University of Texas eliminates free speech zones...and leftist students are not happy

The University of Texas has eliminated its free speech zones, confining free speech to certain spaces, after the Texas legislature passed a major piece of free speech legislation in the spring.

UT Austin President Gregory Fenves said that the university made the policy changes in order to conform with the new state law, in an August 30 statement addressed to the campus community.

“For generations, the University of Texas at Austin has thrived because of its commitment to free speech and an open exchange of ideas,” Fenves said. “Our campus is a hub for people to gather and share different perspectives and experiences.”

Another provision of SB 18 forces universities to create “disciplinary sanctions” for those who interfere with others’ right to free speech.

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UT Austin spokesman J.B. Bird said that the policy still permits the school to regulate expression that disrupts the campus learning environment.

“A good example that makes it easy to understand is that you can’t just have a rock concert...because that would disturb the daily activities of the campus,” Bird said, according to the Daily Texan.

Additionally, SB 18 prohibits universities from discriminating against organizations due to religious, political, philosophical, or academic viewpoints. 

UT spokeswoman Shilpa Bakre told Campus Reform that while "the law went into effect Sept. 1, 2019 thus ensuring compliance by that date," but that "it allows universities until Aug. 1, 2020, to finalize specific rules for implementation. The interim policies and procedures that UT Austin has introduced at this time will be finalized and recommended for approval by the UT System Board of Regents by that date of 2020." 

[RELATED: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: UW official tells conservative student with ‘free speech ball’ to move or face the cops]

However, the University Democrats are not pleased with the bill and argued that organizations could use it to make some students feel unsafe.

“What [some organizations] are currently doing is making students feel unsafe and unwelcome,” University Democrats President Joe Cascino, according to the Daily Texan. “I believe that universities should be able to step in and keep people like [Richard] Spencer or useless incendiary protests like [Young Conservative

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OPINION: NRA labeled as terrorist organization while Planned Parenthood kills millions

Editor's note: The views in this opinion editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Campus Reform or of its parent organization, the Leadership Institute.

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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently issued a statement calling the NRA a domestic terrorist organization. 

No, this is not a joke and not a Babylon Bee article headline; they truly believe that the NRA is an organization that commits terrorist acts in their own country against their own citizens. Which is funny being that San Francisco is the late-term abortion training capital of the U.S.

In reality, the NRA’s purpose is to “defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans.” This includes lobbying for the right to self-defense, teaching firearm safety, and overall preservation of the Second Amendment which I and many other Americans hold dearly.

Given their mission statement, it is extremely clear (not to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, though) that the NRA’s advocacy of firearms only extends to law-abiding citizens. Further, nowhere does the NRA encourage or condone gun violence.

Of course, it is easy for a heavily politically motivated group of people to ignore the truth, label the NRA a domestic terrorist organization, and spread misinformation all while being exceptionally hypocritical; they turn a blind eye to actual domestic terrorist organization groups that not only exist but are thriving in San Francisco and its surrounding areas. 

What domestic terrorist organizations are in San Francisco, you ask? Look no further than the University of California- San Francisco, whose barbaric research practices have involved the dismemberment of aborted fetal tissue. 

And don’t forget Planned Parenthood- which is worshipped like a god in San Francisco.

[RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Are Cornell student fees resulting in Planned Parenthood $$$?]

The Board of Supervisors stated in their resolution, “The National Rifle Association spreads propaganda that misinforms and aims to deceive the public about the dangers of gun violence.” The same could be said of the abortion industry: Planned Parenthood spreads propaganda that misinforms and aims to deceive the public about the dangers of abortion. 

So, why won’t the Board of Supervisors label Planned Parenthood as a domestic terrorist organization, the same

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UC Berkeley offers 'adulting' course for credit

One section for a course on “adulting” began Monday and another will kick off Wednesday at the University of California, Berkeley.

Since the spring semester, Psychology 198 received an overwhelming 100 applicants for just 30 seats. For fall 2019, there are 60 students split into two sections.

The for-credit course will not only teach students how to tackle the mundane tasks of life such as paying taxes but also highlights subjects such as how to “develop good habits,” according to the course description. It falls under the Democratic Education, or “DeCal” program of student-taught, but faculty-approved courses at UC Berkeley.

UC Berkeley students Belle Lau and Jenny Zhou are facilitating this semester’s sections of the course. 

“I started a course at UC Berkeley called ‘Adulting’ which I am currently facilitating,” Lau shared on LinkedIn. “We bring in guest speakers each week to present on topics that we believe college students should know as they enter adulthood and begin to live and fend for themselves.”

[RELATED: Berkeley profs cancel classes for 'mental safety']

“This course will explore the many dimensions of how to successfully adult [sic],” reads the description for the course, which is offered for one credit. “The school system does not require a class for students to learn how to live in the real world and function as an adult. We often enter college unprepared to take care of ourselves.”

Some students expressed to Campus Reform that the class could serve as a beneficial addition to their schedule.

“Finally a class worth taking,” incoming UC Berkeley freshman Hamzah Alam said. “This is what I’m coming to college for.”

“Where was this class when I needed it?” Sonty Visuthikraisee, a 2019 UC Berkeley graduate, told Campus Reform. “I don’t even know how to pay my own taxes, yet somehow I graduated with a degree from Berkeley.”

[RELATED: Berkeley’s ‘Ethics in the Age of Trump’ course asks if Trump's presidency is 'threat to democracy']

But not everyone finds the course useful.

“Why not just take a business class?” Brandon Escobedo, another 2019 graduate, commented to Campus Reform.

Follow the author of this article on Twitter: @factswithf

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Prof: Antifa symphathizer set to speak on 9/11 anniversary 'at the campus where I teach'

A Bucknell Univerisity professor wrote in an op-ed published Monday that his school has invited former Dartmouth College lecturer Mark Bray, author of the controversial book, The Antifascist Handbook, to speak on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. President Donald Trump is currently considering labeling Antifa, which often uses violence, as a domestic terror group. 

Bucknell University Sociology Professor Alexander Riley, author of the book Angel Patriots in the Sky: The Crash of United Flight 93 and the Myth of America, wrote in a piece for The Federalist, titled, "Bucknell University To Host Antifa Leader Who Promotes Political Violence," 

"At the campus where I teach," Riley writes, "this week we are seeing an example of this insidious creep toward the left’s open embrace of violence against those who advocate for conservative ideas. The Humanities Center at Bucknell University has invited Mark Bray to speak on September 10, 2019, the day before the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States." 

Riley says the event with Bray is the first of a year-long series, titled, "Confronting Fascism." 

[RELATED: Dartmouth prof to donate half of book proceeds to Antifa]

"Bray is an advocate for and participant in Antifa, an amorphous group of communists and anarchists who engage in thuggish street violence, attacking property and individuals they label 'fascists' or 'white supremacists,' designations they use sufficiently liberally as to include just about anyone they feel like vilifying and attacking. In his book, Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, Bray carefully adheres to this crude and toxic system of definition, calling all those who support the current president of the United States 'everyday fascists' and wrapping up with a concluding chapter with the astounding title 'Whiteness is indefensible.'"

Campus Reform could not locate the event listed on Bucknell website or social media pages. Officials for the Pennsylvania college, located just 165 miles from where brave American commercial jet passengers overtook would-be terrorist hijackers to bring down United Flight 93 in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, saving dozens, if not hundreds of additional American lives, did not respond to requests for comment.

[RELATED: Dartmouth scholar endorses Antifa violence]

As Campus Reform has previously repor

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