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Thursday, February 28, 2008

The show must go on

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 7:03 PM

More news from Arkansas Tech:

The production of "Assassins," apparently mock gunfire and all, will go on. The university announced today that "security" issues had been resolved and the play will proceed March 14.

The university president, Robert Brown, gets the last word. His halting of the production was not about censorship, but public safety, he emphasizes. I expect this will be the last word on the matter. The news release smells of an agreed-on deal. The ACLU had been nosing around. Drama buffs also had been working the president over, including in national education journals. So there you have it. The president saves a bit of his dignity. The show goes on. And, as we noted earlier, the theater department's decrepit quarters are apparently due for an upgrade.

 

TECH NEWS RELEASE

 

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (February 28, 2008)---The Arkansas Tech University
Theatre Department¹s production of "Assasins," which was temporarily
postponed earlier this month, has been rescheduled for the weekend of March
14. The show will be performed in its entirety with extra security measures
in place. Specific details of the production are being determined and will
be announced in the next few days.

President Robert C. Brown made the announcement late this afternoon
expressing his gratitude to Vice President Jack Hamm and Dr. Tim Smith,
chair of the university¹s faculty senate and a cast member of the play, for
working to make sure that the show was quickly rescheduled.

"I am so pleased with the leadership of Dean Georgena Duncan, Department
Head Donna Vocate, Dr. Smith and, as always Vice President Jack Hamm without
whom this quick resolution would not have been possible," Brown said.  "The
postponement of this show was never about censorship or restricting anyone's
rights; rather, it was about taking seriously our responsibility to insure
the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.  In today's
environment, that responsibility sometimes will force us to make difficult
short-term decisions.  I am, personally pleased that we resolved the safety
issues quickly and that these talented students who have worked so hard will
be able to showcase their gifts in this production," Brown concluded.


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