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October 1, 2012

Why Do Books Get Banned?

According to the American Library Assocation,

Books usually are challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information. See  Notable First Amendment Cases.

Censorship can be subtle, almost imperceptible, as well as blatant and overt, but, nonetheless, harmful. As John Stuart Mill wrote in On Liberty:

If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind. Were an opinion a personal possession of no value except to the owner; if to be obstructed in the enjoyment of it were simply a private injury, it would make some difference whether the injury was inflicted only on a few persons or on many. But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.

— On Liberty, John Stuart Mill

Often challenges are motivated by a desire to protect children from “inappropriate” sexual content or “offensive” language. The following were the top three reasons cited for challenging materials as reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom:

  1. the material was considered to be "sexually explicit"
  2. the material contained "offensive language"
  3. the materials was "unsuited to any age group"

Although this is a commendable motivation, Free Access to Libraries for Minors, an interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights (ALA's basic policy concerning access to information) states that, “Librarians and governing bodies should maintain that parents—and only parents—have the right and the responsibility to restrict the access of their children—and only their children—to library resources.” Censorship by librarians of constitutionally protected speech, whether for protection or for any other reason, violates the First Amendment.

Keep checking back throughout the week for more activities and information about banned books!


American Library Association. "About Banned & Challenged Books." ala.org. American Library Association, 2012. Web. 1 Oct. 2012.

Southwest Virginia Feeding America Food Drive

Please drop off non-perishable food items to designated Feeding America Southwest Virginia bins located throughout campus.  You can also bring food items to the Virginia Western Volunteer Center- Thomas Center, room 210.

Most needed items:  peanut butter, rice, beans, 100% juice, canned meat, vegetables and fruits.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Today, we are more interconnected than ever before. Not only do we use the Internet to stay connected, informed, and involved, but we rely on it for all of our day-to-day needs, both at work and home. Just imagine our lives without the Internet!

However, with increased connectivity comes increased risk of crime – thus making cyber security one of the most important national security priorities.

Being safer and more secure online is a shared responsibility. IET (Information and Educational Technologies) strives to provide a safe and secure network environment for our customers but each user of the Internet must be engaged in their own cyber safety and use caution when accessing and/or sharing sensitive data whether at work or home.

IET will be submitting Cyber Security Tips throughout the month of October. Please take a minute to read these tips.

Do You Read Banned Books?

Celebrate your freedom to read whatever you want by coming to the Banned Books Week Kickoff event at Brown Library!

TODAY ONLY, from 10am-2pm, Student Life and the library will be giving away free copies of the following banned books: The Color Purple (30th anniversary edition), The Hunger Games, or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. While you’re there, take a break and make your own banned bookmark to go with your book!

And don’t forget to come to the free movie, Smoke Signals, on Wednesday, 1pm!


Visit Our Displays on the Top Floor. See examples of books that have been banned and find out the reasons behind it.

The week celebrates the freedom we have to express our opinions— even if the opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. Banned Books Week brings attention to the challenges that have been presented to this freedom by celebrating books which have been attempted to be banned in libraries across the country. For a short history of attempts at censoring books, please see The Online Books Page Presents Banned Books Online at the University of Pennsylvania. Included in this page are links to the actual texts of these works, available for free online.

Rock & Roll Diner OPENING TODAY!

On Monday, October 1, 2012, a new curb side diner will be open on campus. The Rock & Roll Diner will be located on South Campus behind the Humanities Building in parking lot 1.

The diner will offer breakfast foods, salads, sandwiches, tacos and much more!

The Rock & Roll diner will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Come check it out next week.

On-Site Flu Shot Clinic

Flu shots are now available through the Commonwealth of Virginia Flu Shot Program.  Flu shots can be administered for free utilizing your prescription or health insurance coverage in one of three ways:

  1. By participating pharmacies – for pharmacy listings go to www.dhrm.state.va.us.  (Flu shots administered by a non-participating pharmacy or a third party vendor will not be covered.)
  2. By your doctor’s office – covered as part of your wellness benefit under your health insurance (COVA Care or Anthem HDHP)
  3. On-site at Virginia Western Community College by appointment:

Medicap Pharmacy

Human Resources/Workforce Development Training Room, Fishburn Hall

Friday, October 12, 2012

8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

  • All employees, their spouses, children of employees, and retirees are welcome!
  • Children under the age 18 do not need a prescription.
  • Plan members who bring a COVA Care plan ID card, Anthem plan ID card (for HDHP), or Medicare card (retirees) will receive flu shots at no cost!
  • There is a $25.00 charge per vaccine for employees without insurance.

Appointments will be made in five (5) minute intervals.  Please arrive five (5) minutes early to allow time for forms completion.

Contact Denise Schuh for an appointment at either 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu.


VWCC Employment Opportunities

Human Resources is currently accepting applications for the following positions: 

×         Coordinator of Dual Enrollment

  • Deadline:  10/12/2012 by 5pm (EST)

×         Nursing Instructors (RN)

  • Deadline:  Open Until Filled

For more details about our application process and/or to complete an online application, please visit our website: www.virginiawestern.edu/hr and select “CAREER OPENINGS”.  Feel free to contact HR, 857.7282, with any questions.


Diversity Events: October 2012

The Cultural Diversity and International Education Committee exists to:

  • promote global education and the acceptance and inclusion of a diverse population,
  • develop and promote initiatives and programs for diversity awareness and understanding, and
  • identify academic issues of international students, such as English as a Second Language, and develop methods to address the issues.

As part of our charge to promote inclusion and increase diversity awareness and understanding, we will be sharing Diversity Events with you every month via the Daily Bulletin.  We hope you find this information informative and inspiring.    

Diversity Events 2012


Information obtained from the National Education Association: http://www.nea.org/grants/42349.htm 

LGBT (was GLBT) History Month

LGBT History Month brings awareness to the problems and the achievements of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people. Here are some LGBT resources:

National Bullying Prevention Month

Traditionally held the first week in October, the event has been expanded to include activities, education, and awareness building for the entire month. Check out bullying prevention resources for elementary classrooms to kick off your anti-bullying efforts.

Italian American Heritage Month

Every year the U.S. president signs an executive order designating the month of October as National Italian American Heritage Month in recognition of the achievements and contributions made to American culture by persons of Italian heritage. See Milestones of the Italian American Experience.

October 2
Gandhi's Birthday & International Day of Nonviolence

Mohandas Karamchand “Mahatma” Gandhi is one of the most respected spiritual and political leaders of the twentieth century. Through nonviolent resistance, Gandhi helped free India from British rule. The Indian people called Gandhi “Mahatma,” meaning Great Soul. See Mohandas Gandhi biography.

October 2
Thurgood Marshall Sworn Into Supreme Court

In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African American to sit on the highest court in the land. Opposing discrimination and the death penalty, he championed free speech and civil liberties.

October 3
Frank Robinson Signed as Major League Manager

In 1974, Robinson became the first African American to manage a major league baseball team when he was hired by the Cleveland Indians.

October 6
German American Day

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed this day German American Day, commemorating the 1683 arrival in America of 13 German families on board a sailing vessel. 

October 8
Columbus Day

Celebrated annually on the second Monday in October, this federal holiday honors all explorers and commemorates Columbus’ sighting of the New World in 1492. It is also a time to remember a group of people who discovered America before Columbus: the nomadic ancestors of modern Native Americans.  

October 16
World Food Day

Since 1979, this worldwide event has sought to increase awareness, understanding, and informed year-round action to alleviate hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.

October 15
Multicultural Diversity Day

Celebrated on the third Monday in October, this day was adopted as a national event by NEA's 1993 Representative Assembly. See Multicultural Diversity Day for more information.

October 20
Birth of the Báb

One of eleven holy days in the Bahá'í calendar, this day honors the Bab, whose mission was to prepare the way for Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith. Learn more about the birth of Bab.

October 24
United Nations Day

In the spring of 1945, representatives of fifty nations gathered in San Francisco to put the final touches to a document of far-reaching consequences - the Charter of the United Nations. The UN Charter went into effect on October 24, 1945. Two years later the UN General Assembly adopted a U.S.-sponsored resolution declaring October 24th United Nations Day. See the United Nations Resources for Educators.

October 25-26
Eid al-Adha

This holiday is the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice, the most important feast of Islam. The three-day festival recalls Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah. It concludes the Hajj - the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. It occurs approximately 70 days after the end of the month of Ramadan.

October 28
Statue of Liberty Dedication

On this day in 1886, President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty, officially titled "Liberty Enlightening the World." This universal symbol of freedom and democracy was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States.

October 29
National Organization for Women (NOW) Founded

Since its founding in 1966, NOW has maintained its goal: to take action to bring about equality for all women. Learn more at the NOW site.

October 31

Also known as All Hallows’ Eve—the evening before All Saints Day or All Hallows Day—this event has roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (SOW-an). In Gaelic culture, it is a celebration of the end of the harvest season and a time to remember loved ones who have died. Today, in the United States and some Western countries, it is customary to wear costumes and take part in revelry.

Post submitted by Sarah Miller