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The Silent Treatment Continues, Sort of



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Without once mentioning Yale’s Taliban student by name (He is called Hashemi, but for the purposes of public relations he seems not to exist at all), Yale President Richard Levin has released this statement to the community. In it, he commissions a review of the admissions critera of the “special student” program in which the former Taliban pitchman is currently enrolled.

He fails, however, to address the more important questions of why Hashemi was admitted in the first place, whether stricter admissions standards might in the future preclude the admission of pro-terror propagandists, and, most pressingly, what will happen to Hashemi’s application to become a regular undergraduate in Yale College’s arts and sciences program.

Time for a Reality Check on Compensation



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How the University of California implements compensation policies and its failure to publicly disclose, in a timely or clear fashion, administrators’ total pay have been found “wholly unacceptable,” a review committee said in a scorching report issued on April 13. One of the committee’s leaders demanded a major overhaul of the university system’s compensation policies.

All governing trustees, and Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings

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Striking a Blow for Campus Whistle-Blowers



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The Supreme Court declined yesterday to hear a case concerning a whistle-blower

“we assume without evidence that they acted on their basest instincts.”



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Spreading FIRE



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FIRE announced the release of its Individual Rights Student Kit today, which includes the Guide to First-Year Orientation and Thought Reform on Campus, which I review today for NRO.

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“Condi” Stereotyped in Test



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Academics bristle at any hint of racism but make exceptions when their target is a member of the Bush administration.

As reported in the New York Post, a racist question denigrating Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appeared on a math test at Bellevue Community College in Washington:

[A student] said she found the question on a practice test for a math final

The Threat of More Anti-War Violence at UCSC



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On April 11 military recruiters were forced by Students Against War to flee UC Santa Cruz for fear of violence. This is a repeat of an April protest at UCSC, when SAW members mobbed the table where military personnel sat, tires were slashed, and one employee of the career center was injured.

Good for the Mountain States Legal Foundation, which says the Solomon Amendment should be invoked so as to deny UCSC millions of dollars in federal funding.

Of Reason and Faith



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The proposition that all thought relies on some sort of prior faith–that reason has its limits–is rarely heard in today

Hip Hop in the Classroom



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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro offers a course on the history of hip-hop culture. Read all about it

NKU: Ringing Endorsement of Free Speech, or Just Hot Air?



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Northern Kentucky University president James Votruba has repudiated the censorious behavior of English professor Sally Jacobsen and, as Kathryn notes
below, has issued a resounding statement about the value of free speech. But NKU has a speech code–a fact that suggests Votruba has some work to do if he wants his rhetoric to be taken seriously.

Big Mouth in the Big Ten



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A Purdue University teaching assistant has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary Rumsfeld, and (while he’s at it) “all Republicans.”

Vikram Buddhi allegedly posted the violent screed on an online message board, and investigators were able to trace the comments back to his computer. Buddhi reportedly told authorities he does not suffer from any mental illness and would not have acted upon his threats.

This case is the perfect opportunity for a shrewd defense attorney to claim that his client suffers from a condition known as angry leftism–a persistent mental state affecting millions of “progressive” Americans. The disorder renders its victims incapable of rational thought and makes them susceptible to violent outbursts.

Defense Exhibit A.

Considering the absurd defenses that have worked in the past, it might be worth a shot.

Speaking of Bean Counting



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Jessica Gavora has an excellent piece in the Standard on Title IX and the Department of Ed.

US Department of Education to investigate



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Just what needs to be investigated? The awful problem that men outnumber women on math and science faculties at most colleges and universities! The Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights is on the case. Read about it

Precious Princeton Opportunity



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Stanley Kurtz has the 411.

Yale’s Learning Curve



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The Taliban controversy seems to have them scrambling

FIRE, Guiding



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Our Anthony Dick takes a look at their Guide to First-Year Orientation and Thought Reform on Campus here.

More on Yale and Juan Cole



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Yale senior [and former NR intern] Eliana Johnson and Yale Harvard law student Mitch Webber take to the New York Sun to warn against hiring Juan Cole who, it appears, has been the only prominent professor to support Harvard’s paranoia- and hate-wrought “Israel Lobby” paper.

The State of Nature on Campus



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Michael Rubin vs. Juan Cole



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Our friend Michael Rubin, a Yale grad, weighs in on Juan Cole and tenure there in the Yale Daily News today.

Duke Arrests



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