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So, at the Fredericksburg, Va., University of Mary Washington, its student newspaper will be changing its name from The Bullet to The Blue & Gray PressCampus Reform reports.

Apparently the term “bullet” is offensive.FrustratedNew.CellarDoorFilms.Flickr

“The editorial board felt that the paper’s name, which alludes to ammunition for an artillery weapon, propagated violence and did not honor our school’s history in a sensitive manner,” the press release provided to Campus Reform states.

Well, that’s one way of looking at it. Another way is that you get your news in a speedy fashion. Or it’s a reminder of your Second Amendment rights. Or, bullet as in “bullet points,” which highlight or denote news and information. Or – it’s catchy. Certainly more catchy than The Blue & Gray Press, sheesh.

What is happening to our nation, when just reading the word “bullet” apparently “propagates violence” – good grief!

But here is where the story gets even more appalling.

Alison Thoet, the paper’s editor-in-chief, told Campus Reform in an interview that the editorial board felt the old name was “a little outdated” and was more representative of the Fredericksburg, Va., community’s ties to the Civil War and not the school as a whole.

“In this day and age, no one really cares about the Civil War. We wanted something that was updated,” Thoet said.

Wait, what? “In this day and age, no one really cares about the Civil War.” “In this day and age, no one really cares about the Civil War”?!?!

It appears that Ms. Thoet is the one that is completely out of touch with reality and the community surrounding her. The Virginia I know is steeped in history, tradition, and remembering and honoring its past, warts and all. And Americans as a whole still very much care about the Civil War, one of the most defining moments in our nation’s history. Let’s never ever stop caring about the Civil War.

Not to mention, blue and gray (the school’s official colors) is more of a reminder of the Civil War than the innocuous term “bullet.” This whole idea from top to bottom is horrible.

But wait, there is a glimmer of hope. The name change is part of an overall newspaper revamp set to debut in early September.

“The name change won’t be official until UMW’s Student Activities and Engagement Office gives final approval, but the publication’s website has already changed its URL,” Campus Reform reports.

Great – here is the Student Activities and Engagement Office director and co-director’s contact info.

Ethan Feuer
Director
Email: [email protected]
Megan Petter
Assistant Director
Email: [email protected]

Maybe zip them an email and tell them this is a huge mistake and clearly a decision made by a handful of ignorant, thin-skinned, politically correct students.

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As higher education faces a crisis of epic proportions, a group of respected campus leaders from across the nation have called on their peers to proactively address the many issues plaguing universities today, saying in a detailed report that “the failure of higher education governance” has helped create the current debacle.

Problems cited in the report include: a lack of a return-on-investment with college degrees; a tenure system that “adds to cost and compromises quality”; political correctness run amok, “undermining the free exchange of ideas”; never-ending collegiate athletic scandals and binge drinking woes; studies that find grads do not leave college prepared for the real world; curriculum requirements that leave students with a “lack a fundamental understanding of their history and heritage”; tuitions that continue to soar far above inflation; and student debt that today tops $1 trillion.

Ultimately, its authors argue, the buck stops with college trustees, who need to take seriously their oversight roles.

“Too many have seen their role narrowly defined as boosters, cheerleaders, and donors,” states the report, titled Governance for a New Era: A Blueprint for Higher Education Trustees. “They should ask the questions that need to be asked and exercise due diligence.”governance

The report, released Tuesday, was the result of a project led by Benno Schmidt, chairman of the City University of New York Board of Trustees and former president of Yale University. He and 21 others – accomplished and respected college trustees, presidents, chancellors and business leaders – signed on.

One area of concern is academic freedom. The report notes that while teachers have academic freedoms, they often lack accountability, and students’ rights suffer as a result.

“Governing boards should monitor academic freedom and intellectual diversity through campus self-studies, as the University of Colorado has recently done,” the blueprint states. “They should put in place, as has the City University of New York, student grievance policies which allow for students to speak out without fear of reprisal when they believe that the institution is failing to protect the students’ freedom to learn.”

The report’s authors also called on trustees to stop kowtowing to complaints over controversial commencement speakers, and to acknowledge and address the lack of intellectual diversity on campus.

“The public is increasingly concerned that students are failing to receive exposure to a range of disciplines and a range of viewpoints,” the report states, adding trustees should annually ask for a report outlining academic diversity.

“This report can include a list of new hires and tenure and promotion decisions in each department (and their disciplines and fields),” the blueprint suggests. “Does the history department, for example, have  expertise and offer coursework on the Founders, the American Revolution, and the Constitution?”

If a lack of intellectual and academic diversity is identified, trustees must have the courage to demand change, the report advises. Moreover, trustees must demand a strong general education framework, or a core curriculum, and stop allowing students to meet requirements with esoteric and bizarre classes.

“Sometimes these courses will be exotic and narrowly focused, including topics such as zombie movies or similar elements of popular entertainment,” the blueprint states. “Governance for a new era demands that trustees, working with their president and provost, reexamine their general education programs with an eye to ensuring that general education promotes preparation for a major and skills and knowledge for life after graduation.”

Additional suggestions for improvement outlined in the blueprint include: improving the presidential selection process; insisting on evidence of student learning; making decisions based on data; demand transparency in performance and results; and creating strategic plans.

“Both trustees—and those who appoint them—must reject the belief that university trusteeships are sinecures or seats of honor,” the report states, adding that the public must join the cause as well.

“Just as trustees must insist on real and concrete institutional accountability,” the blueprint states, “the public must demand the same of governing boards.”

The report was released in conjunction with the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.

Additional signers include: Hank Brown, President emeritus, University of Colorado and former U.S. Senator; José Cabranes, former trustee of Yale, Columbia and Colgate universities; Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University; Peter Hans, immediate past chair of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors; Stephen Smith, trustee emeritus, Dartmouth College; and sociologist Jonathan Cole, the John Mitchell Mason professor Columbia University.

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Wow, now here’s a shocker: Love makes sex better for most women, a study finds.

This could have been gleaned by common sense, but since radical feminism has warped the truth about sex and love, and twisted so many female minds into believing lies and selling themselves short, I guess I can excuse the need for such a study.

Penn State Abington associate professor of sociology Beth Montemurro conducted in-depth interviews with 95 women who lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Penn State News reported the findings, culled between 2008 and 2011, on Tuesday.

The results, according to Penn State News: “Love and commitment can make sex physically more satisfying for many women.”

Women said that they connected love with sex and that love actually enhanced the physical experience of sex,” said Montemurro …

Women who loved their sexual partners also said they felt less inhibited and more willing to explore their sexuality.

“When women feel love, they may feel greater sexual agency because they not only trust their partners but because they feel that it is OK to have sex when love is present,” Montemurro said.

Two other extensive studies have also found that love and committed relationships help women come.

And ladies, if you want the BEST SEX EVER? Get married and pray. The University of Chicago’s 1992 National Health and Social Life Survey proved married people who attend church weekly have the most active and enjoyable sex lives.

It’s not rocket science, it’s reality. That one night stand when she supposedly had a mind-blowing orgasm? She faked it. Sorry, guys.

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When Katie Foster took a sociology class at Mt. San Jacinto College in Southern California to pursue a degree in psychology, she never thought her professor would inject politics into the subject.

But’s that often what the professor would do, Foster told The College Fix in an interview Monday about the class she took last semester.

“She’d say, ‘Why do Republicans do that?’ or ‘I hate Bush,’” Foster recalled, adding such comments did not add value to the lessons.

But one moment in the class stands out in particular – the time Foster’s professor corrected her for using the expression “Third World country” during a discussion on world economics.

“She said, ‘Technically it’s a a Third World country, but we don’t refer to it like that, because it’s demeaning,’ ” Foster said, adding that she was instructed to refer to such countries as “developing nations.”

Foster said she was a bit taken aback by the reprimand.

“People are too sensitive these days,” Foster said. “I thought it was kind of silly that she said that.”

But in reality, the expression “Third World country” is often frowned upon in the halls of higher education.

Brown University, for example, is currently in the process of renaming its Third World Center, with campus leaders calling for “a new name … that reflects the spirit and legacy of student activism among communities of color.”

According to a Sept. 2013 article in The Brown Daily Herald, “Brown is the only Ivy League university to have a Third World Center. In 2002, Princeton renamed its Third World Center to the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding.”

Over at Princeton, the name change was prompted by “growing concerns about the ambiguous nature of the center’s name. For many, the name was problematic – even divisive,” the university’s website states.

“Progressives love change, and they can’t stop tinkering with the names of things, in the hope that if the meaning of words change, your thinking will be appropriately molded, usually with deleterious effect,” one Brown University observer told The College Fix. “As Orwell once wrote in his essay, Politics and the English Language, ‘if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought,’ and erase historical context and depth of meaning.”

“At Brown, we love name changes,” he added. “For example, in 2009, Brown University stopped officially celebrating Columbus Day in favor of ‘Fall Weekend.’ No one is fooled by this euphemism, but now we no longer have to honor Columbus and feel guilty for taking the day off. Even the name Brown University has been seriously questioned, but happily, this is still too far a leap.”

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Now here is something you don’t see everyday: a major, mainstream newspaper actually defending the right of students to carry guns on campus, and blasting politically correct efforts by the feds at the same time.

The Las Vegas Journal-Review writes Sunday in an editorial:

America’s college campuses have long displayed contempt for the First and Second Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Now Congress is prepared to pass legislation that tramples students’ Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights as well. …

In the past couple of weeks, three bills have been introduced to address campus sexual assault, the most noteworthy of which is the Campus Safety and Accountability Act. But far from ordering colleges to honor the Constitution, the bill turns the Bill of Rights upside down by favoring the interests of the accuser over the rights of the accused, assuming a crime has taken place instead of determining whether a crime took place. …

If universities want to prevent sexual assaults on campus, and not just react to them, then students — properly trained and subject to background checks — should be allowed to carry concealed weapons. Yet university officials who claim to want to stop sexual assaults are overwhelmingly opposed to self-defense on campus.

Students don’t lose their rights upon enrolling in college. Nevada’s delegation should vote against the Campus Safety and Accountability Act, and any other legislation that tramples due process. Washington must stop piling overreaching regulations and mandates on colleges regarding crime. Higher education systems are not supposed to be justice systems — no matter how badly college administrators and politicians want them to be.

Hopefully more editorials like this come out so that common sense and constitutional rights trump campus hysteria.

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A feminist studies professor who attacked a prolife teenager and stole and destroyed her anti-abortion poster has avoided jail time, with a judge instead sentencing Mireille Miller-Young to community service, anger-management classes, and $493 in restitution to the teen she assaulted.

Friday’s ruling came after more than 30 professors from universities across the nation wrote letters to Judge Brian Hill pleading for leniency, saying UC Santa Barbara Professor Miller-Young – whose area of focus is black studies, pornography and sex-work – is a gentle, brilliant mentor who is a victim of the “cultural legacy of slavery” and of “violent images … meant to traumatize.”

Miller-Young was sentenced to 108 hours of community service, 10 hours of anger management, and three years’ probation, in addition to the fine.

The letters from supporters painted Miller-Young as “a cross between Mother Teresa, Madame Curie, and Gandhi,” the mother of the teen assaulted by the professor, Catherine Short, said in an emailed statement to The College FixMMYProfile

Miller-Young’s community service will be met by first being trained as a conflict resolution facilitator, and then training others in conflict resolution, the court ordered.

“This is like sentencing the fox to 54 hours of community service by way of training it to guard the hen house, and then another 54 hours of guarding the hen house,” Short told The Fix. “A sentence of community service is not supposed to result in something you can add to your resume.”

Short is the legal director for the Life Legal Defense Foundation.

On March 4, Miller-Young came across a group of prolife students with graphic anti-abortion signs and essentially became frenzied by the exhibit, leading a small mob of students to chant “tear down the sign” before she and two other students stormed off with one of the displays.

The scholar then engaged in an altercation with a teenage prolife protestor, Short’s daughter Thrin, who had followed the educator to retrieve it. Much of the scuffle was caught on camera, and it left visible scratches on the young girl’s arms.

Last month, Miller-Young pleaded no contest to grand theft from a person, battery and vandalism, all three criminal misdemeanor charges.

In defending her actions, Miller-Young’s peers said in letters to the judge that the scholar is a wonderful person who fell victim to the graphic nature of the anti-abortion display, especially since she is pregnant.

“She was at the stage of a pregnancy when one is not fully one’s self fully, so the image of a severed fetus appeared threatening,” Eileen Boris, a UCSB history and black studies professor, wrote to the judge, according to papers filed with the court. “If she appears smiling on camera … she is ‘wearing the mask,’ that is, she is hiding her actual state through a strategy of self-presentation that is a cultural legacy of slavery.”

In another letter to the judge, Jennifer Morgan, an NYU professor of social and cultural analysis, notes the “shocking and violent images” at the campus protest were an assault on Miller-Young.

“Their tactics, meant to traumatize, did exactly that,” Morgan argued.UCSBcourtesyphoto

While having three misdemeanor convictions on one’s record is no light matter, the sentencing was disappointing, Short said in her email to The Fix.

“Miller-Young was convicted of grand theft, vandalism, and battery on a 16-year-old girl, arising from an incident in which even her supporters said she lost control of herself, yet before her probation is even one-fourth the way done, she’ll be able to boast that she is a certified conflict resolution facilitator,” Short stated. “Rather than 100 hours of sorting clothes at the Salvation Army alongside people who don’t know what she does, this ‘conflict resolution facilitator’ thing will puff up her ego even more.”

“This is the woman who mocked the pro-lifers for their supposed lack of education and told them they should listen to her because she had three degrees.”

Related: Prof Who Stole, Destroyed Prolife Poster Says Actions ‘Moral’ Set Good Example 

Related: Catherine Short’s statement to Judge Hill on Friday

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