My recent Email about the ongoing pattern of unaccountability at Johnson County Community College. Click here for a Web-friendly version.
(Note: I'm running for one of three at-large seats available on April 5 for this college board. There are seven total seats. I held the position from 2005-09 and narrowly lost re-election in 2009).
Monday, February 7, 2011
You're "depraved" -- Johnson County Community College
leaders to Catholic student concerned about traditional morals
Anti-religious, intolerant behavior supported by
full Board of Trustees, including:
-Don Weiss, DeVry administrator
-Jon Stewart, former Metcalf Bank CEO
-Bob Drummond, President of "TLC for Children and Families"
-candidate Greg Musil, board campaign treasurer; JCCC Foundation
member who fully supports co-Foundation member Charles Carlsen,
accused by four women of sexual harassment
-JCCC President Terry Calaway, recently told by a federal judge he illegally expelled students, violated due process process rights of students
Warning: content below not appropriate for children This Email isn't about the First Amendment, but rather a disregard to student well-being by leaders at Johnson County Community College. It's about unaccountability, it's about a pattern of behavior, and it's about the use of tax dollars by a large government body.
JCCC "Diversity" leader Carmaletta Williams (right), replying to a Catholic student who was concerned about traditional values on the JCCC campus:
"The depravity rests with you -- not me."
Carmaletta Williams is known to tell people that she doesn't answer to anyone at the college, according to sources.
Williams has already been punished once by President Terry Calaway after yelling out "liar" to a student who was accurately critical of Williams at a public, monthly JCCC Board meeting.
Williams is known to support policies that, in the name of "diversity" and "tolerance," violate students' First Amendment rights.
And now, this (again, not suitable for children):
Through the diversity office -- the "Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" (or ODEI) -- Carmaletta Williams forwarded a detailed Email about an upcoming play called, "In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play." The play is being performed at the Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, MO.
The forwarded Email's subject line was, "Subject: [diversity] FW: Let IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY keep you warm this weekend!"
The Email contained these two photos:
Part of the text of the forwarded Email:
Playing through Feb 13th!
IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play
By Sarah Ruhl
2010 Tony Nominee for Best Play
2010 Finalist for Pulitzer Prize in Drama
Call 816-531-PLAY (7529) or Click Here for Tickets
Looking for a football alternative for Sunday?
We have a 3pm matinee! Directed by Sidonie Garrett
Featuring Cinnamon Schultz, Matthew Rapport, Heidi Van, Logan Ernstthal, Marion Bailey, Chris Roady and Kelly Main On The Mainstage ECSTATIC ABOUT ELECTRICITY Set at the dawn of the age of electricity in a well-to-do 1880s Victorian home, proper gentleman and scientist Dr. Givings has innocently invented an extraordinary device for treating "hysteria" in women (and, occasionally, men): the vibrator. His young wife tends to their newborn daughter and wonders exactly what is going on in the next room. This 2010 Tony Nominee for Best Play is based on actual bizarre history. Click the photo below for more photos from the show!
The former student, a conservative Catholic, learned of this Email and was offended. In part, the student's reply:
I protest this truly depraved use of funds allocated to 'education'. What Carmaletta Williams enjoys on her own is possibly her own business (although her deplorable judgment in disseminating such filth to young people at JCCC brings her suitability to head a JCCC Department into question). But this is not a matter of William's 'tastes' alone. Instead, she has chosen to use JCCC funds, instrumentalities and staff to advertise this obscene 'play' to the largest possible audience at JCCC. This constitutes an unspeakable abuse of the monies with which JCCC is entrusted.
I beg to be enlightened: What does advertising a play about masturbation, sexual devices and lewd behavior possibly have to do with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?
Williams' posting also includes filthy pictures of play scenes, including but not limited to a scene of a man lifting the clothing of a [prone] woman, applying a vibrator to her genitalia, and her sexual response; all of which is surrounded by the greatest hilarity." Then,
Carmaletta Williams' full reply to the student:
On Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 2:44 PM, Carmaletta Williams <[email protected]> wrote:
The Coterie Theater is a reputable theater funded by theater goers in this region. The play is not about sex. That is purely your misinterpretation of a play you have not seen. Where in the advertisement do you see any of the pictures you have described below? The depravity rests with you - not me and not with the Coterie Theater.
I'll simply ask you, the reader: is this "tolerance" and "diversity" for a taxpayer-funded school to call conservative members of our community "depraved"?
1. Contact "TLC for Children and Families" President Bob Drummond (right)
11401 S. Gander St.
Olathe, KS 66061
Email Bob Drummond
2. Contact JCCC Board Chair, DeVry leader Don Weiss (below, left)
12100 Cherry Lane
Olathe, KS 66061
Email Don Weiss
Hodge's goals at Johnson County Community College:
- Protect free speech and other student rights, including privacy rights.
- Change the election format to seven districts, from the current at-large method. State law allows community colleges to choose their methods of election. It merely takes a majority vote by the seven-member board to change to seven districts (six districts and one at-large). This would provide for better representation for voters in this populous county.
- Restore the college's regional and national reputation.
- Open budgets and open bidding. This is the taxpayers' college and the taxpayers' money.
What Others Are Saying About Hodge
"We applaud you..." -- Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a national First Amendment rights group
"Mr. Hodge, thanks for being on the right side..." -- Bill O'Reilly, host of Fox News' "O'Reilly Factor"
"Hats go off to Ben Hodge for having the courage to not back down in the face of elitist criticisms and for pressing forward." -- Regional editorial news site " Kaw and Border "
A "Champion of the Taxpayer" -- Americans for Prosperity
"Good job, Ben Hodge...." -- Kansas City Star editorial board member Yael Abouhalkah, after Hodge challengedJCCC's leadership on following the state open meetings laws
"A first-class political mind." -- Johnson County Commissioner Michael Ashcraft, 5th District
A "champion of open meetings and open records" and "committed to transparency" -- Gardner News editorial board
"Benjamin Hodge deserves support" -- former JCCC employee Tammy Clem
A "Pro-jobs Legislator" -- Kansas Chamber of Commerce
"Every governing body from top to bottom needs at least one member who will stand up for the taxpayers, and Benjamin Hodge is that person [at JCCC]." -- The Gardner News editorial board
91% Lifetime Rating -- Kansas Taxpayers Network
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- Or at KansasProgress.com.
Thank you for your time, as always.
Connect with Benjamin Hodge at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, The Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas. He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011. His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters,the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRA, Kansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).