For public colleges and universities, First Amendment compliance isn't optional. It's a binding legal obligation. And when legal obligations are ignored, lawsuits are necessary -- a lesson ten institutions learned the hard way this past year.
Over the past few weeks, college sport has once again taken over the lead in ink and air time; not actually games, of course, but stories that illustrate the corruption of higher education in America by the presence of intercollegiate athletics on campus, or more precisely football on campus.
Research shows that conservative white males are more likely to espouse climate change denial than other groups. But, sociologically speaking, there are broader reasons for the phenomenon of denial that prevent Americans from committing to action on this international issue.