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The home of “things said” by the National Association of Scholars.

Indoctrinating Students Isn't Easy

Peter Wood

Cash incentives are used at UCLA to reinforce the sustainability movement.

Collegiate Press Corps Cover Middle East Cauldron

Glenn Ricketts

Undergraduate pundits cover recent Middle East upheavals and national political trends.

Collegiate Press Corps Covers Politics, Civics, Civil Liberties

Glenn Ricketts

Undergraduate reporters and editors analyze the presidential race, civic duties, and the erosion of First Amendment freedoms on campus.

Student Press Corps on Politics, Marriage, Sandwiches, Middle East

Glenn Ricketts

Undergraduate pundits analyze trends in the  presidential race, waffle fries, impending climate catastrophe and the electoral system.

OSU Lantern Reports Prof’s Classroom Political Campaigning

Glenn Ricketts

The Ohio State Lantern picks up the story of classroom political recruiting and OSU's response.

Student Press Corps Commentary on Penn State Scandal

Glenn Ricketts

The release of the Freeh Report generates wide collegiate press analysis and commentary.

Collegiate Journalists Ponder Summer Pursuits, Politics and Popular Culture

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists offer suggestions for summer break, report on political developments and assess the state of popular culture.

Student Press Corps Cover War on Women, Large Sodas and Immigration Policy

Glenn Ricketts

Student editors and writers provide insight and analysis on campus issues and beyond.

Bias Crimes, Politics, Commencement Speakers and Sex: Student Press Outlook

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists continue to cover a variety of issues, from commencement speakers to international affairs.

Diversity, Graduation, Gender Issues and Politics: Student Press Views

Glenn Ricketts

As the academic year concludes and graduates march, student journalists cover the issues.

Parties, Politics, Year-End Issues Engage Student Press Corps

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists provide commentary on a range of issues, from campus culture to international politics.

Student Editors Weigh In On OWS, Sustainability, Other Issues

Glenn Ricketts

Student press corps regulars size the Occupy Wall Street movement and other current issues.

Student Reporters Survey College Social Scene, Campus Issues

Glenn Ricketts

Undergraduate press writers provide copy on local trends, issues, and controversies.

Health Care Debate, Political Issues, Engage Student Press Writers

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists weigh in on health care, presidential politics and other issues

Women’s History, Gender Issues, Spark Student Journalists

Glenn Ricketts

Student press corps regulars offer opinion and commentary on women, society and related issues.

Politics and Presidential Primaries: Students Weigh In

Glenn Ricketts

Student newspaper editors and analysts cover the GOP presidential primaries,  the 2012 election, and how to engage civilly in political controversy.

What Do Student Journalists Say About Fisher v Texas?

Glenn Ricketts

Undergraduate opinion writers and edtorial boards ponder the significance of a major affirmative action case now under review by the Supreme Court.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

What are student newspapers saying about same-sex marriage, "diversity" admissions, and domestic oil drilling? Glenn Ricketts has this week's scoop. 

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student press hawks assess the implications of the presidential election, complain about Valentine's Day, take issue with the Occupy Wall Street movement and explain why hate speech is free speech.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student news hawks have a look at the president's state of the union address, lament the media's focus on trivia in covering the GOP primaries, demand that campus activists stop disrupting guest speakers and urge the sponsors of a planned protest in Chicago to take a step back.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student press corps regulars analyze the president's call to narrow the wealth gap, argue that the bad economy isn't all the fault of Wall Street, ponder the options for voters in this year's presidential election and observe that college may not be the ticket for everyone.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student press writers ponder the long-term significance of the OWS movement, analyze the social dynamics of different beers, cite the perils of the SOPA bill in Congress and endorse a proposal for a Year of Sex on campus.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student columnists and editors hold forth on President Obama's Middle East policies, clear up misconceptions about bisexuality, examine the subculture of the South and deplore proposed voter ID laws.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student columnists and editorial staffers weigh in on the Iowa caucuses, the discussion of sex on campus, how to spend your time before this year's anticipated Apocalypse and potential problems with new federal sex harassment guidelines.

Will Harvard Stop Trying to Impose Orthodoxies?

Harvey Silverglate

FIRE co-founder Harvey Silverglate applauds the Harvard student newspaper for defending free inquiry at the University, where the faculty is increasingly inclined to enact political orthodoxy.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists offer insight and commentary on the diversity of the December holiday season, the bad manners of celebrity airline passengers, intrusive technology and highly paid absentee professors.

Students Need Curricular Structure

Oliver Rosenbloom

A student at Brown University argues that too much curricular freedom can cause students to miss out on a well-rounded education.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student writers offer suggestions for tweaking anti-bullying laws, applaud President Obama's use of the bully pulpit, endorse the incarceration of corrupt politicians and marvel at meeting an open-minded clergyman.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student press corps regulars size up the GOP presidential pool, the shame of failing to fund the UCal system, college men who need to man up and the touchy state of race relations on campus.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student news beat regulars encourage support for the Occupy Wall Street protests, suggest some good speakers for spring commencement, assess the drinking culture on campus, and note the difficulty of defining "social justice."

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student press regulars take a look at free speech on campus, the American pre-occupation with sex scandals, bad behavior at concerts and the price of disbelief in evolution.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student news beats sound off on Thanksgiving, the budget logjam in Washington, the fallacies of population control and the wrong way to stop internet piracy.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student editors and columnists weigh in on how to fix the economy, why Europe is in a fiscal mess, suggest that there's room for more grade inflation and advise how to handle yourself in a tough job market.

Defense of NAS Bowdoin Study in Student Newspaper

Ashley Thorne

Peter Wood responds to charges that NAS's study of Bowdoin College is biased.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student press corps writers evaluate this year's Halloween costumes, the Obama administration's foreign policy record, general education requirements and the realization that not everyone should go to college.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student reporters and op-ed writers have a look at President Obama's proposals for easing student loan repayments, why it's dangerous to sneer at your political opponents, a historical figure who'd be top-caliber presidential timber and the lack of community among designated "diversity" groups on campus.

Better Answers Required to Justify Holistic Admissions Process

W. Lee Hansen

After attending hearings discussing recent findings on racial preferences at UW-Madison, NAS member W. Lee Hansen extends his critique of the admissions process at the university.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists opine about religion and politics, the benefits of vegetarianism, the political wisdom of Martin Luther King, Jr. and finding religion on a secular college campus.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student reporters cover Occupy Wall Street, deplore censorious campus speech codes, argue for updated undergraduate housing policies and lament intrusive post 9/11 security measures gone wrong.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

This week student newspapers are writing about the Wall Street occupiers, Texas governor Perry

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists take on the big issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian standoff, campus diversity, religion and politics and what awaits graduating seniors out there in the real world.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student news analysts size up ways to stimulate the economy, why college presidents should stop harassing Greek life, the future of green jobs and the unexpected limits of instant web searches.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student press hawks discuss the remembrance of 9/11, classroom bores, deniers of evolution and the need for a smoke-free campus.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student reporters and editorialists weigh in on unfair media jibes, complex relationships, disquieting historical parallels and suggestions for commencement speakers.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student reporters get the Fall semester rolling with observations on the national debt crisis, same-sex marriage, the vocation of college journalists and how to spend your summer break.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Summertime student opinion writers take the measure of Texas presidential candidates, campus sustainability policies, creeping corporate influence and discriminatory "diversity" plans.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists take some shots at Congress's debt deal, the medical uses of marijuana, the value of a liberal arts education and why you can't be strictly honest with your parents about college life.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student reporters working during summer vacation write about the search for superheroes, female presidential candidates and stereotyping, the money-driven world of professional sports and Third Culture Kids.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student summer reporters analyze global citizenship, complain about censorship of prayers, suggest the wisdom of a carbon tax and marvel at the appeal of Harry Potter.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student reporters weigh in on wimpy TV networks, the reasons for affirmative action's prolonged presence in college admissions, President Obama's unsatisfactory plans for Afghanistan and being bummed out for the Fourth of July.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student op ed writers take the measure of same-sex marriage, punk music festivals, unfair stereotypes of teenage fatherhood and psychiatric irresponsibility.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student reporters take a look at the question of faculty diversity, the value of a college degree, the philosophical implications of hashtags and the need to re-think our basic educational priorities.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Collegiate journalists talk about the tragedy of the Gaza Strip, the wrong way to address campus sexual assault, misguided personnel policies and the psychology of t-shirts.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student reporters survey the scene, including LGBT athletics, misdirected institutional priorities, the positive influence of bogus apocalyptic expectations and the problems of required diversity courses.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists weigh in on hookah smoking, same sex marriage, inactive campus political activists and the need to extend broader gun rights to undergraduates.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

College news flaks provide copy on the Palestinian-Israeli mess, student eating disorders, threats to civil liberties and summer romances with your ex.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student news writers take a look at American misimpressions of the situation in Syria, life after graduation, the perils of publishing a political cartoon and excessively hyper campus activists.

Davidson Professor Apologizes for Angry Letter about Student Writer

Ashley Thorne

A faculty response and apology appear in the student newspaper after a professor censured a senior for writing an opinion article questioning President Obama's leadership.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

The student press covers the death of Osama bin Laden, "diversity" training, bullying on campus and a different approach to affirmative action admissions policies.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student news writers sound off on cigarette smoking, campus labor disputes, the fog of contemporary political ideology and the wrong way to support gay rights.

Davidson Professor Blasts Student over Opinion Article

Ashley Thorne

An exchange in the student newspaper raises questions about the standards of civil discourse on campus.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student press analysts take a look at 2012 presidential politics, campus green efforts, the importance of Awareness Day and the problems with Hate Crimes statutes.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student press writers this week ponder the legality of military operations in Libya, the need for an undergraduate science requirement, why spending cuts are the key to economic recovery and the Obama administration's recent budget deal.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists assess military operations in Libya, the utility of profiling potential dictators, the lack of genuine debate on campus and the impact of proposed GOP budget cuts.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student writers offer their views on sexuality and free speech, the difficulties of banning tobacco on campus, lousy movies and the state of gender equity in the United States.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists ponder US Middle Eastern policies, the stifiling of debate on many campuses, immigration politics and annoying animal rights activists.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists consider the 2012 presidential race, the need for greater tolerance on campus, how to fix the budget crisis and what to think of a former secretary of state.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists have a look at campus elections, Transgender Awareness Week, the Libyan crisis and the joy of polyamory.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

This week's student columnists complain about meatless Mondays and consider the limits of First Amendment freedoms and innovative pedagogy in Human Sexuality courses.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student news hawks analyze developments in the Middle East, misinformation about the global climate, the role of handguns in deterring crime and the nuisance of academic institutional assessment.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student press corps writers analyze stress among undergraduates, changing views of Valentine's Day and romance, the Constitution and slavery and a 2012 presidential prospect.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

This week, student journalists comment on the upheavals in Egypt, a campus police force, anxiety about graduation and whether a state needs an official pie.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student writers this week discuss longtime NFL loyalties, campus smoking bans, and why the Bible can't tell us when life begins.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

In this week's edition, undergraduate journalists call for more campus activism, defend student voting in college towns and approve one choice for commencement speaker.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Undergraduate journalists assess Sarah Palin's political future, the impact of popular culture, the value of Greek life and student mental health care.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

In this week's roundup, student newshawks ruminate on marriage equality, expurgated literary classics and presidential memoirs.

Collegiate Press Roundup 1-6-11

Glenn Ricketts

Back from semester break, student journalists have a look at prospects for the 2012 election, the need for increased campus activism and the influence of Wikileaks.

Collegiate Press Roundup 12-21-10

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists write about Wikileaks, ethical dilemmas, bilious feminists and campus hate crimes.

Collegiate Press Roundup 12-10-10

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists have a look at violent video games, the year in politics and the dismal state of American science and math education.

Collegiate Press Roundup 11-23-10

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists take the measure of campus anti-smoking policies, graduation rates for football players and due process rights for accused terrorists.

Collegiate Press Roundup 11-9-10

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists weigh in on environmental activism, keeping in touch with your family and getting locked up for using marijuana.

Collegiate Press Roundup 10-14-10

Glenn Ricketts

Student writers argue for more campus-wide involvement in supporting diversity, suggest how to dress for Halloween and propose the abolition of faculty tenure.

Collegiate Press Roundup 10-8-10

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalist size up various issues, from vanishing academic libraries to the legalization of marijuana.

Collegiate Press Roundup 9-30-10

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists this week focus on ill-conceived laws here and abroad, loud music and PBS censorship of Sesame Street.

Collegiate Press Roundup 9-23-10

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists assess the war in Afghanistan, gender inclusive dorms and the cold reality of a college education.

Collegiate Press Roundup 9-16-10

Glenn Ricketts

This week, student op-ed writers look at campus hand gun policies, sex at school and bad language at football games.

Collegiate Press Roundup, 9-9-10

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists size up medical marijuana, overrated college ratings and President Obama's leadership style.

Collegiate Press Roundup 9-2-10

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists examine topics from presidential speeches to campus smoking bans.

Collegiate Press Roundup 8-26-10

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists have a look at the Ground Zero mosque controversy, reducing your carbon footprint and the pitfalls of "sexting."

Collegiate Press Roundup 8-18-10

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists tackle gay marriage, weird psychology studies and state liquor regulations.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists who continue to work during summer vacation write about the money-driven world of professional sports, the national debt crisis,the search for superheroes,and Third Culture Kids.

Collegiate Press Roundup 7-28-10

Glenn Ricketts

In this week's edition, student writers range from advising presidents and prime ministers, to pointing the finger in the Gulf oil spill.

Collegiate Press Roundup 7-21-10

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists tackle state politics, classics and contempory social malaise and why Kansas isn't cool.

Collegiate Press Roundup, 7-15-10

Glenn Ricketts

In this week's Roundup, student writers take the measure of oil dependence, November Congressional elections, sleeping in class and NASA's role in international diplomacy.

Collegiate Press Roundup 7-7-10

Glenn Ricketts

Student editors take a look this week at the complexities of friendship, the ominous implications of a recent Supreme Court decision, and the Obama administration

Collegiate Press Roundup 6-30-2010

Glenn Ricketts

College students write about the Texas governor’s contest, the high cost of Dartmouth’s Sophomore Summer program, the awkward aspects of returning to your parents’ abode during summer break, and the need for students to buckle down and read a book.

Collegiate Press Roundup 6-23-2010

Glenn Ricketts

Student columnists take a look at the Obama administration’s education policies, the threat to free speech posed by self-censorship, and the futility of banning smoking everywhere on campus.

Collegiate Press Roundup 6-17-10

Glenn Ricketts

In student news this week are opinions about student apathy, impediments to intellectual openness, the possible connection between federally subsidized corn and immigration problems, what to read during summer vacation, and thoughts on same-sex marriage.

Collegiate Press Roundup 6-3-10

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists this week write about senior reflections, Teach for America, the line between the offensive and the satirical, reverse racism and the new health care law.

Collegiate Press Roundup 5-26-10

Glenn Ricketts

This week students write about higher pay for women, ideological uniformity on campus, ways to control undergraduate alcoholic excess, the spiritual dimension of life and federal health care programs.

Collegiate Press Roundup 5-19-10

Glenn Ricketts

Undergraduate journalists this week take a look at national politics, the limits of free speech, environmental ethics, guns on campus and the larger significance of four years in college.

Collegiate Press Roundup 5-13-10

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists write about the ongoing controversy over Arizona’s new immigration law, the dark side of sophisticated communications technologies, the National Day of Prayer, Washington, D.C.’s proposed soda tax, and how to dress on your summer vacation.

Collegiate Press Roundup 05-06-10

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists take the measure of European Islamophobia, holistic education, Spanish LGBT culture, bullying studies and racism in the Tea Party movement.

Collegiate Press Roundup 4-29-10

Glenn Ricketts

Student journalists take on the wimps at Comedy Central, immigration reform, the broadening of horizons gained by overseas travel, feminist pornographers and the malaise that

Collegiate Press Roundup 4-22-10

Glenn Ricketts

Issues in student news stories this week range from diversity, drug use, and the Tea Party, to grade inflation, apologies for inciting hate, and teaching tolerance.

Collegiate Press Roundup 4-16-10

Glenn Ricketts

Students write about "text-speak," Larry Summers, whether bad weather makes students superhuman, "gender justice," and the unwelcome selection of Martha Nussbaum as graduation speaker.

Collegiate Press Roundup 4-8-10

Glenn Ricketts

Stories in student newspapers this week include smoking bans, gendered transit cards, sustainability, the legalization of marijuana and tea parties.

Collegiate Press Roundup 3-30-10

Glenn Ricketts

Students weigh in on hatred, social justice, the dying flame of feminism, gender inclusive language, Ann Coulter, and campus protest tactics.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Articles of interest from student newspapers at colleges across the country.

Debating Diversity at Smith College...No Comment

Glenn Ricketts

Two contrasting student views of the "main topic" at Smith College.

Going Green is Part of Social Integrity? No Comment

Ashley Thorne

"An Honor Code must link social integrity with ecological sustainability," says a student. Is that really so?

Student Blogs: Speaking Truth to Pooh-bahs

Jonathan Bean

In a previous post, I noted how military bloggers are writing the "first pages of history." Likewise, student bloggers are offering a place to speak out against the abuses on their campuses: from official racial segregation (in the name of Diversity) to expulsion for being pro-life and much more. During the 1990s, many upscale universities had students who said "Enough!" and established newspapers to advocate for academic freedom, mock the Mickey Mouse courses taught on campus, and generally play the role of watchdog. Needless to say, those newspapers were not welcomed by administrators or the PC thugs who "police" what happens on campus. Blessed by administrators who looked the other way, the thugs stole newspapers en masse and otherwise bullied these reporters in a style worthy of the Ku Klux Klan. Flash forward ten years: the Internet offers students, alumni and faculty the opportunity to watch and report on the crazy shenanigans of those in power and those who feel empowered to act as foot soldiers in the "long march through the institutions" that has done so much damage to academic rigor and freedom. (Disclosure: I have my own blog, FreeU, focusing primarily on Illinois issues). Here I'd like to profile one excellent student blog: ClaremontConservative.com Issues of interest to NAS readers include the following:

*Thought reform *Expulsion for the "wrong" views *Racial segregation promoted by the administration.

The military bloggers have a central directory; perhaps it is time to gather a EDUblogging directory? Meanwhile, search and you will find someone blogging about your campus, whether the pooh-bahs approve or not. Postscript: Alumni need to get into the act. They have nothing to fear--and administrators sometimes listen to them. Using the web, I got alumni at my alma mater to pressure the administration and get rid of a mandatory "white guilt" seminar for freshmen.

UNC Radicals Intolerant of Free Speech by Others

George Leef

One day last April, most of the copies of the UNC conservative publication Carolina Journal were stolen. Who dunnit? No evidence was at hand and the matter was forgotten -- until the school's SDS chapter posted some photos on its Facebook page showing beyond doubt where the copies of Carolina Journal had gone. They were on the floor of the house of the SDS chapter's president, evidently service as a dropcloth during painting. Here is the post about the incident, with the pictures (since taken down from the SDS page, I understand). Maybe the SDS punks don't mind this at all. It might help them land jobs in the Obama regime's dissent-suppression (oops--"fairness") initiative.

UW-Oshkosh Students Reexamine Sustainability

Ashley Thorne

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh student newspaper, the Advance-Titan, has published an article about our article "Sustainability is a Waste." The staff writes, "the idea that an ideology enters any classroom unexamined is something students should be concerned about. As students, we have the first and foremost duty to educate ourselves for the future. Our goal should first be to learn something about the world before attempting to change it in ways we may not fully understand." We are pleased to see the Advance-Titan paying attention to the realities behind the campus sustainability movement.

Stop the Hate and Celebrate: The University of Arizona Purges

Peter Wood

After a controversial comic was published in the student newspaper, the campus will "regroup."

Student Newspapers Invited to Delve into Social Work Story

NAS has opened communication with student newspapers at the universities studied in the report The Scandal of Social Work Education. NAS urges student journalists to use their unique vantage point to investigate further and report the truth about the state of social work schools at their universities. Those who publish articles covering this story may contact NAS and we will set up a link to the piece.