Higher education

University of Chicago to students: no safe spaces here

Featured image To me, the University of Chicago has always represented the gold standard in academic rigor and excellence in American academia. Having never attended this institution, or even visited it, I don’t know whether it deserves to be thought of this way. But my encounters with many a graduate of the University, including some fairly recent ones, has done nothing to disturb my impression, which dates back to the Saul Bellow-Allan »

And Now For Something Completely Different

Featured image As longtime readers of Power Line know, I spent the 2013-14 academic year as an inmate at the University of Colorado at Boulder, which actually was a splendid time because it is so easy to torment liberals. As I explained in my account of the year in National Review last year, “I loved to tell liberal audiences that conservatives wholly approve of the Boulder greenbelt because it makes the quarantine »

How the GOP feeds the PC beast

Featured image John Fund reports that congressional Republicans increased the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights with a very generous budget increase last year. Fund takes up the matter in the NR column “How Republicans feed the beast of political correctness.” OCR is perhaps the most left-wing office in the federal bureaucracy. Bankrolling it that way Congress did was an egregious error (for which they were rewarded with the transgender guidance). »

Name/rename this

Featured image In a recent dispatch from the cultural revolution on campus, the Office of the President of Yale University has posted the following announcement: Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming In recent years, and with increasing intensity during the past year, a wide-ranging conversation has taken place at Yale and elsewhere about the role of naming and renaming in acknowledging and confronting our history. Although decisions at Yale and other universities »

U. of Houston student leader punished for “All Lives Matter” post

Featured image Rohini Sethi is the student body Vice President at the University of Houston. After the assassination of five Dallas police officers at a Black Lives Matter inspired rally, she wrote on Facebook: “Forget #BlackLivesMatter; more like #AllLivesMatter.” Sethi quickly deleted the comment, but it nonetheless generated outrage. In response, Sethi issued a statement in which she called her comment “inappropriate.” She said it was an emotional response to the tragic »

God and clown at Yale

Featured image If you’re trying to understand the madness that has overtaken university campuses, Yale presents an important case study. My daughter Eliana takes a look at Yale’s ordeal in the current NR article “This is not a debate.” It’s a reported piece that seems to me to give readers the information necessary to understand the case for themselves. For me the article has a personal component. Eliana takes the story back »

Affirmative action forever

Featured image In an opinion issued this morning, Justice Kennedy joined the Supreme Court’s four liberals to uphold the University of Texas’s “affirmative action” program in the Fisher case. This is the case’s second trip to the Court. It won’t be coming back. The Court’s opinion today is posted here. The Court’s 2013 opinion in Fisher I (as the Court refers to it) is posted here. I think today’s result is disappointing, »

Why do Jews and Asians support Dems so strongly?

Featured image Tevi Troy and Lanhee Chen tackle “the mystery of Jewish and Asian-American Democratic loyalty.” The existence of such loyalty is beyond dispute. The authors remind us that among Jews, Barack Obama’s support was 78 percent in 2008 and 70 percent in 2012. As for Asian-Americans, their support of Obama grew from 62 percent in 2008 to 73 percent four years later. The extent of this loyalty is mysterious because, as »

The Clinton University Scandal?

Featured image Everyone knows about the problems with Trump University. Trump should just be glad that Trump U didn’t have a Division I NCAA football team, or else he might well have Title IX complaints to go with the class action civil suit. But did you know that Bill Clinton was a university chancellor? I didn’t either. There he is, over to the left. Moreover, he was paid $16 million by Laureate »

Epic Correction of the Decade

Featured image Hoo-wee, the New York Times will really have to extend itself to top the boner and mother-of-all-corrections at the American Journal of Political Science. This is the journal that published a finding much beloved of liberals a few years back that purported to find scientific evidence that conservatives are more likely to exhibit traits associated with psychoticism, such as authoritarianism and tough-mindedness, and that the supposed “authoritarian” personality of conservatives might even »

Dartmouth and double standards

Featured image In the apocalyptic satire Dr. Strangelove, President Merkin Muffley meets with his military advisors as they seek to recall a bomber on its way to dropping the big one on the Soviet Union. President Muffley invites the Soviet ambassador into the War Room to join the discussion. When fight breaks out between the Russian ambassador and General Buck Turgidson at the Pentagon, President Muffley exclaims: “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in »

Dartmouth’s descent is easy

Featured image The Dartmouth Review has compiled an excellent timeline of the latest “assault on dialogue and free speech at Dartmouth.” Brian Chen and the staff of the Dartmouth Review are to thanked for their work publicizing the story in this form. Greta Van Susteren invited Dartmouth student Michelle Knesbach to tell the story on behalf of the college Republicans last night on her FOX News show. FOX News Insider has posted »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll meditates on Our Lady of the Trigger in GOOD HEAVENS! She writes: Let me make several points about the recent incident with the deranged woman-like substance having a meltdown at UMass Amherst. First. Gentlemen: There is really no better way to wound a woman to her very core than to attack her looks. When I was a Freshman at Northwestern University, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I »

A face in the crowd: P.J. O’Rourke edition

Featured image After posting the video of Our Lady of the Trigger expressing herself at the UMass Amherst event featuring Christina Hoff Sommers, I happened onto P.J. O’Rourke’s introduction to Give War A Chance (1992). P.J.’s apothegm may qualify for inclusion in Steve Hayward’s continuing series of blasts from the past. For my purposes, I think it explicates the video of Our Lady of the Trigger: The liberal is continually angry, as »

A face in the crowd

Featured image Campus Reform has posted a good report on events last week at the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts when Christina Hoff Sommers, Milo Yiannopoulos and Steven Crowder turned up to speak on political correctness. Protesters shouted obscenities in an effort to silence the speakers, saying they espouse “hate speech.” When one demonstrator complained about being treated like a child, Christina told her to “stop acting like a child.” »

Looking Back at Boulder

Featured image The Chronicle of Higher Education has a story out today about the experiment I began at the University of Colorado at Boulder two years ago, now that the smoke (what kind of smoke you ask?) has cleared. The story is behind a subscriber paywall, but here’s the lede and a few fun parts plus some additional commentary from me: After 3 Years, U. of Colorado Deems Its Conservative-Scholars Program a »

Yale: Beyond parody

Featured image Yale University President Peter Salovey solemnly addressed “the Yale community” by email in the early evening hours last night. He had a portentous announcement. Among other things, Yale has reached a decision on whether to retain the title “master” to refer to the teachers taking up the mantle at Yale’s residential colleges. You can feel the brain cells sloughing off as you read the deliberation that went into taking the »