Liberal prof tries to ban book about Robert E Lees horse

On March 9, the Washington and Lee University Bookstore and the Lee Chapel Museum Shop removed a book from their shelves after a Washington and Lee (W&L) professor accused the book of painting a sympathetic picture of the Confederate States of America and the Old South.

The book in question was a children’s book written about Robert E. Lee’s beloved companion and most trusted warhorse, Traveller.

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My Colt: The Story of Traveller was written by Margaret Samdahl, who worked at the Lee Chapel Museum for 13 years. Samdahl says that she decided to write the book to respond to Lee Chapel patrons’ demands for a child-friendly book on Traveller. Using the Special Collections archive at Washington and Lee as well as other research materials available at Leyburn Library on W&L’s campus, Mrs. Samdahl embarked on a decade-long effort to bring the story of Traveller to a younger audience. 

Lee Chapel purchased copies of My Colt on February 27, and the University Bookstore followed suit on March 3.

However, after the book and a book signing event at the university were advertised in the daily Campus Notices on March 8, the administration received a complaint from a professor who objected to the content of the book. It was subsequently removed from both the Museum Shop and the University Bookstore, and the book signing event was abruptly cancelled on March 9.

Though the professor’s outrage over the contents of the book was cited as the initial cause of the book’s removal, the university called Samdahl two weeks later to explain that the book had been removed because it was self-published and had not been peer-reviewed. 

This explanation by the university administration does not hold up because the book had already been accepted by the Museum Shop and the University Bookstore, implying that it had already received some sort of review by the managers of those respective venues, and had been for sale in those venues for almost two weeks before it was removed. Meanwhile, both Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and Stratford Hall, Robert E. Lee’s birthplace, reviewed and accepted the book with no problems.

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An uproar soon erupted within the W&L and Lexington communities. Don Samdahl, Margaret’s husband and a longtime librarian at

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Students put on dancing shoes to unearth masculinity

Towson University is holding a dance workshop titled “Unearthing Masculinity,” which encourages participants to confront their “views of masculinity” through dance and movement.

According to the Maryland university, the event is a “physically engaging workshop” during which “individuals will explore verbal conversations and physical conversations around the topic of Masculinity.”

Attendees will be encouraged to address, through dance, questions surrounding masculinity, such as “What is it? What is it not? How did you learn about it or come to know it? What do you/will you pass on about masculinity.” 

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“Using movement concepts and structures to enhance and further the discussions, participants will unearth assumptions, truths, and myths about their personal and societal views of masculinity,” the event description explains. “This is a fun and rich bonding experience for participants to explore and excavate their values, perceptions, and negotiate consciousness around masculinity.”

The class will be taught by Vincent E. Thomas, founder of VTDance, an “outlet for performance projects including solo, group, and collaborative choreographic endeavors.”

Thomas told Campus Reform that while the workshop is based in dance, it also includes “other art forms as well, such as creative writing and visual art.”

He added that the workshop “will begin with a warm-up that connects the body and mind, creating a safe space for all regardless of movement experience. This, I believe, is really important for participants to be full in their experience in a non-judgmental space.”

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Thomas added that while the workshop is dance-focused, it is also “physical and dialogic,” explaining that “We will move, discuss, discover, move, discuss, explore, move, dream, share, activate, etc.”

The Towson workshop is a modification of VTDance’s standard workshop, “Fathers, Sons, & Other Guys,” which is geared toward helping “fathers and sons, extended family, and individuals [to] explore verbal conversations and physical conversations around the topic of Masculinity.”

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STEM prof offers to boost female students grades

A University of Akron professor sent an email Monday openly acknowledging that female students “may see their grades raised” to encourage them to study information sciences.

On Monday, a Reddit user leaked a screenshot of an email sent by Akron professor Liping Liu informing students their final grades may be raised a “level or two” if they are female as part of a “national movement to encourage female students to go to information sciences.”

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While the initial screenshot was removed by a Reddit admin due to the listed email addresses of recipients, a copy of the email with relevant redactions was provided to Campus Reform by a student in the class.

“I truly think that my professor's efforts are counter intuitive,” the student, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Campus Reform. “There is no need to persuade women to enter a field they are uninterested in just so we can meet a quota to be able to say that men and women are equally represented in Information Science.”

Liu, in an email to The College Fix, claimed that his classes on average have “one or two female students” in a class of 20 to 30. According to Liu, the women are “not doing well” and would likely need to “repeat the courses or leave the program” without the boosted grades.

Liu referred to the grade alterations as part of an “experiment” to understand how to better motivate female students, adding that he’s abandoning the concept “for now.”

University Provost Rex Ramsier, in an email to The Fix, said that the university “does not discriminate on the basis of sex,” and verified that grades were not adjusted based on gender.

“While the professor’s stated intention of encouraging female students to go into the information sciences field may be laudable, his approach as described in his email was clearly unacceptable,” Ramsier said.

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Liu is hardly the only professor to attempt some form of affirmative action grading policy, however.

In April, for instance, a graduate student working as a teaching assistant at the Chicago S

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Student group bars white allies from forum on arming police

A Georgetown University student group recently barred white students from attending a community discussion on a proposal to arm campus police.

The “Community Dialogue on Racism & [Georgetown University Police Department]” was hosted by the Georgetown United Against Police Aggression (GUAPA) student group on April 24, and despite describing the event as an evening of “community and discussion,” the organizers specifically stated that “allies” were “not welcome” to attend the event. 

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“It's time to talk. All of us have a story about GUPD. All of us know someone who has been targeted. Let's do something about it,” the event description stated, urging students to “Come this Tuesday for community and discussion.”

The event page stipulated, however, that “this space will center the voices and experiences of students of color,” informing “allies for the safety of students of color” that “allies are not welcome to attend this preliminary dialogue” before mentioning that “food will be provided.”

The April 24 discussion event, which was backed by dozens of student organizations, came one day after the GU Advocates for Responsible Defense, known as GUARD, published a letter to Georgetown’s president addressing the recent mass shootings across America. 

In the letter, GUARD argued that “the current active-shooter protocols are inadequate,” and that “if one or more illegally-armed persons enter an academic building intent on committing a massacre, students have no practical recourse but to hide under their desks and wait for Metro PD.” 

“In light of recent events, a reasonably prudent person would make sure the campus police department, like virtually every other police department across the country, had properly trained and armed officers,” the letter continued.

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The proposal drew widespread criticism from numerous campus organizations, including the student-run newspaper, The Hoya, which blasted the group for supporting guns on campus.

“Arming GUPD would put individuals on campus at risk—most notably students of color,” The Hoya wrote in an edito

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SUNY repudiates coddling of students deeply hurt by speech

The State University of New York-Oswego is profusely apologizing after an employee threatened to punish a student for expressing her views on liberal intolerance.

As originally reported by Campus Reform, Trisha DeWolf, the school’s Alcohol and Other Drug Program Coordinator, emailed Nicole Miller on May 3 to inform her that some people who attended a recent “Open Mic” event felt “uncomfortable” when she read a letter accusing liberals of hypocrisy for preaching “tolerance” while ignoring the plight of conservatives students who she claimed are routinely “attacked for their beliefs” on campus.

DeWolf threatened to bar Miller from performing at further Open Mic events, warning that she’s “already had to utilize this unwritten rule once this semester,” and telling Miller that certain students were “deeply hurt” by her remarks.

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Following Campus Reform’s coverage of the situation, SUNY-Oswego President Deborah Stanley issued a statement repudiating DeWolf's missive, explaining that she did not consult with any members of the university administration before sending the email.

“In the past few days, an interaction and email exchange between a student speaker at ‘Open Mic’ on April 26, 2018, and an employee has been reported on in Campus Reform,” Stanley said, pointing out that Campus Reform is a project of the Leadership Institute, which “teaches conservatives of all ages how to succeed in politics, government, and the media.”

“It is clear our employee did not consult with her supervisor or any member of administration before she sent the offending email and she did not speak in relation to any formal policy of SUNY Oswego,” she assured readers. “However, while our employee acknowledged the speaker's free speech rights and did not literally issue a reprimand, sanction, or prohibition, the words used were of a nature that were easily interpreted as limiting the speaker's freedom of expression.”

Reiterating that the employee’s actions were contrary to both official policy and the school’s commitment to free speech, Stanley noted that she has not only issued a formal apology to the entire SUNY Oswego community, but has also had a “full discussion of the matter&rdq

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