Newsletter for March 10

Disruptive protest and its discontents; anti-male bias lawsuit; liquor at Medici; grocery store planned for 61st.

By Pete Grieve and Adam Thorp

Good Morning. It’s tenth week. Happy Reading Period!

Report on disruptive protest: A University committee created in the wake of protests that shut down campus speakers last academic year has weighed in on how and whether disruptive protesters ought to be disciplined. “Disruptive conduct may itself be a form of speech, but that does not mean that it is a protected form of speech. Like other forms of civil disobedience, disruptive conduct may lead to disciplinary consequences for those engaged in such conduct,” the committee’s report reads. The committee recommends that a committee of five, including a faculty member and a student, determine the penalties protesters face. (

Medici no longer BYOB, maybe: The Medici on 57th is applying for a liquor license, in an effort to compete with new local restaurants where alcohol already flows freely. Because the Med is across the street from an elementary school, the restaurant will need a dispensation from its alderman. Hyde Parkers can weigh in at a community meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. at the restaurant. (

A second push for Zimmer to meet with CC: Eighty-six faculty members signed a one-paragraph letter to the editor suggesting the president accept an invitation from undergraduate College Council members to discuss free speech. Specifically, the invitation cited a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal in which Zimmer said it would be “fine” for Richard Spencer to speak if he were invited. We contacted a University spokesperson about the invitation. He replied by pointing out that Zimmer already has a private meeting with several members of student government each quarter—apparently indicating that the president does not think a meeting with CC dedicated to free speech is necessary. (

Grocery store coming to 61st and Cottage Grove: The vice president of the nonprofit planning the development declined to tell DNAInfo the name of the store, but said it is a “significant player in the grocery store market.” And, “It’s not Mariano’s.” (

New Booth dean: Madhav Rajan will be the next Dean of the Booth School of Business, the University announced Wednesday. Rajan previously worked as an associate dean in charge of Stanford’s M.B.A. program and as the editor of The Accounting Review. The previous dean, Sunil Kumar, left to become Johns Hopkins’s provost last year. (

University files to dismiss Doe suit: “John Doe,” a male student at the University, accuses the University of demonstrating anti-male bias in the wake of two accusations from female students that he had sexually assaulted them. In court filings Monday, the University asked the judge in the case to dismiss his lawsuit. The University’s motion cites as precedent the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against Columbia University by a student who had been publicly accused of sexual assault when the female Columbia student who accused him began carrying a mattress around campus. (

Law professor argues Obama could sue Trump, and win, for tweets about wiretapping: Geoffrey Stone thinks the former president has a good case that Donald Trump’s wiretapping claims were libelous, should he choose to pursue it: “Of course, this will not happen. Barack Obama is not that kind of ‘guy.’ He is a person of integrity, calm, and self-restraint. So, perhaps sadly, we will be spared the drama of such litigation. But this is just one more illustration of why the person currently in the White House should not be there.” (

$25 million for graduate students: The Neubauer Family Foundation gift will go to recruit “high performance, high impact” Ph.D. candidates across the divisions. A News Office press release characterizes the gift as the largest in support of Ph.D. education in University history. (

College, Law School grad to be Trump’s “10th Justice”: Noel Francisco (A.B. ’91, J.D.96) has been nominated to be Donald Trump’s solicitor general. (


The South Side Weekly publishes its yearly arts issue. The collection of artist and gallery profiles, poetry, art-related stories, and artwork is all online, but can we recommend picking up the carefully curated print edition somewhere on campus? (

It's also the last issue for the Weekly’s current editor-in-chief, who we interviewed alongside his predecessor in our most recent paper ( He signs off in the last blurb in the issue’s calendar: “I can’t think of a better blurb with which to end my long tenure writing blurbs and doing other things than this blurb, about a parody death metal band whose members dress up as Ronald McDonald.” (

In The Gate, a volunteer health clinic in Englewood fears for its future should the Affordable Care Act be replaced by a less generous Republican alternative. (

…and in the Shady Dealer: “‘Opposition to Safe Spaces Not a Fundraising Ploy,’ says Zimmer at Opening of New $150M Institute for Free Speech” (


●Incomplete Course Registrations Confuse Students (

●3,000 E-mail Users Experience Problems (