Via Right Reason, another weird story from the Claremont colleges: Two students painted anti-SUV slogans on SUVs as a class assignment. (They used some sort of washable paint.) The professor said the students misinterpreted her instructions to express their “political voice.”
The students expressed environmental concerns about SUVs by writing statements such as “I use 33% more gas than a car,” “consumption machine,” and “I heart pollution.”
“It was not a well thought out action,” said Professor Yvonne Houy, who teaches a course titled Political Activism in Film and Media at Pomona. Recently, she told students in the class to exercise their political voice, not imagining that the two students in question would decide to fulfill the assignment in such an atypical — and illegal — manner.
Later, a memo from the dean said the students had received written approval for the vandalism before defacing the cars; Houy she said she’d “inadvertently” approved the idea. Houy is a professor of German Studies.