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Another liberal professor has been caught on tape ranting against conservatives.

Campus Reform reports that a professor at Eastern Connecticut State University was recorded by a student as he told his Intro to Creative Writing class “that Republicans will close colleges if they prevail in 2014 and that ‘racist, misogynist, money-grubbing people’ want to suppress the liberal vote.”

Professor Brent Terry told his class:

“…racist, misogynist, money-grubbing people have so much power over the rest of us. And want things to go back—not to 1955, but to 1855,” Terry said … Monday morning.

“There are a lot of people out there that do not want black people to vote, do not want Latinos to vote. Do not want old people to vote, or young people to vote. Because generally, people like you are liberal.”

The student who secretly recorded the lecture, Jason Veley, has since gone on Fox News to say why he undertook the measure, telling Megyn Kelly that the educator’s comments were prompted by a poem about social justice and that the professor has railed against conservatives in the past. Veley said when he confronted the professor after class about his politically biased comments, the professor did not apologize.

But since the news broke, the professor has since apologized for the rant, saying: “I allowed my own political opinions to color the discussion. I regret the language I used and I apologize to any students in the room who were offended. As a liberal arts university, Eastern is known for encouraging debate and discussion about a host of social and political issues. My role in my own classroom is to keep the debate lively yet respectful. I did not meet that standard yesterday, and for that I am truly sorry.”

But the university has washed its hands of the incident, citing academic freedom.

Alex Smith, College Republicans National Chair, told Kelly this latest example of conservative bashing is indicative of what goes on in classrooms all across the country, all the time. But the good news is, the advent of technology and social media means liberal professors are more often held accountable, at least in the “court of public opinion.”

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Thomas Lindsay writes for Real Clear Policy:

[Gov. Rick] Perry challenged Texas’s public universities to craft four-year degrees costing no more than $10,000 in tuition, fees, and books, and to achieve the necessary cost reductions by teaching students online and awarding degrees based on competency.

The idea met with skepticism. Andy Brown, who was then chairman of the Travis County Democrats, labeled Perry’s “scheme to serve up $10,000 college degrees … preposterous,” adding that “nobody in higher education believes that is even possible.”

…One year after the governor’s challenge, Texas A&M-San Antonio became the first school to answer the call, announcing a bachelor’s degree in information technology costing students just under $10,000 in tuition and fees. Today, eleven other Texas schools have announced $10,000 degree initiatives…

Read the full story here.


The Supreme Court’s decision this week in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action spells the end of racial preferences at Michigan’s public universities.

Some critics, not surprisingly, are treating Michigan’s new color-blind reality as an attack on racial minorites. Most prominent among those is Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Justice Scalia took aim at Sotomayor’s dissenting opinion, specifically challenging Sotomayor’s suggestion that racism was behind Michigan voters’ decision to end racial preferences in the state.

The Washington Examiner reports details:

Scalia wrote a concurring opinion upholding a 2006 ballot initiative that amended Michigan’s constitution to ban affirmative action.

“As Justice Harlan observed over a century ago, ‘[o]ur Constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens,’” Scalia concluded, quoting the dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson. “The people of Michigan wish the same for their governing charter. It would be shameful for us to stand in their way.”

And then, the Parthian shot: “And doubly shameful to equate ‘the majority’ behind [the constitutional amendment] with ‘the majority’ responsible for Jim Crow,” he added in a final footnote, citing the first two pages of Sotomayor’s dissent.

The self-described “wise Latina,” Sotomayor, compared the end of race-based preferences to Jim Crow laws that flouted racial equality prior to the civil rights movement.

Sotomayor wants you to understand that treating people equally regardless of skin color is RACIST. Got it?

Full story here.

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The New York Post reports:

A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate. For others, it was the notion that Obama’s speech, tied to the 60th anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools, would overshadow the student’s big day.

“I’m a single mother who has raised him for 18 years by myself,” said Tina Hernandez, parent of Topeka High School senior Dauby Knight. “I’ve told him education is the only way out. This is one of the biggest days of their lives. They’ve taken the glory and shine from the children and put on Mrs. Obama. She doesn’t know our kids.”

More than 1200 have signed the petition protesting the First Lady’s appearance at the graduation.

Read the full story at The New York Post.


Conservative author Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute was scheduled to speak this week at Asuza Pacific University. But the talk was canceled at the last minute, Murray says, because concerns were raised about his political views and past scholarship. He described the events in a open letter to the students of APU:

I was scheduled to speak to you tomorrow. I was going to talk about my new book, “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead,” and was looking forward to it. But it has been “postponed.” Why? An email from your president, Jon Wallace, to my employer, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), said “Given the lateness of the semester and the full record of Dr. Murray’s scholarship, I realized we needed more time to prepare for a visit and postponed Wednesday’s conversation.” This, about an appearance that has been planned for months. I also understand from another faculty member that he and the provost were afraid of “hurting our faculty and students of color.”

You’re at college, right? Being at college is supposed to mean thinking for yourselves, right? Okay, then do it. Don’t be satisfied with links to websites that specialize in libeling people. Lose the secondary sources. Explore for yourself the “full range” of my scholarship and find out what it is that I’ve written or said that would hurt your faculty or students of color. It’s not hard. In fact, you can do it without moving from your chair if you’re in front of your computer.

You don’t have to buy my books. Instead, go to my web page at AEI. There you will find the full texts of dozens of articles I’ve written for the last quarter-century. Browse through them. Will you find anything that is controversial? That people disagree with? Yes, because (hang on to your hats) scholarship usually means writing about things on which people disagree…

Read Murray’s full letter to the students of APU.

Why is it that so many universities view the free exchange of ideas as a threat? Isn’t that what a university is supposed to be for?

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Sometimes you find a story so ridiculous that you just can’t believe it:

Administrators at Bergen Community College in New Jersey placed Professor Francis Schmidt on leave this past January, requiring him to meet with a psychiatrist before returning to campus—just for posting a picture of his daughter in a T-shirt quoting the popular HBO television show Game of Thrones.

Schmidt, an art and animation professor, was required to meet with Jim Miller, an executive director at the college, as well as two other administrators prior to being put on leave because Miller believed he received a “threatening email” from Schmidt.

There are many problems with this accusation. First, the email was not sent from Schmidt. Jim Miller is a contact of Schmidt’s on Google+, so Miller automatically received an email from Google when Schmidt posted on Google+. Second, the “threatening” material was a picture of Schmidt’s young daughter doing yoga in a Game of Thrones T-shirt with the quote, “I will take what is mine with fire & blood…”

Because there’s nothing so threatening as a little girl in a Game of Thrones t-shirt.

Read the full story at FIRE

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