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  • Penn State Professor Arrested in Miami After Rant on Plane

    03/17/2015 6:21:23 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 58 replies
    ABC/AP ^ | 3/17/15
    An associate sociology professor at Penn State University faces disorderly conduct charges.... .... 52-year-old Karen Halnon started a rant about U.S-Venezuela relations about half way through a Saturday flight from Nicaragua to Miami. A passenger on the plane caught the rant on video, which was posted on local television websites. It also showed her lighting a cigarette and blaming it on another passenger.
  • Professors: US flag symbolizes racism, should not be displayed on campus

    03/11/2015 1:39:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 77 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 11, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    A group of university professors has signed a letter showing their solidarity with students who tried to ban the American flag at the University of California, Irvine – because they said Old Glory contributes to racism. “U.S. nationalism often contributes to racism and xenophobia, and that the paraphernalia of nationalism is in fact often used to intimidate,” read a letter obtained by the website Campus Reform. Hundreds across the nation have signed the letter – including some U.C. Irvine professors, Campus Reform reported. "We admire the courage of the resolution's supporters amid this environment of political immaturity and threat, and...
  • U. of Wisconsin campus paper fills pages with mostly anti-Scott Walker op-eds

    03/11/2015 11:31:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The College Fix ^ | March 11, 2015 | by David Hookstead - University of Wisconsin Madison
    Count by The College Fix finds roughly three times as many anti-Walker pieces than pro-Walker pieces in Wisconsin student newspaper’s opinion section in recent weeks. MADISON, Wis. – Over the last month and a half, the opinion pages of the student newspaper at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been crowded with arguments against Gov. Scott Walker, suggesting – among other things – that his platform will decimate higher education, ruin the environment and hurt the economy. The launch of the second semester here in late January coincided with Gov. Walker’s prominent thrust into the national spotlight, with his higher education...
  • This is just the start of the college implosion

    03/05/2015 2:13:34 PM PST · by Varsity Flight · 63 replies
    A 114-year-old college that's closing its doors may have to give more than $50 million back to donors After 114 years, Sweet Briar College revealed this week that it's closing after the spring 2015 semester, an abrupt announcement that shocked students, alumni, and many people active in higher education.
  • Walter Williams: College Campus Update

    03/02/2015 8:47:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Creators Syndictate ^ | March 4, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    President Barack Obama wants Americans to dig deeper into our pockets to expand college education. Let's update college indoctrination done in the name of education. Cornell University assistant professor Russell Rickford, in a lecture titled "Ferguson: The Next Steps," told a packed auditorium: "Let's be very clear about what's going on. It's one every 28 hours. Dead black bodies in the street is a sacrifice America makes to the gods of white supremacy." He added: "The propertied classes leverage state violence to discipline, repress and contain them. America fears and despises all poor people." Blake Armstrong, a South Texas College...
  • The GOP's scramble for the stupid vote

    02/20/2015 4:31:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Week ^ | February 20, 2015 | Damon Linker, Sr. correspondent and consulting editor at the University of Pennsylvania Press
    Dinesh D’Souza is no one’s idea of a thoughtful participant in the nation’s public conversation. Still, his tweet on Wednesday morning may have set a new low for the right-wing rabble-rouser. Commenting on a widely circulated image of President Obama taking a picture of himself with selfie stick, D’Souza tweeted the following message: “YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF THE GHETTO... Watch this vulgar man show his stuff, while America cowers in embarrassment.” The tweet has created quite a stir, especially among people who think it demonstrates D’Souza’s racism. But I think it reveals something that might actually be...
  • There’s Nothing Shameful about Walker’s Being a College ‘Dropout’

    02/12/2015 11:39:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 108 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 12, 2015 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Were he to become president,” Howard Dean jeered this morning on MSNBC,Wisconsin’s Scott Walker “would be the first president in many generations that did not have a college degree.” This, Dean concluded was a disgrace. “He’s never finished,”he spluttered,and “the issue here is not just an issue of dancing around the question of evolution for political reasons,the issue is how well educated is this guy? And that’s a problem.”Thus was one of the most successful politicians of recent years condemned for lack of a certificate............Sorry, Mr. Walker,you have the wrong colored dot on your forehead to run for higher office........This...
  • Marquette Moves to Fire Professor who Said Students Should be Allowed to Oppose Gay Marriage

    02/08/2015 2:21:27 PM PST · by rightistight · 62 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 2/8/15 | Aurelius
    Marquette University has begun the process to fire a tenured professor after he publicly said that students have the right to oppose gay marriage while in class, while also naming the professor who tried to ban it. In a letter to Dr. John McAdams, Marquette informed the professor that the "University is commencing the process to revoke your tenure and to dismiss you from the faculty. Marquette is taking this action after Dr. McAdams became aware that another professor, Cheryl Abbate, had banned a student from opposing gay marriage in her classroom. Parts of the incident were recorded secretly by...
  • Eric Cantor lands at Harvard

    01/29/2015 9:28:23 AM PST · by Maceman · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 29, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, unceremoniously dumped in his 2014 GOP primary by Tea Party favorite Dave Brat, has won a gig at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics. Cantor will join two others who fell short of election in 2014, former Democratic North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan and former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, who lost her bid for governor, as Institute fellows.
  • MLA Gets Religion Wrong

    01/28/2015 7:17:58 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 27, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    When professors do pay attention to religion, they usually get it wrong. “Conservatives would rather have [social welfare] provided by religious organizations, which is incompatible with other aspects of Catholic social teaching,” Robin Sowards, an adjunct professor at Duquesne University told an audience at the Modern Language Association (MLA) convention in Vancouver, Canada. Here are a few highlights from the history of Catholic Charities: October 24, 1727—“Ursuline sisters arrive from France to open an orphanage, school for street girls, and health facility in New Orleans. It is the first formal Catholic charity in the present United States.” January 1, 1845—“The...
  • Misreading Robert E. Lee - A Video Review of Elizabeth Brown Pryor's "Reading the Man"

    01/24/2015 2:25:41 PM PST · by Davy Buck · 39 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 1/23/2015 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    Dr. Bryon McClanahan reviews Pryor's work on Lee. He is quite critical and discusses major problems with the book as well as the "trendy" practice by modern historians of "humanizing" (tearing down) American heroes . . .
  • Meet the Radical Professor at the Center of the Controversy for Islamic Prayers at Duke University

    01/16/2015 11:07:51 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 16 Jan 2015 | Jordan Schachtel
    It all started when a University alumnus made a $3 million dollar donation to fund the position of Director of Islamic Studies at Duke University. Bettye Martin Musham, who gifted the Islamic Studies Center with the vast sum of money, said that she was convinced that it was the right thing to do after hearing a lecture on the meaning of jihad. Musham said that she and her husband would later become “hooked with the importance of Islam.” Dr. Omid Safi was appointed to run Islamic Studies at Duke University in July of 2014. He has been the point of...
  • Welcome to ObamaCare 2015: Harvard faculty outraged over health care hikes (Schadenfreude Alert!)

    01/06/2015 3:20:26 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    Turns out there’s no free lunch, even if you’re among those lucky few dining at the Harvard Faculty Club. The New York Times is feasting on the delicious uproar created by Harvard professors who are now outraged to be hit with higher health care costs as a result of ObamaCare. I hardly know where to start on this one. Perhaps with the fact that the article appears in the New York Times? I will let that one go for the moment. Here’s what’s clear: Health care costs at Harvard are going up. Immediately. And they are rising directly as a...
  • Young people are 'lost generation' who can no longer fix gadgets, warns professor

    12/28/2014 12:12:37 PM PST · by familyop · 233 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28DEC14 | Sarah Knapton
    Danielle George, Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, at the University of Manchester, claims that the under 40s expect everything to ‘just work’ and have no idea what to do when things go wrong...This year’s Royal Institution Christmas Lectures are entitled ‘Sparks will fly: How to hack your home’ she is hoping it will inspire people to think what else they can do with common household objects...Ideas include using a magnifying glass and shoe box to turn a mobile phone into a rudimentary projector; how to use tin foil to make too small batteries fit correctly and how to turn a...
  • Journalism Educator “Hates” Republicans and Loves Marxism

    12/23/2014 7:57:14 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 79 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 22, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    A feminist professor of communications at the University of Michigan has become a laughingstock for a poorly-sourced column in a socialist newspaper about the academic basis for hating Republicans. In the article, Susan J. Douglas began with the statement, “I hate Republicans” and declares that “marrying a Republican is unimaginable to me…” A specialist on “Gender and the Media,” she is reportedly married with a daughter. I’ve got something that beats that. Curtis J. MacDougall, the author of a journalism textbook that I used in college, was a Marxist with a 319-page FBI file, who wrote favorably about Fidel Castro...
  • U-M releases statement after professor pens 'I hate Republicans' article

    12/18/2014 3:26:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Ann Arbor News ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jeremy Allen, Univ. of Michigan Reporter
    U-M professor Susan Douglas Susan Douglas is a University of Michigan professor and department chair who is not shy about expressing her viewpoints - political or otherwise. Earlier this week Douglas penned a column for the independent nonprofit magazine In These Times titled "It's okay to hate Republicans." "I hate Republicans," she wrote to begin her column. "I can't stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immigration reform or championing fetal 'personhood.'" University of Michigan...
  • California University president: if you're 'light skinned,' you have 'unearned privilege'

    12/11/2014 10:31:29 AM PST · by dennisw · 86 replies
    campusreform ^ | Dec 10, 2014 | Maggie Lit
    In a Dec. 5 op-ed, the president of California State University (CSU) claimed if you are “light skinned” you have “significant unearned privilege” and routinely think less of those who are different than yourself. In her piece, “Privilege at The Beach,”—referencing the Long Beach area where the school resides—Jane Close Conoley, a white woman herself, asserts that “light skin color and high income levels may attract significant unearned privilege.” Those who qualify for such privilege, often unknowingly exert distrust and “lower expectations of behavior” on those of another skin color. “Those who are less affluent with darker skin or from...
  • President of California College: "Light Skin Color" is "Significant, Unearned Privilege"

    12/06/2014 11:29:15 AM PST · by rightistight · 66 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/6/14 | Aurelius
    President Jane Close Conoley of California State University has a message for you: if you are “light skinned,” are are likely the owner of “significant, unearned privilege” and, despite the fact that you might not look down upon other races, you are still likely a racist. In an opinion piece called “Privilege at The Beach,” which is reference to Long Beach in California, where the college is located, Conoley had a few choice words for whites. Conoley herself is white. “I’d like to do some thinking and talking about how to ensure The Beach is a zone of kindness and...
  • Kean University's $219,000 table the center of attention

    11/28/2014 7:16:00 PM PST · by Coleus · 27 replies
    bergen record ^ | 11.23.14 | PATRICIA ALEX
    MICHAEL KARAS/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Attendees recently sat around Kean University's custom-made oak conference table. Breaking News: Legislator calls for investigation into Kean University's $219K conference tableIt costs more than $44,000 in tuition to attend Kean University for four years, and many of the school’s students struggle to pay the bill.  But the taxpayer-supported school in the township of Union spent $219,000 so far and has authorized up to $270,000 — about the average price of a house in the nearby working-class neighborhood — for a custom-made, circular conference table that seats 23 and features data ports, microphones and an illuminated...
  • Marquette University's Anti-philosophical Philosophy Instructor

    11/25/2014 5:08:07 PM PST · by GreyFriar · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 25, 2014 | Arnold Cusmariu
    As a former academic, headlines describing what appear to be questionable policies or practices in institutions of higher learning usually get my attention. When the fine print implicates a philosophy department, a subject I used to teach, I take a close look. Now, suppose you are an undergraduate at a large, private Catholic university that is one of the 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. You decide to enroll in a course given by the philosophy department that will explore the intersection between ethical theories and contemporary controversies -- a course of the sort I...
  • CU-Boulder to pay philosophy professor Brad Monton $185K to resign

    11/22/2014 5:54:09 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Boulder Daily Camera ^ | 11/21/2014 | Sarah Kuta
    Prof under investigation for violating amorous relationship policy. The University of Colorado has agreed to pay philosophy professor Brad Monton $120,000 plus the rest of his salary for the academic year — about $65,000 — in exchange for his resignation. Monton's departure, which Chancellor Phil DiStefano termed "a business decision," comes during a year of turmoil for the Boulder campus' philosophy department, which has been accused of creating a culture that's perceived to be unfriendly to women. Monton had been under investigation for potentially violating the university's amorous relationship policy with students, CU officials confirmed. Both Monton and CU deny...
  • Feds Punish Princeton For Liking Due Process Too Much

    11/08/2014 6:26:41 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 9 replies
    Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education wrapped up its investigation of Princeton University's sexual harassment and assault policies. The findings were unsurprising, though still striking: the government essentially accused the university of violating federal anti-discrimination law by extending too much due process to accused students. Princeton had been one of the last hold-outs on the standard of proof in college rape trials. The university required adjudicators to obtain "clear and convincing" proof that a student was guilty of sexual assault before convicting him. That's too tough, said DOE. As part of its settlement, Princeton is required to lower...
  • NCAA to Launch ‘Think Tank’ to Promote LGBT Participation in College Athletics

    11/06/2014 5:36:50 AM PST · by PROCON · 35 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Nov. 5, 2014 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) plans to launch a new “think tank” designed to “establish best practices and policies so college athletes and coaches can fully participate in their chosen sport regardless of religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.”During a meeting Tuesday and Wednesday entitled “Seeking Common Ground: Creating a Respectful Athletic Climate for Athletes and Coaches of All Religious Perspectives, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity or Expression,” the NCAA will “develop the first-ever suggested guidelines so faith-based schools, public schools, and private secular schools across the country can provide inclusive and respectful athletic...
  • Former U. of Arizona prof: We must destroy modern civilization to save Earth from global warming

    10/28/2014 12:05:14 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 85 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/28/14 | Kirsten Andersen
    A former professor at the University of Arizona is so convinced that global warming is ruining Earth that he’s proposing a desperate plan to save the world: Destroy human civilization as we know it. Guy McPherson, who left academia in 2009 for “ethical reasons,” says humanity will be extinct by 2030 no matter what we do, so for the sake of the other species on Earth, we must “terminate industrial civilization” and abandon the modern technology that gives us electricity, worldwide mobility, clean drinking water, and medical care; to say nothing of the creature comforts of modern life. “I think...
  • Anti-Semitism In Action

    10/27/2014 8:54:13 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 25, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When faced with a choice between confronting two evils, elites—particularly academic ones—usually focus on the less prevalent one. “In April, the Fifth Annual Conference on Islamophobia was held at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Law School, organized by Hatem Bazian, a Palestinian activist, co-founder of Students for Justice in Palestine, and professor of a current Berkeley course called ‘De-Constructing Islamophobia and the History of Otherness,’ with part of the course requirements being that students open a Twitter account and tweet at least once a week about ‘Islamophobia,’” Richard L. Cravatts, president of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East wrote in The...
  • Court allows First Amendment claim based on alleged professor retaliation (Shortened Title)

    10/20/2014 7:17:03 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 10 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 17, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    Pompeo v. Board of Regents (D.N.M. Sept. 29, 2014, but apparently not substantially publicized until Thursday): The University of New Mexico offered a class and Plaintiff enrolled in that class. The subject matter of the class (“Images of (Wo)men: From Icons to Iconoclasts”) as set out in [the Complaint] was chosen by the class instructor, Defendant Hinkley, to spark “incendiary” class discussions. The syllabus assured students that “it’s quite clear that we do not expect anyone to necessarily agree with the positions and arguments advanced in our work. There’s controversy built right into the syllabus, and we can’t wait to...
  • Liberal bias in academia is destroying the integrity of research

    10/13/2014 4:48:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    NYP ^ | October 12, 2014 | Naomi Schaefer Riley
    How reliable is academic research? Not very it seems, after noting that the Journal of Vibration and Control, a reputable academic publication, had to retract 60 different papers over the summer. The editors concluded that Chen-Yuan Chen, a researcher in Taiwan, had created a “peer-review and citation ring.” OK, it’s not exactly a “Sopranos” plot. But it’s pretty shady for the world of higher education. Chen went to great lengths to make up fake e-mail addresses and even assume the names of other scientists to write approvingly of his own research. In a sense, though, he was just exploiting the...
  • Here’s how every college student can graduate debt-free (MSM proposes FREE tuition like Germany)

    10/08/2014 6:57:16 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 68 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | Oct. 7, 2014 | Rick Newman
    For decades, free high-school education helped strengthen the middle class and generate prosperity. So isn’t it time to extend the same thinking to college? The idea might seem impractical, since college costs more than high school and higher education isn’t for everybody in the first place. Yet it’s also obvious that a high school education alone isn’t nearly as valuable as it used to be, which is why some researchers and policymakers are now studying ways to make college as accessible as high school for those who want it. College is free in Scandinavian countries and highly subsidized in much...
  • [April 6, 2006] FBI Interested in Texas “Doomsday” Ecologist who said Ebola Sol

    10/04/2014 2:44:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | April 6, 2006
    AUSTIN, April 6, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Ebola, a form of hemorrhagic fever in which the internal organs of the victim liquefy, has one of the highest rates of fatality of any known contagious disease at approximately 80-90% and is one of the most contagious diseases known to medical science. It is also high on the list of possible bio-terror weapons of concern to international law enforcement and military security agencies. Tom Clancy’s thriller novel, Rainbow Six describes a group of radical environmentalists that wants to rid the world of people using a modified version of Ebola. All of which is...
  • The Campus Crusade for Comfort

    10/01/2014 7:12:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Note: In the following article, I refuse to refer to Campus Crusade for Christ by their new name. I find their removal of the words “Crusade” and “Christ” to be offensive and demeaning (and just incredibly silly).Nearly half of the abortions in this country are performed on college-age women. According to Students for Life of America, 70% of all abortion-providing and abortion-referring facilities are located within five miles of a college campus. Given those staggering numbers, it would seem that campus ministries would be positioning themselves to do something about the problem. But most are doing nothing at all. If...
  • Cop Killer Picked as College Graduation Speaker

    09/30/2014 4:05:48 PM PDT · by walford · 41 replies
    AP/ABC ^ | September 30, 2014 | Staff
    ...Mumia Abu-Jamal's recorded remarks will be played Sunday at [Goddard College's] commencement, along with a video about him. Bob Kenny, the school's interim president, is quoted on the website as saying the graduates' selection of Abu-Jamal reflects "their freedom to engage and think radically and critically in a world that often sets up barriers to do just that."
  • Im tired of the liberal "professors" my daughter is forced to endure at community college.

    09/29/2014 6:34:51 PM PDT · by Smellin Salt · 66 replies
    Every year it gets worse. It seems that the community college that both my daughters have attended is steadily becoming a hotbed of liberal teachers. This time it's an America hating, military hating, obama loving history professor. Im sick of this crap and I'm making a stand. I wanted to get with the freeper brain trust to plan the best course of action. I havent done anything. I suspect if I complain to the dean nothing will happen, because I think the nut doesn't fall far from the tree. I'm sure someone out there has experience dealing with this sort...
  • Camille Paglia: The Modern Campus Cannot Comprehend Evil

    09/29/2014 10:23:34 AM PDT · by jonno · 23 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 9-29-2014 | Camille Paglia
    Sorry - I'm not sure what our posting policy is regarding TimeMag, so I'm just posting the link.
  • Because that's where the communists are

    09/06/2014 7:13:15 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 6, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Prolific bank robber Willie Sutton when asked why he held up banks supposedly said, Because that's where the money is. Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon, who reports on an FBI internal document stating that Cuban intelligence is targeting American academia and university professors to recruit spies, brings to mind Sutton's declaration. Why should Cuban intel target colleges? Because that's where the communists are.
  • Sex Trouble: Feminists Worry That Disney Movies Are Making Girls Heterosexual

    08/24/2014 2:24:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | July 26, 2014 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Is your daughter a victim of male oppression? Blame Aladdin – as well as The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, The Lion King and Toy Story 2. Disney cartoons and other G-rated children’s movies are full of “gendered sexuality,” subjecting women to the male “objectifying gaze,” as “heterosexuality is constructed through hetero-romantic love relationships as exceptional, powerful, magical, and transformative.” These were the conclusions of Women’s Studies professors Karin Martin and Emily Kazyak in their 2009 research paper, “Hetero-Romantic Love and Heterosexiness in Children’s G-Rated Films.” The sociologists examined “all the G-rated films grossing $100 million dollars or more between 1990 and...
  • Starving the Soul on Campus When Computer Science Replaces the Classics

    08/15/2014 2:53:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    April is the cruelest month, and August is the melancholy month. Even the crickets sing a different song at dusk as August begins summer's slow retreat. Children listen for the back-to-school bells as autumn closes in and the days begin to get noticeably shorter. Bicycle baskets morph into book bags. Sandals give way to tighter shoes, and the days of flip-flops are numbered. Sand from the beaches becomes the sand through the hourglass in the science lab. Free spirits are rounded up and structured into classes of whiteboards and textbooks overflowing with data. Teachers promise expeditions to new frontiers...
  • CU-Boulder moves to fire professor accused of retaliating against sexual assault victim ( Colorado)

    08/10/2014 10:14:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Daily Camera ^ | 08/07/2014 | Sarah Kuta
    The University of Colorado is moving to fire a tenured faculty member after the Boulder campus paid $825,000 this week to settle a graduate student's allegations that the philosophy professor retaliated against her for reporting she was sexually assaulted by a fellow student. Chancellor Phil DiStefano recently issued a notice of intent to dismiss associate professor David Barnett, campus spokesman Ryan Huff confirmed to the Daily Camera. If fired, Barnett would be only the fourth tenured professor ever dismissed by the university in its 138-year history. Barnett is accused of compiling a 38-page report painting the victim as "sexually promiscuous"...
  • Kent State prof stands by call for ‘jihad’

    08/09/2014 5:26:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    Watchdog ^ | 8/9/2014 | Daniel Mael
    A Kent State University associate professor of history is standing by his call for “jihad” and statement that Israel is “a regime that is the spiritual heir to Nazism.”In an “open letter” to “academic friends of Israel,” Julio Pino accuses the pro-Israel academic community of being “directly responsible for the murder of over 1,400 Palestinian children, women and elderly civilians.”In his statement that quotes former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and compares the academics to alleged Nazi collaborator and philosopher Martin Heidegger, Pino writes “Your names are scrawled on every bullet fired, bomb dropped, body buried and burnt forehead in Gaza. May...
  • Ohio State Psychology Course Teaches Christians Are Dumber Than Atheists

    07/29/2014 3:18:16 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 12 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 7/28/14 | Garrett Haley
    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Students in an Ohio State University psychology class are being taught that atheists have higher IQs than Christians, according to a report from a college watchdog organization. Campus Reform notes that a question from a recent online psychology quiz from the university implied that religious beliefs were directly related to IQ levels. “Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125,” the quiz stated. “Which of the following statements would you expect to be true?” Students were then asked to select an answer from the following four options: 1.Aine is an atheist, while...
  • UMich Libertarian Students Prevail in Lawsuit Alleging Political Discrimination

    07/11/2014 10:38:33 PM PDT · by bamahead · 8 replies
    Reason ^ | July 11, 2014 | Robby Soave
    College campuses often seem culturally biased against non-liberals. But in some cases, political bias so deeply and obviously pervades official campus policy that no one can even defend it when challenged. On that front, the Young Americans for Liberty declared victory in their legal battle with the University of Michigan after administrators agreed to pay out $14,000 and revise discriminatory funding policies. Last year, YAL asked the university for $1,000 to bring anti-affirmative action activist Jennifer Gratz to speak on campus. UM collects mandatory fees from all students and uses them to subsidize events hosted by recognized student groups. But...
  • Unprepared grads — the scandal New York’s pols ignore

    06/27/2014 6:50:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 24, 2014 | Bob McManus
    the state’s ability-to-function-in-a-modern-economy rate among graduates hovers at a dismal 37 percent. That is, according to the state Department of Education, only 37 of every 100 students who entered high school in 2009, and stayed long enough to graduate, learned enough by last June to do college-level academic work — or to enter the workforce in any meaningful way. And in New York City, the ratio was one in four. So let’s cut to the chase: If 75 percent of New York high-school seniors get diplomas, but only 37 percent are academically or economically functional ... Per-student spending — just...
  • It’s Past Time To Reconsider The Place Of College

    06/22/2014 9:58:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 06/21/2014 | Matthew Cochran
    The more we insist everyone must attend college, the less colleges will offer what students need. About a month ago, I came across a pair of letters online. The first, simply signed “Alumnus,” is an angry retort to his alma mater’s request for a donation. He is irritated that his degrees and the time and money spent on them have left him $40,000 in debt and unemployed for two years-plus after graduation. The second, signed “A Dedicated Professor,” is an attempt to take Alumnus to task for his lack of understanding about the significance of a true education—something he accuses...
  • Gay, white professor sues historically black university for discrimination

    06/19/2014 9:45:00 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 41 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 19 Jun 2014 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    A white professor is suing Alabama State University (ASU) over claims the historically black university discriminated against him and his partner based on their race and sexual orientation. According to the lawsuit filed in federal court on June 11, Dr. John Garland is suing the ASU and eight current and former employees for racially discriminating against applicants for university positions and subsequently targeting him when he retaliated against those practices. “[Garland’s supervisor] expressed his opinion, stated or implied, that Dr. Garland did not belong at the University and was not ‘suited to [the University’s] type of students’ because Dr. Garland...
  • You won't believe new campus rules on 'rape'

    06/16/2014 7:41:02 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 59 replies
    A student is suing Occidental College in Los Angeles for expelling him after a female student allegedly sent text messages indicating she had wanted to have sex, arranged for a rendezvous, then one week later accused him of sexual assault. The case is the latest to follow the Obama administration’s new effort to crack down on campus rape. The plaintiff, who filed anonymously as John Doe, said the female student texted him asking if he had a condom, informed a friend she was “goingtohave ‘sex” (sic) and coordinated a route to his dorm. Police investigated and decided not to prosecute,...
  • The Troubling Plight of the Modern University

    06/05/2014 4:56:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Employment rates for college graduates are dismal. Aggregate student debt is staggering. But university administrative salaries are soaring. The campus climate of tolerance has utterly disappeared. Only the hard sciences and graduate schools have salvaged American universities' international reputations. For over two centuries, our superb system of American public and private higher education kept pace with radically changing times and so ensured our prosperity and reinforced democratic pluralism. But a funny thing has happened on the way to the 21st century. Colleges that were once our most enlightened and tolerant institutions became America's dinosaurs. Start with ossified institutions. Tenure...
  • Progressives Eat Their Own in Virginia

    05/30/2014 4:23:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 30, 2014 | Anne Hendershott
    Continuing their commitment to silence anyone who might stand in the way of their agenda, gay and lesbian groups are now beginning to criticize supporters who are thought to be insufficiently loyal. The most recent case involves Douglas Laycock, a University of Virginia law professor, who is married to the University’s president, Teresa A. Sullivan. A man with impeccable progressive credentials, Laycock has been a longtime supporter of gay rights and same-sex marriage—filing an amicus brief in the 2012 Supreme Court case, United States v. Windsor that urged the court to extend same-sex marriage benefits to every state in...
  • Michael Bloomberg Blasts Ivy League For Liberal 'Censorship'

    05/29/2014 2:05:52 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    BI ^ | 5-29-2014 | Colin Campbell
    Colin CampbellMay 29, 2014Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accused the entire Ivy League of liberal political bias during a particularly fiery commencement address at Harvard University Thursday. "It is just a modern form of McCarthyism," Bloomberg said of university "censorship" of conservatives. "Think about the irony: In the 1950s, the right wing was attempting to repress left wing ideas. Today, on many college campuses, it is liberals trying to repress conservative ideas even as conservative faculty members are at risk of becoming an endangered species" "And that is probably nowhere more true than it is here in the...
  • San Francisco State University $$$ Funded Terrorist Meeting

    05/28/2014 9:36:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    independent sentinel ^ | May 27, 2014 | Tammi Rossman-Benjamin
    Public Records Inquiry Indicates Professor Lied to University About Middle East Trip 8 Groups Demand Investigation... San Francisco State University (SFSU) Professor Rabab Abdulhadi received more than $7,000 from SFSU to fly to Jordan, the West Bank and Israel to meet with members of known terrorist organizations. Abdulhadi was the faculty advisor to the SFSU knife-wielding student investigated by the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force. She was also caught on tape glorifying terrorism to SFSU students. “On at least four official University documents signed by several SFSU and CSU administrators, including SFSU President Wong and CSU Chancellor White, Abdulhadi...
  • When Ph.D.s realize they won’t be professors

    05/26/2014 1:25:04 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 73 replies
    Maclean's ^ | May 22, 2014 | Josh Dehaas
    Jennifer Polk was a few years into her Ph.D. in history at the University of Toronto when she attended a departmental meeting and heard that 50 per cent of the school’s graduates were getting tenure-track professor jobs. “They were patting themselves on the back,” she says. “I was sitting there horrified.” She realized she needed another plan. Since that meeting several years ago, the number of jobs for academics has fallen further. The chance of becoming a professor is now estimated to be one in four. Charmaine Grant began her Ph.D. three years ago partly because she couldn’t get a...
  • They Had A Dream

    05/25/2014 11:53:11 AM PDT · by Aria · 24 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/25/2014 | Noemie Emery
    They had a dream. For almost a hundred years now, the famed academic-artistic-and-punditry industrial complex has dreamed of a government run by their kind of people (i.e., nature’s noblemen), whose intelligence, wit, and refined sensibilities would bring us a heaven on earth. Their keen intellects would cut through the clutter as mere mortals’ couldn’t. They would lift up the wretched, oppressed by cruel forces. Above all, they would counter the greed of the merchants, the limited views of the business community, and the ignorance of the conformist and dim middle class.