“Zionist Scum” Scream Students for Justice in Palestine, Professional Non-Student Protesters at Cornell

It seems the cold weather here in Ithaca is no deterrent to the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and non-student professional protesters. Yesterday afternoon—just one day after five Israelis were brutally slaughtered by machete-wielding Palestinian “lone wolf” terrorists in a Jerusalem synagogue—approximately 50 SJP-ers and at least one professional protester descended upon Ho Plaza to deliver the usual propagandizing rhetoric about the so-called racist, terrorist apartheid state of Israel. Continue reading

Hollywood Darling Lena Dunham Accused of Sexual Abuse, Defended by Cornell Professor

In late October conservative news outlets Truth Revolt and the National Review accused 28-year old television star, writer, and producer Lena Dunham of sexually abusing her younger sister. The accusations were made based on accounts Dunham writes about in her recent autobiography, Not That Kind of Girl.

The National Review and Truth Revolt articles–the latter of which is entitled “Lena Dunham Describes Sexually Abusing Her Little Sister”–looked at several passages in which Dunham describes her youthful physical and sexual interactions with her six-year younger sister. In these passages, Dunham writes of masturbating while her sister slept next to her, spreading open her sister’s vagina, and bribing her sister with candy to get her to kiss her.

Perhaps most disturbing is when she describes her actions as “anything a sexual predator might do.” Continue reading

Cornell Research: Sense of Entitlement Boosts Creativity

Once again there is some eye-catching, counter-intuitive research coming out of Cornell’s research faculty, and once again it’s coming from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR).

The study shows that individuals with a heightened sense of entitlement performed more creatively than their less-entitled counterparts in a series of tasks typically associated with measuring human creativity. The paper was authored by ILR Assistant Professor Emily Zitek, Ph.D., and Vanderbilt University research scholar Lynne Vincent, Ph.D. ’13, and is entitled “Deserve and Diverge: Feeling Entitled Makes People More Creative.” It was originally published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Continue reading

Stop Conservative Whining

If there’s one thing I dislike more than hearing liberals whine, it’s hearing conservatives whine. It is time conservatives, libertarians, and the center-right stop the pouting, complaining, and babying, and instead begin to understand the reality of the campus political climate. The Cornell Review will forge this path on Cornell’s campus.

By whining, I’m referring to how many conservatives across the nation’s college campuses complain about marginalization, censorship, and the preponderance of liberalism emanating from students, faculty, and administrators. We become no better than our liberal counterparts if all we do is complain, if all we do is throw our hands in the air and give up when confronted by what we already knew was coming. Continue reading

Political Correctness Promotes Workplace Creativity According to Cornell Research

A research paper published earlier this year is making headlines for claiming political correctness, which is usually associated with censorship, promotes creativity in mixed-sex workplace groups.

The paper, entitled “Creativity from Constraint? How Political Correctness Influences Creativity in Mixed-Sex Work Groups,” was authored by prominent Cornell Industrial and Labor Relations professor Jack Goncalo and three other professors from other schools. In the paper’s abstract, the authors claim to have developed a “theoretical perspective in which creativity in mixed-sex groups is enhanced by imposing a norm to be politically correct (PC)…”

Academic gobbledygook aside, the experiment involved 582 participants working in small mixed-sex groups for ten minutes to produce a number of business ideas, which were then ranked on a “novelty” scale by two people who were unaware of the research’s purpose. Some of the working groups were specifically told to act “polite” or “politically correct” while others received no such instructions. The results showed that the former type of group produced more creative–more novel–business ideas. Continue reading

A Better Form of Capitalism?

As a business student, the subject of capitalism comes up frequently in classes. As you would expect, most professors’ attitudes towards it are wholly negative. If they are not outright hostile, then they only begrudgingly accept it as a necessary evil.

For the most part, academics serve a good purpose in society and in the economy, but their obsession with theory and policy often distorts their perception of reality. Ronald Reagan put it best when he said, “One definition of an economist is somebody who sees something happen in practice and wonders if it will work in theory.” Replace economist with essentially any type of academic, and you have one of the major problems with modern-day academia. Continue reading

Response to False Accusations Against The Cornell Review

For those of you who are fortunate enough not to know, every other Thursday the Cornell Daily Sun runs two sex columns, one written by a male and the other by a female. Written under pseudonyms, these articles are often borderline-pornographic, or go for as much shock and awe as possible.

One of last Thursday’s column, written by a guest writer under the guise of “Masc. Dom. Top” and entitled “Embracing Monogamish,” made a seemingly harmless jab at The Cornell Review in its first paragraph:

The day has finally cum. The “gays” have officially infiltrated The Sun’s weekly sex column. Quick! Someone call The Cornell Review before I tear down too many good ole “traditional” American family values! SPOILER ALERT: You’re too late.

Clearly, Masc. Dom. Top represents the zenith of maturity at Cornell. Continue reading