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College students at Florida International University were shocked recently to discover that not only is Hillary Clinton 67 years old, but she also hasn’t driven a car since 1996.

Lauren Cooley, a field representative with Turning Point USA, recently asked 20 students if they knew these fun facts about the possible 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

Of those interviewed at the public research university, home to roughly 50,000 students, only six guessed Clinton is in her 60s, but of those, they still thought she was younger than 67, Cooley told The Fix. Most thought she is in her 40s or 50s, and expressed surprise at her real age, according to a video of the interviews.

But they were even more stunned to learn Clinton gets chauffeured around everywhere, and by her own admission has not driven a car since 1996. Several students interviewed said they thought she drove herself around, and expressed amazement after learning the truth.

“Students tend to be uninformed about the candidates they support,” Cooley said in an email to The College Fix. “When confronted with the truth – that Hillary is a career politician and is out of touch with the American people – college students quickly changed their tune and Hillary lost her appeal.”

Cooley said asking students questions they will be surprised to learn the answers to is a good way to help snap them into reality.

“Asking questions is one of the most powerful ways to open someone’s eyes to an idea they may otherwise disagree with because questions often spark a genuine search for the truth,” she stated. “The questions asked in the video forced students to confront the idea that Hillary Clinton may just be a career politician that is out of touch with the average, American citizen.”

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Look at the headlines, and one might think that it’s safer for a woman to walk through the deepest, darkest parts of any metropolis at night than to go to college.

ONE IN FIVE WOMEN WILL BE RAPED IN COLLEGE, scream the headlines, cry the feminists, tsk-tsk the feds.

But that claim is hyperbole not substantiated by fact.

In his latest USA Today column, Professor Glenn Reynolds explains why the campus rape hysteria is not going away, despite figures showing the crime is actually decreasing on campus.

For months we’ve been told that there’s a burgeoning “epidemic” of rape on college campuses, that the system for dealing with campus rape is “broken” and that we need new federal legislation (of course!) to deal with this disaster. Before the Rolling Stone story imploded, Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., were citing the Virginia gang rape as evidence of the problem, but now that the story has been exposed as bogus, they’re telling us that, regardless of that isolated incident, there’s still a huge campus rape problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

And that’s the real college rape hoax. Because the truth is that there’s no epidemic outbreak of college rape. In fact, rape on college campuses is — like rape everywhere else in America — plummeting in frequency. And that 1-in-5 college rape number you keep hearing in the press? It’s thoroughly bogus, too. (Even the authors of that study say that “We don’t think one in five is a nationally representative statistic,” because it sampled only two schools.) …

This kind of hysteria may be ugly, but for campus activists and bureaucrats it’s a source of power: If there’s a “campus rape crisis,” that means that we need new rules, bigger budgets, and expanded power and self-importance for all involved, with the added advantage of letting you call your political opponents (or anyone who threatens funding) “pro rape.” If we focus on the truth, however — rapidly declining rape rates already, without any particular “crisis” programs in place — then voters, taxpayers, and university trustees will probably decide to invest resources elsewhere. So for politicians and activists, a phony crisis beats no crisis.

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A Muslim student at the University of Michigan who holds conservative and libertarian beliefs has been viciously attacked with vandalism left on his apartment door that called him a “dick” and “scum,” told him to “shut the fuck up,” and included an image of the devil as well as eggs and hot dogs.

The vandalism posted on junior Omar Mahmood’s apartment door stated “you scum embarrass us,” “you self-righteous dick,” “you have no soul,” “everyone hates you you violent prick,” and other messages.OmarDoor

Some of the warnings were posted on paper that included a print out of Mahmood’s satirical essay he wrote recently for the conservative campus publication the Michigan Review that poked fun of liberals’ victimhood mentality. That column, titled “Do the Left Thing,” caused an uproar among some on campus and triggered his termination as a columnist from the mainstream Michigan Daily student newspaper.

The vandalism was discovered Friday morning by Mahmood’s roommates. They live in an apartment complex that mostly houses students just outside the campus property.

In an interview Friday with The College Fix, Mahmood, 21, said he is “taken aback” by the attack.

“I feel targeted,” he said.

One of the images found at his door was a picture of him taken from his Facebook profile with his eyes X’d out and the words “dickhead” and “you aint shit,” he said.

Omar2“There was a cracked egg thrown at the door, hot dogs thrown at the door,” Mahmood added. “The messages were clearly threatening. These people don’t know me personally, so I don’t know why they would do this with such vengeance. This seems like a very personal attack.”

Mahmood is known on campus as a Muslim student who does not readily identify with his Islamic peers’ political stances. He acknowledges that his views are not in line with most mainstream Muslims, but added he thinks that’s “ironic.”

“I think most Muslims have a lot in common with the principles of American conservatism,” he said. “I have libertarian and traditionalist views, and I think those are very compatible with Islam. Muslims should be in line with them. I don’t know why we have to side with the more angry activists who are morally depraved.”

Jennifer Kabbany is editor of The College Fix. (@JenniferKabbany) College Fix reporter Derek Draplin contributed to this report.

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Political correctness knows no bounds at Bowdoin College, one of the worst universities in the nation

Bowdoin College men’s lacrosse players have been disciplined by administrators for how they spent personal time at an off-campus party to celebrate a pre-Thanksgiving meal with friends.

The “Cracksgiving” party took place just before Thanksgiving in a house rented by some members of the men’s lacrosse team. It’s called the “Crack House,” and “Cracksgiving” something of an apparent annual tradition. The invite asked people to dress up like Pilgrims and Native Americans, urging students to “wear your finest Thanksgiving attire.”

Fourteen of the 50 or so who went wore costumes, according to Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster, calling their actions in an email to the campus community “harmful” and a “racist act that perpetuates prejudice, promotes hurtful stereotypes, and demeans others.”

The school has taken “disciplinary action” against the 14 students, calling it “conduct unbecoming of a Bowdoin student,” Foster stated.

“For some, wearing a headdress and ‘war paint’ on one’s face and bare chest is just harmless fun. For others, it is cultural appropriation that demonstrates poor judgment and insensitivity,” Foster said in his email, sent Tuesday, reports the Bowdoin Orient student newspaper, which printed the memo in its entirety.

Foster was apparently shocked and outraged that some students dared wear the costumes, because in October campus leaders had tried to shame them over their dastardly plans.

“[J]ust a few weeks ago, in anticipation of Halloween and ‘Cracksgiving,’ student leaders held a ‘Cultural Appropriation Fashion Show’ hoping to educate students about inappropriate costumes,” Foster bemoaned in his email. “Many got the point and decided not to wear costumes to ‘Cracksgiving.’ But others, including some of the party hosts who knew about and/or attended these educational efforts, chose to willfully ignore the message.”

And now these conscientious objectors must pay the price.

“Dean Amaez and I have had several conversations with leaders of the men’s lacrosse team, and the team and their coach have discussed this situation together. Members of the team now recognize that these actions were hurtful, and they have decided that the tradition of ‘Cracksgiving’ has run its course,” Foster smugly continued.

But privately, students have taken out their frustration over the situation on Yik Yak. Foster’s not having it.

“[W]e will not tolerate attempts to silence the substantial ongoing student leadership and dialogue on these issues through malicious, personal attacks posted anonymously on Yik Yak and elsewhere—posts that cannot be described as anything other than cowardly,” he stated.

Cowardly? Interesting choice of words, considering that when students at Bowdoin freely exercise their First Amendment rights – off campus no less – they’re publicly shamed and disciplined.

Bottom line: Bowdoin is one of the worst colleges in America.

It received an F grade in October from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for having one of the worst core curriculum graduation requirements in the nation, lacking basics such as history and economics.

What’s more, American history courses are not required for history majors and American literature courses are not required for English majors, a probe into the school by the National Association of Scholars found.

Furthermore, regardless of major, there is no foreign language requirement for graduation. But students are required “to take one course each in the areas of ‘Exploring Social Differences’ and ‘International Perspectives.’ There is no such requirement for anything dealing with America’s founding principles, commonalities, or culture.”

In addition to its horrible general education program, it was one of the first colleges in the nation to boot Christian ministries from campus because the Christian groups won’t allow non-Christians to take leadership positions, paving the way for many other colleges to follow suit.

Every year it takes naked pictures of some of its female students. Seriously.

The NAS study also found that Bowdoin lacks political diversity. With an estimated four or five politically conservative faculty members out of approximately 182 total faculty members, Bowdoin College is a predominantly liberal community that lacks diversity of thought.

In short, parents do not send your kids there. Just … don’t.

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

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The story was bad enough as is: a Metropolitan State University-Denver professor forced his students to recite what he called a “New Pledge,” which called America racist, sexist, homophobic and more.

But then the brave student-whistleblower who brought this forth, freshman Steven Farr, gave an interview to Fox News on Wednesday in which he explained how the professor not only had his students say the pledge in class – but when they weren’t saying it loud enough – stopped them and had them start over again in louder voices.

“Just upon seeing the pledge I was appalled,” Farr told Fox News. “As soon as he had us read the pledge or recite the pledge, I was seething. I just couldn’t believe what was happening, to be honest.”

“So we started the pledge and then the professor insisted that we weren’t speaking loud enough, so he had the class restart the pledge,” Farr continued. “And I looked around and – when a professor asks you to do something, it’s kind of like when your boss at work asks you to do something – so most people were participating. I, however, was not.”

The so-called “New Pledge,” as Professor Charles Angeletti titled it, states:

I pledge allegiance to and wrap myself in the flag of the United States, against anything un-American, and to the Republicans, for which it stands, two nations, under Jesus, rich against poor, with curtailed liberty and justice for all except blacks, homosexuals, women who want abortions, Communists, welfare queens, treehuggers, feminazis, illegal immigrants, children of illegal immigrants, and you if you don’t watch your step.

 

In a statement to Fox News, Metropolitan State University-Denver President Stephen Jordan said he has initiated an inquiry, and that “MSU Denver is looking at the situation from both the perspective of the students’ First Amendment rights and the faculty member’s right to academic freedom.”

Farr said he spoke with the president’s office on Tuesday and “they seem genuine in their efforts to have a fair inquiry into this.” But, he told Fox News, he doesn’t buy into this notion that the professor was operating under academic freedom.

“As far as the professor’s First Amendment rights, you have your right to tell your opinions, but you can’t present your own political opinions as the correct answer or the correct alternative to other ideas out there,” Farr said.

On multiple occasions during the course of the semester, Farr challenged Professor Angeletti, and “there were several instances where I disagreed with him and had much to say against his line of thought,” the freshman said. “At one point I asked him if his class was going to be at all objective, or just his subjective political opinions, to which he told me his class would be entirely subjective.”

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In case you missed it, there’s a story on Boston.com today that tells the tale of one Harvard professor and the level of douchebaggery he went to to haggle a mom-and-pop Chinese restaurant over a $4 overcharge, an overcharge that by all accounts was an honest mistake by the restaurant.

A flurry of emails, notices to legal agencies, threats and demands for payment plus compensatory damages – over $4 dollars. You have to read the emails to believe them, but suffice it to say, this professor does no favors to Harvard University’s reputation of pomposity.

As Boston.com puts it, “If you’ve ever wondered what happens when a Harvard Business School professor thinks a family-run Chinese restaurant screwed him out of $4, you’re about to find out … ”

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