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University of Oregon Drops Charges Against Student Who Made a Joke

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Posted by    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 8:00am

This is an update to a story we reported earlier this week.

Mary Lou Byrd of the Washington Free Beacon reports.

College Cracking Down on Jokes

Update, 4:30 p.m.: Hours after the publication of this story, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education issued a statement this afternoon announcing that the charges against the...

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University Study Finds Couples With Limited Pre-Marital Experience Have Happier Marriages

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Posted by    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 6:30pm

All that serial dating and wild casual sex students are having these days could put a damper on their future happiness.

Jace Gregory at Accuracy in Academia has the story:

Marriage is Different from Popular Perception, Study finds

The popular “try before you buy” mentality may be helpful when buying a car, but not...

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MIT Students Build a Working Roller Coaster on Campus

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Posted by    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 5:00pm

Engineering majors have all the fun, don’t they?

Galen Moore of Bostinno reports.

MIT Kids Built a Campus Roller Coaster and Here It Is (Pics, Video)

Last week, I wrote about an MIT student working at Formlabs, who 3D-printed a scale model of a roller coaster. The best part of...

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Ultra-Feminists Decry Anti-Rape Drug Nail Polish as Promoting Rape Culture

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Posted by    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 3:30pm

So, should these innovative, entrepreneurial college students not have invented this nail polish, which turns a different color when exposed to date-rape drugs?

Katherine Timpf of he National Review has the story:

Feminists Say Roofie-Detecting Nail Polish Is Actually Also Rape Culture

A group of college students have invented a nail polish that changes...

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Student Loan Reform Has Become a Major Political Issue

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Posted by    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 2:00pm

In a new post at Minding the Campus, David Wilezol writes that Washington is no longer ignoring student loans.

Student Loan Reform Is Now a Major Political Issue

As student debt continues to climb and reform fails to materialize, it’s not surprising that some politicians are capitalizing on their constituents’ frustration. In fact,...

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Sen. Boxer Pressures California Colleges to Install Sexual Assault ‘Victim Advocates’

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Posted by    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 12:30pm

Her bill hasn’t even made it through congress yet, but she’s already trying to enact it.

Jennifer Kabbany at The College Fix has the story:

Sen. Boxer Pressures Campus Leaders to Install Sexual Assault Czars at Every College in California

Ultra-liberal Democratic California Sen. Barbara Boxer, who helped introduce the SOS Campus Act  in July,...

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UW-Stevens Point Bans Smoking Everywhere – Even City Property

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Posted by    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 11:00am

Do college administrators ever get tired of banning things? Apparently not.

Matt Lamb of the College Fix reports.

Smoking Banned Everywhere – Even City Property – Under UW-Stevens Point Policy

Smoking of any kind – even if it involves neither tobacco nor smoke – has been banned at the University of Wisconsin-St...

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Colleges Worsen, Not Improve, Income Inequality

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Posted by    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 9:30am

Most college students and professors believe they are helping alleviate income inequality when in fact they are exacerbating it.

With the story is Elizabeth MacDonald of Fox Business:

Colleges Worsen Income Inequality

Tuition gouging for degrees that are useless in the real world and a failed business model have put U.S. colleges front and...

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Salem College Professor Bans Student Email

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Posted by    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 8:00am

Anyone who gets tired of responding to endless emails could probably identify.

Carl Straumsheim of Inside Higher Ed reported.

Don’t Email Me

A Salem College faculty member last semester took an uncompromising approach to curbing syllabus and inbox bloat: Why not ban most student emails?

“For years, student emails have been an assault on professors,...

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‘Affirmative Consent’ Standard Passes the California Assembly and Senate

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 6:30pm

Remember, kids, there are two things you must do every time you have sex: wear a condom, and get consent in writing and certified by a notary public.

Greg Piper at the College Fix has the story:

BREAKING: ‘Affirmative Consent’ Rape Standard Passes California Assembly

California colleges are one step closer to enforcing an...

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University Doesn’t Want Profs to Tell Students about Cheaper Textbooks

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 5:00pm

We can’t have over burdened college students saving money, can we?

Dave Huber of the College Fix reported.

GW University to Profs: Don’t Inform Students about Cheaper Textbooks!

After initially informing its faculty about their “contractual obligation” with the organization that runs the campus bookstore, George Washington University eventually backed off after profs complained.

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Beloit College Releases Annual ‘Mindset’ List, Reminding Profs How Much Things Have Changed

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 3:30pm

You’d be surprised how out of touch those old fogeys in the academy are these days.

Scott Jaschik at Inside Higher Ed has the story:

Beloit releases annual ‘mindset list’

As the academic year starts, Beloit College has each August since 1998 released a “mindset list” to remind professors and administrators that their experiences...

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University of Oregon Student Penalized Over Four Word Joke

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 2:00pm

This student made the right decision by contacting FIRE.

From the FIRE blog.

Four-Word Joke Results in Five Conduct Charges for University of Oregon Student

EUGENE, Oregon, August 26, 2014—The University of Oregon (UO) has filed multiple, blatantly unconstitutional conduct charges against a female student who jokingly yelled “I hit it first” from a...

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Destroy ISIS Says Princeton Professor, A World Renowned Conservative Thinker

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 12:30pm

From Jordan Schachtel of Breitbart:

PRINCETON PROFESSOR ROBERT P. GEORGE AUTHORS BIPARTISAN PETITION CALLING UPON OBAMA ADMIN TO DESTROY ISLAMIC STATE

Princeton University Professor and world-renowned intellectual Dr. Robert P. George authored a petition calling upon President Obama and Congress to not stop, not contain, but destroy the Islamic State terror group. Dr....

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The Politicization of US History by the College Board

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 11:00am

We recently wrote about the Howard Zinnification of US history in the case of the college board’s AP US history exam.

Now Stanley Kurtz of National Review has more.

How the College Board Politicized U.S. History

The College Board, the private company that produces the SAT test and the various Advanced Placement (AP) exams,...

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Student Writes About Gun in a Creative Writing Assignment, Police Get Called

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 9:30am

Proof that the political correctness brigade is living in a fantasy world: a high school student in South Carolina writes about shooting his neighbor’s pet dinosaur in a short story, and his teachers think that this was serious enough to call the police.

Dave Huber at The College Fix has the story:

Student...

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U. Missouri Frat Slapped With Title IX Violations Over Dancing Teletubby

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 8:00am

This is where political correctness meets the completely absurd. No more fun of any kind!

Total Frat Move reports. Hat tip to Instapundit.

Mizzou Fraternity Accused Of Title IX Violations For Dancing Teletubby

Call me a traditionalist, but when I think sexual harassment, I think of a Don Draper-esque man giving a secretary a...

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Ivy League Prof: VMA Awards Just Like Shootings of Black People

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 6:30pm

Anthea Butler, a religion professor at the University of Pennsylvania, sent out a tweet that was an attempt to insert racial animus into the VMAs (Video Music Awards) but ended up not really making any sense. She later deleted it, citing she didn’t “have time for BS.”

Oliver Darcy of The Blaze...

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‘Bridesmaids’ Poster at U. Central Arkansas Angers Feminists

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 5:00pm

Higher education’s perpetual outrage machine cranks on.

Jennifer Kabbany of the College Fix reports.

Feminists Angered Over ‘Bridesmaids’ Poster at University of Central Arkansas

Some of the many welcome posters that hang at the University of Central Arkansas read: “Welcome to UCA. Meet all the other 2,201 freshmen, 3 of whom will be your future bridesmaids.”

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Set Back the Alarm: Pediatricians Say School Shouldn’t Start Until 8:30 am

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 3:30pm

Well, for the first two years of high school I woke up at 5:45 am, and after I could drive I woke up at 6:30 am. That seems kind of early, but if you go to sleep early enough it is manageable.

Anyways, Michelle Healy of USA Today has the story:

Docs urge...

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Burlington College Struggles With Low Enrollment

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 2:00pm

Maybe they shouldn’t have bought that $10 million dollar lakefront property in 2010.

Charlie Tyson of Inside Higher Ed reports.

$10 Million Gamble

Classes begin today at Burlington College, a liberal arts college in Vermont that enrolls fewer than 200 students. But you wouldn’t know it from the college’s website. A notice on the...

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The LGBT Movement’s “New Morality” Making Gay Okay

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 12:30pm

In his new book, Making Gay Okay, Robert R. Reilly argues that the modern rationalization of homosexuality signals a radical moral upheaval, one which could bring human society — or even possibly the human race — to its knees. No pun intended.

Spencer Irvine at Accuracy in Academia writes:

LGBT Movement’s “New Morality”: Making...

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