GRCC in the News: 1/19/11

Area teachers object to removing N-word from Mark Twain’s ‘Huck Finn’
Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 8:42 AM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

Educators agree the “n word” is incendiary — which is probably why Mark Twain used it in the first place. But now, teachers across the country are debating whether replacing the slur with a less-offensive term would make “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” deemed an American literary classic for more than 100 years, less powerful of a work. […] “Mark Twain was using the actual language people would have spoken then; to deny the truth of that fact is to infantilize our understanding of history,” said David Cope, a veteran English professor at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Tuesday’s intriguing people: Casey Therriault
January 18th, 2011 | 12:48 PM ET | CNN News Blog

At historically black Jackson State University, fans call him “White Tiger.” His teammates call him “Blue-Eyed Soul Brother.” But it wasn’t that long ago that the 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback was known for something wholly different: his manslaughter conviction. […] He eventually found himself under center at Grand Rapids Community College, where, after serving jailtime, he was a lot tougher to intimidate, according to the Michigan news website,  (More)