Three Bucknell Students Suspended for Racial Slurs, Racial Violence Talk on Campus Radio
An investigation is underway at Pennsylvania’s Bucknell University centered on a segment of a weekly campus radio show which allegedly included racial slurs and talk “promoting racial violence.” Three students involved with the segment have been suspended pending the investigation’s outcome — the DJ in the booth at the time and a pair of guests.
According to The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., the show known as “Happy Times” airs each Friday evening on the campus FM station WVBU. Online, staffers describe WVBU as “‘The Voice of Bucknell University,’ Bucknell’s one and only, student-run radio station.”
The offending segment reportedly ran earlier in the month “but presumably due to the station’s low listenership, it did not come to the attention of the Bucknell administration until [this past] Thursday.”
The OU SAE incident was not isolated. The same racism happens on my campus. It's universal. http://t.co/HKHzLGdmGC
— Sydney Schiffman (@TheDefiantLion) March 28, 2015
Bucknell president John Bravman says punishment including expulsion is possible, depending on what the investigation concludes.
In a campus-wide email, Bravman wrote:
“We will not perpetuate racist and violent comments by sharing the audio or recapitulating the language used. Doing so would only give greater exposure to messages that are hurtful and antithetical to our institutional values. … This is not who we are. In fact, it is the antithesis of what so many of our students, faculty and staff are working hard to attain — a more diverse and inclusive environment. I urge you to defy this detestable conduct by not letting it thwart our progress toward a greater Bucknell.”
P.S. A potentially significant detail to consider as this story develops, via former Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) staffer Adam Kissel:
— Adam Kissel (@AdamKissel) March 30, 2015