Ivy League freshman apospre-readapos promotes free speech

Ivy League freshman apospre-readapos promotes free speech

Princeton University’s freshman “pre-read” book for the 2018-2019 school year argues in favor of free speech. 

The Ivy League school selected Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech by Keith Whittington, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton, as the scholarly book that all incoming freshmen were required to read prior to the start of the academic year.

“The free exchange of ideas is an essential value of this University, and our faculty has adopted a strong Statement on Freedom of Expression contained in Rights, Rules, Responsibilities,” Princeton President Christopher Eisgruber wrote in an email to upperclassmen obtained by Campus Reform, encouraging the senior students to read the book along with the freshmen.

“In recent years, however, some pundits and politicians have been telling a bleak story about what is happening on college campuses across the nation,” Eisgruber continued. “I believe that these caricatures do not reflect the values practiced on campuses like our own.”

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He claimed that Whittington’s book took a more “nuanced and accurate” approach.

“Professor Whittington’s book celebrates robust debate, and those debates extend, of course, to free speech itself.”

Eisgruber pointed students to a bibliography, which contains official statements from the university, commentary by Princeton faculty, books, academic articles, surveys, newspaper articles and op-eds, videos, and interviews on the subject of free speech.

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Princeton has found itself at the center of several free-speech controversies. Anthropology professor Carolyn Rouse gave a speech entitled “F%*# Free Speech: An Anthropologist’s Take on Campus Speech Debates” at the school’s 2

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PETA demands university ban football game balloons

PETA demands university ban football game balloons

Vegan advocacy nonprofit People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is demanding that the University of Nebraska at Lincoln part ways with its longstanding tradition of releasing party balloons at university football games.

PETA started an online petition to ban the balloons, alleging that they are “an environmental hazard and can travel vast distances before finally bursting and falling to the ground or into bodies of water.” The school has released thousands of balloons after its first touchdown at home football games, for the past 50 years.

“Animals then mistake the [balloon] fragments for food and consume them, which can result in choking and, sometimes, suffocation,” PETA claims. “Land animals have starved to death after their intestines {sic} blocked with balloon fragments. Wild birds have been found with balloon latex binding their necks, beaks, and legs.”

PETA asserts that it has “repeatedly contacted University of Nebraska officials to ask them to consider alternative game-day traditions but to no avail.”  

An Omaha, Neb. man filed a lawsuit against the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2016, claiming that the balloons threatened children and wildlife, but a judge dismissed the federal suit because the school’s board of regents, the defendant party, is a state agency. According to the 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, "the judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by citizens of another state, or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state." 

“They refuse to forgo this dangerous tradition, claiming that their balloons are ‘biodegradable’ and have cotton strings,” PETA says. “However, studies make it clear that even biodegradable latex balloons can take as long as four years to break down and that cotton strings can take months and pose a severe risk to wild animals, who can become entangled in them, in the interim. Each balloon release is tantamount to littering thousands of pieces of hazardous trash per week.”

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Student School aposcovered upapos prof who shot himself to aposprotestapos Trump

Student School aposcovered upapos prof who shot himself to aposprotestapos Trump

A sociology professor who shot himself in the arm with a .22 pistol in a campus restroom to “protest” Trump remains employed, but students say the school has yet to address the incident with the student body.

Authorities were called to the College of Southern Nevada on August 28, after several students and faculty saw Professor Emeritus Mark Bird stumbling out of the bathroom, bleeding. According to the police report, Bird said he shot himself in the arm in “protest of President Trump.”  

Bird, who has been working for the school since 1993, taped a $100 bill to the mirror before carrying out his protest. The bill was left as a tip "for the janitors" who were left to clean up the bloody mess. 

Remington Longley, a political science student, told Campus Reform that he was in the next building over from the shooting when the incident occurred.  

“The school completely covered it up,” Longley said, adding that the school “never released a statement.”

“It was never addressed by any of my professors.  It was completely swept under the rug as far as I’m concerned.”

According to Longley, most students were under the impression that the professor had killed himself, only to find out 14 days later via a report by The Las Vegas Review-Journal, what had actually taken place.  Without news coverage, he says, students would still be in the dark about the gunshot, crime scene, or police presence they witnessed.

The school has made no public offer of counseling or support to students who witnessed their bloody professor stumbling out of a public restroom.

Longley believes the school has kept quiet about the incident because of the political nature of the professor’s ‘protest,’ claiming that the university generally favors and protects professors with left-leaning viewpoints.  “This is the new norm now where they're going to walk into a bathroom and plug themselves and then [the] school is going to sweep it under the rug?”

He contends that not only are liberal views favored, but that conservative students are being discriminated against on campus. “The campus as a whole is very left-leaning and very discrimi

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Chicago socialist students demand school cuts ties with CIA

Chicago socialist students demand school cuts ties with CIA

A socialist student group at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is demanding that the school cut all ties with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), claiming that the organization is complicit in "countless crimes."

International Youth and Students for Social Equality is protesting UIC’s partnership with the CIA in its “Signature School Program,” which encourages graduates to seek jobs in the intelligence field, while also facilitating access to internships. The socialist group stated  in a news release last week that the CIA chose to partner with the “diverse” UIC so that it could target “children of immigrants” to “carry out imperialist crimes of the U.S. government around the world."  

UIC students who participate in the program will be able to receive on-campus mock interviews, educational seminars with CIA officials, and resume assistance, according to the school press release.

But the “CIA has absolutely no business at UIC or any college campus,” the IYSSE claims, calling the intelligence agency a “chief global spy agency of the United States” that “is responsible for countless crimes—the overthrow of governments, the fomenting of civil wars, assassinations, torture and spying.” 

“The IYSSE at UIC stands irreconcilably opposed to UIC’s partnership with the CIA,” IYSSE continued. “We call on students at UIC and across Chicago to join and support the IYSSE’s demand that all ties be severed between the university and the intelligence agency."

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IYSSE calls the CIA's “encroachment” onto campus “a symptom of the breakdown of world capitalism.” The organization, which bills itself as a “ youth and student section” of the “Socialist Equality Party,” tweeted out its news release last week.

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Study shows diversity heads donapost actually help diversity

Study shows diversity heads donapost actually help diversity

A recent study conducted by professors at Baylor University in Waco, Texas suggests there is no “significant statistical evidence” that chief diversity officer positions on college campuses result in their intended effect at all.

“We are unable to find significant statistical evidence that preexisting growth in diversity for underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups is affected by the hiring of an executive level diversity officer for new tenure and non-tenure track hires, faculty hired with tenure, or for university administrator hires,” the study, which was published last month, states. The four authors of the study - Steven Bradley, James Garven, Wilson Law, and James West - surveyed 462 U.S. universities with enrollments of at least 4,000 students. 

“With faculties less diverse than their student bodies, universities have sought programs and policies designed to better increase faculty diversity. Advocates for greater diversity have argued that a higher-profile executive-level Chief Diversity Officer, preferably one who reports directly to the university president, can more effectively promote and encourage diversity at the highest level of university governance compared with lower level diversity-focused offices and organizations such as multicultural and diversity centers,” the study states. 

The study added that in 2016, “more than two-thirds of the major U.S. universities we study had a CDO in place.” 

However, it continues, “it is not immediately clear how much influence an executive level CDO can exert upon faculty hiring decisions made by individual departments.” 

“Importantly, we are unable to find evidence that preexisting patterns in diversity hiring are altered by the hiring of an executive level diversity officer at the faculty or administration hiring level,” it adds. 

When asked by the Chronicle of Higher Education about whether universities have chief diversity officers for optics, West responded, “The figures in the paper tell an interesting story, but I’m not sure what is it.” 

“For instance,” West said, “the proportion of underrepresented faculty hired is actually higher for

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