On the Campus

A water drop and ripples

Yale’s administrative bloat was predictable and possibly by design.

By Justin Katz | November 11, 2021 |

At Ivy League Yale University, according to Mike LaChance on Legal Insurrection, administrators outnumber faculty and match undergraduate students one for one. This development was predictable.  The government poured money into the industry.  Competent faculty members were already not difficult to find, so the money was able to go elsewhere, and administrators making decisions about unneeded…

A water drop and ripples

Wendy Schiller may be the most aptly named political science professor in the country.

By Justin Katz | November 8, 2021 |

If her analysis in the news is essentially Democrat spin, what does she teach in the classroom? Schiller also said Biden brings a restoration of “stability” and “predictability” to the presidency: “He seems to me to have a moral fortitude where he is really certain that what he’s trying to do is the right thing…

A water drop and ripples

New England progressives are schizophrenic when it comes to Asians.

By Justin Katz | November 4, 2021 |

I’ll admit that WBUR’s tweet calling the campaign for mayor of Boston on Tuesday caught my eye for reasons of humorous wordplay: RACE CALL: Michelle Wu (@wutrain) makes history, as the first woman and person of color elected to lead the city of Boston. Get it? What excites them is, in large part, her race,…

Mike Stanton tweets about Michael Flynn

Is Stanton a journalism professor or a town gossip?

By Justin Katz | November 1, 2021 |

Mike Stanton is a former Providence Journal reporter who now teaches journalism at the University of Connecticut.  He’s also something of a case study in how Twitter has exposed the ideological nature and lack of objective intellectual rigor in journalism these days. This time, the evidence he provides for this proposition has to do with one…

A water drop and ripples

Universities don’t really believe their “all students should feel safe” talk.

By Justin Katz | October 28, 2021 |

With some variation depending on role and discipline, college professors should enjoy wide latitude to speak their minds, but at the very least, this story proves the talk about valuing all people and their comfort and despising racism in all its forms is just that… talk: Controversial Rutgers associate professor and author Dr. Brittney Cooper…

A hooded man in shadows

Hate Crime Statistics and Dysfunction on the Campus

By Justin Katz | October 27, 2021 |

Founding broad, university-wide policies in ideological imperatives that make little pretense to a factual basis, academic institutions are convincing young Americans that they live in a society that does not actually exist.

A water drop and ripples

The phrasing of justice at URI is frightening.

By Justin Katz | October 26, 2021 |

The Providence Journal has mildly more detail on the saga of the University of Rhode Island student currently watching his life destroyed because a sent a stupid and racist message to a celebrity football player, and it’s kind of chilling: [Vice President of Student Affairs Kathy] Collins said the person in question is allowed to accept…

John Carlevale and Beth Leconte on State of the State

State of the State: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at URI

By John Carlevale | October 19, 2021 |

Beth Leconte, Director of R.I.’s chapter of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) talks with host John Carlevale. 

The Carmagnole (Dance Around the Guillotine) by Kathe Kollwitz

URI is helping a powerful celebrity destroy the life of one of its students.

By Justin Katz | October 19, 2021 |

It’s never an easy call to side with people on principled grounds when you vehemently disagree with something mind-blowingly stupid and offensive they’ve done or said, especially in an environment prone to witch hunts and cancellations.  But that’s the sort of thing principled people have to do in a free society. So, I have no…

A water drop and ripples

The Cultural Revolution comes to UMass Amherst.

By Justin Katz | October 7, 2021 |

It’s not a good sign when vague, anonymous allegations on the Internet against an unnamed member of a group lead to violent attacks on that group’s residence: Recent online sexual assault allegations against Theta Chi at the University of Massachusetts Amherst resulted in raucous protests that included flipping a car and injuring a member of…