. Police identified the three as teenagers — ages 15, 16 and 17 — who tested negative for the virus after being apprehended.
Police said they don’t think the teens came into contact with any members of the community.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner said all three teens were from the Binjari community near the Katherine region of the Northern Territory and had been moved into quarantine as close contacts of positive cases, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Their escape Tuesday followed the escape of a 27-year-old man who scaled the fence several days ago. He later was captured, according to Perth Now.
One woman secured 15 minutes of freedom in January before being captured after scaling the fence.
This is Howard Springs Covid Quarantine Camp for all the “dangerous” people to society.
This is not in China however.
This is in AUSTRALIA.
Are you paying attention yet? #NoVaccinePassports #ConcentrationCamps pic.twitter.com/qy2FlVz5RY
— Sean Feucht (@seanfeucht) September 4, 2021
When the three teens escaped, police confirmed a major operation was underway to round them up, with masked police at checkpoints stopping and searching vehicles in the vicinity of the camp.
NT Police confirm they’re looking for three people who scaled the quarantine facility’s fence before 5 this morning @9NewsAUS @9NewsDarwin pic.twitter.com/PoOMEZUmWi
— Tahlia Sarv (@tahliasarv) November 30, 2021
The Howard Springs camp holds two groups of people – those impacted by a COVID-19 outbreak in the Katherine region and returned travelers from repatriation flights.
Australia announced Tuesday that a person with the Omicron variant had been found in the community, according to Reuters.
The fully vaccinated person had been at a Sydney shopping center while probably infectious, officials said.
So far, Australia has reported six cases of the variant.
Officials said those infected with the Omicron variant appear to be either asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms.
“We need to make calm decisions. Don’t get spooked by this,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, according to Reuters.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said that “while it’s an emerging variant, it’s a manageable variant.”
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
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Congressional Republicans plan to pressure Democrats to pull the plug on any funding to enforce the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate, according to a new report.
The concept is this: With the current continuing resolution that funds government operations expiring Friday, conservatives are mulling the use of procedural mechanisms that would force a government shutdown as a means of blocking any money that would be used to enforce the mandate, according to Politico.
The Biden administration issued a rule through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to force employers with 100 or more workers to have them all vaccinated. The rule, which is in limbo pending court challenges, would be enforced by inspectors who monitor compliance.
Republicans are looking for a deal that would ensure that no matter what the courts ultimately decide, the rule has no practical clout because there is no money to enforce it.
Absent that, as indicated by Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, it is time for another round of brinkmanship over the possibility of a shutdown.
As Lee indicated, procedures can be used to drag out the process of approving a new continuing resolution because Senate rules requiring unanimous consent make it possible for one senator to slow down the process so that even if a new resolution is approved to fund the government, it is not in place when the current one ends Friday at midnight.
“I’m sure we would all like to simplify the process for resolving the CR, but I can’t facilitate that without addressing the vaccine mandates,” the senator told Politico’s Playbook.
“Given that federal courts across the country have raised serious issues with these mandates, it’s not unreasonable for my Democratic colleagues to delay enforcement of the mandates for at least the length of the continuing resolution,” he said.
Republicans, who have been sidelined for most of this year by Democratic tactics that have forced major legislation through without the need for a single GOP vote, have indicated in the past that they might link approval of a new resolution to fund government operations with a halt to implemention of the mandate.
In November, Republican Sen. Roger Marshall of Kansas said he did not want to approve a continuing resolution if the dollars were going to enforce a vaccine mandate, and he fired off a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to that effect.
“President Biden is waging a cruel campaign to punish unvaccinated Americans — depriving them of their ability to provide for their families,” said the letter, which was signed by Marshall, Lee and nine other GOP senators.
President Biden is waging a cruel campaign to punish unvaccinated Americans. My colleagues and I will use all means at our disposal to make sure no American has to choose between jab or job. pic.twitter.com/T5X1AC2z9l
— Dr. Roger Marshall (@RogerMarshallMD) November 3, 2021
“This is nothing short of immoral,” they wrote. “There are so many humane ways to defeat this virus. Depriving law-abiding citizens of their livelihood must not be included among them. …
“To that end, please be advised (many weeks in advance of the current spending period, which ends on December 3, 2021) that we will not support — and will use all means at our disposal to oppose — legislation that funds or in any way enables the enforcement of President Biden’s employer vaccine mandate. Nor will we vote for or support cloture on any continuing resolution in the absence of language protecting Americans from this action.”
Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas also has been calling for tough tactics.
“I’m calling on my colleagues to stand strong and NOT fund the government that’s going to go do PROPAGANDA on our kids and go put these UNCONSTITUTIONAL MANDATES in place.”
On @HARRISFAULKNER Rep Roy calls on Rs to #SayNoToVaccineMandate as next month’s shutdown deadline looms: pic.twitter.com/G2zM1NowGr
— Rep. Chip Roy Press Office (@RepChipRoy) November 8, 2021
“There is leverage immediately in the Senate, and we think that House Republicans ought to be backing up any number of Senate Republicans … to use all procedural tools to deny the continuing resolution passage Friday night — unless they restrict use of those funds for vaccine mandates,” he told Politico this week.
Schumer already has begun the blame game. “If Republicans choose obstruction, there will be a shutdown entirely because of their own dysfunction,” the New York Democrat said Tuesday, according to NBC News.
Roy noted that even if Republicans do not use this week as a time to take a stand, they can do so when Congress considers the National Defense Authorization Act.
“The main point is we have lots of tools at our disposal over the next several weeks to force Democrats to have to come to the table,” he said.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
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