Wednesday, October 19, 2005

GMU, a bastian of liberal lies

As i was waiting for a car to pull out of a parking space yesterday so that i could park, a young girl and her dread locked, no shower taking boyfriend pulled up outside of the aisle. The boyfriend proceeded to get outof the car and stand in the parking space so she could cut in and take it. Needless to say, i was quite irritated. This, however, is not an uncommon occurance. About ten minutes later, I was walking towards my class and picked up a copy of the broadside, the school newspaper. To no surprise, on the front cover, the top story was about Tim Kaine and his rally last week at mason. It was a puff piece with no substance....of course. Underneather that story, was a story about mason protecting free speech. Im sure many of you have read about that idiot potester whose free speech was supposedly violated a few weeks ago when he was calling marines liers. The full story hasnt been told though by any of the offices or the braodside. Also, the ACLU is now planning to sue the school. In the story there were quotes from different students, all who happen to side with the proteste/assaulter. I call him an assaulter becuase he did, in fact, try to punch a marine and then tried to get the arresting officer's can of mase. However, this wack-job, is now being considered a martyr of free speech not only by the liberal student body, but also apparently by the provost's office and the faculty senate. For those older then me, please tell me there is hope that those i go to school with now, will one day have some common sense, and more importantly, take showers.

18 Comments:

At 10/19/2005 10:05:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merten is a communist...I go there as well and the place is run by a bunch of money-loving thieves who rob students by raising tuition to build senseless buildings on campus such as an all night diner. This is particularly annoying given the fact that the teachers complain about there not being enough funds to raise their pay and provide basic supplies such as pencils and paper for their classrooms. Merten reverse-prioritizes and then goes crying to the General Assembly each year and lobbies for more funds! I vote to impeach Merten!!!

 
At 10/19/2005 10:23:00 AM, Blogger neocon22 said...

thats actually a good idea....

 
At 10/19/2005 11:14:00 AM, Anonymous jay hughes said...

Anon 10:05--I thought Geo. Mason was a university. When I was in college professors didn't provide us with pencils & paper. Do GM professors do that?

 
At 10/19/2005 11:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Hughes,

I actually had a teacher tell the classroom that they couldn't print out syllabi for everyone - because the school can't afford paper. The supply closets at Mason were supposedly empty of paper clips, chalk, markers and basic office supplies, and the teacher was forced to provide his own.

It was the most absurd speech I have ever witnessed at Mason - a teacher standing up and saying "you know, because of the budget cuts, we are forced to use broken pencils that have been around since the University's founding decades ago"

 
At 10/19/2005 11:56:00 AM, Blogger neocon22 said...

my question is, are professors actually allowed to ponitficate on their own political views? imean obiviously, anyone can say whatever they want. But if a prof. doesnt have tenure can they be fired?

 
At 10/19/2005 12:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as I can tell - they can't be fired. I have taken many government classes and adjunct professors have made it quite clear where their political loyalties lie!

Case in point: Michael McDonald - self identified liberal who was considering a run on the Democrat ticket in the 41st district against Tim Hugo. He's also an officer on the Fairfax County Democrat Committee (at least he used to be).

 
At 10/19/2005 01:15:00 PM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

You can't entirely control the follies of youth. I know a number of solid conservatives who were personally adn politically vairly scruffy in the 1960s. Re the story about the protester - throwing punches at Marines (appallingly disrepectful to members of a proud branch of service) probably should not be discouraged too much. It seems a very good way of keeping this guy from staying in the gene pool to the point of reproduction. In my reckless youth there were few rules. One was: don't throw punches at Marines. I no doubt have survived far longer than I would have without that rule.

 
At 10/19/2005 02:16:00 PM, Blogger MR JMS said...

hahaha. Good point NovaScout

 
At 10/19/2005 02:45:00 PM, Blogger neocon22 said...

michael mcdonald is my political parties and campaigns professor and is constantly pointing out how much money the rnc has given kilgore (when talking about campaign finance), yet somehow always avoids mentioning how much money the dnc has given kaine. he also speaks about "hate radio", but never speaks about the failed air america.
i cant take these people anymore

 
At 10/19/2005 05:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lordy, Lordy --

Can ANYONE on this blog SPELL correctly or CAPITALIZE where appropriate?

 
At 10/19/2005 06:45:00 PM, Blogger SouthoftheJames.com said...

Wow, as a GMU alum ('99) who tried to run the college Democrat chapter before quitting the Dems altogether, GMU is nowhere near a liberal "bastion." It's 2nd to UChicago in terms of college who get money from conservative donors, and the law school has a smidgen of Dems. Ironically, a lot of those scruffy folks are pretty libertarian - they just dress differently.
-- Conaway

 
At 10/19/2005 10:39:00 PM, Blogger neocon22 said...

the law school is a completely separate campus from the main campus. secondly,i have not had ONE professor who doesnt at least make references to their liberal ideology. i know that there are a few in the econ dept (go figure, smart people who are good at economics are conservative, not a shocker) and the law school is more conservative than most, but on the whole, one idicator is that the faculty senate voted to do away with the patriot act. this obviously just symbolic in measure, but in reading there statement, they even went so far as to say, that campus police are NOT to follow federal guidlines or procedure in case of emergency.we have a liberal faculty, theres no arguing it

 
At 10/20/2005 11:42:00 AM, Blogger SouthoftheJames.com said...

True, GMU's faculty is lib-heavy - who's faculty isn't outside of Liberty, Regent, Bob Jones, Catholic U, and a few other religious school. All I know is that when I was there 5-10 years ago, the STUDENTS were way more conservative than the faculty was liberal.

As for mentioning their liberal ideology and political activism, that's actually a good thing for them to do because it puts folks like you on notice to monitor their actions toward you. McDonald is really open about his party activism, so he's under a microscope from conservative students and BOV members.

It shouldn't matter what a faculty member thinks as long as they treat you fairly and equitably based on your classroom performance. Think about a Jewish religious studies professor teaching a class full of Christian kids. Sure, he/she doesn't believe in Jesus, per se, but if he/she treats every student the same and grades papers based on quality, not agreement with ideology, everyone should be fine. I know that my conservative econ professors treated me well, and if your liberal poli-sci professor mistreat you, you should push the issue.

-- Conaway

 
At 10/20/2005 05:27:00 PM, Anonymous Jamie said...

The idea of Mason as a liberal bastion is a joke. I currently attend GMU Law--even the Democrats here lean right.

 
At 10/21/2005 01:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a Mason alumnus. During my freshman year, I was certain that I could speak my mind as a conservative, and that I would be respected by others on the merit of my arguments… since I was now in college.

I figured out, real quick, how foolish I was.

My first govt. teacher was an unashamed liberal who often spoke of Clinton as if he was an Olympian God.

The final paper in that class was 30% of our grade, and could be on a number of topics that she had listed. I picked affirmative action.

Needless to say, I received a D+ on the paper, giving me a 'D' as the final grade in the class. The paper was littered with comments like, "Paper needs more Supreme Court Cases" written in red ink across the margins.

The problem with this comment is that I listed 3 Supreme Court cases, and the assignment didn't ask for any.

She refused to change my grade, and told me that I could always appeal the grade to the Faculty Senate, which she was a member of. (I later found out that the Faculty Senate doesn't review issues such as this, but it was enough of a scare-tactic to get me to not push the issue any further.)

I re-took the class the following semester and received an 'A'. If nothing else, I definitely learned a lesson in academic liberal-totalitarianism from the faculty at GMU!

 
At 10/21/2005 04:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

neocon22:

"(go figure, smart people who are good at economics are conservative, not a shocker)"

Then how do you explain Paul Krugman, my economics professor at MIT?

 
At 10/21/2005 04:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Student at MIT: The highly esteemed economics department at George Mason teaches supply-side economics/Austrian economics (this implies that supply actually creates demand and is associated with Jean Baptiste Say, a theory that is often noted as "Say's Law"). In short, the teachers at Mason are all free-market economists.

My guess is that your presumably liberal professor at MIT is a fan of Keynes, a well-known economist who pretty much had it all backwards. He actually derived his theories around the idea that demand should meet production (the minimum wage and protective tariffs are set with this in mind). Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt believed in Keynesian economics, and take a look back in history to see where their policies led the country. Mason teaches against the practices of Keynes and goes into great detail on how his policies are disastrous for any nation.

If you're ever at Mason - you should sit in on an economics class there. They are phenomenal.

 
At 10/21/2005 07:58:00 PM, Blogger neocon22 said...

the only paul krugman i know of is the nytimes columnist. and hes a complete idiot....so, i actually am not sure what you point is anon 4.
supply-side economics is what reagan prescribed to, correct?

 

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