Tag: College

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. YAF at Brandeis: Christina Hoff Sommers

 

Thanks to Young America’s Foundation (formerly Young Americans for Freedom) our conservative club was able to host Christina Hoff Sommers last Tuesday. We had advertised her around campus thus: “Politically involved? Feminist? Engage in the campus dialogue.” Ironically, other than a graduate student, I was the only female club member to show up. But I enjoyed getting the VIP treatment — sitting in the front seats and being able to hang out with Sommers before and after the event.

The assistant dean (she’s great) started off by talking about how fortunate we were to have these forums for free speech and making it very clear that no disruptive behavior would be tolerated within the room. Then we got to hear from Sommers.

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Bryan Caplan is an economics professor at George Mason University and a Libertarian’s Libertarian. In fact, he’s an anarcho-capitalist, which makes him a member of one of America’s most elite hyperminorities. Caplan is consequently unafraid to tell people where he stands, being as this is where he sits. Consequently, he is in favor of radically […]

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In Banter’s fifth installment of the “Bridging the Dignity Divide” series, AEI Visiting Scholar Mark Schneider joined the show to discuss alternatives to the traditional bachelor’s degree, such as associate and certificate programs, and the differing earnings outcomes of these programs. This research was featured in the new report “Degrees of Opportunity: Lessons Learned from […]

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Three guesses to identify the U.S. college where this (unretouched) photo was taken. (The first two don’t count.) More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Woke, Triggered, and Micro-Aggressed

 

Ironically enough, I’m sitting on a college campus writing this, as I wait for my kid to get out of her last class of the week. I read earlier today how UC Berkeley will be providing counseling for students and employees in case they feel scared from anything conservative speaker Ben Shapiro might utter on their campus at his upcoming engagement.

The school is “deeply concerned” about the “impact of the speakers on their safety and belonging.” As if any of those people will actually be attending the speech by Mr. Shapiro or any other conservative. Maybe just the fact he will be breathing the same air as they do on campus is upsetting to them. I don’t know.

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Amy Wax and Larry Alexander, professors of law at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of San Diego, respectively, wrote an op-ed recently which argued that not all cultures are equal. In response, many of their colleagues in higher education went berserk. Bill interviews Prof. Wax about the op-ed and the controversy that erupted. […]

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If you haven’t heard of the “mattress girl,” it’s not for lack of trying among liberal opinion shapers. Emma Sulkowicz, who dragged a blue mattress around Columbia University’s campus in 2014 to dramatize her plight as a rape victim, was profiled sympathetically in New York magazine, the New York Times and other publications. Senator Kirstin Gillibrand (D., NY) invited her to attend one of President Obama’s State of the Union speeches. Artnet pronounced her mattress stunt (for which Columbia awarded her course credit as an art project) “one of the most important art works of the year,” and she was honored by the Feminist Majority Foundation and other groups.

Her story is this: A consensual sexual encounter with a male student named Paul Nungesser suddenly turned violent. Without warning, he choked her, struck her, and anally penetrated her while she cried out in pain.

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Daughter, Soon you will be heading off to your first year at college, a school which has already given you an assignment for summer reading: the non-fiction, epistolary cri de coeur titled Between The World And Me, by author Ta-Nehisi Coates. I gather that the idea is for you and other incoming freshman to have a common […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. College vs. the Love of Wisdom

 

Part I: A sad realization

While we Ricochetti may find it regrettable, the vast majority of human beings aren’t interested in ideas. In my Advanced International Relations class, we met once a week after reading a book. It was mentally electrifying. We ran the gamut of different ideas and theories and hammered out what they all meant. The teacher was superb, and it was a smaller class, so it was perfect for discussion. The class was among the most intellectually productive things I’ve ever done. Sadly, I doubt that a majority of the students were really into it. I asked my Professor why the students were so uninterested in the morality of torture and wars and Empires. He shrugged and said that while he always found it odd, it was usually that way.

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I was talking with a friend yesterday who is the mother of a freshman at UC Berkeley. My friend and her daughter attended orientation together last fall. A group of parents and freshmen met at the iconic Sather Gate as orientation commenced, and they were addressed by a current student, an orientation team leader who was responsible for […]

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Next month, I will be taking my daughter to a New Student Orientation program at the university she will be attending in the fall. I was looking at the website page that lists the orientation team leaders, who are current students, and I couldn’t help noticing that the pupils’ page proudly perpetrates the peculiar practice of picking preferred […]

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This is just a short fun story from a while back that I found in my drafts, and quickly finished. I was sitting in the dining hall with a good friend and two others, and I brought up the failings of the FDA. (It was relevant enough.) Two of my tablemates launched into, “Well, they’re […]

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As you all know by now because I love to talk about myself, I am a mom. (Want to hear about my childhood? Okay! Want to see 1200 pictures of me? Okay!) Anyway, now that my child is in college, I’ve been looking back on things. Being a mom changes a person. It makes you […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Seth and the Waterbed

 

Water is heavy. This was a lesson I learned in my freshman year in college, back more years than I care to remember. It was something I learned in class, but the lesson was underscored by my first-ever roommate, Seth. It is not his real name – for reasons obvious as this story progresses.

I was accepted to the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. How far back? Back a few years after the Great Aerospace Bust left engineering graduates unable to find a job more challenging than pumping gasoline upon graduation. Not just baccalaureate degree holders, but rather those with masters and doctorates. In some ways folks looked on engineering grads the same way we view those with worthless studies degrees today.

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Fortunately, I missed blow-by-blow accounts of House Republicans’ self-destruction, though leftist gloating continues to linger in the air like a bad smell, regardless of efforts to squeegee politics out of one’s life for a long weekend. Instead, I traveled to a nearby State in the Midwest to attend several sports events that highlighted my granddaughters’ skills in soccer and swimming. At this point, it is perhaps advisable to disguise true identities here, for their sakes as well as mine. All I’ll say about the State in question is that it consists of a pair of peninsulas, one of which looks like a mitten and hosts one of the most wretched cities in the country, laid waste by several generations of Democrats at the helm, producing wreckage pretty much equivalent to what B-29s did to Tokyo in 1945.

Okay, I exaggerated, so let’s talk about the soccer teams. Let’s call one the Sesame Street Hushpuppies and the other, an Amish team known as the Fighting Pacifists. But don’t let these names mislead you; they certainly know how to play soccer. It’s just the game itself that remains a puzzle to me.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The Electoral College Podcast

 

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for December 20, 2016, it’s the Electoral College Edition of the podcast…only it’s not! It is really the Judy Curry podcast where we talk with the noted climatologist and courageous skeptic about the details – we’re talking details here – of the climate alarmist argument.

The HLC podcast is brought to you by Donors Trust, by Patriot Mobile and by our friends at SimpliSafe.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Mulvaney to Lead OMB, Obama on the Electoral College, Michelle and Toddlers

 

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be director of the Office of Management and Budget. They also slam Pres. Obama for dismissing the Electoral College as a vestige of an earlier vision of America. And we react to Michelle Obama comparing the American people to toddlers.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. FIRE Releases 2017 Speech Code Report

 

shutterstock_238626832Today my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), released our annual “Spotlight on Speech Codes” report, a rundown of the speech policies at 449 of America’s largest and most prestigious colleges and universities. The report contains both good and bad news about the state of free speech on campus.

As the Wall Street Journal reported:

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They are going to reinforce the walls of that bubble with adamantium. An Asylum of Higher Education in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts has banned the American flag so it can concentrate on its core mission of indoctrinating students in homophilia and Islamophilia. “We will not fly the U.S. flag or any other flags at […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Hillary’s Woes with Millennials, Electoral College Hysteria, Trump Media Madness

 

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review discuss millennials choosing Hillary Clinton by a much smaller margin than Barack Obama enjoyed in previous elections. They also unload on the liberal politicians and columnists screaming for the Electoral College to be abolished. And they slam the media for throwing a fit over Donald Trump going out to dinner without telling the media.

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