Southern New Hampshire Professor Flunks Student For Saying That Australia Is A Country [Updated]

unnamedSouthern New Hampshire University is one of the burgeoning online universities that promises faster and cheaper degrees than the traditional colleges.  While there are considerable questions raised over content of these courses and the value of the degrees, SNHU insists that it is reaching a population that would not otherwise be able to attain degrees.  Ashley Arnold, 27, however, had to educate her professor that Australia is not just a continent but also a country.  Update: SNHU has fired the professor.  This type of story is particularly harmful for online universities given their perception as diploma mills.  

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College Student Accuses Spirit Airlines Of Forcing Her To Flush Her Hamster Down Toilet [Updated]

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University of Washington Sued Under Policy For Demanding $17,000 In “Security Fees” For Conservative Speaker

download-7The University of Washington  has been sued by the schools College Republicans after it demanded the payment of $17,000 in security fees for the planned speech of Oregon activist Joey Gibson of the Patriot Prayer group. The lawsuit raises an important free speech question in whether schools can effectively bar conservative speakers by insisting that free speech is not free in a financial sense.  The imposition of prohibitive costs on groups like the College Republicans is facially neutral but potentially discriminatory in practice based on the content of speech. It also creates a system that indirectly supports “the heckler’s veto.”

 

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New York High School Cancels Musical After Selection of White Girl For Lead Role

download440px-Victor_Hugo-HunchbackThe Ithaca City School District announced this week that the production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at Ithaca High School is cancelled. The reason is not funding or lack of interest or lack of talent. It is due to the fact that the student who won the right to perform the role of Esmeralda happens to be white. Her selection based on talent was denounced as racially insensitive and even cultural appropriation.  A Cornell professor applauded the students to force the closure of the musical.

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Sooners Find Evidence of A Trillion Exoplanets

download-4History has shown that if you want to find new land, ask a Sooner to find it.

Scientists at the University of Oklahoma found evidence that there are approximately 2,000 extragalactic planets for every one star beyond the Milky Way.  Some appear as small as the moon and other as large as Jupiter.  The study, published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, used information from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and a planet detection technique called microlensing.

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Stanford Debates Free Speech After Flyers Supporting Law Enforcement Are Torn Down As Hate Speech

ANTI-ICEPRO-ICEAccording to Stanford University students, one of these flyers is a public service and one is hate speech.  There is a controversy at Stanford University reported by College Fix over the distribution of the flyer on the right — a satirical jab at posters encouraging students and faculty to report any ICE activity.  It is clearly satirical and political, but some Stanford students declared it to be hate speech and filed complaints with the university that they now felt unsafe and threatened on campus. The flyers were removed by residential staff. 

 

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New York Elementary School Cancels Father-Daughter Dance As Discriminatory Against Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students

Dad Daughter DancingThere is a controversy at a Staten Island elementary school over the cancellation of the annual father-daughter dance because it was viewed violative of the new Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Student Guidelines that went into effect in March 2017.  Jared Fox, the DOE’s LGBT community liaison, is quoted as saying “Father-daughter dances inherently leave people out. Not just because of transgender status, just life in general.”

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