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  • 'Shut up,' they explained (writer gets fired after criticizing black studies dissertations)

    05/09/2012 4:43:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/09/2012 | Thomas Lifson
    The trade paper of the academic industry just fired a writer who dared express skepticism about the academic worth of a number of doctoral dissertations in the field of black studies. Liz McMillan, editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education wrote a "Note to readers" explaining why Naomi Schaefer Riley's blog posting on Brainstorm last week ("The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations" merited her dismissal and an abject apology from the editorial honcho.Reactions are mostly predictable, from both leftists and conservatives.Riley is, of course, being widely termed a racist. She summarized  her critics in...
  • The Academic Mob Rules

    05/09/2012 8:32:28 AM PDT · by yoe · 20 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 9, 2012 | Naomi Schaefer Riley
    Recently, the Chronicle of Higher Education published a cover story called "Black Studies: 'Swaggering Into the Future,'" in which the reporter described how "young black-studies scholars . . . are less consumed than their predecessors with the need to validate the field or explain why they are pursuing doctorates in their discipline." The "5 Up-and-Coming Ph.D. Candidates" described in the piece's sidebar "are rewriting the history of race." While the article suggested some are skeptical of black studies as a discipline, the reporter neglected to quote anyone who is. Like me. So last week, on the Chronicle's "Brainstorm" blog (where...
  • Silencing Dissent About Black Studies

    05/08/2012 1:46:40 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 15 replies
    Commentary ^ | 08 May 2012 | Jonathan S.Tobin
    Naomi Schaefer Riley, the only Conservative blogger at The Chronicle of Higher Education, was fired after thousands of readers complained about her post "The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations." J.S. Tobin writes a vigorous defense. Per copyright issues, Ms. Riley's post can be accessed only by link in Comments.
  • Is George Zimmerman on Your Campus? (A large pail, sack or bowl is suggested)

    04/29/2012 10:45:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Diverse Issues In Higher Education ^ | April 30, 2012 | Dr. Emery Petchauer
    In the weeks leading up to the arrest of George Zimmerman, many people were shocked to find him on campus at Ohio State University. Of course, he wasn’t there in physical form, but his name and the phrase “Long live George Zimmerman” was written (presumably by a student) on the Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center at Ohio State. This was a stunning and ugly act, analogous to racial slurs on campus walls, nooses on professors’ doors, and “ghetto”-themed parties that have become common extracurricular activities on college campuses. The response of the Ohio State administration is emblematic of most...
  • Elected Durham County D.A. Tracey Cline — Former Mike Nifong Deputy — Removed from Office

    04/29/2012 12:55:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Volokh ^ | April 28, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    This happened last month, but I just learned of the case because the trial court decision was just posted on Westlaw; Cline is appealing the removal. The decision is here; a newspaper article on the subject is here; the statute authorizing the removal, N.C. Gen. Stats. § 7A-66(6), provides that a D.A. may be removed by a court for “[c]onduct prejudicial to the administration of justice which brings the office into disrepute.” ... partly because it comes on the heels of the ouster of D.A. Nifong — Cline was the first D.A. elected following Nifong’s ouster, and had worked for...
  • Forgive us our student loan debt (Is forgiving debt a moral issue?)

    04/28/2012 6:42:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 105 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/28/2012 | By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
    We need to start taking student loan debt seriously, both as a troubling moral issue and as a ticking economic time bomb. By some reports, student loan debt will exceed 1 trillion dollars this year, more than the credit card debt of all Americans. A whole generation of young Americans is at risk in this excessive borrowing. They fall further and further behind in “servicing their debt” because they have no way to keep up with the payments as many of them are unemployed or underemployed. They will delay starting marriage and families; they dare not take the risk of...
  • Student Loans: A Long Journey Of Confusion That Ends In Owe, Owe, Owe

    04/24/2012 10:56:41 PM PDT · by Altariel · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 24, 2012 | Sheryl Nance-Nash
    Student loans are one of life’s biggest financial entanglements, yet they are sorely misunderstood. Many students couldn’t tell you if they have private or public loans. All they know is that they owe, owe, owe. *** But not everyone will be effected by the increase. “Only undergraduate loans will go from 3.4 to 6.8 percent. Graduate loans stay at 6.8 percent,” says Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of FinAid.org. “There is a lot of confusion about student loans. I read in the paper where someone with $8,000 in student loans is saying that they won’t be able to afford the loans when...
  • Campus Police Detain and Draw Weapons on Student Activist for Wearing Empty Holster

    04/11/2012 9:53:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 126 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 9 April, 2012 | cbaus
    Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State University Police detained and drew their weapons on student-activist Mike Newbern for demonstrating his support for gun rights by wearing an empty holster to a candlelight vigil for Trayvon Martin on Wednesday. Newbern, the president of Buckeyes for Concealed Carry, was taken forcibly into police custody just after 8:30 p.m., while he was standing at the front of the crowd wearing an empty holster, which was clearly visible on his belt, and with his hands crossed in front of his chest. A police report released on Thursday indicates two officers drew their firearms before approaching...
  • Iowa Republicans blast law school over refusal to hire conservative professor as faculty

    04/06/2012 8:28:19 AM PDT · by Huskrrrr · 39 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Christina Corbin
    Iowa Republicans are taking aim at the state's top law school for denying a faculty position to a conservative law professor, who an assistant dean once said embraces politics the rest of the faculty "despises." Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/05/iowa-republicans-blast-law-school-over-refusal-to-hire-conservative-professor/#ixzz1rH2eeqcX
  • Ex-Stanford Teacher’s New Startup Brings University-Level Education To All [video at source]

    04/05/2012 12:03:00 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies
    techcrunch.com ^ | 4/5/2012 | BEN TSEITLIN
    Using Khan Academy as inspiration, Sebastian Thrun decided to bring his Stanford class on artificial intelligence online. Anyone could sign up for free. And 160,000 people from around the world did. He saw the power of creating interactive lectures and distributing them for free. He left Stanford and launched Udacity, a company focused on bringing free university-level education to the world. In the interview above, Sebastian Thrun, Co-Founder of Udacity, talks about how he will help students improve their careers, whether or not the goal is to replace traditional universities, how the classes are different from iTunes U style taped...
  • The Book That Drove Them Crazy - "The Closing of the American Mind" 25 years later

    04/05/2012 3:36:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    The Weekly Standard Magazine ^ | April 5, 2012 | Andrew Ferguson
    "The Closing of the American Mind"If I had reread The Closing of the American Mind 10 years ago, when my own children were themselves under 10, I confess I would have thought Bloom’s portrait of educational decline was overwrought. And then they grew up and went off to college. ..............[Allan] Bloom wrote a moment before the population of modernity’s Holy Trinity - Marx, Freud, and Darwin - decreased by two-thirds. Marx lost his allure, at least nominally, after the collapse of the murderous regimes that had been built from his ideas. Freud was demoted from scientist to cultural observer, and...
  • Musings of a College Instructor (An Adjunct instructor shares her experiences on campus)

    04/04/2012 4:44:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/04/2012 | Eileen F. Toplansky
    The following represent the swirling conversations I hear as I travel to various colleges where I am an adjunct instructor. ** I was hurrying to my classroom when I overheard the following. A female professor smilingly says to a student that she looks quite lovely in that new outfit. As the student thanks her and rushes off to class, the professor turns to another female professor standing in the hallway and worriedly says, "I guess I shouldn't have said that. It could be construed as sexist." The other professor, well-known for her multicultural slant, laughingly retorts that as the only...
  • Christian Professor Fired for Refusing to Watch Vulgar Gay Play at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX

    03/30/2012 7:40:54 AM PDT · by TexasConservativeRepublican · 50 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 3/30/2012 | David Bellow
    Wow, this appened right here in southeast Texas. A theater arts department professor, Linda Ozmun, at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX had no problem doing her job. She was teaching kids about theater arts. That was her job and she was doing it just fine. The school wanted more than that though. According to a lawsuit that the terminated professor filed, the school chairwoman Judith Sebesta, and eventually the Dean, told her that she had to attend a vulgar gay pride play, by Tim Miller, or else she would be terminated. The professor is a Christian who did not want...
  • Students in VA Middle Sch Pol Class Ass'd to Do Opp Research, Attack Strategies on GOP for Obama

    03/22/2012 12:40:22 PM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    Megyn Kelly reported on new controversy coming out of a Virginia middle school politics class today, in which an 8th grade teacher assigned students to do opposition research on the four Republican presidential candidates. The students’ research included looking into the backgrounds of the GOP candidates and finding weaknesses in their positions. Now, this kind of research wouldn’t be out of the norm for a typical politics class if it weren’t for the teacher requiring the students submit their findings to the Obama campaign! Trace Gallagher added that not only did the students do research to find weaknesses in the...
  • California Tuition Blues: Californians themselves are to blame for spiraling college costs

    03/15/2012 6:20:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/15/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In so-called March in March protests, thousands of students in California universities recently demonstrated in outrage over spiraling tuition costs. At both the California State University and University of California multi-campus systems, tuition hikes in recent years have far exceeded the national average. Meanwhile, universities slash classes, cut key research, and rely even more on exploited and poorly paid part-time lecturers and graduate-student teaching assistants. Yet against whom, exactly, are these cash-strapped students demonstrating? After all, their college faculties are unionized, largely liberal, and sympathetic to their plight. Campus administrators likewise want more state money for universities. But, unlike the...
  • Colleges find ways to foil pro-gun rulings(CO,VA,OR)

    03/11/2012 7:17:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8 March, 2012 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Courts are ruling in favor of allowing those with concealed-carry permits to bring their handguns on campus, but universities are figuring out ways to keep the guns out. Gun rights advocates recently notched major legal victories in Colorado and Oregon, with courts in both states agreeing that university policies banning firearms on campus must defer to state laws allowing permit holders to carry concealed handguns. In response, however, university officials in Oregon and Virginia have enacted policies allowing concealed carry on campus but not in buildings, including classrooms, dormitories, event centers and dining halls. The result is that...
  • Consensus Academics (Saturbray)

    03/10/2012 7:28:55 AM PST · by bray · 1 replies
    www.brayincandy.com ^ | 3/10/12 | bray
    No one has ever seen God; but if we LOVE one another, God lives in us and his LOVE is made complete in us. 1 John 4:12 Consensus science has been refined to a pure brainwashing art form in today’s society. It is has been called groupthink but is far more sinister than simply people thinking the same way, it has become the primary method of forwarding an agenda by the commie micro-minority in America. They have been forming since the 60s by the Anti-war communist loving radicals who have found how to manipulate the country’s consciousness through academics and...
  • Never Before Seen 1991 Video Of A Harvard Protest Shows Barack Obama Defending A Radical Law Prof.

    03/07/2012 6:29:11 PM PST · by tobyhill · 63 replies
    business Insider ^ | 3/7/2012 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Andrew Kaczynski of Buzzfeed discovered this little gem of a video, in which then-law student Barack Obama spoke at a protest in favor of Harvard Law Professor Derrick Bell. Kaczynski explains what the protest was all about. Bell was the first black tenured professor at the school, and a pioneer of "critical race theory," which insisted, controversially, on reading issues of race and power into legal scholarship. His protest that spring was occasioned by Harvard's denial of tenure to a black woman professor, Regina Austin, at a time when only three of the law school's professors were black and only...
  • Police Stand By As Israel Advocacy Event Silenced

    03/03/2012 3:29:50 PM PST · by forty_years · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/3/2012 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    As part of the initiative to improve Israel’s image on college campuses, the pro-Israel advocacy group StandWithUs (SWU) brought two Israelis to the University of California-Davis on Thursday night, in an event sponsored by Chabad. ... Ran and Ranya did not get very far before they were confronted by an extremely hostile and viciously anti-Israel crowd, who sought to dispel the event altogether. ...Others started yelling, “How many woman have you raped? How many children have you raped? You are a child molester.” ...“The heckling continued unabated for the next 15 minutes. The speaker did his best to continue, but...
  • The True 1% (And What To Do About Them)

    03/01/2012 12:23:03 PM PST · by LRoggy · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Vanity | 3/1/12 | Lee Roggenburg
    First of all, RIP Andrew Breitbart, you will not be easily replaced. In your honor I have written the following.