The Bush administration shouldn't be afraid to file a brief defending race-neutral admissions in the Michigan affirmative action cases.Dec 30, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 16 • By TERRY EASTLAND
"Senator Trent Lott's lament that Strom Thurmond lost his segregationist campaign for the White House in 1948 . . . is already influencing an internal Bush administration debate on what approach to take on a major affirmative action case.
"Perhaps most striking, a senior administration official said today that Mr. Lott's statement of support for affirmative action . . . has complicated a developing debate within the administration over a coming Supreme Court case. . .
ADVANCE EDITORIAL from the Dec. 23, 2002 issue: Stanford University declares it will harvest and exploit cloned human embryos--democratic institutions be damned.Dec 23, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 15 • By ERIC COHEN and WILLIAM KRISTOL
TRUTH, famously the first casualty of war, is now falling victim to the latest skirmish in the biotech wars. Euphemism and doublespeak are the order of the day, and not because of timid politicians or shameless propagandists, but, shockingly, because of the eagerness of a leading university to embark on human cloning research.
Earlier this week, Stanford University announced the creation of a $12 million research center that would, among other things, produce cloned human embryos for biomedical research.
Love and success at America's finest universities.Dec 23, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 15 • By DAVID BROOKS
I'VE SPENT A LOT OF TIME on elite college campuses recently--at Yale, where I taught a course, as well as at Princeton, Dartmouth, Kenyon, and a few less rarefied schools--and while I've temporarily given up on the game of trying to diagnose the ills of America's youth, I have found that things really are different than they were when I graduated about 20 years ago.
For one thing, the students in the competitive colleges are products of an almost crystalline meritocracy.
Dec 23, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 15 • By
"Celebrities" Aren't What They Used To Be
OVER THE YEARS, liberals of our acquaintance have sometimes snickered about conservatives' gaping celebrity deficit.
From the Dec. 9, 2002 Dallas Morning News: The law plainly tilts against the University of Michigan's race-conscious admissions policy.11:00 PM, Dec 10, 2002 • By TERRY EASTLAND
UPON LEARNING that the Supreme Court had accepted the big affirmative action cases involving her campus, University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman said about the only thing that she could, which was that "we are looking forward to presenting our cases." Ms. Coleman's--and Michigan's--problem is the law, and the law tilts pretty plainly against the school's race-conscious admissions policies.
Before the court are lawsuits challenging the policies used by the undergraduate and law schools.
Our author, "just your average white girl," sees if she has what it takes to get into the University of Michigan.11:00 PM, Dec 10, 2002 • By BETH HENARY
A GROUP OF STUDENTS at the University of Michigan have devised a tool that might have saved me several hours of nail-biting, and perhaps hundreds of dollars in application fees, had it existed for my school of choice when I applied to college. The staff of the Michigan Review, a conservative campus biweekly newspaper, has dedicated a section of its website to explaining the university's point system for undergraduate admissions.
John Rawls, 1921-2002.Dec 16, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 14 • By PETER BERKOWITZ
JOHN RAWLS, who died on November 24 at age eighty-one, was the towering figure of academic liberalism. A gentle, dignified, self-effacing man, he taught philosophy at Harvard for more than thirty years and exerted a commanding influence on his profession, single-handedly shifting its dominant picture of itself and the world.
Before Rawls, professors of philosophy, when they addressed questions about politics at all, restricted their analysis to the use of words and their logical relations.
Dec 16, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 14 • By
Blix's Black Rose
On Nov. 28, the Washington Post broke the news--startling to many--that one of the members of Hans Blix's United Nations weapons inspection team for Iraq was Jack McGeorge.
They make fools of themselves.Dec 2, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 12 • By JED BABBIN
LIKE THE POOR, those who hate the military will always be with us. They believe that America is bad, and that a soldier's only value is as an object of ridicule and scorn. The Vietnam era belonged to them and, even after the war ended, their rants went unanswered. Those of us who wore the uniform in the 1970s were taught restraint, and threatened with courts-martial if we gave in to our instincts to beat the snot out of the ones tossing eggs at us and calling us "baby killers." For the military, the 1960s are over, and those who survived have gone on to real jobs.
A bad idea whose time has come . . . again and again and again.Dec 2, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 12 • By HEATHER MAC DONALD
THE COUNTRY IS ON THE BRINK OF WAR, it faces the likelihood of another terrorist attack, and the New York Times is worried that Americans are not paying enough attention to race and gender.
A rare example of conservatives triumphing over the liberal academy.11:00 PM, Nov 7, 2002 • By LEE BOCKHORN
SINCE TAKING OVER Congress in 1995, the Republican party has proven itself mostly inept at using the power of the federal purse to pursue conservative goals. But the Solomon Amendment, the 1996 brainchild of former New York GOP congressman Gerald Solomon, is now proving to be a notable exception. For some two decades, elite universities have barred the armed forces from their campuses because of both general disdain for the military and disagreement with their personnel policy on gays.