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Outrageously Dumb Campus Moments of the Week (May 25)

The College Fix presents a roundup of the top scandals, screw-ups, and stupid decisions involving college campuses. This week, anything goes at the University of California except hiring Republicans, and Obama feels your pain, man. But first…

3). Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius addressed graduating public policy students at Georgetown University. You read that right. Sebelius. At Georgetown. The architect of President Obama’s healthcare law and the author of the controversial mandate requiring employers to cover contraception. At a Catholic university that opposes contraception on moral grounds.

Many Catholic leaders were unsurprisingly furious that Georgetown would do this, but the university played it off as a “let’s have more speech, not less speech” sort of situation. In that case, Georgetown should have invited Sebelius to a debate about contraception and Catholic teaching, not selected her as the speaker for graduating policy students.

And while Georgetown’s invitation to Sebelius was obviously a respectful gesture, it’s a shame that she does not show the same respect in return. Not only does Sebelius disagree with Catholic institutions on contraception, but she also wants to force them to subsidize it—a stance as brash and unconstitutional as it is stupid. Georgetown shouldn’t humor her.

2). President Obama addressed the graduates of Barnard College, and told them to “persevere.” It’s a tough time for college students and graduates right now, and Obama is eager to win back some of these people who are much less excited about him in 2012 than they were in 2008. But, as TCF put it:

As his last piece of advice, Obama implored the graduates to “persevere.” Despite the numerous hardships down the road, determination is almost a sufficient quality in itself for success. Speaking to a generation now unemployed and burdened with a multi-trillion dollar generational debt–largely due to the man they put in office–the message of hope is hard to sell.

Has the president repaired or worsened the economy? Has he repaired or worsened the job market? Students can answer these questions for themselves.

1). There is enough nonsense at the University of California to fill a dozen editions of “Outrageously Dumb Campus Moments,” but it’s nicely encapsulated in this column by Jennifer Kabbany:

Anecdotal evidence in the report includes a UC Davis professor who cancelled an anthropology final exam and instead wrote anti-war and anti-American websites on the board and held a discussion on the war in Iraq; a computer science professor at Berkeley who frequently used his lectures to call former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a Nazi and stated nothing Saddam Hussein has done could be any worse than what George Bush has done; and a sociology professor at UCSD who questioned whether the 9/11 attacks were terrorism or legitimate warfare, and stated Americans have no moral ground to condemn the attacks.

Bias also could be found in course descriptions, required readings and class mandates. An American history course is not required for history majors at the UC Davis, Santa Cruz, Irvine and San Diego campuses; and at several campuses, students can graduate with a major in English literature without having read a word of Shakespeare, Chaucer or Milton, the report states.

What’s more, results of national faculty surveys found that for every eight professors who identified themselves as either left-leaning, Democrat or socialist, one professor identified themselves as conservative or Republican. In many cases, however, studies found the ratios at UC campuses and elsewhere are often more close to 15-to-1.

Another survey found professors would be more inclined to hire a communist than a Republican.

At least they’re hiring! Good news for the president.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Davis May 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm [edit]

Finger pointing…now that is something Obama knows very well.

Solving problems…that is an entirely different matter (and Obama sucks at it).


2 INTJ May 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm [edit]

Boil it down to two refrains from Animal Farm:

“I will work harder.”

“Comrade [Obama] is always right.”


3 ray May 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm [edit]

Why am I reminded of the movie scene with the Old Indian and Josie Wells?
He told us, “endeavor to persevere.” We thought about it, and after we had thought about it, we declared war.


4 booboo May 24, 2012 at 4:10 pm [edit]

Yea, get out there and work the hell out of the part time McDonalds job. Obama is pulling for you, so vote for him. {sarcasm}


5 James J May 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm [edit]

I can just here Chief Dan George saying “Endever to persever”.

What a clown.


6 ConfoundedSociety May 24, 2012 at 6:53 pm [edit]

Lone Watie: We thought about it for a long time, “Endeavor to persevere.” And when we had thought about it long enough, we declared war on the Union.


7 tom59 May 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm [edit]

Persevere……How about SCREW YOU!


8 Ira Dernotsei May 24, 2012 at 11:09 pm [edit]


Wow, this is so 1977 De Ja Vu, Jimmy Carter telling the people to put on their sweaters because we were almost “out of oil”. Didn’t believe him then, don’t buy a word of what Obama says now. Narcissist Charlatans that blame everyone else for the pain and suffering they directly cause!


9 DaPower May 25, 2012 at 12:40 am [edit]

Funny that he says good news just doesn’t get reported as much as bad news…when the media is doing WHATEVER it can to report ANY shred of good news for Obama, even promoting a fact deficient (that’s lying to you and me) study that spending is down under Obama, then NOT reporting the Labor Departments upwards reassessment of unemployment numbers, and the 70+ Catholic dioceses and institutions suing the DOH.

But then…whoever said when he spoke the truth came out?!


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