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New school’s “Vaquero” mascot upsets the usual activist suspects

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Posted by    Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 4:00pm

The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley hasn’t even opened, but proposals for its cowboy-like mascot has already hit the activist trifecta.

Protesters argue that the “Vaqueros” mascot would be racist, sexist, and culturally insensitive.

Some students, scholars and others associated with the newly forming University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley are demanding University President Guy Bailey step down after he helped pave the way for its mascot to be “Vaqueros.”

Vaquero is masculine in Spanish, and it was criticized not only for gender bias, but critics also said “a Vaquero and the eventual cartoon depiction of one will be drastically culturally insensitive and ripen with Hispanic stereotypes.”

But Bailey recommended the “Vaqueros” mascot, and the University of Texas System Board of Regents officially and unanimously approved “Vaqueros” as the athletic nickname for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley earlier this month. The university is coming together through the merger of two older campuses in the region and is slated to open next fall.

“The vaqueros were the horsemen and cattle herders who laid the foundation for the North American cowboy and cowboy culture,” Bailey has stated. “There is no more iconic figure in American lore than the cowboy and that iconic figure was born in the Rio Grande Valley.”

The petition calling for Bailey to resign accuses him of not having the “necessary skills” to lead the university community.

…University spokesperson Letty Fernandez told The College Fix that while they expected negative reactions, there have also been positive comments.

University officials also released a statement last week that clarified the meaning of “Vaqueros,” and defended the decision.

“The vaquero and vaquera represent the tenacity, perseverance, intelligence and ambition of all who settled the Old West,” its officials said in a Nov. 14 statement. “Both men and women played an equal role in the proud pioneering history of Texas and the nicknames vaqueros and vaqueras for men’s and women’s teams honor that revolutionary spirit.”


 
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ESPN Prohibits Religious Signs at College Game Day

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Posted by    Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2:00pm

Of course. We wouldn’t want to offend anyone, right?

Twitchy reported.

‘Really, @CollegeGameDay?’ ESPN’s ‘No religious signs’ rule confounds some

Are religious signs really a concern at college football games? Even the president quoted scripture in his executive amnesty speech to the nation Thursday night.

A 2013 “all-access” look at the behind-the-scenes effort to make College Game Day a reality confirms that signs with a spiritual message haven’t been welcome. As USA Today reported at the time, “You know the signs: ESPN puns, jokes, taunts – but all within the range of good taste. There are certain crowd rules: No food or drinks, no vulgar signs, no throwing objects, no religious signs and no political signs, among others. ESPN’s security team culls through the signs, removing one for every five that pass muster.”


 
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Advice For Interacting With International Students: Don’t Compliment Their English

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Posted by    Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 12:00pm

We’ve gotten to the point where even an honest compliment can be read as offensive.

Areeba Kamal at USA Today offers up this and other advice for interacting with international students:

“But your English is so good!” and other things you shouldn’t say to an international student

“When I tell people that I am...

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When Academia is Selective About Human Rights

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Posted by    Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 10:00am

Malcolm A. Kline of Accuracy in Academia notes that some countries with a record of violating human rights are conveniently overlooked.

Academic Bias on Human Rights

Academics have made a cottage industry of their concern over human rights but their consciousness gets raised pretty selectively. “In August, Yale University announced a new undergraduate...

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Stanford Student Activists Get Controversial Andrew Jackson Play Cancelled

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Posted by    Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 8:00am

There’s already been blowback against the activist group responsible, who now fear being defunded because the student body perceives them as “censoring radicals.”

Greg Piper at The College Fix has the story:

American Indian activists get Andrew Jackson musical canceled at Stanford

“Were this not an academic setting, I personally would have made the...

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Study Shows that Northeast and Midwest Colleges Leave Students With Higher Debt

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Posted by    Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 4:00pm

For all the money-conscious students out there: avoid the Northeast and head to New Mexico, the only state with average student debt below $20,000.

Michael Cipriano at The College Fix has the story:

Higher debt loads for students graduating from Northeast and Midwest, study finds

For-profit colleges aren’t ‘voluntarily’ sharing their average debt levels

College...

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Princeton Eating Club Under Investigation for Distributing Lewd Photo

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Posted by    Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 2:00pm

A mandatory orientation session at Princeton University each year features a play called “Sex on a Saturday Night,” a piece of student theater designed to teach freshman about the dangers of STDs, date rape, drugs and alcohol.

A Princeton University club is being investigated for the distribution of a photo of an...

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Leaflet Given to St. Louis Students Says to ‘take Amerikkka if the murdering pig walks’

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Posted by    Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 12:00pm

Lovely. There are clearly some sinister elements which are trying to incite violence over Ferguson and this will probably get worse before it gets better.

Nathan Rubbelke of the College Fix reported.

Leaflet tells St. Louis students to ‘take Amerikkka if the murdering pig walks’

Communist handout encourages St. Louis students to help shut...

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Lehigh Student Sues Professor for Better Grade and Loses

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Posted by    Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 10:00am

She believed that she got a C+ — just a step below the B required by subsequent courses — because her professor “retaliated against her for her support of gay marriage.”

Dave Huber at The College Fix has the story:

Lehigh student who sued prof for better grade loses appeal

Lehigh University graduate student...

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Computer Journal Accepts Anti-Spam Joke Paper for Publication

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Posted by    Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8:00am

Here’s a little Saturday humor for you from Inside Higher Ed.

Journal Accepts Profanity-Laden Joke Paper

The paper was written in 2005 and never meant for publication. But it appears “Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List” has found a potential spot in the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology. Although the paper...

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U. Tennessee Drops the Word “Lady” from Women’s Sports

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Posted by    Friday, November 21, 2014 at 6:30pm

School rebrands women’s sports teams, igniting controversy.

The University of Tennessee is the next in a long line of institutions rebranding sports teams and mascots.

The power-that-be probably did not realize that losing “Lady” from women’s sports team names would stir such controversy.

Sports columnist Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post chimes in on the University of Tennessee’s decision to...

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Pacific School of Religion Hosts ‘Queer Santas’ Art Show

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Posted by    Friday, November 21, 2014 at 5:00pm

No, not Santa Claus. Catholic saints. Genevieve McCarthy of the College Fix reports that the artist got a few things wrong.

‘Queer Santas’ art show is clueless on female saints and gender roles

In her art show at the Pacific School of Religion, “Queer Santas: Holy Violence,” artist Alma Lopez portrays a number...

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Oxford Debate on Abortion Cancelled After Feminist Complaints and Threats of Protest

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Posted by    Friday, November 21, 2014 at 3:30pm

Apparently two heterosexual men don’t have the right to discuss abortion.

Ryan Shinkel at The College Fix has the story:

University cancels debate on abortion after feminists complain

Oxford Students for Life’s debate on abortion and its effects on British culture was cancelled this week after student feminists vehemently complained that two heterosexual men...

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27 College Football Coaches Make Over $3 Million

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Posted by    Friday, November 21, 2014 at 2:00pm

Who knew being a college football coach could be so lucrative?

From Inside Higher Ed.

27 College Football Coaches Make More Than $3 Million

The University of Alabama’s Nick Saban is by far the nation’s highest-paid college football coach, at $7.1 million this year, but another 26 coaches are also earning at least $3...

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Franklin and Marshall student fisks Dartmouth “scholar’s” tasteless query to Rick Perry

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Posted by    Friday, November 21, 2014 at 12:30pm

Looking at a piece on Jonathon Gruber and the credentialed class, Dr. Glenn Reynolds noted, “I’m beginning to feel that America’s educational system hasn’t produced the best-possible governing class.”

Daniel Pellegrino, a student at Franklin and Marshall College, would probably concur with this assessment.  He recently reviewed a Dartmouth’s “scholar’s” tasteless query...

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Tuition at California’s Public Universities Just Keeps Going Up

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Posted by    Friday, November 21, 2014 at 11:00am

California’s taxes keep going up, their spending keeps going up and their tuition keeps going up. It’s almost like these things are related.

Kate Pickert of Time writes.

What California’s College Tuition Hike Says About the Future of Higher Education

When does a public university system become one in name only? That’s the question...

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San Diego State Will Not Give in to Demands to Get Rid of ‘Aztec’ Mascot

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Posted by    Friday, November 21, 2014 at 9:30am

The resolution didn’t even make it past the Student Assembly, who voted 25-1 to quash it.

Colleen Larson at The Daily Aztec has the story:

A.S. votes to reject mascot resolution

The Associated Students University Council voted to 25-1 to reject the resolution to change the mascot at its meeting on Nov. 19. There...

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Brown University Students Can’t Handle a Debate About Rape Culture

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Posted by    Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8:00am

A debate about rape culture scheduled at Brown became so controversial among students that the president of the school scheduled a second event to tell students what they want to hear.

Samantha Miller of the FIRE reports.

Brown University’s Two-Faced Attitude Toward Free Speech

This afternoon, Brown University’s Janus Forum will be hosting a...

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UC Davis won’t let students register until they sacrifice their First Amendment rights

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Posted by    Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:30pm

At the University of California-Davis, indoctrination starts even before class begins.

The University of California, Davis, requires students to complete an online activity in which they must identify certain words and phrases as “problematic” before they register for classes. Students are prompted to match “I’d hit that,” “I raped that exam,” “bitch,”...

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Raunch Rules at Harvard’s Sex Week

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Posted by    Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 5:00pm

Somehow, I don’t think the offerings of sex week were what the founders of Harvard had in mind.

Mark Tapson of The Federalist provides a review of the events.

Institution Of Lower Learning: Sex Week At Harvard

If you couldn’t make Harvard University’s recent fourth annual Sex Week, you missed out on some stimulating...

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Oregon State Seeks to Re-Open 16 Year Old Sexual Assault Case

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Posted by    Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 3:30pm

According to the President of OSU the existence of a statute of limitations on sexual assault cases is “appalling”, but gosh darn it if he won’t try to railroad the accused anyway.

Greg Piper at The College Fix has the story:

OSU looks to punish accused students 16 years after alleged sexual assault

Declaring...

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UCLA Student Government Passes Anti-Israel BDS Resolution

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Posted by    Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 2:00pm

These are the same BDS supporting students who fought to keep the press away from this meeting.

Kendal Mitchell and Joseph Vescera of the Daily Bruin reported.

USAC passes divestment resolution with 8-2-2 vote

The undergraduate student government voted 8-2-2 at its meeting Tuesday night to pass a resolution that calls for the University...

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