• Administrators at the University of Minnesota are looking into a proposal to ban the use of racial descriptions of suspects in crime alerts. The policy change was proposed in a letter sent to university officials by a number of student and faculty organizations on campus including the Black Student Union and the Black Faculty and Staff Association who claim minority students on campus feel threatened when black suspects are named in crime alerts. “Efforts to reduce crime should never be at the expense of our Black men, or any specific group of people likely to be targeted,” stated the letter. Vice President of University Services Pamela Wheelock responded that while she shares the letter-writers’ concerns over possible profiling, “I believe that sharing more information in our Crime Alerts, not less, is most beneficial in terms of public safety, especially when that information is available.”
• Maranatha Baptist University, a small Christian school of about 1400 students in Wisconsin, has relegated its “Crusaders” team name and mascot to the dust heap after it was deemed too controversial. The campus has received no complaints about the name, which has been in use since the school’s founding in 1968. “In light of our global outreach and more advanced understanding of how things could be perceived, we want to avoid controversy,” explained the university’s executive vice president Matt Davis.
• A pro-life display on the campus of the University of Southern California that was set up to commemorate the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision was repeatedly defaced. The display was organized by USC Students for Life and included a photo of a fetus in utero, information about post-abortion counseling and 275 paper hearts meant to stand for the number of abortions that take place every two hours in America. Posters in the display were ripped in half (and later taped back together) and two female students were discovered laying waste to the rest of the display. After one of those students remained to apologize and discuss her views on abortion, Students for Life elected not to file a complaint.
Further News from the Campuses:
Dartmouth Students Accuse School of ‘Hypocrisy’ for Celebrating MLK but Not Doing Enough to ‘End White Supremacy. And Maybe Capitalism’ [Campus Reform]
The students who interrupted Dartmouth University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day keynote address have explained that they did so to protest the “hypocrisy” of the school celebrating the holiday without doing enough to “End White Supremacy. And maybe capitalism.”
Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right: ASA Boycott and NY State Legislature Both Threaten Academic Freedom [TheFire.org]
Last December, members of the American Studies Association (ASA) voted to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The action constitutes a “refusal on the part of the ASA in its official capacities to enter into formal collaborations with Israeli academic institutions, or with scholars who are expressly serving as representatives or ambassadors of those institutions (such as deans, rectors, presidents and others), or on behalf of the Israeli government.”
Professor Describes al-Qaeda As Freedom Fighters [The College Fix]
How would you define al-Qaeda? Most would use the word “terrorists.”
But here is my professor’s stab at it: “The Al Qaeda movement of Osama bin Laden is one example of an attempt to free a country (in this case, Saudi Arabia) from a corrupt and repressive regime propped up by a neocolonial power (in this case, the United States).”
Co-Educational? Columbia & Barnard Students Film Porno in Butler Library [New York Observer]
Columbia is the sight of many historical moments. The newest one? A porno filmed in Butler Library.
Wikipedia is ‘Very Masculine,’ so Feminists Pledge to Fix It [Daily Caller]
Feminist groups at more than a dozen universities are planning to participate in another mass “edit Wikipedia day,” because the free, volunteer encyclopedia website is obviously horribly sexist.
Canada: Students Cheer as University Violates Free Speech [Pan Am Post]
McMaster University administrators in Canada have effectively banned a book they find immoral, and many students support the school’s oppressive decision.
Professor Labels American Studies Association Boycott of Israeli Academia ‘Anti-Semitic’ [Campus Reform]
The American Studies Association’s (ASA) boycott of Israeli academic institutions is simply old-fashioned anti-Semitism, according to a Drexel University history professor.
Johnson Discusses Misteaching History [The Williams Record]
The student-run “Uncomfortable Learning at Williams” speaker series kicked off this past Wednesday night with a talk on the dangers of “misteaching” history by Professor K.C. Johnson of Brooklyn College and the City of New York Graduate Center. Johnson spent several years teaching at the College, before eventually moving on to Brooklyn, where he teaches history.
Stanford Law Prof: Second Amendment is About Restricting Gun Rights [Daily Caller]
A Stanford University law professor took the view that the Second Amendment permits strong gun control, telling the crowd that “restriction has to be at the core” of the right to carry a gun.
Feud Over Hillel Pro-Israel Rule Sparks New Controversy at California College [Jewish Daily Forward]
It all started innocently enough: The Israel Committee of Santa Barbara, Calif., which works with the local chapter of Hillel, American Jewry’s on campus program for students, invited author David Harris-Gershon to keynote its annual Israel educational event in April.
State Schools Don’t Verify Citizen Status [New Hampshire Union Leader]
University System of New Hampshire schools are not verifying U.S. citizenship of students signing affidavits required by law to get the in-state tuition rate.
Public university spending at least $25,500 on Sex Week [Campus Reform]
The University of Tennessee (UT) is spending at least $25,500 on a Sex Week which will include events such as a masturbation workshop.
UNC Academic Fraud Scandal Sparks Racial Recriminations [Business Week]
The University of North Carolina academic fraud scandal has entered its Tom Wolfe phase, revealing a racial subtext of the uniquely ironic and bitter American variety.
Study Finds University of Cincinnati Not Conducive to Free Speech [The News Record]
For the sixth year in a row, the University of Cincinnati kept its reputation for restricting free speech and it isn’t the only university labeled so, according to an annual report released by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
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