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  • Di Leo: Northwestern University Calls on a Controversial Clinton Ally for Help as Troubles Get Worse

    08/05/2023 8:26:09 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 12 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | August 5, AD 2023 | John F Di Leo
    Northwestern University is in the news these days. Normally, that makes them happy. An allegedly prestigious, globally-renowned research university certainly ought to make the news all the time – with revelations of scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, or career announcements about proud alumni. Not today, however. Northwestern is in the news because of a rash of reports – some uncorroborated, some perhaps exaggerated or understated, some likely perfectly accurate – of various types of hazing and otherwise toxic cultures in their athletic programs. A baseball coach was fired for allegedly discouraging students from reporting injuries. A volleyball student’s sensible reticence to...
  • Di Leo: Joe Biden, the Supreme Court, and the Student Loan Game

    07/11/2023 8:58:00 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 6 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | July 11, AD 2023 | John F Di Leo
    Joe Biden feigned shock when the Supreme Court ruled that he had no authority to wipe out tens of billions of dollars in student loans at the stroke of a pen. The issue is so clearcut, it’s hardly imaginable that we could need to explain it, but let’s begin with that part, to be thorough. Millions of people knowingly, willingly signed onto student loan debts, often while studying for degrees in fields that are well-known for producing relatively low-paying jobs. And then, when they found these burdens to be high after college, they hoped that politicians would let them off...
  • Affirmative Action's Demise and Higher Education

    06/29/2023 7:18:24 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 9 replies
    Instapundit Substack ^ | 29 June 2023 | Glenn H Reynolds
    So the Supreme Court has ruled against Harvard and UNC, and in the process fatally wounded the “diversity” and “affirmative action” practices of most every higher education institution in America. There’s a lot to say about that, but I want to mark one important point: This ruling represents a drastic retreat in the social position of higher education. Though the ruling itself is not so much the cause as a symptom. Media accounts I’ve seen have tended to suggest that the Supreme Court had found that “diversity” is a compelling interest, sufficient to justify overriding the Constitution’s ban on racial...
  • Temple University unveils porn studies course on sex and ‘the patriarchy’: No ‘right vs. wrong’ perspective

    05/10/2023 5:30:23 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/10/2023 | Gabriel Hays
    Course instructor Jennifer Pollitt claimed the course will help fill in gaps in students' sexual education. Temple University in Pennsylvania has started its first "porn-studies course" this semester, aiming to teach students about sex outside of a moral, "right vs wrong" framework. Additionally, the new course, which has become popular at the school, will serve as a "jumping off point" to talk about woke issues like "race, ability, and the patriarchy," the Business Insider reported after talking to the course’s instructor, Professor Jennifer Pollitt. The Insider piece described the course, titled "Social Perspectives and Digital Pornography: The Other Sex Ed,"...
  • A Florida Bill to Promote Fairness on Campus. HB 931 will improve campus debates and ban flagrantly ideological hiring.

    05/07/2023 5:09:35 AM PDT · by karpov · 6 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | May 5, 2023 | Jenna A. Robinson
    Earlier this week, the Florida legislature passed a bill that may become a model for the nation. House Bill 931, sponsored by State Representative Spencer Roach, requires universities to host public-policy debates and bans the use of political litmus tests in hiring and admissions. Both provisions address the increasing ideological homogeneity on college campuses. In the past three decades, university faculty and administrators have become overwhelmingly liberal. This orthodoxy of opinion is bad for academic research, student learning, and universities’ reputations in the eyes of the public. The bill is inspired by two pieces of model legislation. Its first part...
  • Florida ranked #1 for higher education

    05/05/2023 11:14:16 AM PDT · by CFW · 15 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 5/5/23 | Matt Lamb
    Governor DeSantis’ state continues to succeed in education The latest U.S. News & World Report concluded that Florida is the best state for higher education. The rankings look at “the share of citizens in each state holding college degrees, as well as college graduation rates, the cost of in-state tuition and fees, and the burden of debt that college graduates carry,” according to the publication. The publication also ranked Florida high in 2-year college graduation rate, 4-year college graduation rate and for its students graduating with minimal debt.
  • Ivy League Exodus

    04/29/2023 12:33:15 PM PDT · by Twotone · 46 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | April 18, 2023 | Armin Rosen
    Kemp Mill Synagogue is a spiritual home to lobbyists, policy scholars, and White House staffers. It looks out over the opening of a lushly wooded forest valley in suburban Maryland, just down the street from a horse farm. One of its common nicknames used to be Congregation Bnei Ivy—the people of the Ivy League. The name alludes to an enduring way of life for an influential segment of American Jews. The eight Ivy League schools are a collective stand-in for the meritocratic system that turned the children and grandchildren of penniless Yiddish-speakers into some of the richest and most important...
  • GOP lawmakers plan to ban more college majors in FL like ethnic studies, ‘radical’ feminist theory

    03/14/2023 7:30:40 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 42 replies
    Florida Phoenix ^ | March 13th 2023 | DANIELLE J. BROWN
    The House Postsecondary Education and Workforce Subcommittee approved a proposed committee substitute for HB 999 Monday, replacing the language of the original bill. Republican lawmakers are proposing to expand legislation that would further limit majors and minors available to Florida university students. The legislation also would further undermine tenure protections for professors. The bill in question is HB 999 and it’s called Public Postsecondary Educational Institutions. Lawmakers will be discussing an updated version at a Monday committee meeting, where they will decide whether to accept or reject new expanded language in the bill. The American Association of University Professors said...
  • Columbia professor reverses course on race and gender contract after coming under fire

    01/19/2023 1:36:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 19, 2023 | y Nikolas Lanum | Fox News
    Matthew Salesses, an author and assistant professor of writing at Columbia University's School of the Arts, allegedly created the form as a "commitment to the process" and posted a picture of the paper to his Twitter account. "Made my grad students sign this today because if I'm going to commit to them, they need to commit to themselves," he reportedly said in a since-deleted tweet on Tuesday. The tweet also included a picture of the form, which began by notifying students that failure to uphold the contract would result in a failing grade for the course. The document first told...
  • Fewer than half of students at Cambridge University are heterosexual... with a third identifying as bisexual, survey suggests

    11/27/2022 9:04:45 PM PST · by blueplum · 81 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 27 Nov 2022 | By LIZ HULL
    Less than half of students at Cambridge University now identify as heterosexual, a survey has found. Around 600 undergraduates took part in the anonymous online poll for student newspaper Varsity last month. Of those, just 49.7 per cent said they were heterosexual... ...The findings of the Varsity poll also tally with a survey by Oxford University’s student paper Cherwell, which found 49 per cent of students identified as heterosexual ...
  • Texas Wesleyan Cancels Play After Students Say Use of Slur Is Harmful [The writer of the play is black]

    10/06/2022 9:40:54 PM PDT · by grundle · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 6, 2022 | April Rubin
    The play’s author, who is Black, said he crafted its language to be historically accurate in representing civil rights struggles. But the theater program at the university heeded the call of students. Texas Wesleyan University halted its production of “Down In Mississippi,” a play about registering voters in the 1960s, after criticism from students who said racist epithets in the script could contribute to a hostile, unwelcoming environment. Its author said he was using that language to represent the reality of the period. The play by Carlyle Brown, a Black playwright based in Minneapolis, focuses on the efforts of a...
  • Student Loans from A to Z: Buying Votes Instead of Solving Problems

    08/29/2022 8:39:40 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | August 29, AD 2022 | John F Di Leo
    The news of the week concerns the Biden-Regime’s $10,000/student (or in some cases, $20,000/student) loan write-off, being portrayed as a debt forgiveness. It’s not. Today, let’s consider some of the basics that the debate has forgotten – basics that involve not only the schools, the banks, and the students, but the taxpayers, the economy, and civilization itself. Advance warning: this is going to be a long one; it's a big topic. MORAL HAZARD Think of the famous concept of the “butterfly effect” – the idea that every action might be a cause of other, possibly unanticipated results down the line....
  • Some say the classics are racist. One black professor begs to differ.

    06/08/2022 9:47:12 PM PDT · by ChipMarne · 16 replies
    The College Fix ^ | June 9 2022 | Bar Niazov
    Amid ongoing controversy over whether education in the classics should be eliminated or reformed to exclude works deemed too Western or white, a black professor affirmed that the classics are for everyone. University of Virginia sociology Professor Angel Parham said the study of Greco-Roman culture still has “much to teach us.” The classics should be “elevated and broadened,” not repudiated, she wrote in a May 20 op-ed for The Wall Street Journal. “The study of Greek and Latin literature and history has a proven record of lifting the performance of students, especially the disadvantaged.” “…It is ironic that critics deem...
  • A Student’s Take on Student Loan Forgiveness

    05/19/2022 7:42:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | May 19, 2022 | Mylie Biggs
    As a current college student, I can attest that attending college today is expensive and, for many students, impossible without taking out a loan. Borrowing money means taking on the responsibility of repaying it. Multiple student loan forgiveness plans have been proposed by Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and President Joe Biden, which would allow students to forgo their financial responsibilities. President Biden plans to forgive at least $10,000 worth of loan debt for every student making less than $125,000 per year after college–more than $1 trillion total. But there are no other details yet. How does...
  • Christian University Still Hasn’t Reinstated Professor It Kicked Out After He Criticized Identity Politics

    05/16/2022 7:07:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    The ^ | May 16, 2022 | Gregory Schulz
    The administration and board of regents at Concordia University Wisconsin has been deathly silent about this widely reported transgression against academic freedom.Today’s academic landscape is littered with the dry bones of academic freedom. This is true of my own religious university, Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW), from which I have been suspended and put under threat of termination for publishing an academic essay critiquing identity politics. As reported by The Federalist in March, soon after I published that essay, I was banned from campus and put on administrative leave. There I remain three months later, with no clear path to restoration...
  • STUDY: Whiteboards are racist because 'they collaborate with white organizational culture'

    04/26/2022 12:40:54 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 101 replies
    "Observing Whiteness in Introductory Physics: A Case Study" was published last month in Physical Review Physics Education Research. "Whiteboards can be racist like how housing, employment, and the judicial systems were found to contain racist practices," the co-author told Campus Reform. Article image Stevie Gibbs '23 | Arkansas Campus Correspondent Monday, April 25, 2022 1:44 PM Did a recent physics study argue that whiteboards are racist? "Observing Whiteness in Introductory Physics: A Case Study" was published last month in Physical Review Physics Education Research. The study observed three students as they worked to solve a physics problem and analyzed how...
  • Course at Utah college lets class 'watch pornographic films together'

    04/22/2022 7:07:00 AM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 57 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 4/19/2022 | Ben Zeisloft
    Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, offers a class on pornography in which students watch raunchy films as a group. “Hard core pornography is as American as apple pie and more popular than Sunday night football,” the course description reads.
  • "Are Today's Voter Suppression Laws the New Jim Crow?" What passes for "objective" commentary in academia, specifically, the Chronicle of Higher Education

    02/15/2022 6:38:15 PM PST · by SpinyNorman · 10 replies
    The Chronicle of Higher Education ^ | 01/16/2022 | Brenda Alvarez
    Academia is so far in the leftist tank, it is both appalling and laughable. The Chronical of Higher Education recently posted this on its website, for which I receive periodic updates, a decision I now regret, but it does allow me to observe developments in higher ed. The very title of the article is right from the talking points of the Democrat party. Consider the subtitle: "A new surge in voter suppression laws is once again targeting people of color. In history and today, many educators have stood up for democracy." Really? Preventing fraud and assuming that blacks are not...
  • Race Panic! Stanford investigates “cords with loops that may represent nooses”

    11/30/2021 9:32:57 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 43 replies
    Two Stanford administrators, Dean of Students Mona Hicks and Vice Provost for Institutional Equity, Access and Community Patrick Dunkley, sent a panicked email to students and faculty Monday night. They reported grim news: “Two cords with loops that may represent nooses were found in a tree near the intersection of Campus Drive and Junipero Serra Boulevard, along the Lake Lagunita walking trail… The Office immediately contacted the Stanford University Department of Public Safety (DPS), which promptly investigated the incident with a campus arborist.” Cords with loops that may represent nooses? That could be concerning. I wonder, is there any reason...
  • Howard University students protest housing conditions with on-campus tent city

    10/24/2021 1:07:51 AM PDT · by blueplum · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | 23 October 2021 | Briana Stewart andJade Lawson
    Dozens of Howard University students are sleeping outdoors in a tent encampment on campus grounds to protest what they describe as "poor" and "unlivable" conditions in the college dormitories. Students told ABC News that portions of the university living quarters have mold and insect and rodent infestations, as well as leaky ceilings and flooding -- all of which they say put their health at risk. ...The sit-in, organized by the Young Democratic Socialists of America and The Live Movement, has gone viral under the hashtag #BlackburnTakeover....Students at other historically Black colleges and universities have also shared videos and pictures on...