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Harvard rescinds offer to Kyle Kashuv, pro-Second Amendment Parkland survivor, due to past tweets, he says

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Kyle Kashuv, the conservative Parkland shooting survivor and pro-Second Amendment activist, says Harvard rescinded his admission after the recent resurfacing of years old tweets containing “offensive,” “idiotic” and “inflammatory” content and composed before the mass shooting — which he says made him a different person.

The 18-year-old revealed the rescindment on Twitter Monday — along with screenshots of letters that appeared to be written on Harvard letterhead. He also detailed the steps he says he took to “right this wrong” with the Ivy League school, which he said he’d planned to attend in 2020 after taking a gap year.

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Harvard officials told Fox News they don’t publicly comment on the individual admission status of applications, but Kashuv posted what he said was the letter Harvard sent him, dated June 3.

“The Admissions Committee has discussed at length your account of the communications about which we asked, and we appreciated your candor and your expressions or regret for sending them,” the letter read. “As you know the Committee takes seriously the qualities of maturity and moral character. After careful consideration the Committee voted to rescind your admission to Harvard College.”

Kashuv apologized both publicly and to Harvard last month after it was reported he made racist remarks and used slurs while a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., before becoming a prominent media figure.

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He said the comments were made “long before the shooting” at the school that left 17 people dead in February 2017, and said he and his friends at the time were “16-year-olds making idiotic comments, using callous and inflammatory language in an effort to be as extreme and shocking as possible.”

Per a letter Kashuv posted to Twitter, Harvard reached out to him on May 24 noting they have the right to rescind admission offers and asked for “a full accounting of any such statements you have authored” and a written explanation of his actions.

Kashuv responded with a letter apologizing for his comments, and said he took responsibility for the “hurtful things I wrote two years ago.”

“My intent was never to hurt anyone, and to do so would have magnified the harm immediately,” he wrote. “I also feel I am no longer the same person, especially in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting and all that has transpired since.”

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Once he received his rescindment, Kashuv said he asked for an in-person meeting to discuss what had happened, which he said Harvard declined.

“Harvard deciding that someone can’t grow, especially after a life-altering event like the shooting, is deeply concerning,” Kashuv tweeted. “If any institution should understand growth, it’s Harvard, which is looked to as the pinnacle of higher education despite its checkered past.”

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Kashuv said he had passed on “huge scholarships in order to go to Harvard” and is unsure what he’s going to do in the future, as “the deadline for accepting other college offers has ended.”

“I truly don’t know what’s going to happen,” he told Fox News on Monday. “But I’m keeping all my options open.”

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Liz Peek: Sorry, Elizabeth Warren, student loan relief is not the way to win over millennial voters

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Elizabeth Warren wants to forgive student debt. Nothing could better win millennials over to her campaign. That, of course, is the point.

Last fall, as her quest for the presidency began in earnest, the Massachusetts senator found herself lagging way behind Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden with voters between the ages of 22 and 37, winning only 4 percent of their vote. More recent soundings suggest she hasn’t made much progress; Warren wants to change that.

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Consequently, she has proposed another breathtaking pillaging of taxpayer funds, introducing a bill along with Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., that would eliminate up to $50,000 in student loan debt for 42 million Americans. The measure, estimated to cost taxpayers $640 billion, follows through on earlier campaign promises, and would wipe out as much as $50,000 of debt for borrowers with household incomes under $100,000. The amount of forgiveness would decline at higher incomes; people with income of $250,000 or more would see no debt relief.

Warren’s plan would insert more Big Government meddling into a system already staggering under the grievous distortions that such manipulation inevitably produces. As with the housing crisis, Americans have been prodded to borrow in order to promote goals established by our elected officials, who always know best.

For many years, the government worked doggedly to encourage home ownership for every American, including many who could not afford it. In a similar vein, Beltway brainiacs decided that everyone should get a college degree, in part because our high schools had ceased graduating kids with the skills necessary to earn a living. Instead of revisiting the idea that teaching “trade” or vocational courses is verboten, the authorities determined that a college degree would lead to guaranteed earnings.

That proved to be wrong, just as owning a home turned out not to be the surefire starter investment that would lead to wealth accumulation, but rather a risky speculation that crashed to earth and caused millions to lose everything. Government-fueled borrowing inflated home prices just as it has also inflated the cost of a college degree, which has been rising at one and a half to two times the rate of inflation. With hundreds of billions of dollars of government-supplied debt propelling college tuitions higher, and with salaries for many careers relatively stagnant over the past decade, the ability of graduates to pay off their loans diminished.

If Warren turned her attention to further strengthening opportunities for young people, maybe millennials would jump aboard.

Now, student debt totals over $1.5 trillion. Many think the burden of paying off those loans is crippling the financial futures of millions of young Americans. They point to the struggling housing market as evidence that millennials are unable to move forward, concluding they are prohibited from buying a home by excess student debt.

In fact, a study by the Urban Institute found numerous reasons why home ownership by millennials is lagging other demographic groups. Those include millennials’ tendency to delay marriage and childbearing, as well as their preference for urban living, where high rents make it tough to raise the down payment for a home. In other words, it’s not all about student debt.

There are many problems with Warren’s proposal. First, it would shatter any expectation that future student borrowers would repay their loans. Why would they? The college students of the future would assume that if they borrow to finance a career writing poetry and their earnings fall short of their overly-optimistic expectations, Uncle Sam and his hardy taxpayers would bail them out.

Second, eliminating debts undermines individual responsibility and teaches a terrible lesson. As with any investment, student borrowers should take the plunge only after determining they will be able to pay back that loan. It is not difficult to research which colleges offer the best value proposition, comparing starting salaries for graduates with the cost of a degree.

Third, a great many people who played by the rules (one of Warren’s favorite themes) and scrimped to pay off their loans, would cry foul and rightly so. As one letter-writer to the New York Times wrote: “Bailouts, by definition, exclude those who lived within their means. This was a lesson of the 2008 mortgage crisis, as well as a contributing factor in the rise of the Tea Party. Is Ms. Warren really trying to repeat history?”

Next, Warren’s proposal will deliver hundreds of billions of dollars to college graduates who are likely to become high earners and who will ultimately be able to pay off their debts. Surely there are more worthy recipients for taxpayer dollars.

To be sure, there is a cohort of borrowers who graduated in the years during and immediately after the financial crisis, who started off unable to get the kind of job they hoped for; many are struggling. There is already a debt repayment program in place to help just those folks, which eventually cancels out unpaid debts. Moreover, those young people are among the greatest beneficiaries of the strengthening job market; their prospects improve by the day.

Meanwhile, newly-minted college graduates are doing just fine. The latest report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers shows hiring up by 11 percent this year, the first double-digit increase since 2011, and starting salaries up as well.

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If Warren seriously wants to help young people, she should encourage her colleagues in Congress to help the Trump administration continue to detangle the red tape spun out by President Obama’s White House. She should rally Democrats to pass the updated NAFTA treaty, the USMCA, which is projected to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, adding to an already-tight employment market. She should encourage state legislators to welcome professional certifications and licenses from other states, encouraging mobility and freedom, as Arizona has recently done.

Overall, Elizabeth Warren and her fellow progressives should worry more about wealth accumulation and less about redistribution. If she turned her attention to further strengthening opportunities for young people, maybe millennials would jump aboard.

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Michael Knowles: Oberlin learns high price of ‘social justice’

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“Social justice” has lost a round to actual justice.

An Ohio jury on Friday ordered Oberlin College to pay $11 million in damages to a local bakery the school wrongly smeared as “racist.” The verdict in a lawsuit stemmed from a 2016 incident in which three Oberlin students were arrested on an accusation of attempting to “steal wine or otherwise illegally obtain wine” from Gibson’s Food Mart and Bakery.

Such behavior is commonplace on college campuses and if the story ended there would likely have attracted little attention. But because the students in question were black, the social justice warriors in the Oberlin administration leaped into action.

OBERLIN COLLEGE TO PAY BAKERY $11M AFTER FURTHERING RACISM ACCUSATIONS: JURY

Oberlin Vice President and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo coordinated a protest with other deans, professors, and students in front of the store. They handed out hundreds of copies of a flier that accused the store’s owners of racially profiling and discriminating against the black students.

“This is a RACIST establishment,” the flier read, “with a LONG ACCOUNT of RACIAL PROFILING and DISCRIMINATION. DON’T BUY.

“This unfortunate incident was triggered by an attempt to purchase alcohol,” one of the students admitted. “I believe the employees of Gibson’s actions were not racially motivated. They were merely trying to prevent an underage sale.”

The flier also listed 10 of Gibson’s competitors and encouraged students to patronize them instead. Later that month, the college cut all business ties with Gibson’s Food Mart and Bakery.

Nine months later, the truth caught up with the leftist college administrators’ narrative. In August 2017, the students accused in the incident pleaded guilty to attempted theft and aggravated trespass, according to court documents.

“This unfortunate incident was triggered by an attempt to purchase alcohol,” one of the students admitted. “I believe the employees of Gibson’s actions were not racially motivated. They were merely trying to prevent an underage sale.”

The students’ overdue honesty offered little consolation to Gibson’s owners, whose business had long since cratered thanks to the college’s persistent campaign of defamation and boycotts.

Increasingly, unjust campus “social justice” crusades harness the power of the lynch mob as judge, jury and executioner of their targets’ reputations.

Due process has all but disappeared on campuses around the country, as university tribunals substitute for courts of justice in doling out punishments for alleged crimes ranging from “hate speech” to rape, and universities rarely bear any cost for their mistakes.

At Yale, administrators suspended Afghani student Saifullah Khan over unproven allegations of rape in 2015. When the case went to trial, a jury of his peers found Khan not guilty. Ten months later, Yale expelled him anyway.

A New York Times report on the Oberlin verdict bemoaned the jury’s decision.

The Times quoted First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams as saying: “The notion that uninhibited student speech can lead to vast financial liability for the universities at which it occurs threatens both the viability of educational institutions and ultimately the free speech of their students.”

But “uninhibited student speech” didn’t spark the boycotts and libel. The college’s own administration spread the lie. Oberlin’s vice president and dean of students defamed Gibson’s as “racist” and encouraged students to boycott.

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At long last, an American college will pay a price for its “social justice” smears. If Oberlin hopes to recoup some of that $11 million judgment, it might start with the salaries of its ever-expanding pack of reckless, leftist administrators who exist to stir up these problems in the first place.

Administrative bloat has caused tuitions to skyrocket even as the quality and integrity of our colleges and universities has collapsed. An Ohio jury has taught Oberlin an expensive lesson. Let’s hope Oberlin – along with every other university in the country – learns from it.

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Former UCLA gynecologist faces sexual battery charge as school launches probe: report

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A former staff gynecologist at the University of California Los Angeles turned himself into authorities Monday after being charged with sexual battery and exploitation in connection with the treatment of two patients at a university facility.

Dr. James Mason Heaps, an obstetrician-gynecologist who worked part-time at UCLA Health since 1983, plead not guilty to the charges against him in a Los Angeles courtroom later in the day.  UCLA received a complaint against Heaps in 2017 and placed him on leave the following year, but did not publicize the reason until Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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“Sexual abuse in any form is unacceptable and represents an inexcusable breach of the physician-patient relationship,” UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block said in a joint statement. “We are deeply sorry that a former UCLA physician violated our policies and standards, our trust and the trust of his patients.”

Heaps is charged with with two counts of sexual battery, fraud and one count of sexual exploitation of a patient, Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, told USA Today.  UCLA Health spokesperson Rhonda Curry said the school first received a complaint about the doctor in December 2017 and launched an investigation.

During the course of the investigation, the school discovered two previous complaints against Heaps from 2014 and 2015. Heaps, however, was not placed on leave until June 2018 and was reportedly seeing patients in the interim. UCLA paid an undisclosed settlement to another student who saw Heaps during this time period and filed a complaint against him accusing him of inappropriately touching her, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“We are deeply sorry for this,” Curry told the Los Angeles Times.  “We know we could have done better. … We want and need to hear from other possible patients.”

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Heaps’ arrest comes a year after the University of Southern California came under fire for allowing former campus gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall to allegedly sexual abuse hundreds of patients over the course of three decades. UCLA is now conducting a broader internal investigation over how it handles sexual assault claims and is urging other students who may have been abused by Heaps to come forward.

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Illegal immigrants can hurt US economy, professor argues, prompting calls for his firing

A college professor in Georgia is drawing criticism for his online comments about illegal immigrants, including his contention that people in the U.S. illegally can be a drain on the nation’s economy.

“If you are going to reward illegal immigrants, there will be more illegal immigrants,” Fang Zhou, an associate professor of history at Georgia Gwinnett College near Atlanta, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“If you are going to reward illegal immigrants, there will be more illegal immigrants.”

— Fang Zhou, associate professor of history, Georgia Gwinnett College

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Zhou says he welcomes the criticism, including from those who say he should lose his job, according to the report.

“I am against political correctness,” Zhou, a legal immigrant from China, told the newspaper. “I speak truth to power in class and my students learn about the financial drain of illegal immigration on the economy and the high crime rates of illegal immigrants.

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“My students are ‘woke’ and are overwhelmingly against illegal immigration after taking my class,” he added.

But Zhou told the paper he does not force students to share his opinions.

His critics, however, argue that many of Zhou’s assertions have been debunked and they object to some of the terms he uses in his comments, such as “libtards,” and “ghetto thugs.”

One such critic, according to the report, is Georgia state Rep. Bee Nguyen, the first Vietnamese-American elected to the state’s House of Representatives.

Nguyen posted some of Zhou’s comments on Twitter this week and asked her followers: “Are these the values supported by Georgia Gwinnett College?”

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“I have concerns about him teaching those things in a classroom,” Nguyen, a Democrat, told the Journal-Constitution. She noted that nearly 70 percent of the college’s students are either African-American, Asian or Hispanic, and planned to write to college officials to formally complain about Zhou.

“I have concerns about him teaching those things in a classroom.”

— Georgia state Rep. Bee Nguyen

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Georgia state Rep. Bee Nguyen, Democrat.

College officials did not respond directly to the newspaper’s request for comment but shared the school’s “academic freedom policy,” which stipulates that faculty members are allowed to express their views “without fear of censure.”

The same policy, however, told faculty members that they “should remember that the public may judge” their profession and the college by what they say and write.

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University of Alabama trustees meet on refunding $21M gift

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The University of Alabama board of trustees is expected to vote Friday on returning $21.5 million to a top donor who recently called on students to boycott the school over the state’s new abortion ban.

Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr., a 70-year-old real estate investor and lawyer, pledged a record $26.5 million to the university in September, but in a news release last week urged students to participate in a boycott of the school. Hours later, Alabama announced it was considering giving back his money, the biggest donation ever made to the university.

While Culverhouse said he has no doubt Alabama is retaliating over his call for a boycott, the university said the dispute has nothing to do with that. Instead, officials say it was in an “ongoing dispute” with Culverhouse over the way his gift was to be handled.

The university said that on May 28 — the day before Culverhouse’s boycott call — its chancellor recommended the trustees return the donation. The university said donors “may not dictate University administration” and that Culverhouse had made “numerous demands” regarding the operation of the school.

University administrators and trustees did not respond to requests for comment.

Culverhouse called university officials “liars” over their account. He acknowledged there were some disagreements over the handling of his gift. He said he told university President Stuart Bell that the law school should admit more students and that his donation was to fund scholarships to achieve that. But he said he thought the matter had been resolved.

The board of trustees — made up of 14 members, including the governor — appeared to be prepared to give the money back. A university lawyer last week asked Culverhouse for his bank information, saying the trustees are expected to vote for a refund, according to an email Culverhouse provided to The Associated Press.

Culverhouse said he was stunned by the university’s stand. But he also confessed: “You probably shouldn’t put a living person’s name on a building, because at some point they might get fed up and start talking.”

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Former West Point cadet sentenced to 21 years in classmate rape case can return to academy after conviction overturned

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A former military cadet who was sentenced to 21 years behind bars for allegedly raping a female classmate will be able to return to West Point Military Academy after his conviction was overturned two years later on Monday.

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U.S. Military Academy Cadet Jacob Whisenhunt, originally a member of the class of 2019 at West Point, was dismissed from the Army and removed from the school after he was convicted of raping a female cadet while she slept in her sleeping bag during a summer field training event on July 7, 2016.

An appellate court threw out the conviction on Monday, citing a lack of evidence to prove the sex wasn’t consensual. A judge concluded the woman did not audibly struggle and Whisenhunt did not attempt to silence her, hide his identity or remove evidence.

“The defense theory was that the appellant and [the victim] engaged in a consensual sexual encounter while taking active measures to avoid detection,” the written decision by three military judges said, according to Military Times.

“In our view, the circumstantial evidence in support of this defense theory severely undercuts the government’s case.”

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Whisenhunt can now be fully reinstated at West Point or can request his disenrollment. Because he was removed from school before completing two years at the university, he’s not required to serve in the military further or pay back his education.

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Kirsten Wegner: It’s National 529 College Savings Plan Day – but watch out for new Dem tax proposals

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Wednesday is National 529 College Savings Plan Day – but you might want to think twice before celebrating.

The 529 plans are widely perceived as an incredibly helpful tool for families attempting to save for the mounting cost of a college education. In fact, 2018 was a record year for these savings plans, with 44 percent of parents utilizing a 529 account for college savings.

In 2018, there were 13.6 million 529 savings accounts in the U.S. and the average size of an account was $24,153. Total investments in 529 plans reached $328.9 billion.

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The rising popularity of these plans for college savers is no surprise, given that earnings in a 529 plan grow federal tax-free and are not taxed when the money is taken out to pay for the beneficiary’s education. On top of the federal tax exemption, over 30 states offer a full or partial tax deduction for 529 plan contributions.

So, this must mean that 529 plans are essentially tax-free, right?

Maybe not.

The financial transaction tax (FTT), which is championed by several congressional Democrats, would place a tax ranging from 0.05-0.1 percent on all equity, debt and derivatives trades transacted in the United States.

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has a plan to place a 0.5 percent tax on equities. He and his fellow FTT supporters have framed this tax as a levy on Wall Street – but the harsh reality is that the FTT would be a huge blow to average American families across all income categories.

Virtually every 529 plan would be impacted when it makes an investment on the contributor’s behalf, because each share bought or sold would be taxed.

It is truly ironic that Sanders has proposed the financial transaction tax as a method for making college tuition-free and reducing student debt. In fact, the funds from his 529 tax would actually come from the savings plans average American parents have set up to pay for the education of their children.

The 529 savings plans are used by parents to save for their children’s future. Like a retirement plan, 529 plans are tax-advantaged and give investors flexibility in terms of contribution limits, investment options and plans.

Age-based plans assume higher levels of risk while the beneficiary is younger, and less risk as the beneficiary approaches college age. These are popular amongst 529 savings plan participants.

According to Fidelity’s 529 Plan Investment Options, earlier stages of an age-based portfolio would consist of approximately 75-95 percent equities. A 0.5 percent tax on equities from the proposed FTT each time stock shares are traded in these 529 plan portfolios would be a tax on the futures of our children.

As 529 plans have started to gain traction, college tuition has continued to increase tremendously. An FTT on 529 plans would add yet another cost.

According to the College Board, families with students in four-year private colleges spent almost $47,000 in 2017-2018. Additionally, the average student debt was $29,000 in 2017.

As the race for the Democratic presidential nomination moves forward, we have seen a common position in many of the contenders’ platforms: calls for tuition-free education and lowering student debt.

The supporters of the FTT have painted a pretty picture that would have us believe the tax would essentially take money directly from the pockets of the Wall Street wealthy to help make life better for average Americans.

It is truly ironic that Sanders has proposed the financial transaction tax as a method for making college tuition-free and reducing student debt. In fact, the funds from his 529 tax would actually come from the savings plans average American parents have set up to pay for the education of their children.

In other words, Sanders would increase your college savings plan taxes to cut your college tuition costs.

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Realistically, it will be average American families that contribute their hard-earned income to 529 savings accounts and retirement accounts that foot the bill for the FTT.

The same people who the supporters of the FTT are aiming to protect are the ones who will be hurt the most by such a tax. There is no disguising that a tax on American college savers will actually hurt them by reducing their savings.

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Robert Charles: I’m a conservative who was asked to speak at Dartmouth — It’s incredible what happened next

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Free speech is under attack on college campuses – but reaction to a conservative speaker at Dartmouth this month offers a glimmer of hope.

Data shows America’s college campuses are under siege. Anti-Trump sentiment, combined with socialist-leaning progressive tendencies, are dominant.  From “safe spaces” for delicate ears to violence against conservatives, the nation is in the throes of intolerance toward free speech.

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As violence against conservative students, faculty and speakers has risen, it has chilled intellectual diversity.  While an overwhelming body of constitutional law supports free speech, the reality is discomfiting.

In June 2017, the Daily Caller News Foundation chronicled a spike in violence against conservatives on college campuses – including those speaking out in defense of free speech, opposing abortion, favoring border security, urging respect for the American flag, defending law enforcement, rejecting socialism, supporting Israel, or wearing a Trump “Make America Great Again” hat.

There were 35 violent acts that made headlines between June of 2016 and June of 2017 – including felony destruction, vicious beatings and black-masked “protestors” shutting down campuses.

A 2017 Cato Institute survey shockingly found a majority of Democrats believe “controversial” or “offensive” speakers – e.g. those defending police or opposing transgender mandates– should not be allowed to speak on college campuses.  A 2018 Gallup college poll showed an eight percent jump – to 30 percent – among those who want no “offensive speech” on campus, with more than half putting cultural diversity above free speech, and a third supporting verbal suppression – shouting down speakers.

Add to that elected officials and other political figures jumping into the fray, telling people to: confront Trump administration officials in public and “tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere” (Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.); “get up in the face” of conservatives (Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.); “when they go low, kick them” (Obama Attorney General Eric Holder); and “you cannot be civil” to Republicans (former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton).

I cited both Ronald Reagan and Colin Powell, neither of whom ever took anything personally, as saying that rejecting an argument is not rejecting the person who is making it, and that productive conversations start with respect.

Is it any wonder aggression against conservatives is on the rise – both on campus and off?

And don’t forget restaurant confrontations against White House staffers and Republican senators, or a group of Kentucky high school students participating in a pro-life march who were taunted, taped and mercilessly ridiculed by national media and Hollywood – because one of them was wearing a “MAGA” hat.

Which brings me back to Dartmouth. This month. A lifelong conservative and an alum, I was invited to speak on campus, opposite a Democratic National Convention Committee “political operative,” another alum.

Having spent time in the White Houses of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, five years with Newt Gingrich in the House, a decade in naval intelligence, and serving as Assistant Secretary of State under George W. Bush – plus being a FOX commentator – I expected rough water. Especially in light of the fact that the Foundation for Rights in Education, non-profit defending rights at universities, had downgraded Dartmouth to a “red light rating” in 2018 for “restricting protected speech.”

Nevertheless, I rolled out conservative themes such as an emphasis on strong defense, smaller government and lower taxes.  I expressed pro-life views and a commitment to free speech – noting the importance of placing nation above party, history and law above emotion.

Challenged to name areas for cooperation, I started with the national drug crisis, then immigration and border security, infrastructure, and free speech on college campuses.

I cited both Ronald Reagan and Colin Powell, neither of whom ever took anything personally, as saying that rejecting an argument is not rejecting the person who is making it, and that productive conversations start with respect.

The result was surprising.  My opposite number and those in attendance were not hostile or dismissive.  A conversation occurred. After the event, one student found me. “I looked around when you said you were pro-life,” he said, “no one says that here.”  Then he added, “But I am.”

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The comment struck me. Non-violent opinions deserve to be heard – everywhere. Intellectual diversity is vital on college campuses. Offering opinions or ideas that offend or validate is how we all get to the truth.

It’s how they did it at the Constitutional Convention – which is how they settled on the First Amendment in the first place, assuring us freedom of speech. Wherever you may be.

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Sit. Study. Fetch a bachelor’s degree in dog training.

The State University of New York at Cobleskill is launching a new four-year program in “canine training and management” amid a surge in demand for specially trained dogs to detect threats and assist veterans in the wake of 9/11.

While several institutions hand out training certificates and at least one small private college awards a bachelor’s in dog handling, the program at Cobleskill is more ambitious in its scope.

Professor Stephen Mackenzie says he developed Cobleskill’s Bachelor of Technology degree partly in response to a heightened demand for dogs capable of sniffing out explosives in the aftermath of Sept. 11.

The need for service dogs trained to assist those with post-traumatic stress disorder or reduced mobility has also expanded as veterans started returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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