University Articles


‘A Disgraceful Act’

7:14 AM, Apr 11, 2014

The distinguished intellectual historian Jeffrey Herf, whose Ph.D. is from Brandeis, has written an eloquent and powerful letter to Brandeis president Fred Lawrence. Prof. Herf concludes:

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A Letter to the President of Brandeis

7:42 AM, Apr 10, 2014

Jay Bergman, an alumnus of Brandeis University, forwards us the letter he sent to the president of his alma mater regarding the disgraceful Ayaan Hirsi Ali episode:

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali Speaks

3:30 PM, Apr 09, 2014

Ayaan Hirsi Ali has just released this statement in response to Brandeis University's decision to rescind her invitation to receive an honorary degree:

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A Note to Supporters of Brandeis

10:03 AM, Apr 09, 2014

As Lori Lowenthal Marcus notes, Brandeis University has in recent years bestowed an honorary degree on Tony Kushner, who called the creation of Israel as a Jewish state “a mistake” and who attacked Israel for ethnic cleansing and for causing “terrible peril in the world.” Brandeis has also honored Desmond Tutu, who compared Israel to Hitler, attacked the “Jewish lobby” as too “powerful” and “scary,” and complained of the “Jewish monopoly of the Holocaust.”

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Princeton Brings Back Navy ROTC

2:09 PM, Feb 07, 2014

Princeton University is restoring ties with Navy ROTC (NROTC). Starting this fall, students will be able to participate in a cross-town program with Rutgers University, itself established only recently, in March 2012.

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University Considers Requiring Coverage of Sex Changes in Health Plan

1:01 PM, Dec 16, 2013

According to the University of Maryland student newspaper The Diamondback, the university’s student health insurance plan is considering requiring coverage of sex change operations.

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Columbia Celebrates Return of Naval ROTC

2:44 PM, Oct 01, 2013

One year after renewing its ties with Naval ROTC, Columbia University held a welcome ceremony for its returning midshipmen yesterday afternoon.

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Misreading Millennials

6:23 AM, Jun 28, 2013

As a “millennial” (i.e. one born between 1980 and 2000), I’ve grown used to reading descriptions of myself – written, always, by those much older than I – that I don’t recognize. It’s a bit like hearing my voice on tape – can that really be me?

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'The Higher Education Scandal'

11:53 AM, May 20, 2013

Harvey Mansfield, writing for the Claremont Review of Books:

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Congratulations on Earning Your Degree. Now Pay Up.

6:04 AM, May 20, 2013

Student loan debt runs to about $30,000 per graduate of the class of 2013, as Phil Izzo writes in the Wall Street Journal.  And the total amount of student loans outstanding runs to almost a trillion dollars: more than either credit card balances or automobile loans.  More than any form of consumer debt other than home mortgages.

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Obama Uses Commencement Address to Recall Jim Crow, Racism

'...as a black man like you...'
11:12 AM, May 19, 2013

In a commencement address at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, President Barack Obama recalls Jim Crow laws and racism of the 40s and 50s. Morehouse College is a historically black college.

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Shirtless Abortion Supporters Protest ‘Offensive,’ ‘Harassing’ Pro-Life Group

Threaten lawsuit against university.
10:51 AM, May 02, 2013

After the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) student government failed to silence the campus pro-life group, a newly formed pro-choice organization intends to target those students with harassment charges—while taking off their shirts in protest.

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A Boston Bombings Lesson

1:10 PM, Apr 30, 2013

The reaction of most Americans to the tragedy in Boston was typical: We came together as a nation, mourned our fallen, and applauded our newest heroes.  The sight of first-responders running to the sound of danger within mere seconds of the explosions, not away from disaster as human instinct might dictate, was nothing short of exceptional—but also characteristically American. Indeed, for 237 years, Americans have risked all to help their fellow citizens, strangers, and foreigners equally.  

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Student Gov’t Labels Pro-Life Sidewalk Talk ‘Harassment’; University Disagrees

9:19 AM, Apr 04, 2013

The Johns Hopkins University office of institutional equity has determined that pro-life students who want to conduct sidewalk counseling outside of a Baltimore abortion clinic are not engaging in harassment under university policies.

The students in Voices for Life have requested recognition from the student government association (SGA) but were turned down because the student government believed that the group would be harassing members of the public, in violation of school policies.

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Columbia Journalism School Now Costs $83,884 Per Year

3:07 PM, Mar 18, 2013

A year at Columbia University's journalism school will set you back nearly $84,000. 

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David Plouffe: Don’t Have to Be College Educated to Do Politics

4:28 PM, Feb 26, 2013

David Plouffe, a former advisor to President Barack Obama, tells a student newspaper at the University of Chicago that one need not be college educated to do politics. Plouffe states, though, that he thinks "everybody should have a college degree."

The students ask, "Do you think it’s necessary to have a college degree to get into politics?"

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Despite Controversy, Hagel’s Archives Sealed Shut

Only Chuck Hagel can grant access.
6:40 AM, Feb 20, 2013

Omaha, Nebraska
The largest known Chuck Hagel archive is located here, at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. But good luck accessing it: Despite intense national focus on the defense secretary nominee’s record, this reporter was shunned from taking a look inside the trove of Hagel’s videos, audio recordings, documents, pictures, and artifacts.

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University Bans Christian Group for Requiring Leaders to Adhere to 'Basic Biblical Truths of Christianity'

11:31 AM, Oct 22, 2012

Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts has banned a Christian group from campus because the group requires student leaders to adhere to "basic biblical truths of Christianity." The decision to ban the group, called the Tufts Christian Fellowship, was made by officials from the university's student government, specifically the Tufts Community Union Judiciary.

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The Absent-Minded ... Senior Lecturer

11:28 AM, Oct 04, 2012

The president’s sycophants have seized on an excuse for why their candidate was stammering and incoherent last night: Barack Obama is just too darn “professorial.”

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College Athletic Team 'Suspended' for Wearing T-Shirt (Updated: President Reinstates Team)

3:06 PM, May 03, 2012

Members of Tufts University's men's crew team have been suspended for wearing what some are calling an inappropriate T-shirts to an annual school function, Spring Fling, an end of year school wide concert.

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Boondoggle U., cont.

8:01 AM, Apr 20, 2012

Lawrence Pitts, provost of the University of California, writes this letter to the editor in response to Charlotte Allen's Boondoggle U.,” which appeared in the most recent issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD:

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A Power Struggle in Iran

3:20 PM, Mar 09, 2012

Every time trouble has erupted in Iran against the regime—1999, 2003, and, most recently, 2009—university students have been at the forefront of protests. This is partly why Iran’s current president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been battling over control of Iran’s biggest institution of higher learning for the last three years. 

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A Man at Harvard

8:01 AM, Mar 01, 2012

As his 80th birthday approaches, TWS contributor and friend (and my teacher) Harvey Mansfield is profiled in the Harvard Crimson. It's a perceptive and fair article, and provides further evidence for the hopeful view that today's students are surprisingly open-minded and intelligent despite—or because of—the fog of political correctness and intellectual vapidity that has descended on the faculties and administrations of our great universities.

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Brown University Maintains Campus Ban on ROTC

10:04 AM, Oct 25, 2011

The radicals have won at Brown University. Even as other elite schools are welcoming ROTC back, the corporation, the University’s highest governing body, has affirmed President Ruth Simmons’s recommendation to maintain its campus ban on ROTC.

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Brown University President Wants to Pass on ROTC

12:14 PM, Oct 20, 2011

ROTC will not be returning to Brown University if the corporation, the university’s highest governing body, follows the recommendation just released by President Ruth J. Simmons.

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Colleges Adopt Anti-Obama Policy

And move to prevent the rise of the next Barack Obama.
12:13 PM, Aug 31, 2011

One would not expect that college campuses would go out of their way to accommodate the habits of the Republican speaker of the House, John Boehner. But how respectful are colleges of the current occupant of the White House? Not very, it would seem. 

CNN reports

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The Pope Defends Liberal Education

12:49 PM, Aug 23, 2011

The mission of the modern university professor is not merely “forming competent and efficient professionals capable of satisfying the demand for labor,” Pope Benedict XVI said in a speech in Madrid on Friday. Instead, professors and students should be “looking for something more lofty and capable of embracing the full measure of what it is to be human.”

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Yale Cancels Program on Study of Anti-Semitism

1:02 PM, Jun 08, 2011

Yale University has now canceled the Yale Initiative for the Study of Antisemitism (YIISA), the only such program in the country. The New York Post reports that the reason for the program's termination was not lack of interest, but, likely, the program's insistence on covering all forms of anti-Semitism—Muslim anti-Semitism included.

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Crossfire in Fat City

An exchange.
2:45 PM, Jun 03, 2011

University of Illinois at Chicago professors Barbara Risman, William Bridges, and Anthony M. Orum write this letter to the editor in response to “Fat City: Thank you, Illinois taxpayers, for my cushy life,” which appeared in a recent issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD:

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