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Not Segregation. Really?

Hey Michael, just who is it that you think will believe this act is not one of segregation? You are living in your own Harvard world Mister. So they raised $27,000 in a year to pull this off. If it had been for worthy, justly cause, you surely could have raised five times that amount in an entire year. Unbelievable, absolutely unbelievable! Even this once great educational institution offered me a free ride, I would never take it. Do the Alumni support all that’s going on here. Sad!

I know it may seem as though I am picking on Harvard University with two posts in a row about it, but hey, do they not deserve all the attention they get? I think they do. Shame on them.

Black graduate students at Harvard University will soon be a part of a first-of-its-kind ceremony.

On May 23, the prestigious university will hold an individual ceremony for black graduate students, according to a report by The Root. The ceremony, which took a year to plan, celebrates “fellowship” not “segregation,” Michael Huggins, a graduate student that will receive his master’s of public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School this month, told The Root.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate Harvard’s black excellence and black brilliance,” Michael Huggins told the online publication. “It’s an event where we can see each other and our parents and family can see us as a collective, whole group. A community.”

More than 120 students have registered to partake in the ceremony, which will be held at Holmes Field, near the Harvard law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The students raised more than $27,000 to pay for the ceremony and a reception that will follow. The student body hopes to organize a similar ceremony for black undergraduate students at Harvard next year, Huggins said.

The graduate students still plan to participate in the school’s main ceremony later this month. Last year, Harvard was named the No. 2 best college for African-Americans by Essence and MONEY magazines. Well now, that’s an impressive set of magazines — NOT!

“This is not about segregation,” Huggins told The Root. “It’s about fellowship and building a community. This is a chance to reaffirm for each other that we enter the work world with a network of supporters standing with us. We are all partners.”

Our Future Leaders – God Help Us

Folks – – – – this piece needs no words. It’s so sad. John Harvard has to be screaming in his grave. Surely this is not what he envisioned for the future of this once great university that turned out genuine leaders. Now it seems they are working on cream puffs and snow flakes

 

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This week, Harvard University announced that its libraries will be doing away with their traditional 50 cent-per-day late fee on overdue books.

Our Future Leaders – God Help Us After all, the “private” university does receive billions in tax breaks every year.

No, finances had nothing to do with this policy change, which was first noticed by the vigilant folks over at The Harvard Crimson. The sole reason that this (once?) prestigious university is waiving the charge for overdue books is because this practice is just too stressful for students.

That bears repeating: Harvard University students, whom the school hails as the brightest young scholars our nation has to offer, simply cannot and should not have to deal with the stress of overdue book fees.

“We have witnessed first-hand the stress that overdue fines can cause for students,” Harvard administrator Steven Beardsley explained, even going so far as to declare that “Eliminating standard overdue fines…should help students focus on their scholarship, rather than worrying about renewing library books every 28 days in order to avoid fines.”

While Mr. Beardsley’s heart is certainly in the right place, he and other supporters of this policy are doing a great disservice to these students. College is meant to be stressful because life is stressful. What better place is there than a college campus to learn important life lessons like how to handle stress, and why it’s important to take responsibility for your actions?

If these principles are too intense for college students to handle while they are enshrouded in a safety net that provides for their every necessity, how will they ever cope once they’re on their own? Even though the Left has hijacked our universities to preach the message that life should be free of hurt feelings and hardship, we must remind ourselves this is not the intent of college.

Colleges were created to be a place that prepares young adults to succeed in the real world, but by and large they no longer do that, and if you need proof, just ask Harvard administrators to explain what abolishing library late fees does to form strong, independent young adults.

Actions like this teach students that they can resolve life’s problems not by accepting personal responsibility, but rather by expressing how victimized they feel.

When these students graduate should they expect a world in which they can skip a rent payment or two? After all, why wouldn’t their landlord understand how stressful rent payments can be?

Should students refuse to pay outstanding parking tickets because of how stress inducing the fines can be?

I wish my bank were more like a Harvard administrator. I could simply explain to them that my looming credit card payment was inducing unhealthy amounts of stress, and it would vanish.

It’s not just Harvard, though. Universities around the country have become more concerned with coddling than they are educating, as even a passing familiarity with the Leadership Institute’s CampusReform.org makes abundantly clear. Before taking any action that will impact students, administrators ought to ask themselves a few simple questions: “Does this prepare students for the real world?” and “Will this help students grow in maturity?”

Unfortunately, as evidenced by the actions of most universities, these questions are rarely, if ever, asked.

Perhaps, they’re just … too stressful!

Cabot Phillips is a CampusReform.org Contributor and Director of Campus Outreach at the Leadership Institute.