Student School aposcovered upapos prof who shot himself to aposprotestapos Trump

Student School aposcovered upapos prof who shot himself to aposprotestapos Trump

A sociology professor who shot himself in the arm with a .22 pistol in a campus restroom to “protest” Trump remains employed, but students say the school has yet to address the incident with the student body.

Authorities were called to the College of Southern Nevada on August 28, after several students and faculty saw Professor Emeritus Mark Bird stumbling out of the bathroom, bleeding. According to the police report, Bird said he shot himself in the arm in “protest of President Trump.”  

Bird, who has been working for the school since 1993, taped a $100 bill to the mirror before carrying out his protest. The bill was left as a tip "for the janitors" who were left to clean up the bloody mess. 

Remington Longley, a political science student, told Campus Reform that he was in the next building over from the shooting when the incident occurred.  

“The school completely covered it up,” Longley said, adding that the school “never released a statement.”

“It was never addressed by any of my professors.  It was completely swept under the rug as far as I’m concerned.”

According to Longley, most students were under the impression that the professor had killed himself, only to find out 14 days later via a report by The Las Vegas Review-Journal, what had actually taken place.  Without news coverage, he says, students would still be in the dark about the gunshot, crime scene, or police presence they witnessed.

The school has made no public offer of counseling or support to students who witnessed their bloody professor stumbling out of a public restroom.

Longley believes the school has kept quiet about the incident because of the political nature of the professor’s ‘protest,’ claiming that the university generally favors and protects professors with left-leaning viewpoints.  “This is the new norm now where they're going to walk into a bathroom and plug themselves and then [the] school is going to sweep it under the rug?”

He contends that not only are liberal views favored, but that conservative students are being discriminated against on campus. “The campus as a whole is very left-leaning and very discrimi

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Chicago socialist students demand school cuts ties with CIA

Chicago socialist students demand school cuts ties with CIA

A socialist student group at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is demanding that the school cut all ties with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), claiming that the organization is complicit in "countless crimes."

International Youth and Students for Social Equality is protesting UIC’s partnership with the CIA in its “Signature School Program,” which encourages graduates to seek jobs in the intelligence field, while also facilitating access to internships. The socialist group stated  in a news release last week that the CIA chose to partner with the “diverse” UIC so that it could target “children of immigrants” to “carry out imperialist crimes of the U.S. government around the world."  

UIC students who participate in the program will be able to receive on-campus mock interviews, educational seminars with CIA officials, and resume assistance, according to the school press release.

But the “CIA has absolutely no business at UIC or any college campus,” the IYSSE claims, calling the intelligence agency a “chief global spy agency of the United States” that “is responsible for countless crimes—the overthrow of governments, the fomenting of civil wars, assassinations, torture and spying.” 

“The IYSSE at UIC stands irreconcilably opposed to UIC’s partnership with the CIA,” IYSSE continued. “We call on students at UIC and across Chicago to join and support the IYSSE’s demand that all ties be severed between the university and the intelligence agency."

[RELATED: UPenn admin reminds students that ‘freedom goes both ways’ after Brennan speech shutdown]

IYSSE calls the CIA's “encroachment” onto campus “a symptom of the breakdown of world capitalism.” The organization, which bills itself as a “ youth and student section” of the “Socialist Equality Party,” tweeted out its news release last week.

UIC joins Florid

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Study shows diversity heads donapost actually help diversity

Study shows diversity heads donapost actually help diversity

A recent study conducted by professors at Baylor University in Waco, Texas suggests there is no “significant statistical evidence” that chief diversity officer positions on college campuses result in their intended effect at all.

“We are unable to find significant statistical evidence that preexisting growth in diversity for underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups is affected by the hiring of an executive level diversity officer for new tenure and non-tenure track hires, faculty hired with tenure, or for university administrator hires,” the study, which was published last month, states. The four authors of the study - Steven Bradley, James Garven, Wilson Law, and James West - surveyed 462 U.S. universities with enrollments of at least 4,000 students. 

“With faculties less diverse than their student bodies, universities have sought programs and policies designed to better increase faculty diversity. Advocates for greater diversity have argued that a higher-profile executive-level Chief Diversity Officer, preferably one who reports directly to the university president, can more effectively promote and encourage diversity at the highest level of university governance compared with lower level diversity-focused offices and organizations such as multicultural and diversity centers,” the study states. 

The study added that in 2016, “more than two-thirds of the major U.S. universities we study had a CDO in place.” 

However, it continues, “it is not immediately clear how much influence an executive level CDO can exert upon faculty hiring decisions made by individual departments.” 

“Importantly, we are unable to find evidence that preexisting patterns in diversity hiring are altered by the hiring of an executive level diversity officer at the faculty or administration hiring level,” it adds. 

When asked by the Chronicle of Higher Education about whether universities have chief diversity officers for optics, West responded, “The figures in the paper tell an interesting story, but I’m not sure what is it.” 

“For instance,” West said, “the proportion of underrepresented faculty hired is actually higher for

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University hiring students for aposcoalition buildingapos

University hiring students for aposcoalition buildingapos

The University of Michigan announced it is hiring “student facilitators” to run “anti-racism” and “coalition building” workshops. 

“Student facilitators” at the University of Michigan will work within the  Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) and be paid $10 per hour for 10 hours per week, according to the job announcement. The facilitators will focus on “coalition building and dismantling racism” through activities like “dialogic based exercises,” “critical reflection,” and “storytelling.”

The job details page explains that the facilitators will be responsible for developing curricula for workshops. Facilitators will also be expected to publicize these workshops heavily throughout campus, which includes sending emails, visiting student organizations, and promoting their events on social media.

[RELATED: Prof hosts workshop on ‘how racism shapes white identity’]

In order to be a facilitator, a student must have “an interest in and/or increasing familiarity with social identities, specifically race and ethnicity, along with social justice and U-M campus climate,” as well as having a “demonstrated commitment and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

MESA is aiming to hire four facilitators, which would cost the department $400 per week. That means the university will pay $5,600 per semester, to employ student facilitators. Student tuition per semester at the University of Michigan's main campus in Ann Arbor is $7,467, according to the Office of the Registrar. 

The University of Michigan’s College Republicans chairman Dylan Berger told Campus Reform that while he agrees the university needs to confront racism, it can do so in more cost-effective ways.

“It is essential for our U of M community to confront the menace of racism whenever and wherever it presents itself,” Berger said. “However, another costly program meant to combat racism is just not necessary. The ‘student facilitators’ the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs plans on hiring appear to have little well-defined responsibilities while carrying significant cost.&rd

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University announces White Awake safe space for white students

University announces White Awake safe space for white students

The University of Maryland at College Park announced Friday a new diversity support group to create a “safe space” for white students to discuss their feelings about “interactions with racial and ethnic minorities.”

The support group, called “White Awake,” will help white students who may “sometimes feel uncomfortable and confused before, during, or after interactions with racial and ethnic minorities.”

[RELATED: University offers guide on 'talking to kids about whiteness']

“This group offers a safe space for White students to explore their experiences, questions, reactions, and feelings,” the description explains. “Members will support and share feedback with each other as they learn more about themselves and how they can fit into a diverse world.”

The description asks students if they want to “improve [their] ability to relate to and connect with people different from [themselves]” or if they want to become a better “ally.” The new group is now one of four in the university’s “Diversity Issues” program series. 

The group is being led by Noah Collins, who works for the UMD Counseling Center, and will be held once a week. Collins specializes in group therapy and is interested “especially in the areas of racial and cultural awareness,” according to his faculty bio.

[RELATED: Hiring process for new UMD diversity chief raises 'red flags']

The safe space has been met with harsh criticism from students on social media.

“I am ashamed over the execution of white awake nor do I fully understand its clause. ‘How they can fit into a diverse world’? Why do they need to attend therapy sessions on how to be a decent human being in society?” a UMD student wrote on Twitter. “Why do they need to have these sessions to learn how to coexist?”

“Just like classes. You can’t take one class and feel like you have all understanding over a certain subject,” the student added. “It takes practice, it takes problems, it takes more than one course, so ‘White Awake’ has good intention but I am skeptical over the fairytale result.”<

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