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Southeastern Oklahoma State University Sued by the Feds For Alleged Discrimination

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:30pm

A major state university in Oklahoma is also under fire. This time though, it’s for allegedly discriminating against a transgendered professor.

KOCO reports:

Feds sue Oklahoma university, allege gender discrimination

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing Southeastern Oklahoma State University, alleging the school in Durant discriminated against a transgender professor and then fired her after she complained.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Oklahoma City, the department alleges the university denied assistant professor Rachel Tudor a promotion despite a recommendation from her department chair and other tenured faculty from her department.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement the lawsuit is intended to target “unfair biases and unjust prejudices” against transgender Americans.

Southeastern’s President, Sean Burrage, said in a statement the university followed the law and is “confident in its legal position.” Burrage declined to discuss the matter further, citing the pending lawsuit.

[Note: This post title originally referred to Oklahoma State in error. The title has been corrected.}


 
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Democrats Attack Wisconsin Republican for Telling the Truth About Student Loans

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 5:00pm

Heaven forbid someone tell college students the truth.

Ashley Dobson of Red Alert Politics reports.

GOP Senator tells the truth about student loans. Democrats try (and fail) to attack him for it.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) spoke candidly about how federal involvement in the student loan game has hurt students during a event in his home state, calling loans too easy to get and college “too fun” to only go to for four years.

Johnson told constituents in Verona last Saturday that federal student aid has created a system where students are incentivized to take on huge amounts of debt.

When he was in school, Johnson noted, he’d worked and paid his way so he felt a need to get out as quickly as possible with as little debt as possible. Student loans and their easy access through the federal government takes away this extra driving force, he said.

“Today, there are different studies on this but somewhere between five and a half to six years is the average length of time it takes somebody to get a four-year degree. Why is that? I’d argue, well, loans are actually pretty easy to get and college is a lot of fun. All three of my kids went to Madison and I guarantee you, they had a really good time, particularly that first year of college,” Johnson said.

“…A lot of government’s well-intentioned programs actually have a very negative unintended consequence… The federal government got involved the way it always gets involved, it threw money at the problem. We’ve thrown, given hundreds of millions of dollars in grant money to people we want to have a college education, but we’ve also enticed our children by subsidizing loans, we’ve enticed them to incur about $1.3 trillion in debt.”

The event was recorded and posted by Democratic firm American Bridge. It was intended as an attack against Johnson, who is seen as a vulnerable senator in the upcoming election.


 
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Governor Criticized for Lack of Diversity in New College Board Appointees

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 3:30pm

A lack of diversity means big trouble in academia.

The Clarion-Ledger reports.

Bryant criticized for latest College Board appointees

Black legislative and higher education leaders are protesting Gov. Phil Bryant’s appointees to the state College Board, saying they lack diversity and representation of historically black public universities.

The protest came shortly before a Senate committee...

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Prager University – Do We Have Free Will?

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 2:00pm

In this video from Prager University, former professional baseball player Frank Pastore examines the concept of free will.

Sadly, Pastore passed away in 2012 but we can still learn from his words.

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The Ivy League Still Matters

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 12:30pm

Do Ivy League graduates do any better?

Quartz reports.

Frank Bruni is wrong about Ivy League schools

Frank Bruni’s new book, Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, argues that the college you attend doesn’t really matter so much. The coveted Ivy League—and the wider range of elite schools—have more applications than ever...

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11 States Now Considering Concealed Carry on Campus

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 11:00am

Good news for students who wish to protect themselves with more than a whistle.

Kaitlin Mulhere of Inside Higher Ed reports.

Momentum for Campus Carry

At least 11 states are considering whether to allow concealed weapons on college campuses this year, the latest chapter in a now seemingly annual legislative debate between gun control...

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‘Free’ Tuition Scholarships Announced at Harper College

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 9:30am

Qualifying students might be eligible for ‘free’ tuition at Harper College.

Robert McCoppin reports for the Chicago Tribune:

Harper College announces free tuition scholarships

When Ken Ender was in college, he was initially a C-minus student who was more interested in track than school. Eventually, he said he realized how important school was to...

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Cal State Discriminates Against Christian Student Group

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 8:00am

The group wants to require their student leaders to be Christian. If that makes sense to you, it’s because you’re not a pointy headed politically correct college administrator.

The FOX News Insider reports.

‘Attending College Shouldn’t Cost Me My Faith’: Univ Deactivates Christi...

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President of Butler University Gets Involved in Religious Freedom Act

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Posted by    Monday, March 30, 2015 at 6:30pm

James Danko, President of Butler University entered the fray when he released a statement on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act yesterday.

Sabrina Adams reports for Fox59:

Butler University president releases statement on Religious Freedom Act

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 29, 2015) — The president of Butler University, James Danko, released a statement on Indiana’s Religious...

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New Hires at Dartmouth Tilt Solidly to the Left

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Posted by    Monday, March 30, 2015 at 5:00pm

Leftism is alive and well at Dartmouth. Look no further than the newest members of the faculty.

Paul Mirengoff of Powerline.

Meet Dartmouth’s New Radical Professors

Dartmouth claims to be “moving forward,” but its academic hiring reflects a commitment to marching in place to the drumbeat of the left. The latest issue of Dartmouth...

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It Doesn’t Matter Where You Go to College

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Posted by    Monday, March 30, 2015 at 3:30pm

Forget the elite universities. Here’s a viewpoint from a journalist that attended UNC Chapel Hill and Columbia University.

The Washington Post reports.

Forget Harvard and Stanford. It really doesn’t matter where you go to college

In the coming weeks, college acceptances will start rolling in for a select group of high-school seniors vying to...

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College Students Raise Money for Imprisoned Journalists

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Posted by    Monday, March 30, 2015 at 2:00pm

Students at the University of Maryland are selling a line of bracelets to raise money for journalists in prison.

FOX News reported.

College students create line of bracelets to support jailed journalists

University of Maryland journalism students are raising money to launch a line of bracelets emblazoned with...

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Alleged racist incident at Duke leads to social media campaigns on campus

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Posted by    Monday, March 30, 2015 at 12:30pm

Surely, a clever hashtag campaign is enough to battle racism. Right?

The Duke Chronicle reports.

Campaigns emerge to address racism at Duke

In social media campaigns and in physical spaces on campus, some students are calling to change the way issues of race are recognized and addressed at Duke. What do you think?

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The Cost of Tuition at Some Schools is Out of Control

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Posted by    Monday, March 30, 2015 at 11:00am

The amount of money some colleges charge per year boggles the mind.

Danielle Douglas-Gabriel of the Washington Post.

What happens when you find out a year of college costs $71,000

Private colleges are expensive. Many are double, if not triple, the price of public universities. Still, $71,000 a year is a lot of money....

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Northeastern University Defaced With Swastikas — Again

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Posted by    Monday, March 30, 2015 at 9:30am

About that whole anti-semitism on college campuses thing…

Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta reports for the Boston Globe:

Swastikas found at Northeastern University

For the second time in the past four months, swastikas were discovered scrawled at Northeastern University early Sunday morning, according to a letter sent to students by university President Joseph E. Aoun.

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Ted Cruz Rallies College Crowd in New Hampshire

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Posted by    Monday, March 30, 2015 at 8:00am

Ted Cruz seems to understand that Republicans need to appeal to young voters in 2016.

Alexander Marlow of Breitbart reported.

The Disrupter? Ted Cruz Lays Out ‘Grassroots Guerrilla’ Strategy for College Audience

NASHUA, New Hampshire — With a speech peppered with pop culture references, Texas Sena...

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Obamacare Causing Colleges to Consider Dumping Student Health Insurance

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 5:00pm

Gee, who saw this coming?

Donna Gordon Blankinship reports for the Associated Press (posted by the Huffington Post):

Colleges Are Getting Out Of The Health Insurance Business

SEATTLE (AP) — The federal health care overhaul is leading some colleges and universities to get out of the health insurance business.

Experts are divided on whether...

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U. Delaware Stands up to Congressman Seeking to Harass Prof Skeptical of Climate Change

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 3:30pm

Kudos to the university for doing the right thing.

Greg Piper of the College Fix reports.

U. of Delaware stands up to congressman seeking to harass climate change skeptic

Here’s a textbook case of attempted intimidation: A congressman requests a broad range of records from a university about a professor whose views he dislikes.

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University of Minnesota Student Missing

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2:00pm

Police are searching for 22-year-old Jennifer Houle.

KSTP reports:

Police Search for Missing University of Minnesota Student

Police are seeking help in finding a 22-year-old woman who was reported missing on Friday.
Jennifer Houle was last seen at Blarney Pub and Grill in Dinkytown on Friday around 1 a.m., according to the Minneapolis Police Department.

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Op-ed: Universities Risk Becoming Anti-Intellectual

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 12:30pm

I think we may already be at that point but this piece by Rex Murphy of National Post is still worth a read.

Rex Murphy: The modern university risks becoming a cocoon of self-indulgence and anti-intellectualism

Lighthouses of reason, or beacons of folly? Which more readily applies to some modern universities? If you...

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Syracuse Does the “Bare Minimum” on Academic Fraud

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 11:00am

Syracuse is being heavily scrutinized for for its paltry approach to academic integrity.

Inside Higher Ed reports.

‘The Bare Minimum’

When Syracuse University last week announced the resignation of its athletics director and impending retirement of its revered basketball coach, the university’s supporters and even some of its critics said the moves showed the...

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Is the Left Beginning to Implode on Campus?

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 9:30am

Jonathan V. Last says yes in a new post at the Weekly Standard.

The Campus Left Begins to Implode

If you pay any attention to the ways in which radicalism dominates the culture of the university these days, you’re likely to feel as though you’ve gone through the looking glass. “White privilege.” “Trigger...

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