Saturday, February 18, 2006

Northwestern's Butz loses his University website... and so does everyone else at NWU

Northwestern University announced that it was shutting down all faculty and student personal websites in the near future.

Officially the reason was because there was little use of this service and there are now many places where people can post personal materials.

Unofficially, this offers Northwestern a way out of one aspect of their Butz problem. He was using his personal website to deny the Holocaust. The university could not shut him down without shutting lots of other people down. Therefore -- until now -- it did nothing.

In the article in the Daily Northwestern one student expressed his dismay at this development. The Northwestern site, he said, provided "credibility" that other sites did not have because they were not university sites.

This may have been precisely the reason the sites will soon be history. As often as the university stated that it did not - in any manner, shape or form -- endorse what was on Butz's site, people still associated his denial with the university itself.

Ciao to the websites.

3 comments:

Dave said...

Well, at least nobody can accuse Northwestern of playing favorites or being tools of the "Zionist Conspiracy." This move shuts down Jewish websites, anti-Jewish websites, and neither of the above websites.

I'm sure Butz will go through the roof.

Aren't there "morals clauses" in academic contracts? Wouldn't Butz's extra-curricular activities be considered offensive to NW's operations?

Diane Farley said...

Well, too bad everyone has to be punished for the actions of one--but in this case--It's WORTH IT!!!!!

naftali said...

I sent an email to Putz, I mean Butz and the President of the University as well as several other professors about this guy. I am beginning to think that these Holocaust Deniers all have the same problem. Their underwear is too tight. I an going to send Putz, I mean Butz a few pairs of boxer shorts with smiley faces.