Friday, September 10, 2004

The Cavalier Daily : Timing of Fahrenheit 9/11 screening irks some

University Program Council cancels Sept. 11 screening, coordinates panel discussion with professors, student leaders for Sunday night


Sarah R. Gatsos, Cavalier Daily Associate Editor

Fahrenheit 9/11, the Michael Moore documentary film that ignited debate nationwide this summer, will be shown at Newcomb Theatre this weekend in conjunction with a panel discussion to commemorate the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The University Programs Council will screen Fahrenheit 9/11 on a slightly altered schedule –- yesterday, today and Sunday. The organization originally had also planned to show the film Saturday, but opted not to do so after the parent of a University student criticized the timing of the film's screenings.

University President John T. Casteen, III received an e-mail over the summer from a parent who questioned the University's decision to show Fahrenheit 9/11 on the anniversary of Sept. 11, Newcomb Hall Director Bill Ashby said.

"He had the opinion that it was insensitive for the University to show the film on Sept. 11," Ashby said.

The parent's comment prompted University Vice President Patricia Lampkin to ask the student members of UPC to consider the parent's concern, but said she left the final decision of whether to show the film up to the students.

"We decided not to show it on Saturday because it might be emotionally offensive to some people," Cinematheque Chair Annette Jagnarain said. "We did not want to offend those people."

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