Monday, October 06, 2014

University Admits 'Sex Week' Workshops Were ‘Sensational and Controversial’

 The University of New Mexico issued a statement on Wednesday after its strategy to fight sexual assaults on campus by offering workshops on group and oral sex and getting “laid” during Sex Week garnered national media attention.

Local television station KRQE in Albuquerque reported the school issued a statement saying the activities planned this week were “sensational and controversial.”

“The initiative didn’t have close enough supervision to prevent the inclusion of topics that are sensational and controversial,” Eliseo Torres, vice president of UNM Student Affairs, said in a prepared statement.

When contacted UNM Monday, a university official defended the week-long event, which was publicized on Facebook and Twitter and featured workshops publicized on a flier entitled “How to be a gentleman AND get Laid,” “Negotiating a Successful Threesome,” and “BJs and Beyond.”

“Our purpose is to provide medically accurate sex education, and information on healthy relationships, consent, healthy communication, as well as respect within relationships,” said Summer Little, director of UNM Women’s Resource Center, which planned Sex Week. “Our efforts are part of a larger strategy to reduce sexual violence on campus.”

KRQE interviewed a student at UNM about the Sex Week controversy.

“To be educated, to be safe – those are the things that really need to hit home,” senior Sean Tresise said.


UK: Lifelong Leftist and general ratbag Emma Thompson admits sending daughter to private school

She has been a renowned supporter of left-wing politics.  But when it comes to educating her daughter, it seems Emma Thompson is prepared to put her political leanings on the back burner.

The actress has revealed she sends 14-year-old Gaia – her child with husband Greg Wise – to a north London private school instead of entrusting her education to the state.

Once Gaia turns 16, her mother hopes to enrol her at a state school near their home in West Hampstead – however even that will be one of the UK’s most elite establishments.

Miss Thompson told The Times: ‘We’re not in the catchment area for Camden School for Girls, but she might go there for the sixth form.’

The 55-year-old, who is said to be worth £30million, was educated at the school herself when it was still a grammar.

It has long been a favourite of wealthy left-wing parents who can afford to live in its expensive catchment area, and inspectors regularly describe it as ‘outstanding’.

Other alumni include actress Tamsin Greig and the children of several Blairite cabinet ministers.

If Gaia does get in, it may improve her chances of being accepted by an elite university like her mother, who studied at Cambridge.

In recent years, ministers have encouraged admissions tutors to accept lower grades from state pupils if they show more ‘potential’ than their private school counterparts.

Thompson is regularly accompanied by her 14-year-old daughter Gaia at red carpet events

The actress hit out at US President Barack Obama for not 'changing things' and Tony Blair for 'accruing wealth'

Miss Thompson – who also has a 27-year-old adopted son Tindy – also used her interview to call for a ‘revolution’ to fix the world’s social and political problems.

And despite being pictured in a ‘celebrity selfie’ with Ed Miliband at a Labour drinks reception earlier this year, she said she is now so disillusioned by politics that she ‘cannot support any of it’.

She said: ‘I don’t think this is working, everybody! I’m in a red-hot phase of meltdown. We’re going to have to have a revolution.’


Contrary to Georgetown Prof's Claims, Dean Says Center Receives Taxpayer Support

Anti-Israel bigotry at work

Asked recently if Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) receives federal Title VI funds, director Osama Abi-Mershed answered, "we are not tax supported."

His dean, James Reardon-Anderson, begs to differ.

Following the revelation that the directors of six federally-funded Middle East studies centers signed a letter pledging "not to collaborate on projects and events involving Israeli academic institutions" in spite of "assurances" each gave to "maintain linkages with overseas institutions of higher education," Foreign Policy Research Institute president Alan Luxenberg emailed each director and asked if their pledges were personal or apply to the centers they lead.

In response to an inquiry, Reardon-Anderson, acting dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service, of which CCAS is a part, replied without commenting on Abi-Mershed's claim that:

Yes, we are very proud that the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies has been, and we hope will remain, a recipient of Title VI designation and support.

Reardon-Anderson stated that, "Of course, as an institution of higher learning, we respect the right of each member of our faculty, students or staff to exercise his or her freedom of speech." He also noted Georgetown president John DeGioia's official statement last December after the American Studies Association vote to boycott Israeli academic institutions, which he said "undermines the academic freedom that is essential to the mission of the Academy." Still, DeGioia affirmed, "While the position of our University remains opposed to any boycott, we will certainly defend the rights of those who disagree."

But will he defend the "rights" of those who, like Abi-Mershed, try to hide their federal support when faced with possible violations of federal policies? Does freedom of speech extend to freedom to one's own facts?

Reardon-Anderson's confirmation that CCAS receives taxpayer dollars exposes Abi-Mershed's dodgy answer, but information confirming the center's Title VI support is easily found on many Georgetown web pages.

CCAS's own website and Facebook page state:

Since 1997, CCAS has served as the core of Georgetown University's National Resource Center on the Middle East, funded by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Center's Newsletter stated in 2010 that:

CCAS is pleased announce that the National Resource Center on the Middle East (NRC) at Georgetown, of which CCAS is an integral part, has received $2 million in funding for the next four years from the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI program.

CCAS's K-14 Outreach page states:

The program is supported by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, private sector grants, and the U.S. Department of Education.

And CCAS's 2013-2014 Student Handbook for the M.A. in Arab studies states "major components" of CCAS include "a Title VI grant from the Department of Education."

Abi-Mershed's claim that CCAS is "not tax supported" is clearly false. Why should taxpayers trust him to use their dollars wisely and in accord with federal policies?


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