University's "weapons policy" bars fencing club from campus:
[North Dakota State University's] Police and Safety Office Director Ray Boyer cited
the school's policy manual and Code of Student Behavior, saying sabers
and swords are prohibited on campus:
"They are deemed weapons, and as such, possession or use on University owned or controlled property is prohibited," he says.
Club members who are trained to properly use the equipment say they don't think an epee is much worse than a baseball bat. "In
fact, I think it's less dangerous. If you look up like statistics,
fencing is an incredibly safe sport," says the club's President Winfield
Glenn Reynolds puts the culture of academic idiocy into a handy nutshell:
As Twitter wag IowaHawk japes:
"If I understand college administrators correctly, colleges are hotbeds
of racism and rape that everyone should be able to attend."
That sums it up pretty well. Though the claim that one in five women on campus is sexually assaulted is pretty clearly bogus — as Bloomberg's Megan McArdle notes, it includes things like sexual touching over clothes,
which hardly constitute rape — it's widely repeated, and that surely
makes young women a bit less enthusiastic about attending. Then all the
responses — involving, basically, kangaroo courts that strip male students
charged with sexual assault of all due process protection — don't make
campuses more appealing to male students, who are already an
under-represented minority on most campuses.
Then there's the race hysteria. Just last week, students
at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota canceled a "Hump Day"
celebration featuring a camel because someone thought the camel
signified racism against Muslims. (Yes, Muslims aren't a race, but that
doesn't matter, apparently.) We make fun of Victorians for
substituting the term "limbs" for the too-racy word "legs," and for
supposedly covering table legs with cloth, but our own era is prone to
similar over-delicacy, and campuses — supposedly centers of critical
thought — seem to be the worst offenders.
Dartmouth cancelled a charitable fund-raising "fiesta" because one student complained that the word "fiesta" was racist. And going beyond race, commencement speakers, ranging from Condi Rice at Rutgers to Christine LaGarde at Smith, have been turned away by rabid student protests, mocked here by Yale Law's Stephen Carter.
the economics to the politics, colleges and universities are looking
less like serious places to improve one's mind and one's prospects, and
more like expensive islands of frivolity and, sometimes, viciousness.
And that is likely to have consequences.
Can you say "bursting bubble"?
I knew you could!
Well, maybe not after four years of college, but you get my drift.