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Ivy League offers free ski tripbut not for whites

Dartmouth College is offering students free skiing lessons this winter - as long as those students are not white.  

Three “POC Ski Days” are scheduled this term, inviting “self-identified" students of color to ski for free. It is not clear whether the university is funding the trip or whether it is being funded in some other way. 

According to an email promotion obtained by Campus Reform, attendees receive free ski lessons, transportation, and equipment.

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While the events are not advertised anywhere on the university’s website, the event organizer, Dartmouth Assistant Director for Leadership and Experiential Education Tracie Williams, confirmed to Campus Reform that POC Ski Days are “university sponsored” events, and are, specifically, functions of the Outdoor Programs Office’s People of Color Outside Group, a student group called “Black Girls are Magic,” the school’s athletics department, and the Dartmouth Skiway.

Williams also confirmed that the free skiing would only be offered to students who are “self-identified” students of color, but clarified that the event itself is open to all “as it is held in a public space.” The organizer also expressed surprise that Campus Reform “got ahold [sic] of this event information,” calling it “interesting” and asking how Campus Reform obtained knowledge of the event.

“This just shows that identity politics has gotten to the point where even something as innocuous as skiing is an issue of race and oppression, and the fact that administrators feel the need to fund an event such as this exemplifies their preference for ethnic diversity over fiscal responsibility,” Dartmouth student Eashwar Sivarajan told Campus Reform.

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Conservative YouTube comedy personality and Dartmouth alum Austen “Fleccas" Fletcher feels similarly about the event, telling Campus Reform he was disappointed to see his alma mater “continue to go off of the progressive rails.”  

“It’s getting to the point where an Ivy League degree won’t mean much because these students aren’t actually learning anything and are in

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11899

Utah lawmakers silence campus free speech bill passage

A free speech bill failed in the House Judiciary Committee of the Utah Legislature earlier in February by a 3-7 vote. 

The bill indicated that it would “prohibit an institution from punishing certain acts of speech that do not constitute discriminatory harassment; and create a cause of action related to discriminatory harassment at an institute of higher education; and enact provisions related to the free expression policies of an institution of higher education.”

Utah Republican state Rep. Kim Coleman, who sponsored the bill, has presented free speech legislation since 2016, including a 2017 bill that classified outdoor areas of public colleges and universities as “traditional public forums,” which Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law.

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Several people testified in favor of the bill, including Connor Boyack from the Libertas Institute and University of Utah (UU) student Sophia Bagley. Spencer Jenkins from the Utah State Board of Regents and Stephanie Hollist, deputy general counsel of Weber State University, spoke about their concerns on the bill.

Coleman referenced the “Davis Standard” (Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education) throughout her presentation, which defines peer-on-peer sexual harassment as “so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive, and that so undermines and detracts from the victims’ educational experience, that the victim-students are effectively denied equal access to an institution’s resources and opportunities." 

She also stated that the Utah ACLU is in support of the legislation. 

Coleman referenced a free speech panel on which she was invited to speak at Utah State University. The USU Student Association Vice President for Diversity and Clubs Josh Johnson said that he doesn't think hate speech should be protected. In response to a question about what happens when students object to speech, Coleman responded, “I have to disagree. You never want a governmental entity to suppress the minority speech ever. We have had amazing progress in civil rights because we have protected and respected the minority voice.”

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UU Student Sophia Bagley, who testified in favor of the bill, cited an instance when fliers were approved by th

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11897

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO Conservative students call police after Build the Wall banner torn down

Members of a Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter at the University of Florida (UF) called police after having their “Build the Wall" banner torn down.

Members of the UF YAF chapter say they initially obtained a permit to display the banner on Monday, but that the large sign was torn down within a few hours. Determined to defend their right to free speech, YAF organizers met again Monday evening to build a new banner, which two females tore down on Tuesday and then ran away with as YAF members Philip Smith, Victor Santos, and Dylan Finucan chased after them. 

In video captured by the YAF members and shared with Campus Reform, the YAF members can repeatedly be heard asking why the female students tore their banner down, while the female students attempt to hide their faces.

“Why would you tear down our property?” one of the YAF members asked. 

The female with blue hair can also be seen lunging at Santos after he attempts to record her. Smith can be heard asking the female not to touch Santos. After Smith asked the females why they “don’t think our ideas should be listened to,” one of the females, dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt, responds by saying, “your ideas are violent.” 

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The YAF members continued to question and follow the students for several minutes. The students justified the vandalism by stating they were threatened. “Who cares about your f---ing speech?” one girl asked. When Smith stated that the banner was not life-threatening, the hooded student responded, “you are dangerous!”

The confrontation then became more tense with the hooded individual approaching Smith directly while yelling “get the f--k out of my face.” 

WATCH:

The students can be seen justifying their actions by stating they have a “freedom to protest” YAF’s freedom of speech. They are also repeatedly heard asking the YAF students to “stop harassing” them because they did not “consent to being videographed.” Finucan responded that YAF did not consent to having their poster torn down. 

While following the individuals who tore down the sign, the YAF members are ev

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11895

Johns Hopkins profs Police would decrease public safety

More than 60 faculty members at Johns Hopkins University have signed an open letter denouncing a bill that would form a campus police department.

Maryland SB 0739 / HB 1094, entitled the Community Safety and Strengthening Act, would “authoriz[e] the Johns Hopkins University to establish a police department,” The Baltimore Sun reported. Hearings are scheduled in the state House and Senate for on Friday.

Other Baltimore, Md. schools that already have their own campus police include Morgan State University, Coppin State University, the University of Baltimore and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, according to the Baltimore Sun.

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Signatories of the open letter claim that a “private police force” on campus would be "undemocratic” and would give the university the appearance of an “antagonistic relation with nonwhite and economically precarious Baltimore City.”

The JHU faculty members also claim that campus police would “[subscribe] in its enforcement policies to the logic of racial profiling,” and that they would “decrease public safety, endanger our own students, and increase risk” by “introduc[ing] dangerous firearms.”

“Once in place,” the letter continues, “police administrations will inevitably amplify the climate of fear and justify their roles by citing stops, arrests, and detainments.”

“Black and brown students and Baltimoreans are already disproportionately targeted,” they conclude, quoting a statement from JHU’s Students Against Private Police group. “Private police on campus are likely to exacerbate racial profiling, with even more dangerous and potentially fatal consequences.”

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Hopkins maintains it needs a campus police presence due to an increase in violent crime in Baltimore. Homicides have totaled above 300 each year for four years in a row, aggravated assaults almost doubled from 50 in 2014 to 98 in 2018, and robberies soared from 45 to 97 in the same period, according to the Baltimore Sun.

“We believe strongly that university police departments can and do make a meaningful contribution to public safety in Baltimore, and we at Johns Hopkins want to do our part,&

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11896

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