Listen Up, Tucker Carlson: Put the Blame for Intellectual Genocide Where it Belongs

Note: An earlier version of this essay appeared on the American Thinker website. Recently sixteen faculty members from three of our most distinguished universities—Harvard, Princeton, and Yale—wrote an open letter to the Class of 2021. The letter, short and to the point, advises freshmen to eschew “fashionable opinions” and to think for themselves. Scrupulously devoid […]

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 […]

Reasons 36 and 37 to Love Collegetown, USA: Michael Brown and a Race-Baiting Racial “Healer”

 Every year, at this time of year, the following sequence of events occur, usually in the same order: grocery store aisles are rendered impassable by sky-high displays of Ramen Noodle 10-packs. Walmart, Target, and Home Depot debut acres of plastic storage boxes and bins. Bed, Bath, and Beyond, HomeGoods, and Marshalls are overloaded with “bed-in-a-bag,” […]

Another Victory in the War on Women

Breaking news! International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde, who was to deliver the Commencement address at Smith College, has withdrawn from the May 18 ceremony.  According to the AP story, Ms. Lagarde said it was clear that many did not want her on campus and that she did not want to distract from […]

Matthew Arnold’s Address to the Class of 2013

Commencement season always brings with it a lot of hand-wringing about the utility of a college education, liberal arts education specifically.  This year’s angst is more feverish than usual, given the dismal employment prospects of graduates unlucky enough to be handed their sheepskins during the Obama administration. The national dialogue is a good thing, though, […]

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 […]

Hiding in Plain Sight: Alcohol and the Suicide of Trey Malone

It was with great sadness, professional interest, and morbid curiosity that I read the full text of a recent suicide’s note to his family and friends. It is almost unheard of that there be public access to such text, but the parents of this sad young man thought his final words to them should be […]

When Faculty Speak for Themselves: Words that Will Live in Ignominy

Presenting a new feature on Call Me “Miss”! “When Faculty Speak for Themselves: Words that Will Live in Ignominy” will be an occasional feature, soon with its own page, that will let academics speak for themselves. To be fair, Miss will provide proper context for all quotations, as well as links to the source. Let’s […]

College Presidents Do Good: The Higher Ed Version of “Man Bites Dog”

It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, it’s only fair that Miss takes note. Thanks to a mention in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Presidents’ Pledge came to my attention, and I could not be more impressed with what I learned. Some  28 college and university presidents (current and retired) have agreed to […]

Afshan Jafar: Gen Xer, Professor, Cry Baby

You know the sound that a piece of errant chalk makes on a blackboard? Ever wonder what that sound, translated into words on a page, would read like? I can help you out with that. If you cruise on over to Inside Higher Ed and read “The Life and Work of a Professor,” by one […]