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Atheist group targets Clemson football team for its “interweaving religion and athletics”

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Posted by    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 9:30am

President Eisenhower once said, “An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame – Southern Methodist University game and doesn’t care who wins.”

Now, an atheist is someone who targets a school’s football team for its traditional reverence for God.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), a Wisconsin-based atheist organization, has accused Clemson University of endorsing Christianity within its football team.

In a letter sent to the Senior Associate General Counsel of Clemson University, April 10, the Foundation blamed the University for interweaving religion and athletics.

It has pointed to an instance where Coach Dabo Swinney invited Minister James Trapp as the Clemson Tigers Chaplain. The group says that the invitation is a clear violation of “Establishment Clause” and the school’s “Guidelines For Athletic Team Chaplains” which states that students must select their chaplain first and then seek permission from the coach.

The organization also protested against Christian worship in the athletic program – recitation of Scriptural passages, distribution of Bibles and compulsion to attend church, Huffington Post reports.

Echoing similar sentiments, Brad Wolverton said in a Chronicle of Higher Education article, “The players in fact are well aware of the coach’s favorite Bible verse, 1 Corinthians 9:24-25: “Run your race to win, don’t just run the race.” The article further states nearly every player attends a voluntary chapel service before every game.

Clemson authorities have opposed the claims by saying that they do not force religion on players, instead they welcome athletes belonging to different faiths.

Responding to the allegations, Swinney told Wolverton, “I’ve had Muslims, Catholics-I’ve got two Mormons on this team right now. When we get out on the football field, it’s not about if you’re a Christian, it’s about who’s the best player.”

Cathy Sams, chief public affairs, said that Coach Swinney believes in religion and faith. But players are not forced to take part in religious activities related to the football program. It is voluntary.

In the letter, FFRF urged the university to drop Christian methods of coaching.

“Coaches should be aware of the tremendous influence they have on their athletes,” FFRF said in the letter. “These young men spend a great deal of time in their coach’s charge, and the coaches through their own example must be sure that athletes are not only treated fairly but also imbued with a sense of community and camaraderie.”


 
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Western Washington University Strives to be Less White

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Posted by    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 8:00am

Apparently, diversity is much more important than academics. Good grades and student achievements… Who cares about those things?

Kaitlyn Schallhorn of Campus Reform reported.

University calls the amount of white people on campus a ‘failure,’ asks for ideas on how to have fewer

school-wide questionnaire at Western Washington University (WWU) asked the community “How do we make sure that in future years ‘we are not as white as we are today?’”

The question, released through the communications and marketing department’s daily newsletter Western Today, comes on the heels of admonishments given in multiple convocation addresses by WWU President Bruce Shepard for the university’s “failure” to be less white.

“Every year, from this stage and at this time, you have heard me say that, if in decades ahead, we are as white as we are today, we will have failed as university,” Shepard said in the 2012 speech.

And in a recent blog post on WWU’s website, Shepard echoes these sentiments, saying those who do not agree “have not thought through the implications of what is ahead for us or, more perniciously, assume we can continue unchanged.”

“In the decades ahead, should we be as white as we are today, we will be relentlessly driven toward mediocrity; or, become a sad shadow of our current self,” he wrote.

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California State U Student: On the First Amendment, Left Prefers Slogans to Speech

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Posted by    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 6:30pm

California State University – Fullerton student Keith Fierro has an interesting observation about the left’s use of its First Amendment rights.

If the past months’ bickering on whether religious employers should have to pay for personal contraceptive items to which they morally object has taught us anything, it’s that the left is irresponsible with the First Amendment.

On the left, the question orbiting the First Amendment is almost never what is legal, but what is popular or what they ironically call good. Buttressing these campaigns are slogans that act as proxies for real argumentation.

Following the Supreme Court’s recent decision in McCutcheon v. FEC – a thoroughly ordinary free speech decision – bleeding hearts burst forth with their slogans. Berkeley torchbearer Robert Reich was so bothered by the decision (which struck down aggregate limits on individuals’ contributions to candidates and political action committees) that he called for taking a sledgehammer to the Constitution:

…Reich’s bumper sticker arguments are the bulk of the intellectual ammunition behind the left’s opposition to protecting political spending under the First Amendment. But their slogans are completely hollow.Money isn’t speech. While this is technically true, it’s legally irrelevant. No, money isn’t speech. Neither is cardboard or a wooden stake. However, no one would argue that the government can ban these materials so you can’t make signs. Is it alright to ban the purchasing of gas to drive to city hall and protest a corrupt mayor because petroleum isn’t speech? Is it acceptable that the government ban political contributions altogether?

Corporations are not people. …
Our democracy isn’t for sale. ..

McCutcheon didn’t change the base giving limits of $2,600 per federal candidate or $5,000 per PAC per year. Nor did it say that corporations and unions can give to candidates. These laws remain unchanged. The issue was whether Shaun McCutcheon, who had already made donations in total of $30,088 to 16 candidates could give additional donations of $1,776 to 12 more candidates, putting him over the aggregate limit. Finding no good reason why he could not, the Court struck down the law.

If the first 16 candidates weren’t corrupted by donations of $2,600 or less, why would the next 12? Why would the next 50? This is the price of democracy – less than $3,000?

The media, Hollywood, academia – these are all huge platforms beloved and dominated by the left. The order to play fair and respect the political voices of others endangers this m...

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Governor Bobby Jindal to be Keynote Speaker at Liberty University Commencement

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Posted by    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 5:00pm

Given Jindal’s success as a governor and his inspiring personal story, he would make an ideal commencement speaker for any university.

WDBJ News reported.

Louisiana governor to deliver Liberty University’s keynote address

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will be the keynote speaker for Liberty University’s graduation on May 10, the school announced Wednesday.

Jindal is in his second term as governor.

“Governor Bobby Jindal has lived the American dream, rising from humble beginnings to become one of the rising stars on the national political scene — and his rise has not yet waned,” Liberty University President Jerry Falwell wrote in a statement. “Many believe he could hold the highest office in the land someday. I believe he will be an inspiration to our graduates, not only because of his life’s story, but because he shares many of the conservative and Christian values that Liberty University graduates hold dear,” said President Jerry Falwell.”

Liberty’s commencement begins at 10 a.m. May 10 at Williams Stadium.

Here is the news release from Liberty University:

Liberty University has announced that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will be the keynote speaker for its 41st Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10.

Jindal, now in his second term as governor, is known for leading Louisiana in its reform of ethics laws, eliminating taxes that deterred investment, and for setting all-time employment records in the state. As a result of Governor Jindal’s reforms, Louisiana now ranks higher in every national business-climate ranking than it ever did prior to 2008. He has also been recognized for leading the largest evacuation of citizens in U.S. history in the Hurricane Gustav response, for instituting the statewide school choice scholarship program, and for making strides in transforming Louisiana’s health care system. Jindal’s brand of conservatism has made waves across the country.


 
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Allegheny College’s Czech Prof Teaches Capitalism To Americans

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Posted by    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 3:30pm

“I have never experienced any ridicule… for teaching it.”

College Fix contributor Andrew Desiderio, a student at The George Washington University, has a report on a college professor I would really love to meet!

Born in 1983, Simon Bilo experienced a struggle in the 1990s as the economies of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic were transitioning from a socialist totalitarian system toward a market economy and democracy.

And now, as a professor of economics at Allegheny College, he teaches others about free economies.

Bilo, from Slovakia, left to get his education in Prague, Czech Republic in the early 2000s, and left Prague in 2008 to get his PhD at George Mason University, which he calls a “life-changing opportunity” for which he will always be grateful.

Each time he moved, Bilo said he was to improve his education and “to ultimately become a better economist.”

“The economic and social transformation was for me and my generation a very important experience,” Bilo said.

Eastern Europeans, according to Bilo, were experiencing drastic changes to their environment and didn’t realize that not only were socialist economies very inefficient compared to capitalist ones, these socialist countries experienced much less political freedom as well.

Economics, Bilo says, answers “at least some” of the gaping questions facing Eastern Europeans at that time. And that’s what drew him to the field.

Bilo says economics is an important field for citizens to understand because “it tells us whether certain types of policies are consistent with certain types of policy goals.”

“In other words, if politicians say that we need to impose measure A and that we want to reach goal X at the same time, economics can tell us whether the two are compatible with each other,” he said.

A good example of this, Bilo says, is the debate over increasing the minimum wage. Those who want to increase the minimum wage also desire low unemployment rates. “Unfortunately, economics tells us that effective minimum wage laws lead to higher unemployment rates.”

In this case, the measure and the goal are not consistent with each other, Bilo says.

…He points out these facts to his students, in hopes of raising awareness and making his students responsible citizens.“Whether you call this ‘free-market economics’ or not, I have never experienced any ridicule [from professors or students] for teaching it.”


 
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FBI Warns American College Students Studying Abroad are Targets for Espionage

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Posted by    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 2:00pm

The FBI is warning American college students studying in foreign countries to stay on high alert. They can sometimes be targeted for spy work without their knowledge.

FOX News reported.

US college students studying abroad prime targets for espionage activity, FBI warns

The FBI has issued a stern warning to U.S. college students studying...

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Education Dept. Reaps $127 Billion in Profits on Backs of Student Borrowers

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Posted by    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 12:30pm

“The student loan program…it’s about making profits for the federal government.”

Perhaps Obama should reassign Department of Education head Arne Duncan to a spot in the US Treasury?

The U.S. Department of Education is forecast to generate $127 billion in profit over the next decade from lending to college students and their families, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Beginning in the 2015-16 academic...

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Liberal Students at U. Minnesota Want Campus Police to Arrest Condi Rice During Visit

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Posted by    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:00am

Do the same rules apply to Barack Obama? Funny how he gets a pass on these things.

Julianne Stanford of The College Fix reports.

Students Tell Campus Police to Arrest ‘Dangerous’ Condi Rice During Visit

A self-proclaimed “radical” student activist group at the University of Minnesota has called on campus police to arrest and...

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Cornell Student Supports School’s Tabling of Israel Divestment Measure

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Posted by    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 9:30am

” Publicity stunts in front of the student assemblies prove to the world … that we have given up on finding consensus…”

Professor Jacobson recently reported that the Cornell Student Assembly voted to table indefinitely a Resolution to Divest from companies doing business in Israel.

And student Jacob Glick says that it was the right thing to do.

If there is any issue over-discussed at Cornell, it is the ongoing crisis between Israel and Palestine....

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CUNY to Pay Paul Krugman $225K to Teach Income Inequality

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Posted by    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 8:00am

Here’s the best part, it’s a part-time job. Leftists like Paul Krugman have no sense of irony. Or shame.

Patrick Brennan of National Review writes.

CUNY to Pay Paul Krugman $225,000 for Part-Time Job Studying Income Inequality

Paul Krugman announced a couple months ago that he’s leav...

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UC Berkeley Student: Washington DC is the “King’s Landing” of the Real World

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 6:30pm

Based on his interning experiences, University of California – Berkeley student Jacob Grant says that our nation’s capital is where idealism goes to die.

He makes a great analogy to the popular HBO series, Game of Thrones.

For anyone who has read George R.R. Martin’s excellent series “A Song of Ice and Fire”...

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Stanford Students Aren’t Allowed to Feel ‘Unwelcome’

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 5:00pm

How nice for them. It must be great to live in a world where your beliefs are never challenged in any way.

Devon Zuegel writes at The College Fix.

Stanford Funding Policy Mandates Students Never Feel ‘Unwelcome’

OPINION: Stanford funds atheist speaker, denies support for conservative ones with policy that allows bias, stifles...

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Oberlin Faculty Object to Content ‘Trigger Warning’ Policy for Syllabi

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 3:30pm

Oberlin College seems like such a fun place!

First, it has now earned a reputation for staged race incidents.

Now, there are plans to impose content trigger warnings for an array of material, including social media and course syllabi.  The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has this report:

Last month, The New...

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Small Colleges Inch Closer to the Higher Ed Bubble

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:00pm

Some small schools like Saint Michael’s College see the writing on the wall but for many others it’s already almost too late.

Michael McDonald at Yahoo Finance.

Small U.S. Colleges Battle Death Spiral as Enrollment Drops

At a Dowling College campus on Long Isl...

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Easter Free Speech Miracle: Students Can Now Talk About Jesus at VA Community College

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:30pm

It’s an Easter Week miracle!

We recently reported that the Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit on behalf of Thomas Nelson Community College student Christian Parks, asserting he was denied free speech rights because administrators prohibited him from talking about Jesus Christ on the quad.

Now, the school has rescinded those policies.

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Shouldn’t UC Irvine Rescind its Invitation to ‘War Criminal’ Commencement Speaker Obama?

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:00am

If you follow the logic of today’s leftists, Barack Obama really has no business being the commencement speaker at UC Irvine or any other college for that matter. Don’t the left’s rules apply to them too?

Andrew Stiles of the Washington Free Beacon writes.

UC Irvine Should Immediately Rescind Its Invitation to 2014...

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UCSB Deltopia Riot Investigation Reveals No Clues as to What Triggered Violence

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 9:30am

Last week, we reported that a big Spring Break beach party on Isla Vista, close to University of California – Santa Barbara, devolved into a riot during which  100 were arrested and many were injured.

An investigation into the incident has not revealed the cause for the violence.

With the Deltopia riot come...

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Victor Davis Hanson Revises Dartmouth Protester Demands for Accuracy

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:00am

If you read College Insurrection, you’ve probably followed the coverage of Dartmouth’s professional victims. In a new piece at PJ Media, Victor Davis Hanson has re-written the demands of these spoiled brats for accuracy.

Our Psychodramatic Campuses

“We, the Dartmouth micro-aggressed students, demand that the college hire no more part-time or adjunct faculty...

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Students Invited to Dennis Prager Talk in Los Angeles

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 6:30pm

We often feature videos by conservative icon Dennis Prager from his online university.

Instead of waiting for a school to invite him to speak, Prager his heading out to California and invites high school and college students to attend his special event.

On April 23, Dennis will be speaking at Pierce College in...

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U. Alaska Fairbanks Students Told to Inject Each Other With Strange Substance

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 5:00pm

Note to all college students – Never let anyone with a needle anywhere near you unless they’re a nurse or a doctor.

FOX News reports.

College students reportedly told to inject each other with non-approved solution

University of Alaska Fairbanks officials are reviewing procedures after students in a medical assistant program were told to...

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