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The Death of the Academic Debate

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Posted by    Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 12:30pm

Debate has always been an important aspect of academia, but logic has been replaced with emotion in some cases. In other words, debate is no longer debate.

John Hinderaker of Powerline reports.

The War On Standards Comes to College Debate [with comment by Paul]

Paul has been writing about the war on standards in...

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Wishful Thinking Alert! Dartmouth tries to upgrade its rowdy image

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Posted by    Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 11:00am

Dartmouth College, which is among the rowdiest of the Ivy League colleges, is trying again to change its campus culture.

Good luck with that!

During Prohibition, John Sloan Dickey returned to Dartmouth College after a weekend football game against Cornell and found a box of whiskey under his cot in an off-campus apartment....

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Small Colleges See Significant Drop in Enrollment

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Posted by    Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 9:30am

We don’t take any pleasure in bad news but College Insurrection reported this was going to happen many months ago.

Paul Caron of the TaxProfBlog points to a new report from Bloomberg which confirms early speculation.

Small Colleges Battle Death Spiral as Enrollment Drops

Bloomberg:  Small U.S. Colleges Battle Death Spiral as Enrollment Drops:

Moody’s,...

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Purdue Student Ties Birth of Porn Star’s Career to Death of Affordable College

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Posted by    Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 8:00am

Purdue University Saran Mishra ties the birth of the porn career of Duke student Belle Knox to the death of affordable education.

A Duke freshman’s two-syllable porn star name is a trending topic now on the Web, but more importantly, her story gives rise to an ever-growing social issue.

Belle Knox – don’t...

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Noted edu-author says that it’s not just athletes — college screws everyone!

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Posted by    Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 5:00pm

Naomi Schaefer Riley is the author of “The Faculty Lounges: And Other Reasons Why You Won’t Get the College Education You Pay For.”

We have been following the unionization process for the Northwestern University football team; she has as well. In the New York Post, she has the following analysis (hat-tip Instapundit).

…In...

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U. Colorado at Boulder Sexism Probe Reveals Academic Freedom Issue

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Posted by    Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 3:30pm

Back in February, we reported on a little problem in the philosophy department at CU Boulder. Now it looks as though the school has bigger fish to fry.

Colleen Flaherty of Inside Higher Ed reports.

Fears of Litigation vs. Faculty Rights

A report on sexism in the department of philosophy at the University of...

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Interview with Aspen Prize chief about high-achieving community colleges and their leaders

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Posted by    Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2:00pm

We have covered the increasing role of community colleges in American education.

Josh Wyner’s new book describes what community colleges do well, and what they can do better.  Inside Higher Ed’s Paul Fain had a chat with the author, who discusses the details.

Josh Wyner visits a lot of community colleges. After several...

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NJ College Freaks Over ‘Game of Thrones’ Quote on T-Shirt

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Posted by    Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 12:30pm

File this story under out of touch administrators.

Sarah MsLaughlin of The FIRE reports.

Bergen Administrators Fear ‘Game of Thrones’ Quote, Censor Professor

Brace yourselves; censorship is coming!

Displaying a lack of both pop culture and First Amendment awareness, administrators at Bergen Community College in New Jersey placed Professor Francis Schmidt on leave this past January,...

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Howard U. students unhappy with “P. Diddy” as commencement speaker

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Posted by    Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11:00am

Nowadays, it seems students are often much more circumspect about their graduation ceremonies that school administrators.

Case in point: Howard University’s bigwigs selected music mogul “P. Diddy” as their keynote speaker.

Howard University students are protesting against the school’s choice of commencement speaker for this year.

Rapper and entrepreneur Sean Combs was chosen to...

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Dartmouth President Philip J. Hanlon Misses the Point

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Posted by    Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 9:30am

When I saw that Dartmouth president Philip J. Hanlon was addressing extreme problems on campus in the Washington Post, I thought he would finally reprimand the protesters who took over his office. No such luck.

Instead, he sounds like one of the protesters himself. Nick Anderson writes.

Dartmouth president calls for end to...

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Sallie Mae probe focuses on potential rip-off of military personnel via federal student loans

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Posted by    Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 8:00am

During tax season, one of the few consolations many of us have is that at least some of our money goes to the men and women who honorably serve our country in the armed forces.

Sadly, people in charge of providing them student loan services may have been substantially less honorable.

Sallie Mae...

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Howard U. Invites ‘P. Diddy’ to Give Graduation Address

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Posted by    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:30pm

Bonus: The school is also giving him an honorary degree!

The last time we checked on Howard University, it was cutting 200 from the staff in the wake of fiscal troubles.

Choices like this probably help explain some of its difficulties:

Music mogul P. Diddy has been tapped to receive an honorary degree and give the graduation speech at Howard University this May.

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Cornell Student – The Truth About “Rape Culture”

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Posted by    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 5:00pm

Julius Kairey has written a piece for the Cornell Daily Sun which examines the issue of rape culture on campus.

THROWDOWN THURSDAY: The Truth About “Rape Culture”

We hear a lot about “rape culture” on college campuses nowadays. The basic idea behind the concept is that there is a widespread tolerance of rape...

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Student Pro-Life Group Denied Membership to Yale’s “Social Justice Network”

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Posted by    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 3:30pm

A story from Yale University shows that “Social Justice” should never be confused with the real thing.

After spending the year as a provisional member of Dwight Hall, Choose Life at Yale (CLAY) — Yale’s pro-life student organization — was denied full membership status in Dwight Hall’s Social Justice Network for the...

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California Democrat Wants $9.2 Million in Loans for Undocumented Students

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Posted by    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 2:00pm

Somebody’s got to keep paying off all the new Democratic voters, right?

Josh Encinias of National Review writes.

California Bill Proposes $9.2 Million in Loans for Undocumented Students

Senator Ricardo Lara (D., Calif.) introduced a bill that would authorizes 

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Students booted from Hawaii college council for questioning fees for non-existent services

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Posted by    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 12:30pm

Perhaps the citizens of Hawaii should send in the team from Hawaii Five-0 to investigate what is happening at a community college in Hilo?

Hawaii Community College in Hilo has charged students about $245,000 in fees for the last year and a half for services that aren’t available on the campus, such...

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Some British Colleges Now Banning The Sun Newspaper on Campus

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Posted by    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 11:00am

Why would colleges want to ban a tabloid style paper from campus? Because it’s been deemed too offensive for the students. Unreal.

Rehema Figueiredo of Leeds Student Newspaper writes at The Guardian.

Why banning the Sun on university campuses is wrong

Just before Christmas my students’ union removed from sale...

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Atheist group targets Clemson football team for its “interweaving religion and athletics”

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Posted by    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 9:30am

President Eisenhower once said, “An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame – Southern Methodist University game and doesn’t care who wins.”

Now, an atheist is someone who targets a school’s football team for its traditional reverence for God.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), a Wisconsin-based atheist organization, has accused...

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Western Washington University Strives to be Less White

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Posted by    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 8:00am

Apparently, diversity is much more important than academics. Good grades and student achievements… Who cares about those things?

Kaitlyn Schallhorn of Campus Reform reported.

University calls the amount of white people on campus a ‘failure,’ asks for ideas on how to have fewer

school-wide questionnaire at Western Washington University (WWU) asked the community “How...

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California State U Student: On the First Amendment, Left Prefers Slogans to Speech

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Posted by    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 6:30pm

California State University – Fullerton student Keith Fierro has an interesting observation about the left’s use of its First Amendment rights.

If the past months’ bickering on whether religious employers should have to pay for personal contraceptive items to which they morally object has taught us anything, it’s that the left is...

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