EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Prof finds lower college GPAs among conservatives compared to liberals

Research finds that conservatives on average earn higher GPAs and test scores in high school, but ultimately receive lower GPAs in college when compared to their liberal classmates, at least partly due to liberal ideological bias. This grade discrepancy is even more evident in the humanities and social sciences, as compared to the more objective STEM fields.

The findings were reported in a new working paper from the University of Arkansas, written by three different professors. One of the professors, political scientist and professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas, Robert Maranto, sat down with Campus Reform to discuss the implications of the study.

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“Every department of any size at least in the social sciences and humanities, perhaps even in STEM, will have a couple of professors that just people on the right and center-right know either don’t take that class, or if you take that class you have to pretend a certain way, or there could be issues,” Maranto pointed out.

Maranto noted many problems with the higher education system, including ideological discrimination when hiring faculty and admitting graduate students. Maranto, however, believes that two specific issues regarding ideology are the most problematic.

“First off, you could be at many colleges and they might have twenty, thirty, forty speakers in a given year. All of them might be from the left,” Maranto stated. “That’s very damaging.” 

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The second problem Maranto cited was the issue of politically skewed research. 

“If you have a hundred people asking questions of interest of the left, for every one or two asking questions of interest of the right, you’re going to get very skewed research findings,” he explained. “There’s whole areas where people on the center and right know [they] probably don’t want to research that because if [they] didn’t find something that matches the party line, [they’re] going to have a lot of trouble getting it published.”

Maranto estimated that only about one in thirty faculty members at elite universities identify as Republican.

“Our futu

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Mizzou may owe MILLIONS after rejecting deceased conservative donor's wishes

Hillsdale College has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the University of Missouri for allegedly failing to uphold the wishes of a conservative donor.

Mizzou received a $5 million legacy in 2002 from 1926 Mizzou graduate Sherlock Hibbs, who wanted his grant to fund six professor positions to be filled by free market economics experts at the Trulaske College of Business, according to Real Clear Politics.

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Hibbs, who has since passed, left in his will instructions for how his donation should be spent. Every four years, Mizzou needed to certify to Hillsdale College that each professor position had been filled by “a dedicated and articulate disciple of the Ludwig von Mises (Austrian) School of Economics.” If this agreement was not upheld, the remaining funds would be given back to Hillsdale, a private school in Michigan which Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has described as “a shining city on a hill for conservatives," according to The New York Times.

Hillsdale is now suing Mizzou in order to enforce Hibbs’ original intent. 

“Missouri University never embraced Mr. Hibbs’ intent, and consequently students aren’t getting the exposure to intellectual philosophies necessary for broad-based education,” Jay Nixon, former Democrat governor of Missouri, Mizzou graduate, and the attorney representing Hillsdale in court, said. 

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Hillsdale alleged that the university accepted the $5 million from Hibbs, despite believing that his requests would cause the school to be “held hostage by a particular ideology,” according to the case brief. 

The lawsuit also accused Mizzou of rewriting Hibbs’ bequest conditions to “[focus] on some Austrian tenets that are compatible with what [they] do in [their] business school” instead of complying, “concealing their conduct,” and “falsely certify[ing] to the Board of Curators and to Hillsdale—repeatedly—that the University had complied with the condition of the Hibbs’ bequest.”

Hillsdale is seeking roughly between $13-14 million --- “the original $5M, any amounts earned on the original gift, and all amounts paid to unqualified appointees” -- a Hi

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Prof who displayed 'UNF*** AMERICA' button will now hold Trump-themed craft exhibit

A Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) professor who tweeted an “UNF*** AMERICA” button, asking “is this the opposite of #MAGA?” before the 2018 midterm elections will host a new art exhibit featuring politically charged artwork in the age of President Donald Trump.

Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism, an exhibit set to run from August to October, will explore the phenomenon of “craft activism” during the 2016 presidential race and Trump’s presidency, according to an RIT press release.

An RIT professor who is very closely involved with the exhibit told Campus Reform on background that “the aim of the show is to turn to handcraft as a mechanism for expression, and the opportunity to comment, on our Democracy - including the presidential administration. Whether some art may be considered anti-Trump would be best answered by the artists and our visitors.”

The display will feature 30 pieces by various contributors who “express outrage over gender and racial injustices through the language of yarn, thread, embroidery floss, silk, cotton, linen, wool and other materials,” according to the school’s release.

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“Craft has a long history, particularly among women, as tools to express their voice in the political arena,” Hinda Mandell, associate communication professor at RIT and curator of the exhibit, said. “Through the exhibition… we seek to continue the dialogue about how the process of making can reflect people’s voices—from all demographics and backgrounds—in the political arena.”

One of the most recent examples of widespread “craftivism” is the “sea of pink pussyhats” worn by protesters in the 2017 Women’s March to support abortion and protest Trump.

“The fact that the crafting of pussyhats created a worldwide run on pink yarn demonstrates that people turn to craft as a mechanism to enact change and express dissent when politicians, political parties, and political legislation seek to trample on human rights and human decency,” Mandell continued.

The professor specializes in crochet, a yarn crafting technique, and even has her own Twitter to display her “Crochet Activism.”

Shortly before the 2018 midterm elections, she tweeted “is this the opposite of

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Rutgers helps illegals lawyer up...with taxpayer-funded state grant?

Rutgers University in New Jersey is in search of more faculty to provide legal representation to illegal immigrants. 

The job posting listed on the university website advertises a “full-time staff attorney/research associate position” currently open within Rutgers Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic.  The Clinic is a program through which students can earn academic credit for providing free legal representation and/or counsel to illegal immigrants.

The successful candidate will be expected to “engage in outreach and education efforts” to assist individuals who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans programs. The chosen individual “may represent individuals seeking these forms of relief, depending on the outcome of pending Supreme Court litigation.”

He or she will “recruit and supervise” student volunteers and maintain relationships with “community partners.”

The job listing notes that the position is “subject to availability of grant funds." Rutgers University did not respond in time for publication when Campus Reform asked which grant, specifically, would fund the position. But, as Campus Reform reported in 2018, the New Jersey state government granted $125,000 to the clinic as part of a larger $2.1 million allocation to aid illegal immigrants with legal expenses.  

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“Families who came to New Jersey for a better life do not deserve to be torn apart by the federal government’s cruel and discriminatory policies,” New Jersey Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy said at the time the initiative was announced. 

“Deportation is one of the harshest consequences an individual can face under U.S. law, yet most immigrants do not have the right to appointed counsel and many cannot afford an attorney,” he added. “This funding will help provide critical legal representation to low-income residents who are detained and facing deportation in New Jersey and have no one to defend their rights."

In January, the clinic made its first major hire in conjunction with the initiative, an attorney named Pina Cirillo, who had previously served as an immigration court clerk.  

“We’re thrilled to have Pina, an alumnus of the clinic, back with us for this impo

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