The Wash Post profiles student protestors at the University of Virginia, as they demand higher wages for university employees:
Across the United States in recent years, students at universities, including Harvard, the University of Texas and Stanford, have taken up the cause of campus employees whom they viewed as underpaid. Last year at Georgetown University, for example, students staged a hunger strike that lasted nine days. University officials agreed to raise hourly wages to $14, from $11.33.
Flunking Ed School
Michigan seeks to crack down on crummy teacher colleges.
South Park and NYU
Comedy Central executives prevented the show South Park from showing an image of Mohammed. Part of the plot included an attempt by a fictional executive to air an episode including such an image. One character passionately declared that the threat of violence from the least tolerant members of society (the heckler
Violence in the Name of Free Speech
Professor Sally Jacobsen of Northern Kentucky University (NKU) provides one of the most perverted inversions of the concept of free speech ever!
According to FIRE, Jacobsen, a professor at NKU, invited students in one of her classes
Penn State’s School of Politeness
Penn State’s biggest rhetorical guns have been pounding its College Republicans. Until firing commenced, the CR’s “Illegal Immigrant Awareness Day”, planned for April 19th, was to feature an exercise entitled the “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Game”. “It’s evident why many people would find this program offensive” said Terrell Jones, vice provost for educational equity. Although “protected by the First Amendment” the approach initially proposed “was unproductive and offensive to many”, echoed university president Graham B. Spanier. “Penn State is committed to ensuring respect for the dignity of all individuals within the university family”, added Vicky Triponey, vice president for university affairs. The campus GOP scrapped plans for the “game”, though not the event.
The pretended collaring of sweated labor may make for tactless play, but where was this overkill last November when members of the State College Peace Center gathered with placards reading “Drive Out the Bush Regime”, “Impeach them all”, and showing the president’s face behind prison bars?
Surely, Penn State’s top-dollar executives have better things to do than play Miss Manners in episodes like these. If not, the Supreme Court’s next campus recruiter case will likely involve the INS.
Librarian Dares to Offer Conservative Books
A Christian librarian at Ohio State University is investigating a university librarian for
“Spirituality”: Outside Professors’ Comfort Zone
According to a report by the Higher Education Research Institute (titled
Liberal Arts on the Rise?
Ursinus College, a four-year campus not far from Philadelphia, encourages students to read intensively and has a
Silence on Darfur
A massacre and possibly genocide looms in Darfur
The Faculty “Pay Gap”
A hardy perennial among egalitarians is the supposed existence of “pay gaps”
between different population groups. Since academe is heavily populated
with egalitarians, it’s no surprise that pay gaps between groups of faculty
should be a frequently discussed topic.
Here is an article about a professor’s findings. After adjusting for a number of factors that would
explain why men might have higher earnings than women, he concludes that
there is an unexplained gap of — drumroll — 6.8 percent. The researcher is
quoted as saying, “It’s still substantial and it’s still unexplained.”
Naturally, the writer of the article smuggles in the notion that the
unexplained difference could be due to “gender bias.” If something is
unexplained, there is no reason to assume that there must be some “bad”
explanation for it, but that is standard operating procedure for
egalitarians. It gives them causes.
I fail to see why anyone should care about this. If each individual faculty
member is employed under mutually acceptable terms, why is there some
problem because, in the aggregate, we don’t have perfect equality of
compensation among all population groups?
Discrimination Lawsuit at GA Tech
There are never enough Pollys to go around!
In a case strikingly similar to the one that won DePaul University the number two Polly in the 2006 Campus Outrage Awards, students are suing Georgia Institute of Technology for trampling their free speech rights. At GA Tech, university officials censored portions of protest signs criticizing “The V Monologues” and shut down an “affirmative action bake sale” in 2003. Students sought assistance from the Alliance Defense Fund and with the help of David French, former president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, sued the university for infringement of their rights, according to the Student Press Law Center (SPLC).
Excluding the lawsuit, this case is eerily similar to DePaul University’s Polly-winning actions. Among other things, DePaul officials shut down an “affirmative action bake sale” and charged the organizer with harassment and removed signs protesting Ward Churchill. A successful legal decision in Georgia might remind DePaul officials about the rights of all students.
Re: Fathi Eljami
Here’s his brother writing on NRO about the Libyan regime.
At a public meeting preceding the current federal higher education commission hearings, Trace Urdan, an analyst for the banking firm Robert W. Baird & Company, said state universities and colleges
From “Senile” to “Serious”
What would we do without Roger Kimball
Yale, Demand Disavowal
If morality had been even a foggy consideration when admissions officers admitted a former Taliban spokesman into a non-degree program at Yale University, they might have concluded that his admission should have been
Speak Up for Muslim Moderates
A prominent Libyan dissident, Fathi Eljami, is presently wasting away in one of Moammar Khadafy
Coke Boycott Ends?
Not if Macalester College has anything to say about it. The Minnesota press is reporting that Macalester College in St. Paul is considering joining the likes of NYU and Rutgers in maintaining the boycott on Coca-Cola products.
Speaking of NYU, university officials say they’re aware of the Michigan/Coke peace accord, but are unsure whether or not their student government will be satisfied with Coke’s recent concessions.