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Conservative UCLA Law Prof Eugene Volokh Joins the Washington Post

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:00am

When I say Eugene Volokh has joined the Washington Post, I should say more specifically that his entire blog The Volokh Conspiracy has joined the Washington Post.

In a new post, Volokh provides some background.

In Brazil, you can always find the Amazon — in America, the Amazon f...

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Prager University Video: Why Be Happy?

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 6:30pm

Check out the latest offering from Prager University, from their Life Studies Department.

Ever been in a bad mood? Ever lashed out at someone, only to later wonder what came over you? Join the club. You’re like every other person on Earth.

Happiness–namely, acting happy–is not natural. It takes hard work. In our...

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The Loss of Trust in Higher Education

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 5:00pm

In a new piece at the John William Pope Center, writer Harry R. Lewis suggests that higher education is suffering from a lack of trust.

Losing Trust in Higher Education

“Universities for a very long time have been based on trust.” So said the provost of the University of North C...

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Prof uses historic massacre analogy for budget cuts; Colorado State pulls the plug on email

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:30pm

It seems university professors can actually remember real history when it suits their agendas.

However, one Colorado State-Pueblo professor is now realizing that dramatic analogies to yesteryear’s events can have consequences today.

On Friday, many at Colorado State University-Pueblo nervously awaited word from administrators on exactly how many jobs would be eliminated there....

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Vassar Student – I (Still) Believe in Chris Christie

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Guest Post by Luka Ladan    Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:00pm

Listen, I’m never really going to know what Chris Christie knew at the time, or how truthful he’s been to reporters in the aftermath. The Fort Lee lane closure scandal, more infamously known as “Bridgegate,” will forever remain at least a little bit mysterious and somewhat murky — as scandals usually...

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Yale Student rips the ASA and MLA for anti-Israel Antics

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:30pm

The Insurrection sites have been following the fallout from the anti-Israel academic boycott by the American Studies Association and discussions related to the boycott by the Modern Language Association (which blocked conservative media coverage of its events).

Sam Cohen, a junior at Yale University, has a scathing assessment of both groups:

…But the...

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Lawmakers in Washington State Want to Give Financial Aid to Illegal Aliens

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 11:00am

There’s no reward for following the rules when it comes to immigration.

Tony Lee of Breitbart reports.

WA State Lawmakers Seek to Give Financial Aid to Illegal Aliens

Lawmakers in the state of Washington are seeking to pass legislation that would give financial aid to illegal immigrants. Though the measure was approved in the...

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Hillary Clinton Planning Visit to University of Maimi Campus in February

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:30am

By targeting the battleground state of Florida and the votes of Young Americans, it looks like one contender may be out of the gate for the Presidential Race 2016.

Hillary Clinton is planning to visit the perennial battleground state of Florida next month, prompting more speculation about her presidential ambitions in 2016.

The...

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Black Student Group at U. Michigan Threatens Physical Action if Demands Aren’t Met

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:00am

Any student group that makes threats is doing more harm than good to their cause.

Ben Freed of M Live reports.

Being Black at University of Michigan organizers threaten ‘physical action’ if demands aren’t met

Activists on the steps of Hill Auditorium Monday said that University of Michigan officials have...

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New Jersey Gov. Christie Says Camden School System’s Results “Obscene”

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Posted by    Monday, January 20, 2014 at 6:30pm

Late last year, we reported that only 3 Camden, New Jersey high schoolers scored as “college-ready” on their SAT’s.

Governor Chris Christie took few moments away from the media hounding on #BrigdeGate to comment on the school district’s results.

During Governor Chris Christie’s New Jersey State of the State address on Tuesday, he...

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Accepting Failure in Higher Education

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Posted by    Monday, January 20, 2014 at 5:00pm

Randye Hoder has written an interesting piece for Time Magazine. It’s amazing what some people are willing to accept.

Why I Let My Daughter Get a ‘Useless’ College Degree

My oldest child, Emma, just returned to campus after a long holiday break to finish up her last semester of college.

But even before she...

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Student Debt: The Bane of Today’s Doctoral Students

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Posted by    Monday, January 20, 2014 at 3:30pm

Jordan Weissmann, senior associate editor at The Atlantic, reviews an under-reported aspect of the Higher Education Bubble in a detailed look at the numbers for debt-burdened doctoral students (hat-tip, Instapundit).

College debt. Law school debt. Medical school debt. These are all topics that have been hashed over ad nauseam in the past...

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UC Berkeley Prof Claims Republicans Use Racist Tactics to Win White Voters

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Posted by    Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:00pm

Is there any end to this kind of thing?

Jennifer Kabbany of The College Fix reports.

Prof: Republicans Use Discreet Racist Tactics To Win White Voters

A new book written by Ian Haney López, a UC Berkeley law professor, claims Republican politicians use a discreet racist language to speak to white voters and ga...

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86 Yale fraternity members sued over fatal accident at tailgate party

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Posted by    Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:30pm

A tailgating party at a Harvard-Yale football game was the scene of a tragic accident in 2011, and the family members of the victim are now bringing a lawsuit against the allegedly involved fraternity members.

Eighty-six current and former members of a Yale University fraternity are being sued over a deadly tailgating...

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The Twisted Priorities of the Modern Language Association

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Posted by    Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:00am

Jonathan Marks of Commentary Magazine points to two pictures that capture the priorities of the Modern Language Association. Click the links in the excerpt below to see them.

Misplaced Priorities in Academia: A Tale of Two Pictures

Toward the top of his piece on the debate about Israel at this year’s Modern Language...

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UCLA produces statement on confidentiality, protection of faculty research records

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Posted by    Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:30am

Following recent open records requests targeting controversial professors at other institutions, the University od California Los Angeles releases its mission statement regarding the protection of privacy of scholarly communications.

Inside Higher Ed’s Colleen Flaherty has the details:

Saying that “frivolous” open records requests for faculty members’ emails and other communicati...

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Common Core Instructs Teachers to Say All Right-Wing Groups are Fascist

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Posted by    Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:00am

Like George Will said, Common Core is designed to advance the progressive agenda.

Grae Stafford of The Daily Caller reports.

Teachers ‘instructed’ to teach ‘all right wing extremist groups’ are fascist [VIDEO]

Hillsdale pr...

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President Obama to Focus on College Costs during Second Term

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Posted by    Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 5:00pm

Given the massive failures now associated with Obamacare, college students and their parents will take cold comfort in learning about President Obama’s new policy priority.

Warner Todd Huston of Breitbart files this report.

The White House announced that President Obama and First Lady Michelle are to host an event focused on the costs...

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Job Prospects for College Grads in Two Charts

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Posted by    Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 3:30pm

Since our recent scary chart post seemed popular, I thought I’d follow up with more graphics.

Thanks to Jordan Weissmann of The Atlantic.

The Growth of College Grads in Dead-End Jobs (in 2 Graphs)

These post-recession years have not been gentle on young college grads, and by now, you’ve heard plenty of stories about...

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George Washington U. Student: Get Angry At Obama, Support Snowden

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Posted by    Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 2:00pm

One of the primary reasons that Obama’s approval numbers among college students has plummeted is his use of the National Security Agency’s and its policies and practices of spying utilizing social media resources.

George Washington University student Andrew Desiderio is using this anger to inspire fellow scholars to get active.

Last June, we...

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George Will – Common Core is Designed to Advance the Progressive Agenda

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Posted by    Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 12:30pm

People seem to be catching on to that fact but it’s reassuring to hear it from someone with George Will’s intellect.

Doubts over Common Core

Viewed from Washington, which often is the last to learn about important developments, opposition to the Common Core State Standards Initiative still seems as small as the biblical...

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As Membership Declines, Wisconsin Teachers Unions Consider Merger

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Posted by    Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:00am

This news offers proof that Governor Scott Walker’s reforms were steps in the right direction.

The the corporate world, mergers are generally considered a sign of confidence, as companies seek to expand their operations. Within organized labor, by contrast, they’re often a sign of weakness. The latter is certainly the case with...

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