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Colleges Cancelled Exams for Students Traumatized by Trump's Election

Lack of ideological diversity left campuses unprepared to cope with reality.

ElectionJUSTIN LANE/EPA/NewscomSo it begins: American college campuses are currently experiencing a collective freak-out over the impending Trump presidency. Professors and administrators have cancelled exams and sent messages of support to students feeling traumatized by the election results.

A University of Michigan psychology professor delayed an exam until next week and wished students good fortune during this "tumultuous time." Some Columbia University professors postponed midterms as well. A University of Connecticut professor excused students from attending class. And at Yale University, one professor decided to make an upcoming exam optional.

Administrators were quick to reassure students that universities offer myriad counseling options.

"This election has been unusual in that specific statements were made about various groups of people who often feel marginalized and unsafe," wrote Northwestern University Vice President Patricia Telles-Irvin in a campuswide email. "Partisan, inflammatory statements unfortunately seem to be part of modern campaign rhetoric, but they cause real wounds. As we move beyond a divisive election, we therefore recognize the need for healing of those wounds. With this in mind, we want to extend support to those students who are experiencing difficulty at this time."

Students, predictably, were apoplectic. Cornell University students held a "cry-in." Loyola University and Byrn Mawr College students demanded the cancelling of classes, citing exhaustion, depression, and safety concerns, Campus Reform reported:

"A Trump election directly endangers the lives of all students at Bryn Mawr College that are people of color, lgbtqa+, non-Christian, and female," a signee of the Bryn Mawr petition claimed. "If Trump wins, it's not only a question of self care but personal safety."

I don't blame students for being really, really upset about Trump's win. I know plenty of mentally stable, not-at-all-coddled people who were similarly upset. But they all still went in to work on Wednesday. Life goes on.

It's possible the news is hitting students even harder than it hit members of the liberal media—college students, after all, are even more out-of-touch with the Trump movement than the media is. College campuses have created safe spaces to wall students off from the mildest forms of disagreement. Too many of them simply had no idea that great numbers of Americans despised their progressive agenda and were eager to strike a blow against political correctness.

Fordham University's Charles Camosy identifies the problem—a lack of viewpoint diversity in higher education—in an excellent Washington Post piece:

Today's college graduates are formed by a campus culture that leaves them unable to understand people with unfamiliar or heterodox views on guns, abortion, religion, marriage, gender and privilege. And that same culture leads such educated people to either label those with whom they disagree as bad people or reduce their stated views on these issues as actually being about something else, as in Obama's case. Most college grads in this culture are simply never forced to engage with or seriously consider professors or texts which could provide a genuine, compelling alternative view.

For decades now, U.S. colleges and universities have quite rightly been trying to become more diverse when it comes to race and gender. But this election highlights the fact that our institutions of higher education should use similar methods to cultivate philosophical, theological and political diversity.

One final note: The College Fix's article about Cornell's cry-in quotes a terrified student expressing regret that "people are really given into fear-mongering. They are willing to put people down based on their identity just so that they would feel vindicated…"

Disparaging people because of their identity is certainly unkind. But the campus left does this all the time. Ohio's College of Wooster recently hosted a retreat for students of color that offered them the opportunity to de-stress—by getting away from white people for a while. One of the planned events was titled "Dealing with White Fragility."

Wait! I thought it wasn't okay to put people down because of their identity?

It's true that white people voted en masse to elect a candidate who vowed retribution against religious and ethnic minorities. They voted in accordance with the interests of their identity group, to the detriment of individual rights and society at large. And they deserve the blame for that.

But campus progressives have willfully pushed race-based and identity-group-based classifications: calling for segregated safe spaces and programs for students of color, LGBTQ students, Native American students, Latinos, and so on. At the same time, they have assailed white privilege and white fragility, treating white people like the enemy. In electing Trump, whites may have lived up to their expectations, but I can't help but wonder whether that was a foreseeable consequence of the left's campaign to demonize them.

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  • Lee Genes||

    Organized violence ain't far away now.

  • Juvenile Bluster||

    Isn't far away? I'm not sure what else you could call the protests blocking the freeway in LA...

  • The Fusionist||

    Where are the cops when you actually need them?

  • ||

    You think them doughnuts* are gonna eat themselves?

    *Note that they actually would, were it placed in their police report

  • Citizen X||

    "Donuts were masticated and became consumed."

  • WTF||

    "The donut proceeded to be on the officer's interior."

  • plusafdotcom||

  • Zeb||

    Now that's how you do passive voice.

  • Citizen X||

    Passive voice became used.

  • jester||

    You need protests to block freeways? Incompetent government does a fine job of spending on other-than-much-needed infrastructural improvement.
    It's always about the roadz.

  • Citizen X||

    You have to drive through Newport News on I-64 too, huh?

  • Swiss Servator||

    I-90 between Chicago and Rockford.

  • Quixote||

    Many of us feel that exams aren't all that important anyway. We are going to fully implement the program that we have been pressing for some time now with massive public support. The lib-tards know how much they have achieved with their "free speech" baloney. Surely no one here, for example, would dare to defend the "First Amendment dissent" of a single, isolated judge in our great nation's leading criminal "satire" case? See the documentation at:

    http://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/

  • Bgoptmst||

    I have actively worked to never be stationed there. I'm turning 38 and the 64 has been under construction I've been alive.

  • SQRLSY One||

    Is Chris Christie helping them block the roadz?

  • MarkLastname||

    If he joined the protest he could block four lanes by himself.

  • Ron||

    and the smashing of car windows and yanking people out of them. that seem pretty violent to me that requires a reaction.

  • granite state destroyer||

    I find it hard to imagine the short of sheltered children who have fainting spells because the boogieman won the election turning to true violence.

  • You're Kidding||

  • Azathoth!!||

    Screaming and kicking and breaking things constitutes a tantrum.

    Something all too expected from these coddled crybullies.

  • granite state destroyer||

    I find it hard to imagine the short of sheltered children who have fainting spells because the boogieman won the election turning to true violence.

  • The Fusionist||

    Is this deliberate trolling?

    "It's true that white people voted en masse to elect a candidate who vowed retribution against religious and ethnic minorities. They voted in accordance with the interests of their identity group, to the detriment of individual rights and society at large. And they deserve the blame for that."

    As compared to Hillary voters, who were so much better on all these measures of badness?

  • Noodlez||

    "It's true that white people voted en masse to elect a candidate who vowed retribution against religious and ethnic minorities. They voted in accordance with the interests of their identity group, to the detriment of individual rights and society at large. And they deserve the blame for that."
    I kinda like Robby and I'm happy to see younger people who lean libertarian, but this is bullshit. Trump got less of the white vote than Romney.

  • The Fusionist||

    As I understand it, this was as much about Hillary *losing* votes as about Trump gaining them.

    The Democratic "base" consists of people like these students - low-info voters who *feel* certain things very strongly. They turned out for Obama because he made them feel awesome about themselves for voting for him.

    They don't have these kind of leg-tingly feelings about Clinton, indeed even they were smart enough to realize she was insulting them behind their backs.

    Live by the low-info emotional voter, die by the low-info emotional voter.

  • You're Kidding||

    "he made them feel awesome about themselves for voting for him"

    Cliche perhaps. But wasn't that part of the Nazi party takeover of Germany?

  • zigggerz||

    What is ironic about calling Democrats (particularly these students) low information voters is that they are the ones going around vociferously calling Trump voters idiots who need to be educated (or re-educated). Unfortunately, the media is all too happy to echo this as fact, if not an eager participant in the distortion.

    I am really surprised that Trump was elected in the face of all the hostility he received (and continues to receive), particularly from the media, and how voters -- at least the ones who voted for him -- were not swayed by the onslaught of character assassinations of him and his supporters. He is obviously a flawed person, and he is without question due criticism, but he was obviously not even remotely given fair coverage in the press.

    Question is with Trump still under the media's magnifying glass, will their continued barrage of negative reporting and their eagerness to champion and defend every democrat talking point convince (or at least wear down) the electorate over the next 4 years to swing way back to progressive ideals?

  • Mr Drew||

    I confess that I don't really understand Robby.

  • WTF||

    The Hair That Walks as a Man is mysterious.

  • wef||

    The virtuous Robby aspires to be recognized as an Alexei Fyodorovich.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    +1 Putin's nightstand reading

  • Spartacus||

    It's simple, really. The people had a choice: Tawdry & Vulgar vs. Sleazy & Corrupt. They split right down the middle, and because of idiosyncracies in population distribution, Tawdry & Vulgar was declared the winner.

  • ArbutusJoe||

    The best and least pretentious analysis I've heard so far.

  • Invisible Finger||

    And basically true for every POTUS election since Carter.

  • JWatts||

    "And basically true for every POTUS election since Carter."

    Oh, no. The votes for Reagan weren't split down the middle, he won in a landslide. Both times.

    http://www.270towin.com/1984_Election/

    That's a landslide. Mondale got 13 electoral votes. 13.

  • ArbutusJoe||

    The best and least pretentious analysis I've heard so far.

  • jester||

    Of course it is. I bet most college grads have no idea what hyperbole means.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Is this deliberate trolling?

    Probably. The thing that kills me about that is that other identity groups have been voting "in accordance with the interests of their identity group, to the detriment of individual rights and society at large" for years - decades even - yet when cis-hetero white male shitlords do it all of a sudden it's the end times or some shit.

  • ||

    It's true this is the horrifying place that identity politics has brought us. It's still horrifying, and it's still identity politics though. I hope the Dems don't double-down on the identity politics bullshit and make it explicitly white-people-vs-everyone-else, winner-takes-the-spoils.

    And I continue to advocate a libertarianism that is about universal individual rights, liberty, and equality under the law. Not about making sure American culture stays white dominated and everyone gets to fondle their guns while refusing to bake cakes for gays.

  • wareagle||

    and why would Dems do anything but what you hope they do not do? What in their history has provided evidence of their ability to do so?

  • MarkLastname||

    This is one reason why I was kinda hoping Hillary won. Trump's win won't lead to any soul searching on the left. It'll just convince them of the need to be even more militant. Reeducation camps for all cishet white males.

  • MikeT1986||

    That was literally the point he was making.

    I swear so many of you have magnificent hair across your ass about Soave that he needs to start explicitly writing in bold letters when he thinks the left is behaving worse than the right, or when the right is behaving as the left does and causing panic.

    My god people.

  • MarkLastname||

    He was pretty collectivist in making that point. I think that's why people correctly called him out on it.

  • Azathoth!!||

    Riiiiiiight.

  • John C. Randolph||

    Trump didn't get as many votes from whites as Romney did, and his support from blacks and latinos was considerably higher.

    -jcr

  • Lachowsky||

    "Partisan, inflammatory statements unfortunately seem to be part of modern campaign rhetoric, but they cause real wounds."

    No they dont. Walking behind your truck in the dark and whacking your shin on the reciever hitch causes a real wound. Getting your hand crushed between a log and the wedge on your log splitter causes a real wound. Hearing things you don't like doesn't. Jesus. If I have learned anything in the last 24 hours, it's that we are raising a nation of coddled pussies.

  • ||

    Sticks and stones may break my bones, but partisan, inflammatory statements will literally cause me to burst into flames?

  • Mr Lizard||

    "Walking behind your truck in the dark and whacking your shin on the reciever hitch causes a real wound"

    That shit seriously sucks like almost as bad a good toe stubbing

  • gwallan||

    No kidding. I felt it in Australia.

  • some guy||

    The only person who has any control over whether your feelings are hurt is you. You can delegate that control to others if you choose, but the buck ultimately stops in your own head. So don't blame others for something that you have complete and total control over. Instead of taking the easy path of victimhood, take the harder path of resiliency. Everyone will be so much better off if you do.

  • Nikkodemus||

    That would imply that they actually care about people other than themselves.

  • Curt2004||

    +1 Emotional Intelligence (should be a mandatory high school class)

  • WTF||

    know plenty of mentally stable, not-at-all-coddled people who were similarly upset.
    This sentence contradicts itself.

  • GILMORE™||

    Its Robby.

  • John Titor||

    "Partisan, inflammatory statements unfortunately seem to be part of modern campaign rhetoric, but they cause real wounds."

    That's it, mandatory boxing classes for all students.

    It will at least give them no excuse when they fail to understand the difference between hurt feelings and actual violence.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Walking behind your truck in the dark and whacking your shin on the reciever hitch causes a real wound. Getting your hand crushed between a log and the wedge on your log splitter causes a real wound. Hearing things you don't like doesn't.

    Most of the people who are freaking out over Trump's election probably have no idea what a receiver hitch is and would never drive a truck in the first place. They'd drive a Prius and be smug about it while looking down on you and anyone else who drives a truck with receiver hitches. Nor would they have any experience with operating log splitters because they're going to take their BA degrees in Victimhood Studies and go get overpaid jobs in their University's Diversity and Inclusion Department or Title IX Enforcement office. Or maybe a few will go to work in the HR departments of icky gross private kkkorporayshunz (yuck - but they'll take comfort in knowing they're making those gross kkkorporayshunz better by forcing the horseshit they learned in college down everyone's throats)*. So for them, hearing mean things they don't like probably is the most traumatic experience most of these snowflakes will ever have to deal with in their entire lives.

    *Or so they think, in reality most will end as baristas at a Starbucks.

  • Lachowsky||

    National fundraising campaign to buy log splitters for snowflakes?

    Nah, National fundraising campaign to woodchippers for snowflakes sounds better.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Much higher likelihood of some of them having fatal accidents with woodchippers than with log splitters, I would think.

    Just kidding, Preet. Put down the subpoena.

  • Nativist, Racist & Xenophobe||

    Indeed. We are now the Weiner Republic in every sense of the name.

  • Azathoth!!||

    Wait a few moments and some white knight will gallop up on a robbyhorse to let you know that he was trolling you, you yokel.

  • ||

    Lack of ideological diversity intestinal fortitude and adult behavior left campuses unprepared to cope with reality immature and posturing babies who aren't old enough to even recall any details from the Bush presidency.

    I FTFY, Robbie.

  • colorblindkid||

    "It's true that white people voted en masse to elect a candidate who vowed retribution against religious and ethnic minorities. They voted in accordance with the interests of their identity group, to the detriment of individual rights and society at large. And they deserve the blame for that."

    Aaaaaaand there it is.

    Otherwise spot on, though.

  • jester||

    I read it as satire. Looks like I'm the only one. But then again, I comment a lot in a satirical manner. Takes one to know one?

  • MikeT1986||

    I commented above, but at this point the butt hurt is too deep, too foundational. People don't need a reason, they need an excuse.

    Rob is also their stand in for generational rage. The proxy by which they vent their spleen at their own diminishing hairlines and inability to under stand the strange new youth culture.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    If you like Satire than you'll love hearing about the biggest satire case in America right now... yada yada yada... how does that guy make this speech into a paragraph?

  • Juvenile Bluster||

    Why do you people always fall for Robby's trolling?

  • Citizen X||

    What do you mean, you people?!?

  • thrakkorzog||

    I mean the U people. They are rare but they smoke up nicely,

  • Citizen X||

    Christ, what assholes.

  • ||

    Cool, he can come back and ban me again!

  • ||

    To help destroy your nostalgia, I'll simply note that Balko voted for Hillary and has been lamenting that white America voted for a racist. Not a word about Hillary in his analysis of why people voted for Trump.

  • Azathoth!!||

    Naaah--he's like Robby. It's 'satire', he's 'trolling the yokels'.

  • thrakkorzog||

    And people wonder why we mock Millenials.

    Back in my day professors expected you to climb over giant paper mache heads to go class, and expected to be asked about Chisolm V. Georgia, in a con law class. I had to climb Giant Paper Mache heads, uphill in both directions, but you try telling kids that these days, they don't belivee you.

  • MikeT1986||

    I blame the delicate Boomer Professors who aren't willing to deal with the complaints of students so they just cave at the first sign of resistance thus reinforcing the bad behavior.

  • The Fusionist||

    These PC people are so out of touch that a New Dealish, New York City Democrat billionare becomes, compared to them, a Tribune of the Working Classes.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Sounds a lot like Tiberius Gracchus

  • John Titor||

    Before he won I was arguing that Trump is modern Clodius Pulcher.

  • ||

    Huh - who would have thought that identity politics would cause such division and strife?

    or, another take, why are people such idiots that they believe the propaganda of their chosen political party? Oh wait, TEAM!

  • Lachowsky||

    identity politics have consequences. And Trump won, so get over it.

  • GILMORE™||

    "ideological diversity"?

    try, "sense of humor"

  • Old Bull Lee||

    The LGBT people freaking out has to be my favorite. Trump has historically supported gay marriage, personally and politically. He held up a rainbow flag at a campaign event. He LITERALLY waved their flag and still won the R nomination. But that R is the incorrect tribe, principles be damned.

  • The Fusionist||

    He also talked about protecting them against people who wanted to kill them, but that violated intersectionality or whatever.

  • BigW||

    Yes, but he might make them use the OTHER bathroom, the fiend!!!

  • ||

    This why my biggest huh? moment too. I mean damn this right here shows how far the gay rights movement has come.

  • ChipToBeSquare||

    On my FB feed they started targeting Pence after they realized that Trump doesn't actually give a shit about repealing gay marriage

  • some guy||

    If I went to class on 9/11/2001, then these kids can go to class on 11/9/2016.

  • jester||

    I went to class every day because my education wasn't subsidized by taxpayers to the amount it is today and I went to a private. I paid a higher percentage of my education [in my case 100%]. No loans.
    Honestly, isn't it their CIVIC DUTY to go to class and study and learn? Especially if they're serious about wanting it all free (I.e. Paid for by others)

  • timbo||

    Your white privilege is negates your argument because you went to private school. What kind of racists pays his own way to a private school to perhaps not be as brainwashed as the state school 99 percenters.

    Ist, Ist!!

  • Scarecrow & WoodChipper Repair||

    The downside to Hillary losing is that Trump won.

    The upside to Trump winning is that Hillary lost.

    I'd have been equally ambivalent the other way round. But proggies freaking out like this is an unexpected benefit to the actual outcome, and I shall enjoy it.

  • Citizen X||

    My feelings exactly. There were two terrible potential outcomes to the election, but only one was both terrible AND hilarious.

  • John Titor||

    For me it's also partially an arrogance thing.

    Not to say that Trump isn't arrogant, but Clinton and co. were absolutely convinced that they had this election in the bag. They pulled out every lie, every half-truth, and continuously insulted half the electorate because they thought they were going to win.

    And they lost.

    That's why their tears are delicious to me. They fell so far in so short a time.

  • timbo||

    Not to mention that the notion of listening to that shrill cunt shrieking over the airwaves would be enough to take a tack hammer shot to the head

  • Cynical Asshole||

    There are few things as satisfying as watching smug, arrogant assholes get hoisted by their own retard. I too will enjoy the tears while I can. At least for a while.

  • Scarecrow & WoodChipper Repair||

    Including what probably misled the polls so much -- they had screamed so much about deplorables and racism that Trump-leaners just shut up.

  • Paper Wasp||

    And now, they are blaming anyone but themselves. "It's white racists and misogynists! No, it's third-party voters! No, it's Bernie Bros! No, it's the Electoral College! No, it's Russia! *mouths foaming*"

    I've been enjoying the last couple of days of angry misery from libs in my social media feeds. Now they're circulating petitions (LOL, because those work) to eliminate the Electoral College so Cunton can be declared winner by popular vote. It doesn't occur to them that their girl lost because she's a lying, corrupt, venal establishment fellator, and not a particularly successful one at that (news flash: the reason a lot of her Senate colleagues manage to hold on to their seats for decades is that they're much better and more discreet liars).

  • Spartacus||

    I was watching the Daily Show last night (don't laugh), and they were still moaning about the election. Then they got onto talking about the possible repeal of Obamacare, at which point they began lauding the filibuster as Democracy's bulwark against the tyranny of the majority. The guest was going on and on abut how great it was that you needed 60 votes in the Senate and so the Democrats could still block legislation. Then they all worried aloud that the Republicans might try to change the rules to simple majority to eliminate filibusters, and there was general agreement that they were just the pricks to try and subvert democracy like that.

    This was an actual conversation.

  • BigW||

    Its like they don't even know how the ACA was passed.....

    Whats good for the goose is good for the gander.....

  • You're Kidding||

    Win at all costs. Isn't that the very soul of tyranny?

  • wareagle||

    and would it not be fitting for O-care to be killed in the same manner in which it was brought to life.

  • ||

    This was an actual conversation.

    They're one trade blockade's worth of coverage away from fully converting The Daily Show into The Phantom Menace.

  • Remnant Psyche||

    Please. The Phantom Menace is much funnier.

  • Paper Wasp||

    I wonder how many of these poor wee urchins actually voted, anyway. They'd have had to stop Snapchatting for an hour or so and go register.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I now believe this is an attempt at such heights of absurdity that they're attempting to preclude the ability to successfully parody.

  • timbo||

    Exactly. Idiocracy is here and truth is stranger than fiction.

    The army is zombies is out. Descension into bizarro world is going to cascade down hill like Hillary's saggy ass.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I know plenty of mentally stable, not-at-all-coddled people who were similarly upset.

    Similarly? I doubt it.

  • WTF||

    Either that or they were in fact coddled and mentally unstable.

  • LoneWaco||

    That reminds me, has anyone checked on suderman or dalmia?

  • The Late P Brooks||

    A generation of retards.

  • Lee Genes||

    With a propensity for demonstrating it.

  • Citizen X||

    It's awfully thoughtful of them to advertise their worthlessness so openly, though. Tells you who to avoid being anywhere near.

  • ||

    In electing Trump, whites may have lived up to their expectations

    Awwww, Robby, haven't gotten that offer from Slate yet?

  • WTF||

    Trump got fewer white votes than Romney, while also doing better than Romney with both blacks and Latinos. But don't let facts get in the way of the narrative.

  • toolkien||

    Reason is getting harder and harder to read/support.

  • SimonD||

    I love the cognitive dissonance of the media. These people will bray that the Republicans have an hispanic problem because hispanics vote 70% donkey, then in the same article, complain about racist white men because they voted 63% elephant.

    THIS is why we're stuck with a President Trump instead of someone decent.

  • jester||

    Probably math exams. Math is hard enough already.

  • GILMORE™||

    white people voted en masse to elect a candidate who vowed retribution against religious and ethnic minorities. They voted in accordance with the interests of their identity group, to the detriment of individual rights and society at large. And they deserve the blame for that.

    Dont forget the Jonas Brothers. And Dockers. and Jim Carey.

  • ||

    "This election has been unusual in that specific statements were made about various groups of people who often feel marginalized and unsafe," wrote Northwestern University Vice President Patricia Telles-Irvin in a campuswide email. "Partisan, inflammatory statements unfortunately seem to be part of modern campaign rhetoric, but they cause real wounds. As we move beyond a divisive election, we therefore recognize the need for healing of those wounds. With this in mind, we want to extend support to those students who are experiencing difficulty at this time."

    The hyphens are still a reliable indicator.

    Except for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who is a stud.

  • See Double You||

    "Partisan, inflammatory statements unfortunately seem to be part of modern campaign rhetoric, but they cause real wounds.

    "Basket of deplorables" rings a bell. So do "racist," "misogynist," and "homophobe."

    Are lefties capable of self-reflection?

  • SimonD||

    ...sure, because nothing says 'marginalized and unsafe' like being a student at a highly selective private college.

    *SIGH* part #4,571,812.

  • Number 2||

    I thought Ha-Ha Clinton Dix is what Paula Jones said when Slick Willie dropped his pants...

    (Sorry. Couldn't resist).

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Thank heaven we don't have a bunch of sore loser Trumpaloes rioting over the results of a fair and legitimate election.

  • Remnant Psyche||

    You would have seen some demonstrations and protests for certain. But riots? Riots are really the left's thing.

  • See Double You||

    Lack of ideological diversity left campuses unprepared to cope with reality

    Excellent subtitle, Robby. Perfectly captures lefty paranoia.

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    So, college administrations are letting spoiled little snowflakes have drama-queen holidays. So what else is new? Let us know if there's a college president out there with the guts to tell the students "So, your candidate lost. Deal. With. It."

  • Lost Sheep to Shepherd||

    Robby, social signaling that you're cool with gender-neutral pronouns just red-flags you as a complete tool. And as "tool" I mean an unconscious, non-thinking, inanimate object sentient humans use to make their lives easier. What ever Kool-aid you drank during your maleducation has turned you into a PC Zombie just wanting to eat the brains of rational thinkers.

    Your generation is not all lost. I know quite a few millennial with their heads on straightish. The rest of you could probably be salvaged by engaging in a few dozen fist fights. The real learning will come when y'all have to work day in and day out paying for your worthless education loans. Enjoy!

  • LoneWaco||

    Someday they'll figure out who the mark was, but today is not that day

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Here's a novel concept: instead of feeding into these perpetual children's irrational anxiety, why not instead inform of the fact that we don't elect a king and 90% of the shit Trump said he was going to do can't be done by the POTUS alone. And maybe, just maybe while you're at it point out to them that the problem is that we've allowed the presidency to morph from an executive office with little real power over domestic affairs and into an imperial presidency, and the way to counter act all of this is to hold Congress accountable for reigning in Trump's worse ideas and excesses. IOW, how about pointing out to them that things will be OK and that it's stupid to get this worked up over a POTUS election...

    Nah, that's crazy talk. EVERYBODY FREAK OUT!111!!1!!!!!!

  • JaimeRoberto||

    Amen.

  • JWatts||

    "and 90% of the shit Trump said he was going to do can't be done by the POTUS alone. "

    That's not really true. A good chuck of Obama's agenda is directly a result of Executive Memoranda or propped up by them. Wiping all of them away and writing one's of his own, can probably effectively cripple Obamacare and of course can remove the exemption for deportation of certain illegal immigrants.

    Furthermore, he can have the head of the EPA drop the court case for the latest curtailment of fossil fuel plants. And have the Department of Education retract the Dear Colleague letter that has fueled the current aggressive unjust tribunal system.

    I wouldn't surprised if Trump can enact 25% of his agenda without any Congressional input. Obama has pretty much gone the last 6 years attempting to skirt the power of Congress. Every bit of that 'legacy' is fragile.

  • NoVaNick||

    I was a student at an Ivy League school famous for its leftist politics during the 1991 gulf war and went to a protest instead of my linear algebra class because a girl I had the hots for was going too. There was a quiz the next day which I bombed and when I went to speak with the professor about it, he mentioned that he had gone over the material the day that I was not in class and asked where I was. I told him about the protest thinking that maybe he would be sympathetic, but instead he scowled and in a condescending tone said "I can assure you that your parents are not spending their hard earned money so you can come here to go to a protest."
    He probably would be fired nowadays.

  • Invisible Finger||

    They're freaking out because they will now have to pay for their college experience.

  • Jake Stone||

    "A Trump election directly endangers the lives of all students at Bryn Mawr College"

    Disclosure: Not a Trump fan or supporter. Cannot stand the guy. But I was really enjoying predictable salty tears from millennial crybabies and infantile SJWs alike.

    I've learned be careful what you wish for. In one and a half days, I have been inundated with more pathetic horseshit dime-store drama like this than I every could have imagined. This is WAY worse than during the campaign. And this is 1.5 days in. The guy isn't even president yet. Do I really have to put up with 4 years of this shit?

  • NoVaNick||

    Damn! These kids are really making me wish I had voted for Trump.

  • You're Kidding||

    I had to take mom to the ER last night.

    While there, an immigrant family came in. Their teenage daughter was seeking treatment. It seems she was at her HS when a protest erupted. The protesters were shooting all students with paint ball guns because many had supported Trump during the campaign. The daughter was complaining of pain in her arm where she was hit by paint balls.

    Oh, the irony. This horse shit is only going to escalate.

    Baby boomers revived civil disobedience as a political tool after years of dormancy. Only the passive, Thoreau inspired acts of civil disobedience - a la Rosa Parks - soon turned into protests and riots. Violence and destruction being used to stop violence and destruction....I hardly think so.

    Now the spawn of baby boomers, suckled on this mindset, are taking it one step further. They use any excuse to get out and destroy things. It's become a sport now.

    They euphemistically call it a protest. But, looting. assault, arson, rape, robbery and general mayhem are not justifiable except in wartime. And even then......

    Hey, I live a stone 's throw from Oakland. You gotta cut me some slack here. :-)

  • dschwar||

    You missed an opportunity by not saying rape twice.

    "Kinky.."

  • PapayaSF||

    Hey You're Kidding, if that's Oakland CA, drop me a line at my handle @ gmail.com and I'll put you on the list for the next local H&R meetup.

  • GILMORE™||

    The daughter was complaining of pain in her arm where she was hit by paint balls.

    the ER?
    for a bruise?

  • You're Kidding||

    Expressing their frustrations? Fine. They have a right to do so.

    But, failing to give or take final exams? Fire each and every one. And, fail the students who do not complete the course.

    Any college receiving public funding - what college doesen't?- should have their funding immediately frozen if they don't take an immediate, corrective action.

    Simple rule of law. Even supposedly anarchist libertarians accept this.

  • Invisible Finger||

    A little harsh. Not backstopping their loans is enough.

  • Ken Shultz||

    "Students, predictably, were apoplectic. Cornell University students held a "cry-in."

    I keep trying to stop laughing about Trump winning, but they keep making it more and more hilarious all the time.

    Trump winning may be the most hilarious thing that's ever happened!

  • I am the 0.000000013%||

    Ken - me too. I thought I would be upset regardless of which way the election went, but I'm happier about politics then I've been for a long time.

  • Chocolate Starfish ( . )||

    Prog tears just keep coming.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grD_IINiH9c

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    Wow. Oberlin's campus must look like a scene from the Jonestown mass suicide.

  • Rockabilly||

    Progs in panic. Their candidate, Hillary Clinton the warmonger and defender of the racist and un Constitutional war on drugs - LOST.

    How sweet are the bitter tears of the prog!

  • Chocolate Starfish ( . )||

    "lgbtqa+"

    They may not have diversity of thought but they certainly have many classifications of cork soakers.

  • Zero Sum Game||

    Know always that I am with you. I watch you while you take exams, looming like a dark shadow. I'm behind every bush. I'm in your shower, watching you on the toilet. I shall shake you down to your safe spaces, for nowhere is safe from my prying eyes and my groping hands. I am the Trump, and you shall feel my presence until end of days!

  • Muzzled Woodchipper||

    "This election has been unusual in that specific statements were made about various groups of people who often feel marginalized and unsafe," wrote Northwestern University Vice President Patricia Telles-Irvin in a campuswide email. "Partisan, inflammatory statements unfortunately seem to be part of modern campaign rhetoric, but they cause real wounds. As we move beyond a divisive election, we therefore recognize the need for healing of those wounds. With this in mind, we want to extend support to those students who are experiencing difficulty at this time."

    I'm glad they'll finally have a space where students from middle America can feel safe from being called flyover country uneducated ignorant redneck mysogynist racists.

  • GILMORE™||

    wait.

    LGBTQA+?

    What the fuck is the "A"? And it gets a Plus +? WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN AND WHY WAS THERE NO MEMO?

  • Zero Sum Game||

    SJW is shorter and encompasses most of the same people.

  • ||

    And it gets a Plus +?

    The old LGBTQ was too dependent on hardware, too low-level, and too procedurally-oriented. LGBTQA+ has better support for abstraction and objectification.

  • Zero Sum Game||

    LGBTQA++, for all your social programming needs.

  • MarkLastname||

    When are they coming out with LGBTQA#?

  • Set Us Up The Chipper||

    LGBTQA# is for pussies who can't manager their own memory.

  • Invisible Finger||

    LGBTQ - Watching Hilary Grow Irrelevant

  • Remnant Psyche||

    The letters need to keep changing so we can't keep up. Then they can lecture us about it.

  • gwallan||

    "Amoeba"

  • simplybe||

    Yeah our little snowflakes are really getting prepared for the real world. Yell in the bosses face or fail to show up to work because you are traumatized over a social media post and they will soon learn no one gives a damn about their opinions. This is what happens when you let government get involved in education. A very stupid population

  • NoVaNick||

    I am wondering if this is why the stocks of Big Pharma soared yesterday-the snowflakes will now need more antidepressants.

  • wareagle||

    these people cannot be mocked and ridiculed enough.

  • ||

    "It's true that white people voted en masse to elect a candidate who vowed retribution against religious and ethnic minorities. They voted in accordance with the interests of their identity group, to the detriment of individual rights and society at large. And they deserve the blame for that."

    Fuck you, idiot.

  • NoVaNick||

    "They voted in accordance with the interests of their identity group, to the detriment of individual rights and society at large."

    Isn't this exactly what team blue has been telling non-European American groups to do? So now whitey has discovered the identity politics that the left invented and decides to vote for their own interests too. Why are they surprised?

  • ||

    My kids learned these lessons when they were 4. Despite how your deepest desires, the world isn't fair and it's never gonna be perfectly so. So, the question of turnabout being fair play is moot. Your winning tactics today can be used by a different team against you tomorrow. You either suck it up and win with some "better" tactics or quit playing at all.

  • Mauser||

    These Fuckers need to grow up. Suck it up assholes, your candidate lost. What a bunch of girly men and feminazis, I'm taking so much pleasure watching these pants shitting proggies cry.

  • Eman||

    So THIS is what "white fragility" is?

  • Eman||

    Come on people. I d to know, so I can live up to the stereotype!

  • Ron||

    we bath in their soft soft tears and sleep on the pillows of their misery

  • macsnafu||

    Colleges are failing to educate students. No big surprise there.

  • Verner Hornung||

    PC has advanced far since 1998 and Monica Lewinski. Now, whatever offends the most sensitive soul is verboten. I can see their point, as little comments and jokes can hurt, especially during the period when kids tend to go on jags over their bodies and boyfriends. Being a minority can be difficult, too, with arrows invisible to the majority flying freely. But it's metastasized to the point where feelings cripple us now; there's little expectation of developing the ability to cope with them. Instead, an ideology of "traumatization" tells us our lives are ruined to the day we die if we encounter an adverse circumstance.

  • zombietimeshare||

    This is what upsets them? The real world is going to hit these snowflakes like a blowtorch. Should be fun to watch.

  • JWatts||

    They are all planning to work for GrubHub of course. Where the entire company is a giant Liberal safe space

  • JAQO||

    You've have got to laugh at these weakassed, hysterical drama queens and useful idiots...

  • Unemployed Armenian Tranny||

    If Trump doesn't do anything esle, his legacy of causing a 4 year long millenial tantrum will be enough.

  • Enemy of the State||

    What a bunch of grade A pussies. Can't wait for the 1st time these twinks try the "can i postpone this deadline?" shit in the real world...

  • Enemy of the State||

    How is wanting the laws as written consistently enforced and additional vetting of potential immigrants from known hotbeds of islamic fundamentalism to the detriment of individual rights and society in general?

  • c5c5||

    Agreed. I get the feeling that some libertarians here don't understand that and are also falling for PC overload.

  • XM||

    37% of under 30 crowd voted for Trump. So probably a quarter of the class got an unexpected bonus. A Trump win AND a one week head start to holiday shopping - er, I mean one extra week to preparing for the finals.

    OT : This is what the Bernie Sanders supporters would like to say to the DNC and Clinton crowd.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5R_pS0h5Qk

  • josh||

    this is certainly on par with what i'm seeing on social and even traditional media. my favorite so far is the suicide hotlines being passed around in case you can't handle it all, and all without the slightest hint of irony that constantly telling people that their world is going to end if the other team wins might be what is making them suicidal in the first place.

  • Careless||

    It's true that white people voted en masse to elect a candidate who vowed retribution against religious and ethnic minorities.

    This might be the most soave-tarded quote of your career. Grats.

  • jbsnc||

    Is this America's future? No wonder so many are moving manufacturing to other countries. No wonder government employees out number manufacturing employees by 9 million. Can Canada handle 330 million illegal immigrants? Works out since Global Warming will heat Canada up 4 or 5 degrees. Move North and enjoy seasonally longer days and nights.

  • Set Us Up The Chipper||

    Am I the only one who thinks Robby is a complete douche?

  • Rational Exuberance||

    It's true that white people voted en masse to elect a candidate

    Not in this space time continuum. In fact whites supported Trump by about the same margin as they did all Republicans since 1980, other than when Bill Clinton ran.

    who vowed retribution against religious and ethnic minorities.

    Really? Where? I must have missed that. So must the 30% of Latinos, Asians, or other non-Whites that voted for him.

    He did "vow" to put Hillary in jail, something she would deserve, but sadly, anybody with half a brain recognized that for the hyperbole it was.

    They voted in accordance with the interests of their identity group,

    Well, I certainly wouldn't be surprised if "white" is Robby Soave's identity group, tending towards "white sheet".

    to the detriment of individual rights and society at large

    Vs voting for Hillary? Are you kidding?

    And they deserve the blame for that.

    Blame for what? Making a choice between two lousy presidential candidates?

    Hey, I'm a gay immigrant, and I couldn't bring myself to vote for that homophobic, corrupt, lying jerk the Democrats propped up for president, if not for any other reason, than that by the end of the campaign, I had no idea what I would have been voting for.

  • c5c5||

    "white people voted en masse to elect a candidate who vowed retribution against religious and ethnic minorities"

    Retribution for what? For being minorities? That is what the left wants us to think.

    I believe Trump promised not rertibution because of petty fear of religions and people from 3rd world conditions, but rather he proposed solutions to issues he thinks are problems - immigration into a welfare state, and prevention of terrorism.
    Neither idea means dislike or hatredcof religions or ethnicities.

    The left's and many other sensitive people's misunderstanding of these may be due to possibility they have not been taught that good people can disagree and not be haters because of it. They have been taught that perspectives that they do not understand or agree with equate to bad or evil intentions of the opinion holders.

    I think they are feeling a collective cognitive dissonance of trying to square a very large swath of America as evil.
    The author of this article sounds fairly reasonable, but statements like this make me wonder if he/she even understand Trump fully.

  • plusafdotcom||

  • plusafdotcom||

    "One final note: The College Fix's article about Cornell's cry-in quotes a terrified student expressing regret that "people are really given into fear-mongering. They are willing to put people down based on their identity just so that they would feel vindicated…""

    Fucking illiterates...
    It's either "... are really giving in to fear-mongering," or "have really given in to fear-mongering"...

    Was that crap written by a MI author?

    And for cryin' out loud, "TERRIFIED STUDENT" ?!

  • AmazedHuman||

    Oh, poor things. Traumatized are they? What they should be traumatized about is what is seemingly their complete lack of intelligence and education. They obviously fail to recognize our democratic way of life....you know, you vote...the one who gets the most votes wins? There were millions of unhappy people in America when Obama got voted in, and millions more added to that when he somehow got a second term, but did you see any juvenile behavior like this as a result? No. No you didn't. People sucked it up, hoped for the best and waited it out. These people, and all of the foolish, embarrassing people from California and Seattle have absolutely NO idea of what a protest is. These peeps think throwing tantrums, acting like criminals and morons is the way? Like I said, they should, at this stage, be more worried about what a pitiful excuse for an education they've received than by Donald Trump being president.

  • jbsnc||

    According to Al Gore the arctic ice mass has melted, and to James Hansen NY city is half under water, so the Arctic would be a swell place for these wimps to move to. Somehow Bill and Hillary will figure out a way to collect Protection Money.

  • skunkman||

    Every single one of these Universities have failed their students. Education is not about mandating thought or justifying infantile behavior. It is about experiencing ideas that different from what you're comfortable with; it is about open and honest dialogue about differences; and its about learning facts not emotion. I'm no conservative but liberal education is now at a disastrous level in the US. Washington DC isn't the swamp that needs to be drained, college administration is a much larger and more dangerous swamp. The average college professor today has a scintilla of the intelligence and integrity of a college professor from a century ago. They are teaching nothing and creating a generation of unemployable mental infants.

  • The Lone Loner||

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