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N.C. law gives student groups more leeway in leadership selection

By William R. Toler [Note: the following was written as an article for the Richmond County Daily Journal.] HAMLET — Student groups at Richmond Community College and public colleges throughout the state now have more autonomy to select their leadership. … Continue reading

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Unlearning Liberty: A must-read to deter the degradation of discourse

By William R. Toler It isn’t hard to see the extreme socio-political polarization running rampant across the purple mountain majesties and amber waves of grain. Left versus right. Black versus white. Us versus them. One new book lays, at least … Continue reading

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College Greens left out of debate

By William R. Toler It isn’t just on the national stage that third-parties find themselves being excluded. A recent debate held at East Carolina University featured speakers representing several student political groups…except the ECU Greens. I was made aware of … Continue reading

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Boobies bracelets and blue jeans

By William R. Toler You would think that since the Tinker decision in 1969, public school officials would do a better job respecting the rights of students. Sadly, as we’ve reported here time after time, that isn’t the case. At … Continue reading

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NCSU Free Expression Tunnel censored by students

By William R. Toler In a bit of First Amendment irony, the Free Expression Tunnel at North Carolina State University was censored by students after “offensive images and slurs” were painted on its walls. According to the college’s paper the … Continue reading

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Supreme Court on trial

By William R. Toler Two important cases were before the nation’s highest court last week, both involving issues stemming from the Bill of Rights. One received major press coverage…the other did not. The one that didn’t get any mainstream mention, … Continue reading

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CCC burns First Amendment

By William R. Toler In an earlier post, the I.R.’s Corey Friedman wrote “Sometimes…a cigar is a cigar. And sometimes, it’s the First Amendment.” This time, it is the First Amendment. In trying to keep in line with a tobacco-free … Continue reading

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Colleges stifle student speech

By Corey Friedman Students at three-fourths of U.S. colleges and universities could face punishment for controversial — but constitutionally protected — speech and expression. About 74 percent of 364 American educational institutions studied have “speech codes” that violate students’ and … Continue reading

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