The University of Rhode Island class was supposed to deal with political philosophers from Plato to Machiavelli. Instead, students read Machiavelli’s The Prince and heard a lot about the professor’s sexual orientation and contempt for conservatives and Christians, writes Nathaniel Nelson, a conservative Christian student, in Front Page.
On the first day of class, Professor Michael Vocino announced, “I like dick,” and asked Nelson if he was “queer,” the student says. On the second day, Vocino asked Nelson if he was uncomfortable knowing the professor thought he was “hot.”
A few times during the semester instead of giving the usual educational assignments, Professor Vocino asked me, and a few other male members, to try “making out” with other males and tell the class how it felt. While observing an outside student walk by the classroom with baggy-style jeans on, he offered that he wished men would wear tighter pants because he liked “bums.” Often Professor Vocino would ask members of the class for hugs. In fact, he did an “experiment” to see how people reacted to the intrusion on their personal space. This “experiment” consisted of class members standing as close as they could to each other. He ended the “experiment” with students, again mostly male and including myself, standing as close to him as they felt comfortable.
Vocino frequently asked students about their sexual activities, “how much, with who and when,” Nelson writes.
It was a frequent occurrence for Professor Vocino to talk about “dick” and all of the actions that one can do with said body member. It should be noted that one entire class was devoted to the topic of masturbation.
After Nelson and another conservative student complained, Vocino, who is a tenured professor of film studies and library science, was suspended from teaching political science. I wonder if he got the ax for sexual and political harassment or for neglecting to teach Plato and Aristotle.
KelliPundit, who advises a conservative student group at URI, vouches for Nelson’s integrity.