March Madness: The Big Dance of Radicals

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March Madness: The Big Dance of Radicals

By John Ruberry

Later today a com­mit­tee will reveal the 68 teams that will par­tic­i­pate NCAA Men’s Divi­sion I Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment, which is com­monly known as the Big Dance or March Mad­ness. All of the games will be tele­vised – and dur­ing half­time, public-​service ads about the par­tic­i­pat­ing teams will air – they will be mil­que­toast pieces – focus­ing how each school con­tributes to the com­mu­nity and if applic­a­ble, how many Nobel prizes the col­leges have collected.

What will be left out of those PSAs is that there are many hard-​core left­ists on the fac­ulty of every col­lege par­tic­i­pat­ing in March Madness.

For instance…

Duke is in the tour­na­ment almost every year. miriam cooke (she does not cap­i­tal­ize her first or last name) is a pro­fes­sor of Ara­bic in the African & Asian Lan­guages & Lit­er­a­ture Depart­ment. She blames the first Gulf War and the estab­lish­ment of Israel for the 911 attacks. cooke was one of the Group of 88 who signed a hate­ful let­ter that appeared in Duke’s stu­dent news­pa­per con­demn­ing the since-​exonerated Duke lacrosse play­ers who were accused of rap­ing a black stripper.

The Uni­ver­sity of Ken­tucky is a favorite to win the tour­na­ment. Ihsan Bagby is a pro­fes­sor in the UK’s Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences. He once wrote, “Ulti­mately we [Mus­lims] can never be full cit­i­zens of this coun­try [the U.S.] because there is no way we can be fully com­mit­ted to the insti­tu­tions and ide­olo­gies of this country.”

Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity is a tour­na­ment bub­ble team. While their Big Dance sta­tus is in doubt as of this writ­ing – what is absolutely clear is that the Philadel­phia uni­ver­sity forces its stu­dents to take its two-​year Intel­lec­tual Her­itage course series that is heavy on Marx­ism but light on the dam­age caused by this failed phi­los­o­phy. The pro­fes­sors who teach those classes cer­tainly aren’t Ronald Rea­gan conservatives.

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The teams not among the field of 68 can be invited to three other post-​season tour­na­ments. One of those is the NIT, my alma mater, the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois at Urbana-​Champaign, is expected to be an NIT team. The U of I counts a con­victed mur­derer and for­mer Sym­bionese Lib­er­a­tion Army ter­ror­ist, James Kil­gore, as one of its instructors.

You’ll find a lot of hot air and any many air balls in higher edu­ca­tion. That is the real madness.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

By John Ruberry

Later today a committee will reveal the 68 teams that will participate NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, which is commonly known as the Big Dance or March Madness. All of the games will be televised–and during halftime, public-service ads about the participating teams will air–they will be milquetoast pieces–focusing how each school contributes to the community and if applicable, how many Nobel prizes the colleges have collected.

What will be left out of those PSAs is that there are many hard-core leftists on the faculty of every college participating in March Madness.

For instance…

Duke is in the tournament almost every year. miriam cooke (she does not capitalize her first or last name) is a professor of Arabic in the African & Asian Languages & Literature Department. She blames the first Gulf War and the establishment of Israel for the 9/11 attacks. cooke was one of the Group of 88 who signed a hateful letter that appeared in Duke’s student newspaper condemning the since-exonerated Duke lacrosse players who were accused of raping a black stripper.

The University of Kentucky is a favorite to win the tournament. Ihsan Bagby is a professor in the UK’s College of Arts and Sciences. He once wrote, “Ultimately we [Muslims] can never be full citizens of this country [the U.S.] because there is no way we can be fully committed to the institutions and ideologies of this country.”

Temple University is a tournament bubble team. While their Big Dance status is in doubt as of this writing–what is absolutely clear is that the Philadelphia university forces its students to take its two-year Intellectual Heritage course series that is heavy on Marxism but light on the damage caused by this failed philosophy. The professors who teach those classes certainly aren’t Ronald Reagan conservatives.

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

The teams not among the field of 68 can be invited to three other post-season tournaments. One of those is the NIT, my alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is expected to be an NIT team. The U of I counts a convicted murderer and former Symbionese Liberation Army terrorist, James Kilgore, as one of its instructors.

You’ll find a lot of hot air and any many air balls in higher education. That is the real madness.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.