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Left-Wing Academics Console Each Other at Modern Language Association

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Posted by    Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 3:30pm

Apparently, their failure to boycott Israel wasn’t the only thing to be sad about at the MLA convention.

Malcolm A. Kline of Accuracy in Academia reports.

Left-Wing Support Group

It’s odd watching a group of left-wing academics buck up each other’s spirits after they’ve encountered the cold, cruel world outside academe. Such a gathering...

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6 more former Atlanta Public Schools employees admit to test-cheating

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Posted by    Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:00pm

We covered the cheating scandal associated with the Atlanta Public School system when reviewing an article entitled “An Epidemic of Cheating.”

Now it looks like 6 former employees of th...

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TV’s Most Famous Professor Dies at Age 89

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Posted by    Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:30pm

When I heard that actor Russell Johnson had passed away, I emailed Leslie and told her that I really wanted to cover this story. I grew up watching Gilligan’s Island and the Professor was my favorite character. Leslie felt the same way so we’re both sad about his passing.

CNN reported.

‘Gilligan’s Island’...

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College offers course on “The Grateful Dead”

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Posted by    Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11:00am

Given the music preferences for today’s college students, perhaps the scholars who proposed a new course for one South Carolina college thought this topic might be suited for ancient history?

College students who also happen to be fans of the Grateful Dead may share their appreciation for this legendary rock band’s eclectic...

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Conservative Students Barred From Campus MLK Meeting at Dartmouth

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Posted by    Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9:30am

Alternate post title: Liberal students completely dishonor the memory and life work of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Positively outrageous.

Jennifer Kabbany of The College Fix reports.

At Dartmouth, Conservative Students Barred From Campus MLK Meeting

Two conservative Dartmouth College students who tried to attend campus activists’ strategy meeting on how to mark the Dr. Martin Luther...

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Florida State U. plans to scalp company that made an offensive T-shirt

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Posted by    Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:00am

Recently, we reported that a liberal writer called the Florida State Seminoles the ‘Champions of Racist Mascots’.

That seems to have hurt the PC-sensibilities of administrators, as the school is now t...

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New Hampshire U. Student: On Christ and Economic Principles

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Posted by    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:30pm

University of New Hampshire student Phil Boynton offers a compelling argument to refute a fellow scholar’s assertions that ” Jesus Christ was a socialist.”

The most recent column by my friend Mr. Daniel Fournier, is one that is certainly intriguing, especially with the Christmas season upon us. In his piece Mr. Fournier...

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U. Maine Prof Pens Book About the Sex Lives of College Students

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Posted by    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:00pm

The professor’s findings show that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Jackie Farwell of the Bangor Daily News reports.

UMaine professor’s book looks at the sex lives of college students

College students are “hooking up” more than ever, having sex with a new person every weekend and reveling in every...

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Adjunct Professor Seeks Greener Academic Pastures in New, Online Business

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Posted by    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:30pm

We have recently featured commentary that professors who can’t get tenure should get real jobs and covered the emergence of online college course options.

One adjunct professor has obviously seen the writing on the wall, and is getting rid of the academic administrative middlemen to open a new, online business that will...

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Michelle Obama Urges Young People to go to College

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Posted by    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 2:00pm

Pretty much all of the Democrats want more people to go to college, just like they wanted everyone to buy a house and we all know how that worked out.

Beckie Supiano of the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

Michelle Obama Takes Bigger Role in Urging Young People to Pursue College

Michelle Obama will...

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Second Study Confirms Link between College Hook-ups and Depression for Women

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Posted by    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:30pm

Last year, we reported on a study in The Journal of Sex Research that involved 3,900 students, which linked depression and anxiety among college students with casual sex.

The journal recently published a second study…with results consistent with the first.

A newly released study of nearly 500 female college students has found that women who casually...

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Recent Grads Struggle to Find Jobs That Require a Bachelor’s Degree

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Posted by    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:00am

David Wessel of the Wall Street Journal provides a new report which suggests the job market for recent grads may be worse than thought, if that’s possible.

For Recent Grads, Good Jobs Really Are Hard to Find

Anecdotal accounts of young college grads working as baristas, bartenders or retail clerks are widespread, provoking...

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Yale Blocks CourseTable, a Popular Student Evaluation Site

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Posted by    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 9:30am

Yale University has just blocked a student-developed course and instructor evaluation website.

Peter Xu, a senior in Morse College and a co-founder of the CourseTable that was just shut-down, makes a compelling case for administrators to reverse their decision.

We are disappointed that an institution we so love...

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Racializing School Discipline

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Posted by    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8:00am

The editors of National Review have written a new piece about the Obama administration’s use of the Civil Rights Act to direct school discipline.

School Discipline Racialized

The Obama administration is no stranger to trying to micromanage complex, intractable problems from Washington. But using the Civil Rights Act to direct schools’ disciplinary practices...

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Baylor University Student: Don’t Try to Explain Politics with Science

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 6:30pm

Conservative pundits often regale their audiences with reports of “scientific evidence” that their beliefs, actions, or attitudes are inferior to progressive ones based on some questionably obtained data.

Baylor University student Danny Huizinga explores this concept in more detail:

Do Democrats make better neighbors? According to a long article by Ken Stern in The Atlantic, the correct...

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Canadian University Honors Student’s Request to Not Work With Women on Religious Grounds

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:00pm

The student’s class professor initially denied the request but the school administration stepped in to override the prof’s decision.

Shawn Jeffords and Terry Davidson of the Toronto Sun report.

Hat tip to Ace Of Spades HQ.

York University prof fires back over religious accommodation controversy

A York University professor is firing back after being ordered...

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Your Next Teaching Assistant May be Named HAL

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:30pm

Stanford University may have crated a program that will soon bring “2001: A Space Odyssey” to a classroom soon!

A group of researchers at Stanford University has engineered a computer program which can process thousands of students’ submissions for an assignment in a computer programming course. This “robotutor,” called Codewebs, indexes submissions...

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President Obama Meeting With College Leaders at the White House

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:00pm

There’s a partial list of schools sending attendees at the link below. I look forward to providing a follow up report with a complete list and an outline of the topics discussed.

Michael Stratford of Inside Higher Ed reports.

The White House Summit

WASHINGTON — President Obama will convene a meeting with more than...

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Cal Poly Considers Ban on Student Drinking Games

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:30pm

There may be no more drinking games during registered fraternity and sorority parties at California Polytechnic State University, if newly proposed school policies are implemented.

The alcohol policies at Cal Poly have been in negotiation by the university and Greek leaders for the past several months. All fraternities and sororities on campus...

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UCLA Prof Tells People With ‘Jewish Sounding Names’ to Lobby Senate Against Iran Bill

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:00am

You would think a college professor would know better than to say such a thing. You would think.

Adam Kredo of The Washington Free Beacon reports.

UCLA Prof Urges Those With ‘a Jewish Sounding Name’ to Lobby Against Iran Bill

A UCLA professor is urging those who “have a Jewish-sounding name” to lobby their...

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West Virgina U’s student newspaper staff: It’s time to talk about hazing

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 9:30am

Recently, hazing rituals have been described as torture, resulted in serious injury, and led to death.

The staff of West Virginia University’s student newspaper formally expressed concern about the practice in a recent editorial.

It’s 2014, and hazing is still an issue. With all the awareness campaigns and stories in the news, it...

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Education Department ‘Guidance’ Pressures Schools to Adopt Racial Quotas In Discipline

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:00am

Crime rates are not the same for different racial groups, and student misconduct rates aren’t, either. The Supreme Court ruled many years ago that such racial disparities don’t prove racism or unconstitutional discrimination. But in guidance issued last week by the Education and Justice Departments, the Obama Administration signaled that it...

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