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Michigan State U. Releases ‘Inclusive’ Guide for Romance Languages

Michigan State U. Releases ‘Inclusive’ Guide for Romance Languages

“a ham-handed attempt at regulating language from the top-down”

This is just like the Latinx thing. The left can’t stand that some languages incorporate gender.

The College Fix reports:

Michigan State releases ‘inclusive’ guide for Romance languages

Professors in the Romance languages department at Michigan State University should ensure they use “inclusive language” and utilize “social justice resources,” according to a guide currently on a school website.

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies lists resources on how to make languages such as French and Spanish “gender neutral” and how to incorporate “non-binary” pronouns into Italian.

A conservative think tank in Michigan called the guide a “waste” of taxpayer dollars in emailed comments to The College Fix.

“The MSU guide is a ham-handed attempt at regulating language from the top-down (no offense to hams),” Jarret Skorup, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s vice president for marketing and communications, told The Fix. “The ‘inclusive language’ guides are often nonsensical and hypocritical – Michigan State University has and continues to violate the suggestions and guidelines.”

“This work likely took months and who knows how much money,” he said. “Their hearts are in the right place, but micromanaging language like this is very unlikely to actually work.”

“MSU should have stuck to a much simpler guide, which can be laid out in one sentence: Faculty, students and staff should do their best to be fair, kind and compassionate [in] how they speak to and about others,” Skorup said.

He called it “the latest example of taxpayer-funded waste in higher education.”

The language guide also gives resources on “qu@*ring the Italian Language.” The department also lists information on how to incorporate “Anti-Racism in World Language” and use “inclusive teaching.”


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Back in the university setting, faculty and staff have grown exponentially to the point where, in some colleges, they outnumber the students. In the meantime, something else is going on that drains your donor dollars: university senior administration feeding at the endowment, tuition, and donor trough, and living luxury lifestyles.

An example comes from Vanderbilt University, which is merely one case.

The chancellor of Vanderbilt University, Daniel Diermeir, argues that endowments support “vital research” within universities and that this is as important as, or more so than, financial support for students.

Diermeir leaves out two critical elements, however, in his portrayal of how universities spend money from their endowment and operating accounts. One involves a number of initiatives that are disguised as research. An example at his institution is a $17-million project to enhance DIE within its medical school. The other element involves senior administration pay. Vanderbilt’s head of medicine received over $5 million in compensation, while its three highest paid employees received over $10 million in one year alone. Mr. Diermeir’s university predecessor doubled his salary from $637,288 to $1.4 million, rising to $4.3M at one time, including a $2.9M bonus. One of Diermeir’s first acts as chancellor at Vanderbilt was to announce his Chancellor’s Recognition Award to faculty and staff (but no students) for thousands of employees totaling in the millions of dollars.

Mr. Diermeir’s previous total compensation at the University of Chicago, with the highest student tuition in the country (over $80K per year) was over $1 million. His annual total compensation at Vanderbilt is even higher, and he was recently subject to a conflict of interest complaint: Diermeir and his wife are the principal officers of at least nine Limited Liability Corporations registered to a $2.4-million “penthouse” in Nashville that he uses as his university residence. Diermeir also served on the management board of the FBI, and acts as a board member or adviser to numerous government and commercial interests that regulate, and sell into, the higher education sector.

The emperors who rein at MSU clearly are not wearing any clothing

They are fools. They are proudly proclaiming it — just like the naked emperor proudly showing off his nonexistent new wardrobe. On parade

If you really think that spending your late teens early 20s amidst these people then you’re just not living in reality

henrybowman | July 30, 2023 at 2:55 pm

There are even people busily “reforming” gender in Esperanto.
I guess people who are too useless to rearrange the deck chairs can still rearrange the Scrabble tiles.

“Their hearts are in the right place”

NO. People who would dictate how other people talk – while suppressing whole cultures in the process – do not have their hearts in the right place. Their hearts are tiny, mean and insanely self-righteous. They are bad hearts in the chests of bad people.

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Michigan State should lose taxpayer dollar funding for this despicable and wasteful activity.

This is le stupidist thing that I have ever read.

The Gentle Grizzly | July 31, 2023 at 2:02 pm

This will go over about as well as Latinks.

If this isn’t ‘Cultural Colonialism’ what is? These people think that American social justice warriors can set the standards for more than 900 million Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian native speakers. And they decry women who decide to wear hoop earrings or Chinese prom dresses as “colonialists”! Hypocrites!!

The most accurate way to modernize romance languages is make everything feminine.