Category Archives: “Higher Education”

Bill Nye Sues Disney

HuffPost reported everyone’s favorite politically-correct prick, Bill Nye, has leveled a lawsuit at Disney. The entertainment giant produced Nye’s publicly-propped PBS production “Bill Nye the Science Guy” in the 1990s.

A Nye-ordered audit of the Walt Disney Company from last year reportedly found the fake scientist was stiffed $9.3 million since 1993 under the distribution deal.

Related:

Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! April 21–Bill Nye the Gender Guy/Girl/Continuum Plugs for Eugenics, Orgies and Monsanto

HuffPost also found another $28 million is apparently due to “Nye and his partners” from Disney, offenses unspecified.

Disney started it: according to TMZ, they asked [Nye] to return $496,000 of a $585,000 check it issued him in 2008 for “back-end profits” because of an accounting error.

Nye proceeded to audit Disney to contest the claim. And here we are.

Thanks to our source:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bill-nye-the-science-guy-is-suing-disney-for-big-bucks_us_59a0008ce4b05710aa5b97ca?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313

Comey to Convocate and Cash In

Former FBI Director James Comey (below) has scored a lucrative part-time lecture position at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Former FBI Director James Comey has accepted a part-time position at Howard University this year, where he'll be delivering a series of lectures 

Comey will refund his $100,000 haul from the “Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy” position to offer scholarships to students from foster homes entering the historically black university.

The first appearance for the much-maligned 2016 Trump victory architect will be the September convocation for students.

The ensuing five lecture topics “will be decided after the ex-FBI chief converses with student leaders and other campus stakeholders.”

FBI Rapes More Phones (Continued)

Meanwhile, in the longstanding tradition of Washington beneficiaries, Time reports:

Comey’s tenure at Howard University will coincide with the release of his widely anticipated book, which is expected to be published in the Spring of 2018.

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According to Washington Examiner, Comey commanded the trust and approval of colleagues, as documented on score sheets from three years’ worth of FBI “internal memos” released to news organizations for fulfillment of FOIA requests (which the FBI, unlike the State Department, apparently honors).

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 3.81 or higher indicating success, Comey’s subordinates reportedly gave him at least a 3.81 on “nearly every item.” Grade inflation!

Comey received a score of 4.47 from employees when asked to grade the former director on the “trust and confidence” they have in him as a leader. The former FBI director received a 4.48 from subordinates on whether they would work for Comey again, and a 4.22 when asked if he is humble.

[???]

Employees gave Comey a score of 4.38 for being someone more interested in leading than being liked.

[our emphasis]

The scores reportedly dipped slightly this year compared to 2016.

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: May 9: FBI Director Comey Fired

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 9: James Comey, Rogue Agent

Christopher A Wray DOJ portrait.jpg

Comey was replaced by Christopher Wray (above) at the FBI on August 2. Five Democratic Senators voted against Wray’s confirmation, including Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY).

Al Franken (MN) missed the vote.

Thanks to our sources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4817250/Comey-takes-position-Howard-University.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

http://time.com/4912861/james-comey-howard-university-new-position/

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/internal-surveys-show-former-fbi-director-james-comey-enjoyed-broad-support/article/2631748

https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=115&session=1&vote=00181#position

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 13: Rahm Jahm and Tax Turmoil

Sam Fullwood III over at ThinkProgress condemned Chicago thug mayor Rahm Emanuel‘s ill-advised withholding of public high school graduates’ diplomas.

Related:

Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! March 28, 31 and April 5–“Higher Education”

Mr. Fullwood’s article can be read here.

Additionally, back on July 7, the Illinois House and Senate voted to override a Governor Bruce Rauner (R) (below) veto of the financially-strapped state’s first budget in just over two years.

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[According to Chicago Tribune, Rauner had planned to milk the financial crisis from the moment in early 2015 the nation’s least-solvent state descended into “budget impasse”:

“Crisis creates opportunity,” Rauner told the Chicago Tribune editorial board. “Crisis creates leverage to change … and we’ve got to use that leverage of the crisis to force structural change.”]

House Speaker Michael Madigan

House Speaker Michael Madigan, Democrat of Chicago, rammed through the income tax hike to dent the massive financial hole that is Springfield’s future.

A “bare minimum” 71 state House members voted to override Rauner, including just 10 of the governor’s party. Four Democrats opposed to the budget fix had to change their minds and vote with Madigan.

Similar to the 2016 plan of the state’s preeminent failure, Chicago, the band-aid on Illinois’ busted budget will involve some tax increases.

Taxing Times in Chicago

Some details:

[T]he plan includes $2.5 billion in spending cuts, including 5 percent across-the-board reductions to most state agencies and a 10 percent cut to higher education.

The personal income tax rate goes from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent, which is expected to generate roughly $4.3 billion. A rise in the corporate income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 7 percent would bring in another $460 million. 

State priorities resumed:

[T]he Illinois Department of Transportation announced that road contractors can resume working on projects that were suspended days earlier. And the Illinois Lottery announced Mega Millions ticket sales had resumed and the agency has requested that it be allowed to resume sales of Powerball tickets.

[our emphasis]

And,

Also buried in the budget plan is a measure pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to shore up two [Chicago] worker pension funds, which the governor had vetoed when lawmakers passed it as a stand alone bill earlier this year.

Interestingly, Illinois will spend $36,100,000,000 in the upcoming year, down from $39,000,000,000 currently.

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Of note, Rauner quietly vetoed some bills on August 18 that would reportedly “provide transparency” of state-run agencies, as well as let Lake County voters decide if the county board chairman should be elected at-large, establish a state-run workers’ compensation insurance company, and allow those who care for the disabled to work overtime. 

Disallowing the final point, Rauner, whose health care experience includes funding the Chicago Red Cross headquarters, noted, safeguards individual providers from being unnecessarily overworked and ensures that residents requiring long hours of care will have more than one person who understands their needs and who is capable of caring for them.”

[our emphasis]

Comptroller Susana Mendoza (D), who passed the bill, was allegedly attempting to “micromanage executive agencies,” per Rauner.

Susana Mendoza 2015.jpg

Mendoza assumed office in December following a special election victory.

The micromanaging would have required agencies to report monthly on their non-submitted bills and estimate the resulting interest payments with which they would drag down the state.

Rauner approved a bill that reportedly requires free feminine hygiene products in public school bathrooms.

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Chicago Tribune reports the city has a net loss of residents in both 2015 and 2016–nearly 20,000 last year alone–the only top-ten U.S. metropolitan statistical area to actually decline in population over that period.

The murder rate probably isn’t helping. Chicago registered the year’s 400th homicide on July 31, for a rate of about two murders per day.

For example, during 12 hours over August 19 and 20, thirty-three Chicago residents were shot, according to Chicago Tribune. Six died.

Over the Independence Day weekend, over 100 were shot, and 15 died.

Thanks to our sources:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-madigan-rauner-illinois-house-tax-increase-override-met-0707-20170706-story.html

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-bruce-rauner-vetoes-met-0819-20170818-story.html

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-census-population-loss-met-20170322-story.html

http://www.newsweek.com/chicago-homicide-shooting-crime-rate-644460

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-shootings-violence-20170819-story.html

http://abc7chicago.com/news/102-shot-15-fatally-in-chicago-over-july-4-holiday-weekend/2184156/

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: March 17 and June 22: UFlorida Fans the Flames of Division; Mandates Trigger Warnings for Rational Adults

University of Florida recently started accepting applications for its “Living Learning Communities” (LLCs), not to be confused with limited liability corporations (LLCs). (The $1.46 billion-endowed Swamp is exempt from government taxes, so it can accept unlimited amounts of money from anyone anxious to lessen their own tax burden with a cool write-off.)

Apparently, these are special dorm situations at UF for students to rack up debt with an exclusive group of roommates who think more like them. College is for limiting your world view, after all.

In a Buzzfeed propaganda piece, UF lauded the LLCs’ Exclusive Networking Opportunities (“an ‘in’ to special seminars and programs hosted throughout the year”), Unreal Amenities (“3D printing”), and support of Wellness and Self-Care. Because Americans are now children until their 26th birthday, that final brochure bullet includes: “Walk and Talks” with UF faculty and staff, yoga classes, mindfulness workshops, and healthy cooking demos, as well as community amenities like dedicated lounges and study spaces, and coloring books and pencils in each LLC, UF LLCs recognize that taking care of YOU is wildly important!

Daniel Weldon, a Gator linebacker and Young America’s Foundation campus chapter founder, took exception.

We were unable to obtain the annual rent figures from the university site for the various LLCs and how they compare to the price of dorms for the commoners.

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The university, like so many former strongholds of free speech across our self-castrated country of coddled adult-children, additionally regulated student group events by requiring an assessment of “emotional risk” for all activities.

Young America’s Foundation again gave us the dirty details. We ripped the following images from their site, reportedly reproduced from the UF office of Student Activities and Involvement:

Would anyone wager that a speaker like Charles Murray or Ann Coulter will necessitate SAI “staff presence,” and confiscatory fees from minority-opinion groups in the Gainesville gaggle?

Go Gators!!!

Thanks to our sources:

University of Florida Encourages Self-Segregation With New ‘Living Learning Community’

https://www.buzzfeed.com/ufllcs/10-reasons-its-great-to-be-a-ufllc-gator-2euof?utm_term=.al600VoaJ#.ndwEEj1lB

University of Florida Makes Students Assess ‘Emotional Risk’ When Planning Events

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: June 15: School Stifles Speech

Washington Post first picked up on a graduating high school senior in North Carolina who was denied his diploma for refusing to read the school’s prepared commencement address instead of his own composition.

Marvin Wright, 18, was senior class president and slated to deliver the graduation address for Southwest Edgecombe High last June.

After reportedly working for weeks on his speech, Wright was told the morning of graduation he would read the following instead:

I would like to thank all of our friends and family for being here tonight. I would also like to address my fellow graduates one last time before we leave this gym. Although we may all never be in the same room at the same time again, we will always share the memories that we created within these walls. And no matter what we all do after graduation, never forget that this is one place that we all have in common, this place is home. Congratulations graduates, we did it!

Inspiring!

“I felt robbed of a chance to say my own words.” –Marvin Wright

[I]nstead of delivering [the school speech], [Wright] took out his cellphone and read a copy of his original speech, with his friends in the audience nodding to him in encouragement.

Sitting behind Marvin, the principal, Craig Harris, immediately turned to another staff member, whispering with a look of disapproval, video footage shows.

After the applause and final procession, all of the students lined up to receive their official diplomas. But one folder in the stack was missing: Marvin’s. His senior adviser informed him the principal had removed the diploma because Marvin had read the wrong speech.

“All my friends were outside with their big yellow folders taking pictures and I was still inside, trying to get my diploma,” Marvin said. “I was really hurt and embarrassed, basically humiliated.”

The teenager and his mother, Jokita Wright, accused the school of not only censoring a student’s words but then retaliating against him by withholding his diploma. The mother complained to the principal, who explained to her that her son had missed a deadline to submit the speech to the school. Marvin says he never knew about it.

What is this, UC Irvine???

Wright apparently had left his speech on his principal’s desk that morning, and was obliged to seek out teachers for advice on writing the speech, as no guidance was provided.

Marvin did not receive his diploma for another two days, when the principal dropped it off at his home at the request of the superintendent. The principal handed him the diploma, saying only, “If your mom has any questions just give me a call.” Then he left.

Superintendent John Farrelly noted:

“There is an expectation that is communicated to all graduation speakers that the prepared and practiced speech is the speech to be delivered during the ceremony. That was made extremely clear to the speakers. The student did not follow those expectations.”

This is interesting, because according to our sources, the “prepared and practiced” speech was in fact the one Mr. Wright read from his phone.

The school might have picked a more controversial or underachieving student to publicly castigate. Mr. Wright begins his service in the U.S. Navy in October. Miami Herald notes he eventually plans to be a pediatric surgeon.

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The school seems fine with flaunting the graduates they collectively silenced, featuring them parading the halls of local elementary schools, in costume, on the Southwest Edgecombe website.

Congratulations

At least SEHS didn’t follow the Chicago way, in which thug mayor Rahm Emanuel requires documentation of a young adult’s post-graduation plans before surrendering a high school diploma.

Related:

Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! March 28, 31 and April 5–“Higher Education”

Thanks to our source:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article156324494.html

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: May 5, 25 and June 5: Harvard Holds Hands of Highest-Achieving Millenials, Separates Student Graduations and Penalizes Online Platitudes

Harvard University announced its draconian late fees ($0.50/day!!) for library books would be eliminated beginning April 1, 2017.

Fox News caught the story in May from The Harvard Crimson.

We have witnessed first-hand the stress that overdue fines can cause for students,” Harvard administrator Steven Beardsley explained, even going so far as to declare that “Eliminating standard overdue fines…should help students focus on their scholarship, rather than worrying about renewing library books every 28 days in order to avoid fines.”

[our emphasis]

Harvard exceptionalism, ladies and gentlemen.

Related:

Harvard “Final Clubs” Finally Ruined

Additionally, Harvard performed some specialized graduation ceremonies this year. The inclusiveness of their progressive programs reportedly offers young adults the opportunity to graduate grouped by race.

Kendall Jenner Pepsi advert causes outrage and amusement on Twitter

International Business Times chose to decorate this story with a picture of Kylie Jenner handing a police officer a can of Pepsi.

For example, the Black Commencement event boasted hundreds of students and their guests:

The organisers [sic] say that the event is a celebration of “fellowship” rather than “segregation” and highlights the unique achievements of black students at an institution that has grappled with its historic ties to slavery.

Michael Huggins, a student who will receive a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School in Massachusetts at the end of this month, told The Root that the ceremony is “an opportunity to celebrate Harvard’s black excellence and black brilliance.”

He stressed that the event is not about segregation but about “building a community.”

“This is a chance to reaffirm for each other that we enter the work world with a network of supporters standing with us. We are all partners,” he said.

[…]

All graduates will receive a shawl made of kente cloth, a representation of their African heritage, which they will wear over their graduation robes.

[our emphasis]

 

The third annual ceremony specifically for students of Latin American descent is slated for the same day.

It is unclear if these measures aimed to address recent accusations of Harvard discriminating against Asian Americans in its admissions process.

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Harvard’s commencement speaker this year was everyone’s favorite billionaire hypocrite, Mark Zuckerberg, creator of the leading social media platform Facebook. It was not apparent from the IBTarticle whether Zucks was scheduled to address the black-students-only graduation, the Latino-students-only graduation, or the other people ceremony.

In any case, he recently filmed himself conferring with fellow disdainful billionaire progressive and Harvard dropout Bill Gates to build hype for the commencement appearance:

In a video posted on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg jokes with Microsoft co-founder and fellow famous Harvard dropout Bill Gates discussing his upcoming speech at the Ivy-League institution and asking him for “advice”.

 

“They know we didn’t actually graduate, right?” Zuckerberg tells Gates in the video.

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Social media was not the best outlet for several incoming Harvard freshman, who will no longer have the privilege of joining Malia Obama as she wraps her ambitious “gap year.”

[Obama, 19, recently “lost her iPhone” at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, which directly led to her seemingly incoherent body literally being carted from the dance area.]

Motherboard reported that at least ten Cambridge-bound high school graduates had their acceptance letters yanked for spreading “R-rated memes” on the Harvard College Class of ’21 Facebook group page.

The Crimson reports that the memes in the splinter group made fun of “sexual assault, the Holocaust, and the deaths of children.” One joked about lynching a Mexican child, calling it “pinata time.”

harvard memes

From The Tab.

Searching for the actual memes, we stumbled upon The Tab, which reports these images got the students booted:

harvard memes

harvard memes

We have not searched for the actual Facebook group, presuming it was deactivated and unwilling to have that on our file in Zuckerberg’s database.

This article’s title has been changed. The graduations were “separated,” not “segregated.”

Thanks to our sources:

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/05/05/library-fines-too-stressful-for-harvard-students-whats-next-for-our-kids.html

https://www.yahoo.com/news/harvard-hold-graduation-ceremony-black-124111044.html

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/famous-dropout-mark-zuckerberg-will-finally-get-harvard-degree-this-years-commencement-speaker-1610339?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=rss-related&utm_content=/rss/yahoous/news

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/newbkw/students-lose-acceptance-to-harvard-over-racist-memes

These are the memes that caused Harvard to rescind offers to 10 incoming freshmen

Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! April 21–Bill Nye the Gender Guy/Girl/Continuum Plugs for Eugenics, Orgies and Monsanto

Disclosure: The authors’ viewership of Bill Nye Saves the World consists only of the clips contained in this article.

Climate change awareness propagandist Bill Nye the Science Guy has really [SETTLED SCIENCE ALERT] evolved from the days of his 1990s eponymous, taxpayer-propped series (used to fulfill the Children’s Television Act requirements of TV stations that air children’s programming, levied by the Federal Communications Commission).

His new gig on Netflix, Bill Nye Saves the World, is rated “TV-14.” It is not difficult to see why.

Mother Jones brought us a couple excerpts:

According to the episode list on Wikipedia, Bill starts by exploring (relatively) innocuous and arguably essential public awareness topics such as climate change and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The series then addresses the “sexual spectrum” and “Earth’s people problem.”

Conservative National Review reports the latter episode involves Nye and his guests contemplat[ing] a thorny “scientific” question: How can the state stop people from having “extra kids”?

New York Post had more on that controversial exchange:

[Nye]: “Should we have policies that penalize people for having extra kids in the developed world?

Travis Rieder, a bioethicist at Johns Hopkins University, said he believed it was a good idea.

“I do think that we should at least consider it,” he told Nye.

 “Well, ‘at least consider it’ is like ‘Do it,’” Nye said.

Rieder replied, “One of the things that we could do that’s kind of least policy-ish is we could encourage our culture and our norms to change, right?”

Presumably this is all in pursuit of conserving resources:

Before Nye posed the controversial question, Rieder had claimed that children in developed countries such as the United States typically used 160 times more resources than those elsewhere.

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Gender identity is not necessarily relevant to the sexual spectrum episode from the clip we viewed, but can also be a divisive issue politically. Divisive, like telophase of the chromosomes! Nye went back in time to do some editing of his past belief in chromosomes determining a person’s gender.

[YouTube bowed to political pressure and struck the damning video from its streaming servers. The Guardian has what appears to be the entire original episode that includes the chromosome conundrum at 9:07:

Just like with Snowden, we must rely on the British press.

On May 3, Washington Free Beacon reported:

A segment saying that chromosomes determine one’s gender on an episode of the educational children’s show “Bill Nye the Science guy,” is cut out on the Netflix version.

Netflix did not edit Bill Nye The Science Guy. The series was delivered that way by Buena Vista TV, according to a Netflix spokesperson.

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[I]n the version of the episode uploaded to Netflix, the segment [asserting genetics determine gender] has been cut entirely. While noncontroversial at the time, the 1996 segment appears to contradict Netflix’s new series “Bill Nye Saves the World.”

The new show endorses a socially liberal understanding of gender, under which gender is defined by self-identification rather than genetics and there are more than just the two traditional genders.

Update May 5, 2017 9:28 a.m.: This post has been updated to reflect comment from Netflix, which says it did not have a role in cutting the segment from the episode.

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Left-wing Vox notes the intended target audience is “skeptics”: Bill Nye Saves the World’s agenda is explicitly skeptical — that is, it’s geared toward debunking false assumptions about science, bad pseudoscience, medical quackery, and harmful non-scientific beliefs.

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A longstanding criticism of the skeptics community is that its members often profess mocking or condescending attitudes toward anyone who believes in things skeptics are opposed to — primarily religion, the paranormal, and pseudoscience.

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This attitude is prevalent on Nye’s show, which frequently takes a scathing and dismissive tone toward non-scientific belief systems.

 At one point during a demonstration of Earth’s origins, Nye banishes from his diorama of early life on the planet a small model of Noah’s ark, declaring, “there’s no freaking Noah’s ark, I’m sorry,” as he tosses it aside.

Vox further exposes Nye’s hypocrisy on GMOs: the D.C. dandy hosts a Monsanto cheerleader in his series:

Nye recently reversed his entire stance on GMOs following a visit to Monsanto, and it quickly becomes evident that [Monsanto chief technical officer Robert] Fraley is there not just to defend GMOs, but Monsanto itself.

[Keep those Federal farm subsidies coming, they’re definitely lifelines for struggling small farmers and not benefiting Big Agriculture and gene-splicing plant technology giants like Monsanto. Hundreds of millions of dollars in farm subsidies are claimed annually by people that have never set foot on a farm according to Environmental Working Group. Oops. Bill the taxpayers.]

Even more to their credit, Vox reports:

[Nye] does briefly bring up that Monsanto produced Agent Orange, but fails to explain what it was: a chemical defoliant used strategically during the Vietnam War that decimated the environment, exposed millions of US soldiers to cancer-causing toxins, and caused hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese children to be born with birth defects. Instead, he lobs a softball question at Fraley in which they both treat Monsanto’s production of Agent Orange as an unfortunate accident from a bygone historical moment — when in fact, Agent Orange continues to impact both the country and Vietnam veterans to this day. Nye also sort-of brings up Roundup’s role in decimating the Monarch butterfly population, yet neglects to mention that Monsanto is the company that makes Roundup.

All emphasis is ours.

Related:

Bill Nye the Statist Guy

Thanks to our sources:

http://nypost.com/2017/04/26/bill-nye-should-we-penalize-parents-for-having-extra-kids/

http://www.vox.com/culture/2017/4/21/15356610/bill-nye-saves-the-world-review-skepticism-monsanto

http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/04/bill-nye-ice-cream-orgy

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447166/bill-nye-repulsive-views

http://www.ewg.org/agmag/2013/10/farming-isn-t-requirement-claim-farm-subsidies

https://www.climaterealityproject.org/video/climate-101-bill-nye

http://freebeacon.com/culture/netflix-edits-bill-nye-episode-remove-segment-chromosomes-determine-gender/

April 12–Chik-fil-A Under Assault Again at Duquesne; Wellesley Defends First Amendment Disregard and Outlines Which Genders May Apply

Duquesne University in Pittsburgh reported on a March 26 Student Government Association attack on the Southern fried chicken vendor, Chik-fil-A.

The fast food franchise operates under Christian Southern Baptist values, famously closing on Sundays to allow employees to attend church. They also found themselves in hot peanut oil in 2012 when founder S. Truett Cathy (age: 91) and his son Dan (then COO, now CEO after S. Truett’s death) made statements to the media expressing their belief in marriage as a union of opposite sexes. Chik-fil-A has also reportedly given millions of dollars to pro-heterosexual marriage only organizations.

Specifically, according to Wikipedia, Dan Cathy said those who “have the audacity to define what marriage is about” were “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”

Incidentally, 2012 was the year President Obama announced his support for gay marriage. Hillary Clinton announced her support the following year. Both campaigned for president in 2008 defending marriage as a union between man and woman only.

The Duke:

Senator at Large Niko Martini proposed that the SGA pass a resolution asking the university to reconsider the inclusion of Chick-fil-A as a dining option for students.

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Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights,” he said in a statement to The Duke. “I think it’s imperative the university chooses to do business with organizations that coincide with the [university’s] mission and expectations they give students regarding diversity and inclusion.”

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Lambda [Gay Straight Alliance] President Rachel Coury personally said she worries the safety provided by Gay-Straight Alliance might be in jeopardy.

“I’ve tried very hard within the last semester and a half to promote this safe environment for the LGBTQ+ community,” Coury said. “So I fear that with the Chick-fil-A being in Options that maybe people will feel that safe place is at risk.”

Duquesne announced March 20 the addition of the Chick-fil-A Express to the Options Food Court beginning in the upcoming fall semester. The decision to add a Chick-fil-A was a response to student feedback, according to Duquesne spokeswoman Bridget Fare.

 

The problem seems to stem from a $1,017,610 donation Chik-fil-A made to Fellowship of Christian Athletes in 2014.

The FCA has a “Sexual Purity Statement” for its volunteers and staff. It includes stipulations such as, “The Bible is clear in teaching on sexual sin including sex outside of marriage and homosexual acts. Neither heterosexual sex outside of marriage nor any homosexual act constitute an alternative lifestyle acceptable to God.”

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“It would be a really big deal for Lambda and the whole LGBTQ community on campus if someone could make a statement to eliminate the fear of being marginalized by having this business on campus,” Coury said.

 

[all our emphasis]

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Duquesne is not the first left-leaning university to decry the dangerous chicken. Student government at The Johns Hopkins University in 2015 preemptively banned Chik-fil-A from operating on campus. The Southern fried chicken giant had reportedly not even considered vending to the $3.4 billion-endowed charitable organization at the time of the ban.

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It was shaping up to be quite a day for “higher education.” The Wellesley News, student newspaper of the private all-female Massachusetts school Wellesley College, ran a typo- and error-rife editorial defending the suppression of speech they do not endorse.

It read in part:

“Wellesley is certainly not a place for racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, transphobia or any other type of discriminatory speech. Shutting down rhetoric that undermines the existence and rights of others is not a violation of free speech; it is hate speech [sic?]. The founding fathers put free speech in the Constitution as a way to protect the disenfranchised and to protect individual citizens from the power of the government. The spirit of free speech is to protect the suppressed, not to protect a free-for-all where anything is acceptable, no matter how hateful and damaging.

“Students who come to Wellesley hail from a variety of diverse backgrounds. With this diversity comes previously-held biases that are in part the products of home environments. Wellesley forces us to both recognize and grow from these beliefs, as is the mark of a good college education. However, as students, it is important to recognize that this process does not occur without bumps along the way. It is inevitable that there will be moments in this growth process where mistakes will happen and controversial statements will be said [sic].

We have all said problematic claims [sic], the origins of which were ingrained in us by our discriminatory and biased society. Luckily, most of us have been taught by our peers and mentors at Wellesley in a productive way. It is vital that we encourage people to correct and learn from their mistakes rather than berate them for a lack of education they could not control.

“This being said, if people are given the resources to learn and either continue to speak hate speech or refuse to adapt their beliefs, then hostility may be warranted.

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It is important to note that our preference for education over beration [sic] regards students who may have not been given the chance to learn. Rather, we are not referring to those who have already had the incentive to learn and should have taken the opportunities to do so [sic]. Paid professional lecturers and politicians are among those who should know better.

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There is no denying that problematic opinions need to be addressed in order to stop Wellesley from becoming a place where hate speech and casual discrimination is okay. 

[all our emphasis]

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Our research of the $48,802/year-tuition outfit found some guidelines as to exactly what qualifies a woman’s application to Wellesley. (Men are ineligible to apply.)

From the Reaffirmation of Mission and Announcing Gender Policy and FAQ:

What does it mean to “live as a woman and consistently identify as a woman”?

Wellesley invites applications from all those who live as women and consistently identify as women and who are prepared for a rigorous academic environment that challenges them to achieve at their highest potential.
 
“Consistently” simply denotes a student’s commitment to her gender identity. If an applicant’s gender identity is not clearly reflected in her application materials, the College will request additional information that may include a letter from a parent, healthcare provider, teacher, or clergy, to give a few examples.

Are trans men eligible for admission?

No. Wellesley is deeply committed to our mission to educate women and the College is proud of its history of graduating women who demonstrate the value of women’s leadership. Wellesley does not accept applications from men. Those assigned female at birth who identify as men are not eligible for admission.

Are trans women eligible for admission?

Yes. Wellesley accepts applications from women. Those assigned male at birth who identify as women are eligible for admission.

Are individuals assigned female at birth who identify as non-binary eligible for admission?

Yes. That said, Wellesley is a college dedicated to the education of women. The College provides students with a uniquely empowering learning environment—one designed specifically to prepare women to thrive in a complex world. This singular focus on women is a critical part of the Wellesley experience. Wellesley accepts applications from those who were assigned female at birth and who feel they belong in our community of women.

 

What support will Wellesley provide if a student no longer identifies as a woman after matriculation?

We support all of our students. Once accepted to Wellesley, every student receives the full support and mentorship of College faculty, staff, and administrators through graduation. If, after being accepted, a student no longer identifies as a woman, the College will continue to support that student. If a student decides to transfer because the student would prefer another educational and social environment, Wellesley will support and facilitate that choice. If the student wishes to continue on and graduate from Wellesley, we will support that choice as well.

 

[all our emphasis]

Interestingly, Hillary is a Wellesley alumnus.

Thanks to our sources:

Student group leaders concerned about Duquesne Chick-fil-A

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76109_Page2.html

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/jun/17/hillary-clinton/hillary-clinton-change-position-same-sex-marriage/

http://time.com/3834244/johns-hopkins-chick-fil-a/

https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/wellesley-college-2224

Free speech is not violated at Wellesley

http://www.wellesley.edu/about/president/trustees/announcement#YkQX7R11SdJJJCzC.99

Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! March 28–Another Government-Funded College Prevents Constitution Distribution

The government-subsidized “higher education” hits just keep coming for the Constitution.

We previously reported on Kellogg Community College students Michelle Gregoire, Nathan Berning and Isaac Edikaukas, who were cuffed and removed from campus to serve seven hours in the local jail for handing out America’s founding document.

Spring Break Blitz: Stories We Sat On!!! January 18-20–Anti-Constitution College, Bombing, Government Data Collection, Death and Debt

The “government suppressing knowledge of your protections from the government” train has now arrived in California.

And unlike Governor Geriatric Jerry Brown‘s multi-billion dollar “bullet train,” this Constitution-crushing locomotive is well ahead of schedule.

[The former project, approved in 2008, has burned through $2.35 billion of Federal cash alone and is now slated to open for the ultra-wealthy who fancy an L.A.-San Francisco city hop by the year 2029. All aboard!]

Kevin Shaw (above, curls), 27, was reportedly distributing pocket-sized Constitutions outside the “free speech zone” at Pierce College in Los Angeles last November. Like Gregoire, Shaw is the Young Americans for Liberty chapter president on his campus.

On March 28 he filed a lawsuit to re-establish the inborn right of free speech to which he is supposed to be entitled as an American citizen under the same, apparently controversial literature.

Rare reported: The community college argued that [Shaw] was both outside of the designated “free speech area” and did not have a permit to use the zone.
 

According to Pierce College’s online map, the “free speech area” is made up of a common space only a fraction of the size of the surrounding buildings. It has been described as “roughly the size of three parking spaces.”

[our emphasis]

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is assisting Shaw with legal representation.

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This development seems especially depressing because speech-stifling liberals in California love to champion diversity, especially in welcoming immigrants to our society in the age of Trump-driven intimidation. According to CBS Los Angeles:

Shaw says his goal on that day was to pass out Spanish-language copies of the Constitution along the main public walkway through the heart of Pierce College and recruit new members for his student group, Young Americans for Liberty.

[…]

“When I attempted to hand out copies of the Constitution that day, my only intention was to get students thinking about our founding principles and to inspire discussion of liberty and free speech,” Shaw said in a statement. “I had no idea I would be called upon to defend those very ideals against Pierce’s unconstitutional campus policies. This fight is about a student’s right to engage in free thinking and debate while attending college in America.”

[our emphasis]

Los Angeles Community College District consultant Yusef Robb told CBS: “The Los Angeles Community College District firmly stands behind every student’s right to free expression.”

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-20/trump-can-t-stop-california-bullet-train-fueled-by-new-bond-sale

A California college student is suing after his campus prevented him from handing out pocket Constitutions

Pierce College Student Alleges Constitution Not Allowed To Be Distributed Outside ‘Free Speech Zone’

Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! March 28, 31 and April 5–“Higher Education”

March 31:  Washington D.C. continued to pound lower-socioeconomic Americans by adding an additional employment barrier. Specifically, childcare workers are required to have a college associate degree by 2020 according to new regulations levied last December. Childcare center directors reportedly must earn a four-year bachelor degree by December 2017.

Washington Post had more on the ill-advised program:

More than a decade after Washington, D.C., set out to create the most comprehensive public preschool system in the country, the city is directing its attention to overhauling the patchwork of programs that serve infants and toddlers. 

The new regulations put the District at the forefront of a national effort to improve the quality of care and education for the youngest learners. City officials want to address an academic achievement gap between children from poor and middle-class families that research shows is already evident by the age of 18 months.

A central part of that mission is educating a workforce that historically has been paid and treated like babysitters. What the job demands is closer to the work of elementary school teachers, scientists say. “This is a real opportunity to build the profession and set our young children on a positive trajectory for learning and development,” said Elizabeth Groginsky, assistant superintendent of early learning in the District. 

[…]

[U]nlike in most professional fields, prospects are slim that a degree will bring a significantly higher income — a bachelor’s degree in early-childhood education yields the lowest lifetime earnings of any major.

[…]

Valora Washington, chief executive at the Council for Professional Recognition, which oversees the Child Development Associate (CDA) program, an entry-level credential for child-care providers, said a similar education requirement would “shut down” the child-care system in many states.

D.C. is different. D.C. is ahead of the curve,” she said. “It’s more possible here than it would be anywhere else.”

The new credential requirements in the District follow a 2015 report by the National Academies that says the child-care workforce has not kept pace with the science of child development and early learning.

[…]

[T]he report says […] teachers of infants and toddlers require the same level of sophisticated knowledge and skills expected of elementary educators and they should likewise be expected to have bachelor’s degrees.

[our emphasis]

Currently, the Dirty District is demanding just a two-year associate degree for the toddler teachers. The Post notes the above report at least recognizes stringent worker requirements may “reduce diversity in the profession” and increase financial pressure on families straining to carve out a career in the financial candy land of Federal Government bullies.

If the taxable income is: The tax is:
Not over $10,000 4% of the taxable income
Over $10,000 but not over $40,000 $400, plus 6% of the excess over $10,000.
Over $40,000 but not over $60,000 $2,200, plus 6.5% of the excess over $40,000.
Over $60,000 but not over $350,000 $3,500, plus 8.5% of the excess over $60,000.
Over $350,000 but not over $1,000,000 $28,150, plus 8.75% of the excess above $350,000.
Over $1,000,000 $82,025, plus 8.95% of the excess above $1,000,000.

 

Above: the individual government confiscation income tax rates on D.C. workers, which appear to kick in with the first dollar of income earned. Source: https://cfo.dc.gov/page/district-columbia-tax-rates-individual-income-and-business-franchise-taxes

The ever-balanced Post highlights rosy scholarship options available to assist lower-income preschool teachers with conquering the newest government-implemented impediment to success:

The Teacher Education and Compensation Helps, or T.E.A.C.H., scholarship is funded mainly through local and federal funds but also requires the employee and child-care center to pay a small share.

It was started in North Carolina in 1990 after a workforce survey showed that less than 10 percent of child-care workers had any kind of college degree. Since then, the portion with degrees has increased to nearly 65 percent, thanks to the scholarships, and also because the state instituted a quality rating system that rewards centers based on the education levels of its staff members.

Nationally, the program has expanded to about two dozen states and the District and has awarded scholarships to 136,000 people.

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood National Center estimates that participants earn on average 8 percent more each year they participate, as they receive bonuses or are promoted at work. And the scholarship reduces turnover, a serious challenge for the field. For every year that an employer supports an employee’s education, the employee must commit to another year of work.

[our emphasis]

 Unfortunately,
 

Most college campuses or classes are across town, and so many have chosen to pursue online programs and pay for them out of pocket […] One employee said she already owes back tuition and could not log on to her courses until she finished paying down her bill.

The “for-profit colleges are evil” social justice warriors should get their pitchforks ready.

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If childcare is the new “higher education” battlefield, what should we call the struggles of graduate students trying to unionize? “Higher higher education?” (Hopefully if you pay enough dues, you’ll get “hired” at completion of your degree.)

In early April, we learned about the late March movement to unionize some students in another government-afflicted sector of the economy.

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten threw a tantrum when her union failed to lock down representation rights for Cornell University graduate students, according to Washington Free Beacon.

http://s4.freebeacon.com/up/2017/04/weingarten.jpg

Graduate students at Cornell University voted 919-856 against organizing a union with the AFT on March 28. Eighty-one ballots remain uncounted as they are subject to challenge. Those ballots could shift the final tally, leading the union to cry foul.

Free Beacon notes the development is particularly humiliating because Weingarten graduated from Cornell’s  School of Industrial and Labor Relations (yes, this is actually a thing) in 1980 and drummed up dissent for professors opposed to unionizing in the days preceding the election.

Weingarten said the university could reduce admissions and cut health care costs in the event of a union victory.

“The university sent communications on the eve of and during the election with the intention of chilling and intimidating voters,” she said in a release. “Cornell flagrantly violated the spirit of both the code of conduct we negotiated and federal labor law.

[…]

I am really offended that somebody who has a lot of power, and who has tenure and who has voice would actually say in a university that has an ILR school here, that having real labor relations is an existential threat,” Weingarten said at a March 25 rally. “Don’t tell me that they’re an existential threat when we have on this campus, and what makes this campus a great campus, what makes it a land-grant university is having an ILR school.”

[our emphasis]

Some history of which we were ignorant:

In 2000, the National Labor Relations Board—the nation’s top federal labor arbiter—ruled that graduate students’ work as teachers and researchers established them as workers. George W. Bush’s board overturned that decision in 2004. In August 2016, Barack Obama’s NLRB—led by Cornell graduate Mark Gaston Pearce—ruled once again that students had the right to organize.

[…]

The Cornell election was administered privately based upon a 2016 agreement between the school and union, rather than by the NLRB, which oversees union elections.

[The Cornell student] group pointed to the vote as a dramatic swing from a 2002 election in which only 30 percent of voters approved unionization.

Perhaps the NLRB overseeing an election to add more political pawns to its competition-crushing, government-propping ranks would indeed have raised conflicts of interest.

Scouring the “union representation” page of Cornell University Grad School did not illuminate the final election results.

Related:

Charter Schools

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And what formative years between pre-school and graduate school can the government systematically undermine to better control their subjects? How about high school?

Crown prince of Chicago Rahm Emanuel proposed additional requirements for his little people to fulfill in order to graduate from high school. Namely, starting with the class of 2020, unfortunate Chi-town residents must pick themselves out of the bodies lining their streets and show proof of acceptance to college, the military, trade school, or a “gap year program” to get their diploma.

Perhaps the ever-ambitious, eventual Harvard University matriculant Malia Obama can advise on the latter option.

Rahm’s rahmbling is not quite as elitist as it sounds: according to Chicago Tribune, [t]he requirement would also be satisfied if the student has a job or a job offer.

Quoth the Mayor:

“Just like you do with your children, college, post-high school, that is what’s expected,” Emanuel said at a Wednesday morning news conference. “If you change expectations, it’s not hard for kids to adapt.”

Emanuel and his office said the “groundbreaking” effort would make CPS the nation’s first large urban school district to require students to develop a plan for their lives after high school. He outlined the plan as CPS continues to struggle with financial problems that has led officials to warn the current school year could end three weeks early.

[our emphasis]

“I’ve been doing this for 20 years and I’ve never heard of anything like [the statist coercion to detail one’s future plans to obtain their high school diploma],” said Maria Ferguson, executive director of the Washington D.C.- based Center on Education Policy. “The question I would have for Mayor Emanuel is: ‘Where did this come from? What informed your thinking to lead you to believe that this was a good plan of action for CPS?‘”

[our emphasis]

CPS Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson fielded some questions at the news conference. It seems she will be Emanuel’s unfortunate point woman on the new requirement, if enacted.

We all need to change how we think about what it means to be a high school graduate — a diploma alone isn’t enough anymore,” Jackson said in a statement.

[…]

Emanuel’s initiative would allow the mayor to continue promoting the City Colleges of Chicago and push a potential flood of new applicants to schools that must already accept most students. Emanuel recently installed a longtime ally, Latino activist Juan Salgado, as chancellor of the system.State law already requires Illinois community college districts to admit students qualified to complete any of the schools’ programs, as long as space is available. That could provide an out for a student who isn’t quite sure what to do after high school, officials said.

[our emphasis]

Unaware of your options after twelve years of government-mandated education? How about more government-run education that you will now pay for directly via predatory loans instead of the horribly regressive local taxes confiscated from your parents? It’s an “out!” You’re welcome.

Asked whether a student who doesn’t get one of these letters of acceptance would be prohibited from graduating from high school Jackson said in part:

“If a student graduates from a Chicago public school, they are automatically accepted into one of our City Colleges. And if a student is at a point where they’re undecided … we do have that option there for them.”

As long as you “work” for CPS, a gravy-train union racket that largely exists to disperse cushy benefits to administrators and hold children as political pawns to bully the Illinois state governor for a bailout of their chronically-unfunded pension system every few years, you

[P]rocessing a possible surge of college applicants would likely require CPS to hire more counselors and could also have implications for the city’s community colleges[.]

Job creation!!!

The City Colleges system has continued to struggle with “softened” enrollment numbers, as the system also looks at burning cash reserves and making cuts because of the state’s protracted budget impasse.

At the same time, the system has said it has seen larger numbers of incoming students “without the required academic preparation,” which has led to higher demand for remedial courses and support services.

One thing the mayor definitely does not want to do is push down CPS’ high school graduation rate. The district’s five-year high school graduation rate last year hovered at around 73 percent[.]

[…]

[To achieve] former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett[‘s] goal of increasing the college graduation rate of CPS students to 60 percent by 2025[,] […] CPS embarked on what it described as a comprehensive, eight-day training program for school advisers. The district said it understood that the quality of college counseling that students received marked “one of the greatest drivers of whether a student enrolls and persists in college.”

But by Wednesday, the district said, only about 40 percent of CPS school counselors had completed the training.

The district said it would ensure all counselors obtained the training as part of Emanuel’s latest initiative, noting that CPS and the mayor’s office were working to raise roughly $1 million from donors to accelerate the process.

UPDATE: On April 28, Byrd-Bennett was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for pocketing $2.3 million in kickbacks in exchange for dealing $23 million in no-bid contracts to “Chicago education firms,” according to Detroit Free Press. Prior to profiting handsomely from CPS, the 66-year-old “educator”‘s self-enrichment train made stops in Cleveland and Detroit. The latter position–IRONY ALERTchief academic and accountability officer–reportedly involved a shady $40 million book deal with publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who for some reason dropped $25,000 into Byrd-Bennett’s bank account. As that federal investigation heated up, she moved on to Chicago in 2012.

Photo from CPS website.

DFP:

A tearful Byrd-Bennett apologized in court before learning her punishment, saying: “What I did was terribly wrong. … I’m ashamed and I’m sorry.”

Related:

Minimal Malice in Chicago Re: Teacher Layoffs

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/district-among-the-first-in-nation-to-require-child-care-workers-to-get-college-degrees/2017/03/30/d7d59e18-0fe9-11e7-9d5a-a83e627dc120_story.html?hpid=hp_local-news_daycare-730am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.ebc74b57972e

http://freebeacon.com/politics/aft-leader-unable-win-outright-turf/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-rahm-emanuel-high-school-requirement-met-20170405-story.html

http://www.freep.com/story/news/education/2017/04/30/ex-dps-school-official-barbara-byrd-bennett-gets-prison-chicago/101138184/