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Ole Miss is still investigating reports of homophobic and disruptive behavior at a Tuesday night performance of "The Laramie Project," a play about the response to Matthew Shephard's 1998 murder.  But late yesterday, Ole Miss announced that it knows enough to require all students who attended that play to attend a mandatory dialogue session.

Because of conflicting reports and the difficulty in finding the person that the cast and crew said used a slur, the entire audience will be required to go through an “educational dialogue session led by university faculty and allies.”

Cast members also are invited to participate.

Twenty-five freshmen football players along with other athletes were among the 100 or so members of the audience. The Ole Miss athletics department is still gathering facts, a spokesman said, and any additional penalties would be based on new information.

“The task of identifying specific individuals who were purported to have disrupted the performance is difficult because of the dark theater, and initial reports vary in regard to the frequency, volume and source of the comments or disruption,” Ole Miss’ statement read. “Although initial reports indicate that student athletes led the action, it is important to note that this has not been verified, and they were not the only students present. Reports indicate that comments were made by student athletes and students, but no report has singled out a specific student or mentioned any names.”

No word as of yet about when this "dialogue" will take place.  The way it looks, the only reason the players suspected of being the worst offenders are suiting up tonight against Auburn is that the athletic department's own investigation is still very much underway.  However, you can bet your bottom dollar Hugh Freeze's captains are trying to ferret them out as well.  Fellow Kossack Otteray Scribe mentioned in my original post on this affair that his grandson goes to Ole Miss, and told him on the phone, "There will be no circling the wagons on this mess because Hugh Freeze is no Joe Paterno."  Which means that the hammer could come down as early as next week, when the Rebels play Texas A&M.

Originally posted to Christian Dem in NC on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 10:49 AM PDT.

Also republished by LGBT Kos Community, Angry Gays, Milk Men And Women, and Remembering LGBT History.

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  •  Ole Miss is a bastion of slave holder mentality (4+ / 0-)
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    elwior, a2nite, jayden, bastrop

    Mississippi Burning: Riot At Ole Miss Over Election Results

    The modern-day Klan rally began with 20-30 students on the campus of Ole Miss in Oxford, and quickly swelled to over 400 students according to Chancellor Dan Jones. The word went out on social media and, as Black students expressed embarrassment and anxiety, more and more little Grand Wizards in-training showed up to burn Obama/Biden signs and release their frustration that a Black man is once more Commander-in-Chief.
    This mental disease of most white Southerners is rooted deep in their DNA.

    White Southerners are also stupid, specially in Louisiana;

    More Louisiana Republicans Blame President Obama For Hurricane Katrina Response Than Bush

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 11:02:03 AM PDT

  •  what's the over/under on punishment of (1+ / 0-)
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    football players to be administered  as suspensions for the Oct. 26  game against the weakest opponent, the U. of Idaho Vandals

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 11:58:53 AM PDT

  •  Disappointed the investigation (1+ / 0-)
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    is going so slowly.  I hope this isn't a sign of whitewash/coverup, but it usually is.

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 12:17:22 PM PDT

    •  doesn't really sound like it. (1+ / 0-)
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      Sounds like they are trying to avoid something more damaging by rooting it out. Lawyers are almost certainly involved.

      Turning Texas starts with Wendy Davis.

      by bastrop on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 12:20:58 PM PDT

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      •  Not the first time I'd heard all that (1+ / 0-)
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        (including the lawyers part -- remember, however, that the lawyers represent the University!) -- and been disappointed.   And we're talking Mississippi; siding with a homosexually-themed theater piece against the Ole Miss football team will not play well locally.

        But we'll see.

        Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

        by corvo on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 12:39:06 PM PDT

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        •  Not saying you are wrong corvo (1+ / 0-)
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          and I hear you. And that its gay, surely worthy if skepticism. I'm no expert on this.

          Turning Texas starts with Wendy Davis.

          by bastrop on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 02:48:13 PM PDT

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          •  And I'm not saying I'm right. :-) n/t (1+ / 0-)
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            Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

            by corvo on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 02:51:12 PM PDT

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  •  The players will probably (0+ / 0-)

    be disciplined as a group. That is usually how it is done. Just one guy screws up, and the sky falls on all of them. Identification of the non-athlete students is proving slow going because the theater was dark, and identification is proving difficult.

    The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation is named after former Governor William Winter. The Institute has been active after other controversial incidents on campus, and is now involved with this incident.

    October is LGBTQ month at Ole Miss. Last Thursday there was a reception at Bryant Hall. Chancellor Dan Jones, Athletics Director Ross Bjork, and other campus leaders spoke at the reception.  Student cast members and faculty advisers were also at the reception. Next week, during LGBTQ month, the University will host Pride Week.  The last thing the University administration and student body leadership wants is another incident.

    There are two basic ways this can be handled. They can impose draconian punishments, or they can use it as a teachable moment and try to change some attitudes. I hope the latter is chosen.

    Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

    by Otteray Scribe on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 01:39:03 PM PDT

    •  Dunno how that happened. (0+ / 0-)

      I thought that first comment had disappeared when it didn't post, then rewrote it and the first one appears. Oh well....

      Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

      by Otteray Scribe on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 02:00:29 PM PDT

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    •  If they're disciplined as a group (0+ / 0-)

      then the "disciplinary actions" will hardly be even cosmetic,

      No way they're going to cancel a game over this, or suspend the entire team, and attending a mandatory "sensitivity training" will accomplish nothing of substance.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 02:25:54 PM PDT

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  •  The players will probably be disciplined (0+ / 0-)

    as a group. That's how things are usually done. One screws up and the entire group feels the heat. That way they won't have to identify every culprit, or the degree to which they participated in the incident. However, identifying non-athlete troublemakers is proving much more difficult. The theatre was dark, making positive IDs a problem.

    The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation is named after former Governor William Winter. The Institute has been active after other controversial incidents on campus, and are now involved with this incident. They will be active in making recommendations and helping implement them. They have hands-on experience with this sort of thing.

    There is a new campus organization. Last spring, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs created the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT). BIRT is also involved.

    October is LGBTQ month at Ole Miss. Last Thursday there was a reception at Bryant Hall. Chancellor Dan Jones, Athletics Director Ross Bjork, and other campus leaders spoke at the reception.  Student cast members and faculty advisers were also at the reception. Next week, the University will host Pride Week.  The last thing the University administration and student body leadership want is another incident.

    There are two ways they can handle this situation. They can impose draconian punishments, or they can use the incident as a teachable moment to change attitudes and lift up the ignorant. I hope they choose the latter.

    Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

    by Otteray Scribe on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 01:51:15 PM PDT

  •  perhaps these were in the class (0+ / 0-)
    Laquon Treadwell (Ole Miss wide receiver) -- As one of Hugh Freeze's various five-star freshman this year, Treadwell has caught 20 passes for 205 yards, good for second on the team in the latter category and first in the former. He has been tremendous in space, and though he has yet to score this season, he should be a major player for the next couple of years.

    Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss defensive lineman) -- Another one of those aforementioned five-star freshmen, Nkemdiche has recorded four tackles for loss on the year. Although he is still waiting for his first sack, Nkemdiche has proven to be a nightmare up front and is capable of lining up at either tackle or end. He's even carried the ball once on special teams. Auburn will have to be aware of him at all times.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 10:08:56 PM PDT

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