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  • U-M releases statement after professor pens 'I hate Republicans' article

    12/18/2014 3:26:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 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.
  • America's college kids are a bunch of mollycoddled babies

    05/22/2014 5:57:48 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | May 21, 2014 | CHESTER E. FINN JR.
    It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry over the demand by U.S. college students for “trigger warnings” to alert them that something they’re about to read or see in one of their classes might traumatize them—apparently a new trend, according to the New York Times. Ditto for off-beat campus sculptures, placards displayed by protesters and more. Poor dears. These are the same kids who would riot in the streets if their colleges asserted any form of in loco parentis when it comes to such old-fashioned concerns as inebriation and fornication. God forbid they should be treated as responsible,...
  • Now Trigger-Happy University Students

    05/20/2014 11:33:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Academia is hell. In the latest higher-education fad, students want "trigger warnings," according to The New York Times. It appears that some students are so fragile that they want university staff to protect them from big bad ideas. Students around the country say they want "explicit alerts that the material they are about to read or see in a classroom might upset them or, as some students assert, cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in victims of rape or in war veterans." An Oberlin College draft -- now "under revision" -- for trigger warnings suggested faculty "be aware of racism,...
  • Williams: America's Budding Tyrants

    05/19/2014 9:54:51 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 21, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    From the Nazis to the Stalinists, tyrants have always started out supporting free speech, and why is easy to understand. Speech is vital for the realization of their goals of command, control and confiscation. Basic to their agenda are the tools of indoctrination, propagandizing, proselytization. Once they gain power, as leftists have at many universities, free speech becomes a liability and must be suppressed. This is increasingly the case on university campuses. Back in 1964, it was Mario Savio, a campus leftist, who led the free speech movement at the Berkeley campus of the University of California, a movement that...
  • Regulated Nation

    05/16/2014 9:11:59 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 14, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Some scholars are actually entertaining the possibility that America might be overregulated and, of course, you can find them at the Federalist Society. “All three branches have caused it and done nothing to stop it,” Stephen Vladeck, a law professor at American University, said at the Federalist Society’s recent conclave at the Mayflower Hotel here in Washington. American businesses must comply with about 4,000 new federal regulations per year, William Kovacs of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, noted at the Federalist Society meeting. This is in addition to the 200,000 U.S. government rules that have already been put in...
  • The “Dirty Job” Mike Rowe Missed

    05/10/2014 10:06:10 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/10/14 | Jerry Todd
    Mike Rowe the star of “Dirty Jobs,” his long running series on Discovery Channel sought out and performed a huge variety of jobs that actually got his hands – and the rest of him – dirty. He showed what others do every day to keep the country running with plenty of food, fiber and mobility. Mike was seen on a dairy farm shoveling cow manure, inside an Air Force transport plane fuel tank; in factories and farms cleaning out sumps; slaughter houses dealing with offal; crawling into places that a claustrophobic (not homophobic) like me would panic in. I only...
  • No hard sciences? Then no job offer

    05/08/2014 5:18:30 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 49 replies
    Mpls Star & Sickle ^ | 4-21-14 | HOWARD ROOT
    A college education historically has been the route to a better-paying job and a satisfying career. But currently, more than half of college graduates are “underemployed” in jobs that don’t require a college degree. Why the growing disconnect? Certainly, the main reason is our economy’s slow recovery. But I believe another reason is the lack of substantive learning in many students’ college studies. And while not unique in this regard, the failure to prepare students to adequately perform in degree-required jobs is evident in the undergraduate curriculum at the University of Minnesota. Every year Vascular Solutions hires recent college graduates...
  • Obama Unleashes the Left

    05/07/2014 8:42:10 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 22 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/7/2014 | DANIEL HENNINGER
    In the U.S., the politics of the left versus the right rolls on with the predictability of traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge. It's a lot of honking. Until now. All of a sudden, the left has hit ramming speed across a broad swath of American life—in the universities, in politics and in government. People fingered as out of line with the far left's increasingly bizarre claims are being hit and hit hard. Commencement-speaker bans are obligatory. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice withdrew as Rutgers's speaker after two months of protests over Iraq, the left's long-sought replacement for...
  • Jobs for Humanities Majors?

    04/29/2014 7:12:44 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 42 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 25, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As commencement approaches, this year’s graduating seniors can look forward to pep talks about how employable humanities majors are. “Upon graduating from college, those who majored in the humanities and social science made, on average, $26,271 in 2010 and 2011, slightly more than those in science and mathematics but less than those in engineering and in professional and pre-professional fields,” Vartan Gregorian writes in the Carnegie Reporter. “However, by their peak earning age of 56 to 60, these individuals earned $66,185, putting them about $2,000 ahead of professional and pre-professional majors in the same age bracket.“ “Further, employers want to...
  • Ex-Radical Group Member Says University Ending Job

    04/22/2014 3:09:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | April 22, 2014
    A former member of the radical 1970s group the Symbionese Liberation Army says the University of Illinois has told him he'll lose his job teaching there. James Kilgore said Tuesday that he was told earlier this month that the university will not let him teach classes after this semester. He said he was not told why, but he suspects the university was pressured by donors or people with political connections.
  • University professor tells his class that Republicans are racist

    04/22/2014 4:18:12 PM PDT · by raybbr · 30 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 4/22/2014 | Christopher Collins
    Campus Reform on Tuesday reported that Brent Terry, professor at Eastern Connecticut State University who teaches creative writing, told his class that a 2014 GOP victory in the Senate will turn America into a very different kind of country and that colleges will start closing up. A current student, who disagreed with the Terry, who according to Campus Reform, wants to remain anonymous recorded the audio of Terry’s rant against Republicans accusing Republicans that they will not and do not want blacks, Latinos, old and young people to vote and Terry incorrectly stated that it is because they are all...
  • Prof Calls Republicans Racist and Misogynist, Warns They Will Close Colleges

    04/22/2014 4:31:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    Imagine walking into a college class Monday morning and finding the professor ranting against those 'racist, misogynist, money-grubbing people' known as Republicans. Welcome to intro to creative writing at Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU). If the GOP takes control of the House and the Senate in 2014, Professor Brent Terry warned, ‘colleges will start closing up’ and America could very well revert back not to 1955, but to 1855:' There are a lot of people out there that do not want black people to vote, do not want Latinos to vote. Do not want old people to vote, or young...
  • Journalism No Longer the Worst Job In America—Barely

    04/17/2014 7:40:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 17, 2014 | Don Irvine
    Journalism, which was ranked as the worst job in America last year, inched up a notch to finish at number 199, just ahead of lumberjack on CareerCast’s latest list of the top 200 best and worst jobs in the U.S. for 2014. By “worst jobs,” they are referring to employment opportunities. This is a reversal of last year when lumberjack came in at 199, after finishing at number 200 in 2012. Neither job has a very bright future, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating that logging positions will drop by 9% by 2022, and reporters by 13%. Logging has...
  • English Professors' Moral Panic

    04/15/2014 7:12:24 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 14, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    If you love literature, you might find it easier to actually buy it than take a course in it. “According to the most recent comprehensive report on staffing by the Modern Language Association and the Association of Departments of English, published in 2008, English lost 3,000 tenure-track positions from 1993 to 2004, roughly 10 percent of the total,” Marc Bousquet writes in The Chronicle of Higher Education. “Even that understates the case, since more than a third of the new tenurable hires have not been in traditional literary fields but in composition, rhetoric, theory, cultural studies, new media, and digital...
  • Oberlin College Sued Over French Professor’s Alleged Harassment ( Muslims )

    04/09/2014 9:26:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Media trackers ^ | April 08, 2014 | Jesse Hathaway
    Oberlin College professor Eunjung An sued her employer last month, alleging that Oberlin failed to protect her from Ali Yedes, a fellow French Department professor whom An alleges has harassed her and threatened her life. ... According to Prof. An, Prof. Yedes — who also serves as the faculty adviser of Oberlin’s Muslim Students Association (MSA) and as a “religious life affiliate” for the Islamic Center of Cleveland (ICC) — has “engaged in a pattern of severe or pervasive unwelcome harassment directed at Plaintiff and other female employees at Oberlin” since January 2006. An alleges that last August, Yedes told...
  • Progressives Deconstructed

    04/11/2014 5:55:56 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 10, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    And about time. “I’d rather talk about Luddite liberals and insufferable progressives,” Pepperdine historian Gordon Lloyd said at the Philadelphia Society’s annual meeting. For its part, the Philadelphia Society provided a receptive audience for the topic. The Society was founded in 1964 by conservative intellectuals in the wake of the Goldwater defeat. Thus, the word Philadelphia in the title is a reference to the spirit of 1776 and many of its annual meetings take place outside the City of Brotherly Love. Lloyd, at this year’s meeting in Chicago, dismissed the “libertarian Left” as “a perverse Libertarianism.” Born in the West...