I can’t resist another post on the extraordinary attack on HR 3077 in the Yale Daily News. The professional lobbyists who are fighting HR 3077 are much too smart to take public issue with the bill’s insistence that beneficiaries not block government recruiters from campus, or level a boycott against national security related scholarships. But this Yale student is outraged at these provisions. Remember, area studies is being given a special subsidy by the federal government-substantially for reasons of national security. No title of the Higher Education Act subsidizes art history. And Congress passed a massive 26 percent increase in Title VI funding after 9/11. That was fueled by Congressional concern about the lack of Middle East expertise in our defense and intelligence agencies-concern the higher education lobby did everything it could to stoke. But now, Congress is being chastised merely for insisting that beneficiaries of its subsidies not bar government recruiters, or actively discourage students from working for the government. Is this a call for academic freedom, or the demand for a special government hand out on false pretenses? If academics don’t want their students working for our defense or intelligence agencies, then all they have to do is refuse to apply for Title VI subsidies.