The College Fix presents a roundup of the top scandals, screw-ups, and stupid decisions involving college campuses. This week, anything goes at the University of California except hiring Republicans, and Obama feels your pain, man. But first…
3). Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius addressed graduating public policy students at Georgetown University. You read that right. Sebelius. At Georgetown. The architect of President Obama’s healthcare law and the author of the controversial mandate requiring employers to cover contraception. At a Catholic university that opposes contraception on moral grounds.
Many Catholic leaders were unsurprisingly furious that Georgetown would do this, but the university played it off as a “let’s have more speech, not less speech” sort of situation. In that case, Georgetown should have invited Sebelius to a debate about contraception and Catholic teaching, not selected her as the speaker for graduating policy students.
And while Georgetown’s invitation to Sebelius was obviously a respectful gesture, it’s a shame that she does not show the same respect in return. Not only does Sebelius disagree with Catholic institutions on contraception, but she also wants to force them to subsidize it—a stance as brash and unconstitutional as it is stupid. Georgetown shouldn’t humor her.
2). President Obama addressed the graduates of Barnard College, and told them to “persevere.” It’s a tough time for college students and graduates right now, and Obama is eager to win back some of these people who are much less excited about him in 2012 than they were in 2008. But, as TCF’s Harry Graver put it:
As his last piece of advice, Obama implored the graduates to “persevere.” Despite the numerous hardships down the road, determination is almost a sufficient quality in itself for success. Speaking to a generation now unemployed and burdened with a multi-trillion dollar generational debt–largely due to the man they put in office–the message of hope is hard to sell.
Has the president repaired or worsened the economy? Has he repaired or worsened the job market? Students can answer these questions for themselves.
1). There is enough nonsense at the University of California to fill a dozen editions of “Outrageously Dumb Campus Moments,” but it’s nicely encapsulated in this column by Jennifer Kabbany:
Anecdotal evidence in the report includes a UC Davis professor who cancelled an anthropology final exam and instead wrote anti-war and anti-American websites on the board and held a discussion on the war in Iraq; a computer science professor at Berkeley who frequently used his lectures to call former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a Nazi and stated nothing Saddam Hussein has done could be any worse than what George Bush has done; and a sociology professor at UCSD who questioned whether the 9/11 attacks were terrorism or legitimate warfare, and stated Americans have no moral ground to condemn the attacks.
Bias also could be found in course descriptions, required readings and class mandates. An American history course is not required for history majors at the UC Davis, Santa Cruz, Irvine and San Diego campuses; and at several campuses, students can graduate with a major in English literature without having read a word of Shakespeare, Chaucer or Milton, the report states.
What’s more, results of national faculty surveys found that for every eight professors who identified themselves as either left-leaning, Democrat or socialist, one professor identified themselves as conservative or Republican. In many cases, however, studies found the ratios at UC campuses and elsewhere are often more close to 15-to-1.
Another survey found professors would be more inclined to hire a communist than a Republican.
At least they’re hiring! Good news for the president.