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Two student op-eds in The Spectator yesterday and today are worth a read. Here are some previews. In the first article, “Another Kind of Diversity,” Jeff Waxman writes: The ad hoc committee report, released March 31, has effectively done nothing. It’s what one would have expected: a lot of words that don’t combine to say... Read more Read more


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Today’s FIRE press release celebrates a victory for free speech and expression at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), where students were threatened with punishment if they held an affirmative action bake sale protest. If you’re not familiar with these protests, we explain them in our press release, so take a look there. Unfortunately, the victory at... Read more Read more


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CHICAGO, April 8, 2005—In a victory for free speech on campus, Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) has decided to allow the College Republicans to hold an affirmative action bake sale protest on campus with “no preconditions.”  The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) received written confirmation of the change on Wednesday afternoon, less than 36... Read more Read more


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Reading Columbia’s report, what struck me was the utter state of confusion of all parties involved who had no idea how to handle any “problems” that arose between individuals in the campus community. In a very sad state of affairs, the report does not even mention what should be the first thing a person does... Read more Read more


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Today brings news that David Horowitz was struck by a pie during a lecture at Butler University. David joins William Kristol, Ann Coulter, and Pat Buchanan in the list of conservative speakers physically attacked during on-campus speeches. Pie-throwing is not “expression.” It is assault, and it is incompatible with the marketplace of ideas. The attacker... Read more Read more


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On Tuesday, the Student Press Law Center published a great article about the situation involving Jason Antebi at Occidental College in Los Angeles. In related news, the 28-page refutation we wrote of Oxy General Counsel’s stunningly inaccurate letter defending Oxy’s actions was one of the most downloaded items on our website last month. I am... Read more Read more


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I recently wrote about the “Dartmouth Free Speech Mystery,” in which Dartmouth has apparently removed its speech code from its website but has not indicated whether the policy is simply being moved, as its site indicates, or has been formally retracted. An article in today’s Dartmouth only deepens the mystery. Apparently, President Wright is making... Read more Read more


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In response to my post yesterday, a Torch reader relates the following story: Last year I was on a selection committee for an academic advisor position at [a state college]. One of the applicants we interviewed was a minister at a small local church. One of the people on the committee asked this gentleman during... Read more Read more


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Yesterday, after receiving our press release about the attempt to stifle free speech at Northeastern Illinois University, a principled and eloquent advocate of free speech on campus, Professor David S. Ross, wrote to the president and administration of NEIU to get their side of the story. He copied a number of people, including the attorney... Read more Read more


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For several days now, we’ve been hearing from multiple sources that the New York Times was given an “exclusive” on the Ad Hoc Grievance Committee report by Columbia University in exchange for an agreement from the Times that the newspaper not talk to the original complaining students. This report purports to clear the university of... Read more Read more



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