Unjust Firings at Mount Saint Mary's

The president of Mount Saint Mary's University in Maryland made headlines recently when he used metaphors of drowning and execution to explain a new policy of culling academically weaker students from the first-year herd. "You just have to drown the bunnies … put a Glock to their heads." When faculty objected to this policy and this rhetoric, university president and former hedge fund manager Simon Newman summarily fired them, ignoring due process and tenure protections. Please »

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On Galeano's Supposed Disavowal

Eduardo Galeano died on Monday. Some obituaries, including ones published by the New York Times and NPR, repeated a claim that the Uruguayan author had “disavowed” his best known work, Open Veins of Latin America. This claim originated last year with comments Galeano made at the Bienal do Livro e Leitura de Brasília, a book festival at which Galeano was a guest of honor. At a press conference, he was asked the following question: “Forty »

Academic Freedom, Except When I Disagree

Former AAUP president Cary Nelson had some things to say about the case of Steven Salaita, recently fired from UIUC for criticizing Israel on social media. Since Nelson is known as one of the staunchest defenders of academic freedom against right-wing bogeymen like David Horowitz, one might have expected him to rush to Salaita’s defense. Alas, the mask has slipped, as Nelson’s commitment to academic freedom has proven less strong than his desire »

Say "No" to Dave Heineman for NU President

Current Nebraska governor Dave Heineman is trying to shoehorn himself into the University of Nebraska presidency. Here are six reasons why Heineman should not become the next NU president. 1. He is unqualified Heineman has no advanced degrees. Having graduated from a military college in 1970 doesn’t qualify him to oversee a multi-campus university system which includes a medical school and hospital (UNMC), a major research university (UNL), and two comprehensive universities (UNK, UNO) »