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After getting sued UCLA finally releases Mnuchin records

Shortly after getting sued, the University of California at Los Angeles has released records pertaining to an event it hosted with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

During a February 2018 event featuring Mnuchin, some attendees were arrested for heckling after they protested the Secretary’s speech. The Treasury Secretary had originally granted UCLA permission to post the video of his talk, which concerned economic development, but withdrew permission after the protest, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Free speech nonprofit the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) first filed a public records request in March 2018, asking for both video of the speech and all communications between the school and Mnuchin’s staff about the event.

UCLA subsequently published the video, posting it to its website that same month.

[RELATED: UCLA gets SUED over mysterious Mnuchin talk]

FIRE, however, filed a lawsuit earlier in April 2019 because while the school released the video, it did not hand over the communications between the Department of the Treasury and itself, with the free speech nonprofit claiming that the school consistently granted itself extensions. In an April 15 news release, FIRE noted that UCLA has since made those records public.

These records consisted of 13 pages of emails in which a representative of UCLA appeared to confirm an earlier oral conversation between herself and a Treasury representative, noting that video of the Mnuchin event would be posted to UCLA's site. The UCLA rep tells a second UCLA employee that the Treasury rep never objected to any of the email and the second UCLA employee suggested that, in the future, the UCLA rep pose the matter of video as a question instead of a statement or have government officials sign a release.

"You didn’t do anything wrong—no one anticipated this -- but for [California Democrat Rep. Adam] Schiff for example we should either ask them 'Do we have your permission to video…' OR send them a release to sign," the second UCLA employee said. "Or otherwise eliminate the opportunity for them to post hoc lie and say, 'we never agreed to that.'"

FIRE explained that, after posting the video of the talk in March 2018, UCLA approximated that releasing the communication would take three months. When that time had elapsed, UCLA said the records would become available after two more months. The school then gave itself a

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MSU to Natural Science students No science is needed to support transgender and non-binary identities

The College of Natural Science at Michigan State University urged students to use the singular pronoun “they” in an early April “transgender visibility” email.

MSU’s NatSci Council on Diversity and Community authored the email obtained by Campus Reform entitled “Increasing transgender visibility on campus,” which asked students to “reflect on how visibility of minoritized groups is essential to changing our campus culture,” and provided several online resources to help improve students’ understanding.

These included links to LGBT resource centers, how to “learn about and start using the singular they,” a resource on hosting queer inclusive workshops, one dedicated to inviting “transgender and gender-diverse scientists," guides on transphobia, and more.

“No science is needed to support transgender and non-binary identities,” the email stated. “It is simply a matter of affirming their experiences.”

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Clicking on the pronoun link brings up a colorful and interactive web page titled “I [love] the singular they,” which maps out benefits and tools to using the pronoun to refer to a person. The page argues that the singular “they” is “neutral,” “easy," “inclusive,” and “classy.”

“Writing with non-gender-neutral pronouns is a serious pain,” the site linked by MSU says. “Some prefer the Frankenword 's/he,' while others rack their brain. Some stick with a particular pronoun for one paragraph or chapter, then swap out the one they’re using; others alternate ‘he’ and ‘she’ by sentence, or use a plural adapter, but that all sounds confusing.”

“They” is “a metaphorical blanket that can cover the human population (which, non-metaphorically, would be a cuddle celebration),” according to the site. “‘They’ doesn’t assume a person’s gender, and it doesn’t assume there are only two.”

Students of MSU’s Natural Science college had mixed reactions to the email.

Ashley Deaton, a food science and microbiology freshman, told Campus Reform, “I believe th

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Petition Yale must disarm police and donate to BLM

A student petition demands that Yale University disarm its police officers and make a donation to Black Lives Matter in response to “state-sanctioned violence”.

A petition circulating Yale’s student body and addressed to Yale University President Paul Salovey calls for the immediate disarmament of campus police in the wake of a shooting on Tuesday.

 “Armed campus police are a risk to the students they are sworn to protect and to the communities in which schools reside,” the petition states. “There is an epidemic of police violence and police brutality in this country, and this shooting all too tragically shows that Yale is not immune to this issue. We will not allow the Yale Police Department to contribute to this epidemic by acting violently against members of the community that we have chosen from all over this country and the world.”

The shooting occurred on the morning of Tuesday, April 16, when Hamden, Conn. officer Devin Eaton and Yale officer Terrance Pollock opened fire on Stephanie Washington, a passenger in a vehicle police said was believed to be implicated in an attempted armed robbery of a newspaper delivery employee at a Hamden gas station, according to News 8 and the Hartford Courant. Washington and Pollock were injured in the confrontation, but Pollock is in a stable condition and Washington has been released from hospitalization.

[RELATED: Five years after mass shooting, UCSB student body calls for disarming of campus police]

Yale placed Pollock on leave pending the investigation’s conclusion and the petition also calls or his resignation or termination.

In a joint statement published Wednesday, the Yale Black Men’s Union and Black Women’s Coalition repeated the demand for Pollock’s immediate termination and police disarmament, saying campus police are “neither transparent nor held accountable to the people they serve.”

The Hartford Courant reported that protesters gathered outside of President Salovey’s residence Wednesday and chanted for him to come out of his house. 

“Who do you protect? Who do you serve?” protesters shouted at officers outside the president’s house gate. “Yale police, off our streets.”

More than 100 Black Lives Matter members stormed the New Haven police department headquarters Tuesday, demanding to speak to the chief of police or top o

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EXCLUSIVE Penn prof teaching conservative-friendly Trump course

A Pennsylvania professor claimed that university politics and sociology fields have been “hijacked by the far left” and spoke exclusively with Campus Reform about a President Donald Trump-themed course that aims to be accepting of conservative points of view.

Lock Haven University sociology professor Kimberly Johnson created a new course to be taught in the 2019 fall semester called "Culture and Society in the Age of Trump," according to a course flyer obtained by Campus Reform. 

The course appears to deviate from previous Trump-related classes covered by Campus Reform that either show bias against the current president or blatantly teach against his policies.

Harvard University, for instance, has held courses called “Donald Trump and the Challenge to Liberal Democracy,” and “Constitutional Strategies For the McConnell/Trump/Kavanaugh Era.”

[RELATED: Harvard Law course looks at ways to ‘push back against’ Trump strategies]

Johnson detailed her motivation for starting the course to Campus Reform.

“Conservative students have told me that they wish they had a class where they could openly express themselves, particularly concerning Trump and his politics,” She said. “For me, it doesn’t matter what a student’s views are on our current president; I hope to provide an environment where we can genuinely examine what is going on in society during such turbulent times.”

Johnson explained that her course will differ from anti-Trump courses, claiming that it will instead take an objective approach.

“I want our students to understand that we can use sociological tools and critical thinking to study topics in an impartial way which interests us,” the professor said.

In a course description she sent Campus Reform, Johnson further explains how the class will tackle Trump’s election from a sociological approach.

[RELATED: UMaine ‘bars’ prof who set up anti-Kavanaugh DC trip (Update)]

“Students will learn about race, class, and gender and how these important societal components were directly applicable to the presidential election and the reaction that followed,” the course description states. “This course also examines the sociological background to some of the key elements that shaped global society and culture, such as populist movements.”

When asked about

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