Tuesday, February 9, 2016

“This is hard for you because you think of the students as cuddly bunnies, but you can’t. You just have to drown the bunnies … put a Glock to their heads.”

Simon Newman, the new president of Mount Saint Mary's University, has got to be thinking, "Wait, did I say that out loud?"  But it doesn't matter: his Board is behind him, so the only people to get the ax are his unfortunate provost, who leaked emails to the student newspaper, and a couple of faculty members, at least one of whom had tenure.

Does it surprise anyone that Newman's previous job was with a private equity firm?

A letter of protest against the firings is circulating; you can sign it here.

Richard Nixon won the New Hampshire primary 3 times, more than any other candidate

According to the Richard Nixon Foundation.

"The idea that a university needs a discrete individual to be in charge of “integrity” or ethical conduct at all seems contrary to the very idea of a university as a place where learned people (teachers) instruct the to-be-learned in academic disciplines all of which have fairly well-understood ethical rules."

The University of North Carolina is creating a new position: "Chief Integrity Officer."

Press Millen, a Raleigh trial lawyer, is not impressed.

Activist attorney fights the U and City Attorney

From the Star Tribune:

When protesters get arrested in Minneapolis, they often call a 50-year-old attorney who’s made a habit of winning sizable settlements and getting under the skin of prosecutors.

Jordan Kushner has defended antiwar demonstrators, Black Lives Matter activists and people dressed as zombies.

Now he’s representing himself, along with a co-counsel, after he was arrested at a University of Minnesota protest. Kushner, who has clashed frequently with the city attorney’s office, maintains he’s innocent and is being politically targeted — something the city attorney’s office denies.

The story is here.