Northwestern Dean Discourages Professors From Contacting Reporters After Free Beacon Exposé

The dean of Northwestern University's law school discouraged professors from contacting reporters after a Washington Free Beacon exposé of the school's online diversity training. In an email obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon, interim dean James Speta said that "certain corners of the Internet" have "mischaracterized" an online diversity training in which administrators confessed their own racism and said that faculty and staff should not have discussed the incident with reporters. Recent Stories in Campus "Although I am not naive about technology and the privacy challenges presented in larger group and virtual events, I consider the circulation of a screenshot from the community conversation, particularly without accurate context, to be a breach of trust," Speta said. "We had hoped not to dignify these mischaracterizations with a response." Speta also said the reports had harmful effects on both individual members of the law school community and the community as a whole but maintained that the training was justified. "While the breach of trust and mischaracterization on the Internet might seek to exploit our community's important and impactful event, they have instead brought attention to our meaningful commitment to address racial injustice," Speta's email reads. "I stand by what we are doing." Following the Free Beacon‘s report, Speta refused to release the recording of the virtual event to the law school community. A Northwestern insider—who spoke to the Free Beacon on the condition of anonymity—said that the school normally records events for those who cannot attend, especially since the start of the pandemic. The same insider also said that the number of administrators and faculty members who "admitted" to racism was higher than reported but that those with proof are too fearful to share any information with the press. During the online diversity seminar, at least three administrators called themselves racists, with one referring to herself as a "gatekeeper of white supremacy." A viral screenshot of the event angered both current students and alumni, who said the school was capitulating to a handful of activists. Northwestern's student newspaper faced a similar charge last year. In November 2019, the Daily Northwestern apologized for covering student demonstrations after protesters alleged that posting photos of the protests "hurt students." The paper also apologized for using the university's directory to contact students for interviews—a standard practice in journalism. Northwestern University did not respond to requests for comment. 

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Columbia University Marching Band Votes to Dissolve Itself, Citing Accusations of “Assault, Theft, Racism”

Columbia University’s marching band voting unanimously on Monday to dissolve itself following allegations of sexual harassment and racism against several of its members and citing "the injury it has caused to our members and the broader Columbia community." The vote followed a town hall the band held over the weekend during which band members, according to a statement released by the organization, "discuss[ed] numerous anonymous postings and allegations of sexual misconduct, assault, theft, racism, and injury to individuals and the Columbia community as a whole." The move comes after band members wrote to the organization's board of directors arguing that the band's "alleged traditions of misconduct" were ingrained in the band's culture and calling on the board to disband the organization, according to Columbia's student newspaper. Recent Stories in Campus The band, founded over a century ago in 1904, said that it plans to release a "more thorough apology" as well as a roadmap for its dissolution in the coming days. "For many, the damage experienced at the hands of the CUMB may be irreparable, and the Band will not be asking for or expecting any forgiveness," the statement said. The Columbia administration stripped the band of university funding in 2017 after band members stormed the university library.

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University of Chicago English Department to Only Accept Grad Students Interested in Black Studies

The University of Chicago's English department will only accept graduate school applicants interested in "Black Studies" for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. The post University of Chicago English Department to Only Accept Grad Students Interested in Black Studies appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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N.Y. High School Teacher Hands Out Cartoon Likening Police to KKK

A high school teacher in Westchester County, New York, passed out a political cartoon to students that compared police to the KKK, the New York Post reported. Westlake High School teacher Christopher Moreno passed out a five-paneled political cartoon depicting slave traders and owners, the KKK, and police officers kneeling on the necks of black people to his 11th-grade U.S. History and Government class on Sept. 8. The cartoon was attached to an assignment about the goals and purposes of the Black Lives Matter movement. Recent Stories in Culture The cartoon passed out by teacher Christopher Moreno Student Nicole Paternostro told the Post she thought Moreno’s lesson plan was overtly biased against police and called the cartoon "disgusting." "The cartoon was disgusting. It compared the police with all the terrible people in history," Paternostro said. "It was not fair. It wasn’t right." Paternostro’s mother, Ania, sent a letter to the school district's administration and called the lesson "brainwashing." "We don't need a teacher brainwashing my kids," Ania Paternostro told the Post. "I'll teach my kids about what's right and what's wrong." Mount Pleasant School District superintendent Kurt Kotes told parents he would investigate the matter. A summer of racial justice and anti-police protests has heightened debates over the approach to teaching race and history in America’s classrooms. In August, one Illinois state congressman called on the state to halt all history instruction until experts could create a new, racially conscious curriculum. Meanwhile, a national dispute continues over the implementation of the New York Times’s controversial 1619 Project in classrooms: While the Pulitzer Center has distributed curriculum based on the reporting to thousands of schools, many scholars contest the accuracy of the story—which led President Donald Trump to threaten to cut federal funding to schools that use the 1619 Project in their curriculum.

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This Week In Campus Insanity Vol. 10

Welcome back to Campus Insanity, a weekly roundup of the craziest developments at our nation's 4,000-plus institutions of higher education. 6. University of Rhode Island to Remove World War II Memorials Because They Show Too Many White People | The College Fix  The University of Rhode Island will remove two murals depicting WWII veterans after the school’s administration received complaints that the individuals depicted in the murals are "predominantly white." Recent Stories in Campus 5. Northwestern Law Administrators Confess Their Racism in Online Diversity Session | Washington Free Beacon  Administrators at Northwestern University Law School denounced their alleged racism in an online diversity training session. 4. Syracuse Prof Warned Students He Does Not Tolerate Support for President Trump | Campus Reform  Syracuse University professor Mark Rupert warned students that he would not tolerate conservative and Republican perspectives in his classroom, specifically from students who support President Donald Trump’s "hateful ideas." 3. University of Michigan Apologizes For Apparent Segregation of Student Events | Washington Free Beacon The University of Michigan-Dearborn apologized for its framing of two online events that appeared to be segregated by race, claiming their initial descriptions were misleading. 2. Rhode Island Professor: ‘Nothing Wrong With' Murder of a Trump Supporter from a Moral Perspective | Campus Reform  University of Rhode Island professor Eric Loomis said there was "nothing wrong with" the murder of right-wing protester Aaron "Jay" Danielson "from a moral perspective" because, he claimed, Danielson was a fascist. 1. Palestinian Hijacker to Speak at San Francisco State University | Fox News San Francisco State University will host terrorist Leila Khaled, who participated in a plane hijacking in 1969, for a panel on "Gender, Justice, and Resistance" on Sept. 23. Want more Campus Insanity? Read Vol. 9 here. If you have any suggestions for our Top 6 stories please email chrissy@freebeacon.com & nester@freebeacon.com. 

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