When it was slipped under doors in a freshman dorm at Boston College, it was pronounced a fire hazard—never mind the glut of menus and invitations routinely crammed under the same doors throughout the school year. When it was handed directly to freshmen, a resident adviser called the cops. Twice.
The object of controversy is Freshman Disorientation, a free 32-page publication sponsored by Boston College activists in the campus’ Global Justice Project. It is packed with opinionated articles, essays, class recommendations, resource lists, and a peek into progressive activism on campus. Typical headlines include ‘The Problem with Tolerance: ‘But I Have Three Black Friends …” and ‘Gender at Boston College: Sex(ism) in the University.’
Compare that to the fare served up at the college’s official summer orientation session. Discussions about sexual orientation and gender equality make nary a ripple in the three-day schedule, and race issues are crammed into an hour-and-a-half session titled ‘Reflections on Multiculturalism.’ […]