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Here’s what some college students in Texas were told recently about navigating college, according to an article in The Collegian:

Hudson told students to be considerate of other students’ gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, linguistic heritage and cultural expression to avoid unknowingly offending them.

“Students should have the goal to promote and sustain a culture of inclusion where individuality and cultural humility is embraced and valued,” she said. …

“Whether intentional or unintentional, anything that communicates hostile, derogatory or negative slights and insults towards a social group can be interpreted as backhanded communications,” he said.

Henderson and Hudson encouraged students attending the presentation to share any personal experiences involving microaggressions both on and off campus. They gave feedback to students and suggested responses to situations that could occur in the future to better educate the other person.

“If you Google ‘things not to say,’ you’ll come up with a bunch of things you never knew that you shouldn’t say before,” Lu said. “Before I took the required course on this, I had no idea that some of these things could offend people.”

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Indiana University Southeast business professor Linda Christiansen and economics professor D. Eric Schansber rip Obamacare a new one in a jointly bylined op-ed that ran over the weekend in The Star Press.

Headlined “ObamaCare: A Tale of Four Students,” it outlines how college students of all stripes – those who work for their colleges (teaching assistants, Residence Advisers, etc.) and even those who work elsewhere, are getting screwed by the new law, which purportedly aimed to help young people but actually makes matters much worse for them. All of the students in the column have been penalized by the legislation in different ways.

The op-ed explains the law’s “perverse and largely-ignored consequences.”

Thanks to ObamaCare, there are many more contexts in which working less — and hiring people to work fewer hours — has become financially attractive. Aside from the amazingly slow pace of the economic recovery by historical standards, all of this also explains why we’ve had so much growth in part-time work and so little in full-time work. …

ObamaCare did nothing to reduce the problems created earlier by the government. Instead, in its attempt to help some people, it extended those problems and added new ones — by multiplying and complicating the links between health insurance, work and family.

And college students are some of the worst off thanks to Obamacare.

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Writing in The Daily Princetonian, Kelly Hatfield apparently assuages her “white privilege” by lamenting the media coverage of the Michael Brown shooting and subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Did we watch the same coverage? Because Hatfield is angry at the anti-Brown aspect of that coverage:

First off, Michael Brown’s death should be mourned regardless of whether or not that was him in the video of the shoplifting. He should be mourned regardless of whether or not he was planning on attending college the following Monday. He should be mourned regardless of whether or not he drank and smoked pot. He was an unarmed man who was shot and lost his life, and for this reason he should be mourned. No one deserves to be shot six times and left on the sidewalk for four hours.

I call upon the media to stop “bringing to light” evidence that Michael Brown was “no angel” — an expression used to describe him in a New York Times article published on Aug. 24. It doesn’t matter. It matters neither in this specific case, nor in any others.

In a loosely related vein, I also call upon the media to stop its emphasis on the lootings and waves of teargas, and to reevaluate its priorities should a similar situation arise in the months and years to come.

Hatfield goes on to state she has “no doubt that he [Brown] was a wonderful person …” and calls on the media to “focus on the larger picture.” One may wonder how she is able to determine the former; regarding the latter, that “larger picture” is “inequality, segregation and racism.”

Again — what media is Hatfield watching?

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The football rivalry between the University of Delaware and Delaware State University took an unfortunate turn last weekend as anonymous racist messages about DSU’s predominately African-American population were posted on the social media site Yik Yak.

Delaware State is an Historically Black College (HBC).

Delaware Online reports:

UD’s Black Student Union this week brought the remarks to the attention of UD’s administration, BSU President Elliott Webster said.

UD President Patrick T. Harker condemned the racism in a Thursday letter to UD students, faculty and staff. The BSU appreciated the letter, Webster said, but Harker needs to speak more strongly and do more to fight racism at UD.

“There is still work to be done,” he said. “It’s time for an open conversation about race.”

One of the comments compared DSU’s fans to the notorious Bloods and Crips gangs.

Thankfully, the UD student newspaper The Review, noted that, although the furor over these few comments dominated Yik Yak — a site “usually dominated by dining hall food complaints and tales of drunken escapades” — “those posts do not represent the attitudes of all students at the University of Delaware.”

You think? But these anonymous knuckleheads’ idiotic comments were enough to generate a presidential letter to all of UD, as well as (the typical) requests for “conversations” about race in America. Which is probably making the knuckleheads laugh even more at the reaction they got.

And, since the comments were completely anonymous, unfortunately there’s always the possibility of this sort of nonsense.

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A great video to show snot-nosed college kids who think they have problems.

CONTENT WARNING: It will make you laugh, and upset you at how stupid and whiny students can be …

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Young America’s Foundation went to The George Washington University campus recently to interview students about the anniversary of Sept. 11. Only six out of 30 students remembered the anniversary, but 29 out of 30 were able to identify one or more celebrities involved in the nude photo hacking scandal, the foundation reports.

 Watch the interviews:

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