Bonnie Bucqueroux teaches at Michigan State University's School of Journalism and experiments with citizen journalism, including co-publishing Lansing Online News with Bill Castanier. They also co-host a radio show Mondays at 7 p.m. on LCC Radio - WLNZ - 89.7.

8 responses to “Was MSU’s William Penn a target? (And does it matter?)”

  1. Phylis floyd

    Thank you for your excellent balanced analysis. Many of the concerns you raise are much needed responses to the importance of critical thinking and its need to be developed at all levels at Msu, not just in this incident.

  2. Lee Tilson

    Great piece. Your comment about taping your lectures reminded me of what one of my mentors, Justin Ravitz, used to say: “You cannot possibly understand politics unless you are paranoid.”

  3. Stephanie Whitbeck

    FYI, University trustees run on a partisan, not non-partisan ballot.

    “The day after the Penn video was posted on the Campus Reform site, MSU Trustee Mitch Lyons immediately began tweeting his displeasure. Though trustees run on a non-partisan ballot, Lyons is a Republican who was clearly offended.”

  4. Richard Bramer

    So: he grabbed the camera. No lawsuit for assault?

    And why not?

  5. Timothy Bowyer

    Trustee Lyons blocked me on twitter for being critical of him. I guess he doesn’t care what students think.

  6. Jesse Greene

    The “professor’s” anti-GOP rant is bad enough, but it isn’t bigger than the THREAT that he makes toward students (according to him, any student he might subsequently find to be racist); he clearly says that, and then says, “I’ll get you!” This is NOT the kind of thing ANY professor should direct toward any student, let alone an entire classroom. I would NEVER want my kid to stay in a classroom that had just been threatened in that way, or in any other way, for that matter. I am waiting to hear that they blood tested (and hair tested him) to determine what kind of substances he’s on, if any. I’d feel this way no matter WHICH political party he attacked. He is not rational. MSU should be concerned about its liability, if nothing else.