Campus Roundup: Mandatory Reading of Sexually-Explicit Graphic Novel

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Top Stories:

  • The state-funded College of Charleston, located in Charleston, South Carolina, has assigned all its incoming freshmen to read “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel, a graphic novel which contains pictorial images of lesbian sex, commentary on masturbation, and accounts of pedophilia. In total, the College has spent $39,000 for the distribution of this book to freshmen and will pay another $13,000 for a speech by the author this fall. Participation in the summer reading program is mandatory.
  • Terri Bennett, a nursing student at Pima Community College in Arizona, was suspended from classes and labeled a bigot after she complained that her fellow students’ failure to speak English in the classroom was making it difficult for her to learn. Bennett is now suing the College claiming that its actions violated her First Amendment right to free speech.
  • Amherst College in Massachusetts, long known as one of the most left-leaning liberal arts campuses in the nation, added several “diversity seats” to their Student Senate, which are reserved for groups that have been “historically silenced.” But when conservative student Ted Hertzberg applied for one of the seats citing the fact that only 2 out of 160 professors at the school are registered Republicans, he was rejected. The other four applicants for the seats— an international student, a gay student, a Latino student and an Asian student—were all accepted.
  • The Freedom Center’s public opposition to Sadia Saiffudin, an extreme anti-Israel candidate for UC Student Regent, has sparked a national discussion on how Saiffudin’s views may disqualify her from her new position and the growing problem of anti-Semitism on college campuses.

Further news from the campuses:

Dozens of Purdue Faculty Chide Mitch Daniels, but He Stands His Ground []

Dozens of faculty members at Purdue University have chided campus President Mitch Daniels, former governor of Indiana, for what they contend is his lack of support for academic freedom.

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Student Suspended After Complaining About Spanish-Speaking Classmates []

Diversity is widely regarded as an important goal in higher education. But, according to one student, a commitment to diversify conflicted with her learning.

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‘Meese v. Keene’ Sheds Light on Danger of the ‘Blueprint’ []

In the continuing debate over the new federal “blueprint” for university sexual harassment policies, some have argued that broadly defining sexual harassment as “any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature”—including “verbal conduct”—is unproblematic because the definition is supposedly “only” for campus reporting purposes.

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Freedom Center Brings Campus Anti-Semitism to Light

The David Horowitz Freedom Center’s public opposition to an extreme anti-Israel candidate for UC Student Regent has helped to trigger a national conversation about the growing problem of anti-Semitism on college campuses.

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Majority of Americans Oppose the Use of Affirmative Action in College Admissions []

Americans largely believe that students should be accepted to college based on their merits, and not their racial or ethnic heritage.

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Student Senate ‘Diversity Seats’ Exclude Conservatives []

BOSTON –  These days, defining diversity seems to be the big issue on campus.

But at Amherst College in Massachusetts, they’re doing more than talking about it. They’re adding “diversity seats” to the 32-member Student Senate for groups that have been “historically silenced.”

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Cedarville University Under Federal Investigation For Possible Title IX Violations []

Cedarville University, a Christian institution in southwest Ohio, revealed late last week it is under review by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

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You Won’t Believe What Teachers Plan to Tell Kids about Trayvon Martin [Daily Caller]

In the wake of the verdict in the Trayvon Martin shooting, several teachers said they would invoke mob justice, vigilantism and the idea that Florida law allows people to hunt and kill black kids when discussing the case with their students.

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Public College Assigns Comic Book on Lesbian Sex, Child Molestation as Mandatory Freshman Reading []

Faculty and administrators at the College of Charleston (CofC) have assigned all freshman students a graphic sex memoir as part of their mandatory 2013 summer reading.

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Former Purdue Student Defends Daniels In Wake Of Scandal [The College Fix]

Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, currently president of Purdue University, has been verbally flogged by some over the news that, during his time in office, he worked to scale back leftist propaganda in the classroom.

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Book Shows Radical Teachers How to Mix Traditional Math with ‘Social Justice’ Political Lessons []

MILWAUKEE – It’s said that misery loves company. Perhaps that’s one reason a group of gloomy, radical teachers is trying so hard to poison the minds of the nation’s K-12 students with their anti-American, anti-free market ideas.

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  • Sheik Yerbouti

    It is interesting the way they use discrimination to fight discrimination.

  • tagalog

    What is it about a graphic novel that makes it worthy of college-level study?

    Isn’t the term “graphic novel” another label for “comic book?”

    • Rocky Mountain

      I’ve looked at some at book stores and libraries and while there are some that are clever most seem depressingly exactly alike in their pursuit of the not-too-obvious ironic and more obviously nihilistic.

      • tagalog

        That would match my perception of the more mundane comic book, I having attained a degree of maturity after the graphic novel came to be, and therefore having had only a cursory look into them.

  • Jeff Ludwig


    Mitch Daniels is right on target. When I first arrived at a high school in NYC 18 years ago (I’m not there now), the U.S. History teachers met to coordinate about the coming term. Most of the teachers said how they photocopied large sections from Howard Zinn’s Peoples’ History of the U.S. I told them that Zinn was a self-avowed communist, and that the book was replete with errors. Further his concept of “people” systematically excluded all kinds of “people” in the U.S. They scoffed venomously at my assertions. One colleague said to me in a hostile tone, “What do you know anyway? Have you ever published anything?”
    There are so many articles out there critiquing Zinn’s book that anyone can find on the Internet. Yes, it is a best seller, but it’s not history; it’s propaganda. Further, it presents and advocates for a worldview that is utterly offensive to any fair-minded person. It is anti-educational insofar as it is not balanced. The fact that it is a best seller is a sign of how far down the road of self-destruction we have gone as a culture. Zinn and his communism may have a right to exist, but like the Muslim Brotherhood the communists in our midst are all for freedom of speech until they are in a position to ban books, ban speakers, and suppress other ways of thinking. I’m not saying the Zinn book should be removed from reading lists, but public officials who are right-minded like Mitch Daniels as well as others would do well to denounce the book publicly even if it is permitted.
    By the way, a week after I had this confrontation with the communist teachers in my department, one of them came up to me and said, “Communism is over in the Soviet Union, but it’s alive and well in this high school.” I will never forget that statement, and will write here that that teacher is, in my opinion, a disgrace to the teaching profession and doing a disservice to the students. Fortunately, many many students in the school objected to the biases and distortions of the lefties and mocked them behind their backs, but sadly I’m afraid that many young people were influenced by them to walk on the wrong path.

  • Clare Spark

    I wrote about the turn to activist scholars in the humanities here: The New Left was notoriously promiscuous and nothing in this article should surprise us. “The New Left activist scholars.”

  • b spinello

    Seems to me there exists plenty of opportunity for a talented lawyer to advertise for and find students who owe thousands in loans, having been oversold the worth of their education by their schools. Individual law suites followed by class action cases against individual schools whose catologues, administrators, etc. presented a distorted picture of what they were selling, and it’s worth. The schools will be sued to provide payback on a percentage of outstanding loans.

  • Brigid

    The graphic novel Fun Home is not mandatory reading at The College of Charleston; it’s a book that the school recommends all freshmen read to create a common experience. Nobody has to read it and there’s no penalty for not reading it. And despite the tenor of the article here, it’s an excellent choice. It’s a serious work of literature that is well regarded by critics and made a number of best-of-the-year lists when it was published. I have read it. There are a few panels that show sexual activity, but honestly, I think there are more panels that depict people discussing interior decor. it’s a thought-provoking memoir about a family with a twisted dynamic, and it raises a lot of issues that 18-year-olds would find relevant and interesting.

    • Rocky Mountain

      An excellent choice for people who want to view graphic images of lesbian sex. If one wanted a ‘common experience’ don’t you believe (I guess not) there are literally thousands of better reading choices. Even something mildly p.c. like Frederick Douglas’ autobiography would be a far better choice. But no, it doesn’t have the sex and its actually reading as opposed to giggling over some obscene pictures. And yes, I do believe in obscenity (of the sexual type). If you want “A family with a twisted dynamic” , read Philip Roth’s “American Pastoral” which may or may not be left wing (I still don’t know) but at least is genuinely thought-provoking and extremely well done novel. And BTW, the “…twisted dynamic” theme is rife in almost all fiction, even Dickens, so its not something that your generation has just discovered.

    • tagalog

      At the Citadel, once upon a time, they assigned new cadets the novel The Caine Mutiny for them to read in the summer before they started there, in order to create a common experience.