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Outrageously Dumb Campus Moments of the Week (Oct. 5)

The College Fix presents a roundup of the top scandals, screw-ups, and stupid decisions involving college campuses. This week, a professor strips naked and rants like a lunatic and Cornell decides the vibrator is the new must-have educational tool, but first …

3) Mixed-gender madness continues to sweep the country. That is, male and female college students living in the same dorm room together. The notion used to raise eyebrows, even flair controversy. Today, it’s par for the course, as a growing number of universities continue to allow the trend. A count by The Los Angeles Times put the number at 50-plus campuses and growing. (By the way, the politically correct term for it now is “gender-neutral housing.”) The latest to hop on this bandwagon is Cornell University, whose student government last week voted to approve it. A Cornell Insider article details why some students pushed for it:

“Supporters spoke of a ‘structural change’ that is needed within our housing system. Their argument, according to Resolution sponsor Emily Blick, ’13, involves removing all barriers for students who are confused because of ‘the gender you are assigned at birth.’ ”

That rings true with the Los Angeles Times article, which noted “college officials say the movement began mainly as a way to accommodate gay, bisexual and transgender students who may feel more comfortable living with a member of the opposite sex.”

In addition to Cornell, an article in Wednesday’s Daily Tar Heel declared: “LGBTQ committee pushes equal housing, benefits,” and summarizes how an attempt at the University of North Carolina to add mixed-gender dorms in the spring failed, so there’s plans to increase lobbying efforts.

“The student body president is working toward getting us in front of (campus trustees) and show them the research we have on gender-neutral housing with academic outcomes,” Terri Phoenix, director of UNC’s LGBTQ Center, is quoted as saying. “There are some key people that will never support it, but what we need to do is find allies and make their voices louder.”

They’ll eventually get their way, unless “key people that will never support it” speak up and demand that sanity reign.

2) Speaking of Cornell craziness, it’s the latest campus to decide to bring porn stars as educators to its hallowed halls. The Cornell Daily Sun recently reported that the campus’ inaugural Sex Week is slated for this spring, and eager beaver students are already excitedly planning away. Let’s see, in August a book called “Sex and God at Yale” is published, and it details how porn stars and porn producers are brought in to lecture Yale students during its Sex Week, all the while condoms are tossed around like Frisbees, porno DVDs are handed out like Halloween candy, a sadomasochism expert has students rip safety pins out of her skin, another alleged sex educator has them miming sex acts on stage, and so on and so forth. One month after the book publishes, the folks at Cornell are like – why let Yalies have all the fun? We’ve got to get in on that action. Let’s tap in.

Mixed-gender housing and porn stars as teachers. Don’t you just love the direction America’s colleges are headed? It’s so inspiring.

1) Finally, this one just makes you shake your head and, let’s face it, chuckle.

A math professor at Michigan State University this week stripped naked, ran naked through his classroom and screamed “There is no f*cking God!” before police apprehended him, according to several news reports.

Here is one student’s description of the mental breakdown:

“I was in Calc 1 at Michigan State University, and my teacher was always pretty eccentric, but today he went overboard. Half way through class he started screaming at us, swearing left and right,” the student said. “He then started slamming his hands on the window and pressing his face against it, still screaming. Eventually he walked out and down the hallway to the end, all while screaming. He then came back into the classroom and took off his clothes, except for his socks. You know someone’s crazy when they leave their socks on lmao. At this point everyone in class ran out. We were literally scared for our lives. The police took about 15 minutes to get here and during this time he continued walking around screaming.”

Well, that’s one way to keep kids interested in a math lecture.

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Jennifer Kabbany is editor of The College Fix. She previously worked as a daily newspaper reporter and columnist for a decade in Southern California, and prior to that held editorial positions at The Weekly Standard, Washington Times and FrontPageMagazine. She is also a Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship recipient and has contributed to National Review.

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