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Unintended consequences: California’s travel ban may trip up intercollegiate athletic teams

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Way to punish the athletes and guarantee diminishing alumni donations. Brilliant move California…
From SF Gate: California’s newly expanded ban on state-funded travel to states that discriminate against LGBT people could trip up intercollegiate athletic teams in the coming years — not only by restricting where they may play, but how they tap new recruits.
As of Thursday, state employees — including those at the University of California and California State University — are banned from traveling on the public dime to eight states. The shunned states often appear on college teams’ travel schedules. They are: Alabama, Texas, Kansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and South Dakota.
“In terms of recruiting, under current California law our coaches would be restricted from using state funds to travel to affected states,” says a statement issued Friday by the Cal Athletics Department.
On Friday, a day after state Attorney General Xavier Becerra expanded the list from four to eight states, his office told The Chronicle it had received a request for a legal opinion on whether the ban applies to “athletic team staffs” at UC and CSU. His office did not respond when asked who had made the request.
Each of the states in the ban has enacted a discriminatory law since June 26, 2015, according to Becerra, such as preventing adoptions and foster care by lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people (South Dakota and Alabama) or allowing school clubs to restrict membership on that basis (Kentucky). In Texas, a law that passed June 15 prohibits the state from “taking adverse action” against religious caregivers, which critics say gives them too much power over the welfare of LGBT children.
California’s travel ban took effect in January and specifically includes the two university systems. But it also exempts them from the ban to fulfill any athletic contracts they entered into with schools in the affected states before Jan. 1. That helps many major college athletic teams — for now — because they set their travel schedules with other schools sometimes years in advance.
But the exemption does not apply to collegiate postseason contests, where teams that do well could find they are headed for one of the states in question.
Eight sports are scheduled to have their top-tier NCAA regionals or championships in states affected by the travel ban within a year: Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and North Carolina. The most notable is the men’s Final Four basketball championship, to be held in San Antonio.
The others are men’s and women’s cross country, women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s indoor track. Championships for lower-tier schools, including many in the CSU system, also are scheduled for some of the states included in the ban.
When California’s ban took effect in January, the Cal athletic department issued a statement saying: “Our intent is to support our student-athletes in their right to participate in NCAA postseason competition should they be assigned to a restricted state.”
But it’s not clear how they could do that, short of raising private donations to support not only travel costs, but also salaries for coaches and staff, and potentially insurance.
Meanwhile, Cal had been in preliminary talks for a men’s basketball series with the University of Kansas in January, when the travel ban that included Kansas took effect. “Cal got back to us and told us the state ban would prevent it,” said Jim Marchiony, a spokesman for KU athletics.
On Friday, Cal issued a new statement affirming its support of “equity, diversity and inclusion,” adding: “We have an obligation and firm commitment to remain compliant with California law.” The statement also said Cal will fulfill any contracts it signed with affected states before January.
Cal’s baseball team is signed on to play in the Frisco College Baseball Classic in March in Texas. The contract for the event, which features Texas A&M, Baylor and Louisiana Tech, was signed two years ago, former Bears head coach David Esquer said.
At California State University, several campuses have major sports teams, including Cal State Fullerton, San Diego State, Long Beach State, Fresno State and San Jose State.
The news that Texas is now included in the travel ban has made some sports fans nervous at San Jose State, and Lawrence Fan, spokesman for campus athletics, has been fielding questions — mostly about whether the San Jose Spartans will be able to play its scheduled football game at the University of Texas in September. Fan tells them not to worry. The contract was signed in September.
Nevertheless, CSU is taking a close look at the expanded travel ban and will consult with the attorney general if needed, said Toni Molle, spokeswoman for systemwide Chancellor Timothy White. However, she said, “The CSU fully intends to comply with the law, and we will not be using any state funds to pay for travel expenses to any of the banned states.”
Ricardo Vazquez, a spokesman for UC, agreed. But he said, “There have been instances where UC sports teams or researchers attending conferences have used nonstate funds to travel to the states on the list.”
Vazquez did not reply when asked for examples.
At UCLA, spokeswoman Liza David said the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics receives no state funding, but said that UCLA is “committed to promoting and protecting equity, diversity and inclusion.”
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New ‘pronoun pins’ at U of Kansas let people choose their gender

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From Fox News: Kansas University libraries will now offer students, staff and visitors the choice of wearing “gender inclusive” buttons identifying their preferred gender pronouns, in order to help promote a “welcoming environment” on campus.

The buttons, which read, “He/Him/His,” “She/Her/Hers” or “They/Them/Theirs” are part of a year-long effort on behalf of the KU library’s “You Belong Here” marketing campaign touting the school as warm, welcoming, and tolerant.

“Because gender is, itself, fluid and up to the individual, each person has the right to identify their own pronouns, and we encourage you to ask before assuming someone’s gender,” a sign in the library above the available buttons reads, according to local media.

The library signs go on to explain that “misgendering” someone “can be hurtful” and lead to emotional distress as that person contemplates their ultimate exclusion from modern society, or struggle with “invalidation” of their life choices.

KU’s “front line” librarians came up with the idea, and have been wearing the buttons with pride. They say the markers have been so popular that the library has already had to reorder buttons, and that students routinely ask for them.

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University cuts student employment hours because of Obamacare

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Campus Reform: Officials at the University of Kansas (KU) are capping student work hours to 20 hours a week because of provisions of the Affordable Care Act—commonly known as Obamacare—that require employers to provide health insurance for part-time employees.
Since the news was announced last week, many students are growing increasingly concerned because of the recent decrease in their hours (previously capped at 30 hours a week for undergraduates) and growing tuition. However, university officials feel the cutbacks are necessary in light of Obamacare’s policy changes.

“The revised [KU] policy seeks to balance the necessity for students to make academic progress while managing potential fiscal liabilities with ACA,” Diane Goddard, vice provost for administration and finance said in an email to the departments, according to the Daily Kansan.

Many students don’t feel that off-campus employment options can provide the necessary accommodations for their busy schedules that campus jobs do.
“If I have a test to study for I can let them [campus employers] know, and they can give me any time off that I need, but I know that would not be the case if I was working a service job,” senior Kristina Nielander told KSHB.
Last semester KU had 4,850 student employees but university officials claim only a handful worked more than 20 hours a week. Students like Rachel Prather argue that every hour counts and confessed her concerns about affording groceries on the recent cuts.
“I need any extra income I can get, and that means every hour of the day that I’m not in class I’m working and I value that a lot.”
The ACA provisions ignited a discussion about the law of unintended consequences for the university and officials are expecting backlash from angry students.
“As the news starts to trickle out, I suspect we will see a lot of emails coming into human resources,” Gavin Young, KU Spokesman told KSHB Kansas City.
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U of Kansas professor hopes children of NRA members are murdered

David GuthThe obese and murderous David Guth, age 60 

Liberals The Left are such tolerant, open-minded, bleeding-heart, pro-multicultural, downright nice people!

Katherine Timpf reports for Campus Reform that on Sept. 16, 2013 — the same day as the massacre at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC which left 13 people dead including the shooter — David Guth, a Journalism professor at the University of Kansas (KU) tweeted that he would like to see the murder of children of National Rifle Association (NRA) members at the hands of the next deranged gunman.

Guth tweeted:

“#NavyYardShooting The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you.

Guth is an associate professor (which means he’s tenured) of Journalism at KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism. Guth also served as the associate dean of the journalism school from July 2004 to July 2009.

Speaking with Campus Reform on Wednesday, Guth confirmed it was he who had sent the hateful tweet: “Hell no, hell no, I do not regret that Tweet. I don’t take it back one bit.”

When other Twitter users criticized Guth for calling for the death of children, he tweeted in response, “God’s justice takes many forms” (which is hilarious because I doubt Guth believes in God, unless of course it’s a demon-god.)

Then the journalism associate professor repeated his tweet on his personal blog Snapping Turtle:

“I don’t wish what happened today [Navy Yard massacre] on anyone. But if it does happen again — and it likely will — may it happen to those misguided miscreants who suggest that today’s death toll at the Navy Yard would have been lower if the employees there were allowed to pack heat.”

In his interview with Campus Reform, Guth also wished “a pox on our Congress and a pox on the NRA” for not instituting gun control policies to prevent mass shootings. “It absolutely appalls me that after Newtown, we could not have come to some kind of sane agreement on something as simple as the number of bullets in a magazine or the availability of assault weapons.”

Tsk, tsk.

For a journalism professor, Guth really should get his facts straight. Despite early rumors, the weapon used in the Navy Yard shooting was not an assault weapon, but a shotgun typically used for hunting small birds and wild game.

Although KU’s official school policy demands all in the community adhere to a standard of “inclusive learning and working environment at the University of Kansas,” the administration eunuchs at KU told Campus Reform that they stand by Guth’s right to make his murderous hateful statements. University spokesman Jack Martin wrote in an email: “Faculty have their own social media accounts and use those to express personal opinions, but those opinions do not represent the university.”

Blah. Blah. Blah.

While Guth’s Twitter account is personal, his biography includes a link that directs to the school’s website. His biography describes Guth as “An Eastern Shoreman turned professor and historian. A devoted husband, father and dog owner. Most important: an independent thinker.”

An independent thinker?

Not only is Guth not an independent thinker, he’s also a poor teacher. His average rating on Rate My Professors is a grade of C.

Ouch.

Here’s a comment from one of his students: “Poor instructor, really arrogant, full of himself, places his personal and political opinions onto you. Do not recommend him.”

And I betcha the eunuchs at the University of Kansas wouldn’t be quite so tolerant if, instead of calling for the massacre of NRA children, Guth had called for killing the children of blacks, or Hispanics, or Muslims, or gays, or lesbians, or transgenders.

This is what I think of the eunuchs of the University of Kansas:
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Located in Lawrence, Kansas, the University of Kansas is a public university and the largest university in the State of Kansas. That means it’s funded by Kansas taxpayers.

Are you a resident of Kansas? Then demand to know why your taxes are going to pay the $90,139.92 a year salary (and lovely home) of David Guth!

Here’s contact info for the University of Kansas:

KU Chancellor, Bernadette Gray-Little

KU Chancellor, Bernadette Gray-Little

Chancellor: Bernadette Gray-Little
Phone: (785) 864-3131
Email: graylittle@ku.edu
Address: Chancellor’s Office
University of Kansas
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045

David W. Guth
Ph: (785) 864-0683
Email: dguth@ku.edu

President of the KU Board of Regents: Andy Tompkins

UPDATE!

This morning, 4 days after Guth’s vicious tweet and after initially defending him, University of Kansas administration finally took action. David Guth is suspended, placed on “indefinite administrative leave pending a review of the entire situation.”

“His conduct violated acceptable standards for professional ethics,
University policies and Article V.2 and Article V.5 of the Faculty Code
of Conduct,” read’s the public notice on the school’s website. “This announcement represents public censure of Professor Guth for his actions.”

Read more, here.

UPDATE (Oct. 27):

On Oct. 25, 2013, University of Kansas announced that David Guth would return to work, but not to the classroom. Ann Brill, the dean of the School of Journalism, said Guth will work on assessment in preparation for the university’s accreditation. For his part, Guth issued a statement of apology: “My September 16 tweet following the Navy Yard shootings has caused a great deal of pain for many people, and for that I apologize. Some interpreted my tweet differently than it was intended: I don’t want anyone’s children hurt.” [Source]

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