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The key issues in the strike flow from SIU Chancellor Rita Cheng and SIU President Glen Poshard’s attempts to impose a “corporate education” model on the school. As one student and Navy veteran asked in an open letter, “Is SIUC just after my government benefits after all? Like [the for-profit] University of Phoenix?”

“What is at stake here,” said striking professor Jyostna Kapur, “is the education of working class and middle class students. The administration wants to cheat our students of a good education by trying to make us work for more and more with less and less at a time when working class and middle class students are going into debt for this education.”

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Thanks to the QueerillaCollective for making this video that addresses current issues happening at SIUC.

Board of Trustees 618-536-3357
Chancellor Cheng 618-453-2341
President Poshard 618-536-3331

[Edit: Here is the interview referenced below ]

We just received this email:

Moments ago, I just heard Chancellor Rita Cheng on WSIU radio. I have two things I would like to request you post to your blog.

Chancellor Cheng claimed that the only posts that were deleted from the SIU Facebook page were ones containing vulgar language. She then went on to say that at 3am, the one staff member who was monitoring the site had the page locked down, to prevent further inflammitory comments. She did not mention the many comments that were not vulgar, but simply asked the administration to settle, yet were deleted. Even now days later, SIUC is not being honest about what happened. Could you ask your blog readers to call Chancellor Cheng for clarification?

Chancellor Cheng also mentioned that some students have started a petition stating they now prefer their faculty replacement. Could you ask your blog readers to call Chancellor Cheng to make this petition available to the public. How many students have signed it? In the interest of transparency, let us see it.

If you do wish to call the administration:
Chancellor Rita Cheng 618-453-2341
SIUC Board of Trustees 618-536-3357
President Glen Poshard 618-536-3357

The Daily Eastern News at Eastern Illinois University printed an editorial concerning the recent online censorship controversy at SIUC. The editorial validated the frustration students may feel because of the University’s decision to delete comments about a labor dispute between the faculty and the administration.

“We hope that Eastern and other universities have learned a lesson from SIUC’s mistake: don’t deny people the opportunity to vent online.
Eastern’s student body is pretty mild-mannered and most everyone has a favorable opinion of President Perry and the rest of Eastern’s administration, but we believe if they took away our ability to post on Eastern’s Facebook wall, Occupy EIU wouldn’t be the only people marching around campus.”

For the complete editorial:

…results in free speech on campus
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Cory Doctorow mentions the SIUC labor dispute and censorship issues on his blog

Cloud computing and labor disputes: University locks striking profs out of their coursework and email

About Cory Doctorow
Cory Doctorow, ( ) is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licences for his books. Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, and “post-scarcity” economics.

“But one student told the paper it appeared at first that only pro-union posts were being deleted, and some students said they are now wondering about their freedom of speech.”

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Southern Illinois University at Carbondale is facing questions and criticism over its decision on Friday to remove from its Facebook page comments about the strike by faculty members at the institution. The university removed the comments after a number were posted that urged officials to settle the strike or that expressed sympathy with the faculty members.

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Recently, the SIUC apologized for disabling comments on their Facebook page. The university is insisting they disabled comments because contributions were rude and included attacks. They are not acknowledging that the initial censorship was about eliminating opposing views and questions about the strike. In today’s article in the DE, spokesman Rod Sievers says, “To my understanding, we were taking down personal attacks, the over-the-top stuff.” Students who were initially censored are still blocked from participating on the SIUC facebook page. Students across campus have proof in their own screen captures that tell a different story about the facebook censorship. If you have s a story to tell, a screen capture, an opinion or another contribution please do so here:

A recent posting on SIUC’s Facebook page begins:

As you may have noticed, a few days ago, we temporarily disabled the comments feature. For this, we owe you an apology and explanation. A few evenings ago we began receiving a large number of posts related to a recent labor dispute involving one of our four unions on campus. Our faculty, students, alumni, and supporters are spirited and passionately committed to the success of our students and university, and we know that this sentiment is at the core of all of these posts. However, a number of posts contained content that we deemed inappropriate because they contained crude language or attacks of a personal nature. Due to the high volume of posts and that the posts were coming in the early morning hours, it became impossible

for our moderator to monitor comments that we deemed inappropriate or disrespectful.

The comments on this post are very informative as to the community’s opinion of this statement.