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For the last two years it has been my honor to write for our campus paper. From the beginning, this column, along with my political activism, has made me a controversial figure. As a deeply committed conservative who considers it his responsibility to do battle with the left, this is not in the least surprising.
As you may have heard, the University, under pressure from the Medical Center, may stop selling cigarettes on campus next year.
We are told that, very soon, the charges against the lacrosse players are likely to be dropped. This long overdue reversal is not surprising-it's hard to conceive that any person with even a modicum of objectivity could fail to realize the charges are false.
The response to the new rape allegations from two weeks ago has revealed the sickening hypocrisy in our community. To start, let's quickly review a little history.
As a Republican I watched in horror as our party dedicated to limiting government did just the opposite for six years while controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress. Yet, throughout it all, donations were piling up and the voters stayed loyal at the booths. Why? Because we didn't want to hurt our beloved party.
While there are many good, decent and commendable professors on our campus, there are also a number of professors that are unethical, unbalanced and out of control. The lacrosse scandal has made this shameful reality all too apparent. And it is students who pay the price for their radical behavior.
It's the most wonderful time of year-but you wouldn't know it looking around Duke's campus.
I was having a conversation with an international student the other day who informed me America had no culture of its own. What we had instead, this student explained, were many distinct, separate cultures that existed within our borders and not a unifying national identity. Those things I might claim as our own, I was told, were simply stolen.
There are few greater evils a person can suffer than to face trial for a heinous crime he did not commit.
In my last column I laid out the first 10 of 20 changes that Duke could undertake to become the perfect university. These 10 changes, however, were far from mere recommendations. They addressed deplorable failures and transgressions that constitute an enormous blight on our school-but through their correction Duke would ascend beyond every major university in our nation.
The popular trend at Duke is to solve our real and imagined problems with elaborate and esoteric plans and initiatives. These programs are invariably more concerned with being politically correct than being constructive and obscure the real issues.
"You're a racist." She spat out the words with a loud, gleeful disdain, making sure everyone around was aware of her discovery. "I am?" I wasn't surprised by her accusation. It had already come to my attention that this had been a favorite topic of hers. This was just the first time she gave me the courtesy of saying it to my face.
America never saw what really happened on Sept. 11.
The more information that surfaces the more apparent it becomes to fair-minded observers that our lacrosse team was railroaded and that three of our fellow students are being put on trial not because of evidence but because of a DA's incompetence and malice.
When our peers are accused of heinous acts, we should be the first to demand they be given the presumption of innocence-their immutable right.
This past Friday, we received an e-mail from Student Affairs advising students that their affairs were not good-it seemed there might be a drive by shooting off of East Campus.
It is with great enthusiasm that the Duke Chapter of Students for Academic Freedom announces its endorsements for several stellar candidates for Duke Student Government. These individuals are all exceptional in their passion, dedication and talent and bring platforms and agendas committed to serving the interests of each and every student on this campus. The candidates we have chosen to endorse possess both tremendous ideas and character.
A large number of Duke professors have disregarded the basic tenets of academic freedom and abandoned their professional obligations. They indoctrinate students in their personal ideologies and prejudices and in so doing betray the very people who are supposed to be their paramount concern.
Dissent is not necessarily patriotic. It can be. But it can also be treasonous. It depends entirely upon the nature and content of one's dissention.
Syriana. Munich. Goodnight and Good Luck. Brokeback Mountain. Fun With Dick and Jane (seriously). Notice a trend?