****-themed drinking game 'sparked brawl on LSE union skiing trip'

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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:42 pm

London School of Economics launches inquiry into allegations Jewish student's nose was broken during incident in Val D'Isere.


Val D'Isere in France, where 150 students from LSE's Athletics Union went skiing Photograph: Keven Wheal/Rex Features

The London School of Economics is investigating allegations that a ****-themed drinking game led to a brawl in which a Jewish student's nose was broken.

The inquiry relates to a skiing trip to Val D'Isere organised by the Students' Union last month and attended by 150 students from the university's Athletics Union.

According to a statement released by the LSE's Jewish society, the assault took place after a Jewish student objected to the drinking game. The violence was not serious enough for French police to be involved, a students' union source said.

The LSE said in a statement: "These are disturbing allegations relating to events which took place on a foreign trip organised by the Students' Union. Both the SU and LSE are investigating these events and are prepared to take disciplinary action if the allegations are shown to be true.

"Students must abide by clear standards of behaviour set by both LSE and the SU and breaches of those standards are taken very seriously. We do not tolerate antisemitism or any other form of racism."

According to the LSE's student newspaper, the Beaver, the game played was a ****-themed version of the drinking game Ring of Fire. This involved playing cards being arranged on a table in the shape of a swastika. Players were required to "salute the Führer", the paper said.

Jay Stoll, president of the LSE's Jewish Society, said: "**** glorification and antisemitism have no place in our universities, which should remain safe spaces for all students.

"There is simply no context for what has happened here. Those who believe the game was all in good humour need to realise that when a Jewish student is subject to violence and the **** ideology glorified it is no joke but a spiteful, collective attack on a community."

Alex Peters-Day, general secretary of the Students' Union, said: "This is so at odds with everything the LSE and the union stands for".

Most of the students at the university, founded by socialists Beatrice and Sidney Webb, are from overseas.

Brendan Mycock, president of the LSE Athletics Union, condemned what he said were the actions of "a small group of individuals".

"The Athletics Union prides itself on our open and tolerant nature and behaviour of this sort is not acceptable and is not an accurate representation of the behaviour we uphold ourselves to. Being in the Athletics Union is about being a team, behaving with respect to our team-mates and Athletics Union peers and representing our union and our university."

Last November, the Daily Telegraph reported claims that members of the Oxford University Conservative Association regularly sang an antisemitic song with **** references.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/jan/15/lse-inquiry-****-drinking-game

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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:05 pm

Have to wonder if we are teaching enough about the ****'s and what actually happened under them if youths think it is an appropriate topic for a drinking game and a source of amusement?

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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:10 pm

Nems Again wrote:Have to wonder if we are teaching enough about the ****'s and what actually happened under them if youths think it is an appropriate topic for a drinking game and a source of amusement?

I have to agree Nems, it's all too easy to push these kind of politically sensitive subjects under the carpet. It's extremely important that future generations understand history and learn from the mistakes of the past. 9/11 is of course another important issue which should be discussed and understood.

Avoiding these issues doesn't make them go away and certainly doesn't encourage understanding and compassion for those from different cultures No

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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:12 pm

Seems to be the rage with the 'in' crowd at the moment. There was that bloke who worked for the MP in Parliament as few weeks ago who got sacked for being involved in the same thing, and is going to be prosecuted in France, where is it totally against to law to glorify anything like that.

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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:13 pm

Feelthelove wrote:

I have to agree Nems, it's all too easy to push these kind of politically sensitive subjects under the carpet. It's extremely important that future generations understand history and learn from the mistakes of the past. 9/11 is of course another important issue which should be discussed and understood.

Avoiding these issues doesn't make them go away and certainly doesn't encourage understanding and compassion for those from different cultures No
As you say it doesnt encourage understanding and allows mistrust and division to thrive.

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