Pomona students Campus climate chills speech

On Friday morning, Pomona College President Gabrielle Starr sent an email to the student body announcing the results of a Gallup survey on student and faculty perceptions of speech and campus climate conducted by a Task Force on Public Dialogue established by the college’s board of trustees. The survey found that nearly 90 percent of students surveyed believe that the campus climate prevents them from saying something others might find offensive.

The task force—which consists of trustees, faculty, the dean of students, and the junior and senior class presidents—was established to “look for ways for Pomona to be a leader in developing an educational model that speaks to the twenty-first century, and that does not just allow for free expression, but combines support of free speech and democratic ideals with a commitment to ensuring an equitable and inclusive environment for all students.”

The Gallup survey the task force commissioned—to which approximately 35 percent of Pomona students and 66 percent of Pomona faculty responded—asked respondents questions on political allegiance, demographics, attitudes toward speech on campus, and perceptions of campus climate.

Most students identified as liberal, with only 16 percent identifying as moderate and three percent identifying as conservative. Faculty figures were similar, with 14 percent of faculty identifying as moderate and four percent as conservative.

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Half of Pomona students thought that colleges should restrict certain types of speech, and another half thought that students should be exposed to all types of speech. Nationally, students were 27 percent more likely to support all types of speech. Faculty were also more open to free speech, with 63 percent supporting colleges prioritizing exposing students to all types of speech.

Twenty five percent of students thought that the college should be able to restrict political views that are “offensive,” while only 15 percent of faculty supported this restriction. Less than half of faculty supported restricting costumes that “stereotype certain racial or ethnic groups,” while 65 percent of students supported such restrictions.

On attitudes toward current speech policies, 28 percent of Pomona students thought the policies were not restrictive enough, while only 13 percent of faculty thou

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Ivy League law school hiring Director of Social Justice

The University of Pennsylvania Law School will soon become the first in the Ivy League to retain a high-level administrator to promote “social justice” on campus.  

The new Director of Social Justice Programs will work at the Law School’s Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC), where they will collaborate with students, faculty, and local nonprofits to increase opportunities related to “social justice” for Law students. 

“The Director will design and implement the comprehensive array of programs that will manifest in curriculum for scholars, fellows, and the broader social justice community at Penn Law,” the May 15 job posting indicates. 

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As Campus Reform has reported, “social justice” administrators at other universities are frequently dispatched throughout campus to facilitate trainings on privilege, implicit bias, and microaggressions, as well as to plan community events for student minorities. 

Though neither the TPIC nor Penn Law responded to inquiries from Campus Reform about the nature of what “social justice” may entail, the TPIC has historically coordinated a variety of left-leaning service opportunities. 

One key to public service is activism, according to the TPIC, which encourages students to get involved in resisting against a variety of Trump-era proposals on issues like immigration, government-funded healthcare, and welfare benefits.

“President Trump’s proposed budget calls for massive cuts to 'entitlement programs' including SNAP (formerly food stamps),” the Penn Law web page warns, calling on students to “take action” to protect SNAP along with the Coalition Against Hunger.

The school also recently encouraged students to “Resist Trump’s agenda,” claiming that “We believe Trump’s agenda is racist, authoritarian, and corrupt, and it must be stopped,” and inviting students to rally at a public event in Philadelphia to resist it. 

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Not all of the Center’s activism is against Trump, it should be noted. Penn Law also boasts of pro-bono programs that help survivors of sexual and domestic abuse, help parents negotiate child custody disputes, and mentor high-school student

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Liberals hold 41 edge among 2018 commencement speakers

Liberal commencement speakers will outnumber conservatives by nearly four-to-one at 50 of the nation’s largest colleges this year.

Campus Reform catalogued the commencement speakers selected by 50 of the largest public and private four-year colleges in the nation, excluding community colleges and online institutions, and researched the political views of each speaker. 

Including schools with multiple speakers, Campus Reform identified 37 speakers with demonstrably liberal leanings, compared to just 10 verified conservatives. Only four speakers could be classified as political moderates, two of whom—Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of the country music group Lady Antebellum—were invited to speak at the same ceremony.

Nine of the schools traditionally select internal speakers, such as a high-ranking administrator or standout graduate, and five other speakers do not have identifiable political leanings. Campus Reform was unable to ascertain the identity of the commencement speakers at Portland State University and California State University, Long Beach despite multiple inquiries.

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While only six of the conservative speakers are current or former Republican elected officials, at least 12 of the left-leaning speakers were Democratic or radically progressive politicians.

Among those representing the GOP are Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, Purdue University President (and former Indiana Governor) Mitch Daniels, Texas House Speaker Joe Strauss, and Texas Supreme Court Justice James Blacklock.

The roster of Democrats, on the other hand, features even more prominent names, including former President Jimmy Carter, former Vice President Al Gore, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. Representative John Lewis, and U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris.

Notably, universities known for their liberal leanings, such as New York University, the University of Maryland, and Florida International University, stayed within their comfort zones by selecting uniformly left-leaning speakers. Conservative darling Liberty University, on the other hand, invited perhaps the most prominent liberal on the list: Jimmy Carter.

[RELATED: Ivies snub conservatives at commencement for third straight year]

Many of the speakers were public figures with left-wing affiliations but less overtly poli

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Carter strikes note of unity at Liberty U commencement

Former President Jimmy Carter spoke at Liberty University for the university’s 45th commencement.

Thousands of students, friends, and family members braved the rainy weather to hear from the 39th President of the United States, who served from 1977 to 1981.

Carter was warmly welcomed by the family of university President Jerry Falwell, Jr. on Friday night, who gave him a tour of the campus and hosted him for formal dinner. He also took pictures with a few lucky graduates Friday night before the baccalaureate ceremony.

“Enjoyed touring former President Jimmy Carter around @LibertyU this afternoon.  We are looking forward to hearing him address the class of 2018 tomorrow at Commencement,” Falwell tweeted on Friday.

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Falwell called welcoming Carter to commencement one of “the highest honors” of his life.

Carter, a lifelong Democrat and opponent of Ronald Reagan in the 1980 presidential election, gave a faith-based message to the new graduates before receiving an honorary doctorate from the school.

Carter praised the school’s online program, noting that it allows minorities and underprivileged students to get a college education at an affordable price. 

The former president said he was “somewhat surprised” that he was invited to speak at this year’s commencement, noting that he received numerous critical letters from students of the university during his time as president due to his relinquishment of the Panama Canal and formation of the Department of Education. 

Carter encouraged graduates to love their neighbors and make disciples for Christ, referencing his missionary efforts in Ethiopia to treat diseases.

“We can treat as many as 10 million people in five days,” he said.

Carter’s humanitarian efforts have worked to end the spread of deadly diseases around the world. Additionally, Carter has led a Habitat for Humanity chapter where 293 homes have been built in the Philippines. 

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Carter said he lived during the two most difficult times the country had ever faced: the Great Depression and World War II. Carter quoted one of his favorite teachers, saying that Americans must stick to their principles when times get hard.

He also addressed

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Sign on profs door calls Republicans heartless aholes

A professor at California State University-East Bay displays signs on her office window declaring that “Republicans are heartless a**holes” and “F**k the A**hole in Chief.”

The signs were spotted at the office of Assistant Professor Monique Manopoulos by members of the CSU East Bay Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter, which posted an image of the signs to Twitter Thursday afternoon.

[RELATED: Clemson prof: ‘All Republicans are racist scum’]

The YAF chapter president, Bruce Rodriguez, told Campus Reform that the signs were discovered in Manopoulos’s office, which is located within the Student Faculty Support Building.

Campus Reform reached out to the French professor, who responded that she is “just exercising my First Amendment right.” She did not care to elaborate.

“I'm fine with her being able to express an opinion,” Rodriguez remarked, “and if she's willing to have a dialogue that's great.”

Only one review mentioned Manopoulos having a political bias on her RateMyProfessors page, warning prospective students that “If you want to learn all about the professor's personal opinions about politics and her life story, enjoy.” The others were universally positive, with one comment praising her “francophone rap/hip hop class” an “easy peasy” way to fulfill an upper-level general education requirement.

[RELATED: Prof vows to ‘stand up to the Republican club’ on campus]

Manopoulos is hardly the only professor to publicly defame Republicans broadly, though.

In August, for instance, a Clemson University professor proclaimed on Facebook that “All trump supporters, nay, all Republicans, are racist scum.” Before the end of the year, a Virginia Tech professor joined the chorus, tweeting that “the modern GOP is nothing but white supremacy.”

Shortly after dozens of people were shot at a Texas church, meanwhile, another professor felt compelled to issue an apology after tweeting that “the GOP and NRA must, in fact, want mass shootings” because “it serves their interests.”

Campus Reform reached out to CSU-East Bay for comment, but has not received a respo

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