'Sex Week' and Porn Thesis Get Top 'Politically Correct' Award

July 7, 2008 - 8:04 PM

(CNSNews.com) - What college takes the top award for the most shocking example of political correctness in higher education? According to the Collegiate Network's 7th annual Campus Outrage Awards, also known as the "Polly Awards," two schools are tied for first place.

At Yale University, a student-sponsored "Sex Week at Yale" used school funds, facilities and the help of school faculty and administrators. The events were co-sponsored by an adult film company and even included a porn star as a keynote speaker.

At the University of California, Santa Barbara, a student received kudos from professors and administrators for his Chicano Studies thesis, "Gay Men of Color in Porn," a project that was presented as part of the UCSB Multicultural Center's tax-payer funded "Race Matters Series" in an effort to legitimize pornography as an academic pursuit.

Number two on the list goes to The University of California, Berkeley, where the Associated Students of the University of California and the Graduate Assembly illegally spent $31,000 of mandatory student fees on a campus campaign to defeat Proposition 54, a racial privacy initiative to ban the state from collecting race data on school admissions forms.

Although the Associated Students of the University of California violated its own spending rules forbidding use of student funds for off-campus political activities, the administration granted ASUC and the Graduate Assembly a "one-time exception."

Coming in third is Northwestern University where a student filed a false police report claiming racial slurs were written on his door and claiming he was later attacked at knifepoint by thugs who called him a "spic."

After the students organized a "Stop the Hate" rally on Xander Saide's behalf, Saide later confessed to police that it was all a hoax. The school has yet to take disciplinary action against him, despite the fact the police charged him with disorderly conduct for filing fake police reports.

In fourth place is Duke University where the chair of the Philosophy Department justified the 17-1 Democrat to Republican ratio among the school's professors by claiming conservatives are not smart enough to teach at Duke.

"We try to hire the best, smartest people available. If, as John Stuart Mill said, stupid people are generally conservative, then there are lots of conservatives we will never hire," said Robert Brandon.

And the fifth place winner is Georgetown University where Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze, as commencement speaker, reiterated the church's teaching on sexual ethics, claiming "the family is...mocked by homosexuality."

His remarks led some students and faculty to walk off stage, followed by an e-mail apology from the Dean of Georgetown College, Jane McAuliffe, and an offer for counseling session to those students who suffered psychological trauma from the speech.

The "Polly" winner receives a $1,000 grand prize, and four $500 second prizes will be awarded to the other winners.

"We created the Campus Outrage Awards to focus national attention on the absurdities of political correctness rampant on college campuses today and the ways in which those excesses contribute to the decline of educational standards," says Senior Program Officer Sarah Longwell.

The Campus Outrage Awards are designed to remind the public that millions of young Americans are entering institutions of higher learning with the promise of receiving a well-rounded, unbiased education-and all too often, that promise is broken, the Collegiate Network said.

The Collegiate Network says it is celebrating 25 years of nurturing student journalists and providing an alternative voice on the college campus through a network of 80 college newspapers.

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