No, you can’t take an American flag from people who you think are mistreating it
By Eugene Volokh
Police in Georgia arrested a U.S. veteran on Friday after she took an American flag away from students who were trampling it. Michelle Manhart, a former Air Force staff sergeant who left the military after posing nude for Playboy, took the flag from a group of African American students at Valdosta State University who were demonstrating against racism. Manhart, who is white, was handcuffed but has not been charged with a crime. …Manhart might be prosecuted for resisting arrest, but apparently not for theft, because “[n]either the students nor the cops decided to press charges.” But if the students to decide to press charges, I think she should indeed be prosecuted, just as Mireille Miller-Young, the professor who stole the aborted fetus sign at UC Santa Barbara, was prosecuted. Trampling on an American flag that you own (or that is owned by someone who has given you permission), like burning the flag, is constitutionally protected symbolic expression, as Texas v. Johnson and United States v. Eichman make clear. (Flag desecration statutes, like this federal statute, remain physically on the books, but they are invalid and unenforceable.) And people have no right to attack protesters whose constitutionally protected message they find offensive, or to take the protesters’ property. Patriotic sentiment does not exempt Ms. Manhart from the law.
Flag fracas at Valdosta State
Protesters walk on Stars and Stripes; veteran banned from university for taking flag from demonstrators
BY ADAM FLOYD
VALDOSTA — A military veteran was detained but not charged by Valdosta State University police after she approached a group of protesters on campus who were walking on an American flag and took it from them. Michelle Manhart, an Air Force veteran, said she was not planning to take the flag from the group, but she had heard about the group’s recent campus demonstrations and wanted to take action.
Air Force vet banned from Ga. college for taking flag from protesters
By Tyler Estep – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
An Air Force veteran with a controversial past has been banned from Valdosta State University after taking an American flag from demonstrators walking on it in protest. The veteran, Michelle Manhart, was detained — but not arrested — following the Friday incident in front of a library at the south Georgia college. She told the Valdosta Daily Times that she was upset not with the group’s protest, but with the way they were protesting.
Furor at Valdosta State Over Walking on U.S. Flag
A military veteran was briefly detained by Valdosta State University police Friday after she grabbed a U.S. flag on which protesters were walking, The Valdosta Daily Times reported. The veteran acknowledged that she took a flag that didn’t belong to her but said she objected to the protesters walking on the flag. While she admitted to resisting arrest, authorities only gave her a criminal trespass warning.
Families eagerly greet college letters that spell opportunity
By Marlon A. Walker – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Instead of hanging with friends, Nashaia Beasley spent a recent Friday night at home with her computer, refreshing constantly to see whether she would attend the University of Georgia in the fall. Beasley, 18 and a senior at DeKalb’s McNair High School, already has received a handful of acceptance letters to other schools. UGA, though, is her first choice. In the fall, she’ll be the first from her family ever to attend college.
State tuition increases tough on students
By Tracey McManus
He already works 23 hours a week as a gas station clerk while juggling a full load of courses at Georgia Regents University. A scholarship covers most of Lamar Clark’s education, but whatever is left each semester has to come out of his pocket. With a 5.5 percent tuition increase for GRU students next year, and between a 2.5 percent and 9 percent increase at other University System of Georgia schools, many are searching for ways to pay the difference and adjust to the ever growing costs of higher education.
Large crowd on hand for GSC Military Memorial dedication
Posted by Walter Geiger in Headlines
Well over 300 people were on campus at Gordon State College Saturday afternoon for the dedication of the Military Memorial and Plaza. The memorial, located where the Gordon Military North Barracks once stood, pays tribute to former GMC students and faculty members who made the ultimate sacrifice in battle in service to the United States of America.
Georgia Colleges Offering Special Deal To Prospective Students
Albany State University and Valdosta State University are among colleges in Georgia waiving out-of-state tuition for residents from three bordering states. Beginning fall 2015, qualified students from Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina will not have to pay the price of attending college away from home.
Potts honored by UGA Alumni Association with “Friend of the University” award
by Doug Walker
Roman Willis Potts received a “Friend of the University” award from the Alumni Association at the University of Georgia Friday. Potts, a former member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, cast the deciding vote in 2010 to break an 8-8 tie to create the College of Engineering at UGA. The engineering school opened in 2012. Potts downplayed the honored Friday afternoon saying that he was just one of nine votes cast to upgrade the school of engineering to a College of Engineering. “Yeah I was the chairman and spent a lot of time and effort in making this happen but there were eight other regents that felt the same way I did and had the courage of their convictions to vote for it,” Potts said.
Higher Education News:
How Georgia colleges handle rape on campus
Georgia colleges tread where prosecutors won’t, but some claim secret tribunals unfair to the accused.
BY SHANNON MCCAFFREY AND JANEL DAVIS | THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
On an August night in 2012, a male University of Georgia student and a female friend from class were texting. She was drinking at Whiskey Bent, a downtown Athens bar. He invited her to celebrate his birthday at a party in his dorm room. “I’m honestly so far gone right now,” she texted back according to court records. Still, she agreed to stop by. She texted him a smiley face when she reached Oglethorpe Hall to let him know she was outside. But entering his room, she found they were alone. His friends, he said, had departed, a police report said. The pair had sex. On that they agree. But while he said it was consensual — she even helped him remove her shirt — she said she was so drunk the room was spinning and was incapable of consent, according to a University of Georgia police report. Athens-Clarke County District Attorney Ken Mauldin declined to prosecute, saying he didn’t think he could win an indictment, records show. But the case had a postscript. Documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through an open records request show that more than two months after the encounter, UGA decided to expel the freshman male student. The AJC is not naming the student because he was not charged criminally. A three-month AJC investigation into the secretive world of campus tribunals found that Georgia’s largest universities are pursuing cases that prosecutors won’t touch, offering some accountability for a serious category of student misconduct. But the newspaper also found that campus justice comes with steep trade-offs.
Value of Postsecondary Degree Higher Among Blacks and Hispanics
by Jamaal Abdul-Alim
When it comes to increasing the number of Americans with a college degree, the vast majority of Americans agree that the goal is important and that a postsecondary degree will be more important in the future to get a good job, a new Gallup-Lumina Foundation study has found. However, in taking a more granular look at the situation through the lens of demographics, the study found that those favorable views toward the value of a college degree or credential are more common among Blacks and Hispanics than they are among Whites. More specifically, 72 and 73 percent of Hispanics and Blacks, respectively, say it is “very important” to increase the proportion of Americans with a degree or professional certificate beyond high schools, whereas just 56 percent of Whites held such a view.
Now Everyone’s an Entrepreneur
Colleges are teaching undergraduates how to be self-starters. But what does that really mean?
By Beth McMurtrie
College Park, Md.
By the time she was a junior, Mackenzie Burnett had put herself on course for a career in foreign policy. Her résumé was stacked with government internships, extensive service work, and a stellar academic record at the University of Maryland. Then a friend told her about Startup Shell. A bunch of students had cleared out a storage room on campus and were using it to work on personal projects at night, like 3-D mapping software. Ms. Burnett hardly seemed a logical fit. She was a government and international relations double major with zero technical skills. But it was love at first sight. …Credit a culture in which tech billionaires have become as well known as sports figures, the relatively cheap costs of technology, and the stagnation of traditional career paths: Thousands of students like Ms. Burnett are gravitating toward build-it-yourself careers. Colleges are responding to this interest, and fueling it, by offering more undergraduate courses, programs, and extracurricular activities that promise to cultivate an entrepreneurial mind-set and develop skills needed in this start-up world.