• Attempts by the student government at Cornell to cut the budget of the African, Latino, Asian, Native American Students Intercultural Programming Board (ALANA) were rejected and characterized as discriminatory despite drastic overspending by the group and the outright loss of $8,000 in unaccounted funds. While the Cornell Student Assembly recommends a funding limit of $10 per attending student at events, ALANA funded some events at a cost of up to $92 per student and wasted student funds on trivialities such as $450 for pins for the group’s executive board. Ultimately, ALANA’s budget was reduced only slightly to $108,000 for the next two years as opposed to $118,000 for the 2012-2014 allocation after attempts to dramatically reign in the budget were characterized by supporters as failing to be “sensitive to the needs of cultural umbrella and programming organizations like ALANA.”
• As part of an art project on racism, a black student at Sacramento State University designed an outdoor exhibit featuring the apparent lynching of two white people. The white individuals were actors who were displayed dangling from a tree on campus with nooses encircling their necks. Student Christina Edwards who designed the piece stated that it was meant “to bring to light social injustices and the issue of inequality that impacts me and my community as a whole.” Edwards did not seek University approval to set up her display and administrators are looking into whether any campus rules were violated.
• The American Studies Association (ASA) voted in December to support a boycott of all academic institutions in Israel, the only liberal democracy in the Middle East, while taking no action against the numerous tyrannical states and dictatorships across the globe. The resolution stated that the ASA “endorses and will honor the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. It is also resolved that the ASA supports the protected rights of students and scholars everywhere to engage in research and public speaking about Israel-Palestine and in support of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement.” Dozens of colleges and universities in America, including Harvard and Yale, have spoken out opposing the ASA’s vote as prejudiced and several have withdrawn from ASA membership entirely. Among the testimony considered by the ASA was that of Communist terrorist Angela Davis who compared the situation of Palestinians to the Jim Crow South and Richard Falk, a 9/11 “truther” and anti-Semite.
• The University of Michigan chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, a libertarian campus group, has filed a lawsuit alleging that the University’s decision to deny them funding constitutes unconstitutional political discrimination. Officials from the university stated that they were ineligible for university funding because their events and activities were “political.” But other campus groups with a clear left-wing political agenda, including the NAACP and Immigrant Rights Advocacy do receive university funding. The lawsuit against the University was filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal group, on behalf of Young Americans for Liberty.
Further News from the Campuses:
False Threats Graduate to The Ivy League [TheCollegeConservative.com]
This past Monday morning, students at Harvard University had more than just the stress of finals to deal with.
Harvard University Police were given an unconfirmed tip that explosives were placed in four academic buildings on campus.
University of Colorado May Cut Hours on Student Jobs Due to New Obamacare Regs [CampusReform.org]
Officials at the University of Colorado (CU) are scrambling to figure how new regulations stemming from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may negatively affect student employees, top administrators told The Scribe this month.
California College Suspends Speech Restrictions Amidst Settlement Talks [TheFire.org]
FRESNO, Calif., Dec. 18, 2013—Modesto Junior College (MJC) has agreed to suspend enforcement of its “free speech zone” as it negotiates an end to a federal lawsuit filed by a student prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution on campus on Constitution Day.
Black student Stages Fake Lynching of White People in Highly Offensive Art Stunt [DailyCaller.com]
A black student at Sacramento State University staged a fake lynching of two white people as part of an art project exploring racism.
Earlier this month, students at the public university campus saw two white people hanging from a tree with nooses around their necks. They were actors who had been hired by Christina Edwards, an artist and senior at the college.
Were Vassar Hoax Bias Perps Also Involved in a False Rape Prosecution? [Daily Caller]
The two former Vassar College students who were expelled for creating hoax bias incidents and then filing false reports about them were also actively involved with the college’s Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention committee, which currently faces a lawsuit for prosecuting a wrongful rape conviction.
Speech Codes of the Year: 2013 [TheFire.org]
While all of 2013’s Speech Codes of the Month flagrantly violated students’ or faculty members’ right to free expression, two of them were so egregious that they deserve special mention as 2013’s Speech Codes of the Year.
ACLU: College Cancelled Concert Because Band Members were ‘Not Black Enough’ [Campus Reform]
Administrators at Hampshire College (Hampshire) cancelled a Halloween concert last month because the lead singer of the band scheduled to perform was “not black enough,” the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) alleged in a letter to the school’s president.
Notre Dame Renews Litigation Against HHS Mandate [The Irish Rover]
On December 3, Notre Dame announced that it has refiled its lawsuit to seek judicial protection relief from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) insurance mandate that would require Notre Dame to provide, either through its insurance plans or a third party administrator, various drugs and products which the government describes as “contraceptive,” but which include abortifacients (such as Ella and the IUD).
University of Michigan Student Group Files Lawsuit Over Unconstitutional Funding Decisions [TheFire.org]
Last Friday, a student group at the University of Michigan (UM) filed a federal lawsuit (PDF) against the university, claiming that UM violated the First Amendment when it refused to grant the group student fee funding for one of its activities on the basis that it was a “political activity.” The suit is being brought by Alliance Defending Freedom.
Kenyon College Withdraws from ASA, Citing Call to Boycott Israel [The College Fix]
Kenyon College is the latest institution to reject the American Studies Association’s call for an academic boycott of Israel. But Kenyon has taken its response a step further and is actually withdrawing from the ASA.
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