Dawah in the Reveille

Rod Dreher is upset that the Daily Reveille, the student paper at Louisiana State University, has a Muslim columnist. He dubs this, Dhimmitude on the Bayou. (He clarifies in responding to a comment by me that he’s not against having a Muslim columnist, but he thinks she crossed a line and was proselytizing). I think…

Stifling Speech at University of Maryland

Don’t these universities talk to one another? University of Maryland is trying to do what other schools have tried to do–and failed: establish “free speech zones” in out of the way places for student speech they would rather ignore. ADF is suing on behalf of a pro-life group.

Persecuted for Washing Feet

A Christian campus ministry group, Commissioned II Love, was sanctioned by Savannah State University in 2006 for “harassment” (e.g., sharing their faith) and “hazing” (they were practicing the Christian rite of foot-washing). The Alliance Defense Fund announces that the Christian group has won its fight (as any observer of these things knew they must).

When Church Colleges Lose Their Identity

Muhlenberg College is a Lutheran school, at least in name (and by bearing the name of an historic Lutheran). But does that really mean anything when only 6% of the students who attend are Lutheran? Lutherans are even outnumbered by Jewish students! At another Lutheran college, St. Olaf (Northfield, MN), the chair of the religion…

Princeton Hoax

I first linked to Kesher Talk for the story of a student at Princeton, Francisco Nava, who claimed to have been harassed and then attacked for his conservative views. Along with KT, I wondered if the university would call it a “hate crime,” or seek “understanding”? It has been determined that the attack and the…

College Endowments

News report: A private foundation must spend 5% of its endowment on its mission–colleges don’t have to. Record return on those endowments is leading to some in Congress to ask why colleges are letting tuition rise while their investment income skyrockets at an even higher rate. If they were required to meet the same 5%…

Religion and College Students

Religious Engagement Among American Undergraduates. Recent studies of college students’ attitudes toward religion suggest that the academy is no longer the bastion of secularism it was once assumed to be. And these studies further reveal that the spiritual landscape on today’s college campuses is virtually unrecognizable from what we’ve seen in the past. Evangelicalism–often in…

Facebook

Newsweek‘s cover story: Facebook. It’s a fundamental part of college life today (it is even having an impact on roommate selection, according to ABC). It’s spreading beyond the campus, though, and that has some teens freaking out. E.g., “Ick, old married guys on Facebook.” Employers are also using it to get a better sense of…

UT Study of Reasons Students Have Sex

Researchers at UT have studied reasons college students have sex. Newspaper article and the study. The latter admits that the data are skewed by the fact that they were interviewing college students, and of these, “Four percent of the women and 2% of men were married. Six percent of women and 5% of men were…

Defining Proselytism at Georgetown

Commonweal links to a Washington Post article about new religious policies at Georgetown University. Protestant groups were required to sign a statement affirming: While zeal for spreading the good news of the Gospel is a most worthy Christian virtue, there is increasing agreement among Christians today that proselytism, defined as any effort to influence people…

Missing the Forest for the Trees

Bill Donohue. What a job he has. To get paid looking for anti-Catholicism. To have to read student newspaper opinion pieces in the quest. “Penelope” is writing a sex column for the Ohio State Lantern–a paper that is rather tardy in getting on the student-sex-columnist bandwagon. In her introductory piece, she describes the kinds of…

Diversity

Arizona State University puts RA on probation for complaining about a diversity exercize that required you to be respectful of all groups, except Christians. Here and here.

The Great Texas Rivalry

UT sues Aggie retailer over ‘saw em off’ logo. Fadi Kalaouze, a 1991 Aggie ring bearer, long ago created a parody of the UT longhorn symbol with mutilated horns and the legend, “Saw ’em off.” UT is now taking legal action. An A&M representative is understanding of the UT concern, but is surprised it took…

Pro-Abortion rally at UCSB

Alan links to an article in the UCSB Daily Nexus, Locals Rally to Preserve Roe v. Wade. An Episcopal priest from Santa Barbara who is on the board of Planned Parenthood and represents “Clergy for Choice” was a speaker (but apparently no campus ministers from UCSB were involved). The article avoids saying how many people…

Methodist ministers oppose library at SMU

A group of Methodist ministers has started a petition drive to prevent the building of a new library at Southern Methodist University. Their problem is that the proposed library would be the George W. Bush Presidential Library. They say some of his positions differ from Methodist teaching. But they don’t want people to be able…

Culture Wars at LSU

Parousian Emily Byers laments that LSU has replaced a distinctive cafe with a Starbucks: The once-beloved Café Vieux Carré -the only place on campus where you could get New-Orleans-style beignets or the delicious “du fromage” sandwich – is being replaced by the McDonald’s of coffee shops in all its commercialized glory. …I don’t know about…

Cross Controversy at College of William & Mary

Dom links to a (biased) report and a webpage about a controversy surrounding the removal of a cross from the altar at Wren Chapel at College of William & Mary. President’s statement. After the pressure, he said it could stay in the chapel all day on Sunday’s, and he’d put up a plaque commemorating the…

Charen on “Unprotected”

Mona Charen comments on Dr. Miriam Grossman’s book, Unprotected. “Unprotected” is a hard slap at the sexual free-for-all that prevails on American campuses and throughout American life. The author, revealed since publication as Dr. Miriam Grossman, a psychiatrist at the student health service at UCLA, was hesitant to put her name on this book. The…

We Are Marshall–the true story

Busted Halo has the story of Fr. Bob Scott, CSP, chaplain at Marshall University in Huntington, WV, in 1970, when a plane crash took the lives of the university’s entire football team. He was also the team chaplain, and sometimes flew with the team. He didn’t that time. Of the movie, “We Are Marshall,” he…