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  • Academic Fascism II: Exposing the Worst Colleges for Free Speech

    08/21/2015 7:15:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/20/2015 | Walter Williams
    Last week's column highlighted college campus absurdities and the ongoing attack on free speech and plain common sense. As parents gear up to fork over $20,000 to $60,000 for college tuition, they might benefit from knowing what greets their youngsters. Deceitful college officials, who visit high schools to recruit students and talk to parents, conceal the worst of their campus practices. Let's expose some of it. Christina Hoff Sommers is an avowed feminist and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She's spent a lifetime visiting college campuses. Recently, upon her arrival at Oberlin College, Georgetown University and other campuses,...
  • New safety measures in place at Arizona State University

    08/19/2015 4:05:03 PM PDT · by donna · 6 replies
    ABC15 ^ | Aug 19, 2015 | Justin Pazera
    TEMPE, AZ - The Arizona State University Police Department is ready for this year’s round of students. More than 80,000 start classes Thursday and police want them to stay safe. This year students can request a security escort from their cell phone on the school’s Live Safe app. Friends and family can also track a student’s steps with GPS. “It kind of leaves bread crumbs as you can see them walking to their location,” says Sergeant Daniel Macias with ASU Police. “In addition, what happens when you get there, you press one button and that says I’m home.” Macias says...
  • Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood: New Proof of Collusion

    08/19/2015 2:53:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 19, 2015 | PATRICK REILLY AND JUSTIN PETRISEK
    As corporations and governments face increasing pressure to cut ties with scandal-plagued Planned Parenthood, let’s not forget the obvious: Catholic colleges ought to do the same.What, you ask? Catholic colleges have ties to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider and alleged purveyor of aborted human parts? How is that even possible?It’s a good question. There’s no excuse for colleges that value their Catholic identity to be linked with the corrupt—and corrupting—organization.But in her recent Crisis Magazine article titled “Catholic Colleges Collude with Planned Parenthood,” Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Anne Hendershott reminded readers of several instances of Catholic college ties...
  • University of Massachusetts Caught Buying Aborted Baby Body Parts for Research

    08/18/2015 8:27:54 AM PDT · by Hombre Malevo · 17 replies
    LifeNews ^ | 08/17/2015 | Steven Ertelt
    UMass is the latest publicly-funded university to have been found to have purchased aborted baby body arts — following expose’ stories about Colorado State University, University of Wisconsin and Oregon Health & Science University.
  • This Renaissance Painting of Fruit Holds a Modern-Day Science Lesson

    08/09/2015 8:31:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | 8-8-15 | Helen Thompson
    Paintings can be a window to more than the outmoded dress and strange customs of the past — sometimes, they have modern-day science lessons to impart, too. That's the case with Giovanni Stanchi’s 17th century still life of fruit, as Phil Edwards points out for Vox — just look for the watermelons. Stanchi’s work, painted between 1645 and 1672 (and now up for auction at Christie’s), includes strange watermelons that look so foreign they could be from outer space in the bottom right corner. If watermelons looked like that in the Renaissance, then why do they look so different today?...
  • Why is a university cop making traffic stops? (vanity)

    07/29/2015 1:04:14 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 54 replies
    July 29, 2015 | me
    Regarding the recent shooting of a motorist by a University of Cincinnati police officer...I know it's a minor point, but why in the world is a university police officer making a traffic stop for a licence plate violation?
  • UVM study: Washington DC Sinking Into Sea

    07/28/2015 8:57:40 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 59 replies
    University of Vermont ^ | July 28, 2015 20:42 GMT | Joshua E. Brown
    New research confirms that the land under the Chesapeake Bay is sinking rapidly and projects that Washington, D.C., could drop by six or more inches in the next century—adding to the problems of sea-level rise. This falling land will exacerbate the flooding that the nation’s capital faces from rising ocean waters due to a warming climate and melting ice sheets—accelerating the threat to the region’s monuments, roads, wildlife refuges, and military installations. For sixty years, tide gauges have shown that sea level in the Chesapeake is rising at twice the global average rate and faster than elsewhere on the East...
  • The Faithful of Australia Work to Open a Catholic University in Erbil [Iraq]

    07/24/2015 6:31:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vatican News ^ | 7/23/15 | L’Osservatore Romano
    Catholics in Iraq are 'challenging' the Islamic State not with weapons or violence but through education and teaching, thanks to the contribution and support of Australian Catholic University. This October courses will begin at the Catholic University of Erbil, which was desired by the Chaldean Church in Iraq as a concrete way to aid the Christian youth in the Middle East. In recent days, Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil for Chaldeans met with representatives of Australian Catholic University (ACU) and the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Archbishop Denis James Hart of Melbourne in order to better...
  • Lamborn urges CSU to halt use of post-abortion fetal tissue in medical research

    07/21/2015 8:43:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    coloradostatesman.com ^ | 7/20/2015 | staff
    Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn called Friday for Colorado State University to stop using fetal tissue from abortions in its research while CSU defended its work as above reproach both legally and ethically. In a letter to CSU President Tony Frank, Lamborn cited documents released last week by the Center for Medical Progress showing that the university bought what he described as “aborted babies’ parts” on Jan. 10, 2013, from a Planned Parenthood affiliate in California. Federal and state law bans the acquisition, receipt or transfer of "human fetal tissue for valuable consideration" obtained from an abortion, although such purchases are...
  • Did Donald Trump Run a Scam University?

    07/16/2015 5:03:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/16/2015 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    In June 2009, Richard and Shelly Hewson paid the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, an educational venture owned by businessman and now–presidential candidate Donald Trump, $21,490 for classes that promised to teach them how to flip homes for profit. They ponied up the high price “because we had faith in Donald Trump,” Richard wrote in a January 2015 affidavit. “We thought that if this was his program, we would be learning to do real estate deals from his people who knew his techniques.” What did the New Jersey couple get for shelling out more than $20,000 to a business bearing the famous...
  • University Researchers: We Have to Accept People Who ‘Identify as Real Vampires’

    07/14/2015 8:28:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/14/2015 | Katherine Timpf
    Stop being so judgmental. Sociology researchers are now insisting that we as a society start accepting people who choose to “identify as real vampires” — so that they can be open about the fact that they’re vampires without having to worry about facing discrimination from people who might think that that’s weird. The study, titled “Do We Always Practice What We Preach? Real Vampires’ Fears of Coming out of the Coffin to Social Workers and Helping Professionals” was conducted by researchers from Idaho State University and College of the Canyons and the Center for Positive Sexuality in Los Angeles. “Most...
  • Diversity Dictators on Campus

    06/30/2015 8:38:46 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 30, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Apparently university administrators no longer read George Orwell because they don’t seem to recognize how Orwellian their policies are. “Speech codes are almost never identified as such by the many colleges and universities that impose and enforce them. Instead, speech codes come in many forms, often with innocuous–sounding titles: ‘free speech zone’ policies that limit student or faculty expression to small, remote areas of campus; email policies that ban ‘offensive’ communication; civility policies that mandate politeness on pain of punishment; and—most commonly—overbroad, vague harassment policies that rely on subjective, amorphous definitions and thus restrict vast swaths of protected speech,” Greg...
  • Faculty Who Won’t Leave

    06/30/2015 6:26:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 20 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 29, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Tenured faculty may make up an increasingly smaller proportion of the professoriate than in days gone by but they are hanging onto their jobs with both fists. “Tenured faculty age 50 or older can be divided into three groups—35 % expect to retire by normal retirement age; 16 % would prefer to retire by normal retirement age, but expect to work longer (i. e., they are ‘reluctantly reluctant’ to retire); and 49 % would like to and expect to work past normal retirement age (i.e., they are ‘reluctant by choice’),” economist Paul Yakoboski found. Yakoboski is a senior economist at...
  • A teaspoon of sugar: Many college kids are depending on sugar daddies to pay for their tuition

    06/19/2015 4:55:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    The Economist ^ | 06/18/2015
    NEARLY three-quarters of the graduates now leaving America’s colleges are saddled with debt. On average, they owe $35,051. By comparison, roughly half of all graduates carried debt in 1995 and it averaged less than a third as much, says Edvisors, which tracks student aid (see chart). As the cost of university has risen, so has the number of “sugar babies” who pay for it by selling companionship and sex to wealthy older men. Monthly pay for this is typically about $3,000, though some “sugar daddies” offer much more. According to SeekingArrangement, a firm based in Las Vegas, two-thirds of sugar-baby...
  • Does Harvard Teach Law Anymore?

    06/18/2015 6:42:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/18/2015 | J. Christian Adams
    Harvard is to law what Winchester is to bolt actions. Powerful, dependable, well engineered and the mark of a serious craft, at least that’s what I was told.These days, Harvard graduates probably don’t know much about bolt actions, unless they are a member of the Harvard Law School shooting club. A stroll through the Harvard Law School course catalog also makes you wonder how much they know about the real practice of law.The course catalog from Harvard Law School hints that the answer might be — not as much as we thought.The Harvard Law School course catalog frequently reads...
  • Forbidden at the University of California: “America Is the Land of Opportunity”

    06/12/2015 9:16:21 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/12/15 | Arnold Ahlert
    Tossing free speech on the ash heap of history The progressive storm troopers at the University of California are ramping up their PC agenda. A faculty seminar discussing “diversity in the classroom” held at nine of the 10 UC campuses during the 2014-2015 school year came with a worksheet entitled “Tool: Recognizing Microagressions and the Messages They Send.” “Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership,” states the opening sentence. The ultimate cure for such...
  • Scott Walker and Academic Tenure

    06/11/2015 11:31:40 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 12, 2015 | Bruce Walker
    Scott Walker is advocating a reform in Wisconsin that could have more profound an impact on America than anything we have seen in a long time. Establishment leftism depends upon institutions that support and promote its philosophy and agenda using our money. The most obnoxious offender is Big Education, especially tenured professors who mock our values even as they rob our pockets. Tenured professors are impossible to remove, they need do almost no work, and these goons spout Marxist nonsense and abuse conservative students with impunity. Even worse, overpaid professors and bloated state universities not only squeeze the taxpayers in...
  • Walker takes on higher education in Wisconsin

    06/11/2015 1:09:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | June 11, 2015 | SCOTT BAUER
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Four years after taking union rights away from teachers and other public workers in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker now wants to strip job protections for University of Wisconsin professors in a move he likens to the 2011 law that made him a national figure and set up his expected presidential run. Eliminating tenure in state law, as Walker proposed in January and a Republican-controlled legislative committee approved earlier this month, is part of a larger overhaul of higher education policy that he is talking about to Republican voters around the country. Walker and Republican backers defend...
  • Progressive Academics Are Shocked That Their Creatures Turn on Them

    06/09/2015 6:43:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 06/09/2015 | Bruce Thornton
    Recently several progressive professors have publicly complained that their students are hounding them for failing to consider their tender sensibilities by straying beyond the p.c. orthodoxy on sexual assault, sex identity, linguistic correctness, and a whole host of other progressive shibboleths. Northwestern “feminist” professor Laura Kipnis found herself in a Title IX star chamber for an article she wrote decrying the immaturity of her legally adult students. Over at Vox, another progressive confessed (anonymously, reminding us that academics are an invertebrate species) he was so “scared” and “terrified” of his “liberal” students that he self-censors his comments in class and...
  • Columbia sex-attack accuser creates new work 'renacting' violent sex called: 'This is not rape'

    06/06/2015 8:25:22 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 5 June 2015 | By Dailymail.com Reporter
    The Columbia University student who carried her mattress around campus to protest how the school dealt her alleged rapist has created a video of herself having violent sex for her latest art piece. Emma Sulkowicz's new work, 'Ceci N'est Pas Un Viol' or 'This is not a rape', shows the 22-year-old engaging in consensual sexual contact with an unidentified man before it takes a dark twist. In the footage, she cries in pain and protest in a dorm room as she is slapped, choked and forced into rough sex, the New York Daily News reported. The video was posted on...
  • Hillary Clinton plays to raucous but HALF-EMPTY arena at black university as she claims opponents...

    06/05/2015 1:20:46 AM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/04/15 | David Martosko
    Hillary Clinton plays to raucous but HALF-EMPTY arena at black university as she claims opponents want to 'disempower and disenfranchise people of color' Hillary Clinton closed a three-day campaign fundraising swing through Texas and New Mexico on Thursday with a rare public appearance at Texas Southern University in Houston and a stemwinder on voting rights. She took no questions and spoke with no reporters, but angrily complained that Texas voters can present their concealed-carry gun permits as a voter ID, but not their college student identification cards. Clinton was received with wild applause at the historically black college, but organizers...
  • University pays pro-life student group $20,000 to settle free speech lawsuit

    06/04/2015 4:23:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    washington post ^ | june 4, 2015 | Justin Wm. Moyer
    At Boise State University in Idaho, a campus organization — just one of many at the 22,000-student school — wanted to have its voice heard. At two events last year — one called “Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust” and another called “What Has Roe Done for Us?” — the pro-life Abolitionists4Life sought to display imagery of abortions. This was in line with their mission: to end it. “We seek to raise awareness to our generation through equipping students to become abortion abolitionists who will courageously bring to light the suppressed issue of abortion in our society today,” the group’s Web...
  • America’s Dysfunctional Universities Are Overdue for Significant Downsizing

    05/29/2015 8:38:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/29/2015 | Michael Barone
    American colleges and universities, long thought to be the glory of the nation, are in more than a little trouble. I’ve written before of their shameful practices — the racial quotas and preferences at selective schools (Harvard is being sued by Asian-American organizations), the kangaroo courts that try students accused of rape and sexual assault without legal representation or presumption of innocence, and speech codes that make campuses the least rather than the most free venues in American society. In following these policies, the burgeoning phalanxes of university and college administrators must systematically lie, insisting against all the evidence...
  • College Students Are Not Customers

    05/24/2015 3:17:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 119 replies
    Slate ^ | May 23, 2015 | By Rebecca Schuman
    In what is apparently a vogue of Republican state legislators exercising misplaced vendettas against college professors, Iowa Sen. Mark Chelgren recently made headlines when he introduced Senate File 64, “an Act relating to the teaching effectiveness and employment of professors” at Iowa public institutions. Each year, the bill stipulates, any faculty who fails “to attain a minimum threshold of performance” based solely on student evaluations would be automatically fired regardless of rank or tenure. Lest you think that firing professors based on a questionable assessment metric affords them too much dignity, rest assured there is more. Some beleaguered governing body...
  • The Opposite of Diversity: UNIVERSITY*… So Shut Up!

    05/17/2015 8:50:34 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-17-2015 | MOTUS
    What’s the opposite of diversity? UNIVERSITY! (h/t *Kate at Small Dead Animals; she’s a genius.)With The Closing of the Collegiate Mind, their victory is completeRemember when universities were bastions of freedom of thought and speech? Yeah, those were the good old days. They’ve now morphed into finishing schools for political correctness which certainly qualifies graduates for a job in education or journalism but isn’t as helpful in fields such as medicine, accounting, engineering and information technology. Butt as they say, “it is what it is.” And besides, what do you expect for an average investment of $80-100,000?However I would think university...
  • University to Give Honorary Degree to Anti-Semitic 9/11 Truther Who Said Republicans are Terrorists

    05/16/2015 9:12:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/15/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    [1]Anyone can get an honorary degree these days. Cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal has one of those from a California law school. Kermit the Frog got one. So did brutal dictator Robert Mugabe from Michigan State University.Now Sut Jhally is joining [2]their ranks (with apologies to Kermit, who doesn’t really deserve to be classed with Mumia, Mugabe and Jhally) as Simon Fraser University is giving him an honorary degree.Jhally is a nasty clown of the sort that usually finds a sinecure in academia, who has ranted that “The New Republican Party – American Terrorists.” Jhally also tweeted in 2013...
  • Long Beach - Governor’s Additional Funding for Schools and Undocumented Immigrants (trunc)

    05/14/2015 4:19:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Long Beach Post ^ | May 14, 2015 | by KEELEY SMITH
    Governor Jerry Brown announced May budget revisions today that added $38 million in funding for the Long Beach-headquartered California State University (CSU) system, boosted community college funding by $600 million and provided $5 million in funding for application assistance for undocumented immigrants statewide.State Senator Ricardo Lara said Brown’s additional funding was a good start, but more needs to be done to help undocumented immigrants. Local officials responded to the news with measured enthusiasm. State Senator Ricardo Lara said Brown’s additional funding was a good start, but more needs to be done to help undocumented immigrants. “I applaud Governor Brown for...
  • Student Sues University after Failing Course Twice

    05/13/2015 6:47:41 AM PDT · by rightistight · 40 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/13/15 | Aurelius
    A Misericordia University nursing student has filed a federal lawsuit after failing the same class twice. The course is Functional Health Patterns of Adults IV, which is required for nursing students at Misericordia. Jennifer Burbella took action after she did not pass her final exam, claiming the professor did not help her enough. According to Burbella, during the course of the final exam, she cried “more than once” because she was not being helped by the professor. She was allowed extra time, however, in a “distraction-free environment.” But, according to Burbella, that was not sufficient. During the course of the...
  • Black Professor Regrets Comments Critical of White Students

    05/12/2015 2:41:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 12, 2015 | By PHILIP MARCELO
    An incoming Boston University professor says she regrets racially charged tweets she made disparaging white men. Black professor Saida Grundy called "white college males" a "problem population" in a Twitter account that's now private. She also declared "white masculinity is THE problem for America's colleges." She says in a statement issued Tuesday she regrets that her passion led her to speak "indelicately."
  • Catholic University Investigated for Offending Muslims By Having Too Many Crosses

    05/12/2015 6:59:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 5-12-15 | John Hayward
    “Complaint says crosses at Catholic school offensive, prevent Muslim prayers,” reads the headline at BeliefNet. It’s one of those headlines that sounds like a bad joke, but it isn’t. It’s not exactly a serious complaint, either, and it isn’t coming from actual Muslim students in any event. “Baffled Catholic University officials say they have never received a complaint from any of the schools Muslim students,” writes BeliefNet. In fact, the university expressed its bafflement in a full-length statement: “Catholic University’s faithfulness to our Catholic tradition has also made us a welcome home to students of other religions. No students have...
  • University of Northern Colorado Reinstates Mexican-American Studies After Protests

    05/11/2015 4:56:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Latin Post ^ | May 11, 2015 | By Roberto Ontiveros
    The University of Northern Colorado faced a strong and immediate backlash when it decided to suspend its Mexican-American studies program back in March. As the Greenley Tribune reported, the choice to drop the program was, according to administrators, based on low enrollment numbers, as this year only two students were going after a Mexican-American studies degree. As a result of protests from students, alumni and community members, the University of Northern Colorado lifted the suspension on Friday. Nereida Sorrano, a UNC alumnus who graduated with a minor in Mexican-American Studies, spoke about how excited she was to hear of the...
  • Trigger Warning: College Kids Are Human Veal

    05/04/2015 1:07:05 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 30, 2015 | Nick Gillespie
    Every time we seem to have reached peak insanity when it comes to the intellectually constipated and socially stultifying atmosphere on today’s college campuses, some new story manages to reveal vast new and untapped reservoirs of ridiculousness. In a world of trigger warnings, microaggressions, and official apologies featuring misgendered pronouns that start a whole new round of accusations, wonders never cease. So when ’60s-radical-turned-Reagan-fanboy David Horowitz shows up at University of North Carolina to equate Islam with terrorism for the thousandth time, the student body gets the vapors, tries to shut him down, and creates the hashtag #notsafeUNC. When a...
  • Pro-Israel Student Group Meets Opposition from Jewish Leadership

    05/04/2015 8:08:08 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/04/15 | Arnold Ahlert
    Student-organized event faces enemies from within and without the Jewish community. On Thursday, April 23rd, courage, contempt and cowardice collided during a pro-Israel campus event called “iFest” that took place at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). In the middle of the festivities, the president of the student group Anteaters for Israel (AFI), which organized the three-day event, was berated and brought to tears by the president of the Jewish Federation of Orange County (JFOC), who was among the iFest attendees. According to AFI leadership, the incident affirmed that the organization’s decision to purposefully disassociate from the JFOC due to...
  • Ph.D students earning a degree in depression

    04/30/2015 1:44:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    CNN Money ^ | April 27, 2015 | By Patrick Gillespie
    A recent survey by UC-Berkeley's student assembly found that nearly half -- 47% -- of its Ph.D students were depressed, citing dismal job prospects. About 37% of its master's degree students also reported depression. Even though the once-a-decade report only focused on Berkeley -- one of the most prestigious public universities in the country -- it could spark a wider discussion on the value of graduate education in America. "The largest source of anxiety for me is my job outlook. It is tremendously uncertain and thus fear-inducing," one anonymous graduate student said in their survey response. Job pessimism was the...
  • University of Minnesota SDS Delivers People's State of the University Address

    04/27/2015 9:04:31 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 12 replies
    Just an hour after UMN President Eric Kaler delivered his annual State of the University address, Minneapolis activists, led by Students for a Democratic Society members, delivered their own address. Dubbed a "People's State of the University Address", the address centered on the struggle of students, staff, and faculty, including inflated administrations, the need for a diversified campus, tuition hikes, and greater difficulties for workers. This was in contrast the the address delivered by Eric Kaler which was little more than a PR stunt for the university.read more
  • Why colleges now need cameras everywhere all the time

    04/27/2015 7:23:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/27/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    As the nation struggles with the idea of body cameras on police officers there are plenty of other places where some George Orwell style surveillance state technology may come in handy. One example of this may be found on the nation’s college campuses. Since our colleges are no longer institutions of learning and preparation for productive careers so much as they are factories churning out the next generation of liberal activists and community organizers, a new generation of problems have beset them. Even though each and every event must be squeezed through the sieve of liberal politics, we’ve seen...
  • State university considers 'college bankruptcy,' liberal arts schools aren't only ones in trouble

    04/24/2015 1:41:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/24/2015 | Abby Jackson
    Proving it's not only small, private, liberal-arts colleges that are susceptible to financial distress, Louisiana State University (LSU) announced that it's in the midst of drawing up a financial exigency plan. Bloomberg News, which reported the development, called the plan "equivalent to a college bankruptcy" and noted that it would let LSU fire tenured faculty and restructure its finances. The Baton Rouge-based university with over 30,000 students is drafting the plan, in part, because the most recently proposed budgetary cuts by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal threaten to severely impact the higher-education system in the state. The governor's plans would cut...
  • Faculty salaries aren't causing tuition hikes, AAUP says

    04/15/2015 7:03:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    The Daily Tar Heel ^ | April 15, 2015 | BY HALEY MCDOUGAL
    University tuition continues to rise, but the tendency of some critics to blame the trend on overpaid professors might not be an accurate one. When university administrators in the UNC system and nationwide decide to increase tuition, they often cite the need for funds to retain faculty as a reason for the hike. Still, according to an annual report about myths of professor pay from the American Association of University Professors, faculty salaries are not the primary cause of higher student costs — cuts to state support and declining university endowments are to blame. But Jenna Robinson, president of the...
  • Protesters detained after disrupting 'American Sniper' showing at EMU

    04/13/2015 6:05:27 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 25 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 12, 2015 | Darcie Moran
    The University of Michigan isn't the only area university whose showing of the film "American Sniper" on Friday caused controversy. Four protesters were temporarily detained after disrupting an 8 p.m. showing of the film April 10 on the Eastern Michigan University campus, according to university officials. EMU spokesman Geoff Larcom said during the first of two planned showings at university's Student Center, protesters got on stage and disrupted the movie. The EMU Police Department received complaints for subjects causing a disturbance and refusing to leave at about 8:10 p.m. at the Student Center, according to their police log. About 40...
  • A $46,000 Spread in the Cost of Tuition Per Degree at Michigan Universities

    04/10/2015 11:26:50 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/7/2015 | Richard Vedder
    Most Michigan residents would guess that the University of Michigan’s flagship campus in Ann Arbor is easily the most expensive of the 15 public universities in the state. After all, a student enrolled there for 15 credit hours typically pays more than $14,000 in annual tuition, compared to less than $9,500 at Northern Michigan University or Eastern Michigan University. But those numbers are often deceiving, because tuition varies with whether a student takes lower- or upper-division courses and, at many schools, with the number of credit hours taken during an academic term. Some schools are also generous with tuition discounts...
  • University offers extra credit for bisexual students only

    04/09/2015 6:52:16 PM PDT · by massmike · 19 replies
    campusreform.org ^ | 04/09/2015 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee teaching assistant is offering extra credit to his students—but only if they’re bisexual. In an email sent by Jonathan Dellinger to students enrolled in his public speaking class on April 1, the TA promised three extra credit points to any of his students who were bisexual. “I’m just writing to inform you of another extra credit opportunity (3 points),” Dellinger wrote in the email obtained by Campus Reform. “To be eligible to participate in this study, you must identify as bisexual, so not everyone will be able to do this one.” A student in the Communications...
  • Jim Harbaugh sticks by 'American Sniper' amid Michigan controversy

    04/09/2015 11:37:03 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 19 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 4/9 | Nick Bromberg
    According to Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, his team would have been watching 'American Sniper' no matter what Michigan's student life department had done this week. MY INSERT - (Harbaugh's Tweet)Michigan Football will watch "American Sniper"! Proud of Chris Kyle & Proud to be an American & if that offends anybody then so be it! — Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) April 9, 2015
  • After University Canceled ‘American Sniper’ Showing, Football Coach Harbaugh Made This Announcement

    04/09/2015 8:51:34 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 51 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 4/8/2015 | Oliver Darcy
    University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh announced on Twitter Wednesday night that his team will hold a screening of “American Sniper” after the school pulled a showing when some students called it “anti-Muslim.” Shortly after coach Harbaugh’s tweet, the University of Michigan reversed course and said their decision to cancel the screening was wrong. See the rest of story here....
  • The Modern University Is Failing Students in Every Respect

    04/09/2015 4:31:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/09/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    From cost to employment prospects, the state of American higher education is dismal for students. Modern American universities used to assume four goals. First, their general education core taught students how to reason inductively and imparted an aesthetic sense through acquiring knowledge of Michelangelo, the Battle of Gettysburg, “Medea” and “King Lear,” Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” and astronomy and Euclidean geometry. Second, campuses encouraged edgy speech and raucous expression — and exposure to all sorts of weird ideas and mostly unpopular thoughts. College talk was never envisioned as boring, politically correct megaphones echoing orthodox pieties. Third, four years of college...
  • 'It Doesn't Matter Where You Go to College': Inspirational, but Wrong

    04/04/2015 5:48:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 04/04/2015 | DEREK THOMPSON
    This is an advice column about getting into an elite college. And, like every column about the anxiety of getting into an elite college, it must begin with a massive caveat: If you and your parents are worried about getting into an elite school, odds are that you are already elite. The raw numbers are instructive. There are more than 4 million 18-year-olds in the United States. About 3.5 million of them will go to college. And just 100,000 to 150,000 of those—somewhere around 3 percent of the entire age group—go each year to selective schools that admit fewer than...
  • Litigation Is Beginning to Free Up Speech on Campus

    04/02/2015 8:48:19 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | March 31, 2015 | Jennifer Kabbany
    The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is busy making good on its promise to fight for students’ free speech rights through a massive litigation campaign. Since last year, FIRE’s Stand Up For Free Speech effort has filed nine First Amendment lawsuits against campuses that quash the First Amendment, according to its website. Four of the cases have already enjoyed successes in FIRE’s favor, and the others continue to wind their way through the court system. FIRE’s early victories in its litigation campaign illustrate that colleges’ limits on free speech are onerous and unconstitutional. But the battle continues.
  • James O’Keefe Exposes Another University Sympathetic to ISIS [A Catholic University !]

    03/31/2015 1:58:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Project Veritas ^ | 03/31/2015
    Barry University Officials Sanction Pro-ISIS Club With the Stated Goal of Sending Material Support to ISIS Barry University Officials Unfazed by Club Purportedly Being Formed to Send Aid to ISIS; Their Only Suggestion was a More Politically Correct Name “Because Technically our Country is at War with ISIS” Award-winning journalist and New York Times’ best-selling author James O’Keefe released a second video in as many weeks today exposing university brass sympathetic to ISIS. Last week, O’Keefe released a video showing a dean at Cornell University advising a Project Veritas investigative journalist on how to start and fund a pro-ISIS...
  • The 20 US colleges with the most conservative students

    03/25/2015 8:41:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/25/2015 | Lauren Browning
    As part of its annual college rankings, The Princeton Review ranks the US colleges with the most conservative students. While a few of the schools on the list are big sports and party schools, 20% of the colleges in the ranking are military schools. Over half of the most conservative colleges on the list also appeared on the Review's lists of the most religious students, students who are stone cold sober, and students who don't smoke. A whopping 17 of the 20 schools were ranked on The Princeton Review's list of future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution. Texas,...
  • Medieval Education and the University

    03/21/2015 10:07:12 AM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 5 replies
    The foundation of Education and the University during the Middle AgesAnti Catholic HistoryIt is the main point of this section to point out some of the contributions which the Catholic Church made specifically in regards to education and the University in the Middle Ages. Before I start this section I think it would be good to point out two simple facts regarding this time period. The first one is simply the fact that much of the history regarding this time period (at least until recent scholarship) was vehemently anti-Catholic which Hilaire Belloc points out in his book Europe and the...
  • UC Berkeley black students demand fixes to 'hostile’ climate

    03/17/2015 4:34:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 17, 2015 | By Nanette Asimov
    Black students at UC Berkeley often feel isolated and even oppressed, says a campus group that wants the nation’s premier public university to step up recruitment of African American students and improve support for them. So the Black Student Union hammered out 10 demands, delivered them to the chancellor, and set a deadline to meet them. The demands include renaming a building after Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther and the first woman on the FBI’s list of Most Wanted Terrorists. To the students, Shakur is no terrorist. She’s a victim and ally who gives voice to their pain. The...