Tuesday, June 23, 2009

News Coverage of the Recent Bucknell Kerfuffle

Check out this story in today's Philly Inquirer for an update on the situation.

The bright spot of the article for me is that President Mitchell has received over 100 calls/emails/letters from people who don't like how the school is handling the situation. Keep it up, folks! We have to stand up for free expression at Bucknell.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Podcast Alert

Sarah Walters and I discuss the Cash-for-Clunkers program which passed Congress on Thursday. Listen here.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

MSNBC Video

Here's part of the segment I was on earlier this week (sorry it gets cut off at the end):

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Free Speech (or Lack Thereof) at Bucknell

As a proud Bucknell alum, it saddens me greatly to see free expression not valued on campus. In two separate incidences this spring, the Bucknell administration shut down two political events, seemingly because they were too controversial for their liking.

I put out this statement on behalf of the Alliance for a Better Bucknell last night:

Paging President Mitchell

In recent years, Bucknell has been no stranger to free-speech controversies. In fact, several of our board members were part of the successful effort--which included students, faculty, and alumni from across the ideological spectrum--to repeal Bucknell's former speech code, which had been used to silence "politically incorrect" student speech. After that, we thought our beloved alma mater had turned the page, especially given President Brian Mitchell's repeated statements and actions in favor of a vigorous exchange of ideas.

Now, we are deeply saddened to read that the "bad old days" seem to have returned. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a respected civil-liberties group in Philadelphia, has issued a series of communiqu├ęs documenting administrative censorship of the Bucknell Conservatives Club--whose members had tried to state their views regarding fiscal policy and affirmative action. It is troubling that these events ever happened, and even more so that the administration had the chance to resolve this privately and did not

So far, no one has heard a word from President Mitchell. His subordinates were responsible for the actions taken against the conservative students and issuing the university's lone (and very puzzling) statement. We need him to speak up, personally, to do what's right and to protect the value of a Bucknell degree--and we are hopeful he will do so.

ABB calls upon President Mitchell, in the strongest possible terms, to immediately condemn the recent censorship and proclaim publicly that no one will ever be treated this way again at Bucknell for expressing social or political views. This issue is not about conservatives or liberals; it is about one of the fundamental tenets of a university. The expressive rights of Bucknell students (as well as faculty) must be respected.

In pursuit of this most important goal, we urge like-minded alumni and friends of the University to contact the president--politely but purposefully--at brian.mitchell[at]bucknell.edu. And do loop us in, via info[at]betterbucknell.org, so we know how many folks have raised their voices in support of free speech.

--Allison Kasic '05

TV FYI

I'll be on MSNBC today at approx. 3:40pm eastern time to talk about President Obama. Tune in if you can.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Podcast Alert

In a new IWF podcast, Hadley Heath and I discuss the impact of the Employee Free Choice Act on small business.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Podcast Alert

In the latest IWF podcast, I discuss Obama's pick of Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. Listen here.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Podcast Alert

At a recent rally for school choice in Washington, D.C., I interviewed Virginia Walden Ford about the status of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Article Alert

I have a new article about the recently slew of athletic program cuts across the country (and how Title IX factors into program decisions). Check it out here.