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A Review of Student Second Amendment Rights

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Posted by    Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 3:30pm

The College Conservative’s Chelsea Gruenwald reviews the status of student rights related to the Second Amendment on campuses across the country.

And while the news is good, more work needs to be done.

The majority of the 4,400 colleges and universities in the United States prohibit their students from carrying firearms on campus. Concealed carry of firearms is legal in all 50 states as long as the carrier has met certain state requirements. However, 20 states prohibit the carry of firearms on campuses, even by legal concealed carry permit holder, with the exception of university safety officers: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming. In 23 states the decision to ban or place provisions on the carrying of firearms is left up to the college or university individually. Only one state, Utah, prohibits public colleges and universities from places bans on concealed carry.

Seven states have recently had legal measures to allow the carry of firearms on campuses: Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin. Depending on the state, certain restrictions to carrying may apply. In Mississippi, concealed carry on campuses is only legal for those who completed a course on safe handling and use of firearms. Why is there a sudden jump in these measures? Most advocates cite increased safety on those campuses that allow concealed carry.

In 2003, Colorado Springs University legalized the carry of concealed weapons on campus. Since that time, there has been a 90% drop in sexual assaults. Sexual assaults are one of the most common criminal offenses on American campuses. 22% of all rape victims are 18-14 (or the typical age of an American college student). One study found that over 81% of college sexual assaults happen in dormitories. According to the US Department of Education the number of forcible sexual offenses on campuses in 2012 increased to 4,086 from 2,986 in 2010. Due to this very real threat on campus, and Colorado Springs University’s incredible success at combating it, many students are beginning to support concealed carrying on campus.

In March 2014, Idaho lawmakers passed a law allowing concealed firearms in universities. On August 5, 2014, students from across the country gathered in Washington DC for the third Students for Concealed Carry National Conference. Students at Ohio State University are currently suing the university over its ban on...

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Portland State Prof Blames Thanksgiving on Consumerism

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Posted by    Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 2:00pm

If you’re just about to eat Thanksgiving dinner, you may want to save this story for later.

Caitlin Grimes of Campus Reform has the story.

Prof. blames Thanksgiving on consumerism, suggests spirit of holiday is apologizing

The modern portrayal of Thanksgiving is filled with historical inaccuracies based on a consumer culture, according to a professor at Portland State University.

Speaking at California State University at Fresno last week, Dr. Cornel Pewewardy gave a lecture to students titled “How the Grinch Stole Thanksgiving.” Pewewardy spoke about the historical and cultural implications of the holiday.

“Like other holidays, including Christmas and Columbus Day, Thanksgiving is not based on historical accuracy, but rather on the importance and prevalence of maintaining a consumer culture”, Pewewardy, who is a member of both the Comanche and Kiowa tribes, said on Tuesday.

According to The Collegian, CSU Fresno’s student paper, Pewewardy claimed that the holiday in its current form is a “manufacture Thanksgiving” that was born outside of any Native American Culture. He said Native Americans celebrate the holiday in their own unique way, choosing to indulge in prayer and song, instead of consuming massive Thanksgiving dinners.

Pewewardy suggested that the typical image of pilgrims and Native Americans dining together is merely a construct that is meant to reinforce extravagant consumer culture. He insisted that this image is a social construct, meant to distract from guilt from the extensive history of violence and suppression perpetrated upon the Native American people.

“There is truth in reconciliation, just like anything else,” Pewewardy said. “Sitting down with people and saying I’m sorry, that is the spirit of Thanksgiving.”


 
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Brigham Young University Cracks Down on Beards

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Posted by    Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 12:30pm

Some students are seeing their “beard passes” revoked, and those who managed to keep them are being required to wear the passes on a lanyard around their neck.

Greg Piper at The College Fix reports:

BYU refuses to renew ‘beard passes’ for some students in claimed crackdown

Update on our summer story about the...

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You Need College to Get a Good Job But You Still Might Not Get a Job

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Posted by    Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 11:00am

It’s a catch 22. College helps you get a better job but there’s no guarantee you’ll get one.

Robert Reich writes at the Huffington Post.

Why College Is Necessary But Gets You Nowhere

This is the time of year when high school seniors apply to college, and when I get lots of mail about...

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UC-Davis Caves Over Sexual Assault Training Materials

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Posted by    Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 9:30am

It only took two weeks.

Greg Piper at the College Fix has the story:

UC-Davis quickly caves when challenged about sexual-assault training coercion

That was fast: Less than two weeks after the University of California-Davis defended its sexual-assault training materials that require students to agree that certain words and phrases (“pimp,” “slut”) are “problematic,”...

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Faculty at UVA Wants to Abolish the Greek System

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Posted by    Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 8:00am

Someday in the not too distant future, we’re going to run out of things to ban on college campuses.

Sonny Bunch of the Washington Free Beacon reported.

UVA Faculty Want Abolition of Greek System, Emails Reveal

University of Virginia faculty members are floating the abolition of Greek life on campus after an explosive Rolling...

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College Student Believes He Deserved to be Mugged Because of His ‘Privilege’

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 5:00pm

There are some people you just can’t help. This young man might be one of them.

Maggie Lit of Campus Reform reported.

Student mugged, says he deserved it because of his ‘privilege’

A Georgetown University (GU) student who says he was mugged at gunpoint says he “can hardly blame”...

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Research Determines That Parental Involvement Is Good For High Schoolers

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 3:30pm

I, for one, am absolutely flabbergasted by the idea that parents being involved in their children’s lives is beneficial.

Dave Huber at The College Fix reports:

Who knew? Parental involvement good for high schoolers

University of Pittsburgh researchers have done some research — and they’ve concluded that “parents should have strong relationships with their...

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College Students from DC Area Colleges Protest Grand Jury Decision in Ferguson

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 2:00pm

We’ll probably see more of this in the coming months.

Eva Palmer of the GW Hatchet reported.

D.C. college students protest Ferguson decision at White House

Students from GW and Georgetown, American and Howard universities gathered outside the White House on Monday night to protest a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to...

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U. of Tennessee has some good tips for the new GOP Congress

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 12:30pm

University of Tennessee student Treston Wheat has some good advice for the Republican leaders in the next session of Congress, so they won”t squander the mandate they have been given by the American people.

Now that the GOP has taken back the legislature, if they want to change this country for the...

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Kean University Buys Conference Room Table for $219K

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 11:00am

The purchase is so exorbitant that at least one lawmaker is calling for an inquiry.

CBS News in New York reported.

Lawmaker Calls For Review After Kean University Buys $219K Table

When it comes to pricey tables, you might have to go to Las Vegas to sit at one more expensive than what they’ve...

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In ‘Empowering’ Women, Feminists Decided That Being Male is the Ideal

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 9:30am

Emily Yavitch at The College Fix notes that there’s some irony in this:

The ultimate irony of feminism

Women are now liberated! No longer must we be judged solely on the children we bear. Now, we can find satisfaction outside the home, in a fulfilling career. And have a lot of free,...

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College Students in Maryland Protest Grand Jury Decision in Ferguson

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 8:00am

Let’s face it. We all knew college students would take this up as a cause.

Tim Tooten of WBAL reported.

Maryland university students protest Ferguson decision

BALTIMORE —Activists and students at many Baltimore-area universities organized protests against the decision by a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the...

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CU Boulder Student Sues School Over Baseless Sexual Assault Claims

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 6:30pm

The list of male students whose due process rights have been violated in sexual assault cases is starting to rival the list of female students who have been sexually assaulted.

Jennifer Kabbany at The College Fix has the story:

Add another to the list: Male student sues CU Boulder over baseless sexual...

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U. Maryland Student to GOP – Take the Offensive

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 5:00pm

Matthew Dragonette of the College Conservative may be onto something here.

Congressional Republicans have been handed a golden opportunity and they would be foolish to waste it. For two years, they will have control of both the House and the Senate, which will prevent Democratic legislation from ever passing muster and allow...

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Record Number of Women in Congress After GOP Wave, Liberals Still Believe in an Ongoing War on Women

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 3:30pm

In 1992, 60 women were elected to Congress, and liberals called it the “Year of the Woman.” In 2014, 100 women are elected to congress, and liberals call it “really incremental gains.”

Malcolm A. Kline at Accuracy in Academia has the story:

Liberals Can’t Believe their Eyes: More Women in Congress after...

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1 in 5 College Students Abuse Prescription Drugs to Keep up in School

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 2:00pm

Using drugs to study is never a good idea. Not only is it dangerous but you probably won’t retain anything you learned.

University Herald reported.

1 in 5 College Students Abuse Prescription Stimulants to Keep Up With Demands of School

Between academics, work and maintaining a social life, college students are turning to prescription...

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Middle Schooler Suspended for Pretending His Finger was a ‘Laser Gun’

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 12:30pm

Thank God, he just might have hurt someone with that “gun made from his hand.”

Dave Huber at The College Fix has the story:

Kid suspended for using finger like a ‘laser gun’

Good thing we have school administrators on the prowl for budding wannabe Luke Skywalkers.

At Stacy Middle School in Milford, Massachusetts, ten...

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Prager University – Why Bad Luck is Good

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 11:00am

In a new video from Prager University, Adam Carolla explains why you have to make your own luck in life through hard work.

Here’s more information.

Course Description

Can bad luck be a good thing? Comedian Adam Carolla, best-selling author and the world’s most popular podcaster, well understands this riddle. He’s lived it. Using...

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For-Profit Colleges Sue To Keep Billions In Federal Aid

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 9:30am

A trade group of 1,400 for-profit colleges and universities sued in federal court to force the U.S. Department of Education to rescind regulations designed to prevent the schools from taking billions in federal aid if they also stick students worthless degrees.

The Daily Caller Education Editor Eric Owens files this report:

Mainly at...

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U. Michigan Student Writer Suspended by Campus Newspaper for Satirical Column

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 8:00am

The column was offensive to progressives so obviously, the student needed to be punished.

Read it below, courtesy of the College Fix.

Read the ‘hostile’ column that got student writer suspended by campus newspaper

Editor’s note: Below is a satirical column penned by University of Michigan student Omar Mahmood, who writes for both the mainstream...

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California Teachers Suing Their Union Over Dues, Politics

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Posted by    Monday, November 24, 2014 at 6:30pm

I offer this as the “feel good” story of the week.

Rebecca Friedrichs figures 30 years is long enough when it comes to paying her dues.

A fourth-grade teacher in Anaheim public schools, Friedrichs has long had problems with the way the California Teachers Association spends...

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