In February, Chevron apologized to residents of a town where a fracking well exploded by giving them pizza coupons
. Columbia University seems to be taking a similar, food-based approach to contrition over its alleged mishandling of high-profile sexual assault cases.
Anna Bahr—who writes for the campus magazine the Blue and White
and publications including The New York Times Upshot
blog, according to her Twitter profile
—tweeted a photo of a cake she saw in the Ferris dining hall decorated with red roses and a message written in cursive that reads “sexual violence prevention”:
Bahr later sarcastically tweeted that “the red roses so perfectly capture the romance of sexual violence.”
reports that Dining Services removed the cake sometime Wednesday afternoon.
Since December, a group of students has asserted that Columbia “dropped the ball”
on its investigations of sexual assault claims against a student athlete. Those students say the university stretched out its investigation for months and that victims were never encouraged to go to the police.
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This month, a group of students accused the university of silencing a protest
of Columbia’s handling of sexual assault cases.