NDSU Faculty March In Favor Of Public Funding For Planned Parenthood


Tuition is out of control, student loan debt is becoming a national crisis and the value of a college degree is in serious decline, but what gets these people riled up? That North Dakota taxpayers don’t want their public institutions partnering with an overtly political advocacy organization like Planned Parenthood.

Just another reason to privatize the the university system:

FARGO – It wasn’t meant to be a protest, but organizers of a Tuesday afternoon march across the North Dakota State University campus said they hoped the event would stress the importance of academic freedom in the wake of administrators’ Jan. 14 decision to freeze a $1.2 million federal grant over a question of state law.

History assistant professor Angela Smith said she wanted to be involved to show her “solidarity” with the cause. About 100 faculty members, students and academics from other regional universities were there for the five-minute walk from the Memorial Union to Old Main, home to administrative offices.

Rachel Olerud, a self-described “concerned citizen,” said she wanted to get involved because it seemed the best thing she could do to show her support for continuing the grant, which was for a sexual-education program.

Saying this is about “academic freedom” is ridiculous. There’s nothing academic about sex education. And these faculty members seem to think their notion of “academic freedom” extends to spending the taxpayer’s dollars however they wish.

They should remember that they are employees of the State of North Dakota and work in a university system that gets hundreds of millions of dollars from the taxpayers. When the taxpayers set limits on how tax dollars can be used, that’s called democracy. If they don’t like it, they should go work for some private school. Or, even better, call for the total independence of the university system through privatization.

If you don’t want the taxpayers to have a say, don’t take their money. Of course, that’s not what they want. They want to take the taxpayer’s money, and then have the taxpayer’s shut up.

I have to laugh at people griping about this issue being “politicized.” Politics is democracy. That’s how we make decisions, for better or worse. Don’t like politics? Don’t work for the state.

Discussion question: How do you think these faculty members would feel if the university had partnered with the NRA for firearms safety classes? Something tells me they wouldn’t be whining about “academic freedom.”

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • RCND

    Wonder if they had to take vacation time to do that

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Vacation time from what? The average professor at NDSU has about 9 hours a week of classroom time.

      These people don’t work that much.

      • RCND

        Oooops forgot. That tenure is a pesky thing too

        • ec99

          Universities are getting rid of tenure on their own. Nationwide, 70% of instructors are grad students, adjuncts, or temporary faculty. As a greater percentage of courses are converted to on-line, faculty in general will be eliminated.

          • RCND

            Is it happening here in ND?

      • allyn

        NDSU faculty are ranked as the second most productive of any faculty at research institutions in the nation. NYK.

  • ec99

    Most university faculty could never survive in the real world.

  • Roy_Bean

    It’s no wonder that students have an entitlement mentality. The perfessers are teaching them well.

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    It’s a picture of slackers on parade.
    Rachel Olerud is not “a concerned citizen.” She’s a Planned Parenthood lackey.

  • sbark

    Well, with that planned parenthood program……maybe NDSU could get a orgasm symposium like U of M…….

  • headward

    The plane must have been busy since this stayed in Fargo and not in Bismarck.

  • Stuart

    One thing the is obvious..it’s their right to protest. My worry is that a few protesters will cause the policy to be changed. A minority running this country and forcing policy on the majority.Without Constitutional Logic. I don’t want my tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood nor more than Planned parenthood would want their tax dollars funding protesters against abortion, or ORGANNIZATIONS THAT CHAMPION SAVING A BABY’S LIFE through counseling! Why should there be a difference?

    • RCND

      One saves a life, the other takes it

  • opinion8ed

    While they were out acting stupid who was teaching the students? I mean our children are the employers here, they are the ones borrowing the money and will pay it back. If I had been there I would have let them no explicitly that I was not enrolled to fund their playtime and get to doing what we signed a contract for you to do. Be flaming Libs on your own time. With 2 year graduation rates at both these schools in the 20’s it seems they have better stuff to worry about

  • ec99

    “History assistant professor Angela Smith said she wanted to be involved to show her “solidarity” with the cause.”

    Oh, Lord! I thought that cliché disappeared long ago. My bet is that Professor Smith’s definition of “solidarity” is having her students vomit up everything she says on their exams and papers or flunk her courses.