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College Student Offers Thoughts on the Liberal Myth of ‘Empowerment’

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Posted by    Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 12:30pm

Conner Dwinnel at The College Conservative takes down the false narratives of ‘tolerance’ and ‘empowerment:’

The False “Empowerment” Narrative

In the United States, uncertainty is in the air. Everything from the real state of the job market to the involvement of the White House in scandals and back room deals is skewed and uncertain, some things, however, remain the same. For example, American Liberals for the longest time, have not articulated fully develop ideas, they have simply shouted buzzwords in debate.  But even greater than their use of buzzwords to attack conservatives (as Mitch Hall wrote for TheCollegeConservative last week), is the use of intelligent sounding words to obfuscate ideas for the general public.

For instance: what does the word the buzzword “tolerant” mean?  Well it used to mean that if someone was different from you or had differing opinions, it was okay to disagree as long as conversation didn’t become aggressive or derogatory and remained respectable.  Now, it’s nearly impossible to discuss anything conservative at all: if you don’t support gay marriage you’re a bigot, if you don’t believe in global warming or evolution or the destructive results of fracking, you’re anti-science. If you don’t think Hobby Lobby should have to provide its employees with “abortion pills” then you’re against women’s rights.  You get the idea. “Tolerance” evolved from being respectful into universalism: every ideology and lifestyle has to be equally valuable and correct or people scream “bigotry” and “hate.”  What happened to having a conversation?

Conservatives caught on to this shift in the definition of “tolerance” and it became clear that those on the left used it to posture themselves as accepting, while simultaneously damning, the beliefs of conservatives.  But this tactic isn’t new, and the left invents new buzzwords constantly.

For example, when scandals began to arise around the Obama administration, the word “phony” was often thrown around (see my previous article on “How the Word ‘Phony’ Implies Fault”).  When the President addresses issues surrounding his presidency, he often says that he “takes responsibility” for what has happened–although substantive action doesn’t always seem to follow.  And when liberals talk about women’s rights, abortion, or even illegal immigration, they’ve now begun to use the term “empowering”.

Empowering is simply another buzzword lacking a deep definition. What is so false about the way this word, “empowering,” is being used?  Well first of all, it’s intended to mean “to authorize, especially by legal or official means” (Author’s note: I am fully...

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UCLA Poll Finds Spending $300K on Hillary Clinton Speech was Waste of Money

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Posted by    Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 11:00am

To be fair it was a 90 minute speech so it was a bargain at $100K for each half hour. What a deal!

Jennifer Kabbany of the College Fix reports.

UCLA POLL: Spending $300K on Hillary Clinton Speech was Waste of Money

Spending $300,000 to pay Hillary Clinton to speak on campus last spring was a waste of money, according to the results of a recent UCLA Daily Bruin online poll.

The poll’s question noted that: “Hillary Clinton’s recent $300,000 paycheck for speaking at the Luskin Lecture for Thought Leadership has captured the attention of news outlets around the country. What do these large fees for notable speakers say about UCLA and the Luskin lecture series?”

Her 90-minute March 5 appearance – the itinerary of which was a half-hour photo line followed by a 60-minute speech and moderated Q&A – amounts to roughly $3,300 per minute that the former Secretary of State and possible 2016 Democratic presidential contender earned for her time.

Of the 271 people who participated in the multiple-choice poll on the student newspaper’s website, the top pick – 48 percent or 131 voters – agreed that “large sums are inappropriate and demonstrate poor prioritizing on the part of the university and the Luskin lecture series.”

Another large chunk of respondents – 27 percent or 73 votes – called the large sums “unfortunate, but without them UCLA might not obtain the same level of notable speakers for the lecture.”

A smaller margin – 21 percent or 58 votes – agreed it was worth the money, calling it an “inspiring and rare opportunity.” The final nine voters were undecided.

The Luskin Lecture for Thought Leadership was launched in 2011 and is funded through the aid of wealthy businessman and UCLA donor Meyer Luskin, who is also a supporter of President Barack Obama, giving money to his campaigns in the past, according to online Federal Election Commission records.

UCLA’s Luskin lecture has paid for exactly three speeches to date: one from former President Bill Clinton in 2012, which cost $250,000; another by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2013, which the Daily Bruin reports earned the diplomat $180,000; and most recently by Hillary Clinton in March, who was given $300,000 for her time.


 
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NSA Recruiting from College Campuses Despite Unfavorable Sentiment Towards Agency

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Posted by    Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 9:30am

With half of those age 18-29 saying the federal government should not prosecute Edward Snowden—compared to a majority in every other age group—it stands a surprise that the NSA is turning to current college students for its next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

Jenna Lyons of USA Today reports:

NSA targets college students to...

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“How would you feel if everyone could see your college GPA?”

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Posted by    Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 8:00am

Alex Reibman of Minding the Campus reports on a worrisome violation of privacy for college students.

A New Threat to Student Privacy

How would you feel if everyone could see your college GPA? Students generally don’t need to worry thanks to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which prohibits schools from...

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Brandeis University: A Haven for the Anti-Israel Movement

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 6:30pm

You would think a university that was historically a safe haven for American Jews would be at least tolerant of Israel — but you’d be wrong. From student listservs to campus speakers, Brandeis is swarming with anti-Israel hatred.

David Wilezol at Minding the Campus has the story:

Why is Brandeis a Haven for...

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Former Yale Prof Says Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 5:00pm

Former Yale professor William Deresiewicz has written a column for New Republic in which he claims the country’s top schools are “turning our kids into zombies.”

Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League

Our system of elite education manufactures young people who are smart and talented and driven, yes, but also anxious,...

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Economic Recovery? Fed Says Recent College Grads’ Wages Not Growing

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 3:30pm

Is more quantitative easing the solution here?

From Bart Hobjin and Leila Bengali of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco:

The Wage Growth Gap for Recent College Grads

Median starting wages of recent college graduates have not kept pace with median earnings for all workers over the past six years. This type of...

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Colleges Reach Out to Native American Students

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 2:00pm

Given higher education’s obsession with diversity, many Native American students could probably attend the college of their choice with a free ride if they would just apply.

FOX News reports.

Programs to recruit, retain Native American college students grow nationwide

A growing number of universities are offering programs to recruit and prepare Native American...

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It costs $50,000 to study ‘White Privilege’ and Taxpayers are Footing the Bill

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 12:30pm

Yes, Wisconsinites, this is what your taxes are for: so dozens of students and professors from the University of Wisconsin can attend a conference featuring seminars like “The Pitfalls of Working with White People.”

Dominic Lynch at the College Fix has the story:

Wisconsin Public Universities Fork Over $50,000 to Study ‘White Privilege’

Two...

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Faculty at Upper Iowa U. Claim They Lost Jobs for Questioning Curricular Changes

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11:00am

It sounds like there’s some sort of shake-up going on at this school but at least they could let the professors know why they lost their jobs.

Colleen Flaherty of Inside Higher Ed reports.

Driven Out for Speaking Up?

Lisa Guinn was one of the lucky ones. The historian was offered a tenure-track job...

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PETA: Princeton Univ. Researchers Tormented Lab Monkeys for Amusement

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 9:30am

Normally, PETA can’t be taken seriously. But, I think that if these researchers are in fact guilty as charged most people would agree what they did was downright wrong.

Nicole Mulvaney of NJ.com reports:

PETA: Princeton University researchers, students tormented monkey in plastic exercise ball

An animal rights group filed complaints against Prince-ton University...

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Renowned Criminal Law Professor was Targeted for Murder

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 8:00am

Keep Professor Dan Markel’s family in your thoughts. Hopefully a full investigation is already underway.

The College Fix reported.

POLICE: Internationally Known Criminal Law Professor was Targeted for Murder

The recent shooting death of Florida State University College of Law Professor Dan Markel, described by...

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Undergrads aren’t as Liberal as You Think

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:30pm

A recent poll by Reason magazine says that a large number of undergraduate students hold some conservative views — despite the fact that most of their professors are overwhelmingly liberal.

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

College Indoctrination Hits a Wall

College faculties may be further to the political left...

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Prager University – The War on Work

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 5:00pm

In a new video from Prager University, Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute examines America’s war on poverty, welfare programs and the disincentive to work they create.

More details here:

Course Description

The U.S. government has spent trillions of dollars in recent decades attempting to combat poverty, yet the poverty rate has remained virtually...

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Harvard Endowment Managers Receive Highest Pay, See Lower Returns

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 3:30pm

From 2008 to 2012, Harvard’s endowment earned on average a paltry 1.24% return per year. During the same time period the S&P 500 experienced a 4.54% average return on investment per year.

Yet, 10 of the 25 highest-paid endowment fund managers work for Harvard Management Co.

Michael McDonald and Lauren Streib of...

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Swarthmore Sets Low Bar to Deem Students a Rapist

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 2:00pm

If I was a parent with a child about to enter college, I’d be very careful in the selection process.

KC Johnson of Minding the Campus reports.

At Swarthmore, “A Very Low Bar” to Deem Students a Rapist

Parents considering sending the child to Swarthmore College no longer can claim they weren’t warned.

The Sunday ...

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New Degree Teaches You How to Help People Navigate the Healthcare System

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 12:30pm

Including a concentration in ‘Contemplative Studies’ from Brown (yes, it is as silly as it sounds) and a certificate in helping people navigate the healthcare system (I’m not even joking) from University of the Sciences.

From Inside Higher Ed:

Colleges start new academic programs

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Contrary to What You’ve Heard, Girls are Thriving in Math and Science

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 11:00am

In a new video, the Factual Feminist takes on a misleading ad campaign by Verizon which portrays girls as victims of sexism in math and science.

The description from YouTube:

Do girls fall behind in science and engineering because our society tells them they should be pretty, rather than, “pretty brilliant?” That’s the...

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Ethnic studies group backs Israel boycott

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 9:30am

Another “academic” group joins the BDS movement.

From Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed:

More Backing for Israel Boycott

The Critical Ethnic Studies Association has endorsed a boycott of Israel — including Israeli universities.

While some academics favoring a boycott of Israel have taken care to say that...

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Study Says ‘Young Outsiders’ Voting Bloc is up for Grabs by Republicans

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 8:00am

You would think the job market for recent college grads would be enough to sway young voters these days but there are a number of factors.

Julianne Stanford of the College Fix reports.

‘Young Outsiders’ Voting Bloc Up For Grabs By Republicans, Study Says

OPINION: Republicans can capture this demographic if they hold back on...

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No Religious Exemption for Christian Schools on LGBT Policy

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Posted by    Monday, July 21, 2014 at 6:30pm

There are already countless strings attached to federal money, but it looks like there will soon be a few more: on Monday, President Obama plans to issue an executive order forbidding any anti-gay bias in federal contractors, including Christian Universities and Catholic Hospitals.

The New York Times reports:

Obama to Issue Order Barring...

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New Jersey Universities to Give College Credit for Life Experience

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Posted by    Monday, July 21, 2014 at 5:00pm

Here’s one way to cut the cost of college and it sounds like a pretty good plan.

FOX News reports.

Life experiences to count for college credits at five NJ universities

Five New Jersey colleges are experimenting with offering students college credits for showing what they have learned from their jobs and life experience.

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