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CU's academic culture ignored(How did a 'Ward Churchill' happen? Must read!)
The Rocky Mountain News ^ | March 12, 2005 | Dave Kopel

Posted on 03/12/2005 6:17:18 PM PST by The Loan Arranger

Post columnist nearly alone in probing 'dysfunctional' milieu. For all the ink devoted to the Ward Churchill case, the Denver dailies have done virtually nothing to investigate the dysfunctional campus academic culture which led to the Churchill fiasco.

Here are some of the questions the Denver media have not even attempted to probe: Why did the University of Colorado Arts and Sciences administration continue to promote and laud Churchill after the late-1990s publication of professor Thomas LaVelle's articles alleging extensive academic fraud and plagiarism on Churchill's part? Are there other academic frauds and plagiarists at CU whom the administration has protected? How did CU become such a racist institution that a patently unqualified man was pushed for tenure in three departments because he claimed to be an Indian? How many other poorly-qualified teachers have gotten jobs at CU, based on their ethnicity or their pretended ethnicity? To what extent does the extreme left dominate hiring at CU, so that highly qualified applicants for teaching positions are rejected, whereas politically correct hacks get the job? How often do other CU teachers act like Churchill allegedly did by punishing students for expressing opinions contrary to the teacher? Has CU protected other teachers who have been credibly accused of making violent threats and/or perpetrating on-and off-campus violent crimes against people who disagree with them?

Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi is virtually alone in the Denver media in attempting to examine the reality of academic freedom at CU. His column last Monday detailed the plight of CU instructor Phil Mitchell, who is apparently being pushed out of CU because of political pressure from the far left.

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: academia; affirmativeaction; cigarstoreindian; colorado; fake; ivorytower; pagiarism; pc; wardchurchill
"They got a lot of 'splainin' to do"....as Ricky Ricardo would've said.
1 posted on 03/12/2005 6:17:19 PM PST by The Loan Arranger
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To: The Loan Arranger

You wouldn't see a column like that in a Philly paper.


2 posted on 03/12/2005 6:25:46 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: The Loan Arranger

KHOW and KOA radio have been on top of what has been going on and have gotten military records and some other documents giving this jerk tenure. I forgot the websites but they are not too hard to find.


3 posted on 03/12/2005 6:28:29 PM PST by mountainlyons (alienated vet)
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To: The Loan Arranger
They got a lot of 'splainin' to do

Only if someone asks the questions. And judging from this article, there are few "journalists" who intend to expose the corruption, intellectual and otherwise, at CU.

Guess it's up to the bloggers...

4 posted on 03/12/2005 6:32:36 PM PST by lancer (If you are not with us, you are against us!)
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To: mountainlyons

CU's gotta be on notice that settling with Churchill, while knowing that plagerism, threats, and false military records are "in play" will cost CU more, in the long run, than a Churchill lawsuit.


5 posted on 03/12/2005 6:34:15 PM PST by Swanks
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To: The Loan Arranger

bump use on page two.


6 posted on 03/12/2005 6:34:54 PM PST by newsgatherer
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To: The Loan Arranger

This ethnicity thing is interesting. I've more indian blood in me than Churchill ever did (my great great grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee). However, I'm not registered as one, have no intention of registering as one and consider myself as merely an "american."


7 posted on 03/12/2005 6:39:37 PM PST by Frumious Bandersnatch
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To: Swanks
CU has been a loser for quite some time. There are several plagiarism items and CU does not seem to care. Two on the board are for liberals and against the public. These are also people that need to answer for their actions also.
8 posted on 03/12/2005 6:40:54 PM PST by mountainlyons (alienated vet)
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To: mountainlyons
There are several plagiarism items and CU does not seem to care

They better friggin' care. If the objective is to avoid "a lawsuit" - settling with Churchill will get them a lawsuit just the same, from a pissed off taxpayer group.

9 posted on 03/12/2005 6:44:22 PM PST by Swanks
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To: The Loan Arranger

The simple answer to the Churchill hiring is easy. The ethics of the people that hired him are the same as Churchills. That is, zero.


10 posted on 03/12/2005 6:46:15 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: kennedy6979

One defect in the academic evaluation system is that typically one has no "peers" in departments staffed by specialists.


12 posted on 03/12/2005 7:23:22 PM PST by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: The Loan Arranger

There's nothing unique about the University of Colorado in this regard. As long as you're politically correct, you can commit plagiarism to your heart's content and no one will trouble you.

There are rare exceptions when someone really steps in it, as Churchill did with his Eichman comment. Otherwise, nobody cares.

Another scholar and I wrote reviews pointing out that a professor working in my field had falsified many of his footnotes, claiming that evidence was there which a look at the original sources proved was simply untrue. There were more than a dozen footnotes of this kind.

This had no public effect at all. I believe everyone in the field is aware of the facts, but since this professor is politically correct, everyone simply ignores the facts. Indeed, he was shortly afterward offered a top professorship at CUNY graduate center. He will retire with honors when he is ready to do so, and not before. His case is far from unique; I know of another instance of plagiarism from one of my own early books, for which the author suffered no penalty.

Colorado is no better, and no worse, than dozens of other formerly prestigious institutions of higher learning. Regretably, higher education in our country is sick, and seemingly getting worse every day.


13 posted on 03/12/2005 7:35:37 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: The Loan Arranger

The more interesting question is whether its limited to CU, and if not, then what are the other universities going to do about this?


15 posted on 03/12/2005 7:44:55 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Cicero

Your stories remind me of that Bellesiles cat (from Emory U, IIRC) that wrote the now discredited book on the gun history of America. He was eventually taken down (and taken down hard), but it took a lot of work on the part of a handful of persistent historians. A lot of connected historians were reluctant to look into the charges that Bellesiles was at best a fraud, more likely a propagandist. Persistence and the white-hot spotlight of publicity eventually took him down.


16 posted on 03/12/2005 9:03:03 PM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: The Loan Arranger

If this kind of activity doesn't prove how the liberals/socialists will take over our country, then what will it take to convince the non-believers? Those "teaching" in our educational institutions have long been denying the right of "personal opinion" and "objective thinking" to those of our younger generations. We had better get a grip and do something soon ... before it is too late.


17 posted on 03/12/2005 9:04:02 PM PST by Phant2000
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To: Brilliant
It's not, and nothing.

L

18 posted on 03/12/2005 9:04:26 PM PST by Lurker (Remember the Beirut Bombing; 243 dead Marines. The House of Assad and Hezbollah did it..)
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To: Cicero

Very true. If you write about race or gender and conclude that the moon is made of green cheese, your job is safe so long as you smooze the left. Lord forbid if you are a military historian, you never even get in the door of most institutions.


19 posted on 03/12/2005 9:24:57 PM PST by flying Elvis
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To: Cicero

You are right on the money. a white, anglo-saxon, protestant, male, conservative has virtually no chance of being hired at any college or university in the US.


20 posted on 03/13/2005 3:36:39 AM PST by tom paine 2
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To: The Loan Arranger

This is why it's so important for Churchill to be fired. It is likely to set off massive, uncontrollable litigation in which CU's dirty linen will be fully aired.


21 posted on 03/13/2005 5:11:10 AM PST by libstripper
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To: Cicero

You're right. That's why Churchill needs to be fired and there needs to be a law suit. It's the only hope the Colorado taxpayers have for a full airing of the scandal.


22 posted on 03/13/2005 5:14:54 AM PST by libstripper
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To: randog

If Churchill is bought off the white hot light of publicity will go off. If he's fired, the lawsuit and its accompanying relevations will keep it on CU.


23 posted on 03/13/2005 5:17:16 AM PST by libstripper
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To: mountainlyons
KHOW and KOA radio have been on top of what has been going on and have gotten military records and some other documents giving this jerk tenure. I forgot the websites but they are not too hard to find.

Caplis and Silverman at KHOW:
http://www.khow.com/hosts/caplis-silverman.html

Gunny Bob Newman at KOA
http://www.850koa.com/shows/newman-wardwatch.html

Rocky Mountain News archive on Churchill:
http://cfapp.rockymountainnews.com/archive/archive.cfm?section=news&include=ward_churchill

Excellent blogger site for everything Ward Churchill:
http://www.pirateballerina.com/

24 posted on 03/13/2005 5:24:51 AM PST by ajolympian2004
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To: The Loan Arranger

STOP WARD CHURCHILL NOW!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1360865/posts


25 posted on 03/13/2005 9:17:37 AM PST by Big Guy and Rusty 99 (Watch out for bears, to them you are spaghetti dinner)
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To: Swanks
CU's gotta be on notice that settling with Churchill, while knowing that plagerism, threats, and false military records are "in play" will cost CU more, in the long run, than a Churchill lawsuit.

What do they care? It's just taxpayer money and there's an endless supply of it, especially for the "intellectually elite."

26 posted on 03/13/2005 9:28:42 AM PST by Bernard Marx (Don't make the mistake of interpreting my Civility as Servility)
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To: tom paine 2

I feel sorry for some of my best graduate students. They're lucky if they get jobs, while they eagerly offer positions to idiots.


27 posted on 03/13/2005 1:31:00 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: libstripper

It's like that lawyer joke. If they manage to fire Churchill, it's a good start.


28 posted on 03/13/2005 1:32:57 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: The Loan Arranger

as much as this makes me wanna puke, i think

rush is right: leave churchill there, on display. he's of more use to conservatives teaching at cu.

no doubt the college students will sign up for his classes to laugh at him.

what better outcome can you imagine? churchill tormented daily in his classes by his students.


29 posted on 03/13/2005 1:38:41 PM PST by ken21 ( today's luxury development. tomorrow's slum.)
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To: The Loan Arranger
CA ACADEMIC INSANITY

A certain Dr. Denice Denton attacked Summers, but also insisted that his peccadillo might be profitably exploited as a “teachable moment.” But it turns out that Denton, the newly appointed chancellor of the University of California at Santa Cruz, had had her own “teachable moment” — though one that was as quickly forgotten by the media as Summers’s was lasting. Again, in the bizarre world of academia, the chance tearing of a scab reveals quite interesting things underneath. Even before Chancellor Denton arrived at her new $275,000 job, she had negotiated a special university position as well for her girlfriend, Gretchen Kalonji, described as her partner of seven years, for the princely annual sum of $192,000 — a billet that was specially created, unadvertised, and closed to all other job applicants. This novel variant of spousal accommodation was precisely the sort of old-boy networking in public hiring that transparent affirmative-action protocols were supposedly designed to stop. In contemporary university parlance: Was there not a worthy Latina or African-American woman who could have at least been interviewed for the job?

The Denton-Kalonji household will have a combined income of at least $467,000 — plus up to another $50,000 granted to Kalonji for the expenses incurred in her “transition” in moving to the area. This supplement comes on top of a previous $68,750 granted to Chancellor Denton to move to the rent-free, service-provided University President’s House.

Giving a couple already making almost a half-million dollars a year nearly $120,000 to move to California prompted outrage: not from the tenured feminists on the Santa Cruz campus, but from the university’s blue-collar employees, secretaries, and maintenance staff. At a time of record state budget deficits, workers had not received a raise in three years. Meanwhile student fees had recently increased by 10 percent and the Santa Cruz campus had just gone through $14 million in state budget cuts the prior year.
Among the elite of the nation’s professoriate, class considerations always bow to gender sensitivity.

What are we to make of all these recent university teachable moments? The usual exegeses suffice: The contemporary campus has devolved into an Orwellian world in which the ends usually justify the means. Diversity really means no diversity of ideas. Unfettered expression is a code word for groupspeak of the Left. Academic freedom and tenure ensure timidity and monotony of thought. The champions of the oppressed and discriminated are, in fact, the affluent and privileged, whose antics are excused only by the irrelevancy of academic culture and properly deplored solely through the accidental discovery of a forgotten rant or taped remark.

Underneath all this is the disturbing fact that progressive campuses are charging their students tuition whose annual increases exceed the rate of inflation, while vocal professors have plenty of idle time on their hands and live lives that most Americans — or their own college staff members — can only dream of.

‘Teachable Moments’ But who will teach the teachers? by Victor Davis Hanson

30 posted on 03/13/2005 1:42:19 PM PST by John Lenin (Believing yourself when no one else does is a form of Mental Illness)
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