Tag: Columbia University

Professor Killer

You’re not going to fucking believe this:

Former Weather Underground radical Kathy Boudin — who spent 22 years in prison for an armored-car robbery that killed two cops and a Brinks guard — now holds a prestigious adjunct professorship at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, The Post has learned.

Boudin, 69, this year won another academic laurel — being named the Sheinberg Scholar-in-Residence at NYU Law School, where last month she gave a lecture on “the politics of parole and re-entry.”

To be fair, an adjunct isn’t the same a tenure-line position. I’ve been an adjunct and it’s basically a low-paying semester-to-semester post. And Boudin did a lot of work and published papers while she was in prison. So she’s not completely unqualified. According to Columbia, the students like her (although it’s not clear how many know of her background).

But to be really fair, that still mean a convicted murderer is being paid … by an Ivy League school … to teach.

I want to step back a bit. The Left — and I’m going to assume most of Columbia and NYU is included in that — is always talking about how rich white people have such huge unfair advantages over the rest of us. Now consider the facts here. Most of Boudin’s co-conspirators got three life sentences and will not be eligible for parol for another 45 years. Boudin escaped that fate because her father was partner with a prestigious criminal defense lawyer. The vast majority of those convicted of even misdemeanors would have trouble even getting into college, least of all teaching. But here we have a woman who participated in an armed robbery and a violent resistance to arrest that left three innocent bodies on the floor and nine children without fathers.

I’m in favor of rehabilitation of criminals. I’d like to think that the idiot things we do will not follow us throughout our lives. But this was not a shoplifting incident. This was a triple killing. Maybe we can argue she has seen the error of her ways. But do we have to make her a professor because her vile despicable actions had the veneer of politics?

Protest Class

And professors wonder why everyone thinks Academia is so liberal:

Columbia University will offer a new course for upperclassmen and grad students next semester. An Occupy Wall Street class will send students into the field and will be taught by Dr. Hannah Appel, a veteran of the Occupy movement.

The course begins next semester and will be divided between class work at Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus and fieldwork that will require students to become involved with the Occupy movement outside of the classroom.

The course will be called “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement” it will be run by the anthropology department.

Let’s be clear. This is beyond he usual course in PC nonsense that tends to litter liberal arts curricula. This is a person involved in the Occupy movement seeking to use her position to continue and expand her involvement and recruit students to the cause. What the heck is Dr. Appel being paid for? It sure as hell doesn’t appear to be teaching. I’m reminded of when my sister was given extra credit in class or marching in protests for hirer teacher pay. And I guarantee you that a conservative professor running a course on the Tea Party would not be allowed.

Columbia is a private university so they’re more than free to burn their own money on this. But if I were a Columbia alum, I wouldn’t be supporting them or making sure my donations went somewhere other than the Department of Anthropology.