The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article on campaign donations so far. Here’s one chart included:
TOP DONORS FROM COLLEGES FAVOR DEMOCRATS
|1. Harvard U.,|
|2. Stanford U.,|
|3. Columbia U.,|
Canadian Students Assail Steyn for “Hate Speech”
Mark Steyn has been ordered to appear before Canadian judicial tribunal panels on charges tied to his book, America Alone, which argues that Western countries are losing out to Islamist imperialism.
Five Muslim law-school students have demanded that a magazine the reprinted part of the book be punished for spreading “hatred and contempt” for Muslims and, in effect, want opinions like that banned from publication.
A “guilty” verdict against the magazine would likely, as the editors of the New York Post write, “have a devastating impact on opinion journalism in Canada generally” – akin to the devastating impact the speech police have had on U.S. campuses.
Westerners must stand firm against what the Post calls “a creeping accommodation of radical Islamist tenets, like curbs on critical opinions.”
Phyllis Chesler Implores Real Feminists to Speak Out Against Honor Murders in the West
Chesler decries the recent slaughter of Toronto’s Aqsa Parvez by her father, and the honor-murder as well as the ferocious honor-murder of sixteen-year-old Palestina Isa by her parents in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1989.
Ellen Harris wrote an important book about this latter case: Guarding the Secrets: Palestinian Terrorism and a Father’s Murder of His Too-American Daughter. Chesler says:
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Palestina was clearly being physically abused at home. She attended school with visible bruises. She asked for help. She got none. The only reason her parents were prosecuted and sentenced was this: Her father, Zein Isa, was under federal surveillance. Why? Because he was a member of the Palestinian Abu Nidal terrorist group. Thus, the jury got to hear the horrendous twenty minute murder on tape and convicted her parents.
Princeton Conservative Beaten Unconscious After Death Threats
John posted word of the event here. The Princeton Tory reported earlier on the story as follows:
… a Princeton student was beat unconscious last Friday in what appears to be a politically-motivated assault …
The attack [on Francisco Nava '09], which occured within blocks of Princeton’s campus, appears to be connected to multiple death threats received by Nava and other officers in the Anscombe Society, a student group that advances traditional ideas of marriage and family …
The assailant, identified as a white, college-aged male … pulled Nava into a dark area [and with another male] punched [him] until he lost consciousness. When he awoke the assailants were beating him with a glass bottle. Nava’s two attackers said, “We told you to shut the f* up,” apparently echoing words that had appeared in messages received by Nava and four others affiliated with the conservative Anscombe Society …
The attacks came two days after Nava and five others, including prominent politics professor and conservative scholar Robert George and Rhodes Scholar and Tory Editor-in-Chief Sherif Girgis, were sent email death threats. One message said, “SHUT THE F* UP WE WILL DESTROY ALL OF YOU WE ARE WATCHING YOU YOU DONT BELONG HERE WE WILL KILL YOU.” (tip: Gateway Pundit)
“Violence Rattles Princeton”
That’s a headline in today’s NY Sun. Except that it isn’t quite accurate: It sounds like Princeton isn’t rattled nearly enough. (hat tip: K Lo)
Political Science 101
College administrators, faculty members, and other educators have donated just over $6.2-million to the presidential candidates so far this election season, with more than three-quarters of the donations going to Democrats.
Sen. Barack Obama is the clear favorite of academics. The Democrat from Illinois has received about one-third of the total, or slightly more than $2.1-million, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based nonpartisan research group.
The amount donated to Mr. Obama is nearly 30 percent more than what Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, of New York, has received. She ranked second with about $1.6-million.
Mitt Romney, the top Republican on the list, received less than one-third of the amount Mr. Obama got from academe. The former governor of Massachusetts raked in close to $564,000 from higher education.
The NCAA’s Bird Brains
Because the NCAA has determined that Indian symbols are an unholy abomination, it has hounded colleges and universities to abandon team names and mascots that are not, in its opinion, politically correct. The latest casualty is William & Mary, which has dropped the feathers from its logo. Some alumni are grumbling about the new design.
Ward Connerly Laments the Resignation of John Moores
John Moores, one of the few University of California regents who isn’t a cheerleader for “diversity” is resigning and Ward Connerly here writes to lament his decision.
Connerly argues that the UC system is being undermined by the mania for diversity and says that the same thing will happen to any university or system that allows spurious notions about diversity to trump quality.
Top Schools for Combining Athletics and Academics
Here is a ranking.
More useful would be to know the worst schools in this regard.
Unneighborly Manipulation of Students In Iowa
After slamming Barack Obama’s campaign for his aggressive efforts to get thousands of out-of-state college students at Iowa colleges to support him in the state’s caucuses, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s team has mounted a similar drive aimed at the same group.
Of course there is nothing illegal about participation in the caucuses by non-Iowa residents attending college in the state. Obama and Clinton’s pushy bid to get these students to support them at these gatherings is not the same as schemes for busing backers across state lines to take part in campaign events.
On the other hand, in congenial, personal Iowa, with its often neighborhood caucuses, this pressuring of out-of-state students does have a shabby and manipulative feel about it.
Academics at Odds with Holy Land Prosecutors
The Holy Land Foundation, the largest Muslim charity in the nation, was a front group that channeled millions in donations to groups in the Middle East with ties to Hamas, a terrorist group which killed U.S. civilians, prosecutors alleged. Yet, this past fall, the judge declared a mistrial.
Some in academe and the media see this as an exoneration of the organization and a challenge to a main legal stratagem in the war on terrorism. Legal and terrorism experts recently contradicted this before congressional staff members, asserting, however, that prosecutors might in future such cases have to make a more compelling argument. (CQPolitics)
More on Masculinity
The university presses seem never to tire of turning out trendy gender studies, such as the following (reviewed by Camille Paglia in the September 21, 2007 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, highlighted by Campus Report, and put in broader context by George):
• Images of Bliss: Ejaculation, Masculinity, Meaning, by Murat Aydemir (University of Minnesota Press, 2007).
• Impotence: A Cultural History, by Angus McLaren (University of Chicago Press, 2007).
• Sperm Counts: Overcome by Man’s Most Precious Fluid, by Lisa Jean Moore (New York University Press, 2007).
U.S.-Funded Palestinian University Tied To Hamas
American government officials authorized giving nearly $1 million in foreign aid to a Palestinian university with links to the terrorist group Hamas, despite repeatedly vetting the school for ties to terrorism, according to a government audit. The audit concluded that the vetting process found no “derogatory information” on the Islamic University in Gaza between 2002 and 2006 — even after Hamas claimed a parliamentary majority in Palestinian elections in 2006.
Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) stated this week that the failure to detect terrorist connections at the campus suggests “either incompetence or a complete breakdown of the vetting system as run by the State Department.” (Chicago Tribune)
From Harvard to Pols: An Economics Lesson in ‘Classicism’
The University has pledged to increase financial aid significantly to families earning up to $180,000 a year. The New York Sun editors remark that the Democratic presidential candidates want to finance their spending programs by raising taxes on that same group of earners and that the best aspect of the
plan might yet be not leaving more money in the pockets of parents but getting word to Democratic politicians … that those earning $180,000 or $200,000 a year or more in 2007 in America can use some tax relief, not a tax increase.
Third Party Problem
The WSJ on why tuition keeps going up:
Ironically, these government handouts are creating the tuition problem. Tuition has risen about three percentage points faster than inflation every year for the past quarter-century. At the same time, the feds have put more and more money behind student loans and other financial aid. The government is slowly becoming a third-party tuition payer, with all the price distortions one would expect. Every time tuition rises, the government makes up the difference; colleges thus cheerfully raise tuition (and budgets), knowing the government will step in.
Also: an op-ed by Fay Vincent.
Should a Trustee Follow or Lead
That’s the question my Pope Center colleague Jane Shaw asks in this piece, responding to the witch hunt that is now in progress following Todd Zywicki’s talk at the Pope Center’s October conference.
Standing With StandWithUs
The head of StandWithUs, an international education organization, rightly states that “The story of democracy in Israel, of a vibrant diverse country, is not being told on campuses.” To get the message out, the group is now hiring students to bring speakers and films to campuses, and especially “problem campuses” where discourse on the Middle East is skewed by anti-Israel rhetoric.
“Hot spots” of this bias, as The New York Sun indicates, include Columbia University, New York University, Queens College, MIT, and the University of Michigan.
Count on some to say students shouldn’t be suborned by “outsiders” into getting political viewpoints across in colleges. But don’t think for a second these same critics would advocate foregoing multi-million dollar donations from Saudi outsiders to campuses.
Prof Calls New NIE a Go-Ahead
Stephen Peter Rosen of Middle East Strategy at Harvard (MESH) argues the new National Intelligence Estimate has done nothing less than give Iran a green light to build nuclear weapons. He writes here that the NIE has ensured that there will be
no US or Israeli use of force for the foreseeable future. So the prediction is that warhead production activity has restarted, and will produce a useable gun-type design quickly. Given observable uranium enrichment activity, enough uranium will be available for one bomb in one year. It does not make sense for a country to test its first and only weapon when it has none in reserve to deter attacks. So the first test is not likely before two years from now or late 2009. (Foundation for Defense of Democracies)
Bollinger Beats Out ‘Awkward’ Celebs
Edging ahead of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, the Columbia president has topped Time Magazine’s list of “Top 10 Awkward Moments of 2007″ – for “adding insult to injury” in his introduction last fall of President Ahmadinejad of Iran. (The New York Sun)
Some of us would say it was Bollinger’s “finest moment.”