USC hosts anime writing course, but apparently lacks funds for state-required Constitution course

The University of South Carolina offers a course in which students can learn about anime writing while it refuses to comply with a state law mandating a Constitution course.

For three credits, USC students can take “Media Writing Advanced: Manga and Anime,” according to The State. At the same time, the school has flouted a state law mandating that students take a course on the Constitution and other founding documents, stating funding concerns.

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“As a state-funded school, it’s imperative that the University of South Carolina be in compliance with state law, including the provision requiring a class on the Constitution,” South Carolina College Republican chair Will Galloway told Campus Reform. “Teaching the constitution, Federalist Papers, and America’s founding documents—as well as thinkers such as Locke, Hobbes, Montesquieu, and Cicero—is critical for the broad intellectual development of university students.” 

“I’m glad South Carolina requires it, but ideally, students should demand to study these documents, documents that provide the cornerstone underpinning their liberty.”

Campus Reform also spoke with USC Turning Point USA President Julia Johnson about the situation.

“It's ridiculous,” she said. “Every public educational institution should be teaching and reteaching our founding documents. From elementary school through college. Civic education is poor today, and it’s because of a lacking education starting at a young age. We are very upset that USC does not make the founding documents course required.”

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The issue has concerned conservatives and libertarians alike. 

The President of the College Libertarians at USC, Harrison Otto, told Campus Reform that “in today’s political climate, we need more young people who understand the importance and mechanics of our democratic system. USC choosing not to fund such a class could prevent students from having that opportunity.” 

“It seems that there is this push in higher education to completely abandon the precepts and institutions that this nation still depends on,” the College Libertarians president continued. “We criticize our lead

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Cabot Phillips on student loan debt forgiveness: This is what 'entitlement generation' 'looks like'

Democrat presidential debates sparred Thursday night over who they believe has the best approach when it comes to dealing with the student loan debt crisis. From making college "free" to forgiving trillions of dollars in student loan debt, candidates took a variety of positions on the issue. 

The continued push for "free" college and student loan debt forgiveness came just days after Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips took to the campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. to ask students if student loan debt should be canceled. Phillips also asked students who believed that student loan debt should be wiped out if they also believe the government should wipe out credit card debt. 

While the majority of students agreed that the government should, as Democrat presidential candidates are advocating, should wipe out trillions in student loan debt, they took issue with the government also forgiving credit card debt. Phillips said that overwhelming student support for student loan debt forgiveness is representative of the desires of the "entitlement generation."

[RELATED: VIDEO: Students support canceling college loan debt...but not credit card debt]

"One reason that we see this growing even more is because, for people asking, what's going to happen when we raise this whole generation to be entitled. You know, this entitlement generation, people say...Millennials, Generation Z....this is what it looks like tangibly when policy starts to come into play," Phillips said. 

"People feel like they are entitled to the government giving them whatever they want and making all their problems disappear and so when you ask young people who, by the way, aren't going to be the ones paying taxes to foot the bill for this, when you ask them, are you entitled to a debt-free life even if you're the one who signed your name on that loan, of course, they're going to say yes because they were raised to think they're entitled to whatever makes their lives easier," Phillips added. 

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Berkeley hosts 'The Right to Be Lazy: Shifts in Marxist Thought' class for credit

The University of California, Berkeley is offering a course, titled, “The Right to be Lazy: Shifts in Marxist Thought.” 

The fall 2019 course is part of UC Berkeley’s DeCal program, consisting of student-taught, but faculty-approved courses.

“Marx’s ideas were taken up by revolutionaries around the globe from the anticolonial militants in Africa and Latin America to those blockading the streets of Paris in 1968 and Italy in the 1970s,” the course description reads. “We will find in each struggle a Marxism specific to its historical and geographic context, reflected in the various stages of capitalist development. By studying these struggles and the creative responses to conditions they faced, we will try to better understand what it means to be anticapitalist, what are the basic categories of capital, and questions of the revolutionary subject.”

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Campus Reform reached out to student instructors for comment but did not receive comment in time for publication.  

"Each of us has the right to be lazy, but none of us has the right to the rewards of someone else’s hard work,” Capitalism.com founder and CEO Ryan Daniel Moran told Campus Reform. “Anticapitalist ideas are rooted in entitlement, which is one of the dangers of today’s society. I hope the students at Berkeley are taught the ineffectiveness of Marx’s ideas; if you want to create change, it starts with you."

Campus Reform also spoke with the Berkeley College Republicans about the offering.

[RELATED: Berkeley offers credit for 'Pokemon Academy,' 'Marvel,' and 'Hogwarts' classes]

"We do not oppose teaching divergent subjects in DeCal classes at UC Berkeley,” the chapter said. “However, nobody can dispute the fact that if a DeCal class with a right-leaning curriculum was ever proposed, it would be promptly rejected. Colleges should be dedicated to promoting intellectual diversity and an important part of that is giving adequate space to conservative views, even if they are unpopular with the larger campus community."

UC-Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof previously commented to Campus Reform on the DeCal program, more generally, saying, "the campus administration has no connection to or control over these [course] offerings."Mogulof referred Campus

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Dartmouth College Republicans told to 'f*** right off' for 'racist' pro-ICE statement

A conservative student group received backlash over social media after releasing a statement in support of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), with students telling the group to “f*** right off.”

The situation stemmed from Dartmouth College’s official statement regarding routine ICE border checkpoint activity that occurred in Lebanon, New Hampshire. 

“Checkpoint activity in a rural area far from an international border is unnecessary and sends a message at odds with the open and welcoming values of an institution like Dartmouth,” the statement reads. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to maintaining an environment free of harassment and discrimination based on immigration or citizenship status.”

[RELATED: Dartmouth offers 'American Conservatism' class...'tailored to a predominantly liberal audience']

Jeff Sharlet, a Dartmouth English professor, also warned students about the border checkpoint. 

“International students are arriving [Dartmouth] today & what do you know: Border Control has set up a nearby checkpoint, pulling over cars for searches, & ICE is (apparently) stopping local busses, boarding w/ dogs & demanding ID papers,” he tweeted.

“I don't know whether CPB pulling over cars and buses here near [Dartmouth] college is connected to the arrival of international students. But the timing is ugly.”

Dartmouth College Republicans (DCR) responded Friday to the college’s original statement with a statement of their own.

“While we agree with Dartmouth's stated position that immigration and security are important national issues, we condemn their flagrant disregard for the rule of law in favor of what they call ‘open and welcoming values,’” its statement reads. “The Dartmouth College Republicans support legal immigration to this great country, but those that cut the line and cheat the process should not be rewarded or protected for doing so.”

[RELATED: Just THREE percent of 2019 Dartmouth grads support Trump]

The chapter continued to say that it “stand[s] strongly with the men and women of law enforcement, and we fully support the work of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” calling Dartmouth’s statement “irresponsibly and shamelessly alleging the immorality of Federal law enforcement.” 

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Illinois prof. helps lead effort to 'cancel' Sean Spicer on-campus appearance

Students and faculty at Northeastern Illinois University launched a petition and plan to protest Thursday's scheduled on-campus appearance by former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who will participate in a discussion on the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, along with former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile. 

A Facebook event titled "Rally to Stop Sean Spicer at NEIU," states in its description that, as President Donald Trump's press secretary, Spicer "terrorized many NEIU students, their families and their communities," adding that "NEIU should not provide a home for white nationalism and other forms of bigotry." 

Organizers of the rally to protest the discussion go on to say Trump's rhetoric and policies are"drivers" of the "escalating right-wing violence in this country and around the world."

[RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: 'White supremacist' Sean Spicer speech leaves UMass labor union salty]

"The role Spicer played—and that the Trump administration continues to play—in this violence is one of creating space for these acts to occur," the description says. "Any platform he is provided, including ones where people are allowed to debate and argue these policies, serves to legitimize these policies, and creates more space for right-wing extremists to escalate their attacks on our communities."

The Facebook event description calls on the university to "cancel this event." 

"If they do not, we ask the university community and other impacted communities to join us as we rally to demand that NEIU be a safe place for everyone, and that we not use our university to provide platforms for this hatred."

One Facebook user commented on the event, asking, "does anyone, perhaps a student at the school, have an idea of when/how/where he might arrive on campus?" One of the "hosts" of the Facebook event, NEIU Sociology Professor Brett Stockdill, responded, "We do not." 

The same Facebook user who posted the question then said, "that’s a shame. He could use a milkshake." 

Campus Reform has previously reported on alleged Antifa members throwing drinks, such as milkshakes, at conservatives. 

[RELATED: WATCH: Alleged Antifa members hurl eggs, drink at Trump supporters]

On August 26, Stockdill posted on his personal Facebook page, "We've opened up the SAY NO

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