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Happy Fifteenth Birthday to The FIRE!

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Posted by    Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 12:30pm

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education turned 15 this week. Happy birthday FIRE and thank you for all the great work you do.

FIRE Celebrates 15 Years of Defending Rights on Campus

NEW YORK, October 23, 2014—Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is joining civil liberties luminaries and supporters at the Mandarin Oriental to mark 15 years of defending student and faculty rights on America’s college and university campuses. Harvard University professor and bestselling author Steven Pinker and legendary First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams will speak at the dinner to celebrate FIRE’s 297 victories for liberty (and counting) at 206 colleges and universities across our nation, affecting nearly 4.6 million students.

FIRE has released a short film highlighting our work over the past 15 years. The film serves as a tribute to the many students and faculty members who have stood up for their rights with help from FIRE, and provides a moving introduction to FIRE’s work. The film will be shown publicly for the first time at tonight’s dinner.


 
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Students at San Diego State Hold “S**t In” For Gender Neutral Bathrooms

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Posted by    Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 11:00am

At least they’re creative?

Emily Yavitch at The College Fix has the story:

Students hold ‘Shit In’ to demand more gender-neutral bathrooms

As students walked through the main thoroughfare at San Diego State University on Tuesday they were greeted by students with their pants down sitting atop a row of toilets.

Such an appearance in the middle of a college quad is sure to raise questions, and that was the hope of the Transgender Action Advocacy Student Coalition with their “Shit In” protest.

Five toilets – sometimes adorned with students – set along Campanille Walkway had newspapers with the words “Gender Neutral Bathrooms Now” written in bold letters. Students were encouraged to sit on a toilet and take selfies with the hashtag #SDSUShitIn.

The protest aimed to raise awareness about what some deem is the limited number of gender neutral bathrooms on campus.

There are only six specifically gender-neutral bathrooms at SDSU, the protesters told passersby, and one of the six is in a faculty area, so transgender students who are not comfortable in traditional men’s or ladies’ restrooms only have a few options when going to the bathroom.


 
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West Virginia University Students Expelled for Rioting

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Posted by    Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 9:30am

I’ve never understood the whole rioting after a sports event thing.

Jake New of Inside Higher Ed reports.

Expulsions After Riots

Students at West Virginia University, perhaps more so than any other college, have a reputation for lighting things on fire.

Most famously, they burn couches to celebr...

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Majority of Democrats in Favor of Restricting Free Speech

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Posted by    Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8:00am

A recent poll by You.Gov says 51% of Democrats are okay with restricting “hate speech.” The problem is, what exactly is hate speech? The answer: anything that I don’t like.

Dave Huber at The College Fix has the story:

Poll: Most Democrats support curtailing free speech

In a recent You.Gov poll, 51 percent of Democrats...

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UNC Officials Complicit in Academic Fraud on Behalf of Athletes

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Posted by    Friday, October 24, 2014 at 6:30pm

Nine staff members of UNC-Chapel Hill are being terminated or put under review for orchestrating an elaborate system of bogus classes and inflated grades that allowed student athletes to continue playing.

Dan Kane and Jane Stancill at the New Observer report:

Folt: Nine being terminated or under disciplinary review as result of report...

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Conservatives Must Speak Out for Real Higher Education Reform

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Posted by    Friday, October 24, 2014 at 5:00pm

In a new post at See Thru Edu, Robert Paquette points out that too many conservatives are keeping silent about needed reforms in higher ed.

Will Public Discontent Bolster Higher-Education Reform?

A recent poll conducted by Fox News asked registered voters for their opinion about the future of the country. When asked, “Do...

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University of Texas to Pay College Athletes $10,000 Each

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Posted by    Friday, October 24, 2014 at 3:30pm

This is huge, folks. UT Longhorns athletes will each earn about $10,000, half of which goes to covering expenses and half of which is compensation of using the athlete’s image. The article doesn’t specify is the payment is yearly or just a one-time lump sum.

From Dallas News:

Texas athletic director: With new...

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University of Minnesota Tells Students to Choose Respectful Halloween Costumes

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Posted by    Friday, October 24, 2014 at 2:00pm

If college feminists want to stage “slut walks” that’s fine, but they better choose a politically correct Halloween costume.

Allison Maass of Campus Reform reports.

University tells students to dress ‘respectfully’ for Halloween festivities

Students at the University of Minnesota (U of M) received an email last week encouraging them to be respectful in...

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Catholic Loyola University Chicago Approves Pagan Student Group

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Posted by    Friday, October 24, 2014 at 12:30pm

I see, it’s Catholic only in name, not in practice. That clears things up.

Dominic Lynch at The College Fix has the story:

Catholic university launches pagan student club

Loyola University Chicago recently christened a new pagan student club, with its student organizer saying the group aims to help pupils at the private Catholic college...

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Saint Louis University Caves in to Leftist Protesters

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Posted by    Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:00am

This is pretty sad. We recently told you about protesters who descended on the campus of Saint Louis University.

The school caved in to their demands.

Danny Wicentowski of the Riverfront Times reported.

Here’s the Agreement that Ended the Occupation of Saint Louis University

The sit-in dubbed Occupy SLU ended quietly this weekend. By Saturday...

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Desperate Wendy Davis Tweets Pic of ‘Supporters’ Who Are Actually College Republicans

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Posted by    Friday, October 24, 2014 at 9:30am

What is going on with the Wendy Davis campaign? This is the definition of political implosion.

Alex Griswold reports for the Daily Caller:

Wendy Davis Tweets A Pic Of ‘Supporters…’ Turns Out They’re College Republicans

Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has landed herself in yet another embarrassing situation when...

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Protesters Obstruct Entrance at George Will’s Miami University Speech

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Posted by    Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8:00am

It’s not enough that these folks don’t want to hear what George Will has to say. They want to prevent everyone else from hearing what he has to say too.

Katie Webster of the College Fix reported.

Raucous protesters choke entrance at George Will’s Miami University speech

Hoisting signs such...

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Syracuse Policy Makes Almost All Internet Activity “Harassment”

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Posted by    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:30pm

Sending “annoying” or “offensive” messages to others is now harassment. To paraphrase Tyler,  the Creator (a popular rapper with the kids these days): “Just turn off your computer man.”

Christopher White at the College Fix has the story:

Syracuse Internet policy makes everything ‘harassment,’ student reps say

Policy language should focus on ‘threats of...

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Prof. Tells Son of Syrian Immigrants He’s Exerting White Privilege

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Posted by    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 5:00pm

This happened because the professor didn’t like the fact that the student was making a video of a forum at a public university. Here’s the video.

From Taylor Egly of Campus Reform.

Prof. tells son of Syrian immigrants that he’s ‘exerting’ his ‘white privilege’

LGBTQ activist and guest speaker at Minnesota State University Mankato...

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Democrats at Penn Unaware of European Abortion Laws

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Posted by    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 3:30pm

According to an op-ed by the Penn Democrats, as far as abortion goes Europe is a free for all and America should follow suit. However, in reality, Europe has on the whole far stricter regulation of abortion than the United States.

Greg Piper at the College Fix has the story:

Penn Democrats think...

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U. of Oklahoma President Stands up for Free Speech of School’s Marching Band

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Posted by    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 2:00pm

It’s nice to hear about a college leader sticking up for free speech.

Susan Kruth of the FIRE blog reports.

U. of Oklahoma President Defends Speech Rights of Marching Band Members

University of Oklahoma (OU) President David Boren took a stand for students’ free speech rights after learning that members of the university’s marching...

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Princeton Prof. Charged with Stealing Lawn Signs Sentenced to Community Service

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Posted by    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:30pm

Remember this from the summer? A Princeton professor was accused by a homeowner of stealing his lawn signs. The professor, John Mulvey, said he was merely picking up debris.

A judge sentenced Mulvey to 120 hours of community service. What does he have to do? Teach finance or computer science. Not bad...

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Texas Tech Student in Trouble for False Rape Claim

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Posted by    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 11:00am

Rape is such a serious charge that there should be harsh penalties for lying about it.

Here’s a video report.

KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

KCBD News reported.

TTU student admits to making false statements about sexual...

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George Will to Speak at Miami University Despite Protests of 1,000 Students, Parents, and Faculty

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Posted by    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 9:30am

Will the 1,000 show up to block Will from entering the campus? That would be something to watch.

Tyler Kingkade writes for Huffpo:

Nearly 1,000 Students, Faculty Demand Miami University Cancel George Will Speech

Miami University of Ohio has no plans to cancel a speech by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will, despite protests over...

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Outraged Liberals Derail Dinesh D’Souza Speech at UCSB

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Posted by    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 8:00am

Liberals love free speech, as long it’s their free speech.

Jennifer Kabbany of the College Fix reported.

Dinesh D’Souza campus speech axed after ‘pressure from liberals’

A campus lecture by embattled conservative filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza slated for Tuesday night at the University of California – Santa Barbara was abruptly cancelled after the...

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SUNY Delhi to Offer Course on ‘Breakup Training’

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:30pm

More importantly, shouldn’t there be a class on how to get a date in the first place?

Maggie Lit reports for Campus Reform:

Public university offers ‘breakup training’

A SUNY school is teaching students how to properly end a relationship as part of an initiative begun this year in response to increased Title IX...

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Education Department Harassment Rules a Classic Case of Regulatory Overreach

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 5:00pm

Our friend Hans Bader has a new column at the Competitive Enterprise Institute which looks at new bullying rules from the Education Department.

Education Department Harassment Rules Metastasize through Administrative Fiat

The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), where I used to work, today declared that schools can be liable for bullying...

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