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After Emory: Will University Presidents Tell Thin-Skinned Students the Truth About Feelings?

"Trump 2016" is not an act of violence.

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University presidents need to do the right thing and stop sheltering students from the harshness of the real world. So says Instapundit Glenn Reynolds in his latest USA Today column, which quotes Jesse Singal, Conor Friedersdorf, and me on "the chalking" at Emory University: 

If I were to offer one piece of advice to university presidents, it would be to watch the scene from The Social Network in which Harvard President Larry Summers tells the Winklevoss twins to grow up and stop complaining about the actions of other students. "This action," says Summers, "the two of you being here, is wrong." 

That's precisely the response that university presidents should give to students who come, claiming fear and trembling, to see university presidents because they're unhappy with the speech of other students. Instead, all too often, these students are indulged in a way that the Winklevoss twins were not, with consequences for the university, for higher education — and, actually for the complaining students themselves — that are likely to prove disastrous. 

The latest example of this phenomenon can be found at Emory University in Atlanta. 

Emory students, you might recall, thought chalk scribblings of "Trump 2016" constituted literal violence, even though the expression is clearly political speech. (In fairness, the perpetrator did violate the private university's rules on public displays, however.) Emory's president, James Wagner, offered only a tepid endorsement of free speech while doing everything in his power to assuage the hurt-feelings of protesters. 

This is a mistake, writes Reynolds: 

When students at Emory University — annual cost of attendance, $63,058 per year — act so foolishly , and worse, are indulged by those who are supposed to supply adult guidance, it gives the appearance that higher education is largely a waste of societal resources. That's not a good place to be, right now. University presidents, take note. 

Full thing here

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  1. Is that a hashtag or a… *faints*

    1. I just got that. Very nice. Hail Soave!

    2. I’ll take Charles Nelson Reilly for the block.

    3. Someone needs to secretly record the Reason staff at these cocktail parties.

      1. Record? Hell, I want to go to one!

      2. Are you cosmo enough for an invite?

        1. No…but I’d crash it if I could!

  2. Expecting the administration which, to a degree, has incubated this lunacy, to suddenly tell students to get a grip seems disconnected to reality. Wasn’t it Yale where a couple of seasoned professionals were basically forced out for daring tell the snowflakes to ‘deal with it’ at Halloween?

    The only solution seems like what is happening at places like Mizzou – parents actually being adults and saying they will not send their money in any way to a place that indulges in lunacy. People tend to get involved when their parochial interests are threatened. I imagine many saw that Mizzou president’s ouster as an outlier though if one knows anything about SJWs, those sorts of things only galvanize them. When the wolves are at your door, it’s too late.

    1. The only solution seems like what is happening at places like Mizzou – parents actually being adults and saying they will not send their money in any way to a place that indulges in lunacy.

      For state schools, the legislature/governor can also serve as adult supervision.

      And think how sad that is: that we are looking at elected officials to be the adults in the room.

      1. “…For state schools, the legislature/governor can also serve as adult supervision.”

        RC, let me introduce you to moonbeam and his cohorts in Sacramento….

    2. I was talking to a dem the other day about Mizzou. She firmly believed that the protests weren’t responsible for Mizzou’s smaller incoming freshman class. Her reason and I quote was “Protests can happen anywhere”. Just had to share that with some people that would appreciate it.

      1. Leftists can never admit their failures. It’s always someone else’s fault. See Detroit, Flint, California, etc

      2. Quebec nationalists and their separatist dreams had a huge negative impact on Montreal’s slow slide. Once upon a time Montreal and Toronto were close in stature. Then 1976 came – the election of Parti Quebecois – and the city never recovered – and I bet never will.

        Obviously, nationalists will never admit this and lay blame elsewhere. Of course, they’re wrong.

  3. but the school needs 28 diversity officers, 5 micro-aggression compliance officers, 17 managers and supervisors, 32 title IX enforcers, etc

    This is all by design. SJSU now has more administrators than teachers. Maybe we could pay teachers more if not for all the bloat, but nahhhhhhh

    1. as an exercise, point this administrative bloat to anyone you know who either whines about “teachers don’t get paid enough” or complains about school funding. What you see is not limited to that institution. The non-teaching work force has grown significantly at most public colleges and universities, and at the K-12 level.

    2. Social Justice State University?

    1. I bet he wrote it while sucking down a cocktail. I AM OUTRAGED!

      1. No alcohol on beach. Robby doesn’t strike me as a big rule-breaker.

        1. Maybe at your fascist beach.

    2. It’s possibly the greatest alt-text in the history of this site.

    3. Most excellent, indeed.

      1. Score: 10/10

    4. “Who trolls the trolls?”

    5. Wow, I’d miss that little piece of greatness. Bravo Rob, this round goes to you.

  4. $63k a year?! It’s there a correlation between increased cost of a school and a lower quality of education ?

    1. Quarter of a million bucks plus four years not earning anything gets you a degree from that Eloi hatchery.

      1. Whatever they are, they’re not Eloi. Eloi are beautiful.

        -jcr

  5. “It was deliberate intimidation,” one student, freshman Jonathan Peraza, told The Daily Beast’s Lizzie Crocker. “Some of us were expecting shootings. We feared walking alone.”

    “I think it was an act of violence,” said another student, Lolade Oshin. “It was an active threat, intentionally meant to create opposition on campus and to segregate groups on campus that are already segregated.”

    Jonathan and Lolade, please get help.

    Even if you’re just fucking with us.

    1. What I find impressive is that they were able to say this with a straight face.

  6. It won’t happen. At least not with Trump involved, and possibly later folks too. Progressives on the left have really seemed to buy into the idea that they are fighting the next Hitler whole hog. Pretty much anything is justified in this fight (look at the shutting down highways that has already concerned). They’ll buy any argument as long as they see it as a win in the fight against Trump.

    1. They revel in this shit – Trump is the present they’ve been waiting for all their lives.

  7. Larry Summers got his misogynistic ass fired for having an unpopular opinion, so I doubt listening to even the Sorkin’ed version of Larry Summers will net you a positive result.

    1. Wasn’t his “misogyny” based in citing inconvenient statistics?

      1. Numbers are part of the patriarchal ideological superstructure.

      2. No, everybody agreed about the statistics on the gender gap in hard sciences. What he got called misogynistic for was suggesting that part of the gap may be caused by inherent differences between the genders on average.

  8. The Social Network in which Harvard President Larry Summers tells the Winklevoss twins to grow up and stop complaining about the actions of other students.

    Just a side note, wasn’t The Social Network an Aaron Sorkin affair? And isn’t Aaron Sorkin kind of an anti-internet, anti facebook curmudgeon? And by extension were the Winklehimerflossenscheuller twins portrayed as heros?

    “I’m sorry that it did [bother him]. I get it completely. I know that I wouldn’t want a movie made about the things I did when I was 19 years old, so I get it. Actually, I didn’t set out to hurt his feelings.”

    Note that Sorkin wasn’t apologizing to Zuckerberg for falsehoods in the movie (the point Zuckerberg was directly making), but apologizing for hurting him with truthiness.

    1. And ironically (or not), Summers was canned for noticing that more men than women were in science curricula.

  9. I still think these kids need to experience genuine strife so that they gain a frame of reference. Can we pull their trust funds for a couple of months so they can learn what it is to be a student living on ramen and peanut butter for a semester? Maybe when they can’t afford to be a sanctimonious gender-neutral vegan the perspective of the world will change.

  10. Aaaaaaaaand I don’t think university presidents are so much out for the students’ best interest as they are for their own. Plus, who wants a horde of whiny students camped out with signs and bullhorns on his lawn? It’s easier to humor, coddle and appease than to wake a bitch up with a cold dose of real world how-it-is.

    Got me thinking: How about a new ice bucket challenge for today’s youth. Challenge each other to have private sector employers dump icy water on their resumes on the twitters or some shit.

    1. Doesn’t the private sector dump icy water on their resumes every time they apply to a job expecting to make the high dollar fresh out of college with six figures in loan debt with a dodgy degree?

      1. But they don’t put it on social media. Or maybe they do.

        1. No, the college kids put it on social media.

      2. That all depends on how influential their parents are. Can’t let the little snowflakes fail after all.

    2. The president’s job is to keep the $$ rolling in – that’s it. Keeping these brats happy is a part of that, because it means Fedbucks.

      1. Keeping these brats happy is a part of that, because it means Fedbucks.

        Doesn’t seem to be working that way in Missouri.

      2. Yeah, the parents are probably as bad if not worse. They no doubt want their little snowflakes behaviors indulged.

    3. It’s easier to humor, coddle and appease than to wake a bitch up with a cold dose of real world how-it-is.

      In the short term, I suppose. In the long run, no fucking way.

  11. I just came here to say I’m drinking a Sam Adams [ or three ] .That is all.

  12. Get Your Self A Sierra Nevada Torpedo, for Heavens sake!

    1. Do not mess with Sam.

    2. I’ve been diging the Torpedo lately. Good stuff. I think I have a few left, now that I think of it.

    1. I’m glad people are yelling for thar guy to wake up and get back to work. Damn lazy immigrant. Cross isn’t going to carry itself.

  13. When students at Emory University ? annual cost of attendance, $63,058 per year ? act so foolishly , and worse, are indulged by those who are supposed to supply adult guidance, it gives the appearance that higher education is largely a waste of societal resources.

    Emory sure as fuck is.

  14. “Triggering” complaints should be triggering expulsions. Teach them that the real world don’t give a shit and Honey Badger Don’t Care.

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