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Oberlin’s Comeuppance

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Posted By: Garnet, 6/13/2019 6:01:37 AM

As I write these words, a jury in Ohio is about to decide whether an $11 million verdict against Oberlin College, for libel and tortious practices against a local family-run bakery, should be tripled for punitive damages. If it could be tripled and tripled again, it would still be only just. Many readers will have heard the details of the events, which in quick summary are these: On the day after the election in 2016, an Oberlin College student tried to abscond from Gibson’s Bakery with two bottles of wine. One of the workers at the bakery confronted him, and a scuffle ensued

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Paperpuncher 6/13/2019 6:31:00 AM (No. 97218)
It would be right for the punitive damages to be massive. It would also be right for the Dean of Students to be sued as an individual. These people are arrogant, smug, pompous and self righteous. An example needs to be made. It will probably take several more lawsuits with big verdicts before the message gets noticed that we are not going to take this anymore.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: PerfectSense 6/13/2019 6:32:11 AM (No. 97220)
Haven't you heard? Expecting Black students to obey the law is racism.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: M2 6/13/2019 6:36:04 AM (No. 97222)
Beautifully written! I nominate for MUST READ.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: George R. 6/13/2019 6:42:07 AM (No. 97227)
Concise, erudite and and well constructed, this author is well worth reading again and again.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: privateer 6/13/2019 6:45:46 AM (No. 97230)
A fine and enjoyable piece of writing, performing a well-deserved excoriation of "higher" education today.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: F15 Gork 6/13/2019 6:48:10 AM (No. 97231)
Protected group meets lady justice and takes it in the shorts.....’bout time.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: chumley 6/13/2019 7:15:50 AM (No. 97251)
33 mil. Everyone who participated or could have stopped it gets fired or expelled. Maybe other day care centers will take notice.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: hammondb3 6/13/2019 7:46:05 AM (No. 97281)
Awkwardly penned but worth the read. Don't let the ample use of commas be confused with good writing. A normal person, reading this article, while not necessarily in agreement with it, might, despite some misgivings, be inclined to equate commas, though a common punctuation, with skill.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: udanja99 6/13/2019 8:34:49 AM (No. 97319)
The grammar police are out today, subject matter be damned.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: bigfatslob 6/13/2019 9:06:15 AM (No. 97338)
When this is finally finished I hope the college name will change to Gibson University or at least Oberlin is sued into oblivion. Just because a school is considered 'higher education' today means it is just a haven for obnoxious and perpetually ignorant people, administrators included.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 6/13/2019 9:31:40 AM (No. 97361)
I hope this jury is like many Americans, fed up with college administrators caving to (and sometimes encouraging) spoiled college pukes' misbehaving. Triple damages would send a loud and clear message that it is time to stop them.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: philsner 6/13/2019 9:36:50 AM (No. 97366)
#8, with what part of this common sense article would a "normal person" disagree?
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Reply 13 - Posted by: hammondb3 6/13/2019 9:40:25 AM (No. 97372)
9, It was poorly written. The content is great. But an average reader is going to miss a lot of the meat of this piece for an overabundance of garnish.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: F16 guy 6/13/2019 10:12:40 AM (No. 97408)
I hope they get sued out of existence.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: M2 6/13/2019 10:14:00 AM (No. 97410)
#8, I think most of us here can tell the difference between overuse of commas and good writing. While reading, I never noticed the commas. People process differently. Some do so smoothly, others haltingly. Don't judge others' reading comprehension by your own nor our appreciation for what we see as good writing. If you don't like it, there's no reason to bash those who do.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: wilarrbie 6/13/2019 10:37:49 AM (No. 97420)
What became of the students? They get their own TV show?
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Reply 17 - Posted by: ginadee 6/13/2019 10:41:08 AM (No. 97423)
Why the time and space wasted on hashing over the use of commas? I, personally write the way I speak. I didn't have any trouble reading the story and thought it was well done. Surely, we are not going to let a few commas get in the way of our discussions here at Lucianne.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: PChristopher 6/13/2019 10:50:14 AM (No. 97430)
I vote for bringing back the unrestricted use of batons. Let the police crack some skulls and let a judge then tell them that they shouldn't have been there in the first place! Dickens rather slow going to read, because the language is tough, and likely has not even heard of John Milton or William Blake Have them try 'Moby Dick', too. Melville is not an easy read, either....they'd probably think it was a porn novel, though.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Omen55 6/13/2019 2:54:37 PM (No. 97602)
Oberlin if only you had known. You still would have been stupid enough to do it.
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