September 22, 2008

Colleges up to their usual antics

Thankfully, this one clamped down on the stupidity fairly quickly:

University of Massachusetts officials on Monday quashed efforts by an Amherst campus chaplain to offer two college credits to any student willing to campaign in New Hampshire this fall for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Chaplain Kent Higgins told students in a Sept. 18 e-mail, "If you're scared about the prospects for this election, you're not alone. The most important way to make a difference in the outcome is to activate yourself. It would be just fine with (Republican candidate John) McCain if Obama supporters just think about helping, then sleep in and stay home between now and Election Day."

Higgins added that an unnamed "sponsor" in the university's history department would offer a two-credit independent study for students willing to canvass identify supporters or volunteer on behalf of the Democratic nominee.

University officials said Higgins originally had arranged for credit for "disaster relief efforts or other humanitarian ventures." They added that "We do not engage in or sponsor partisan political activity." That's hard to believe, but at least they stepped in to squelch this nonsense.

Posted by Hube at September 22, 2008 07:47 PM | TrackBack

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