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In a recent civil rights lawsuit, the son of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, along with a fellow former assistant coach, claim their reputations were “destroyed” when the school fired them during the sordid Jerry Sandusky investigation.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

In the civil rights suit, filed Monday in federal court in Philadelphia, Joseph “Jay” Paterno and Bill Kenney say they suffered collateral damage from the siege of bad publicity for the university after Sandusky was indicted for child sex abuse in November 2011 and the elder Paterno was dismissed after decades as head coach.

Jay Paterno and Kenney were fired in January 2012, shortly after the announcement that the school had hired a new head coach, the suit alleges. At the time, it had been reported that Jay Paterno and the new coach “reached the conclusion” together that Paterno would leave Penn State.

The lawsuit, which seeks at least $1 million in damages for emotional distress and loss of earnings, argues that although the assistant coaches were never implicated of wrongdoing in the Sandusky investigation, their firings stigmatized them in the eyes of potential employers.

All Penn State has offered in response is “It is common practice for incoming head coaches to select their own coaching staff.”

The lawsuit notes that the school “terminated each of them (Paterno and Kenney) at the height of the Sandusky scandal’s dark shroud,” and that no attempt to “preserve the reputations” of the former coaches was made.

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Former Yale University Professor William Deresiewicz, who taught there from 1998 to 2008, has some advice for the nation’s elite college students: transfer to a public university.

“Is there anything that I can do, a lot of young people have written to ask me, to avoid becoming an out-of-touch, entitled little shit? I don’t have a satisfying answer, short of telling them to transfer to a public university,” writes Deresiewicz in a lengthy New Republic piece published Monday. It has garnered 33,000 social media shares so far.

“Our system of elite education manufactures young people who are smart and talented and driven, yes, but also anxious, timid, and lost, with little intellectual curiosity and a stunted sense of purpose: trapped in a bubble of privilege, heading meekly in the same direction, great at what they’re doing but with no idea why they’re doing it,” he wrote.

Deresiewicz’s column, titled “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League,” is clearly sympathetic to progressive causes – prone to bemoaning alleged white privilege, the rich, and other perceived social inequalities.

He blames elite institutions for causing income inequality, criticizes their increasingly demanding college entrance requirements, and accuses them of largely just serving the upper class.

He argued affirmative action should be based on class instead of race, and suggests competition and fear of failure is stunting Ivy League students’ growth.

“So extreme are the admission standards now that kids who manage to get into elite colleges have, by definition, never experienced anything but success. The prospect of not being successful terrifies them, disorients them,” he wrote. “The cost of falling short, even temporarily, becomes not merely practical, but existential. The result is a violent aversion to risk. You have no margin for error, so you avoid the possibility that you will ever make an error. Once, a student at Pomona told me that she’d love to have a chance to think about the things she’s studying, only she doesn’t have the time. I asked her if she had ever considered not trying to get an A in every class. She looked at me as if I had made an indecent suggestion.”

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The District of Columbia decriminalized possession of marijuana last week – it’s now just a $25 fine for up to an ounce of weed – but Georgetown students shouldn’t light up just yet, The Hoya reports:

Despite the law’s implementation across D.C., the Georgetown administration stated that the university’s policy on marijuana use and possession would not change. The Code of Student Conduct forbids possession, use, transfer, or sale of controlled substances. Violation of the policy leaves students and employees at the risk of sanctions from the university, including suspension, expulsion, or referral for prosecution.

“Georgetown University complies with local and federal laws,” Rachel Pugh, the university’s Director of Media Relations, wrote in an email. “Federal law prohibits possession, manufacturing, [and] use of marijuana. We do not have any plans to change the student code of conduct.”

For students thinking of walking down to the C&O Canal and staring at their hands, be warned, InTheCapital says:

Police can still, however, arrest someone for smoking in public places, such as streets, alleys, parks or “any place to which the public is invited,” as well as a person in possession of more than one ounce of weed. The sale of any amount of marijuana remains illegal, as well as driving a motor vehicle while impaired.

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From our friends at Campus Reform comes this climactic news that Minnesota State University-Mankato’s Welcome Week for incoming freshmen includes a lecture titled “I Heart Female Orgasm.”

Yes, “Heart” is spelled out, because why beat around the bush with cutesy symbols at this point?

And as you expected, those are mandatory student activity fees paying for programs like these, $453.60 per student to be exact, Campus Reform notes.

Here’s the description of the lecture, sponsored by the school’s  Women’s CenterLGBT Center and Violence Awareness and Response Program:

The I Heart Female Orgasm Lecture is the sex ed teacher you always wanted.  It combines sex education with a hearty dose of laughter.  This program will bring a playful, honest approach to this topic.  “Best sex talk ever!” Megan B Junior, MSU. With humor and education, the team of speakers illuminate the subject of sexuality, healthy relationships, and consent.  Are you coming?

What’s the symbol for “eye roll”?

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Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the president of (the Christian) Eastern University is being criticized by a group of almost 800 alumni because of his signature on a letter to President Obama requesting a religious exemption from a recent executive order.

That order forbids federal contractors “from discriminating in hiring on the basis of sexual orientation, with no exemption for religious groups.” The College Fix’s Greg Piper reported yesterday on the effects of the president’s order.

The Inquirer notes:

Robert Duffett, president of the Christian university in St. Davids, says Eastern does not discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender students or employees. He signed the petition, he says, because the school supports the separation of church and state.

“This means no government has the right to determine theological views and practices of religious institutions,” Duffett wrote in an e-mail to alumni, employees, and students who objected to his signature.

Ryan Paetzold, a 2007 Eastern graduate and director of the alumni group OneEastern, said nearly 800 people had signed a letter to Duffett asking him to withdraw his signature.

“We were really shocked by this,” Paetzold said.

He questioned Duffett’s argument about the separation of church and state.

“We’re confused,” he said. “We don’t believe the right to discriminate has any bearing on that.”

Paetzold went on to take issue with Duffett’s claim that Eastern does not discriminate, citing a section in the faculty handbook about termination due to “moral turpitude.” “Homosexual conduct” is listed as an example of such.

Duffett counters that “heterosexual sex outside of marriage” is also listed, so there’s no discrimination. “We’re trying to be evenhanded on that,” he noted.

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U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has demoted Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove, EducationNews.org reports. Gove had begun to initiate numerous reforms, including “the creation of independent free schools, performance-based teacher pay,” and “an overhaul of the exams system.” But he irritated the the country’s teachers unions:

According to a recent poll, 79% of teachers were unhappy with what Gove had been doing in office. Seventy-five percent of those polled said the teaching profession had fallen since the last General Election.

His reforms changed monthly, many times undoing previous reforms, which all had to be adapted immediately making the education profession exhausting.

In four years as education secretary, Gove did not appear once at any teacher union conferences, having his deputy, the school minister, go in his place. He openly referred to EU’s educational establishment – the unions and teacher colleges – as “the blob.”

However, many leaders of the European Union’s head teachers associations are in Gove’s corner, saying “he has a great ‘commitment to improving the life chances of young people.’”

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