This controversial website is targeting ‘radical’ left-wing academics

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Freedom of speech and thought are, in theory, what drives academia — and a new website is drawing criticism for threatening those virtues.

Professor Watchlist rounds up the names of scholars from around the U.S. it deems “radical” and places them on a so-called watch list with their photographs and identities listed alongside their names. 

Created by the conservative nonprofit Turning Point USA, it says its purpose is to “expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” But those allegations are often thinly supported and over simplified, citing biased sources like political blogs run by conservative organizations and opinion pieces. Read more…

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Hip university sends college acceptance notices on Snapchat

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In keeping with current cool-teen culture, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is accepting new students in the hippest way it knows how: through Snapchat.

As a UW admissions counselor tells WBAY, in addition to traditional acceptance letters, this year’s accepted students also receive congratulatory Snaps sent straight to their smartphones.

Jena Richter Landers, a UW-Green Bay social media specialist, says students will often send back “excited selfies” after they’ve viewed their acceptance Snap. 

It’s also become the first place where students learn they’ve been accepted, as most still have to wait on admissions packets sent through the mail. Read more…

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