Political correctness

The price of peace at Princeton

Featured image This week, talking with a fellow Dartmouth alum about how the College’s president Phil Hanlon might respond to the grossly abusive behavior of African-American students in Baker Library, I quipped “Hanlon will feel that he can’t discipline anyone so instead he’ll probably spend $5 million on some diversity initiative.” My point was that the objective of college presidents like Hanlon who face angry Black students with no sense of decency »

Occupy the Campus

Featured image News this morning is that Princeton University is going to “consider” student demands that Woodrow Wilson’s name be removed from the campus. The New York Times reports: The document held administrators to a series of spoken statements they had “verbalized” during the sit-in and committed them to write emails “to initiate the process to consider removal” of a mural of Wilson from a cafeteria in a residential college named after »

A copycat league

Featured image The Ivy League has long been a copycat league, especially when it comes to its students. In the late 1960s, Dartmouth’s radical activists consciously copied our Harvard counterparts. However, Dartmouth’s administration, learning from Harvard’s response, handled our takeover of the administration building with more savvy, thus avoiding much of the post-takeover turmoil we had hoped to generate. Flash forward 45 years or so, and we see black protests over nothing »

Civil War on the Left, Part 24

Featured image By the usual train of serendipitous internet wanderings, I ran across The Kinfolk Kollective, which uses K in the same sense as “Amerika” back in the 1960s. The subtitle gives the first hint of coming attractions: “All skinfolk ain’t kinfolk. Where do you stand?” The post I stumbled into is an attack on Caitlyn Jenner—from the left. Jenner’s sin, apparently, is remaining a Republican and not genuflecting sufficiently in the »

J.J. Watt’s microaggression

Featured image J.J. Watt, a defensive end for the Houston Texans, is arguably the best player in the National Football League. Andy Dalton is the red-headed star quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. Some call him “The Red Rifle.” Last night, after Houston upset previously undefeated Cincinnati and held the Bengals to six points, Watt said this: Our goal was to come out here and make the Red Rifle look like a Red »

The Spreading Virus, Amherst Update

Featured image UPDATE to the UPDATE: It turns out that @AmherstUprising is apparently a parody Twitter account! I know what you’re thinking: how can you tell? It has, as Stephen Colbert would say, a sense of “truthiness” about it. Well done, whoever you are. The student movement does call itself “Amherst Uprising,” but their “official” Twitter feed is @UprisingAmherst. (Or is it authentic? Perhaps it’s the Judean People’s Front against the People’s »

The Spreading Virus, Part 6

Featured image A reader at the University of Nebraska passes along this campus-wide email: Subject: From Chancellor Perlman re: Social media disclaimer A screen capture of a Facebook exchange has been circulating on social media, and as common as that is, in this particular case it warrants this note. In this exchange, one person, whose name is listed as Joey Simpson, uses derogatory and racist language. Another person asks:  “Aren’t you affiliated with »

The Poop Swastika: Clearly “Cultural Appropriation”

Featured image Sorry readers, I’m just feeling backed up getting the whole Missouri “poop swastika” incident behind me, though when you think about it, the poop swastika is the perfect symbol of the constipated thinking of the campus left. (And perhaps a great name for a punk rock bar band.) Anyway, I wondered the same thing John did in his comment to my post yesterday: Isn’t this an anti-Semitic hate crime? Which »

Where is the evidence of the Mizzou swastika?

Featured image Of the small number of instances of alleged bad behavior that forms the basis for the frenzy at the University of Missouri, one stands out: the claim that someone drew a swastika out of feces on a restroom door in a dormitory. Any swastika is deeply offensive, of course, though the drawing of one hardly reflects the “systematic oppression” that hysterical students say exists at their school. But there’s a »

Rules for student radicals

Featured image Forty-five years ago, James Epperson, one of Dartmouth’s great English professors, said of the college’s radicals that they can’t distinguish between their personal anxiety and their political beliefs (or words to that effect). As a student radical at the time, my thought was “as if this is easy to do.” Today’s student radicals, though they differ from the rads of my time in that they seem more fragile, have the »

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Educayshun edition

Featured image The precocious Australian comedian Neel Kolhatkar wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the updated edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest that arrives just in time to explain the doings at Yale, Missouri, at other institutions of higher learning where liberal educators hold sway (video below). Or should that be educaytors? Kolhatkar calls this Modern Educayshun. The spelling harks back to the old Our Gang series, which included the »

The face of the modern university

Featured image The University of Missouri campus police has sent out the following email campus-wide: To continue to ensure that the University of Missouri campus remains safe, the MU Police Department (MUPD) is asking individuals who witness incidents of hateful and/or hurtful speech or actions to: Call the police immediately at 573-882-7201. (If you are in an emergency situation, dial 911.) Give the communications operator a summary of the incident, including location. »

Shell-shocked by PC world, University of Missouri president steps down

Featured image University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe resigned yesterday after the school’s football team threatened to go on strike. The threatened strike was in support of student protests over alleged “systematic oppression” of blacks at the school. As at Yale, I have seen no reports of violence directed at any African-American at the University of Missouri. The “systematic oppression” appears to consist of a few incidents of racial slurs directed at »

Yale president apologizes to minority students for failing to make them feel safe

Featured image In the aftermath of the absurd controversy over the potential for offensive Halloween costumes at Yale, president Peter Salovey reportedly has apologized to a large group of minority students for the school’s failure to make them feel safe on campus. “We failed you,” Salovey said (according to the notes of students who were present), adding “I think we have to be a better university; I think we have to do »

What the Yale Shame Should Teach Us

Featured image John offers a copious summary of the embarrassment of Yale students protesting against an email that suggested they lighten up about Halloween costumes. Will this constitute a tipping point against this campus silliness? Of course it won’t. Much of the justly deserved criticism directed at the perpetually aggrieved concerns their rubbishing of free speech and dissent from leftist orthodoxy. (One student actually wrote in the Yale Herald that “Christakis needs »

We Live In a World Gone Mad, Yale Edition

Featured image The Daily Mail recounts one of the strangest controversies we’ve seen in a while. It relates to offensive Halloween costumes at Yale. Or rather, the potential for offensive Halloween costumes. The story starts with the wife of Nicholas Christakis, Silliman College’s master, sending out an email addressing the subject of Halloween costumes, which, as we have noted before, has taken on a sudden importance at colleges and universities. The email »

Happy P.C. Halloween!

Featured image Vermont’s Middlebury College was concerned that its students might celebrate Halloween in “unsafe” costumes. So it released a video and checklist containing guidance on how to avoid “cultural appropriation” and other sins. The video features the college’s Chief Diversity Officer and Dean of Students: A Message on Costumes and Cultural Appropriation from Middlebury College Media Service on Vimeo. This is Middlebury’s checklist. Click to enlarge: Well, who wouldn’t be in »