On Oct. 28, in an undergraduate course she was teaching on ethics, when the subject of same-sex marriage arose there was no debate because, a student said, Abbate insisted that there could be no defensible opposition to this.(Marquette is a Jesuit school.)After class, the student told her that he opposed same-sex marriage and her discouraging of debate about it.She replied (he recorded their interaction) that “there are some opinions that are not appropriate that are harmful … do you know whether anyone in the class is homosexual? … in this class homophobic comments … will not be tolerated.”The student’s appeals to Abbate’s superiors were unavailing (the chairman of her philosophy department referred to the student as an “insulin [sic] little twerp”) so he gave John C. McAdams his recording of Abbate rebuffing him.McAdams, a tenured professor then in his 41st year at Marquette and a conservative who blogs about the school’s news, emailed Abbate seeking her version of the episode.Without responding to him, she immediately forwarded his email to some professors. After this matter earned national media attention, she received some critical emails, some of them vile, and Marquette rightly branded them “hate mail.”However, for these, and for the unspecified “harm” that they supposedly caused Abbate, McAdams was held to be somehow blameworthy.Marquette, however, offered no evidence that he had anything to do with the emails.After a committee drawn from the university’s monochrome culture recommended suspending McAdams without pay for two semesters, Marquette’s president insisted that McAdams also express in writing “deep regret” and confess that his blog post was “reckless and incompatible” with Marquette’s mission and values.McAdams refused and has been unemployed ever since.Being a private institution, Marquette had a right to be as hostile as it obviously is to the First Amendment — except for this:Its contract with tenured faculty says no one shall be disciplined for exercising “legitimate personal or academic freedoms of thought, doctrine, discourse, association, advocacy, or action” and that the threat of dismissal shall not be used to “restrain” constitutional rights. A circuit court, ignoring Marquette’s ignoring of a Wisconsin contract, refused to adjudicate this dispute.Deferring to Marquette, the court essentially held that a professor’s academic freedom exists only until some other professors, and university administrators, say it does not.So, the deferential court allowed Marquette an unconstrained right to settle a contract dispute in which it was an interested party. Because there is almost no Wisconsin case law concerning academic freedom that could have guided the circuit court, McAdams is asking the state supreme court to bypass the appeals court and perform its function as the state’s “law-developing court.”He is also asking the court to be cognizant of the cultural context:Nationwide, colleges and universities “are under pressure” — all of it from within the institutions — “to enact or implement speech codes or otherwise restrict speech in various ways.” This episode, now in its fourth year, began because McAdams tried to assist a student who suffered unprofessional behavior by a bullying instructor. George Will is a nationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post who writes from a conservative perspective.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Abbate has moved on.Now at the University of Colorado, she is still a (perhaps career) graduate student, writing a doctoral dissertation on the importance of the rights of … animals.The wreckage she left in her wake illustrates how rights are imperiled when judicial deference becomes dereliction of judicial duty. Prospective Marquette students, and Marquette alumni, must decide whether this school, awash with the current academic hysteria and corruption, merits their confidence and support.Wisconsin’s Supreme Court must lay down the law that can stop some of the rot that this case illustrates. She has called McAdams “the ringleader” of “extreme white [sic] wing, hateful people,” a “moron,” “a flaming bigot, sexist and homophobic idiot” and a “creepy homophobic person with bad argumentation skills.”This aspiring philosopher’s argumentation skills can be inferred from her reliance on epithets. Before McAdams had written a syllable, she claimed for herself the coveted status of victim, branding as “harassment” his request for her side of the story.Striking a pose of bravery, she accused him of trying “to scare me into silence.”When, on Nov. 9, McAdams blogged, his post took no position on same-sex marriage but said this should be a debatable issue.The next day, Abbate drafted a letter asking that McAdams be disciplined.He was. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWASHINGTON — Wisconsin’s Supreme Court can soon right a flagrant wrong stemming from events set in motion in 2014 at Milwaukee’s Marquette University by Cheryl Abbate.Although just a graduate student, she already had a precocious aptitude for academic nastiness.
Advertisement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be eyeing additions to his squad this summer following a poor end to the season (Picture: Getty)What’s his background?Although James represents Wales at international level, he was born in Beverley, Yorkshire, and actually spent the majority of his youth career on the books of Hull City prior to joining Swansea City for just £72,000 when he was 17 back in 2014.Speaking about his move from Hull, James said: ‘I had a great time at Hull, but it was time to move on and I believe that move has been the best thing for me.‘At the time, Swansea was a category two academy, but I saw that there was great potential and ambition at the club, which ignited the same kind of feeling for me.’During the 2016-17 season, James played an integral role as Swansea’s U23s lifted the Premier League 2 title, scoring five goals and providing seven assists in 16 appearances, while the team also won the Premier League Cup.Ahead of the 2017-18 season, James was sent out on loan to League One side Shrewsbury Town in the expectation that he would be given exposure to first-team football, however, after failing to make the matchday squad in their opening five games of the season, the deal was terminated. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been unhappy with Anthony Martial’s attitude in training (Picture: Getty)Should both Martial and Sanchez move on, United will need to bolster their left-sided attacking options and that has been where James has predominantly played this season, with 19 of his 33 Championship appearances coming from that flank, according to Whoscored.Solskjaer is apparently keen on signing a right-sided winger this summer and although James has generally been utilised on the opposite wing, he has played on the right this season, as well as a No.10 or as an out-and-out striker.Solskjaer has regularly spoken out about attempting to restore United’s traditions during his time in charge and James’ reputation as a natural winger, as opposed to the wide forward’s currently in the squad, is a move seemingly made with that in mind.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWorth the money?At £18m, James would represent a drop in the ocean for United given their resources and his relatively low price is reflected by the fact that his Swansea contract has just over a year left to run.AdvertisementAlthough that represents a sizeable increase on the fee Leeds were set to pay a few months ago, James’ stock has risen since then with a host of Premier League clubs including Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Everton as well as Ligue 1 side Monaco, all having been linked to him. Oliver Young-MylesFriday 10 May 2019 1:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link837Shares Why Man United are interested in Daniel James and where he would fit into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans Comment Daniel James scored the winning goal for Wales during their Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia in March (Picture: Getty)Upon returning to Swansea, James enjoyed a goalscoring senior debut by netting the final goal in their 8-1 rout of Notts County in the FA Cup, although that was his only first-team appearance of the campaign as the club suffered relegation from the Premier League.Despite recouping around £45m from player sales after dropping down into the Championship, Swansea spent just over £6m in the summer transfer window with now former manager Graham Potter instead beefing up his squad with homegrown talents.That led to James establishing himself as a regular in the team, making 33 appearances in the Championship – 28 of which were starts – while scoring four goals and registering seven assists.So this is why Manchester United are interested in signing Daniel James 💨💨💨 pic.twitter.com/nSZhXNfA5M— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) May 10, 2019 Daniel James has been a revelation for Swansea in the Championship this season (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly closing in on his first signing as Manchester United manager and it is an intriguing one with Swansea City winger Daniel James set to make the move to Old Trafford.According to reports, the two clubs are close to agreeing a deal worth up to £18m for the 21-year-old who has enjoyed a breakthrough season in the Championship, scoring four goals and providing seven assists for the Swans.If United manage to get the deal sewn up it could represent an interesting change in direction on the transfer front as the club have regularly sought big names over the past few seasons under Ed Woodward’s stewardship.AdvertisementAdvertisementAlthough James has caught the eye for Swansea and the Welsh national team in recent months, he is still something of an unknown quality having only emerged during the current campaign. Here’s what United fans can expect from their potential new signing…ADVERTISEMENT Daniel James won Swansea City’s ‘Best Newcomer’ award this season (Picture: Getty)As well as providing Swansea with a counter-attacking threat out wide, James has also been their most reliable creative force as he has supplied more assists than any other player in their squad with seven while averaging 1.2 key passes per match.Potter, who has now taken the reigns at Brighton, was also impressed with his strength, saying after Swansea’s narrow FA Cup defeat to Manchester City: ‘(But) against Manchester City he matches the physicality of Kyle Walker, for example, and runs away from players at that level.Advertisement‘That’s a direct comparison against Premier League players at the very top and you can see his quality.’Who could he replace?Following a bright start under Solskjaer, Anthony Martial appears to have fallen out-of-favour recently, with the Norwegian reportedly berating him for a lack of effort and reportedly informing his bosses that the Frenchman should be sold this summer.Another player that United would be eager to shift is Alexis Sanchez, who has failed miserably to live up to expectations since making his money-spinning move from Arsenal 16-months ago. The Chilean scored just one Premier League goal all season. Alexis Sanchez has proven to be an extremely expensive mistake for Manchester United (Picture: Getty)United have been stung badly in the transfer market in recent years, through over-paying in transfer fees – as has proven the case with Fred – over-paying in wages as with Sanchez, or both in the case of Romelu Lukaku, and a low-cost, low-risk signing like this one could be seen as a no-brainer.Should James continue to develop at the rate he has this season, he could be worth significantly more than that in a few seasons time.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors He also scored a memorable solo goal in Swansea’s 4-1 win over Brentford in the FA Cup, picking the ball up on the edge of his own box before surging forward at pace and burying a finish from inside the penalty area.AdvertisementAdvertisementHad things worked out differently, James could have been lining up for Manchester United’s rivals Leeds as he almost joined Marcelo Bielsa’s side on transfer deadline day in January in a deal worth just £8.5m.James had passed his medical and agreed personal terms with Leeds, however, on the eve of the deadline Swansea pulled the plug on the deal and he returned to South Wales. Leeds’ loss could look to be United’s gain…What will he add to the side?Pace and lots of it as the goal against Brentford demonstrates. According to Wales Online, James travelled 84 yards with the ball in just 8.48 seconds for that particular goal and Brentford’s defenders simply had no means of stopping him.That is undoubtedly James’ biggest asset as he looks to utilise his speed and acceleration at any opportunity, driving into space and committing defenders when he receives the ball. This season, he has completed 44 dribbles in the Championship – the second-highest total in Swansea’s squad behind Bersant Celina. Advertisement read more
Stone\’s squad exceeded expectations but struggled in conference play.[/media-credit]Looking back on the 2008-09 season for the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team following its season-ending loss Thursday to St. Bonaventure, head coach Lisa Stone had one word in mind: identity.The Badgers, without a bona fide superstar following the graduation of its top three scorers from a year ago, found their identity this season through two things: defense and team unity.“This young squad gained an identity of defense and rebounding,” Stone said. “We soared out to a 10-1 start and put up 19 wins on the season and … look forward to our offseason and preparing for next year.”Wisconsin’s 10-1 start, which tied for third-best in school history, featured a 10-game winning streak following a season-opening road loss at South Dakota State. The winning streak was fueled by the Badgers’ victory over then -No. 6 Baylor — who earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA field — at the Paradise Jam Tournament in the Virgin Islands, earning Wisconsin the early season tournament title.Unfortunately for Wisconsin, however, despite an impressive 10-1 start, the Badgers’ season quickly went south just four games into the conference season.After starting Big Ten play with two wins in three games, UW won just four of its final 15, finishing in seventh place in the conference and on the outside looking in for an NCAA berth.“A tale of two halves,” Stone said following the game against St. Bonaventure. “We just talked to our team about expectations of the program looking at the season as a whole. … We’re disappointed in our second half. It was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde just a little bit.”Although Stone was referring to the Badgers’ third-round WNIT loss to the Bonnies, the comment also applies in talking about Wisconsin’s season as a whole. The two seasons for Stone’s squad — nonconference and conference — were polar opposites of each other as UW finished 10-1 in nonconference play and 8-13 against Big Ten opponents, including the Big Ten Tournament.Wisconsin’s conference tournament run was impressive with wins over Northwestern and Michigan State, but its third-round exit from the WNIT was anything but. Alhough UW did have a 15-day layoff between its last game in the Big Ten Tournament and its first in the WNIT against Kentucky, the Badgers performed poorly in both games in the tournament.First, UW barely managed to hold off the Wildcats in the first round, earning a 49-45 victory solely based on the efforts of its defense. In Sunday’s third round matchup Wisconsin looked at good in the first half as it has all year, shooting over 60 percent from the field and holding the Bonnies to just 18 points before collapsing in the second half against St. Bonaventure en route to a season-ending 56-51 loss.Despite the disappointing end to the season, the future looks bright for the Badgers, who should return every player minus senior Caitlin Gibson and gain two more in junior transfer Emily Neal and incoming freshman Taylor Wurtz.“Another thing that’s sometimes overlooked is we’re also very young,” sophomore forward Tara Steinbauer said. “I think next year we’re going to bring a lot more experience. Obviously Caitlin will be missed, but we’re going to be gaining two great players. So, I think you’re for sure going to see a strong Wisconsin team next year.”Although Wisconsin’s season was cut short, several players should benefit from the wealth of experience gained through playing time earned this season. Guard Jade Davis is one of the Badgers’ best shooters both beyond the arc and at the free throw line. Forwards Anya Covington and Ashley Thomas are both excellent defenders while Covington provides an excellent inside presence, especially on the defensive boards.Expect next year’s Badgers to field a similar three-guard lineup with Wurtz, a 6-foot guard adding to UW’s depth in the backcourt.Wurtz averaged a Wisconsin- best 25.4 points per game as a senior while leading Ripon to a 22-1 record in the 2008-09 season. Ranked No. 20 in her class among guards by ESPN HoopGurlz, she should see plenty of time and provide an immediate scoring threat for UW.With guards Davis, Teah Gant, Alyssa Karel, and Wurtz along with forwards Lin Zastrow and Steinbauer, the Badgers should have six players who, on any given night, could lead Wisconsin offensively, something that should bode well for the often offensively-challenged cardinal and white. read more