Vice President Mike Pence’s graduation ceremony speech at Notre Dame caused quite a few students — offended students, apparently — to exit, stage right, and leave the event.
America, meet the graduating class of 2017 — too weak to listen to countering views. -Cheryl K. Chumley
At UC Berkeley, 177 professors and graduate students have signed an open letter urging thousands of colleagues and classmates to boycott campus for four days this month to ensure their “physical and mental safety.”
The strongly worded letter, titled “Boycott the Alt-Right @UCBerkeley,” asks that students, instructors and employees cancel classes, close buildings and “not penalize students who are afraid to come to campus” from Sept. 24 to 27. -Nanette Asimov
Supposedly liberal and tolerant campuses create “safe spaces” limited to certain identity groups and those of a certain ideological inclination. In reality, safe spaces are safe only from the diversity their inhabitants claim to cherish. -Benjamin Weingarten
Character, Funny, Crazy, Academia
Add therapy donkeys to the list of options for college students who want to lower stress levels ahead of final exams.
The State University of New York at Plattsburgh brought in a small herd of miniature donkeys last week as part of a wellness fair to help students cope with the anxiety and pressure that comes with typical end-of-semester responsibilities such as tests and papers that are due...
Students got to pet, hug and take photos with three miniature donkeys.
“My favorite part of the fair was definitely the donkeys,” student Carolyn Graber said.
Celeste, Jessie and Cookie are all from the New York nonprofit Thera-Pets, which was founded in 2003 to “improve human health through the use of farm animals.”
Liberal, Funny, Education, Demagoguery, Academia, Tolerance
Members of the Fordham University College Republicans were asked to leave an on-campus coffee shop because their MAGA hats apparently violated the shop’s “safe space policy.”
In a video obtained by Campus Reform, the self-identified president of Rodrigue’s Coffee House, a coffee shop run by a student club, is seen telling the College Republicans they have five minutes to get out of the coffee shop.
“I am protecting my customers,” the president said.
“We are your customers, we bought something,” a CR member replied.
“I don’t want people like you supporting this club… no one here wants people like you supporting our club,” the president retorted. “I am giving you five minutes.”
Students at Amherst College recently protested the mere presence of a conservative speaker, saying students shouldn’t have to “feel afraid for their safety.”
They found the speaker, Michael Graham, offensive and unqualified because he was fired from his talk radio show twelve years ago after repeatedly pointing out the relationship between Islam and terrorism.
Creating Campus Safe Zones...
Before an idea can be evaluated on its intrinsic merits, it must first be considered in light of its political ramifications. Before a speaker can be invited to campus for the potential interest of what he might have to say, he must first pass the test of inoffensiveness. Before a student can think and talk for himself, he must first announce and represent his purported identity.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Degeneracy, Racism, Academia, Tolerance, Sexism, Diversity, Bigotry
The University of Minnesota is banning white and straight students from a safe space on campus, according to a Thursday report.
The school’s Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life hosts “Tongues Untied,” a space in which people can congregate to discuss the impact of sexuality, race and gender, according to Campus Reform. But not everyone is invited.
“For our allies: we do appreciate your voices and commitment to dismantling racism and homophobia; however, please note that this is a space created for LGBTQIA and/or same-gender-loving people of color,” the space’s description reads.
Generations of professors and students imagined the university to be a temple for productive challenge and perpetually questioned certainties. Now, some feared, schools were being reimagined as safe spaces for coddled youths and the self-defined, untested truths that they held dear. -Nathan Heller
Liberal, Character, Racism, Fear, Academia
A top UK university is to replace portraits of its founding fathers with a “wall of diversity” of scholars from different backgrounds following pressure from students.
Kings College London is planning to remove the portraits of former university staff from the main entrance wall and replace them with BME (Black and minority ethnic) scholars.
The proposal to exclude white scholars from the entrance wall follows criticism from students who claimed that the presence of such portraits is too “intimidating” for minorities, The Telegraph reported.
2016 Liberal Post Election Tears...
Last Tuesday has led to what is perhaps the biggest public meltdown IU will ever experience.
Classes were cancelled, safe spaces were established, tearful rallies occurred — this is not how functional adults deal with disappointment and defeat.
Liberal, Academia, Bigotry
A professor at Orange Coast College in California banned the school’s Republican Club from attending a public African American/Women’s roundtable discussion in March — apparently over “safe space” concerns. Jessica Alabi, a sociology professor, apparently e-mailed three campus officials announcing that she would not allow the students to attend.
Liberal, Racism, Narrative, Oops, Academia
Black students at the University of California, Los Angeles are demanding $40 million and their own “safe spaces” on campus as compensation for racially insensitive incidents.
“Black students at UCLA are consistently made the targets of racist attacks by fellow students, faculty, and administration [sic],” the Afrikan Student Union (ASU) begins an eight-point ultimatum issued Friday. “
Election 2016 Hits College Campuses Hard...
Save The Snowflakes
What happens when America’s political system shifts to the Right? America’s precious young snowflakes lose their minds, and folks, this is no laughing matter!
Our nation’s snowflakes are being cared for by colleges and universities across the country. These schools – no, HEROES – are financially supporting cry-ins, hot chocolate, bubbles, kittens, puppies and ponies, crayons, and Play-Doh to comfort these wounded snowflakes.
In response, we here at the Media Research Center have launched the Save the Snowflakes project to respond to this emergency and bring crucial attention to this devastating human crisis.
Character, Funny, Academia
Emory University President James Wagner will not allow an act of pro-Trump political advocacy to go unscrutinized: the administration will review security footage in hopes of identifying the person or persons who committed the heinous act of scribbling "Trump 2016" in chalk all over campus. The messages horrified many students on campus, who complained to Wagner's office that they felt intimidated and unsafe.