Stop Creating Campus Bubbles

by Karin Agness

Saturday Night Live’s recent sketch, The Bubble, offered hope for Americans depressed about the election—“What if there was a place where the unthinkable didn’t happen and life could continue for progressive Americans just as before?,” SNL asked in the fictitious advertisement for a “planned community of like-minded free-thinkers and no one else” opening in January 2017.

SNL deserves credit for poking a little fun at its loyal fan-base, which includes many would-be residents of “The Bubble.” Some Americans don’t have to wait to live in bubbles. They are already living on college campuses.

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At Thanksgiving, Sit Next To Someone Who May Challenge Your Opinions

by Karin Agness

Thanksgiving marks an annual pilgrimage home for many college students, and with it, uncomfortable questions on majors, post-graduation plans and significant others.

One university is preparing students for an added potential worry this year—how to handle Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends who might have a different opinion.

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University Of Virginia Faculty Shouldn’t Silence Thomas Jefferson

by Karin Agness

here are many instances of the silencing of speech and an instinct to censor at American universities.

One bright spot is that the President of the University of Virginia has stood up to faculty who demanded that she stop quoting the Founder of the University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson.

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The Berlin Wall Fell, But Freedom Faces New Threats

by Karin Agness

In her concession speech, failed 2016 Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton reiterated that someday, a woman will break the “highest, hardest glass ceiling” and become President of the United States. While she didn’t succeed in her two runs, one day, some woman will.

But that is not the case in many other countries where women don’t enjoy the basic freedoms that we often take for granted–freedoms that we should celebrate and keep at the forefront when discussing the role of government.

Historically, governments have not always been protectors of freedom. The symbolism of the physical wall dividing East Berlin and West Berlin is a poignant reminder of this.

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Vote because it’s your civic duty, not because Madonna promises sexual favors

by Karin Agness

Supermodel Kendall Jenner posted a picture of herself Monday on Instagram wearing a tiny “vote” tank top with the caption “her her her her.” The message is clear: Vote for Hillary Clinton.

She is not the first female celebrity to sell her body to try to get Clinton elected.

Madonna, of course, went beyond posting a skimpy snap.

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Mr. President, It’s The Corruption, Not Sexism That Is Clinton’s Problem

by Karin Agness

While Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was leading the State Department, The Clinton Foundation accepted a $1 million gift from the sovereign nation of Qatar. Despite having signed an ethics agreement promising to notify the State Department if a new foreign government wanted to donate or if a current foreign donor wanted to “increase materially” its contributions, Clinton did not notify the State Department.

Regardless of the ethics agreement, it is far-fetched to think a $1 million gift to a foundation run by the sitting Secretary of State’s family shouldn’t be disclosed as immaterial.

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Ladies, put the glass down — a gender gap we don’t want closed

by Karin Agness

Who is winning the battle between the sexes? It is a question that young women have been taught to ask. From their own experiences in school to the 2016 presidential race, American women have been raised to question gender equality and celebrate their sisters’ accomplishments.

Women have closed the gender gap in higher education. Step on a campus today and there is a good chance you will be on a campus where there are more women than men. Every year since 1979, there have been more women enrolled in American colleges than men.

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What A Fright: Counseling For Offensive Costumes At The University Of Florida

by Karin Agness

As Halloween approaches, Americans young and old are readying their costumes for a night of fright and fun. Besides the usual ghosts, superheroes, and witches, some people are likely planning creative costumes that make light of current events. Expect to see more than a few donning “Make America Great Again” hats or pantsuits and blonde wigs to imitate our presidential candidates.

At the University of Florida, students who are offended by these or other Halloween costumes now have the option to take advantage of around-the-clock counseling.

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