10/31/2003 05:47:00 PM|W|P|SDG|W|P|We've all heard some pretty lame arguments for campus "diversity" (read: race based admissions policies). Now, comes this finding from Henry Wechsler and his not so merry band of researcher/doo-gooders at Harvard University: greater diversity on college campuses significantly lowers rates of binge drinking among high-risk students. The study, in a public health journal, then goes on to suggest that these findings might be used to tweak admissions and housing policies. Wechsler, of course, takes his obligatory pot-shot at fraternities, thoughtfully played up above the fold, in paragraph three by CNN and Reuters.
So, higher levels of diversity means lower levels of binge drinking. And let's be honest, those frat guys making the nerds live in the gym just wasn't fair. So it all sounds harmless enough, right? Sure, until you start to think about the narrowness of the study. Which begs the obvious question of whether the research was designed to shed light on drinking, or just fulfill the current fashions of academia.
Now, I'll concede up front that I don't have Harvard's budget at my disposal (for some reason the Feds won't give me $350M/year to work for an institution that discriminates. [That's right, I don't work for Yale (blogged 10/19)], but here are few hypotheses that I'll offer for research.
Binge drinking would also be lower at institutions that:
have comparatively high numbers of evangelical/fundamentalist Christians
maintain high enrollment of Mormon students
enroll significantly large numbers of orthodox Jews
promote their religion departments, even at the expense of narrow "_____ studies" programs
have larger proportions of faculty (as opposed to T/As) who teach classes
make classroom teaching a meaningful part of the tenure process
require professors to teach morning classes on Fridays
regularly schedule Saturday exams
aggressively use the police to root out underage drinkers at off campus venues like houses, apartments and bars and not just fraternity houses and dorms
Anyone want to bet whether Wechsler will take me up on any of these conjectures...or whether the professoriate would support any of them if the research bore them out? Baker...Bishop...Bueller...anyone?
Years back, Yale was sued by several orthodox Jewish freshmen who objected to being forced to live, against their religious injunctions, in a co-ed dorm. The students lost because Yale's self-proclaimed need for "diversity" in its educational experience trumped the importance of their individual views. One could make a safe bet that those students - and many like them - would be less likely to engage in date-rape or binge drink. But no one was interested in that kind of conservative solution to campus issues. Wechsler's comments about fraternities - probably thought to sound like insightful, applied knowledge - reveal the study for what it is, an intemperate Halloween attempt to clothe the push for a Liberal campus hegemony and the general laziness of the professoriate in the costume of public health. |W|P|106764045197489331|W|P|Drunk and Diversity|W|P|10/27/2003 06:50:00 PM|W|P|SDG|W|P|Do you remember right back after 9/11 when it was obvious we were going to strike back at the Taliban during the fall? Do you remember how so much of the whiney chattering class and the Angry Left fretted that it might be "insensitive" to attack during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan?
Needless worrying. War during Ramadan is perfectly OK, as we found out in Iraq today. Forty-two are dead and more injured in multiple, co-ordinated terrorist attacks, including one at the headquarters of the International Red Crescent Society - don't forget that charity is part of Ramadan.|W|P|106729862416720133|W|P|Ramadan-a-ding-dong|W|P|10/26/2003 02:23:00 PM|W|P|SDG|W|P|There's a whole lot of not bloggin' goin on...today's unblog comes from Charlottesville, Virginia, where I'm travelling for work. Limited access and weird hours have me out of the loop. Sorry to the 2.581 of you who read this for not being in a position to be more assiduous.
However, I do need to recognize the Florida Marlins. Of course anyone beating the evil Yankees is a good thing. Doing it with for about one-third their payroll is superb.
Happy 95th, Elmo.|W|P|106719618314352123|W|P|On the Road...Again|W|P|10/20/2003 11:55:00 PM|W|P|SDG|W|P|I see by the Big Board over on the right side of the screen that we have a new link today for TownHall.com columnist Mike S. Adams (note to my fellow Athenians: not that Mike Adams). I'm not too proud to admit that his columns - particularly those highlighting the excesses of the PC campus - are spot on and everything I wish I was able to do with this blog (to hope, perchance, to dream).
And he's funny. Really funny.
|W|P|10667229049480526|W|P|ADAMSuper Column|W|P|10/19/2003 12:43:00 PM|W|P|SDG|W|P|Buried deep in the U.S. code is something called the Solomon Amendment, a simple little known codicil that says if you take federal research funding, you have to let the military recruit on campus. For Yale University, this means something like $300M dollars or more annually toward its operations from the Federal trough alone (FYI, Yale says that it is a private institution).
On Thursday, 44 faculty members at the Yale Law School filed suit against the Feds claiming that the Solomon Amdendment violates their first amendment rights - to wit, by "drafting" them to help fight the Pentagon's "war against gays and lesbians," says Professor Richard Burt. In English this means the faculty, who disagree with the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in military want to force JAG recruiters to sign the same non-discrimination pledge that other companies recruiting on campus are forced to sign. Repeat this pattern at Harvard and just about every other institution of higher education in the U.S.
In practical terms, Yale's faculty: 1) believes that they can force their views on other private entities, but no other entity may force its views on Yale; 2) not only considers itself entitled to more than $1 from every man, woman and child in the United States each year, but also obligated to sneer at and disregard the desires of those who substantially help pay the frieght.
Baldfaced hypocrisy, thy name is academe.
We all spent the 2000 election year mocking Bob Jones University for its sundry bizarre policies, past and present, including a ban on interracial dating. But let's give Bob Jones University credit for one thing - as odious as we consider their policies to be (or have been), they do it without a dime of taxpayer assistance. If Yale's faculty wants to run a gulag of PC re-eduction, so be it. They should just have the courage of their convictions and be a truly private university.|W|P|106658181501848243|W|P|Gimme Your $300M and Mind Your Own Beeswax|W|P|10/15/2003 08:54:00 PM|W|P|SDG|W|P|I'm on the road again for work, so posting in is a little difficult. Here are a few scattered tidbits that I've managed to run into while having infrequent connectivity.
The Palestinian Authority, the unindicted co-conspirator of the Axis of Evil, is shedding crocodile tears over the deaths of three Americans in a roadside bombling. The United States has not retaliated except to castigate Arafat for not doing anything about terror.
Can we now declare the inane "Middle East Roadmap" officially dead? I truly hope to eat these words, but you read it here first. We'll have more of these attacks on American civilians because we're not going to do anything about it.
Michelle Malkin, who's rapidly becoming one of my bloggeristic heroines, writes a searing indictment of the New York Times' sly attempt to have a media lynching of Bobby Jindal's campaign for governor in Louisiana. Jindal, a Republican, is an Indian-American. The Old Gray Lady, it seems, is out to whip back into place any person of color who dares to stray off the Liberal intellectual plantation.|W|P|106626568105058721|W|P|Roadkill on the Roadmap|W|P|10/10/2003 09:51:00 AM|W|P|SDG|W|P|An Update on the Ole Miss Mascot kerfuffle...In the days before political correctness, my chemistry teacher in high school, Dale Reynard, used to playfully taunt the class about its collective failure to answer a question by saying, "Come on people, a blind man could tap this one out with his cane."
Well, in a move that Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles could've predicted in stereo (with an acompanyment from Gene Kelly), Ole Miss has given up its hunt for a new mascot (blogged here 10/08/03). Citing anemic response to polls, lousy feedback and a lack of community support for either choice (what a shock), Chancellor Robert Khayat and Athletics Director Pete Boone announced the school's retreat. There will now be no on field mascot leaving fans Rebel fans - heaven forfend! - to actually have to watch the game instead.|W|P|106579388081557750|W|P|Rebel Without a Clue...or Mascot|W|P|10/08/2003 08:37:00 PM|W|P|SDG|W|P|The University of Mississippi is full bore now in its efforts to replace its on field athletic mascot, Colonel Rebel. Ole Miss, seeking to blunt its checkered past on race, is doing away with the ostensibly tainted Colonel Rebel (imagine the love child of a union between Colonel Sanders and Yosemite Sam). I'll admit, as much as I don't usually buy into PC moves like this, this one was probably necessary.
That said, the university's Loyalty Foundation spent $30,000.00 working with a sports imgaing company and came up with Rebel Bruiser and Rowdy Rebel as possible replacements. And not since Benjy was gamboling about Yoknapatawpha County has a less cogent, more befuddled attempt been made to give the rest of the world some insight about the state.
The former looks smugly proud about just having gotten the new double-wide level on cinder blocks while the latter bears an uncanny resemblance to Mr. Clean's younger, jockish brother carrying a football instead of a mop.|W|P|106579304542899382|W|P|Colonel Rebel, Meet Major Lame|W|P|10/07/2003 07:57:00 PM|W|P|SDG|W|P|Not to be outdone by Southern Methodist University (blogged 9/25 and 9/26), officials at Gonzaga University have now banned the word 'hate' because...yes, you got it, it's discriminatory. The campus group of Young Americans for Freedom is set to host a duly registered program on Paul Flynn's book, Why the Left Hates America.
Not content to just have the event, those crazy kids went and printed up flyers advertising the speech, including, oddly enough, the title of the book. That was too much. On today's PC campus, you can believe what you want as long as you don't actually do anything about it. In an officious letter to the group's president the school cited anonymous concerns about the "strength" of the word 'hate' and its appropriateness to the university setting. The feelings were so strong that the same anonymous faculty and students were compelled to tear down the flyer (a violation of Gonazaga policy).
So, who's being warned to watch what they do? You got it, the students who followed the rules, not those who tore down the flyers. But, then, the rules really don't apply to everyone. Just to those whom the campusocracy deems unfit to have the same rights that they themselves enjoy in the larger society. What other explanation is there for censoring these students while, at the same time, Gonzaga itself issues a press release, including the title of Flynn's book, on its own website?
A search on the word 'hate' conducted on Gonzaga's website turned up 16 pages with the word, most dating to June 2002. Either "hate" has taken on a radical new meaning in Spokane, Washington in 16 months or Gonzaga has embraced a radical new version of censorship - its own little Index Librorum Prohibitorum.
|W|P|106557104870175466|W|P|Campus Free Speech: Going, Going, Gonzaga!|W|P|10/03/2003 03:22:00 PM|W|P|SDG|W|P|VDH words 'em up on Iraq (blogged 9/21/03), now he lays it down 'bout the Ivory Tower. Geez, he's good. This is about 10 pages, but well worth the read. |W|P|106520894411459336|W|P|Victor Davis Hanson = VDH = The Man, v. II|W|P|10/02/2003 05:25:00 PM|W|P|SDG|W|P|I won't even bother making a link to one of the news stories about Rush Limbaugh's comments regarding Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. Everyone knows. The only surprise to me, really, is that I've heard nary a peep from Jesse Jackson about it. Maybe there's a reason for that.
Jackson, of course, is usually one of the first tired faces to open his pie-hole and make just about anything involving an African-American into some sort of sinister, racially driven plot. Most of the time, of course, it is nothing of the sort. But, at its rudiments, isn't that what this whole Limbaugh brouhaha is about?
The fatuous Limbaugh is simply having a shared hallucination with Jackson - seeing conspirators hiding in every pressbox, making decisions to discriminate (maliciously or munificently) based on race. Does anyone not popping OxyContin really think McNabb to be the beneficiary of some covert beneficent scheme because he's black? Quoth Charlie Brown: Good grief!
Freud famously commented, "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar." Jesse, Rush: sometimes a black man is just a black man - neither a victim, nor a cause celebre. Not everything in the United States revolves around race. Deal with it.
Oh, and guys, please, if you're going to scream about conspiracy theories, call Oliver Stone first. At least his scripts are interesting.|W|P|106512992171633476|W|P|No Rush, but Hurry...and Shut Up!|W|P|10/01/2003 06:53:00 PM|W|P|SDG|W|P|For those of you that thought you had to suck up to "Q" to get one of those nifty, flame-throwing cars that all the cool secret agents are driving, your deliverance is at hand! Forget the Segway. This is "it."|W|P|106504878385806338|W|P|Eat Your Heart Out 007|W|P|10/01/2003 10:10:00 AM|W|P|SDG|W|P|Until about three minutes ago, I had no idea there was such a thing as a transgendered lesbian (a woman who was born a man, had sex-charge surgery to become a woman and is sexually attracted to women). I stand enlightened.
Not only are there such people, but there are enough of them to protest being excluded from Lesfest 2004.
I see special interest housing at Wesleyan University in the very near future.|W|P|106501740103051597|W|P|Girls Who Were Boys Who Like Girls Like They're Girls|W|P|