While the WSB report was a fair and balanced look at non-citizen voters, uncovering dozens of people who cast ballots illegally, the KSU conference featured an array of topics that seemed predictably geared at promoting the left-wing, open borders agenda. You might remember past brushes the university has had with the topic, such as the Vicente Fox-a-pallooza and Jessica Colotl-pallooza.
Don't you just love academia's enthusiasm for left-wing causes and the conspicuous absence of any opposing viewpoints?
A three-day whirlwind of meals, roundtables, panel discussions and presentations, KSU's conference drew some big no-border promoters disguised as sociologists all the way from Nigeria, New York, Arkansas, Texas and California, Brazil, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and the ubiquitous ACLU, among others.
The conference also offered a warm and fuzzy "teach-in" for students, including lectures (such as "On Becoming the Largest Minority"), films, activities and refreshments. The student-targeted marketing was reminiscent of left-wing tactics used so often by radicals in the early '70s Marxist, anti-war movement - even including lunch passes handed out in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, "made possible by the generous contribution of Linda Lyons, Interim Chief Diversity Officer."
Feed their stomachs and fill their minds. With propaganda. Wow, what a concept.
But back to the guest speakers.
One interesting presentation was "Social Representations of Mexicans in Gwinnett County" by no less than a Mexican university professor. Of course we know Gwinnett is an international petri dish, but why would a Mexican professor come all the way here to study what she could easily study there? Maybe she needed an excuse to visit relatives and get away from all the corruption, kidnappings and beheadings in her own country.
Who funds all of this? Is it Mexican money, or American? Who benefits? Most importantly, who funded KSU's Immi-palooza, paying for hotels and transportation for these multiple speakers? Georgia taxpayers? Or Big Money donors with an interest in seeing more no-doc people taking the seats Georgia kids only dream about - before having to apply to the University of Alabama?
This is clear: Anyone with kids in high school or college knows Georgia kids who were denied admission to state colleges with as good as 4.2 GPAs and all honors courses. And this issue makes us furious.
Is it right for KSU to continue to increase parking and other fees when its diversity department is obviously ripe with cash? How about spreading some of that wealth where it's really needed?
For that matter, when can we expect the three-day conference on accommodating every aspect of returning veterans' education? Might we see some thoughtful, carefully planned studies on how to help them better fit into the community? Can we analyze and facilitate jobs for them? Will KSU hold panel discussions on the virtues of serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, or offer free lunches for those who did? Maybe the university could solicit big-time donors to sponsor their transitions, or move to accept their service experience in lieu of curriculum hours towards a degree? Maybe the university should give enrolling veterans free books, or free board, or another VA counselor to ease their red tape?
Excuse me, won't you, if I rant just a bit. You see, a veteran I know returned from war wanting to complete a degree, half-earned while on many deployments. Applying to a local university, he was clearly more qualified than the average student, and there was no question he was morally entitled to a spot, any spot, in a local institution of higher learning. He paid his taxes, fought and bled in combat, and his experience was such that he could, in fact, run a department or even an entire university. His last job description was head of the Marine Corps University's enlisted curriculum.
This veteran gave a lifetime of service, unlike the foreign students admitted without question, without background checks, fees waved, whatever.
Yet the veteran was denied admission.
Does KSU care? Does anyone in academia care?
With priorities like we're seeing lately, why would we ever think they might?