Category Archives: college students behaving badly

Cambridge University students vote against “Remembrance Sunday”

I was a conscientious objector, but my stand was always that there could be such a thing as “just wars” in which it would not be immoral to fight and kill. One of those just wars was World War II. (I wouldn’t fight in Vietnam because it wasn’t a just war but a useless and […]

Jazz hands as a substitute for clapping approved at the University of Manchester

A new report from the BBC and the Independent (click on screenshots below) discussed the banning of clapping at certain events by the student union at the University of Manchester, the school where Matthew Cobb teaches: BBC: The Independent:   What the papers report is that the student union at the University of Manchester has […]

University of Wisconsin students claim that the college’s ice cream is insufficiently inclusive, and marginalizes some students

When I visited the Freedom from Religion Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin a few months ago, I made a special point of visiting the dairy store at the nearby University of Wisconsin (UW)—the Babcock Dairy—which is famous for its ice cream. (The school is partly an “ag school”, with departments that teach agriculture, farming, and associated […]

Enrollment at The Evergreen State College reported to drop 50%

It’s now been about sixteen months since all the fracas happened at The Evergreen State College (TESC) in Washington State, beginning with biology professor Bret Weinstein refusing to leave campus on the “Day of Absence,” and the students calling him (and his wife, biology professor Heather Heying) racists, despite the pair’s history of anti-racist work. The […]

Former Evergreen State police chief files tort claim against the college

According to The Olympian, the newspaper of the town where The Evergreen State College resides (TESC), the College is once more facing legal action for the Control Leftism of its students—the unhinged behavior that let the students run amok with baseball bats, prevent the University President from urinating without permission, and that ultimately led to […]

UC Berkeley issues a ridiculous and biased report pretending to support free speech, but really criticizing the Right

Much more than The New York Times, the Washington Post is becoming the most visible left-wing media site that sticks up for free speech, and by that I mean it will defend purveyors of so-called hate speech  against repeated deplatformings and disruptions by the Authoritarian Left. To see this, you might want to first read […]

Students try to shut down CUNY lecture on free speech

Grania brought this tweet to my attention. Josh Blackman, an associate professor of law (and expert in Constitutional law) at the South Texas College of Law at Houston, was invited to speak by the Federalist Society at the City University of New York. Students at CUNY Law Protested and Heckled My Lecture about Free Speech […]

Nativist speaker Faith Goldy shut down at Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in Waterloo, Ontario became infamous when it threatened action against grad student Lindsay Shepherd for showing in a short video clip of Jordan Peterson in a language class Shepherd t.a.’d, despite Shepherd disagreeing with Peterson’s views. (See my reports here.) Since then Shepherd has become a free-speech activist and somewhat of […]

Free speech in colleges: a new report shows that students generally favor gutting the First Amendment

A report at Medium was highlighted in the New York Times article below (click on screenshot), which sent me to the original study on which both articles were based. I looked at the articles above a few days ago, but have largely forgotten what they said, so I’ll take the conclusions below from the original […]

Campus disinvitations: where do they come from?

The Heterodox Academy (HA) has two posts (here and here) analyzing speaker disinvitations (attempted vs. successful), as well as mild versus substantial attempts to disrupt the speaker (the former allows the speaker to give the talk, though interrupting it; the latter brings the talk to a premature close). The analysis, based on FIRE’s disinvitation database […]