The University of Maryland recently hosted a sex workshop which included teaching students about various sex acts, sex toys and fetish equipment as part of the school's "Sex Week."
According to CNSNews.com, the weeklong event included seminars such as: "Asking for it: Finding your words for better, sexier communication in the bedroom" and "Bedsider Birth Control 101 Interactive Workshop,"
CNSNews.com added that the "most disgusting workshop of the week" was "Toy Talk for Grown Folks: Why You Should Care What You Buy."
Campus Reform posted a video (below) of that seminar hosted by sex shop owner Jessica VonDykem who taught students about anal toys and playing with prostates on Oct. 15.
"You can actually put this in a pot of boiling water after you're done playing with it, totally sterilize it, then put it in somebody else's butt," advised VonDyke. "It's also good for prostate play, you can put it in people's butts."
According to the University of Maryland''s website, the goal of sex week was "to promote an informed and empowered community to support our fellow Terps and cultivate a campus where we take pride in safety, responsibility and respect. Our FEARLESS IDEA is to take the subject head on and set a precedent to all campuses that our students can BE THE CHANGE."
According to Campus Reform, there was no ID check to make sure that attendees were over 18 years of age at the taxpayer supported sex events.
The University of Colorado Boulder has instructed its students not to wear "offensive" Halloween costumes such as cowboys, Indians, sombreros, white trash or anything that shows any culture as being "over-sexualized."
In addition to the costume censorship, the college is telling students not to have parties that include ghettos, hillbillies, crime and sex work, notes The Telegraph.
The Dean of Students at the University of Colorado Boulder, Christina Gonzales, wrote in an email to students: "Making the choice to dress up as someone from another culture, either with the intention of being humorous or without the intention of being disrespectful, can lead to inaccurate and hurtful portrayals of other people's cultures."
The Office of Student Affairs at the University of Minnesota also sent an email to its students requesting that they "please keep in mind that certain Halloween costumes inappropriately perpetuate racial, cultural, and gender stereotypes."
The Oct. 10 email also told students not to choose costumes “that are offensive or hurtful to others.”
The email also stated, "We all benefit from acting with an understanding of the concepts of diversity, inclusion and respect."
“Really, this is about raising awareness,” Danita Brown Young, the school's vice provost and dean of students, told the Star Tribune. We just want people to be respectful and be thoughtful when they are celebrating Halloween.”
However, for decades in America, Halloween has never been portrayed as a respectful or thoughtful holiday, but rather a ghoulish parody of the living dead.
River Ridge High School in Lacey, Wash. is forcing students and their parents to sign a "RRHS Dance Contract" that forbids students from twerking or performing lap dances at school events.
To cover everything else, the school is also banning any dance that makes it "look like you're having sex" on the dance floor.
Twerking is the bent-over, butt-grinding dance performed by Miley Cyrus on MTV's VMA broadcast a couple of months ago.
If students violate the dance contract, they can be kicked out of a dance and banned from future dances. Also, the students won't be refunded for any dances they pay for and miss, notes 4029TV.com.
Two high schools in Maryland have also come up with bans on twerking at school dances.
South River High School has banned twerking for its homecoming on Nov. 2 and requires that students and parents both sign a contract.
Annapolis High School had parents and students sign a contract that forbids kissing, weary skimpy clothing and simulated sex moves during their Oct. 26 homecoming dance.
“This, unfortunately, has become the norm. Some of this crazy dancing that makes others feel uncomfortable,” Annapolis Principal Susan Chittim told CapitalGazette.com. “Some kids feel left out because of the dancing that occurs.”
However, Annapolis senior Kate Gonsalves predicted, “I guarantee we will see some twerking."
Her classmate Cali Roberts said, “It depends whether [teachers] let it go on or not. Sophomore year dancing was really bad. They had to keep the lights on."
It takes a ton of work, time, energy and money to get an MBA. Well, scratch the money part. One dog only needed $7,300 to get this prestigious degree.
BBC Newsnight heard about the American University of London's (AUOL) practice of awarding people with degrees based on their past experience. So the news program decided to test it by applying for an MBA for a dog named Pete.
A fake resume was submitted to the school, along with the application, listing 15 years of job experience. No background check was ever performed to make sure that resume was legitimate, and after paying the fee and being accepted, Pete the dog was awarded the degree 4 days later.
When questioned about its practices, AUOL maintained that what it does is legitimate, while acknowledging that it is not an accredited university.
According to MSN, the school is currently blacklisted in five U.S. states and you can actually get arrested in Texas if you try to use them as a qualification to get a job.
Still, AUOL defends what they do.
“We are not a bogus university ... and have always been upfront about our status,” AUOL told BBC Newsnight in a statement. “We have not applied for accreditation with any American, British or other official agency. Many graduates go on to higher education or hold important positions on the strength of our degrees."
Anyone looking to hire a dog?
A music teacher at the Hazel Harvey Peace Elementary school in Fort Worth, Texas, reportedly segregated his 5th grade class by race and proceeded to insult the black children.
The alleged incident happened last Friday (video below).
“He called the class stupid, and when he separated the black kids from the white kids, he told the black kids, 'I know where y’all from',” parent Sandra Lee told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth. “He said, 'I can tell neither one of y’all get punished at home.'"
“It was racist,” added Lee. “Everything that was going on was racist. At that school, at that classroom, with that teacher, it was very racist.”
Lee says that all the students gave the school written statements about the incident.
Fort Worth Independent School district spokesman Clint Bond told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth in a statement: “Campus and district leadership have been aware of the allegations since last Friday. Once the facts are known, appropriate action will be taken.”
Apparently, the music teacher is unaware that segregation in schools was banned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954 in the case of Brown v. Board of Education (picture above).
In an unanimous decision, the high court ruled that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."
A nearly two million-year-old skull of an ancient human ancestor has been discovered by a team of anthropologists in the small town of Dmanisi, which is located in the country of Georgia, near Russia.
Also found at the dig site were remains of four other human ancestors, stone tools, sabre-toothed cats and other extinct animals.
Palaeontologists believe the remains could re-write the early history of human evolution, reports The Independent.
According to evolutionary scientists, Homo erectus first appeared in Africa around 1.8 million years ago, but the Dmanisi fossils show that Homo erectus migrated soon after appearing in Africa, which was not previously known.
"Nobody has ever seen such a well-preserved skull from this period," Professor Christoph Zollikofer told The Guardian. "This is the first complete skull of an adult early Homo [erectus]. They simply did not exist before."
Professor Zollikofer was part of the discovery and is employed by Zurich University's Anthropological Institute.
"Everything that lived at the time of the Dmanisi was probably just Homo erectus," added Professor Zollikofer. "We are not saying that palaeoanthropologists did things wrong in Africa, but they didn't have the reference we have. Part of the community will like it, but for another part it will be shocking news."
Tim White, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, was not a part of the dig, but added, "The significance is difficult to overstate. It is stunning in its completeness. This is going to be one of the real classics in paleoanthropology."
"Some palaeontologists see minor differences in fossils and give them labels, and that has resulted in the family tree accumulating a lot of branches," said White. "The Dmanisi fossils give us a new yardstick, and when you apply that yardstick to the African fossils, a lot of that extra wood in the tree is dead wood. It's arm-waving."
David Lordkipanidz, of the Georgian National Museum, who lead the excavation, stated: "If you found the Dmanisi skulls at isolated sites in Africa, some people would give them different species names. But one population can have all this variation. We are using five or six names, but they could all be from one lineage."
Regardless of what happens in the New York City mayoral election next month, it appears that children will receive two new holidays off from school: Muslim holy days Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
Both Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota said schools should recognize these holidays, just as they recognize Jewish and Christian holidays.
Blasio called the decision a matter of respect at a campaign rally with Muslim groups in Brooklyn, noting that 13 percent of city school kids practice the religion.
"The origins of this nation [are] people of many different faiths coming together,” Blasio said. “That's why we have to respect Muslim faiths by providing the Eid school holidays for children in our school system.”
Blasio added that in 2006, one holiday fell on the same day as a state-wide exam, and therefore conflicted with students’ educational and religious obligations.
“They can’t do both,” Blasio said.
Lhota said that while schools will not close under his leadership, students will be allowed to take the day off without penalty.
He added, in the vein of Mayor Bloomberg’s thought, that the city needs more school days and not less.
Mona Davids, a Muslim parent, said she made the difficult decision of keeping her kids at home Tuesday during Eid al-Adha, despite concerns that absences would hurt their grades or effect applications to high schools.
Davids argued that closing schools for the holidays would not negatively impact students, but instead enhance their learning with an opportunity to inform themselves about another religion.
An unidentified teacher at Margarita Middle School in Temecula, Calif. reportedly told his students to read a nonfiction book every night for 30 minutes. The students then had to bring the nonfiction book to class.
One student read and brought his Bible to class, which the teacher did not accept for the assignment.
“The teacher said, ‘That’s not a nonfiction book,’” attorney Bob Tyler of Advocates for Faith and Freedom told ChristianNews.net. “[The student] said, ‘Well, honestly, I believe it is a nonfiction book. The teacher then said in a sharp tone, ‘Well, I’ll get back to you.’”
The teacher then asked all of the students, "How many of you think the Bible is nonfiction?"
Apparently, all the students, except for two, raised their hands, which surprised the teacher, who did eventually give the student credit for the assignment, claimed Tyler.
However, the incident bothered the boy’s parents, who contacted Advocates for Faith and Freedom.
"This is an example of the growing hostility towards Christianity that is being displayed in our public classrooms, and we believe we must take a stand! We believe that the actions of this teacher violate the Establishment Clause, which requires the State to remain neutral on issues of religion," Tyler stated on the Faith On Trial Radio website.
The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Vanderbilt University was suspended after a member sent an email that poked fun at a highly-publicized rape case at the school.
The Sept. 22 email was sent to students who were trying to pledge into the fraternity in Nashville, Tenn.
"Monday Night Football at 7:30. We have refreshments and stadium seating. This will be a rape-free event... I promise. Football is safe again," stated part of the email, reports WBTV.
The email was referencing a rape case involving four ex-members of the Vanderbilt Commodores football team: Brandon Vandenburg, Cory Batey, Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie, who are accused of raping a girl in June.
According to the Daily Mail, Vanderbilt University suspended the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and all their events while the incident is investigated.
"It conveys a message that is reprehensible in its disrespect for women and is not representative of the Vanderbilt University student body or the values that we uphold as a community," Beth Fortune, Vanderbilt's vice chancellor for public affairs, wrote in a statement.
The fraternity was also suspended by the Alpha Tau Omega's national office.
Laporshia Massey, 12, had problems breathing for much of the day at Bryant Elementary School in Philadelphia on Sept. 25.
Because of deep budget cuts to Philadelphia schools there is a nurse at Bryant only two days out of the week. The nurse wasn't there on the day when Massey had her asthma attack.
Massey's father Daniel Burch told Philadelphia City Paper that someone from the school called him towards the end of the day. Apparently, Burch didn't realize how badly his daughter was in distress and told her over the phone that he would take care of her when she got home.
The school did provide Massey a ride home, but Burch wants to know, "If she had problems throughout the day, why... didn’t [the school] call me sooner? Why didn’t [the school] take her to the hospital?”
Burch's fiancee, Sherri Mitchell, said Massey called her and stated, “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.”
When Massey got home at 3:15 p.m., her dad gave her medication and rushed his daughter to the emergency room, but she later died at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
An anonymous school district source told the Philadelphia City Paper, “They told her school was almost out, and she’d get out of school and go straight home. She went to the teacher, who told her there’s no nurse, and just to be calm. If they had called rescue, she would still be here today."
The reason there was no nurse at the school that day is funding.
In 2011, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) approved $961 million in cuts for the state's public schools, plus another $94 million in 2012, reported PennLive.com.
In response to the state cuts, Philadelphia had to close 23 schools this year because of a $304 million deficit, noted MSNBC.
In 2011, there were 289 nurses for the schools, but today there are 179.
“Without the school nurse, at a minimum, persistent errors in judgment will result in a child getting a substandard education,” explained school nurse Eileen Duffey. “In worst-case scenarios, life-threatening conditions may surface while a child is in school and go unnoticed.”