Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Protest breaks out in SSC quad (Lariat)

President Obama to speak at UC Irvine graduation (OC Reg)
     President Barack Obama has accepted UC Irvine’s invitation to speak at its class of 2014 commencement ceremony June 14 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the White House has confirmed.
     “We are thrilled,” said Chancellor Michael V. Drake.
     The university has been courting Obama since last spring, and Vice Chancellor Thomas Parham flew to the White House two weeks ago with nearly 10,000 letters and postcards “from Anteaters of all stripes – students, faculty, staff and alumni,” requesting the president’s presence....
State auditor: For-profit college regulator should be shut down (OC Reg)
The state agency that regulates small private colleges and career schools has so consistently failed to protect students that legislators should consider shutting it down, the California state auditor concluded in an audit released this week….

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Anonymous said...

A FEDERAL JURY SPEAKS, AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM WINS

By: David French
Mar. 21, 2014

Yesterday, in Greenville, N.C., a federal jury found that the University of North Carolina–Wilmington (UNCW) violated the free speech rights of conservative Christian professor Mike Adams. Specifically, the jury found that Dr. Adams’s First Amendment–protected speech was a “substantial or motivating factor” in the defendants’ decision not to promote him to full professor and that defendants could not prove they would have made the same decision in the absence of Dr. Adams’s speech activity. The case now moves to the judge to determine Dr. Adams’s relief.

Dr. Adams’s story has now gone from a cautionary tale of the punishment that leftist universities inflict upon dissenters to a strong signal that conservative professors can indeed fight back and prevail.

Full disclosure: I had the privilege of serving as lead counsel in the trial (I’m a senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice), aided by my friend and capable co-counsel Travis Barham from the Alliance Defending Freedom.

Dr. Adams began his career at UNCW in 1993 as an outspoken atheist and liberal. During this period, he was widely praised in the university for his teaching and scholarship and achieved tenure in 1998 without any controversy. In 2000, however, shortly after visiting a mentally handicapped prisoner on death row in Texas — and being struck by the fact that this prisoner had read the entire Bible while he had not — Dr. Adams read the Bible and experienced a religious conversion, becoming a Christian and, over time, a conservative as well.

As a conservative, Dr. Adams eventually began writing a column for Townhall.com that is often sharply critical of leftist excesses in universities nationwide, as well as in his own university.

Roy Bauer said...

The article 12:42 quotes appears in the National Review, a conservative journal. See here for Inside Higher Ed’s coverage.

The return of the curious "Shooting Star" saga

     Back in 2012, I wrote a series of posts about the mysterious sinking, in 1974, of the yacht "Shooting Star," which took th...