Sophia Smith Grows a Pair

It’s a sign of our depraved times that when the Smith College board of trustees announced a new admissions policy, the change was not heralded with a bang, not even with a whimper. Although “bang” and “wimp” are both concepts relevant to the policy as it now stands. Smith College, founded by an 1870 bequest […]

Somebody Quick Call the Diversity Trainers!

I am outraged. The monster of white privilege has once again raised its flaxen head, this time to disrupt the return-from-semester of Howard University students to their Washington, DC campus. Imagine, if you dare, the anguish of a scrappy band of upperclassmen who, upon arriving back at the dorms, make a quick stop at the […]

Diversity, with a Capital “D”

A group of UCLA graduate students captured national attention recently by complaining about the unfair grading practices of Professor Emeritus Val Rust.  I am not surprised that Rust has “emeritus” in his title, because he is one of a dying breed: a faculty member who painstakingly comments and corrects his students’ papers. And therein lies […]

Why Wasn’t Miley Cyrus Grand Mistress of the Chicago Slut Walk?

Last Saturday, “sluts” of all manner gathered in Chicago to let the world know that they refuse to be “victims.” They–the sluts and their “allies”–typically parade around in their underwear, or less, with handmade signs bearing such messages as “Drinking Was Not My Crime, Rape Was His” and “Your Ignorance is More Scandalous than my […]

Bellyaching at the B-School

Miss seldom concerns herself with the antics of graduate school students and faculty, mainly because graduate schools and the denizens therein tend to be, well, boring. But news of gender turmoil at the Harvard Business School has Miss sitting up and taking notice. On September 8, the New York Times ran a blistering exposé of […]

I Said “Yes” and I Meant “Yes,” but Dean Boyd Told Me It’s Not What I Meant. I’m Confused.

When classes end for the summer, staff who have been officebound for the grueling 28 weeks that constitute an academic year are allowed out into the blinding sunshine of summer. While some repair to the beach or the mountains, others take advantage of the subsidized opportunity conferences provide to visit a new city or resort […]

Bite the Bullet: Dartmouth and the Diversity Trainer

Last week there was a dust-up at Dartmouth College. During accepted students’ day, the Ivy with the biggest inferiority complex had its “Dimensions Welcome Show” disrupted by a group of current students whose urgent message required that their voices be heard. Explains one of the messengers: Attempting to engage in a real conversation about the […]

Somebody Turned the Lights Off: College of the Atlantic Goes Dark

Breaking news, dateline: Bar Harbor, Maine: At a special meeting of College of the Atlantic’s Board of Trustees on Monday, March 11, the trustees accepted a student proposal to divest the college from all fossil fuel-related investments. The divestment of all stocks goes into effect immediately. “The elation on campus is palpable,” says COA President […]

Oberlin College: A Study in Academic Tromp l’Oeil

Those awful racists that  breed like rabbits on liberal arts campuses are at it again: Classes at Oberlin College were canceled on Monday after a series of “hate-related incidents” on campus, the school announced on its website. Officials say the latest problem occurred Monday morning near the African Heritage House, where a person wearing a […]

Hampshire College Professor Margaret Cerullo Assures Students, “You Don’t Have to Read It to Know What’s in It”

I haven’t been so excited about alternating narrators since first reading Faulkner as an undergraduate.  I am counting the days till Boxing Day, when I can repair to my aerie high atop Copley Square and settle in with Christine Benvenuto’s Sex Changes: A Memoir of Marriage, Gender, and Moving On and Joy Ladin’s Through the […]