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USA Today reports on the latest job-hunting tactic for this generation of debt-addled, underemployed college grads: Stand outside with a cardboard sign.

That’s right. Call it panhandling for the B.A. set.

USA Today interviewed students at the University of South Florida who have taken tot he streets with hand-made signs in an attempt to land a job.

In the Tampa Bay area, many college grads are finding themselves without a job, and some are trying creative ways to find one.

“I figured it’d be a great way to separate us from the rest,” says Damian Romero of his strategy. Both he and Jarod Fluck recently graduated from the University of South Florida and are now looking for a job.

“We’ve tried a couple of job expos and tried getting in touch with employers,” says Romero…

So far, the pair has yet to land a job in this manner.

As one of them explains later on the interview, “It’s tough out there.”

But there’s more to this story than a few chuckles. Coming just day after the president announced a new effort to ease repayment burdens for Americans with student loan debt, the panhandling-for-jobs routine dramatizes the problem with the president’s approach. Grads are struggling, in large part, because student loans are to easy to get and too abundant. By making it even easier to for students to borrow money, the president is all but ensuring that overall debt levels for graduates will continue to rise.

Lots of cheap, easy-to-borrow funds means that students are able to pay more, and universities are able to charge more. The runaway inflation of tuition prices in the U.S. over the last thirty years is largely due to misguided notion that providing lots of easy loans will produce a more prosperous population. That’s only partly true. Because the greater the number of people with college degrees, the less value a degree holds in the marketplace. And the more federally backed student loan dollar there are out there, the less incentive students have to save and the more incentive colleges have to spend.

What you end up with is degrees that cost more and have ultimately are worth less. The B.A. has now become a kind of substitute for the high school diploma. And while it may be essential in many fields for landing even an entry level job. The job market remains tough, and ever larger student debt levels is the likely outcome of president Obama’s latest plan to east pressure on borrowers.

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

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ESPN reports some shocking allegations of academic fraud from a former University of North Carolina basketball star:

Rashad McCants, the second-leading scorer on the North Carolina basketball team that won the 2004-05 national title, told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that tutors wrote his term papers, he rarely went to class for about half his time at UNC, and he remained able to play largely because he took bogus classes designed to keep athletes academically eligible.

McCants told “Outside the Lines” that he could have been academically ineligible to play during the championship season had he not been provided the assistance. Further, he said head basketball coach Roy Williams knew about the “paper class” system at UNC. The so-called paper classes didn’t require students to go to class; rather, students were required to submit only one term paper to receive a grade.

McCants also told “Outside the Lines” that he even made the dean’s list in the spring of 2005 despite not attending any of his four classes for which he received straight-A grades. He said advisers and tutors who worked with the basketball program steered him to take the paper classes within the African-American Studies program…

Read the full story at ESPN.com

The College Fix has previously reported on the history of fraudulent no-show classes that were offered to athletes at UNC by the university’s African-American Studies department.

And we have published examples of the shockingly poor work for which students were given ‘A’ grades, including a one-paragragh essay on Rosa Parks that counted as an entires semester’s work and earned one athlete an A-.

McCants recent comments to ESPN reveal even more details about how the system of phony classes actually worked at UNC. The corruption was rampant. It ultimately functioned as a kind of cooperative effort at academic fraud carried out with the knowledge and/or assistance of coaches, tutors, professors, and the former dean of the African-American studies department, Julius Nyang’oro, who allegedly handed out grades for classes that never met, which were filled only with student athletes.

All of this occurred, mind you, at what is widely considered to be one of the premiere public universities in the country. It’s remarkable that so many individuals were willing to go along with this kind of corruption, all in order to keep athletes on the field.

It will take a long time for UNC to live down the disgrace of this scandal, which went on for many years and involved hundreds of student athletes enrolled in its African-American studies classes.

The most shocking aspect of this scandal is the fact that it was allowed to go on for so long, with the full complicity of so many.

 

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

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Raunchy gay sex columnist and sometimes political activist Dan Savage has been caught up in a perfect storm of liberal identity politics. While speaking at the University of Chicago last week, Savage used the word “tranny”–a slang term for transgender people–in the context of “reclaiming” words that might otherwise have a negative connotation.

In a perfectly ironic turn of events that followed, a self-identified transgendered student in the audience is now saying that he/she was deeply hurt by Savage’s use of the “reclaimed” slur.

The Illinois Review reports the details:

The incident occurred when, according to several sources, Savage and [the event hostess Ana Marie] Cox began discussing [Savage's] personal history as a gay man. According to a first-year student and member of the LGBTQ community who asked to be identified as Hex, Savage used the slur t—– as an example in an anecdote about reclaiming words. Cox then added, “I used to make jokes about t—-ies,” audience members recounted.

“That was one of the most hurtful parts,” Hex said, explaining the perceived insult was that Cox used the slur to refer to the group of people she joked about. “In that context, it was like being applied to all transgender people,” it said. (“It” is Hex’s chosen pronoun.)

The offended students have even started up a petition on Change.org, demanding that U of Chicago’s Institute of Politics forever ban the use of offensive language at its events.

You see, those poor sensitive students just can’t handle it.

They just can’t.

Personally, I love the irony of this situation. Dan Savage, a hero of the radical left, general in the fight to mainstream radical sexual identities in this country, is now being eaten alive by his own kind.

In a related story, RuPaul, probably the nation’s most famous transvestite pop star for the last twenty years, has been accused of transphobia because his television show uses the term “She-Mail” to describe messages from the host. Critics say they are offended because it’s a play on the term “shemale,” which, they say, is derogatory. RuPaul also has used the word “tranny” publicly.

According to Salon.com, RuPaul said “those offended by the use of the word “tranny” “are fringe people who are looking for story lines to strengthen their identity as victims.”

The tyranny of liberal identity politics has reached a tipping point, and it has now become very dangerous for public figures to say anything controversial in public. And that’s bad news for all of us who care about freedom of speech and expression–even if it might be fun to watch liberals devouring themselves over such issues. In the long run, all of us are being negatively impacted by a climate of speech control, fueled by the manufactured outrage of various groups and individuals who will not tolerate an opposing view, and will not permit others to express themselves in a way they dislike.

If you are a musician, and you dare to wear an Indian head dress as part of an artistic photo shoot, you will be blasted for cultural “appropriation.” You will be forced to apologize or risk damaging your career.

If you have a TV show, but happen to hold a conservative biblical view about homosexuality, your TV show will be cancelled. Or suspended. You will be silenced. You will be labeled a bigot. Your beliefs will be categorized as “hate.” There is an army of liberal speech-code enforcers out there monitoring the airwaves, searching the YouTube archives, looking to shut down every voice they disapprove of.

You will be forced to do things that violate your religious beliefs, if you want to keep your business. In this Brave New World of liberal fascism, you can be forced to bake a cake for a gay wedding, whether you wish to do so or not. You can be forced to undergo sensitivity training to keep your job.

Any belief that is so threatened by dissenting voices that it must stamp them all out is a belief that fears close examination. The desperate attempts of the radical sexual progressives to silence all who disagree with them is a sure sign of their own insecurity–of their own moral self doubt. They fight the voices of others in an effort to silence the lingering voices of their own seared consciences.

We are at the dawn of a new age of illiberality in the West. It is not enough, any longer, to simply tolerate the beliefs and lifestyles of others. You must agree to actively participate and even celebrate the lifestyles of others. Or else they’re coming for blood.

Our culture has become a minefield of linguistic taboos. At all times, someone, somewhere is waiting to be offended. And these taboos are enforced by increasingly frightened media companies who fear boycotts and lawsuits. Liberal activists, emboldened by their success at silencing opposing viewpoints, are growing ever more tyrannical, ever more intolerant, and ever more powerful.

Tolerance is dead in this country, or almost dead. Freedom of conscience? It’s a relic of the past. We have allowed a small minority of oppressive victim hustlers to effectively neuter the First Amendment. As a result, freedom of speech is something we Americans, in truth, no longer effectively posses.

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

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Nick Saban is one of the most successful coaches in college football history, with multiple national championships to his credit. Still, his whopping new contract with the University of Alabama, a public, tax-payer supported university, is sure to raise a few eyebrows.

ESPN reports newly released details on Saban’s salary:

The four-time championship-winning coach will make an NCAA-best $6.5 million in base salary per year through Jan. 21, 2022. The new contract adds two years and roughly $1 million annually in salary from the previous raise he received in April 2013.

Saban also will be awarded a $400,000 completion bonus per year, bringing the total contract to $55.2 million.

“We are honored by the commitment the University of Alabama has made to us with this new contract,” Saban said in a statement. “It is certainly a mutual agreement in terms of our commitment to the University of Alabama. We will continue to work hard to keep our football program among the nation’s elite.”

Read more.

Defenders of huge coach salaries often point out that popular division I men’s sports like football and basketball often earn far more money for leading schools than they take away. It’s a great source of profit.

On the other hand, for those who argue there’s too much money in college sports, coach Saban sends his apologies via text message from the gilded iPad on board his custom private jet, currently en route to an undisclosed private island getaway constructed entirely of Saban’s discarded $100 bills.

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

Follow Nathan on Twitter @NathanHarden

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Revenue decline under the newly implemented Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has prompted Vanderbilt University Medical Center to cut employees’ pay and benefits. In addition, the Nashville-based Vanderbilt hospital system–a major center of advanced treatment and medical research–has been forced to eliminate more than 1,000 jobs, The Tennessean reports.

Thanks Obamacare!

The non-profit Vanderbilt Medical Group projects a $250 million decline in revenue over the coming two years alone, even as an growing population continues to increase demand for healthcare in the region.

Now that we’ve seen just how awful government-run health care can be–with dozens of military veterans dying from lack of adequate care at our nation’s VA hospitals, we can all look forward to a future where private hospitals grow to look more and more like the broken VA system.

We never knew how good we had it until Barack Obama went and “fixed” our healthcare “crisis” by shoving through a piece of legislation that the majority of American people didn’t even want.

Vanderbilt is only one of many research hospitals in the U.S. that have had to make major cuts–many specifically citing Obamacare as the reason for the cuts. Cuts as these major medical research hospitals is sure to slow advancements in treatment and will stall the development of new cures.

Once again, thanks Obamacare!

While we’re at it, let’s not forget to thank Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid for joining forces with Obama to give the government more control of our healthcare system! On behalf of the 1,000 employees of Vanderbilt hospital who lost their jobs, and on behalf of an entire nation who can look forward to long wait times and rationing of care. And higher insurance premiums to top it all.

Paying more, getting less–that’s the legacy of this big government train wreck about which Pelosi so memorably informed us, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.” Now we’re finding out. And what a horrifying discovery it is.

One last time–thanks Obamacare!

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

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Bias. It’s a word we use all the time when we talk about the universities–especially the elite universities–in this country.

But what do we really mean when we make such an accusation? you say. What evidence do we really have to back it up?

Well, I’m glad you asked.

Harry Enton of 538 reports:

Conservatives have complained that they’ve been singled out, leaving only non-politicians and Democrats to offer a final word to newly minted college graduates. Based on commencement address data from the last two years, they’re right.

For the 2013 and 2014 commencement seasons, I looked up the guest commencement speaker at the top 30 universities and the top 30 liberal arts colleges as rated by U.S. News and World Report. In cases where there was no guest commencement speaker, I took the guest baccalaureate, class day or senior day speaker. In all cases, I noted if the speakers were American political figures, and if so their party affiliations. I counted people like the news anchor Chris Matthews, who worked for Democratic politicians, as a political figure. I didn’t count people like the author Toni Morrison, who is a Democrat but has never worked in a political office. I also only counted lead speakers, not recipients of honorary degrees.

As it turns out, I couldn’t find a single clearly aligned Republican political figure who spoke at any of these schools in the past two years…

Full story here.

As the saying goes–the numbers don’t lie. The folks who run these universities don’t even attempt to keep up the appearance of open debate or objectivity. It’s just naked, hard-left indoctrination, all the time.

If you are under the delusion that our universities are forums for free thinking, critical debate of ideas and opposing views, and so forth. Let me disabuse you of such a notion.

We have reached the end of debate in the American higher education system. There is really only one view–the liberal humanistic view–that students are allowed to hear once they enter college. It’s a system of political indoctrination, plain and simple.

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

Follow Nathan on Twitter @NathanHarden

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