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    U. Oklahoma Makes Campus Awards Gender-Neutral After Complaint From One Student

    U. Oklahoma Makes Campus Awards Gender-Neutral After Complaint From One Student

    “Big Non-Binary Person on Campus”

    The student who complained identifies as “non-binary.” Now, everything must be different in order to comply with the views of this single person.

    The College Fix reports:

    U. Oklahoma makes campus awards gender-neutral after complaint by ‘nonbinary’ student

    The University of Oklahoma has moved to make campus award titles gender-neutral following a complaint by a “nonbinary” student.

    OU Daily reports English literature and social justice major Leanne Ho had applied for the “Big Man/Woman on Campus” last year, but since Ho doesn’t identity as either gender, they (Ho uses plural pronouns) couldn’t “receive” the prize as advertised.

    Ho went to the office of Leadership and Volunteerism and convinced its officials to give them a “Big Non-Binary Person on Campus” instead.

    “When I got (the award), I was like, ‘Joke’s on you,’” Ho said, apparently with little sense of irony. “I’m neither a man nor a woman.” And henceforth, all of OU’s campus awards will be gender-free.

    From the story:

    Big Man/Woman on Campus will now be the OU Campus Life Award, Outstanding Senior Man and Woman will be Outstanding Senior, and the Letzeiser Honor List will now recognize the top 26 students without dividing them by gender, said Becky Barker, director of the office of Leadership and Volunteerism. The Homecoming court is also gender-neutral this year, said Ho, who is on the court.

    “In an effort to be more inclusive and to create uniformity with other longstanding campus awards, Student Affairs performed a review and recommended the award name be changed along with updating the award criteria to recognize the best applicant, regardless of gender,” Barker said in an email.

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    Firewatch | October 20, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    They must have become infected with the BS that UT carries. One persons opinion trumps the majority.

    BS like this is to be expected from a University that has Social Justice available as a major. They are just lowering their institution to the lowest common, very low, denominator.

    Conveniently, it also means the college only has to give out half as many awards.

    Win-win.


     
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    Iain Sanders | October 21, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    I find ‘senior’ a little bit ageist.. ‘Outstanding’ – Li’l bittie elitist. ‘Award’ – why not X,Y,Zward, just to shuffle the letters a bit.

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