• The Modern Language Association (MLA) a far-left academic organization, has banned the conservative publication, the Daily Caller, from attending its 2014 convention. According to an email received by the Daily Caller from the MLA’s press liaison, “The convention office reviewed you request but will not be issuing media credentials for the Daily Caller.” The MLA did not respond to the Daily Caller’s requests for an explanation for this denial. Publications represented at past MLA conventions include The New York Times, The Nation, and the Marxist Red Wedge.
• Tulane political science professor and MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry mocked Mitt Romney’s family Christmas card on her weekend program. The card shows Romney holding his adopted black grandchild on his lap, surrounded by his many other grandchildren. Harris-Perry later apologized for her remarks, and those of her on-air guests (one of whom claimed the photo “really sums up the diversity of the Republican party, the RNC”), stating “I apologize to all families built on loving transracial adoptions who feel I degraded their lives or choices.” Romney accepted her apology.
• The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF), a statewide union which represents faculty and personnel on Pennsylvania state campuses, has voiced its opposition to a proposed policy that would permit the carrying of weapons, including firearms, in open areas on campus such as parking lots and sidewalks. The policy would not permit weapons inside buildings or at class activities, sporting events, or other organized outside events. The taskforce recommending the policy includes police officers, students, faculty, members of the system’s board of governors and university presidents. The taskforce’s recommendation echoes the guidance provided by lawyers for the system who note that wholesale bans on weapons on the grounds of public campuses have been declared unconstitutional in recent years.
• A student at The College of New Jersey has courageously come forward to expose the pro-Obamacare and anti-Republican rantings of her German professor. In a recent exposé, student Emma Colton recounts how her German for Beginners professor John Benjamin used his classroom lectern to encourage students to “examine the great benefits of Obamacare” while insulting the Tea Party as “very moronic.” Colton notes that it is only now after her final grade has been recorded in this course that she feels comfortable in coming forward with her experience of classroom indoctrination.
Further News from the Campuses:
ASA-Awarded Scholars Denounce Israeli Boycott, Call For Revote [TheCollegeFix.com]
One dozen decorated members of the American Studies Association have denounced the scholarly group’s recent controversial decision to boycott Israeli academic institutions and have called for a revote.
The Humanities Have Forgotten Their Humanity [Wall Street Journal]
In 2011, the University of California at Los Angeles wrecked its English major. Such a development may seem insignificant, compared with, say, the federal takeover of health care. It is not. What happened at UCLA is part of a momentous shift that bears on our relationship to the past—and to civilization itself.
A Dangerous Policy [InsideHigherEd.com]
For decades, the Supreme Court has kept vigil over the campuses of state universities as, in the words of one memorable 1995 ruling, “peculiarly the marketplace for ideas.” No opinion, the Supreme Court has emphasized, is too challenging or unsettling that it can be banned from the college classroom.
Orange Hush: OSU Student Media Adviser Says University Tried to Quash Her Quest for Public Records [Corvallis Gazette-Times]
Oregon State University student media adviser Kate Willson thought she was just doing her job when she filed a public records request with the university. Now she’s worried it could get her fired. OSU’s chief spokesman says Willson’s job is safe and the university was not trying to muzzle her. But he also says Willson was out of line when she tried to obtain public records from the institution she works for and that all such requests should be filed by student journalists, not their adviser.
Universities Continue to Ignore the Lessons of Litigation on Campus Free Speech Zones [HuffingtonPost.com]
A student at Modesto Junior College in California who wanted to silently distribute copies of the U.S. Constitution to his fellow students — on Constitution Day — was stopped by the police. A student group at the University of Cincinnati looking to collect signatures for a statewide “right to work” ballot initiative is threatened with charges. Students and community members at Sinclair Community College in Ohio who merely sought to hold signs made for a campus rally were told that they must lay them flat on the ground.
Longtime MU Fan Chants Deemed Offensive, Banned From Arena [TheCollegeFix.com]
“Scum, scum, scum – go back to where you’re from . . .” is a chant that could be heard at any given University of Missouri Tiger basketball game over the years as Mizzou fans taunted opponents.
Union Decries Proposal to Allow Weapons in Open Areas on Campus [CampusReform.org]
The statewide union for Pennsylvania state college and university faculties is opposing a proposed policy to allow firearms in open areas of fourteen of the state’s public institutions of higher education.
Kansas Board of Regents to Review Controversial Social Media Policy [TheFire.org]
The Kansas Board of Regents announced Tuesday that it will create a “workgroup” to review the new policy on “improper use of social media” by faculty that has earned a steady stream of criticism from academic freedom advocates since it was adopted two weeks ago.
University-Sponsored Production Glorifies White-Shaming [CampusReform.org]
The University of Oregon (UO) put on a production about race in which one student repeatedly asked “I don’t know why I’m white.”
“I didn’t choose to be white. As a matter of fact, I don’t even know why I’m white,” said Eric Braman during the Nov. 13 event.
Editorial: Colleges Flunk Free Speech Test [The Wilson Times]
College students returning to class for the spring semester this week might find themselves in hot water for exercising the rights they learn in lecture halls.
Two North Carolina schools — Appalachian State University in Boone and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — were recently named to a list of the 10 worst colleges in America for free speech. The Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a nonpartisan rights advocacy group, released the annual list on Dec. 27.
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