(/sites/default/files/uploads/2013/11/Griff_Nerf.jpg)A regular column dedicated to reporting on the slanted teaching, mis-administration and sheer insanity of our nation’s colleges and universities.
• The director of public safety at Missouri State University is raising concerns about the use of fluorescent nerf guns in a popular campus roll-playing game of Humans vs. Zombies. “I don’t know that it is necessarily a danger to campus. It is a disruption to campus,” safety director Don Clark told a local radio station. “We cannot tell people that ‘if you see someone with a gun, it might be a Nerf gun, so just disregard it.’” The University is considering a ban on the Nerf guns despite a student government poll showing that students overwhelmingly oppose such a ban.
• An administrator at Furman College in South Carolina was caught on video attempting to confiscate flyers critical of Rev. Jesse Jackson from conservative students who were distributing them outside an event where Jackson was speaking on campus. Video taken of the incident shows Furman Special Events Coordinator Gayle Warth demanding that a student distributing the flyers turn them all over to her. When the student refused, Warth claimed that he could not distribute materials without “pre-approval.” A spokesman for the university defended the administration stating, “Furman is satisfied that no one was prevented from expressing their opinions.”
• The student government at the University of California Berkeley passed a unanimous resolution barring the term “illegal immigrant” from their discussions and communications. “No human being is illegal,” states the resolution which holds that the term is “racially charged” and leads to “punitive and discriminatory actions aimed primarily at immigrants and communities of color.” The resolution suggests that student government members substitute other terms including “‘Foreign nationals,’ ‘undocumented immigrants,’ ‘immigrants without papers’ and ‘immigrants seeking status.’” UCLA passed a similar measure last summer.
• The University of Texas—Austin chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) were forced to cancel a planned “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” game on campus after administrators issued strong condemnations of the event and implied that participants might face disciplinary action. Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement Gregory Vincent wrote in a public statement, “If the members of YCT carry out their plan for ‘Catch an Illegal Immigrant,’ they are willfully ignoring the honor code and contributing to the degradation of our campus culture.” Movie star America Ferrera also got involved, leading a campus solidarity march of hundreds of students and activists to protest the event.
Further News from the Campuses:
When Opposing Jihad Is ‘Racist’ [FrontpageMag.com]
“Islamophobia” has broken out at Washington University of St. Louis, sparking outrage, grief, an “open solidarity forum,” and an avalanche of groveling apologies from university administrators.
Rescuing Free Speech at Brown [Intercollegiate Review]
Many students, Americans, and believers in the First Amendment were rightly outraged by the protest of Ray Kelly at Brown University. The NYPD Commissioner was invited to talk on Oct. 29 about the role of proactive policing. But, after a half hour of raucous interruptions, Ray Kelly departed, unable to speak a single sentence.
UC Berkeley Student Government Bans Use of the Term ‘Illegal Immigrant’ [FoxNews.com]
The student government at the University of California, Berkeley has censured use of the term, “illegal immigrant.”
Some Faculty Demand Skin Color-Based Hiring [The College Fix]
Some faculty at the University of Arizona have said they believe there are not enough people of color employed as professors on campus and are clamoring for administrators to enforce a way to even out the numbers.
University of Wisconsin Regents Revise Systemwide Speech Code [TheFire.org]
There is good news for free speech at Wisconsin’s public universities, as the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents voted in October to revise a system-wide discriminatory harassment policy that previously contained language declared unconstitutional by a federal court.
Brown University Retreats From Free Speech [Frontpagemag.com]
As champion of New York’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy—one riddled with accusations of racial profiling and saddled with a recent federal court ruling against it—police commissioner Raymond Kelly could count on some tough questions from students when he stopped at Brown University last month to talk about proactive policing.
Committee Created to Deal with In-Class Social Media Presents Latest Research [StateNews.com]
The committee created after English professor’s anti-republican rants to address the best practices on the use of social media and technology in classrooms, has begun its research — with few findings so far.
Public College Cites High Cost of Obamacare in Canceling Students’ Health Plans [Campus Reform]
Officials at one one of the nation’s oldest and most elite historically black colleges are citing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as the reason they have cancelled a school-wide affordable health care plan they had offered students.
Napolitano’s Move from DHS to California Schools Chief Draws Protests [Washington Times]
While many across the political spectrum are happy to see Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano leave her job in Washington, some who live on the West Coast say they’d just as soon not see her out there, after it was revealed Friday that she’s poised to take over as head of the University of California school system.
At Sinclair, Liability Concerns Trump Students’ Expressive Rights [TheFire.org]
Earlier this semester, when students from Sinclair’s chapter of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) wanted to put together a “free speech wall” event, the group’s event request was denied by the school’s Student Leadership Development office, citing—you guessed it—“liability issues.”
Students suffer ObamaCare sticker shock as premiums soar, plans get cut [FoxNews.com]
While millions of Americans are watching their individual polices get canceled due to ObamaCare regulations, the new health care rules are also having a major impact on college campuses.
Texas Student Group Under Fire For ‘Catch An Illegal Immigrant’ Game On Campus [FoxNews.com]
The Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT), a student club at the University of Texas at Austin, is holding a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” game on the school’s campus to “spread awareness and to spark a political discussion about the issue,” organizers said.
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