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The Good News

At Yale:

The Yale Daily News published a ragingly misguided column in which Shaun Tan, a graduate student, literally advocates for the objectification of women and all other people whom you don’t really care about, but whom you may be able to use to your advantage. The good news is that the piece was ripped to shreds in a number of sharp, insightful columns, both in the News and on Broad Recognition.

Q Magazine, an LGBT-focused magazine launched at Yale last year, won a Pacemaker award—the highest honor of the Associated College Press. Woo, Q!

In the world:

This is a two-in-one item of the Good News. First off, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was booed for opposing marriage equality in a speech he gave at the University of Michigan on Tuesday. Two days earlier, the Michigan Daily, the campus newspaper, published a statement by the University of Michigan chapter of the American Association of University Professors opposing Michigan HB 4770 and HB 4771, bills currently facing the state legislature that would “prohibit state employers, including Michigan’s public colleges and universities, from offering employees benefits for domestic partners and even eliminating that as a possible topic of collective bargaining for units in which state employees are unionized.” Here’s an excerpt:

Faculty are widely in agreement that this is fundamentally an issue of fairness for the employees concerned and that the University and the state, as employers, should not discriminate against any class of their employees nor prevent employees from enjoying the full fruits of their labors in equal measure to their contributions. We stand by all our colleagues in the faculty and staff in their rightful entitlement to the full respect and compensation which is offered to their peers. We deplore the continuing attempt to roll back the rights of faculty and staff to collective bargaining or to limit the scope of bargaining by fiat. A free people should not accept such disregard for their right to bargain over the conditions of their employment.

On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden announced the winners of a contest called “Apps Against Abuse,” organized by the White House, in which people competed to develop mobile applications that would work to prevent sexual abuse on college campuses. Check out the first-place winners.

The High Court of England upheld a Swedish request for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be extradited there, so that he can be questioned over allegations of rape and sexual assault made by two former WikiLeaks volunteers.

Buthaina Kamel announced on Monday that she will become the first woman in Egyptian history to run for president. (The country’s first post-revolution elections will take place next year.) “I intend to run for president to show the world that Egypt is a modern country, in which women are afforded the right to vie for the highest positions of state, which—like the right to vote—is a basic human right,” she said.

“Let’s have sex.. LOL jk i’m a rapist, were doing it whether you like or not” is just one example of a Facebook “fan page” that promotes sexual violence. On Wednesday, led a “Twitter Day of Action,” encouraging users to tweet the names of such threatening, offensive, misogynistic pages with the hashtag #notfunnyfacebook.

I’m a little late on this news, but it was announced late last week that starting in January 2012 Virginia Rometty will become the first female CEO in IBM’s 100-year history. (Last month, Meg Whitman was appointed CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co.—also big news in the male-dominated world of tech business.)

Finally, this picture.

Emily Rappaport is a sophomore in Yale College.  She is the business manager for Broad Recognition.

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