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Wayne State Prof Claims Campus Free Speech Crisis is ‘Manufactured’

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 24, 2017 at 10:30am 7/24/2017 at 10:30am
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The campus free speech crisis has been on full display for months. This is not imaginary.

The College Fix reports:

Ignoring violent activists, professor claims campus free speech crisis is ‘manufactured’

The free speech crisis on American college campuses is merely “manufactured,” according to one college professor—and the recent violent and threatening behavior of...

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Betsy DeVos Says Education Policy Best Left to States

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:30am 7/24/2017 at 7:30am
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This is refreshing. Why do we always seem to have a ‘one size fits all’ approach?

From Real Clear Education:

DeVos in Denver: Education Policy Best Left to States

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos addressed a friendly gathering of conservative state legislators Thursday and promised to minimize the federal government’s role in education policy and...

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Harvard Alums Angry About Proposed Ban on Social Clubs

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 2:36pm 7/23/2017 at 2:36pm

Alums are the key to successful fundraising. Could this hurt Harvard’s bottom line?

The New York Post reports:

Harvard alums furious over proposal to ban elite social clubs

Harvard is about to get a lot less exclusive.

Earlier this month, a faculty committee recommended that the university ban what it called “pernicious” social clubs —...

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Art Prof Claims ‘Militant’ LGBT Students Forced Him to Quit

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 10:30am 7/23/2017 at 10:30am

The situation which led to the conflict between this professor and students is downright bizarre.

The Daily Caller reports:

Professor Says He Was Hounded To Quit By ‘Militant’ LGBT Students

Art professor Michael Bonesteel says he is the victim of a “small cadre of militant LGBT students with an authoritarian agenda” who “unfairly vilified...

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Washington State Now Paying Students to Promote Social Justice

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 8:30am 7/23/2017 at 8:30am

Work study programs sure have changed over the years.

Check out this story from Campus Reform:

Students get $11/hr to “advance social justice and diversity”

Washington State University is paying students who know “how power, privilege, oppression operates” $11 per hour to “promote equity and advance social justice.”

The “Social Justice Peer Educators” program was...

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Vandals Remove Hands from Jesus Statue at Carlow University

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 1:30pm 7/22/2017 at 1:30pm

Can you imagine how long it took to do this? Who is this committed to vandalism?

CBS News Pittsburgh reports:

Hands Broken Off Of Granite Jesus Statue At Carlow University

Officials at Carlow University are trying to figure out who vandalized a statue of Jesus...

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Community College Official Wants to Drop Algebra Requirement Due to Low Pass Rates

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 11:30am 7/22/2017 at 11:30am

If algebra is an obstacle for some students, perhaps educators just need to work harder.

The College Fix reports:

College official: Drop algebra requirement because minorities keep failing it

The chancellor of the California community college system has stated that institutions’ algebra requirements are “the biggest barrier” for “underemployed or unemployed Americans,” and as...

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Berkeley Reportedly Reverses Position, Will Allow Ben Shapiro Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:30am 7/22/2017 at 9:30am
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It was looking like this was going to be a repeat of the Ann Coulter situation, so this is good news.

Townhall reports:

UPDATE: Under Pressure, UC Berkeley Reverses Decision, Will Accommodate Shapiro Speech

This welcome news hardly makes up for all of their recent sins against free expression, but it’s a start. ...

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Richard Dawkins Berkeley Event Canceled Over Tweets Critical of Islamism

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:00am 7/22/2017 at 9:00am
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Richard Dawkins is a writer, biologist, and outspoken atheist. He has long been a hero of the left and was scheduled to do an event at Berkeley hosted by a local progressive radio station.

The event has been cancelled however, due to some tweets by Dawkins which were critical...

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Silenced on Campus Week in Higher Education

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 7:30am 7/22/2017 at 7:30am
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Berkeley has reportedly decided to accommodate Ben Shapiro but it didn’t look good at first.

Free speech has been central to the Evergreen story as well.

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Youngstown State Prof Calls Chick-fil-A ‘Fried Food For Homophobes’

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 21, 2017 at 1:30pm 7/21/2017 at 1:30pm

Chick-fil-A has become a target for leftists at Youngstown State. One professor joined the chorus with an insulting comment.

The Daily Caller reports:

Professor Labels Chick-fil-A ‘Fried Food For Homophobes’

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American Enterprise Institute Scholars Suggest Ben Sasse for New Harvard President

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 21, 2017 at 10:30am 7/21/2017 at 10:30am

Senator Sasse would probably be an outstanding choice to lead Harvard but this will probably never happen.

Campus Reform reports:

Scholars suggest Sasse take over as Harvard prez

Harvard University President Drew Faust is stepping down next June, and two American Enterprise Institute scholars think Senator Ben Sasse would be the perfect replacement.

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Professor Advocacy Group Fights Transparency on Tax Funded Climate Research

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 21, 2017 at 7:30am 7/21/2017 at 7:30am

Anything funded by taxpayers should be available for explicit review by taxpayers.

The College Fix reports:

Professors group wants taxpayer-funded climate change research blocked from public scrutiny

The American Association of University Professors has filed an amicus brief arguing professors at a public university should be exempt from public records act requests from a...

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College in Illinois Outlaws ‘Disparaging Comments’

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 1:30pm 7/20/2017 at 1:30pm

Who gets to decide which words are disparaging? Isn’t that a rather subjective thing?

Campus Reform reports:

‘Disparaging comments’ outlawed at Illinois college

Students at Carl Sandburg College could now be subject to “disciplinary proceedings” for the use of “offensive language” or “hate speech.”

According to the Illinois community college’s Student Code of Conduct, administrators...

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Mike Pence to Address Conference of Conservative College Students

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 10:30am 7/20/2017 at 10:30am
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Vice President Pence is going to deliver a speech at the Young America’s Foundation conference. He’ll be a hit with this crowd for sure.

From the YAF blog:

Vice President Mike Pence to Address YAF’s National Conservative Student Conference

Young America’s Foundation (YAF) is pleased to announce that Vice President Mike Pence will address...

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Berkeley Claims They Can’t Find Appropriate Venue for Ben Shapiro to Speak

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 7:30am 7/20/2017 at 7:30am
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In a recent Quick Take, I asked if Ben Shapiro would be allowed to speak at UC Berkeley this September. Now the school is using the same excuse for him that they used for Ann Coulter.

The College Fix reports:

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Despite Budget Bill, Illinois Universities Still Have Funding Issues

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6:00pm 7/19/2017 at 6:00pm
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People rejoiced when the Illinois legislature passed a budget bill mainly aimed at education. I blogged about eduction funding for grades K-12 earlier this month. Public universities have their own problems.

Yes, the state has its first budget in two years, but its the first budget in two years:

“You don’t get one...

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