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TCF’s Outrageously Dumb Campus Moments of the Week (Feb. 10)

The College Fix presents a roundup of the top scandals, screw-ups, and stupid decisions involving college campuses. This week, a university unintentionally sponsors segregation (but that’s what you get when you open up a campus in Qatar), while Obama mistakes unpaid servitude for employment. But first…

3). A black student at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside complained to university authorities after discovering a noose made of rubber bands. The student, Khalilah Ford, wasn’t satisfied with the university’s response. Later, Ford’s fears seemed justified when a mysterious hit list appeared claiming that several black students, including Ford, were going to die. Police became suspicious, however, when they realized that Ford’s name was the only one spelled correctly.

Indeed, the culprit is none other than Khalilah Ford, who was mad at the university for ignoring her complaint about the noose, and she would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids.

2). Readers of The College Fix know that we like to make fun of universities for being too politically correct–for punishing every incendiary statement, sexist comment, and vaguely offensive outburst. We also like to make fun of the student activists who constantly decry their campuses as the most backward, racist, intolerant places imaginable on earth (check out this column, where racism and cultural ignorance are described as “institutional” at Northwestern University–yeah, right).

But every once and awhile, intolerance of a certain sort is institutional to a campus… when that campus is in Qatar. Ultimately, Houston Community College’s gender-segregated satellite campus is nothing more than exhibit Z in the case against exporting American higher education to the Middle East.

1). President Obama finds himself in the unfortunate position of trying to remain cool in the eyes of young people (too bad he’s so 2008). And jobs are cool, right? Well, not if they don’t pay anything.

As it turns out, the overwhelming majority of youth-centric new jobs concocted by Obama and the Department of Labor are nothing more than unpaid internships. In fact, there’s some question as to whether unpaid internships are even legal, given minimum wage laws.

To recap: no jobs, and the not-jobs are illegal. Great!

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