Banning Bottoms

September 9, 2007 | 1 Comment

Belt sales in Louisiana could soon get a boost. The city counsels of Shreveport and Alexandria recently voted to prohibit individuals from wearing their pants below the waist, joining four other Louisiana cities in banning baggy pants. Depending on the city, violators are subject to fines of up to $200 and may even be required […]

If you’ve never heard of the Summum religion, don’t feel too bad. It’s a new religion, founded in the 1970s by a man who now calls himself Summum Bonum Amen Ra (“Corky” to his friends). Adherents, of whom there are several hundred worldwide, believe that the universe was created ex nihilo by SUMMUM, the manifestation […]

Sec. of Defense Robert Gates’ U.S. Naval Academy Address

May 25, 2007 | Comments Off on Sec. of Defense Robert Gates’ U.S. Naval Academy Address

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (W&M ’65) delivered the commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis today. The video of his remarks can be found here; the text here. I believe that Gates’s speech was not only inspiring for the graduates; it also showed his own personal courage. In a time marked by […]

Some Ask, Is Anonymity Still the Best Policy?

April 17, 2007 | Comments Off on Some Ask, Is Anonymity Still the Best Policy?

Last Wednesday, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper dropped all charges against the three Duke lacrosse players accused of raping a stripper one year ago. On Thursday, The News & Observer of Raleigh “outed” the accuser, identifying her by name. They were not the only to do so – Fox News, The New York Post, […]

Our Office of Career Services has told us repeatedly to Google our names and see what comes up. They say employers are doing the same thing to research potential associates before they are even interviewed. But according to recent news, all students need to be careful what their names are associated with. A middle school […]

“How does an areligious person feel when they walk onto the grounds of the Texas State Capitol and they see a 6 foot high, 3 foot wide monument of the Ten Commandments that reads, ‘I am the Lord Thy God….’” Professor Erwin Chemerinsky posed this question to an audience on the William and Mary undergraduate […]

Failure to State a Claim?

March 6, 2007 | Comments Off on Failure to State a Claim?

What is a hostile work environment for purposes of the 1964 Civil Rights Act? It seems that, at least in the 4th Circuit, racist coworkers and a management that ignores employee complaints is completely acceptable. It is hard to believe that a federal court would hold that a reasonable African American would not perceive his […]

Here’s an interesting question for all y’all: Where do we draw the line between one man’s right to free speech, and another’s right to be free from discrimination? That’s the question set for debate in Philadelphia. Joey Vento, owner of Geno’s Cheesesteaks, gained notoriety last summer for his vigilante anti-immigration campaign. Apparently frustrated with the […]

Army of One?

February 6, 2007 | 1 Comment

Should a soldier be permitted to refuse deployment? What if the soldier thinks the war to which he is being deployed is illegal, and his simple presence in the country (Iraq, if that’s not clear yet) would “make [him] a party to war crimes.” ABC News is running a story about the upcoming court-martial of […]

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