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S.E.M., Vol. 1, No. 7
Federalist 69 - by Alexander Hamilton. 1. What are the chief characters in regards to the President as outlined in the proposed Constitution? 2. Why does Hamilton believe the term of office for a President should be longer than three years? 3. What was the term of office for the king of England and what, in your opinion, is the potential for abuse in such a term? Would the term of office of the king of England present any advantages - in the Founders experience and in your opinion - over over the new American system? Read all of the questions and post your response at our new resource Self-Educated Man

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‘Georgetown Law Journal’ Writer Proposes Stiff Penalties for Flouting FERPA

‘Georgetown Law Journal’ Writer Proposes Stiff Penalties for Flouting FERPA

Peter Bonilla Peter Bonilla, TheFIRE In The Georgetown Law Journal, Georgetown University Law Center student Rob Silverblatt makes a worthwhile contribution to the steadily-growing body of literature critical of the widespread abuse of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) by America's colleges. Though FERPA was enacted in [...]

U. of Denver Hides Behind Title IX to Justify Persecution of Veteran Professor

U. of Denver Hides Behind Title IX to Justify Persecution of Veteran Professor

Prof. Arthur Gilbert PETER BONILLA, THEFIRE.ORG Throughout the maddening case of veteran University of Denver (DU) Professor Arthur Gilbert, the DU administration has employed a "trust us" defense when questioned about its repeated, well-documented violations of Gilbert's rights to free speech, academic freedom, and due process. Gilbert was [...]

Harvard’s ‘Laugh Free’ Culture Alarming

Harvard’s ‘Laugh Free’ Culture Alarming

Peter Bonilla, TheFIRE A controversy over an anonymously distributed flyer that was distributed in several of Harvard’s residence halls is roiling the Harvard community this week. The satirical flyer advertised a fake “final club” called “The Pigeon.” In context, the flyer—with statements such as “Jews need not apply” and [...]

For Some College Papers, Free Speech Ends Where Ads for Competitors Begin

For Some College Papers, Free Speech Ends Where Ads for Competitors Begin

Peter Bonilla, TheFIRE The spring 2012 issue of the SPLC Report, published by the Student Press Law Center, contains a concerning story about intrusions on private university newspapers by administrations who don't want them taking advertisements from other institutions. The most troublesome example of the bunch is from Long Island [...]

Actually, Some Heckling Is Free Speech

Actually, Some Heckling Is Free Speech

Peter Bonilla, TheFIRE Recently, National Public Radio's Linton Weeks published a piece offering some thoughts on heckling—something we at FIRE have certainly encountered many times as a defender of free speech. Given our voluminous experience in this area, we're sensitive to the mistake that Weeks makes in characterizing our position on the [...]

University of Denver Vacates ‘Harassment’ Finding

University of Denver Vacates ‘Harassment’ Finding

Peter Bonilla, TheFIRE For more than a year now, Professor Arthur Gilbert, a tenured professor in the University of Denver's (DU's) Josef Korbel School of International Studies, has been fighting for his free speech and academic freedom against DU's gross intrusions and disregard for due process. As we first documented here in the fall, Gilbert [...]

Rutgers Will Not Punish Satirical Newspaper

Rutgers Will Not Punish Satirical Newspaper

PETER BONILLA, THE FIRE On Friday, I blogged about Rutgers University's bias investigation of the student satire publication The Medium for jokingly attributing a fake article praising Adolf Hitler to another student. As we made clear in the letter we sent Rutgers, punishing the protected expression of The Medium—or even allowing the [...]

Purdue University Calumet Declares Professor Guilty of ‘Retaliation’

Purdue University Calumet Declares Professor Guilty of ‘Retaliation’

Peter Bonilla and William Creeley, The FIRE As we wrote here a few weeks ago, Purdue University Calumet (PUC) professor Maurice Eisenstein was recently the subject of a months-long harassment investigation based on charged remarks about Islam he made on his personal Facebook page and while teaching. A number of students, calling the remarks [...]