College enlists Care Bears to comfort stressed-out students

A dorm display at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst is using Care Bears to help students who feel “grumpy or stressed.”

“Feeling grumpy or stressed? Let the Care Bears help!” the display states above a large, hand-drawn rainbow adorned with bit of advice for students.

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“It’s important to take care of ourselves! Self-care is an active choice and you should treat it as such,” one section proclaims, while other suggest that students “surround yourselves with supportive people” and “reminders of what you love.”

The display also suggests goofing around with friends, making time for fun, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep.

According to Bradley Polumbo, a sophomore at UMass-Amherst, the display was posted in Birch Hall, the dorm for students in the Honors College.

“Frankly, I just think it’s ridiculous,” Polumbo told Campus Reform. “The people that live in this dorm are either 20 or 21 years old. We could be overseas fighting in wars right now, or working full time with kids at home to feed.”

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“But the school thinks we need Care Bears to remind us that we’re supposed to eat healthy and sleep and night?” Polumbo said, questioning the display. “If you don’t know that by age 20 you have bigger problems, and probably shouldn’t be pursuing a degree until you get those sorted out.”

The Residence Director for Birch Hall did not respond in time for publication of this article.

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Campus coffee shop evicts College Republicans from safe space

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.

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“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.”

A student then asked for a refund, to which the president responded, “[y]ou had some coffee… do not try to outsmart me.”

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“You are threatening the integrity of our club. This is a community standard—you are wearing hats that completely violate safe space policy,” she said. “You have to take it off or you have to go.”

One of the students then asked the president to explain what she thinks the MAGA hat stands for, to which she replied, shouting: “Fascism, Nazis! You have three minutes.”

During the confrontation, the president presented the College Republicans with a flyer outlining the shop’s “Safer Space Policy.”

“Rodrigue’s strives to be a safer space on Fordham’s campus. For these reasons, consider the following:

Do not make assumptions about someone’s gender, sexuality, race, class, or experiences. Be aware of your own identity, while being considerate of the personhood of your peers. Be mindful of the ways in which your words and actions impact others. Be aware of the boundaries of other’s space, physical or otherwise, and respect their consent. No racism - No sexism - No homophobia. If you feel that someone has transgressed this policy, we want you to feel comfortable confronting them or approaching a member behind the counter, who is available as a resource to assist you.”

Trinity U goes full year without a conservative speaker

A new analysis of official speaking engagements found that Trinity University did not host a single conservative speaker during the previous academic year.

Out of 21 events that addressed political topics between September 2016 and August 2017, eight lectures were identified by Campus Reform as liberal-leaning, while the remaining 13 speakers presented on politically neutral or independent topics.

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Some of the  liberal speakers included Roxane Gay, who gave a talk titled “The bad feminist,” while Dr. James Fernandez lectured on “Invisible immigrants: Spanish Immigrants in the United States.”

Perhaps the most politically-charged event was a speech from Chip Bartlett, who discussed “conspiracy theories, right-wing propaganda, and scripted violence.”

Many of the independent speakers lectured on politically-neutral topics, such as astronomy, history, physics, art, and economics.

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In determining the political affiliations of each speaker, Campus Reform conducted research into the lecturers’ backgrounds, public statements, and political beliefs.

Notably, the survey only included events that were listed on the school's official calendar, but did not include events that were hosted by student organizations without promotion from the university.

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Harvard student scorns casual communism of classmates

A Harvard University student whose father escaped Romanian Communism recently called out her liberal classmates for casually endorsing the murderous ideology.

In an essay for The Harvard Crimson, sophomore Laura Nicolae warns that widespread student sentiment on campus paints communism as an “idealistic or revolutionary” ideology, glossing over the fact that millions of people have died as a result of it.

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“Roughly 100 million people died at the hands of the ideology my parents escaped,” she writes. “They cannot tell their story. We owe it to them to recognize that this ideology is not a fad, and their deaths are not a joke.”

Nicolae argues that for many students, “casually endorsing communism is a cool, edgy way to gripe about the world,” citing the rise of students wearing Ché Guevara shirts, the formation of student clubs dedicated to Marxism, and noting that her campus is “saturated with Marxist memes and jokes about communist revolutions.”

In an interview with Campus Reform, Nicolae explained that she was inspired to write the piece because she hopes to “remind people of the historical truth that every time communism has been tried, it has resulted in misery, starvation, and violence.”

Students don’t learn this in school, she explained, adding that “communist theory and rhetoric have been separated from communism’s historical consequences.”

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“College culture generally looks favorably upon the idea that we should be mindful of the historical context and consequences of our political speech,” she said. “It’s a mystery to me why political speech about communism doesn’t get that same treatment. That’s a double standard.”

While Nicolae noted that many students whom she met “actually do have a deep understanding of communist theory,” they often remain too “hopeful and idealistic.”

The fact that communism has resulted in over a million deaths, Nicolae argued, “should be a warning bell that this view is wrong.

“As responsible scholars, we shouldn’t just ignore communism’s long and robust correlation with oppression, starvation, and violence,” she

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Student gov pulls Shapiro funding after students complain

The Concordia College student government will no longer be funding a talk by a conservative journalist and commentator Ben Shapiro.

The Minnesota school’s Student Government Association (SGA) made the decision to pull the funding on Thursday after holding an emergency vote to determine if Shapiro should be backed by the organization, Inforum reported.

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The SGA voted against funding Shapiro by a 28-2 margin, overturning a previous 13-10 vote in favor of giving Young Americans for Freedom (YAF)—the student organization that is hosting the event—$7,080 to help with speaker expenses.

The decision to pull funding for the Shapiro event reportedly comes in the wake of sharp criticism from multiple students, who condemned the SGA for its use of financial resources.

According to YAF, several SGA members were bombarded by a flurry of complaints from students who were disturbed by the original decision to partially fund the conservative journalist.

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In a letter to all students on Wednesday, the SGA announced that it will hold “our first ever State of the Students Address” on Dec. 7 that would be immediately followed by a senate meeting.  

“This senate meeting will address the response the student body (SGA’s constituents) has given regarding the recent approval to allocate $7,080 to aid the Concordia student organization of Young Americans for Freedom and their pursuit to bring conservative speaker Ben Shapiro to campus,” the letter stated. “SGA’s first goal is to listen to, represent, and act on the feedback of its students, and there will be a motion put forward to rescind the funding.”

According to The Daily Wire, the motion stressed that the SGA must support marginalized and underrepresented students while also staying dedicated to “the greater goal of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion at Concordia."

Young Americans for Freedom at Concordia condemned the decision to hold an emergency vote, blasting the SGA for “compromis[ing] their integrity” by giving in to “vocal opposition.”

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“All the YAF chapter at Concordia wants is for SGA to help offset the cost of

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