Monday, March 6, 2017

Ark. Tech students talk about sex? Cut off their money, Rep. Mary Bentley suggests

Posted By on Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 11:32 AM

unnamed.png

Rep. Mary Bentle
y has gone to Facebook in apparent alarm that college students at Arkansas Tech might meet to talk about sex.

The notice (full version below) appeared on the Facebook page of Spectrum, a campus organization devoted to LGBTQ and others on campus.

We strive to eliminate discrimination under any basis. Anyone, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, or academic achievement is welcome to be a part of SPECTRUM. We are an organization that provides a safe non-judgmental space to share ideas and to interact with one another.
click to enlarge 17017101_1361111873927113_2560134429632806659_o.jpg

This isn't the first year the event has been held on campus. Here's a 2015 report on the event.

click to enlarge THERE SHE GOES AGAIN: Rep. Mary Bentley has again talked about using state budget power against somebody she doesn't like. - BRIAN CHILSON
  • Brian Chilson
  • THERE SHE GOES AGAIN: Rep. Mary Bentley has again talked about using state budget power against somebody she doesn't like.
Strictly speaking, by the way, the post Bentley cited is NOT from the Arkansas Tech Department of Diversity and Inclusion Facebook page. The department undoubtedly looks after diverse sexual groups as well as racial, ethnic and religious ones in its work. You can see from the likes of Bentley how nice it must be for afflicted students to have someone with a touch of warmth toward them. Given Bentley's efforts to punish poor people with legislation (no food stamp soda pop), that might be another category worthy of attention.

The Department of Diversity sent me to the campus' spokesman for a reaction to Bentley's blast. I'll add it when I have it. Bentley doesn't talk to me since I reported about how she tried to use her official position in control of state budget to apply leverage to a wildlife officer on a call to her Perry County home about her husband's violation of national forest regulations. Appropriate use of tax dollars?

UPDATE: From Arkansas Tech:

"This March will mark the third consecutive year in which SPECTRUM, a registered student organization at Arkansas Tech University, has hosted an event that seeks to provide any interested students with information relevant to sexual health. A few examples of topics include unplanned pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted disease prevention, sexual assault resources, consent and healthy relationships. Arkansas Tech University is content neutral as it relates to the free speech of its students, faculty, staff and registered student organizations and seeks to provide venues for individuals and organizations to share their views in a way that does not interrupt the educational process."

Amy Pennington
Interim Vice President for Student Services
Dean of Students
Arkansas Tech University
UPDATE II: I've confirmed there's no evidence a dime of state money has been spent in the past nor will it be spent this week on this event. This group CAN apply to a student government group for funding for events (that money comes from student fees, not state appropriation) but it has not even done that for this event. The event typically has a few students with tables offering information.

Mary Bentley is a bully and a poorly informed one. But we already knew that.

Tags: , , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (23)

Showing 1-23 of 23

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-23 of 23

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

Visit Arkansas

Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism

Most Viewed

  • Griffen asks probe of Ark. Supreme Court and AG's office conduct

    At a press conference today at the Doubletree Hotel just across from the Pulaski County Courthouse, Pulaski County Fifth Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen and his attorneys announced that he has asked the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission to investigate the conduct of the entire Arkansas Supreme Court, and asked the director of the Arkansas Committee on Professional Conduct to investigate the conduct of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and several others in the AG's office, related to what Griffen and his attorneys claim were forbidden ex parte conversations between the Supreme Court and the AG's office.
  • One dead, another hospitalized after midtown shooting

    The Little Rock Police Department has tweeted that officers are on the scene of a double shooting at the Midtown Park Apartments, 6115 W. Markham St., near the corner of University Avenue and Markham. Police say one person has died, and a second victim is at a hospital. The apartments were previously known as the Plaza Towers, an affordable housing development.
  • State Supreme Court denies stay of Kenneth Williams' execution

    The Arkansas Supreme Court in brief orders today denied petitions by Kenneth Williams for a stay in his scheduled execution at 7 p.m. Thursday.
  • Former detention officers plead guilty to conspiring to assault juveniles

    The U.S. attorney's office in Little Rock announced today that two former supervisors at the White River Juvenile Detention Center in Batesville had pleaded guilty to conspiring to assault juvenile inmates.
  • Semantics drives discord over Metroplan vote on 30 Crossing: CORRECTION

    The board of directors of Metroplan voted today to seek public comment on an amendment to its Imagine Arkansas long-range transportation plan that would allow the highway department's 30 Crossing project, to widen 7 miles of I-30 through downtown North Little Rock and North Little Rock and replace the Arkansas River bridge, to go forward.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

Slideshows

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation