Lunacy in action

Lunatic alert: this time in Ithaca, NY at Cornell University campus. How dumb can a dean be? See the article.

“Scaffido casually endorses inviting an ISIS “freedom fighter’’ to conduct a “training camp” for students at the upstate Ithaca campus — bizarrely likening the activity to a sports camp.” – NY Post

Obviously he is a top contender for some kind of award from academia. That probably deserves one, to malign them as “freedom fighters” when they are anything but.

Elections have consequences

Cornell students erupt over healthcare fee; ‘elections have consequences’ messages pour in

February 14, 2015 by Carmine Sabia | BizPac Review

Sometimes, the best education is the one life gives you.

Students at the prestigious but liberal-leaning Cornell University found that out the hard way last week, when they stormed the office of school President David Skorton to protest a modern-day example of socialism at work.

On Feb. 5, Skorton posted a memo on the school’s website notifying students that all who opt out of Cornell’s health care program next year will be charged a $350 fee, Fox News reported.

Obamacare requires all students to have health insurance, but those already covered are also forced to pay the opt-out fee. And they’re none too pleased.

“Effective next academic year, 2015-16, we will be introducing a student health fee for those not enrolled in the Cornell Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP),” Skorton’s memo said. “As a physician, parent and president, I am proud of our university’s long history of providing quality medical, mental health, education and prevention services on campus. These essential services play a critical role in student well-being and, therefore, success. Yet funding these services — and creating access to them for all students — has been a growing fiscal challenge, and a personal concern of mine.”

About 150 students protested the move by staging an old-fashioned sit-in at Skorton’s office and a main administrative building on Monday, while others turned to 21st century hashtag activism on Twitter with the #fightthefee rallying cry, according to The College Fix student newspaper.

It didn’t take long, though, for some who found irony in the situation to hijack the hashtag, including these tweeters: see

Read more: http://www.bizpacreview.com/2015/02/14/cornell-students-erupt-over-healthcare-fee-elections-have-consequences-messages-pour-in-179625

“We’ve been lied to!” — Welcome to the club. That’s the understatement of the year.

 

Ivy Leagues: Activism is US

All about feelings: Ivy League law students now too ‘traumatized’ over Ferguson to take exams

By Jennifer Harper – The Washington Times – Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It is a new educational phenomenon: Ivy League law students at three major universities – Columbia, Harvard and Georgetown University – are now exempt from taking final exams if they feel “traumatized” by the grand jury decisions made in Ferguson and New York City. The students are also being offered counseling if they need it.

A few professors with impressive credentials now have a few questions.

“The decision to allow students selectively to postpone exams as a result of emotional upset over the Ferguson and Garner grand jury decisions shows, once again, how far law schools have strayed from their mission. Few if any of the students complaining talk about the evidence, the forensics, the law that might have justified the grand jury rulings. Instead, it’s all about them and their emotions. Are we training students to think and act as lawyers, or emotional activists?” asks William Jacobson, professor of law, Cornell University Law School and a Harvard Law alumnus himself. [Read more>]

Original Harvard seal

 

Okay the facts are in and survey says, let’s cut them a break for protest-grand jury-anxiety. Maybe this can be a new disease? Though the disease is actually in the Ivy Leagues, and seems to be highly contagious.

Here is my conclusion I have been dying to get off my chest. There has been a lot of hand wringing and outrage about this phenomena. But why, why should it surprise anyone? People wonder why?

The reason or motive is likely the key. They do it to encourage student participation in protests. Doubt that? Well, we’ve already seen public school students participating, with their teachers. Even school districts’ buses have been used to shuttle the protestors to protests. (the first time one of these is in an “accident” there will be big trouble)

Field trips to protests and rallies are now almost a staple.(Move over ‘pep rallies’– its the Democracy, stupid.) Remember Wisconsin? It’s better than a museum visit, and kids just love them. How good does it look to have children/youth in on the protest action? It lends academic legitimacy.

Further doubt the incorporated, shall we say indoctrinated, activism on campuses available on demand? I’ve already chronicled the anti-Semitism activity encouraged on campuses. They have summer camps teaching the finer trade to ambitious academics — on organizing BDS movements and protests — for export to college campuses across the country. You too can be a radical. They are sponsored by the usual cast. Maybe they can get pre-schools and Head Starts in on the action by next year? Sky’s the limit.

So I ask why should this pattern surprise anyone? It is not-so-subtle encouragement.

Feel the love….or in their case, feel the hate.

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