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UCLA Student Government Abuses Student Fees By Pushing Leftist Political Causes

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Posted by    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 6:30pm

According to Jacob Kohlhepp at The College Fix, the UCLA student government has found a loophole in university policy about political ethics and is exploiting it to “push a progressive political agenda.”

UCLA abuses student fees to push progressive causes ahead of election

At UCLA, student fees and taxpayer money is used by the student government to push a progressive political agenda on the campus community during election time, an outright violation of university policy regarding political ethics.

So how do they get away with it? The undergraduate student government uses a technicality to all but endorse controversial liberal ballot measures. They also email students, encouraging them to vote on certain measures, stopping just short of saying: “Vote Yes!”

This situation is playing out now with Proposition 47, which proposes a major overhaul of the California criminal code that would reduce penalties for a wide variety of crimes. It’s supported by many left-leaning activists.

Under university policy, the Undergraduate Student Association Council cannot tell students how to vote on ballot measures such as this, as the student government is funded by taxpayer dollars and student fees.

To get around this restriction, some student council members wrote up a resolution stating the student government “supports Proposition 47 on the November ballot,” and the student government as a whole voted to pass the resolution Tuesday by a vote of 11 to 1. The one dissenter was Heather Rosen.

Because no one who opposes the measure would ever support the proposition on the November ballot, the resolution is mostly a euphemism designed to disguise endorsement as encouraging people to vote.


 
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New Jersey May Pass Law to Freeze Tuition

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Posted by    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 5:00pm

Not everyone thinks this is a good idea. In fact, lots of colleges don’t like it.

Matt Friedman of NJ.com reports.

Tuition freeze: N.J. Assembly passes 7 bills on higher education

A bill that would allow New Jersey college students to pay the same tuition for nine straight semesters is one step closer to becoming law.

The state Assembly today voted 48-21 to pass the bill, which was one of seven bills the lower house passed today that are intended to rein in college costs.

“The time for change in higher education has come,” said Assemblyman Joseph Cryan (D-Union), a sponsor of the bills. “For the last 20 years New Jersey’s families have been at the mercy of what I would say is an oligarchy of presidents of higher education who determine their financial future.”

Six lawmakers abstained.

The tuition bill would apply to every four-year higher educational institution except for those with endowments of $1 billion or more. The only school with an endowment that large is Princeton University, which Cryan said he did not include because it allows lower-income students to attend for free.

Students who take a year off would have to begin paying the same rate as incoming freshman if they return.


 
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Creationist Professor Accused of Forcing Religion on Students

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Posted by    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 3:30pm

History professor Emerson McMullen of Georgia Southern University is being accused of pushing his creationist and Christian religious views on students, often awarding extra credit to students whose views agree with his own. Notable atheist Richard Dawkins is leading the calls for an investigation into the professor’s academic conduct.

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Purdue Student Commits Suicide After Being Convicted of Murder

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Posted by    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 2:00pm

This is a horrible story all around. It looks as though the young man had a history of mental illness.

Russell Westerholm of University Herald reports.

Cody Cousins, Purdue Student Convicted of Murder, Commits Suicide in His Cell

Cody Cousins, a 24-year-old man convicted of shooting a classmate in a Purdue University building, has...

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Ohio University Could Triple the Number of “Women Only” Student Senate Positions

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Posted by    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:30pm

Remember back in the early twentieth century when a group of women protested gender deciding what positions you could hold and jobs you could have? What was that group of women called again?

Maygan Beeler at The Post reports:

Student Senate to reform senate elections at Ohio University

With midterm elections rapidly approaching for candidates...

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National Association of Scholars Reading Assignments Are All About Progressivism

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Posted by    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11:00am

I know we shouldn’t be surprised by things like this anymore but it’s still disappointing.

Jim Windham of See Thru Edu reports.

NAS Study: U.S. College Reading Assignments Teach “Progressive Activism”

The National Association of Scholars released its annual comprehensive survey of books assigned to entering college freshmen this week (Beach Books 2013-2014: What...

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UCSD Students Protest Eviction of Campus Che Guevara Cafe for Failing to Pay Rent

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Posted by    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 9:30am

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, except at UCSD apparently.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn reports for Campus Reform:

Che Guevara cafe protests eviction after failing to pay rent

In the guerrilla spirit of the venue’s namesake, University of California at San Diego (UCSD) students protested the school’s eviction of the Che Cafe Collective.

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Video: Texas Tech Students Don’t Know Who Won the American Civil War

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Posted by    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 8:00am

This will make you want to tear your hair out.

Not only do almost all of these students know nothing about the American Civil War, they also have no idea who is currently the Vice President of the United States.

How can you even get into college without knowing these things?

 
 
 
 

College Students in Neighboring States Flock to Colorado Pot Shops

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Posted by    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 6:30pm

The pot shops should just bus them over. Call it the canni-bus.

Seth Paxton reports for Fox News:

Road trip: Colorado pot shops lure college kids from nearby states

Neighboring Colorado is Oklahoma, a state where both medical and recreational marijuana is illegal. With little surprise to State of Oklahoma officials, Colorado marijuana has...

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Farmingdale State College Professor Beheaded by Her Troubled Son

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Posted by    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 5:00pm

A horrific crime took place on Long Island, New York this week. A Farmingdale State College professor was killed by her son who had a history of mental illness. FOX News reported.

Professor beheaded in what witnesses first thought was Halloween prank

A man with a history of...

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Family Sues Teacher, School Board for $3 Million for ‘Malicious Sexual Contact’ with Son

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Posted by    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 3:30pm

Remember the 17-year old who received oral sex from his 22-year old substitute teacher on her first day of work? Well, a month after this, the family is now suing the teacher and the D.C. school board.

Eric Owens reports for the Daily Caller:

Family Of 17-Year-Old Male Student Who Received Oral Sex...

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Asking Applicants if They’ve Ever Been Arrested is now Off-Limits at Some Colleges

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Posted by    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 2:00pm

Let me get this straight. Higher education is hyperventilating over “rape culture” but you can’t ask applicants if they’ve ever been arrested?

That makes sense.

Eric Owens of the Daily Caller reports.

Colleges Agree Not To Ask If Applicants Have Been Arrested Because It’s A Discriminatory Question

Under an agreement with the New York State...

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Elementary School Handout Calls the Presidents on Mt. Rushmore Racist

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Posted by    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12:30pm

The source of the handout, given to 8-year-old students at a Tennessee elementary school, is apparently the Nation of Islam.

Todd Starnes at Fox News has the story:

School’s Nation of Islam handout paints Founding Fathers as racists

The mother of an eight-year-old wants to know why...

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How do Colleges Train People to Judge Campus Sex Offense Cases?

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Posted by    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11:00am

I assumed it had something to do with throwing people in a lake to see if they sink but KC Johnson of Minding the Campus has the real story.

How Judges of Campus Sex Offenses Are ‘Trained’

I’ve written frequently about the unfair, guilt-presuming processes that colleges and universities from Harvard to Occidental...

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Disturbing Number of College Students Support “Post-Birth Abortion”

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Posted by    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 9:30am

Yes, you read that right: there are people who are not only okay with killing unborn babies, but born babies as well. Where does it end?

Mairead McArdle at the College Fix has the story:

TRENDING: More college students support post-birth abortion

A trend seen by prolife activists that frequently engage college students on campuses...

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Survey Wrongly Suggests 1 in 6 MIT Undergraduates Have Been Sexually Assaulted

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Posted by    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:00am

There are quite a few things wrong with the way the survey was conducted. Ashe Schow of the Washington Examiner breaks it down.

Hat tip to Instapundit.

1 in 6 MIT undergraduates have not been sexually assaulted

Another day, another false statistic trying to tell women that college campuses are no safer than the...

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Sorority Cancels Fundraising Event Because it Offended a Few People

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 6:30pm

A “Jail ‘N’ Bail” Event put on by a sorority at Northwestern was canceled because a few students complained about it “making light of mass incarceration.”

Jeanne Kuang at The Daily Northwestern reports:

Kappa ‘Jail N’ Bail’ philanthropy event canceled after criticism

Organizers canceled a philanthropy event featuring a mock jail hosted by...

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Cosmopolitan Magazine to Bus North Carolina State Students to Polls

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 5:00pm

Remember when Cosmo was a fashion magazine and not an activist arm of the Democratic Party?

Lindsay Smith of the Technician reports.

Male models, party bus to bring student voters to polls

On Nov. 4, students in need of a ride to the polls will have the option take a party bus equipped with...

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Bill Maher Next in Long Line of Commencement Speaker Protests

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 3:30pm

Do students these days not have anything better to protest?

Heyun Jeong at The Daily Californian has the story:

Students spring into opposition after Bill Maher announced as keynote speaker

In response to an announcement last week that comedian Bill Maher would speak at UC Berkeley’s fall commencement, an online petition started circulating Thursday...

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Progressive Hypocrisy on Campus Rape and Rotherham

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 2:00pm

In a new column at the Examiner, Hans Bader compares hysteria over campus rape with silence over Rotherham.

Progressive schizophrenia about campus rape

The Talmud says that “he who is kind to the cruel is cruel to the kind.” That aptly describes many “progressives,” who coddle rapists while seeking to brand innocent people...

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Across New York State, Plans for Casinos to be Built Near College Campuses

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12:30pm

In 2013, New York voters approved a law allowing multiple casino developments throughout upstate New York in order to bring more jobs to the financially-depressed region. Now it seems the casino developers are aiming to build their mega gambling and entertainment complexes near college campuses, where they know there are large,...

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Being for Due Process on Campus Does not Equal Misogyny

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 11:00am

When did due process become something which must be defended?

Ashe Schow of the Washington Examiner reports.

‘Yes means yes’ opposition: It’s about due process, not misogyny

It’s easy enough for women writers to attack men who write against “yes means yes” laws as crude misogynists. But it’s a simple and lazy response that...

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