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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Arkansas Tech feels the heat

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Arkansas Tech University President Robert Brown is apparently feeling the heat for his rash decision to cancel a student production of the "Assassins," nominally on account of his fear for public safety from the use of blank gunshots. Many suspect his public safety fears were more related to a recent real-live shooting involving football players.

The Courier in Russellville is following the story. It isn't posted yet, but I'm told that a spokesman for Brown is suggesting in a story today that this is just all a big misuderstanding. He never intended to cancel anything. He' just been waiting for word from the drama department on when they planned to reschedule. UPDATE: Here's the link.

Well. Theater professor Ardith Morris, who has been directing plays at Tech for 26 years, said of the suggestion that the department hadn't followed through on an option to reschedule: "The option doesn't exist. Nobody had notified me that was an option."

"It was personally and academically devastating to everyone involved to have the production stopped," she said. (Students were allowed to have a closed dress rehearsal, but couldn't use guns. They could point fingers and shout "bang, bang" at each other in the drama about assassination of presidents.) "Why would we refuse to reschedule if that's all we had wanted to do -- present our play?"

Do you think there might be a good drama in all of this?

UPDATE: The ACLU is taking a look at issues related to this incident.

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