Confused by the Media Board’s Hoya Independence decision? Check out these memos!

In case our coverage of the Hoya‘s delayed independence (not to mention their news story, editorial and letter from the editor) left you confused about the Media Board’s logic, Vox has some of the memos that show the Media Board’s reasoning behind their sanctions.

First, we have the memo Director of Student Programs Erika Cohen-Derr sent on behalf of the Media Board to the leadership of the Hoya on April 22 announcing their sanctions:

Media Board Sanctions

After the jump, the second document from Media Board.

Next up, we’ve got the letter Cohen-Derr sent on June 1 to the Appeals Board that was reviewing the Hoya’s case defending and explaining the Media Board’s decision.

Media Board Response to Appeals Board Request

Documents obtained by Voice News Editor Eric Pilch.

One Comment on “Confused by the Media Board’s Hoya Independence decision? Check out these memos!

  1. This whole thing is the most absurd and disgraceful overreaction I have seen to anything in a long time. From looking at the April Fools issue, I admit several things. First, it WAS NOT funny. Second, it brought up race in ways that were not really appropriate. There was more sexual humor than was necessary, and the whole thing had a fairly un-humorous, disrespectful tone.

    But it was not “racist” (with the possible exception of the “Thugs” article, which really did seem to equate finding “thug” basketball players with finding just the most violent black athletes of the day). But nonsense like “cocoa puffs”…come on! It was a song lyric. Referring to “interracial loving” is not—in and of itself—racist. It’s stupid and unnecessary. But not racist. A satirical article about how UN-diverse Georgetown is: NOT racist. It actually points out a systemic problem that many minority students try to claim all the time.

    But then we get the PC police and Erika Cohen-Derr, who has certainly not shown that she can live up to her predecessor, ramming “sanctions” down the Hoya’s throat. The usage of ridiculous “buzz phrases” in these memos is just embarrassing. What the hell is an “action step”? Isn’t that a bit redundant? And has anyone ever learned anything in a diversity training?

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