Wow – this seems like a parody of campus sensitivity

Columbia University is going to allow law students to petition to postpone their exams if they are “sufficiently impaired” by their feelings about the recent grand jury decisions in racially charged cases. But it’s not.

I would think that students sufficiently involved in activism who are also attending law school out to be charged up with a passion to change things.

Guess not.


So when will I go to Rome next?

Folks from our language school partner in Rome and the interesting food studies institute which teaches a Food and Culture course some semesters (though not every program uses the GustoLab course) were in town this week. They wanted to know when I was coming back to Rome. I said 2017 (very sweetly they said things like “no, no – WITHOUT students! Surely sooner than that?”). What’s been going around the department this week makes me wonder if it won’t be Spring of 2018 before I lead another program.

Well, in that case I will CERTAINLY be there on my own, senza gli studenti, before then!

Are you old enough to start regretting things you won’t live long enough to read?

There are so many OLD things I won’t be able to read that I get frustrated, some times. Lately, I’m regretting future material blocked by current political prejudices that I would like to live past. For instance, I’m looking forward to some political history and biography, long about 2075, about the first decades of the 21st century.

Do you remember those incessant polls (frequently hosted by the History News Network, for instance) about how George W. Bush ranks with Millard Fillmore and James Buchanan among American presidents? I’m looking forward to some re-evaluations there. Of course, even James Earl Carter might profit from a little more distance.

Do you remember how Obama was so smart, so well-read, so going to reverse the rising sea levels (wasn’t that one of his OWN lines?)? I’m waiting for the transcripts to be released. We do Bush, Gore, and Kerry’s GPAs and SAT scores. I wonder if the Nobel Peace Prize rescindable?

We all know how transparent the current White House promised to be. Seen any examples lately? An administrative history of the IRS in the ‘teens will be an interesting start. What about a review of the Secret Service?

Remember due process? If you teach on a college campus, speaking about that memory might make you a dangerous subversive who needs to engage in some radical self-reappraisal before the Office of Civil Rights determines you can interact with students again. The most outrageous example of over reach by administrators I’ve heard about so far is in our admissions overlay. Google “Colgate” and “false imprisonment”. Really. Essay question: In what basement on your campus would the deans and the Title IX officers hold a student involuntarily and without outside contact?

Historia longa, vita brevis.

As the kids say: Wow. Just wow.

One of my really smart female colleagues just posted something on Facebook that more or less assumes that we have a lot of rich, privileged, white, male students who are used to getting things their own way and have certain kinds of sex with female partners which our rules consider rape.

I really want to walk a couple of doors down, knock, and ask if she has taught many of our rich, privileged, white, female students who are used to getting things their own way? Because it would surprise me if some of those women are not making non-credible accusations. Yeah, yeah, multiple negatives. I’m trying not to get sued.

We all need to back off and let the legal institutions do their work. Really. I’m happy to see male rapists expelled. I’m also happy to see female baseless-accusants expelled. But if you assume that the Late Capitalist Justice System is all a big charade, I guess you can assume that Cossacks are riding across campus raping women and children and getting away with it because, The Man.

Let’s not pretend there aren’t both. More of the former? Quite probably. A not-negligible number of the latter? Why not? I think we should do some social science about them both.

Where’s OUR Recovery?

College enrollment declined by close to half a million (463,000) between 2012 and 2013, marking the second year in a row that a drop of this magnitude has occurred. The cumulative two-year drop of 930,000 was larger than any college enrollment drop before the recent recession, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics from the Current Population Survey released today. The Census Bureau began collecting data on college enrollment in this survey in 1966.

Not pretty. And the figures are from the Feds – the link is to a website. Places like these Colleges survive by hiring more admissions office and working a LOT harder. We opened a permanent encampment on the West Coast (in Portland, but serves everything beyond Denver) to go with our folks stationed in the Boston Metro Area, the NYC area, and the DC area. Still, campus visits are down 20%?

I wonder if 4 year colleges are beginning to cannibalize 2 year admissions – or if folks at the 2 year level are just not starting?

via Instapundit