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Man Flees the United States to Escape $30,000 in Student Loan Debt

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 12:00pm 6/12/2019 at 12:00pm

This young man is probably going to regret this decision. Especially since it’s not a huge amount of debt. It seems like he acted rashly.

USA Today reports:

A college grad flees U.S. to avoid student loan debt: ‘I had to escape this prison’

Eventually, Chad Albright just couldn’t take it anymore. The rejection,...

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Prof Who Helped Popularize Microaggressions Now Says Not Everything is a Microaggression

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 10:00am 6/12/2019 at 10:00am

Good luck getting that toothpaste back into the tube. Perhaps this concept shouldn’t have been introduced to the academic environment in the first place.

The College Fix reports:

‘Microaggressions’ professor: ‘Not everything is a microaggression’

Derald Sue, a professor at Columbia University and one of the principal popularizers of the concept of “microaggressions,” recently...

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VIDEO: Campus Reform Interviews Professor Jacobson About the Gibson Bakery vs. Oberlin Case

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 8:00am 6/12/2019 at 8:00am
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Cabot Phillips of Campus Reform recently interviewed our own Professor Jacobson to get his thoughts on the case and the outcome.

Jon Street of Campus Reform has details:

Cornell law prof: Oberlin bakery onslaught an ‘example of the mob not waiting for facts’

Cornell law professor William Jacobson says that the recent controversy at...

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott Signs New Law Protecting Campus Free Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 12:00pm 6/11/2019 at 12:00pm
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Republicans are making a real effort on this issue lately. Democrats, not so much.

The College Fix reports:

Texas governor signs sweeping new law protecting free speech on college campuses

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday signed a sweeping new law that aims to protect free speech on college campuses across the Lone...

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Al Gore Calls Trump a ‘Would-be-Autocrat’ During Speech at Harvard

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 10:00am 6/11/2019 at 10:00am

You just knew that Gore wouldn’t be able to get through this event without bashing Trump.

Campus Reform reports:

Al Gore calls Trump ‘would-be-autocrat’ in Harvard speech

Al Gore used his 2019 Harvard Class Day speech to indirectly criticize President Donald Trump...

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Wiccan Professor Suing Her Catholic Employer for Discrimination

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 8:00am 6/11/2019 at 8:00am

Here’s a tip. If you practice Wicca, maybe don’t take a job at a Catholic university.

Inside Higher Ed reports:

Not Bewitched

St. Bonaventure University didn’t let a professor of communication advance in her career because she’s a woman — and a witch — according to a lawsuit filed last week in a federal...

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1984 Should be Read in Colleges, Not Used as an Instruction Manual

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 10, 2019 at 2:00pm 6/10/2019 at 2:00pm

1984 just turned 70 years old, but as Erec Smith points out, it isn’t being celebrated by academia as a great piece of literature, it’s being used as a guide.

He writes at the Washington Examiner:

Academics ignore the anniversary of 1984 because they know they’re living it out

Seventy years ago today, George...

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Report: U. Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Bias Response Team Functions as Speech Police

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 10, 2019 at 12:00pm 6/10/2019 at 12:00pm

Why do institutions of higher learning even have bias response teams? It’s like something out of a dystopian science fiction story.

The College Fix reports:

At University of Illinois, 265...

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2020 Dem Hopeful Pete Buttigieg has Large Amount of College Debt

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 10, 2019 at 10:00am 6/10/2019 at 10:00am
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The Associated Press report below is a classic example of media bias. Note how the issue is framed, right from the headline.

The subtext is clear. Buttigieg’s failure to pay off his student loans is a good thing because it brings focus to...

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2020 Democrat Hopeful Eric Swalwell Still Has Significant College Debt

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 1:30pm 6/9/2019 at 1:30pm
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Swalwell is barely registering in polls, but he is still running. He also has some serious college debt.

Townhall reported:

Eric Swalwell Can’t Manage His Own Finances But He Wants Access To America’s Checkbook

Despite making a six-digit figures over the six years as a congressman, Eric Swalwell (D-CA) has failed to pay down...

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U.S. Senators Show Support for Campus Free Speech Resolution

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 11:30am 6/9/2019 at 11:30am

There seems to be a distinct lack of Democrats supporting this. Isn’t that curious?

Campus Reform reports:

Nearly a dozen U.S. senators sponsor campus free speech resolution

Ten U.S. senators have sponsored legislation showing support for free speech on college campuses and signaled opposition to free speech zones.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced the Campus...

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Student Calls for Course Evaluations to Ask About Feelings of ‘Acceptance and Inclusion’

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 9:30am 6/9/2019 at 9:30am

People who think this way are not ready for college. It’s just another example of why college should not be free.

The College Fix reports:

Student op-ed: Course evaluations should ask about ‘feelings of acceptance, support, inclusion’

We’ve all filled them out: professor and course evaluations at the end of the semester. And a...

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Students at Oregon State Warned of Campus Creep Secretly Filming Women

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 1:30pm 6/8/2019 at 1:30pm

The creep is allegedly filming women’s backsides with a hidden camera and posting the images on a porn site.

The New York Post reports:

Oregon State University warns students about creep posting pics to porn site

A campus creep secretly shot dozens of videos of women from behind at Oregon State University and posted...

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What the Democrats Running for 2020 Aren’t Saying About Free College

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 11:30am 6/8/2019 at 11:30am

Supporting the idea of free college has become a crucial issue for Democrats running in 2020, but people are beginning to catch on to the reality of it.

Evan Halper writes at the Los Angeles Times</...

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Alabama Governor Signs Bill Banning Free Speech Zones From Public College Campuses

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 9:30am 6/8/2019 at 9:30am

Excellent news. Maybe this will become a trend across the country.

The College Fix reports:

Alabama governor signs bill banishing ‘free speech zones’ from public colleges

Alabama has been in the news frequently this year, and its Republican governor has just given it another reason to stand out: It’s the latest state to ban...

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U. New Hampshire Students Accused of Using Stolen Credit Cards to Pay for Tuition

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 7, 2019 at 12:00pm 6/7/2019 at 12:00pm

Well, that’s one creative, though illegal, way of dealing with a pricey tuition bill.

FOX News reports:

University of New Hampshire students allegedly used stolen credit cards to pay for tuition: report

Two University of New Hampshire students were arrested for allegedly using stolen credit cards to try to pay for their tuition.

Chunyang Li...

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U. Alabama May Return Massive Financial Gift Over Donor’s Abortion Remarks

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 7, 2019 at 10:00am 6/7/2019 at 10:00am

This is a crazy situation. It just goes to show what a divisive issue it is.

From the Associated Press, via the Star Tribune:

University may return $21.5M after donor’s abortion remarks

When philanthropist Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. pledged a record $26.5 million to the University of Alabama in September, the institution showered him...

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