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You want a professor who supports toking up, abolishing the death penalty and pushing through “marriage equality”?

Then Jamie Raskin is your man for Maryland’s 8th congressional district.

The Eagle reports the American University constitutional law professor, a current Maryland state senator, has thrown his hat in the ring for the seat held by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who is vacating to run for the seat of retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Sound like anyone you know?

Raskin has taught courses in constitutional law and American politics at [AU’s Washington College of Law] since 1990. He currently teaches a courses [sic] on legislative process and a course on political rhetoric and constitutional law. He says he’s meeting with the school’s dean soon to figure out a schedule that could work while he campaigns next year.

“It would be hard for me to leave AU on a full time basis, but I feel that my connections to the University are strong and enduring, and it will always be an essential part of my identity,” he said.

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Paul Nungesser’s quest to punish Columbia University for how it treated him in the “Mattress Girl” saga may face an uphill battle in his chosen legal venue.

Just a few days before the student accused (and exonerated) of sexual assault against Emma Sulkowicz filed his lawsuit against the school, an anonymous student’s lawsuit against Columbia for actually finding him a rapist was dismissed in the same federal court in New York.

Ashe Schow at the Washington Examiner has the story: John Doe claims Jane didn’t appear to be “under the influence” and she herself suggested they have sex in her “suite bathroom,” even retrieving a condom before they started.

He recited a litany of complaints about the school’s apparent attempts to marginalize him – many with eerie parallels to Nungesser’s lawsuit – even as the investigation started.

The Title IX investigator in charge “seemed to speak to him as if she were trying to get a confession,” Schow says, and she “inaccurately and inadequately” recorded his side of the story. Doe argued he had been discriminated against on account of his gender.

The judge who threw out the complaint was “strongly endorsed” in his confirmation hearing by none other than Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sulkowicz’s most powerful advocate, as Brooklyn College history professor KC Johnson tweeted. (Nungesser’s suit is being heard by a different judge, though.)

Schow also notes that Judge Jesse Furman was appointed by President “It’s On Us” Barack Obama and has a brother who is an economic adviser to Obama.

The judge “ignored other claims in the lawsuit,” focusing only on gender discrimination:

Furman concluded that despite the Title IX investigator’s role as a campus administrator tasked with prosecuting sexual assault and her background at a women’s resource center, combined with her “discretion” to ignore John’s side of the story, John didn’t provide evidence of gender discrimination.

“[I]n order to establish a claim of discrimination under Title IX, a plaintiff must ultimately show that the defendant discriminated against him or her because of sex; that the discrimination was intentional; and that the discrimination was a ‘substantial’ or ‘motivating factor’ for the defendant’s actions,” Furman wrote.

The allegation that Doe’s accuser got “sensitivity” and a full explanation of the process from the investigator, while Doe got “effectively cross-examined” and left in the dark, “wasn’t good enough for Furman,”

who noted that the Title IX investigator was just an investigator and not the one who decided John’s fate. Of course, it was her investigation that provided the evidence for John’s trial, so she had a tremendous amount of influence on the outcome.

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He’s certainly no Hillary.

Vice President Joe Biden’s recent speech at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana on sexual assault cost the school $30,000, though not because it paid Uncle Joe to flack the White House “It’s On Us” campaign.

The News-Gazette reports that the university had to buy “more than 4,700 linear feet of lumber to build bleachers for the event,” and shelled out for  “500 ‘It’s On Us’ T-shirts and other signs for the event,” while the Secret Service picked up the rest.

Anyone else reminded of a Christian youth conference abstinence pledge?

Because of the event, the UI doubled the number of “It’s On Us” pledges taken by members of the campus community, now at 3,162, Kaler noted.

UI also has a pretty low bar for bang for the buck:

“We saw that many students listened intently as the vice president gave a powerful speech asking them to stand up and protect each other,” [spokeswoman Robin] Kaler wrote in an assessment for Chancellor Phyllis Wise. “(I)f the event changes one heart, it was well worth the time and investment we made.”

Among the more telling numbers from the event, according to the News-Gazette: “6 Student selfies in the VP’s limo.”

No word whether Biden obtained affirmative consent for the embrace in each selfie.

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It seems Texas A&M-Galveston Professor Irwin Horwitz had quite a rough semester. So rough, in fact, that he ended up failing everyone in his Strategic Management class.

In an email to students, Horwitz wrote that the class “proved to be incompetent and lack the maturity level to enter the workforce,” and “cited examples of students cheating, telling him to ‘chill out,’ and inappropriate conduct.”

He added that “students spread untrue rumors about him online” and eventually he worried for his personal safety — to the point that he felt he needed police protection.

Click 2 Houston.com reports:

After what he calls a semester of disrespect, backstabbing, lying, and cheating, Horwitz had all he could take.

“It became apparent that they couldn’t do some of the most simple and basic things they should have been able to do,” said Horwitz.

“I was dealing with cheating, dealing with individuals swearing at me both in and out of class, it got to the point that the school had to put security guards at that class and another class,” said Horowitz.

KPRC spoke with some students who say they were shocked to get the email. John Shaw is a senior and worried this would mess up the job he has lined up when he graduates in May.

“Just ridiculous, I had never had a problem in the class. I thought I had done pretty well, done pretty well on the first test and then I get an email saying I am going to get an F in the class, it was overwhelming,” Shaw said.

Horwitz said in the 20 years he has been a professor, he has never dealt with a class as disgraceful as this one.

“This class is unique. I have never failed a class, it is very rare that I fail students, sometimes learning incorporates tough love,” says Horwitz.

But the school isn’t backing up the professor.

“None of them have failed until the end of the class, meaning the only reason a student would fail because he or she has not performed the expectations for that particular class,” [Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Patrick] Louchouran said.

The head of the department will take over Horwitz’s teaching duties for the remainder of the semester.

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h/t to University Diaries.

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The students’ union at Goldsmiths, University of London, had invited students to a meeting about “diversifying the curriculum.”

But the meeting organizer, “welfare and diversity” officer Bahar Mustafa, informed the student body via social media that the confab was only for BMEs — black and minority ethnic women.

Mustafa wrote on Facebook: “Invite loads of BME Women and non-binary people!! Also, if you’ve been invited and you’re a man and/or white PLEASE DON’T COME just cos i invited a bunch of people and hope you will be responsible enough to respect this is a BME Women and non-binary event only.”

The Daily Mail reports:

Miss Mustafa, 27, added: ‘Don’t worry lads we will give you and allies things to do’, followed by a wink. The event’s online page said it was open to ‘self-defining BLACK and ETHNIC MINORITY women and non-binary people with gender identities that include “woman”.’

The ban on men and white students is surprising, since the organisers claim to promote ‘zero tolerance’ for ‘all forms of prejudice, discrimination and oppression’.

A senior union member told student newspaper The Tab that Miss Mustafa’s actions had made it ‘very difficult’ for male students.

He said many white men felt they ‘could not say anything for fear of retribution’, adding: ‘For Bahar to have the nerve to write this is patronising beyond belief. The irony that she thinks that they are diversifying the student community in the name of feminism and multiculturalism is laughable.’

The event sparked a fierce backlash on social media, with one user writing: ‘Isn’t this racism – and why wasn’t she prosecuted?’

Another said: ‘Hypocrisy of the left … When will people see it.’

Organisers later appeared to back down on the rules, with the statement ‘Allies now welcome!’ added to the meeting’s Facebook page.

It probably won’t surprise you that Mustafa recently obtained an MA from Goldsmiths in … gender and media studies.

A university spokesman said the school “had no part in the decisions of the union” and that it “do[es] not tolerate any form of oppression, including racism, sexism or any other form of bigotry.”

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Because there’s apparently nothing current in which to protest, the University of Pennsylvania student group SOUL — Students Organizing for Unity and Liberation — took to the area in front of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity to hold a mock slave auction.

How come? Because back in December the frat had sent out a Christmas card featuring a Beyoncé blow-up doll.

“When you walk on Locust, you’re not supposed to feel the violence that is this house,” Penn senior Victoria Ford said.

The Daily Pennsylvanian reports:

“For four months, I have walked in front of this house and have lost all sense of worth,” Ford said. “No more.”

During the protest, one brother of Phi Delta Theta came outside and told the protesters that “people are listening.”

A member of SOUL responded, “We don’t feel like you guys are actually sympathizing at all.”

Although the chapter was placed on probation by its national organization in January and required to complete cultural sensitivity and sexual and relationship misconduct education programs, some students feel the penalties weren’t severe enough.

“We haven’t forgotten about this and remain unsatisfied with the University’s response and punishment of Phi Delta Theta,” SOUL posted on its Facebook event for a Tuesday meeting to organize the protest. The fake slave auction in front of the chapter house was meant to tie the purchasing of the black sex-doll into the larger narrative of slavery, and the historical relationship between white men and black women.

The fake auctioneers held signs that read $14.60, symbolizing the amount of money the blow-up doll cost. Protesters also painted their heads as a symbol of police brutality.

Indeed. Because the frat did not “take care” to make sure the doll had lighter skin, it deserves “more severe” penalties … also, because what the frat brothers did “represents slavery.” And police brutality. Or something.

Based on the DP’s photos, it seems a whole five people showed up for the protest. But hey — if you’ve got the “right” narrative, you’ll get the coverage, natch.

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