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Ugh, This Guy Again? Rabble-Rousing Towson Student Attempts to Form White Student Union

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We’ve got to give it to Towson student Matthew Heimbach:  the guy is good at stirring up trouble. You might remember him from his presidency of Youth for Western Civilization, the group that enraged many on the Towson campus by hosting Straight Pride Day and chalking “White Pride” slogans on the school’s sidewalks. After YWC’s speech got a little too hate-y last year, its lone faculty sponsor abandoned ship, and the group lost its official school-approved status. But Heimbach is clearly not one to give up without a fight, and now he’s angling to form a White Student Union. Cue the drama.

Towson University’s “White Pride” Problem

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Youth for Western Civilization chalk "White Pride" messages at Towson University

You may remember when Towson University’s  Youth for Western Civilization held a “straight pride” rally last fall, raising the ire of many on campus and off. And now the rabblerousing student group is at it again, chalking “White Pride” messages on prominent campus locations.

Is this just a first-amendment expression of traditional conservative values or a provocative act with overtones of racism and white nationalism? Depends on who you ask.

 

UNH Tries to Ban Red Bull; Towson Bans Hemp Tea

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Last week, the University of New Hampshire announced a ban on energy drinks… and then took it back later that same day, after students pointed out the hypocrisy underlying the decision (a Dunkin’ Donuts is slated to open on campus shortly; a cup of coffee often contains more caffeine than a can of Red Bull).  UNH’s mission “to be the healthiest campus community in the country by 2020” is vague enough to encompass donuts and taurine-infused sugar water after all.

Towson University faced its own soft drink ban controversy earlier in the week, when the school banned local restaurant Krazi Kebob from bringing samples to a school event because they also sell Hi*T, a perfectly legal organic hemp iced tea. The can prominently features a hemp leaf, but the drink itself is “legal, healthy, and refreshing,” according to the company’s owner.

Although a PR rep for the company insisted that the brand’s name is merely a reference to the long-standing English tradition of afternoon tea, Hi*T’s marketing team is clearly capitalizing on people’s tendency to associate non-intoxicating hemp with intoxicating marijuana (hence the name, the graphic design, the website’s insistent mention of “good vibes“). But should administrators really ban a product based only on some goofy graphic design? At least energy drinks are kind of bad for you…

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