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JMU scholars assemble aposfeminist scholarshipapos fellowship

JMU scholars assemble aposfeminist scholarshipapos fellowship

James Madison University will hold its first meeting for a new faculty fellowship community to advance "feminist scholarship" on Friday.

The university was seeking faculty applicants for the "Madison Fellowship,” geared toward "sustaining feminist scholarship at JMU.” The fellowship is described as a "faculty community dedicated to sustaining feminist scholarship both on-campus and in [applicants’] own research projects.”

“Participants will have the opportunity to write together weekly in an unstructured accountability group,” according to JMU. The group will meet monthly to discuss questions such as “What makes scholarship feminist?” and “How do we sustain feminist scholarship at JMU?”

Faculty participants will be expected to further a feminist project, interact with fellow scholars to aid their efforts, and find methods for maintaining a “feminist scholarship community."

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The group will be facilitated by JMU associate professor of anthropology Rebecca Howes-Mischel, who is currently studying the “gendered contexts of human microbiome research,” which she says involves speaking with birth attendants and scientists, as well as monitoring academic and larger, societal trends.

“It certainly seems strange and a little pointless to me,” JMU Turning Point USA President Sophia Cabana told Campus Reform. “I’m not sure how one would go about defining ‘feminist scholarship’ or somehow turning feminism into an academic discipline, which it certainly shouldn’t be.”

The school asked students applying for the fellowship four questions: "Briefly describe what you think makes scholarship feminist and how your project(s) fits that description,” "How would you describe the state of feminist scholarship at JMU?,” "What will make participation in this faculty community a success for you?”, and if they were able to commit to pre-set meeting dates.

The fellowship is a function of JMU's Center for Faculty Innovation, a university department consisting of tenured and tenure-track teaching faculty who provide other

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University demands student org passwords then backtracks

University demands student org passwords then backtracks

A new policy at Southern New Hampshire University asks student organizations to share login information, including passwords, to social media accounts. But university officials have made conflicting statements regarding whether or not the new procedure is mandatory.

SNHU decided to implement this policy in an attempt to help keep student organizations better organized and to ensure smooth transitions between leadership after students graduate, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. 

However, one student organization is skeptical that SNHU will keep the passwords for the sole purpose of assisting with the transition of organizations. Dan Passen, state chairman of the New Hampshire Federation of College Republicans and a senior at SNHU, said that this policy raises concerns regarding whether or not the university will monitor what goes on in private conversations, or if they will try to change posts.

“I believe that it’s an infringement on free speech for campus, especially for a political organization like ours,” Passen told the Union Leader.

[RELATED: Louisiana gov reverses course, signs campus free speech bill]

Campus Reform obtained an email to a student from Michelle Scali, assistant director of student involvement at SNHU, where she states that the password-sharing policy is “mandatory.”

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“This will not be used to monitor content or remove posts (unless it is a dire circumstance), but the main purpose it [sic] to enable smooth transitions between Executive Boards and to prevent “dead pages” or accounts that are not in use,” Scali said in the email.

An SNHU spokesperson refuted the claim that student organizations are being forced to hand over their social media passwords.

“This was not a formal policy, rather a request to help ensure that pages were passed along to new leadership as students graduate and move on from the University,” SNHU Assistant Vice President for Communications Lauren Keane told Campus Re

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Animal rights groups petition to ditch live tiger mascot

Animal rights groups petition to ditch live tiger mascot

An animal advocacy group is calling for Louisiana State University to end its tradition of having a live tiger, Mike, as its mascot.

The petition has gained more than 92,000 signatures, but the university insists that it is “providing a home for the tigers,” reported WAFB. 

“Please sign this petition if you believe animals should be free, not held captive to be used as mascots,” Care2 Team, the petition starter, states.

Care2 bills itself as “the world's largest community for good” and opposes “bigots, bullies, science deniers, misogynists, gun lobbyists, xenophobes, the willfully ignorant, animal abusers, frackers, and other mean people.”

[RELATED:Petition: LSU Tigers mascot a 'symbol of white oppression'] 

The petition explains the history of the current Mike the Tiger and tigers that have come before.

“Mike VII isn't the first tiger mascot LSU has used,” Care2 Team states. “In fact, he's the seventh tiger — hence the name. His predecessor died last year from terminal cancer after living his last years confined in a limited space only to be allowed outside for display at football games.” 

“While the university has made efforts to improve the quality of the tiger's enclosure, increasing its size and adding a variety of outdoor activities, it is cruel to sentence a tiger to such captivity. Animals are not here for our amusement,” concludes the petition. 

Care2 Team demands that Louisiana State University stop using live tigers for its mascots and release Mike VII. The group’s petition has accumulated more than 92,000 signatures out of its 95,000-signature goal at the time of publication. 

A previous Care2 petition, which was started back in 2016 after “Mike VI” died, called on LSU to no longer use a live tiger as a mascot. That petition topped out with more 142,000 signatures.

“Although LSU has upgraded Mike VII's enclosure and stopped hauling him out in front of thousands of screaming football fans, [People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)] urges the university to seek accreditation from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries—which is the gold star of captive-animal care and woul

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11327

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