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    Behold, Here Cometh the Dreamer, Celebrating the legacy of MLK, Jr through the Spoken Word, is a series that gives young writers an opportunity to share their work. The event will be on January 21 at 7:30 pm at Averitt Center for the Arts. Georgia Southern University’s Dr. Stacy Smallwood is this year’s guest speaker. The event is sponsored by Davis Bozeman Johnson Law Firm. Purchase tickets online HERE. From Averitt Center for the Arts: Recognizing the importance of original writing in our society, this series has become an annual favorite bringing together young emerging writers and poets with established spoken word artists such as educators Derrick Bailey, Kimberly Foxx, and Dr. Lindamichelle Baron. The evening is structured to give the young writers / rappers a chance to perform their works and, after intermission, an opportunity to experience an accomplished wordsmith like this year’s Guest Speaker, Dr. Stacy Smallwood. Dr. Smallwood is an Associate Professor of Community Health in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health and an affiliate faculty...
    A Duke University police officer fatally shot a man being held in custody at the Duke University Hospital late Friday night after a struggle broke out, officials confirmed.  The unidentified man was being held by the Durham Police Department and being treated at the hospital's emergency department, officials reported.   A struggle ensued when the detainee took a Durham officer's gun, authorities reported.  A Duke University police officer fatally shot a man being held in custody and treated at the University Hospital late Friday night  The man was shot after he grabbed a Durham police officer's gun in an struggle A Duke University police officer responded to the scene and fatally shot the man, Duke officials said.  Hospital staff immediately began treating the man but were unable to save him. Officials are notifying his family, a hospital spokesperson said. The Durham police officer was also treated for injuries after the shooting and since been released from the hospital, but officials did not clarify what his injuries he sustained. No one else was physically injured.   RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    A version of this piece first appeared on Common Sense  Universities are supposed to be bastions of critical thinking, reason and logic.  But the Covid policies they have adopted — policies that have derailed two years of students' education and threaten to upend the upcoming spring semester — have exposed them as nonsensical, anti-scientific and often downright cruel. Some of America's most prestigious universities are leading the charge. At Georgetown University, fully vaccinated students are randomly tested for Covid every week. Using a PCR test, which can detect tiny amounts of dead virus, asymptomatic students who test positive are ordered to a room in a designated building where they spend 10 days in confinement. Food is dropped off once a day at the door. I spoke to several students who were holed up. One of them told me she would sometimes call a friend to come and wave at her through the window, just to see a human face. Another told me that the experience in quarantine 'totally changed' her feelings about the school.  'Everyone's just fed up at this point,'...
    Despite age-appropriate physical abuse, Renே Nira overcame adversity and graduated almost sixty years later. “I think his colleagues were motivated and inspired to see him,” his granddaughter admitted. An inspiring story took place this week at the University of Texas, where A.J. Grandfather The 87-year-old, a few days after his 88th birthday, graduated in economics in the same class he attended. Granddaughter. Rene Nira, American, continued his studies in Anglo-Saxon country after starting in the 50s. For the past four decades, he has been relentlessly returning to the classroom, and it was only in 2021 that he was finally able to complete his journey. “We never held classes together, but sometimes we would meet for lunch at a restaurant, or sometimes we would study together in the library.”His granddaughter, Melanie Salazar, pointed to the chain CBS. The graduate, who was at the core of Nira’s milestone, said, “I think his classmates were motivated and inspired to see him. Despite the fact that the old man did not officially receive the credits needed to graduate, the university decided to...
    The University of Richmond in Virginia has suspended the Kappa Sigma fraternity after a video emerged showing some of the organization's members performing a racist song. The video, which was first obtained by The Collegian, a student newspaper at the University of Richmond, shows a gaggle of shirtless white men shouting 'the South will rise again' at top volume while laughing and clapping. The short clip also features one of Kappa Sigma's members crying out, 'I want to be a slave owner,' and others singing the lyrics to the 19th Century song 'Dixie's Land,' which celebrates the Confederacy. The video was said to have been recorded last year.  The University of Richmond has suspended its chapter of the Kappa Gamma fraternity after a  video of its members singing a racist song was leaked last week (screenshots from the video are pictured above)  Kappa Gamma's national organization also has suspended the University of Richmond's chapter over the offensive video   A shot of a big-screen TV hanging on the wall in the room shows what appears to be a program about the...
    Nikhil Srivastava: Indians are joining the international arena with their unparalleled talent. India’s reputation as possible but impossible for people from other countries. Nikhil Srivastava Nikhil Srivastava: Indians are joining the international arena with their unparalleled talent. India’s reputation is being globalized by making it possible but not possible for people from other countries. It is no exaggeration to say that it is a matter of national pride for our Indians to be the CEOs of the world’s most sought after technology giants like Google, Microsoft, IBM Latest .. Twitter. One more Indian has recently joined this list. The famous Indo-American mathematician Nikhil Srivastava became famous in the superpower for his incomparable talent. He solved a problem that had remained unresolved for 62 years and re-established India’s prestige in the Mathematical Society. Nikhil Srivastava solved a problem that arose in 1959. Currently this topic is causing a stir in the United States. Nikhil Srivastava was jointly nominated for the Cyprian Boise Prize, launched by the American Mathematical Society. Nikhil announced that he would receive the award on behalf of...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Julius S. Scott, a groundbreaking scholar of slavery and Atlantic history who wove together stories of Black rebellion for a doctoral thesis once likened to “an underground mix-tape” and for the acclaimed 2018 book “The Common Wind,” has died. He was 66. Scott died early Monday, according to his partner, Elisha Renne, who said that he had suffered from Type 1 diabetes and had been in failing health over the past month. Scott was a professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, where Renne also taught. “Dr. Scott began teaching at Michigan in 1991 and continued to shape our collective understanding of Atlantic history, slavery, the Haitian Revolution and the lives and struggles of Black peoples from across the African diaspora — and jazz, always jazz — through classroom instruction, symposia, and conversations too numerous to count,” Angela D. Dillard, chair of the school’s history department, said in a statement. “For many of us, these conversations took place in his impossibly book-lined and book-and paper-filled offices.” Through his teaching, mentoring and writing, Scott was celebrated as...
    The Drifters, Platters, and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters HOLIDAY HOP concert will be held Sunday, December 12, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern University. The event is hosted by Georgia Southern University Performing Arts Center, Georgia Southern University, and Georgia Southern College of Arts and Humanities. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on etix HERE.  From GSU: Come celebrate the holiday season with this nostalgic performance from three of the world’s most beloved groups who were instrumental in creating the Motown sound. The rich combination of their Motown-defining catalog plus holiday classics has made this special HOLIDAY HOP program the longest consecutive running Christmas show in America. With such incredible musical diversity this show has songs to please every palate, delivered just the way you remember them, when you first heard them on the radio. The PAC is complying with all university guidance regarding COVID-19. At this time, visitors are not required to be vaccinated or to wear a mask or face covering inside campus facilities....
    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) – The University of Maryland will make an appearance at the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 29 at Yankee Stadium in New York, N.Y. This is will be the 28th time the team will make an appearance at a bowl game when they take on Virginia Tech. The matchup is set to kickoff at 2:15 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPN. READ MORE: Northwestern Beats Maryland In Manning’s Coaching Debut“We are excited to be selected to play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl,” said Maryland Head Coach Michael Locksley. “Returning to postseason play is the next step in the upward trend of our program. The Terps head into the postseason with a record of 6-6 while playing the 19th toughest schedule in the country. After beating Rutgers, they were eligible for this bowl game for the first time since 2016. READ MORE: Gervonta Davis' Longtime Trainers Sit Down With Rick Ritter Ahead Of Staples Center FightJunior quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa leads the Terps and he set single-season records for both passing yards (3,595) and completions...
    Kyle Rittenhouse has opened up about his trial, revealing that he knew the 'state didn't have a case' against him when 'they put Dominic Black on the stand.'  Rittenhouse, 18, appeared on the Charlie Kirk Show on Tuesday to discuss his infamous case after he was acquitted earlier this month for fatally shooting two men and injuring another at the Kenosha protests.  During the hour-long interview, the teen discussed the risk of taking the stand instead of pleading the Fifth, but explained he 'wanted the world to know who the real Kyle Rittenhouse was.'  He told the conservative host that he had been 'freaking out' during the run up to the trial, despite his remarkably calm composure in court, but he felt the tide turn in his favor when the prosecution called his friend Black - who purchased the AR-15 Rittenhouse used in Kenosha with the teen's money. He explained that he knew then that there wasn't a case against him because the prosecution was banking on Black to 'lie,' he claimed.  Kyle Rittenhouse has opened up about his trial, revealing that...
    A female student in China has become the new national symbol of hard work after being filmed tying a fluorescent light through her hair so she could study in the dark.  The unnamed young woman has gone viral on Weibo - the country's version of Twitter - after the footage was shared from a university in the northern province of Hebei.  In the short clip, the dedicated student can be seen coiling part of her ponytail around the cylinder light bulb, which she borrowed from a friend, turning it into a makeshift reading light.  She was forced to take the extraordinary measure last week when the lights in the study hall went out while studying late at night with friends, reports Sina News.  
    (CNN)A grandmother of seven who emigrated from Sri Lanka has become the oldest person to earn a master's degree at Canada's York University -- where she turned her passion for peace and learning into a political science degree.Varatha Shanmuganathan is 87, but her soul is as young and vibrant as ever. When she isn't playing Scrabble or dancing and singing with her grandchildren, she's busy chasing her many dreams."It has been interesting. On the first of November, I was just an ordinary lady going about my ordinary life. On the second of November, when I graduated, everything changed," Shanmuganathan told CNN. That's the day she became the oldest master's graduate at the university in Ontario, according to York University spokesperson Gloria Suhasini. Shanmugunathan's degree focused on the civil war in Sri Lanka and efforts to reach peace."This has always been a dream of mine, to study politics and earn a higher degree in it, and I am happy to have finally achieved it," she said.Read MoreVaratha Shanmuganathan says people should always have a goal in life: "Find out what dream...
    BERKELEY — A man was killed Wednesday night when his vehicle, which may have been speeding, ended up in the water at the Berkeley Marina after apparently crashing into a tree, authorities said. The Alameda County Coroner’s Office identified the man Thursday as James Israel,  58, of San Anselmo. The crash was reported about  7:43 p.m. Wednesday. Police said initial reports were that the man was in a vehicle  going westbound on University Avenue when it possibly struck some trees in the area of University Avenue and Marina Boulevard before plunging into the marina waters. Berkeley firefighters found Israel dead inside the vehicle. Police are trying to determine why he was in Berkeley. Police are continuing to investigate the crash and said speed may have been a factor. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call police traffic investigators at 510-981-5980.    
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It was a spooky but sweet night on Pitt’s campus on Tuesday. READ MORE: Fayette County Doctor Pleads Guilty To Prescribing Opioids In Exchange For SexThe university’s therapy dogs were in the Halloween spirit with one dressed up as Harry Potter, another as the scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, and even a golden retriever playing the role of the Tin Man. READ MORE: Fire Destroys Patete Kitchen And Bath's Woodshop Area, Showroom DamagedThose dogs were in the Cathedral of Learning to meet with studious students. MORE NEWS: Plum Woman Gifted New Roof After She Made Lunches For Of Students During The PandemicPitt also set up a photo booth for students to take pictures with the dogs as a study break.
    Weddings are supposed to be a day of untainted love and joy. But not so for Japan's Princess Mako, who has today renounced her royal title after going against tradition to marry her university sweetheart.  The issue has arisen because her long-term boyfriend Kei Komuro, 30, a lawyer with a New York law firm whom she met at Tokyo's International Christian University almost a decade ago, is a commoner.  By marrying him today, Mako, 30, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of reigning Emperor Naruhito, has chosen love over her title, duties as a royal, and official place within the family. Japan's strict laws of succession forbid women from ascending to the Chrysanthemum Throne and force them to give up their titles if they marry commoners.  The wedding has sent shockwaves through Japan - a country where the royal family face huge pressure to conform to tradition and meet exacting standards of behaviour, with each move intensely scrutinised.   It marks a dramatic, if slow burning, departure for the princess, a graduate of Leicester University who worked at Coventry Museums, who was...
    White House intelligence expert Fiona Hill claims she was groped while working as a waitress while she was a student at St Andrews University. Dr Hill, 56, claims she was touched inappropriately while working at the prestigious Royal and Ancient Golf Club, and says her manager then threatened to blacklist her after she made a complaint.  Former senior director in the US National Security Council Dr Hill, who shot to prominence after her testimony during the first impeachment of Donald Trump, also said one fellow student accused her of sleeping with her tutor because of her good grades. Dr Hill studied Russian and modern history at St Andrews, describing it in her new memoir as an 'exhilarating' and 'completely transformational' experience which put her 'on my life's path' in the mid-80s. She described it as a 'bubble of advantage and privilege', where peers included relatives of the Queen and children of government ministers - and recalled being described to her face as a 'common northerner.' November 2019: Former White House national security aide Dr Fiona Hill returns from a break to testify before...
    An 18-year-old freshman at the University of Kentucky may have died of alcohol poisoning after he was found unresponsive at a fraternity house Monday night. University police were called to the FarmHouse Fraternity house at around 6.22pm last night, according to the university. Thomas 'Lofton' Hazelwood, an agricultural economics major from Henderson, was found unresponsive and taken to the university's Chandler Hospital in Lexington. He was pronounced dead later that evening from what the county coroner suspects is alcohol toxicity, according to WKYT. No official cause of death has been released, but foul play is not suspected. Police continue to investigate the circumstances of his death. It remains unclear how the student was able to obtain the alcohol believed to have killed him, what he drunk, or how much.   Thomas 'Lofton' Hazelwood, 18, was found unresponsive at a University of Kentucky frat house The agricultural economics freshman was pronounced dead Monday night Hazelwood's mother Tracey called said he was an 'old soul. Such a good boy. Everybody loved him. Never left any of us without saying love you,' according to WHAS in Louisville....
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Lamar Jackson thought today was going to be another meeting with the media, but he was overjoyed and emotional when he realized his college number was getting retired. “That’s unreal. You can’t really put that in words.” “I ain’t gonna cry on camera though.” ????@Lj_Era8 was emotional when he found out @UofLFootball was retiring his jersey number. @GoCards pic.twitter.com/FRuEb1l3DI — Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 16, 2021 During his time in college, Jackson broke a number of records. One of these includes being the youngest player to win the Heisman trophy in 2016 at the age of 19 and 337 days. According to ESPN, he was also the first player to win the trophy with at least 30 touchdown passes and at least 21 rushing touchdowns. Jackson set or tied 42-single game records during his three years in Louisville. Nov. 13 is the day the number will be officially retired at the University of Louisville. Jackson is expected to attend as the Ravens play the Miami Dolphins that week.
    ORANGE (CBSLA) — Former President Bill Clinton remained hospitalized Friday at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center in Orange after being admitted earlier in the week. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seen leaving the University of California, Irvine, Medical Center in Orange, Calif., where her husband, former President Bill Clinton, is hospitalized. Oct. 15, 2021. (LLN) READ MORE: Slamming Baltimore, Gov. Hogan Lays Out $150 Million 'Re-fund The Police' PlanCNN reported Thursday that Clinton is in the ICU with a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream. Angel Ureña, the president’s spokesperson, said the 75-year-old Clinton was brought to UCI Medical Center after becoming fatigued, tweeting, “On Tuesday evening, President Clinton was admitted to UCI Medical Center to receive treatment for a non-COVID-related infection. He is on the mend, in good spirits, and is incredibly thankful to the doctors, nurses, and staff providing him with excellent care.” Video taken in the early morning hours Friday, showed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaving UCI Medical Center escorted by Secret Service agents and local police. Statement,...
                      by Ophelie Jacobson  For the first time in school history, the Communist Party at the University of Florida ran for student government using that name during the fall 2021 election. The party ran 12 students under its banner slated in various races. The party participated in last fall’s election under the name of the Progressive Party and announced in March its plans to “reinvent” itself. declaring its “Socialist Party” name would become “Communist Party” for the Fall 2021 Election. In an August 31 Facebook post, the group explained that they wanted to register for this year’s fall elections as the Socialist Party, but were unable to do so, opting instead for the Communist Party name. The party claims in the post that “political saboteurs intending to prevent us from participating in these elections registered the name ‘Socialist Party’ before we were able to do so.” “This act of political impersonation is meant to deceive voters into supporting an illegitimate and anti-socialist operation by taking our name. We have submitted a complaint to the Elections...
    A music professor from the University of Michigan has been removed from his teaching post after a student at the college complained about him showing the 1965 film Othello starring Laurence Olivier in blackface.   Bright Sheng, who teaches composition at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance in  Ann Arbor, Michigan, showed students the movie - which garnered eight Academy Award nominations - last month.  Shortly after the screening, one of those taking the class complained to higher-ups at the university.   Professor Sheng, who was born in Shanghai, China and has been at the university for 26 years, penned an apology in which he proceeded to list occasions where he had worked with 'people of color' throughout his career in an effort to display diversity, but that too was rejected by the student body.  Bright Sheng, who teaches composition at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance in Ann Arbor, Michigan, showed the 1965 film Othello starring Laurence Olivier Olivier appeared in blackface throughout the film which 'shocked' students who demanded an apology A poster of the 1965 film Sheng, who...
    Some dogs are able to learn up to a dozen new toy names in a single week, and can remember them for at least two months, according to the authors of a new study. This rate of discovery and memory retention is similar to that of a one year old chid, according to the team from Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest, Hungary.  Border Collies and German Shepherds were found to be among the more intelligent breeds taking part in the study exploring how human language is learned.   Not all dogs are able to achieve this level of intelligence, the team found, with the best coming forward as part of the 'Genius Dog Challenge' run by the researchers. The team from Hungary spent more than two years searching around the world for dogs that had learned the names of their toys - finding just six.  This is Squall, one of six dogs found from a two year search to have the ability to remember toy names for up to two months This is Nalani. This rate of discovery and memory retention is similar...
    (CNN)A new lawsuit alleges faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts perpetrated sexual abuse on minor students over the course of two decades, in the 1970s and 1980s.Former students who brought the lawsuit allege that during that time a culture of sexual abuse was "widely known" and ignored or condoned by school administrators, their lawsuit states."Sexual abuse and exploitation inflicted upon minor students at the school was not only known by students, faculty, staff and administrators at the school, but sadly was known among many of the members of the dance community nationwide," attorney Gloria Allred said in a news conference Monday.The litigation names the school, six former administrators and one dance instructor. CNN has reached out to the individuals named as defendants.The lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges administrators were negligent and that they and the instructor inflicted emotional distress. It also alleges battery by the instructor. The plaintiffs allege UNCSA failed to provide a school free from "continual sexual intimidation, abuse, exploitation and harassment."Read MoreIn response, the school issued a statement saying in part: "Simply stated,...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Students on the campus of Morgan State University are working with the American Red Cross to raise awareness for blood donations needed for people who suffer from Sickle Cell Anemia. WJZ has also partnered with the Red Cross to shed light on the critical need for blood donors in the African American community. READ MORE: Two Students Stabbed Or Cut At Annapolis High School After Several Fights Break Out, Seven Juveniles ArrestedFifty first-time blood donors donated on the campus of Morgan State University on Wednesday. “I know there is a shortage of blood donations, and, so, I thought that if I was eligible, then I should participate,” Morgan State University student Audrey Tchoufi said. The drive, put on by the American Red Cross, was a part of the organization’s fight to get more African Americans to donate blood that could be helpful for people with sickle cell disease. Sickle cell is an inherited blood disorder that primarily impacts African Americans. Those with sickle cell could need numerous blood transfusions throughout their lives to treat their disease. READ...
    Prince William got to grips with a slippery customer while visiting a petting zoo in Northern Ireland this afternoon, and admitted his children 'won't believe' he got to hold a python.    The Duke of Cambridge, 39, held the snake during a visit to Kidz Farm while touring the Ulster University Magee Campus, as the royal couple continue their mini-tour of Northern Ireland. The father-of-three quipped that his eldest son, Prince George, eight, was going to be particularly upset at the news that his dad had held the reptile.  Scroll down for video 
    On Saturday, September 18, a scathing Lincoln Project ad attacking Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was scheduled to air during ESPN's broadcast of a football game between the University of Texas and Rice University. But the ad was pulled at the last minute, and according to Guardian reporter Richard Luscombe, The Lincoln Project is trying to find out if Abbott's office somehow influenced the decision to pull the ad. "On Sunday," Luscombe reports, "the group said it intended to file a public records request with the University of Texas to see if Abbott's office influenced the decision to pull the ad." The Lincoln Project is a conservative group that has been vehemently critical of former President Donald Trump and his allies, and its anti-Abbott ad slams the Texas governor for his mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an official statement, The Lincoln Project said, "Instead of focusing on the task of keeping Texans safe from the coronavirus pandemic, it appears Abbott and his advisers are focusing their time and energy on censoring their political opponent. We're not finished with Gov. Abbott."...
    The student newspaper editorial board at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio criticized the school for allowing a pro-life group to be established on campus because it poses “a danger to the student body.” The Observer newspaper titled its editorial, “Case For Life is a danger to the student body — the failure of CWRU to protect its community.” The editorial reveals students have embraced the narrative promoted by the abortion industry, including Planned Parenthood, that promotes “bodily autonomy” for the mother but not the unborn child, which the authors refer to as a “group of cells.” The editorial says, in part: This goes to show that despite the outrage by the student body and despite the fear that Case for Life instills, the university continues to refuse to take action. To put it simply, CWRU does not care about its students. If they actually cared, they would have immediately considered concerns about the student body’s immediate safety and the broader school-community impacts, and they would have easily determined this organization to pose a danger. Case for Life may have...
                      by Ben Zeisloft  The University of Texas at San Antonio is no longer using “Come and Take It” as a football chant. In August, university President Taylor Eighmy expressed concern that “Come and Take It” is inseparably linked to political debates, including those over gun rights. The chant is emblazoned on a flag waved at UTSA’s football games and also used as a rallying cry during the fourth quarter. The phrase has roots in the Battle of the Alamo, which occurred in San Antonio and preceded the formation of the Republic of Texas. Eighmy created “task force” to explore the school’s continued usage of the “Come and Take It” imagery and on Tuesday told the university community that UTSA would cease endorsing the phrase. “After much research, consultation and deliberation, I am ending this rather young UTSA Athletics tradition at this time and will not be proceeding with the task force,” Eighmy wrote. “The matter has become a distraction from our mission and is likely to continue shifting our focus away from our work yet to be accomplished,”...
    Hundreds of pro-Taliban Afghan women attended a lecture at Kabul university today wearing in full-face veils in support of the new regime's hardline policies on gender segregation.  About 300 women - covered head-to-toe in accordance with strict new dress policies for education - waved white Taliban flags as speakers railed against the West and expressed support for the Islamists' policies. A handful wore blue burqas, which have only a small mesh window to see from, but most wore black niqabs covering most of the face apart from the eyes. Many also wore black gloves. Pictured: Afghan students listen to women speakers prior to their pro-Taliban rally outside the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul, Afghanistan, 11 September 2021 Women's rights in Afghanistan were sharply curtailed under the Taliban's 1996-2001 rule, but since returning to power last month they have claimed they will implement a less extreme rule. This time, women will be allowed to attend university as long as classes are segregated by sex or at least divided by a curtain, the Taliban's education authority has said. They must...
    A Portland State University professor who resigned in a scathing public letter in which he slammed the university for not allowing any type of thought that doesn't suit its liberal agenda has received support for his resignation.  Peter Boghossian was a full-time assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University for 10 years until his resignation letter was published on Wednesday, calling it a 'social justice factory' that drives 'intolerance of divergent beliefs'. He shared the letter with Bari Weiss, a former New York Times columnist who quit her role at the paper after claiming to encounter the same refusal to consider non-liberal ideas that Boghossian describes at PSU.  Boghossian has since received support for his letter from conservative personalities, including podcast host and former TV host Megyn Kelly, comedian Rob Schneider, Fox commentator Tammy Bruce and historian Niall Ferguson.  Fox News commentator Tammy Bruce called Boghossian 'one of the heroes among us' Historian Niall Ferguson described Boghossian's open letter as 'devastating' Comedian Rob Schneider also pledged support for Boghossian At the same time, Boghossian is wondering...
    A group of University of Texas at Austin students are suing the school for creating a 'hostile environment' by forcing members of its marching band to play in a separate group because they refuse to play the school's spirit song, 'The Eyes of Texas', at football games.   'The Eyes of Texas' was first sung in 1903 at a student-organized minstrel show, a popular form of entertainment in the early 20th century that featured white performers in blackface, in downtown Austin. It's been a source of campus-wide debate for more than a year after a summer of Black Lives Matter protests amid the killing of George Floyd - but the university stood by the song in a recent report affirming that it had 'no racist intent' and that it  'remains our alma mater.' The lawsuit, filed Friday with the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights on behalf of an anonymous group of students and the Texas chapter of the NAACP, claims the university failed to respond to the harassment of black students who opposed the song.  At games last fall, members of the...
    Gallup’s annual pre-Labor Day poll on approval of unions is out, and unions hit their highest level since 1965. Sixty-eight percent of people told the pollster they approve of unions. In 1965, 71% said they approved. The all-time high approval rating in the poll was 75%, coming in 1953 and 1957. The all-time low was 48% in 2009. While the Great Recession was understood as a reason for that 2009 low mark, the COVID-19 economy has obviously not had the same effect. That’s a fascinating shift. Also interesting: support among people aged 18 to 34 was 77%. And yet union membership is much, much lower than public support—pointing directly to how difficult both employers and U.S. labor law make it to organize. ● AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler warned the senators protecting the filibuster that their obstruction would be a problem when they’re up for reelection. ● Workers at EveryAction have unionized and management has recognized their majority sign-up. With 240 workers signing cards, it’s now the largest progressive tech union in the U.S. ● Faculty at Michigan's Oakland University went on strike this week over issues including health...
    Hundreds of students from the American University of Afghanistan met at a safe house, after receiving an email from the university informing them that they were set to be evacuated by plane from the country. The trip, however, did not go as planned, two of the students told "Fox & Friends First." "That morning we received a mobilization email regarding our immigration process," said a female student who wished to be identified only as Miss Amin. "When we reached the vicinity of the airport, we were notified about the cancelation of the operation. The airport gates were closed. There were no rescue flights for us," she said Tuesday.  JOCKO WILLINK: AFGHAN TERROR GROUPS WILL NOW BE ‘HARDER TO FIND, HARDER TO FINISH’ FOLLOWING WITHDRAWAL The students then received an email, shared with the New York Times, from the high command at Hamid Karzai International Airport, saying, "I regret to inform you that the high command at HKIA in the airport has announced there will be no more rescue flights," and asked the students and their families to go home. "It...
                      by Christian Schneider  A little more than a week ago, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced that Susan King, dean of the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, would be resigning from her position. King, who took over the dean position in 2012, announced she would be keeping the position until a replacement is named. “I believe after 10 years a new dean will bring fresh eyes, additional perspective and new energy to our school,” King wrote in her weekly newsletter to journalism school faculty. “Media — journalism, public relations and advertising — are in a state of great change,” she wrote. But the school’s official announcement made no mention of the travails the Hussman Journalism School had suffered through under King’s watch. Notably, King’s decision to recruit controversial New York Times writer, primary author of the 1619 Project and UNC alumna Nikole Hannah-Jones to the school’s faculty. At first, the school offered Hannah-Jones, who has no academic background, a five-year contract at a salary of $180,000 per year, with the option for tenure...
    (CNN)As football season kicks off this weekend, stadiums across the Southeastern Conference (SEC) return to full capacity with eager and nostalgic fans who might have missed games due to the pandemic.Dania Kalaji, a 20-year-old junior at the University of Georgia, told CNN that one of the reasons she chose to attend UGA was the atmosphere and intensity of SEC football games. "The feeling of being in that stadium with all your peers, all of your friends, even professors. It's great to see everyone sitting in the stands cheering on one team," she said. "Every single seat is filled, and it's great to know everyone is just in one place together and you really feel united with your school."Dania Kalaji, a junior at UGA, is seen at Sanford Stadium in 2020 before a game against Auburn. Kalaji, who is vaccinated, plans to attend games this season.Over the next few weeks, many students will gather at stadiums and fans will travel out of state to their alma maters to support their teams, even as the highly contagious Covid-19 Delta variant continues to spread. To...
    Jacinda Ardern has extended New Zealand's tough Covid lockdown until at least the end of the week, with Auckland set to live under stay-at-home restrictions even longer. The nation, which has had limited coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, has seen its shock outbreak grow to 107 cases after the Delta strain slipped in from a returning traveller from Covid-ravaged Sydney. Kiwi residents will only be allowed to leave home for essential work, grocery shopping, exercise or giving or receiving healthcare, with the measures set to remain in place until 11.59pm this Friday, she said. Auckland, which is at the heart of the latest outbreak, will be subject to the restrictions until at least August 31. Concern is now growing in the city after an outbreak at the Auckland University of Technology lead to seven infections. Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has extended New Zealand's tough Covid lockdown until at least the end of the week, with Auckland at the centre of the outbreak set to live under stay-at-home restrictions even longer New Zealand's outbreak has grown to 107 cases after the Delta...
    Although there are many people all over the world who think that the coronavirus pandemic It is the worst thing that has happened to them in life, the truth is that mMany have been able to turn the situation around and have used this time to discover new things that they are passionate about and find new talents in themselves. That is the case of a girl of only 4 years named Brigitte Xie and is originally from Connecticut. His incredible story just began In September 2020, when her father, a little worried about looking for an activity that would entertain his daughter, enrolled her in piano lessons. The little Brigitte started her lessons via Zoom And incredibly within weeks, both her parents and her teacher discovered that the girl really was a true virtuoso of music. It is amazing to see Brigitte playing the piano, even though her feet do not reach the floor, and perfectly reading the sheet music and playing like the real angels. “Brigitte came to me just 2 months after she was 3 years...