Conservative group has funding suspended after hosting Prager

A conservative group at the University of Wyoming was recently barred from requesting student government funding until 2019 after hosting conservative pundit Dennis Prager.

The school’s Turning Point USA (TPUSA) chapter brought Prager to campus for a November 9 discussion on why “socialism makes people selfish,” drawing a crowd of 600 people.

On November 28, the Associated Students of the University of Wyoming (ASUW) announced the financial sanctions against the club, ruling that it had violated three statutes of the ASUW Finance Policy.

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ASUW charged the group with failing to mark all promotional materials for the Prager event with the ASUW logo, neglecting to “distribute tickets at a campus based venue for students,” and declining to “utilize digital scanners for student IDs, which would have enabled them to prioritize the attendance of the ASUW fee-paying student population,” according to a November 28 ASUW press release obtained by Campus Reform.

Additionally, The Branding Iron, the university’s student newspaper, reported that TPUSA had violated an additional policy by offering food that was not authorized by “UW Risk Management,” though Jessica Leach, president of the conservative group, told Campus Reform that the accusation is unfounded.

Leach also pointed out that while some posters hung up around campus did not contain the ASUW logo, it was only “because they kept getting torn down,” necessitating hurried replacement.

“The reasons for the suspension of funds are not legitimate, and we are in the process of appealing the suspension through the student gov judicial council,” she added. “We are essentially barred from student fee money, which all of our 40 members pay every semester.”

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While TPUSA remains a registered student organization, and can continue to conduct meetings and host events on campus, Leach argued that the loss of funds effectively prevents the group from holding any major events.

“I was surprised and upset to see that our event essentially warranted this chilling effect,” she remarked. “It was successful, and the student government, populated mostly by leftist students, took action against our abili

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Harvard sororities vow to defy recruitment ban

Three Harvard University sororities have pledged to host a recruitment process open to freshmen next semester in defiance of threatened sanctions from school officials.

In a joint statement released Tuesday morning titled “We Believe Women Should Make Their Own Choices,” the Kappa Alpha Theta, Delta Gamma, and Alpha Phi sororities jointly affirm their choice to hold rush next semester, when new penalties for such activities are scheduled to take effect.

“We believe in a woman’s right to create a supportive, aspirational community. We believe women should make their own choices,” they declare, adding that they intend to “conduct recruitment and open it to freshmen women” next semester.

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The statement comes in response to a new school policy that imposes punishments on students who join “unrecognized single-gender social organizations (USGSOs),” a category that includes Greek Life.

The policy argues that finals clubs, fraternities, and sororities “run counter to Harvard’s long-standing non-discrimination principles” and that, accordingly, students who join a USGSO will “not be permitted to hold leadership positions in recognized student organizations or on athletic teams.”

Students who defy the policy will also be ineligible for letters of recommendation for scholarship opportunities, but the sororities insist that their role in the campus community is important enough to justify taking such risks.

“We do understand there are risks inherent in this action, but we provide powerful spaces of support and are determined to work together to demonstrate the value of sorority membership,” they write.

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Although the policy was enacted as a result of concerns about discrimination, the sororities argue that it could actually worsen the problem by denying women opportunities to find support among their peers.

Noting that the sanctions have also been “touted as a response to the recommendations of a report on sexual assault prevention,” the document counters that “penalizing our future members for their involvement in a sorority in reality denies them access to member-driven education and support systems shown to be effective in battling sexual as

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Liberals dominate 96 of political events at Carleton

A Campus Reform survey of official Carleton College events found that the private university hosted no conservative speakers during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Out of 25 speakers that were listed and promoted on the school’s official calendar, 24 were found to be either liberal or left-leaning while only one speaker was independent or did not show a clear political or ideological preference.

Not a single right-leaning or conservative event, however, was listed on the calendar between September 2016 and August 2017.

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A majority of the events listed on Carleton’s official calendar featured panels with multiple speakers, with topics ranging from analysis of the 2016 presidential election to immigration and civil rights.

Other events focused on topics such as “Race as a Proxy in American Kinship,” the “Movement for Justice in El Barrio,” and “Confronting the Intersecting Stigmas Around Sexuality and Mental Illness.”

Campus Reform considered each speaker’s published works, organizational ties, and public remarks in determining their political categorization. Speakers who were invited to campus by student groups but not officially promoted by the university were excluded from consideration.

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Of the 24 liberal leaning speakers, notable names include Democratic Sen. Al Franken; Amy Goodman, host of “Democracy Now!”; and president of the Minneapolis NAACP Jason Sole.

Campus Reform's Campus Speaker Index analyzes official university calendars to determine which speaking engagements were expressly organized and hosted by the university. The index does not include any events that were hosted by student groups and outside organizations.

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Profs say classroom civility promotes white racial power

Two University of Northern Iowa professors recently argued that practicing “civility” in college classrooms can “reproduce white racial power.”

C. Kyle Rudick and Kathryn B. Golsan assert in a recent academic article that civility, particularly “whiteness-informed civility,” allegedly “functions to assert control of space” and “create a good white identity.”

This civility can reinforce white privilege, Rudick and Goslan argue, because “civility within higher education is a racialized, rather than universal, norm,” according to the field of “critical whiteness studies.”

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To study this phenomenon, Rudick and Goslan interviewed 10 white college students and asked them questions such as “What do you consider to be civil behaviour?” and “How do you think your racial identity may affect your understandings of civility when talking with students of color?”

Students who indicated that they “treat everyone the same way” were accused of trying to create a “good White identity,” according to Rudick and Goslan’s analysis.

“First, participants stated that they tried to avoid talking about race or racism with students of color to minimize the chance that they would say something ‘wrong’ and be labeled a racist,” the professors report. “Another way that participants described how they tried to be civil when interacting with students of color was to be overly nice or polite.”

White students who make an extra effort to be nice to students of color, Rudick and Goslan claim, are merely upholding “white privilege” and “white racial power.”

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Even students who indicated that they treat “everyone the same” were accused of reinforcing white racial power by the professors, who contend that treating everyone the same in the spirit of colorblindness can actually be a “race-evasive” strategy.

In this vein, one interviewee, Ryan, stated, “I feel like I treat everyone the same…To me, if you're white or black..., then I'm going to treat you like you're a human being. I guess I don't see skin color whenever I see someone.&rdq

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NLRB gives Harvard grad students second chance to unionize

Harvard University graduate students who voted against forming a union last year must re-do the election, a federal government panel ruled Tuesday.

According to The Boston Business Journal, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) struck down Harvard’s appeal of a previous decision to redo the November 2016 election, which was mandated by the NLRB in response claims that the school did not count hundreds of votes that might have affected the outcome of the original election.

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“[The appeal] raises no substantial issues warranting review,” the NLRB said in a statement, as reported by the publication.

Harvard, however, continues to maintain that the 2016 election was fair and that the federal panel should have upheld the students’ decision not to unionize.

“The University continues to believe the November 2016 student unionization election was fair and that well-informed students turned out in high numbers to vote,” a Harvard spokesperson told Campus Reform. “It is disappointing that the NLRB has not upheld our students’ decision to vote against unionization in that election.”

The graduate student push for unionization is not exclusive to Harvard, having caught on at schools across the country following a 2016 NLRB decision granting students who are employed and have teaching duties the right to form unions.

[RELATED: NLRB: Graduate students at private universities can unionize]

“Shortly thereafter, a group of graduate students who had affiliated with the United Auto Workers to form the Harvard Graduate Students Union–United Auto Workers (HGSU-UAW) called for a vote on Harvard’s campus,” Harvard provost Alan Garber explained in a letter to students last month, adding that an election was subsequently held in November 2016 under the supervision of the NLRB.

“The initial vote count showed a majority of votes against unionization,” Garber added. “Having apparently lost the election, the HGSU-UAW filed an objection with the NLRB asking for a new election, arguing that the voter list that Harvard provided to them was incomplete.”

According to the provost, the NLRB then received a request from the HGSU-UAW to hold a new election and found that “533 names were unintentionally omitted from the li

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