In case you weren’t convinced that the state of higher education is in a place of free-fall, there have been some noteworthy events in recent months that bear mentioning.
The first is the BYU-Duke university fracas. After a Duke player at a volleyball game—with some assistance from camera happy family members—claimed she heard racial slurs being yelled at her from the crowd while she was serving, a credulous media spread the story far and wide. (Worth noting that the BYU-Duke incident spawned possibly the dumbest and most inflammatory newspaper column I’ve encountered, and I am a true connoisseur of bad journalism.) With hundreds of witnesses and video of the event, BYU conducted a thorough, good-faith investigation and concluded there’s no evidence that any slurs were said.