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Student Palestinian Group Blames their University for Deaths in Gaza

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 6:30pm

After it refused to divest from companies that do business with Israel, a pro-Palestinian group at San Diego State University say SDSU is complicit in the deaths in the Gaza Strip.

Mairead Mcardle at The College Fix has the full story:

Criticism comes after San Diego State student leaders rejected BDS resolution

A pro-Palestinian campus activist group has laid blame for recent deaths in Gaza very close to home – their home – San Diego State University.

Students for Justice in Palestine recently declared SDSU’s refusal to support divesting from companies that do business with Israel means it has blood on its hands.

The SJP Facebook post included an image of an explosion from an Israeli rocket strike, with the campus logo and headline: “San Diego State University – Ethnic cleansing starts here.”

It went on to state: “After decades of partnership with Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin; and an exceptional performance in 2008 and 2012. We at SDSU are once again, proud sponsors of Israel’s bombing of Gaza. This year we continue to celebrate the blood on our hands from thousands of Palestinians’ deaths by keeping red and black our official colors.”

The declaration comes as the active and controversial student group continues to push its campus to endorse the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement against Israel.


 
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About that 1-in-5 College Women are Raped Statistic…

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 5:00pm

It’s flawed. As in, not at all correct. Yet the people who are pushing a climate of fear in “rape culture” cite the statistic all the time.

Stephen Edwards writes at the College Fix.

The Truth Behind that 1-in-5 College Women are Raped Statistic

OPINION

The oft-cited statistic that “one in five women is sexually assaulted by the end of her college career” has become a battle cry for those pushing for strict and severe sexual assault campus policies.

The statistic that 20 percent of all coeds will be sexually assaulted or raped before they leave college was taken from a 2007 study conducted by the Justice Department, and it paints a truly horrifying picture.

The problem is, the statistic is flimsy and unsubstantiated at best – and maliciously manipulated as a means to an end at worst.

The study was a web-based survey of 5,446 undergraduate women at two large public universities. Yes, the survey pulled from all of two universities, both of them large public schools.

To hear Vice President Joe Biden and others promulgate this statistic, one would think that it applies equally to all colleges across the land, regardless of size, geographic location, or any other factor. Indeed, many scholars have pointed out that the statistic suggests America’s campuses have a higher violent crime rate than urban cities across the nation.

Clearly the study does not represent the experience of every woman at every college or university in the nation.

Yet it was the basis for sweeping new federal mandates that allow campus leaders to prioritize sexual assault claims above students’ civil liberties and due process rights, and lowers the bar for finding guilt in such matters.

Adding to the hysteria, feminists eager for reform and patriarchal retribution have taken this data and run widely with it. A particularly disturbing outgrowth has been a “Schools of Shame Map.”

According to Fembot, the site at which the map is hosted, the project uses Google Maps to lay out every college in the U.S. that “needs help addressing sexual violence,” adding that “all of them” are in need of help.

The map compares the actual number of reported sexual assaults at each college with what the number would be if the 1 in 5 statistic was applied to its female student population. In other words, the authors of the map multiplied the number of female students at universities by .20, and made a conclusion about how many sexual assaults they believe are probably occurring on these campuses.

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Sandy Hook Hero Teacher Has Book Deal

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 3:30pm

First-grade teacher Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, who ushered her 15 students into a bathroom and saved them from what nearly certain, gruesome deaths, will have a book out next spring. It’s entitled “Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Your Life’s Darkest Hour.”

From the Associated Press story printed in the Sacramento Bee:

Teacher who survived Sandy...

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Black Leaders in Fresno Say a White Man Can’t Teach Cultural Studies

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 2:00pm

Saying that someone can’t teach a particular subject because of their skin color is kind of racist, isn’t it?

Eric Owens of the Daily Caller reports.

WHITES NEED NOT APPLY: Black Leaders In Fresno Oppose White ‘Cultural Studies’ Teacher

Black community leaders in Fresno, Calif., are urging...

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Elite Feminists Ignorant of Legal Underpinnings of Hobby Lobby Decision

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 12:30pm

Modern feminists are incredibly prone to black and white thinking (just think of all the times someone has been called a ‘misogynist’ for disagreeing with them), often at the expense of understanding the real issues at hand. Here’s another example of that: feminists at a recent Feminist Majority conference seemed completely...

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Student Resorts to Selling Letter from Obama to Pay for College

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 11:00am

The irony in this story is off the charts.

The College Fix reports.

Student Selling Handwritten Letter From Obama to Pay For College Tuition

Page Six of The New York Post has th...

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U. California Math: Short on Money One Day, Executive Bonuses the Next

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 9:30am

The University of California Regents must be some math whizzes.

Last month California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a budget allotting $106 million less to the state public school system than was requested. The Regents then held a meeting last Wednesday to discuss the “funding shortfall” only to vote themselves 3% salary...

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Dartmouth Hosts Sexfest 2014

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 8:00am

Joseph Asch of Dartblog shared what is presumably the poster. Is this appropriate for a school that supposedly has a big problem with sexual assault on campus?

 
 
 
 

Freshman Year of College to Become Grade 12.5?

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 6:30pm

English professor Rick Diguette offers a critique of Common Core from the perspective of a college professor who has been more than underwhelmed by his recent students’ mediocre writing skills.

Originally published in the Atlantic Journal-Constitution:

Has freshman year in college become grade 12½?

Once upon a time I taught college English at a...

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Prager University – Teachers Unions vs. Students

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 5:00pm

In a new video for Prager University, Stanford University professor Terry Moe talks about the road blocks teacher unions have placed in the way of education reform.

More details here:

Course Description

There is a dilemma in American education. On the one hand, teachers are essential to student achievement. On the other, teachers unions...

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Are Admissions at Dartmouth Really Need-Blind?

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 3:30pm

Joseph Asch at the DartBlog has some statistics that make Dartmouth’s claim of Need-Blind Admission seem a bit questionable:

Need-Blind Admissions? Really?

Sure, I understand that correlation is not causality, but still, the below figures do make one pause. Why do students not needing financial aid stand a much higher chance of getting...

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Georgia Southern University Banning all Tobacco Products

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 2:00pm

Interesting news considering Georgia’s history of tobacco farming. Also, I wonder how the school plans to deal with Marijuana use.

WOTC News reports.

Georgia Southern University becomes tobacco free in August

Georgia Southern University President Brooks Keel, Ph.D., recently announced the University would become 100 percent tobacco-free on Aug. 1.

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Second Lawsuit Challenging Teacher Tenure Filed in New York

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 12:30pm

Seven families and former television journalist-turned-education activist Campbell Brown are filing a lawsuit using the same legal reasoning that prevailed in overturning California teacher tenure laws.

Ben Chapman and Stephen Rex Brown of the...

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Hidden Cameras Found in University of Delaware Restrooms

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 11:00am

The doctoral student who placed them there has been arrested.

Susannah Cullinane of CNN reported.

Hidden cameras in University of Delaware restrooms lead to man’s arrest

University of Delaware students are being offered counseling after a doctoral student allegedly hid video cameras in restrooms around the university’s Newark campus over a two-year period.

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Harvard All But Does Away with Due Process in Sexual Assault Cases

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 9:30am

After the “Dear Colleague” Letter of 2011, Harvard joins other Ivy League institutions like Yale and Cornell in almost completely abandoning due process with its new policy for prosecuting sexual assault on campus.

KC Johnson at Minding the Campus has the story:

Harvard Joins the Ivy League’s Race to...

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Democrats Claim to Care About Student Debt in Bid to Keep Senate

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 8:00am

As Hillary Clinton travels the country collecting six figure speaking fees on college campuses, Democrats in the senate are insisting that they care very deeply about student debt.

Michael Stratford of Inside Higher Ed reports.

Student Debt on Campaign Trail

Student debt attracted unprecedented levels of attention during the 2012 presidential election.

As the nation’s...

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Department of Education increases regulations on school special needs programs

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Posted by    Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:30pm

However, an expert argues that a state-based approach is more effective.

Trust the Department of Education to layer on new rules wherever and whenever it can.

Its latest target? Schools with special needs programs. However, one state official with actual experience with these disagrees with the approach proposed.

The U.S. Department of Education is strengthening regulations for educational programs focused on students with...

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University of Texas Misspells ‘Texas’

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Posted by    Monday, July 28, 2014 at 5:00pm

Coming off my own spelling mishap for a recent article on College Insurrection, I can’t really rip into University of Texas for this mishap. But, spelling ‘Texas’ as ‘Texsa” on every page...

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U. Georgia student looks at today’s new low in public opinion of news media

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Posted by    Monday, July 28, 2014 at 3:30pm

University of Georgia student Samuel Woo has a few thoughts about today’s news media and the public’s current disdain for what it has to offer.

When asked about their view on the news media, Americans used words like “immoral”, “corrupt”, “inaccurate” and “hurts democracy.”

Granted, it is fairly difficult to take the media...

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School Wrongly Invokes FERPA for Employee Emails in Sex Assault Case

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Posted by    Monday, July 28, 2014 at 2:00pm

It looks like even higher education is having problems with email these days. There’s a lot of that going around.

Greg Piper of the College Fix reports.

Another School Wrongly Invokes FERPA For Employee Emails in Sexual Assault Case

Not only does the University of Oregon appear to have a problem with lazy cops,...

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U. Hawaii Student Editor Asserts VA Should Have Acted Earlier in Her State

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Posted by    Monday, July 28, 2014 at 12:30pm

“With a strong military presence in our state, this information not only stains the image of nation, but that of our island as well.”

As the scandal associated with the Veterans Administration hospitals unfolds, Kristen Paul Bonifacio (Opinions Editor for the University of Hawaii’s The Voice of Kaleo) asserts that the agency should have acted earlier…especially in relation to the conditions at one of its Hawaii facilities.

In recent months, scandal has rocked VA medical centers...

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College Student Blasts Leftist Targeting of Israel

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Posted by    Monday, July 28, 2014 at 11:00am

The world would be a better place if more college students took a stand for what’s right. Kudos to this young lady.

Daniel Mael of Truth Revolt reports.

College Junior Blasts Left-Leaning, Irrational Targeting of Israel

Writing in the Times of Israel, college junior Erica Mandel blasted her the left’s irrational target...

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