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Miami University the latest to be miffed at George Will appearance

Miami’s Farmer School of Business is hosting conservative columnist George Will tomorrow, and many on the campus aren’t happy about it.

Will, as readers of The College Fix may know, penned a column back in June where he questioned the oft-cited “1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted in college” figure, and said that “Colleges become the victims of progressivism.”

The Miami Student reports:

“It is only midway through the first semester at Miami University and there have already been a handful of sexual assaults reported. This is, of course, not even a fraction of the number of unreported cases our campus has seen,” co-president of Feminists Working on Real Democracy (F-Word) Rebecca Clark said. “And let us not forget the ‘The Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape’ flier that was passed around two years ago that was barely acknowledged by the administration.”

“Where are these words now that Mr. Will is still scheduled to speak on campus, and being paid $48,000 — more than many people make in a year — to do so?” Clark said. “We feel that bringing Mr. Will in to speak is just another way the university continues to ignore how rape culture is present on not only this campus, but other college campuses nationwide.”

Only $48,000? Why, that’s pennies compared to what Hillary Clinton charges for a speech.

Nevertheless, many want Miami to do what Scripps College in Claremont, California did a couple weeks back — disinvite Mr. Will.

Many Miami students, faculty and staff have signed a petition which notes that Will’s appearance on campus “sends the wrong message to both current and future students about the tolerance or rape culture at Miami.”

Is the right message, then, perpetuating a phony figure so that some can … feel better?

Will is right about colleges becoming “victims of progressivism.” Maybe he can title his Miami lecture (if he remains invited) “Facts Over Feelings.”

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Dave has been writing about education, politics, and entertainment for over 18 years, including a stint at the popular media bias site Newsbusters. He is a retired educator with over 25 years of service and is a member of the National Association of Scholars. Dave holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Delaware.