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A professor who taught at San Francisco State and the University of San Francisco has been accused of filming students who used his home bathroom, with the camera “positioned to film the genital region of men facing the toilet to urinate,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports:

Mark Landis, 38, was charged with 15 misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy.

The investigation began in November, according to court documents, when one guest found a camera hidden in a tissue box on a toilet in Landis’ home in the Castro, according to court documents.

The houseguest removed the memory card from the camera. When he watched it, he recognized himself and friends caught on video using the toilet.

Professor Landis doesn’t exactly sound like a good role model:

One of the victims told The Chronicle that Landis was friendly, open and fun-loving with not just his friends but also his students and co-workers. Landis had turned his home into a weekend party hub, the victim said.

“He was just the person that would host, and it was a safe place to go to,” said the man, whom The Chronicle is not identifying. “We basically hung out every single weekend for about two years, and we always hung out at his house because he always had a lot of alcohol.”

Landis, who was arrested on Wednesday, has been freed on $100,000 bail.

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Maybe cops can afford this flaccid approach to law enforcement when they monitor a campus best known for smoking pot around the clock.

The cops on graveyard shift at the University of Oregon in Eugene maintained an extensive – and frequently debated – list of celebrities, professional athletes, politicians, classes of people, institutions, TV shows, municipalities, inanimate objects and much more, numbering 225 in all, that they disliked, as reported by local CBS affiliate KVAL.

The “Bowl of Dicks” list was revealed through a lawsuit by a fired cop who claimed that he was let go “after he complained to supervisors about mistreatment and misconduct.”

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Before each shift, [James] Cleavenger says Lt. Brandon Lebrecht would conduct a pre-shift briefing with all of the officers on the shift, including Kent Abbott, Michael Drake, Adam Lillengreen, Eric LeRoy and Andrew Bechdolt.

During many of those briefings, Cleavenger says Lebrachet allowed for a discussion of a “Bowl of —– List.”

Cleavenger says this was an actual list of people and entities who participating officers disliked and thought should “eat a bowl of” a vulgar term for the male genitalia. …

Cleavenger says on multiple occasions, LeRoy and Lebracht would spend much of their 8-hour shifts discussing the list instead of working, which he says can be verified Computer Aided Dispatch records and UO dispatch audio recordings.

For some reason the cops had a problem with the Oregon statute that “lets public universities establish their own police departments” – ORS 352.385 is on the list, as noted by Gawker, which helpfully provides a scrollable version.

Yes, Officer LeRoy kept the entire list on his personal cellphone.

KVAL continues: “According to the University of Oregon’s website, Lebrecht is now a lieutenant in charge of ‘Professional Standards and Training.’”

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Pop quiz: Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125. Which of the following statements would you expect to be true?

a) Aine is an atheist, while Theo is a Christian.

b) Aine earns less money than Theo.

c) Theo is more liberal than Aine.

d) Theo is an atheist, while Aine is a Christian.

If you’re a student at Ohio State University, the correct answer is a – “Aine is an atheist, while Theo is a Christian.” Effectively, Ohio State teaches that atheists are smarter than Christians. Ohio State

Campus Reform reported on this question posed to students through an online homework quiz from the college’s Psychology 1100 class. The article goes on to quote a student who said they were uncomfortable and disappointed by the obvious bias of the question.

“I understand that colleges have a liberal spin on things so it didn’t surprise me to see the question, which is a sad thing,” the student told Campus Reform in a phone interview. “But how can you really measure which religion has a higher IQ?”

OSU declined to comment for the story.

This latest outrage is just one small example among so many that can be found at colleges across the country today in which Christians are mocked, scorned, belittled and slandered.

It’s worth mentioning that last year at Ohio State, President Gordon Gee left his position abruptly after controversy mounted over a joke he made, referring to rival university Notre Dame as, “those damn Catholics.”

In 2012, The College Fix looked at hundreds of religious studies classes at universities across the nation and found that, for the most part, professors prefer to snub the subject of who Jesus was and what he preached. Classes that are focused on Christianity, meanwhile, tip-toe around or altogether avoid the topic of Christ’s teachings.

As for Ohio State’s quiz content, in case you are wondering, the current president’s contact info is: [email protected]

Jennifer Kabbany is editor of The College Fix ( @JenniferKabbany )

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Above the law?

The Carolina Plott Hound publisher Paul Chesser, a contributor to Watchdog.org, wonders what North Carolina State University is hiding in refusing to hand over documents sought through a public records request:

North Carolina State University officials denied two requests for public records about work performed by professors, claiming state law allows them to withhold the documents because the employees’ work was conducted in their roles as private consultants.CPH

The requests were turned down despite the fact that professor Robert Handfield, a professor of supply-chain management in NCSU’s Poole College of Management, used NCSU letterhead for correspondence with his client, also a government agency. His colleague, Michael Cobb, associate professor of political science in the NCSU School of International and Public Affairs, used his official NCSU email address to elicit correspondence for his project. …

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After a long paean to the wisdom of the two judges on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals who upheld the University of Texas-Austin’s race-conscious admissions process for a segment of applicants, New York Times op-ed columnist Linda Greenhouse – the paper’s former Supreme Court correspondent – explains why she thinks the Supreme Court won’t touch the case again.

A little background: The Supreme Court sent back Fisher v. University of Texas to the 5th Circuit last year with explicit instructions to give UT-Austin “no deference” and instead apply “strict scrutiny” to the school’s claims that its admissions policies are “narrowly tailored” to achieve diversity, as The College Fix noted last week.

Greenhouse says the two judges upholding the program – the third dissented – went to great lengths to make it “cert-proof,” meaning the Supreme Court won’t accept Abigail Fisher’s promised appeal:

The case is complicated because the Texas plan is complicated; Judge Higginbotham called it “a unique creature” that “offers no template for others.” This may be the opinion’s most brilliant stroke, reducing this high-profile case to an eccentric one-off — just the kind of case the Supreme Court ordinarily steers clear of. Abigail Fisher’s backers have vowed to take the case back to the Supreme Court. But unless the new appeal offers a plausible vehicle for getting rid of affirmative action — a goal for which, as last June’s decision demonstrated, there are not five votes, why would the justices bother? [emphasis added]

Greenhouse predicts the next plaintiff in a race-conscious program challenge won’t be white:

Edward Blum, the frontman for a network of conservative foundations that channel money to his Project on Fair Representation, is currently scouring the elite college landscape to find a new Abigail Fisher (he recruited the first one) willing to lend his or her (hopefully Asian, this time) name to challenge a more typical admissions plan.

Asian students may be the biggest losers in any plan that swaps out objective admissions criteria for bias-prone subjective reviews, as former College Fix editor Robby Soave writes at Reason regarding proposed changes to New York City elite public school admissions:

While I can understand the desire to assist groups that aren’t making the cut for selective public schools, it doesn’t seem fair—or morally justifiable—to stack the game against Asians seeking admittance merely because other Asians have fared well.

Of course, this is exactly what universities practicing affirmative action have done for years, using ethnicity-based admission systems that grade Asian applicants on a much higher curve. Should students be judged on their own merits or against the expected accomplishments of other people who happen to look like them?

Read Greenhouse’s full analysis here, and Soave’s review of the New York City admissions debate here.

CORRECTION: This post originally misidentified Robby Soave as a contributor to The College Fix. It has been updated to identify him as the site’s former editor.

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ABC News reports on the emerging details regarding the killing of Florida State law professor Dan Markel:

Investigators believe Markel knew his killer and may have literally opened his door to his own death.

“He was the intended target in this situation,” Tallahassee Police Department Officer David Northway said.

Police have released pixelated pictures of a silver Toyota Prius which they say was seen in the area on the day of the crime. A police tip line has netted 50 calls so far.

One potentially big clue is that there was no sign of forced entry into the house.

“There’s not enough information to suggest that this is a contract murder. It certainly could be,” said ABC News consultant Brad Garrett, a former FBI agent. “The most likely theory is that it it’s somebody that he knows.”

Markel was shot in the head at close range last Friday morning and died the following day. Police have questioned Markel’s wife, Wendi Jill Adelson, but she is not a suspect. There are no other suspects, at present.

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