Free Speech Debates Miss the Point

After student protesters blocked access to a talk by anti-Black Lives Matter speaker Heather Mac Donald at Claremont McKenna College on April 6, the Claremont Colleges erupted in yet another round of debates about free speech. Students who participated in the protest argued that allowing Mac Donald to express anti-black

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Political Polarization at the 5Cs is Harming Our Education

My elementary, middle, and high schools were progressive institutions with pervasive liberal groupthink atmospheres. The schools were so liberal that we were forbidden from wearing camo print, playing with water guns, or including toy swords in our Halloween costumes because, apparently, these actions promoted violence. Policies like these were theoretically supposed to make

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Right-wing Campus ‘Journalism’ Goes Too Far

Right-wing college journalists have developed a highly effective modus operandi for getting the maximum amount of fame and notoriety from a controversial article. We all know the drill. The journalists zero in on an aspect of so-called ‘PC culture’ that seems excessive. They write and produce an easy-to-digest article, often

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TSL Needs More Institutional Support from 5Cs

Journalism is a notoriously hard career to enter. Recent graduates have experienced trouble finding jobs in the industry, even with high GPAs and strong extracurriculars. Meaningful experience at a college print newspaper is practically a prerequisite for aspiring journalists, as is the completion of several impressive journalism-related internships. So why

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In Public and Private, Cut Ties with Perpetrators of Rape Culture

Last week, some well-meaning vigilante anonymously posted several lists of people alleged to be “perpetrators of rape culture” and “perpetrators of sexual assault” in three bathrooms across Pitzer College’s campus. The names were not accompanied by explanations. There was no way to verify or refute the anonymous allegations. Anonymously accusing

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The Government is Coming for Your Uterus

When Senate Republicans blocked funding to stop the Zika virus unless limits were placed on federal funding for Planned Parenthood, an old debate was revived. Should the federal government allocate any money to Planned Parenthood, America’s leading provider of affordable reproductive healthcare – including abortion? Most Republican lawmakers support ending

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