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Old Yesterday, 09:28 AM   #1
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Harvard fighting the good fight against microaggression

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/20...pend-purchase/
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Following student group complaints and internal discussions, Harvard University Dining Services has decided to suspend purchases of appliances from a company involved in an international settlement dispute.

Until last April, HUDS had been purchasing water machines from a company recently acquired by SodaStream, an Israeli company that specializes in do-it-yourself soda and water machines. Sodastream’s main factory is located on the West Bank, a settlement at the heart of conflicts between Israel and Palestine regarding land ownership in the area. The company, which announced in October that it will move its factory to southern Israel, has drawn criticism and boycotts for its location in disputed territory.

Last fall, some members of the College Palestine Solidarity Committee and the Harvard Islamic Society noticed that the filtered water machines in certain dining halls had Sodastream labels on them. Citing discomfort with the machines and the potential of the machines to offend those affected by the Israel-Palestine conflict, the students emailed House masters and tutors to arrange a meeting with University officials to have the machines removed.

Rachel J. Sandalow-Ash ’15, a member of the Harvard College Progressive Jewish Alliance who attended some of the subsequent meetings, said that she believed that regardless of the University’s position, the machines and their association with the disputed territory could be offensive to Palestinian students.

“I think it is neither anti-Israel nor anti-Semite to take stand against the occupation,” she said. “These machines can be seen as a microaggression to Palestinian students and their families and like the University doesn’t care about Palestinian human rights.” She added that her views should not be construed as the official club stance on the issue.

Members of the PSC, representatives from HUDS, Lowell House Masters Diana L. Eck and Dorothy A. Austin, Mather House Co-Master Michael Rosengarten, and Dean of Student Life Stephen Lassonde convened to discuss the students’ complaints at a meeting on April 7 in Lowell House, according to a memo from the meeting shared with The Crimson.

Sandalow-Ash, who was present at the meeting, said that the discussion focused on the potential effects of the machines on the student body. While many students pushed for the removal of the machines, she said that at least one participant at the meeting argued that this move could be perceived as a University stance against Israel.

Following the discussions, HUDS agreed to remove SodaStream labels on current machines and purchase machines from other companies such as American firms EverPure and Crysalli in the future, according to HUDS spokesperson Crista Martin.

Tez M. Clark '17, a member of the PSC, praised Harvard's choice to suspend purchases from SodaStream in an emailed statement.

"I hope that Harvard’s effort to hear the concerns of Palestinian students and make make a meaningful change in response to these concerns will inspire further support for and discussion on Palestinian rights, both on this campus and around the world," wrote Clark, who is also a Crimson editorial editor.

Sandalow-Ash said that though some of the protesting students had hoped for a formal statement from HUDS on the issue, they were satisfied by the ultimate outcome.

“HUDS was receptive,” she said.
This is the place that is allegedly churning out our future leaders?
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"microaggression"?
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This is what George Carlin described as "the continued pussification of America". Losers.
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I'm sure afterwards they patted each other on the back and said "We made a difference."
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This is the place that is allegedly churning out our future leaders?
Well, we got z00 and that speaks volumes.


Or do you mean 'Harvard Harvard', not the discount one?
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http://www.thecrimson.com/article/20...rber-response/



An action taken by a small radical minority without permission. Time for you to move on to the next crackpot issue.
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Provost doesn't sound too happy.
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An action taken by a small radical minority without permission. Time for you to move on to the next crackpot issue.
it's been a decision since last spring, it isn't like they just decided and now they're going to think about it. It has already been decided, actions have been taken.
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it's been a decision since last spring, it isn't like they just decided and now they're going to think about it. It has already been decided, actions have been taken.
it sounds like the procurement decision was made with political motivations and without school administration approval, now that the school administration knows about it, they can make a decision.

That's what I read, anyway.
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Read "harvard" and "microagression", and thought this is going to be a z00 thread
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An action taken by a small radical minority without permission. Time for you to move on to the next crackpot issue.
I knew it was only a matter of a few down scrolls before you popped up.
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idgaf.

Campuses do stuff like this all the time. Stanford shut the sprinklers off because the student body complained about the waste of water in a state with such a drought. Now the campus looks like relative ass. Sometimes giving people what they want is the best way to teach them a lesson.
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I sense a lot of microaggression in this thread

Harvard grads would do well to remember that, sometimes, when someone complains about something "micro" in the greater scheme of the universe, the best response is to just boldly say, "go f[ind] yourself," and not overly-obsess about hurting overly-sensitive people's feelings.

In other words, escalate to real aggression...
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I took Aggression in college. Aggression 101 was micro, Aggression 102 was macro. Ask a Micro/Macroagression expert anything...
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Is this a microoutrage thread?
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Is this a microoutrage thread?
You characterizing a thread pointing out idiots as outrage is an act of mifroaggression
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I'm micro-offended. I'm going to microsue you for $3.50. See you in microcourt with my nanolawyer.
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