Gonzaga University: Another college application and another dispiriting slog through the dreary social justice universe of American higher education.
The college application process continues. All the colleges demand essays that subtly invite the student to explain that he, she, or it was “born a poor black child,” or “born a gender mislabeled child.” When we got to the application for Gonzaga, a Jesuit institution, though, its single essay question, on a first quick read, seemed to be genuinely different and intriguing:
As part of Gonzaga’s Presidential Speaker Series, the University brings to campus individuals whose scholarly research and commitment inspire students to action. Who would you choose to speak at Gonzaga and why? (word limit 50-300)
I should know better than to skim. The above is not, in fact, what that essay question asked. In my first quick appraisal, I ignored a few key words:
As part of Gonzaga’s Presidential Speaker Series, the University brings to campus individuals whose scholarly research and commitment to social justice inspire students to action. Who would you choose to speak at Gonzaga and why? (word limit 50-300)
Et tu, Gonzaga? Et tu?
Just to give a little context, Gonzaga’s speakers for the last six seasons have included Greg Mortensen, liar and thief, who create a fake social justice story and then embezzled from the money that came in;* Thomas Friedman, the laziest man in journalism who has dreams of becoming a Chinese-style dictator; and Jane Goodall, who has done nice work with chimps but who also compared President Trump in an unflattering way to a chimpanzee and who is another mindless scientist who is all-in for anthropogenic climate change despite the fact that the predictions have consistently been wrong. (Which means no actual science was involved in the making of this theory.) [Read more…]