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    They will weep for poor Doctorow, too

    Great. And now the AAUP and USA Today can begin citing the Doctorow speech as another example of the horrid climate of “intense community response” facing the left on the campus ? the infrequent times that parents and other members of the community get a chance to hear…
    Locker Room contributor, May 24, 2004
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    The commencement of inanity

    Novelist E.L. Doctorow devoted most of his 20-minute commencement speech at Hofstra University to bashing President Bush’s foreign and domestic policies and essentially calling him a liar. The booing started almost immediately, according to Newsday: Booing that came mainly from the crowd in the stands became so intense that…
    Locker Room contributor, May 23, 2004
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    Mecklenburg, Massachusetts?

    I’ve only spent a few minutes with Mecklenburg County’s new tax-raising budget proposal (aside: why do PDF files never have descriptive descriptions of their contents?) but it is unmistakable that this is a budget for a bigger government. Perhaps the most annoying part is no where that I can…
    Locker Room contributor, May 21, 2004
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    Re: half-million-dollar university chancellor

    Drew, thanks for providing another example of chancellor “price creep,” which was the topic of my Clarion Call article this week. The salary for the UMass goes from $358,000 to $500,000. The salary for the UC-San Diego job, where NC State chancellor Marye Anne Fox is heading, just went…
    Locker Room contributor, May 21, 2004
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    The half-million-dollar university president

    Newly installed University of Massachusetts President Jack Wilson will be paid (notice I don’t say “will earn”) $500,000 for his first year on the job. That’s not just his first year at U-Mass, but also his first year running a university. The President of the United States makes…
    Locker Room contributor, May 21, 2004
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    Blanding-down history

    The Washington Post’s Anne Applebaum has a nice column about the uselessness of so many current history textbooks.
    Locker Room contributor, May 21, 2004
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    Spot the bad news: the Chinese are no longer starving to death

    This USA Today article is a great example of the media looking squarely in the face of good news and discovering how bad it is (especially if the bad ol’ West can be sullied in the process). The article states that “signs of the better life spawned by…
    Locker Room contributor, May 21, 2004
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    What Duke feminists are upset about (this week)

    It seems that the ad “encourages the objectification of women, pathologizes aging, and creates a false need for ‘services’ such as ‘body contouring’ and ‘rejuvenation.'” Surprisingly, the activists forgot to make a huge deal out of the fact that the woman in the ad is white. Still, for…
    Locker Room contributor, May 21, 2004