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Scandal Name: Safety Dance

We need a name for the latest Williams controversy. Let’s go with “Safety Dance.” Why? Recall this detail from the complaint:

On the night of December 5, 2015, John attended a party on the Williams campus. While dancing with another woman, employee Smith confronted him for dancing with someone other than herself as she wanted to dance with him. When John walked away, Smith followed John. The time was sometime between 11:30 pm of December 5, 2015 to midnight of December 6, 2015. Smith followed John all the way to his dormitory. John pointed out Smith’s wrongdoing, that she had violated the terms of her employment by attending a student party, as Smith held the position of Alumni Coordinator at Williams. Smith slapped John. She also grabbed and took away his phone. John retreated to his room. Smith escalated the situation even further afterwards by telephoning John’s sister, Lady Doe.

And the lyrics from the song “Safety Dance”:

We can dance if we want to
We can leave your friends behind
‘Cause your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance
Well they’re no friends of mine.

I say, we can go where we want to
A place where they will never find
And we can act like we come from out of this world
Leave the real one far behind
And we can dance

Alas, John Doe has discovered that, leaving the real world far behind, is not so easy when it comes to the sexual assault bureaucracy at Williams . . .

PS. Not too late for readers to suggest a better scandal name . . .

UPDATE: Following conversations with both sides, and feedback from the EphBlog community, we have decided not to publish either John Doe’s and Susan Smith’s real names. We ask that commentators abide by this decision, although everyone is free to continue to argue about whether or not this decision is the correct one. Some post-hoc editing of prior posts will now begin. Apologies for any confusion that this causes in making sense of the comment threads.

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#1 Comment By Dick Swart On December 3, 2016 @ 2:34 pm

“We need a name for the latest Williams controversy. Let’s go with ‘Safety Dance’.”

Dave, I feel you are verging on Breitbart. Has a need for stimulation finally driven you into the media circus?

#2 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On December 3, 2016 @ 3:46 pm

I am going to be writing thousands of words about this case. I need a shorthand way of referring to it, something that makes it clear that I am referring to this case and not to other sexual assault controversies at Williams. The easiest shorthand would mention the names of the key actors, but we have decided not to do that. So, I need something else. If not “Safety Dance,” what would you suggest?

Or is it your claim that we should not write about this case at all?

#3 Comment By pseudonymous On December 3, 2016 @ 4:20 pm

Howabout “Title IX Tango”?

#4 Comment By John C. Drew, Ph.D. On December 3, 2016 @ 5:01 pm

I like Safety Dance, I’d go with Slap Gate.

#5 Comment By Dick Swart On December 3, 2016 @ 5:22 pm

Or is it your claim that we should not write about this case at all?

Of course not, Dave. ‘Ephblog’ is your blog. Although as long as there is a search for names underway, I might suggest ‘Ephflog’.

#6 Comment By anon On December 6, 2016 @ 9:49 am

If you are redacting names, why did you leave the woman’s picture up and her name in the portions of the complaint that you posted?