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Stanford permits 'anti-Muslim' conservative speaker...but not without SHARP condemnation

Administrators at Stanford University wrote an open letter denouncing a conservative speaker visiting its campus, but still allowed him to speak on campus Tuesday night.

Susie Brubaker-Cole, vice provost for student affairs and Tiffany Steinwert, dean of religious life, co-authored a blog post criticizing conservative podcaster Andrew Klavan of The Daily Wire for his “anti-Muslim sentiment.” The Stanford administrators wrote that, in a YouTube video, Klavan “distorts the tenets of the Muslim faith, equating Islam with violence and barbarism.”

“We stand firmly against vilification of Islam,” the administrators wrote.

In the video, Klavan says “a proper reading of the Quran reveals that jihad is a spiritual struggle during which a Muslim attempts to rise to a higher plain of consciousness, by slaughtering unbelievers, raping their women, taking over their civilizations, and persecuting and oppressing them until they’re all dead.”

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Brubaker-Cole and Steinwert also expressed dismay with flyers from Klavan’s host, the Stanford College Republicans, being featured at the Markaz, which is the school’s Muslim community center.

“This is unacceptable behavior that undermines our community values,” the administrators said.

They said that they “understand it can be deeply frustrating and painful to see speakers invited to campus whose ideologies disparage members of our community,” but encouraged students to stand “in solidarity even in the face of hatred and slander.”

Brubaker-Cole and Steinwert conclude the blog by saying “together we can be and do better.”

The Stanford College Republicans told Campus Reform that it was not surprised when first seeing the letter, but disgusted. 

“The administration reverted to its typical tactic of distorting the views of our speaker (Andrew Klavan in this case) and whitewashing the legitimate criticism of Islam that Mr. Klavan did actually provide,” a Stanford College Republicans spokesman said.

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The chapter also responded to accusations of ill intent when hanging posters for the event in the Muslim community center, stating that the admi

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=12237

Former prof forced to stop talking after criticizing academic senate pres. (AUDIO)

A former professor was forced to stop talking during a public comment section of an early May Santa Barbara City College academic senate meeting after she criticized the president-elect of the senate.

Celeste Barber, a former adjunct professor at SBCC, went to an academic senate meeting to voice her concerns about SBCC professor and the senate’s new president-elect, Raeanne Napoleon. Napoleon, according to Barber, was part of the group of people who tried to stop her from saying the Pledge of Allegiance at a board of trustees meeting back in January.

[RELATED: College scraps Pledge of Allegiance over ‘white nationalism,’ then reinstates]

Barber stated her opposition to Napoleon, but Patricia Stark, the current academic senate president, interrupted her, saying that the senate code of ethics forbids personal attacks.

The former professor said that she was not making a personal attack before describing her experience at the January meeting. 

“I was recognized during public comment, I was there lawfully, within 30 seconds of my speaking, [Napoleon] interrupted me, she attempted to shout me down,” Barber said before she was again interrupted by Stark, who said Barber was “out of order,” according to audio of the meeting.

“I am not out of order, this is a public comment, I have a right to speak here,” Barber responded. [Napoleon] violated my First Amendment right.”

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The former professor told Campus Reform that Stark then dismissed the senate into a three-minute recess and said Stark was going to call security to remove her.

Barber told Campus Reform that under the Brown Act of California, public criticism of elected officials is allowed, and argued she was not violating any policy.

[RELATED: Rob Lowe is ‘humiliated’ by Pledge of Allegiance ‘idiocy’ at Calif. College (VIDEO)]

According to a fact sheet on the Brown Act by the League of California Cities, the act does cover “school boards and boards of trustees of special districts." Barber suggested that it was hypocritical for the academic senate to call security on her, considering that nobody called security when she was verbally attacked in January.

“When I was attacked in January, and that was very, very serious, nobody called security at t

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=12233

Lawrence Jones: SAT 'adversity score' is 'insulting,' implies 'people like me' can't make it

Campus Reform Editor-in-Chief Lawrence Jones joined Fox & Friends Friday morning to discuss, among other topics, the SAT beginning to assign students an "adversity score," which will factor in students' social and economic hardships. 

As Campus Reform reported Thursday, the College Board, which oversees the college admissions test known as the SAT, will take into account 15 different factors when determining the student's "adversity score," which the students themselves will not even be able to see. The College Board and supporters of the "adversity score" have touted it as a way of leveling the playing field for disadvantaged students. Jones disagrees. 

"This is not leveling the playing field. This is a savior complex. This is identity politics," Campus Reform's editor-in-chief said. "The fact that they think they can judge people based on where they come from, the color of their skin,  and what they went through, I think is insulting. It's essentially saying, people who come from those backgrounds, people like me, cannot make it and I think we warned America that this was going to happen and no one paid attention." 

[RELATED: WSJ: SAT set to assign 'adversity scores']

Jones continued by advocating to fix the education system on the local level as an alternative to the "adversity score."

"We're about to create a workforce where people aren't qualified but the universities don't care because guess what, they still get the money," Jones said, while later asking, "why are we pushing college so much still when a lot of these college students that graduate with a degree still can't get jobs."

"They did not think this through," Jones said. He then zeroed in on how students will not even be able to see their own "adversity scores."

"Anything that's done in secret is very shady," Jones said. 

As for the College Board, it told Fox News, "the ECD doesn't provide information about the student; it provides information about the student's environment. It puts a student's SAT score and other academic accomplishments in the context of where they live and learn..."



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MAP: Campus backlash against Chick-fil-A spreads nationwide

In recent months, and over the course of the past few years, there has been a trend on college campuses across the country to ban or otherwise disparage the popular fast food chain, Chick-fil-A.

Chick-fil-A is known for its conservative Christian founder, Truett Cathy, and the company’s traditional values. The family-run business’ corporate purpose reads: “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A.”

The largest public criticism against the chicken company has been its donations to traditional organizations such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which is not supportive of those identifying as LGBT. 

Given the number of controversies cooked up by students and faculty across the country over Chick-fil-A, Campus Reform created a map showing the locations of colleges where the chicken chain has come under fire. 

California Polytechnic State University

Last week, faculty members at Cal Poly passed a resolution through the academic senate to kick the Chick-fil-A restaurant off campus with one vice-chair member comparing the popular chain to Hooters and pornography, claiming that those companies move counter to the college’s values.

The Chick-fil-A has been a dining option at Cal Poly for 25 years and is currently under contract with the university for four more years.

[RELATED: Cal Poly faculty call for Chick-fil-A ban; compare chicken chain to porn, Hooters]

Trinity University

In early May, the student government at Trinity University passed a resolution to ban Chick-fil-A from campus on the grounds of the chain’s “anti-LGBT+” ties.

Despite the efforts of the student body, the Trinity administration sent a campus-wide email declaring: “We do not make vendor decisions based on their political or religious beliefs” adding that the chicken restaurant is “a preferred vendor by students and the broader Trinity community.”

[RELATED: Texas Christian college student gov votes to ban Chick-fil-A]

Rider University

The New Jersey college ran into some issues in Nov. 2018 when deciding what restaurant to bring to campus. Rider University released a survey asking students to pick their preferred dining experience, which included several options, including Chick-fil-A. 

When Chick-fil-A emerged as the student

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=12235

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