It looks like both of Columbia’s most media-hungry legal opponents are stepping up their plans. On one side, we have Graciela Chichilnisky, who, after settling for $200,000 over her own gender bias claims, is apparently pressing other female faculty to sue on grounds of gender bias, all to form a “trust” of aggrieved faculty members. One of her lawyers, Jan Schlictmann, is apparently famous for this approach.
On the flip side, we have Roy Den Hollander, anti-feminist crusader, who has been contacting individual students in the hopes of finding plaintiffs for his class action lawsuit against Columbia University for its Women’s Studies program. Strangely, Hollander seems to be contacting both male and female students for prospective plaintiffs. Bwog wonders what the university thinks of Hollander directly contacting its students.
UPDATE (4:45 PM): The AP reports that Columbia has filed its own briefs requesting that the judge throw out the case.
A sample e-mail from Hollander after the jump.
I’m a graduate of the Columbia Business School and a lawyer who is currently suing Columbia University because its Women’s Studies program discriminates against male students and male alumni and violates the First Amendment establishment clause concerning religion.
The case is a class action lawsuit, and I am currently looking for Columbia students or organizations to join as plaintiffs. All expenses are being picked up by the MR Legal Fund.
I can be contacted at [redacted] or [redacted].
@Sprinkles Spoilt brats wanting something for nothing…who would have thought?
Just proves you can still be a brat in middle age.
@umm i kinda care…
@anyone... …who has taken Envi Sci semester 2 at Barnard will laugh at this! The whole course is based around “A Civil Action”…
@Jan Schlictmann? oh shit Jon Travolta’s against us now?
@wonder how he decides whom to e-mail
@... i’m curious of mr. hollander’s views on prop 8 in california.
@has hollander contacted “james” yet? or would that be bringing someone back from the crypt?
@DEAR ESTEEMED FRIEND Please do permit me to acquaint myself. I am Roy Den Hollander. I am crown prince of Tonga. I would be honored to enter into the business partnership with you to manage ££700000000 of my royal account. If yourself should want to join with me please send your chequing account number and £$1000 to me for security purposes. I wish sincerely to work by you.
@oh and bwog could you not redact Mr. Hollander’s information? I’m sure we’d all like to contact him, and he doesn’t need to know who leaked his contact info.
@hmm Just because Columbia doesnt’ have a male studies program, doesn’t necessarily mean it discriminates against males. If Columbia doesn’t have a China-studies program, does that mean that Columbia discriminates against the Chinese?
@The King of Spain I recognize only one JESTER on this campus, and you are not he.
@The King of Spain I presume he means to imply that your donations go to an organization that you would surely oppose.
Anyone sued the econ department for teaching a “religion” that is “discriminatory” towards poor people?
@Alum HAHAHAHAHA oh Mr. Spain, you slay me.
@Alum In case anyone cares, I am the “Alum” who posted comment #1. Someone else posted #3.
@Undergrad Phew, glad we cleared that up…
@seriously if only there were some way to identify which comments were posted by the same person—perhaps through some convenient button we could hit that could shade all posts by one person
@Alum I have a dynamic IP address and sometimes post from other computers. The track feature doesn’t know that two messages are from the same person unless he/she uses the same address both times.
@wait who here cares at all about which comments here are posted by which “Alum”? no? no takers? okay, glad we cleared that one up.
@Alum How can any of Columbia’s academic programs discriminate against male alumni? Even if it were actively discriminating against male faculty, students, staff, etc., what can it possibly do to alums who don’t interact with it?