Safe Space Event Organizer Claims She Wouldn’t ‘Feel Safe’ Describing Event to Reporter

An organizer for a safe space event held in response to President Trump’s executive order on immigration refused to speak with a reporter, claiming that doing so would make her feel unsafe. Last week, online conservative campus watchdog Campus Reform reported on a safe space event that took place at Colgate University on March 9 in response to President Trump’s executive order on immigration. “If you are interested in speaking up or sharing your emotions and thoughts about the executive order, please feel free to come to Chapel Basement on Thursday, March 9th at 8:30 pm,” the event description read. “This event aims to create a safe, supportive space where people can express feelings about the executive order, listen, and stand in solidarity with those affected.” Campus Reform reached out to student organizer Woohee Kim, who in response claimed that she wouldn’t “feel safe” sharing information about the event. Kim was given the Project for Peace Award by Colgate University for her research on the history of violence against women during the Asian and Pacific war. Tom Ciccotta is a libertarian who writes about education and social justice for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @tciccotta or email him at
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Notre Dame Students Complain After Mike Pence Announced as Commencement Speaker

US Vice President Mike Pence insisted that President Donald Trump's NATO commitment was "unwavering" and never in doubt
Students at the University of Notre Dame have reacted strongly to the announcement that Vice President Mike Pence will serve as this year’s commencement speaker. University President John Jenkins announced the decision to host Pence as the speaker at this year’s graduation event in a press release. Jenkins stated that it “is fitting that in the 175th year of our founding on Indiana soil that Notre Dame recognize a native son who served our state and now the nation with quiet earnestness, moral conviction and a dedication to the common good characteristic of true statesmen.” Although there have been no calls to disinvite Vice President Pence, students at the University of Notre Dame have been expressing their concern over the decision to offer him the role of commencement speaker. The university’s College Democrats organization expressed their concern over Pence’s stances on immigration, abortion, and healthcare, suggesting that his values contradict those of what the group would consider an appropriate commencement speaker. “Vice President Pence has demonstrated this ‘quiet earnestness’ and ‘moral conviction’ on numerous other occasions: when he refused to allow Syrian refugees, fleeing from violence and terrorism, to find refuge in our state; when he limited a woman’s right
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University of Arizona Instructs Students to Say ‘Ouch!’ when Offended

The University of Arizona’s College of Humanities is instructing students to say “ouch!” when they are offended by a faculty member or classmate. The guidelines for how to response to offensive speech is outlined in a new handbook for faculty, which is entitled “Diversity and Inclusiveness in the Classroom.” Students are instructed to use “ouch” to indicate that they have been offended. Offenders are instructed to use “oops” to signify their acknowledgment that their words have offended one of their peers. “This document is intended to be a resource for addressing difficult or challenging topics in the classroom.” Although faculty members are not “required to utilize” the handbook, they are encouraged to utilize it so that they can best “engender the broadest possible perspectives” and “maximize free speech in the classroom,” as the handbook claims. Some criticized the public institution for the expense at which the “ouch/oops” initiative has been introduced. Jesus Trevino, the university’s Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, is paid $214,000 per year to develop diversity and inclusion themed programming for the community and instructional material for the faculty. Similar programs have been introduced at other institutions around the country. Several schools have licensed a program from the website,
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University of Minnesota Drops Homecoming ‘King and Queen’ in Favor of Genderless Alternative

Administrators at the University of Minnesota have dropped the traditional “King and Queen” labels for their annual homecoming weekend for the genderless “royals” term. Officials at the University of Minnesota have also announced that the biological sex of the winners is irrelevant. The newly crowned “royals” at the university’s next homecoming event “can be any combination of any gender identity.” Homecoming this year at the University of Minnesota will be held October 15-21. Recentl students have been invited to apply to be crowned a royal for the 2017 event. “This change allows the University to select the best student representatives for the U of M based on campus and community involvement — regardless of gender,” the Homecoming website states. According to the website, the title of “royal” will be awarded to two students “who respectfully represents the University’s values, connects with the diverse members of the University community, and has excellent school pride.” “As in past years, the U will name 10 students to Homecoming court, only this year the mix won’t necessarily be five men and five women. Those 10 will be paired at random to compete in pre-Homecoming events, and their performance, along with a university-wide vote, will determine
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Andrew Sullivan: Campus SJWs Driven by a Marxist Ideology That Is Like a Religion

In a recent column for New York Magazine, conservative political commentator Andrew Sullivan argued that the wave of political intolerance sweeping across American college campuses is driven in part by a blind adherence to a neo-Marxist ideology that operates almost like a religion. Sullivan is describing intersectionality, the new political phenomenon that has taken college campuses around the country hostage. It was on display earlier this month at Middlebury College when students derailed an event featuring American Enterprise Institute Scholar Charles Murray. Writing in New York Magazine, Sullivan defines intersectionality: “Intersectionality” is the latest academic craze sweeping the American academy. On the surface, it’s a recent neo-Marxist theory that argues that social oppression does not simply apply to single categories of identity — such as race, gender, sexual orientation, class, etc. — but to all of them in an interlocking system of hierarchy and power. At least, that’s my best attempt to define it briefly. Sullivan argues that this recent neo-Marxist theory manifests itself almost as a religion, as many of its characteristics and practices of its believers mirror that of fundamentalist faiths throughout the world. It is operating, in Orwell’s words, as a “smelly little orthodoxy,” and it manifests itself, it
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