- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 19, 2002

Two of the most shameful campus events in 2002 were the probation of an American University student who videotaped a speech given by Tipper Gore and the removal of the word "Confederate" from a dormitory by Vanderbilt University officials, according to a year-in-review survey.
The survey was released by Young America's Foundation, the country's largest conservative college-outreach organization. The foundation compiled a list of the top 10 campus events that best reflect what it considers the "deteriorating" status of the country's education system.
"Our nation's education system continues to deteriorate in the name of political correctness," said Rick Parsons, the foundation's program director.
At AU, the student was charged with stealing Mrs. Gore's intellectual property by videotaping her speech, which was open to the public. The student also voiced his concern over the $31,000 lecture fee the university had paid Mrs. Gore.
Vanderbilt renamed a residence hall, removing the word "Confederate" so students wouldn't feel uncomfortable. A Vanderbilt professor also wrote a column in which he claimed Confederates were "cowards masquerading as civilized men." The column was published in the Tennessean, a Nashville daily newspaper. Jonathan David Farley, an assistant math professor, also wrote that "every Confederate soldier deserved not a hallowed resting place at the end of his days, but a reservation at the end of the gallows."
Other events included in the list were efforts by two elementary schools in California to bar students from playing the games "Cops and Robbers" and "Tag" during recess because both games depict a "victim," which officials said could create self-esteem problems.
Another item was the New Jersey Department of Education's initial failure to reference the country's Founding Fathers in the revised draft version of the state's history standards.
Other incidents on the list:
School board administrators in Texas revised the curriculum on the state's independence by suppressing "us versus them" perspectives in lessons about the Battle of the Alamo and the state's independence from Mexico. Administrators made the change because they didn't want "Hispanic children, or any children, to feel like we're teaching a biased approach" to the state's history.
Incoming freshmen at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill were required to read "Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations." UNC Chancellor James Moeser said the book was "chosen in the wake of September 11," which was a "great opportunity to have a conversation on the teachings of one of the world's great religions."
Officials at Harvard University re-invited poet Tom Paulin after withdrawing the original invitation because students complained of his statements comparing U.S.-born settlers in the West Bank with Nazis and how they "should be shot dead." The school re-issued the invitation to show support for free speech.
Homosexual and feminist student activists at Ithaca College in New York demanded that a Young America's Freedom-sponsored event, which featured political activist Bay Buchanan, be declared "biased" by the school's Bias-related Incident Committee.
Staff writers at the conservative student paper at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania came under fire after publishing several articles about free speech. Administrators held a forum where offended students called the articles "hate speech."

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