Minding the Campus

  • Higher Education's 'Obesity' Problem
    Minding the Campus on August 2, 2012

    Open a marketing brochure for any college or university in the United States and you'll find an info-graphic touting the variety and number of degree programs that the institution offers.  The more options, the rationale goes, the more likely a student will find a desired specialty. 


  • Regnerus and the 'Liberal War on Science'
    Minding the Campus on August 1, 2012

    The ongoing controversy over University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus is a textbook example of how a legitimate scholarly dispute can turn into a political witch-hunt. 


  • What "Western Governors" Does Well
    Minding the Campus on April 8, 2012

    On most any college campus, first-year courses with more than a few dozen students have a high proportion of bored, disaffected, and/or uncertain students. Sometimes they feel that way because course materials just don't excite them, or because they don't seem relevant to their backgrounds and futures. But another reason is that neither the pace of the course nor the style of the instructor fits their capacities.


  • Rallying Around Che at a 'Literary' Conference
    Minding the Campus on April 5, 2012

    When charges of doctrinaire Marxism are leveled against professors, the standard procedure is to charge the accusers with misinterpretation---they just can't understand the subtleties of the literary and philosophical profundities being dispensed.


  • Misconduct Hearings on Campus Are Rotten and Have to Change
    Minding the Campus on April 4, 2012

    I began representing students in 1969. A group of Harvard students took over University Hall in an anti-Vietnam War protest. There was a lot of violence, President Pusey called in the police, and 220 students were charged with trespass on the property of the President and Fellows of Harvard College. My law partners and I took the case, and they tried them in groups of 20 students at a time. Much to the consternation of the President and Fellows, and the district attorney of Middlesex County, the jury said not guilty to the first group.


  • What Yale and the Times Did to Patrick Witt
    Minding the Campus on April 2, 2012

    Before the Patrick Witt case, I had some experience writing about how the New York Times handles cases of sexual assault allegations against high-profile college athletes--the Duke lacrosse case. After all that damage had been done, and after more than a hundred articles had been published in the New York Times, two Times editors, including Bill Keller, issued some half-hearted apologies for how the paper had mishandled the case, and "mishandled" is a generous word for what the Times did.


  • The Radicalization of the University of California
    Minding the Campus on April 1, 2012

    Are the 234,000 students enrolled in the massive University of California system receiving an education or a re-education? It's the latter--or something fairly close--according to "A Crisis of Competence," a report just released by the California Association of Scholars (CAS), the Golden State affiliate of the National Association of Scholars. The devastating 87-page report addressed to UC's Board of Regents, concludes that leftist political indoctrination represents a significant portion of the curriculum at the nine UC campuses that admit undergraduates.


  • Why Campus Mascots and Nicknames Are Under Attack
    Minding the Campus on March 29, 2012

    The University of North Dakota sports teams have been known as the "Sioux" or the "Fighting Sioux" for more than 80 years. But this week the university's hockey team played and lost in the NCAA playoffs wearing uniforms that said simply "North Dakota." The reason: Last November, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed legislation permitting the university to retire its "Fighting Sioux" nickname so its hockey team could play schools that had boycotted teams with offensive mascots


  • The Loan Defaults Are Coming--Here's What to Do
    Minding the Campus on March 27, 2012

    No modern-day Paul Revere is taking a midnight ride to warn about this, but the defaults are coming. Many are already here. They are coming from student loans given to the wrong students for the wrong reasons.


  • Hateless Hate Crime at Rutgers?
    Minding the Campus on March 19, 2012

    The criminal trial of Dharun Ravio commanded national attention and focus on our controversial hate-crime laws. The issue was whether Ravi spied on his Rutgers roommate, Tyler Clementi, and whether he spied because of prejudice against homosexuals generally and against his gay roommate in particular. Ravi's conviction last Friday on the most serious charge against him, "bias intimidation," carries with it a possible sentence of ten years in prison.


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