University of California Further Embarrasses Itself By Divesting From America

It was recently brought to my attention that my alma mater, the University of California (UC) system, voted to divest from America.

The University of California Student Association Board (UCSAB), which represents over 233K students in the respective university system, approved the “Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California.” It calls on leaders of UC to financially divest from the United States, citing our nation as an “evil” and “racist” country. The UCSAB voted in favor of this resolution by 11-1-3. The same board also voted to divest from Israel. (Not surprised.)

The University of California comprises 10 campuses and is considered the top public university system in the country. I’m proud to have graduated from the University of California at San Diego. Apart from some political correctness and a few questionable professors, I had a decent college experience and thoroughly enjoyed my time in La Jolla. I, like so many other California residents (though I call Virginia home now), chose to go to a UC school because of its prestige and name recognition. The political science department I graduated from is said to have the third highest return on investment (ROI). Sounds great on paper, right? In reality, UC’s good name is being tarnished by those who have tainted higher education with their leftist agenda. UC is no exception; it’s sadly leading the charge.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement – which targets Israel and equally castigates Jews – has plagued UC since before my freshman year at UCSD. (I entered college in September 2009 and graduated in June 2012.) BDS wants to impose sanctions on companies that deal with Israel; now its advocates want to push the same ludicrous campaign against U.S. companies. Below are some of my writings on BDS at UC, specifically at UC-San Diego.

I hope UC administrators, bureaucrats, and students relinquish their pensions, tenure, financial aid/scholarships, respectively, if our magnificent country is too barbaric and hateful for them. Why bite the hand that feeds you? To the students comprising UCSAB: if America is so evil and oppressive, why are you attending the University of California and receiving taxpayer-funded education? Why not be consistent and reject all American resources provided to you? Oh right, milking the system is perfectly acceptable in your view.

These hypocrites need to be excoriated, so I feel obligated as an alumna of the University of California to call them out.

As a 2012 graduate of UCSD, I feel incredibly embarrassed for my alma mater and its nine sister campuses comprising the University of California. The buffoonery that continues to emanate from UC undermines the institution and makes it less credible. Historically speaking, UC is one of the top institutions of higher learning in existence. Now it takes the cake for being a great perpetrator of stupidity and hypocrisy. Truly sad…

To my fellow UC graduates: I implore you to withhold any donations to our respective alumni associations. Until UC returns to its mission statement of being a light on truth (fiat lux), your donations will be directed to causes that undermine this country.

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New Counter Cultured Article: Columbia University Hosts Anti-Gun Training For Journalists

Here’s my latest blog post at Counter Cultured. Excerpt below:

No matter how many times anti-gun lies and correspondent misinformation are debunked, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and his gun grabbing organizations are adamant about disarming Americans.

Everytown for Gun Safety is hosting a training for aspiring journalists  in Phoenix, AZ from April 17-18, 2015. The training is being put on by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, which is a project of Columbia University’s Journalism School.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Campus Visits!

“To travel is to live.” ― Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

To those of you who read this blog, I’m happy to announce that I’m going to resume regular blogging — well, when time permitted.

Hope everyone had a great summer! I know I did. Now that it’s September, I’ll be making frequent trips into the field (Northeast) to fulfill my Regional Field Coordinator duties.  I have the privilege of meeting with eager  motivated conservative/libertarian students. I get to visit places like NYC and Boston. I’m 22 – I’m young and should enjoy any opportunity to travel. Consulting fellow young conservatives and traveling to cool cities? I couldn’t ask for a better job!

Tomorrow I leave for New York to meet with students from Syracuse University, Ithaca College, New York University, Vassar College, University of Rochester, and Columbia University in the City of New York. Six days in the field will prove interesting and productive with meetings, club fairs, driving, train rides, people-watching, and of course, sight-seeing.  Did I mention I’ll be in NY during the U.S. Open and Fashion Week?!

I can’t wait to help students combat the Left on campus this Fall.  I, along with my fellow Regional Field Coordinators, will be using social media to document our campus travels. We will be tweeting and posting pictures with the student groups we assist/meet with.

We hope you join us in spreading the good word of Leadership Institute’s Campus Leadership Program! Kindly share/retweet our pictures.

 

Campus Reform Op-Ed: Universities lack moral courage to fire professors

I’ve penned a column at Campus Reform about Florida Atlantic University reinstating a professor who required students to “stomp on Jesus.”

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) administrators betrayed their school’s mandate and motto last week with their shocking decision to reinstate an instructor who was suspended for telling his students to stomp on the name of Jesus Christ.

Of course tolerance and diversity are beyond bywords at public schools like FAU. In fact the FAU university motto ironically reads “We’re All Together Different.”

Liberal administrators and administrators at schools like FAU, however, seem unwilling to extend these lofty principles to anyone who does not believe and feel exactly as they do.

What could represent greater intolerance for a religious minority on campus than ordering students in a class to stomp on the name of their leader, Jesus Christ?

This is exactly what instructor Deandre Poole did earlier this year, having his students write the name “Jesus” on a piece of paper, drop it on the floor, and then trample it.

Continue reading here.

Campus Reform OP-ED: Pro-Palestinian groups don’t respect free speech on campus

I’ve penned another column at Campus Reform. This week, it is centered around a video from Portland State University featuring MSA and SJP students denouncing a pro-Israel event hosted by the College Republicans.

Here’s an excerpt:

College is meant to be a place where free speech comes alive. Different viewpoints are supposed to be welcome and intellectual diversity celebrated.

For at least one loud minority on college campuses, however, the rights and the privileges afforded by the First Amendment only extend to those who share their exact beliefs.

Let me give you one recent example.

The College Republicans of Portland State University, hosted a viewing of the 2005 documentary film “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West” only to leave after the pro-Palestinian group attempt a hostile takeover of the event.

Before the event began, pro-Palestinian activists attempted to route the event by storming the stage making loud announcements about a competing event in the hallway outside where students could “meet real Muslims.”

When the documentary ended things got worse. The “activists” yelled, shouted and attempted to pick fights with the organizers. The scene was reminiscent of feeding time at the zoo.

Continue reading at Campus Reform.

 

New CampusReform Op-Ed: 2013 Commencement Speaker Lineup Excludes Conservatives

I’ve penned a new column at Campus Reform.

Here is an excerpt:

This nation’s elite institutions of higher education often claim to fight on the frontlines in the battle for inclusion, tolerance and diversity.

A quick look at the Ivy League 2013 speaker lineup, however, reveals that their so-called diversity is a front for groupthink propagated by leftist administrators and faculty who run these schools.

A new study, reveals that Ivy Leagues schools did not invite a single conservative speakers for commencement ceremonies in 2013.

Continue reading at Campus Reform.

 

Campus Reform OP-ED: Universities should reject fossil-fuel divestment campaigns

This Sunday marks the start of my weekly Campus Reform column. My first post is about the nationwide fossil-fuel divestment campaign plaguing universities.

Below is an excerpt from my op-ed piece:

Many institutions of higher learning are taking a wrong turn in embracing calls for divestment from the fossil fuel industry.

Radicalized students, faculty, and officials at universities across the country are demanding administrators divest school endowments from profitable oil companies such as Exxon Mobil, Conoco Phillips, and others.

For instance, students at Vassar College, Swarthmore College, Cornell University, and 260 other universities have called upon their financial administrators to divest from fossil fuels.

Although it is unclear how many of these schools have, or actually will divest, one thing is clear. If schools pursue investment strategies based of the feelings of their most radicalized students, faculty and administrators, the consequences could be disastrous.

Continue reading at Campus Reform.