Oxford Dodged A Bullet Here…

Helen Price, writing in the ‘Guardian’ last year, about turning down Oxford to go to Yale:

Cash-starved UK universities cannot compete with the funding opportunities offered by US colleges, whose wealthy alumni throw donations at their alma maters. Yale’s $19.4 billion endowment dwarfs Oxford’s £3.9 billion, meaning that they can pay for everything from summers abroad to huge research grants.

Most of all, I noticed the difference in their attitude to applicants and admitted students. My Yale acceptance letter contained a personal note from the admissions officer, saying what she liked about my application and encouraging me to contact her with any questions. I was allocated a current Yale student who emailed me and answered my queries about student life. I was also invited, with all other admitted students, to spend a weekend at Yale in April, where a huge program of activities was planned for us. In contrast, any contact from Oxford was purely administrative.

Oxford, Cambridge and other top British universities will continue to attract intelligent and ambitious students. But for students like me, they are no longer the first choice.

Why raise this now? And are you wondering how a year in Yale, being cosseted & having your needs catered to by all, has improved Ms Price?

Well, over at Patterico’s Pontifications, the fragile little flower has popped up, so wonder no more…

One of the guest speakers this year will be Ayaan Hirsi Ali! However, note the whimpers of worry from student Helen Price:

“When you invite very conservative speakers here who perhaps have controversial views on Islam or homosexuality, you essentially make Yale a very uncomfortable place for a large percentage of the people here on campus, and everyone should feel at home at college”.

There. Now you know what a year spent in the comforting warm bath of leftist group-think has turned out.

Ain’t Oxford lucky?

7 comments for “Oxford Dodged A Bullet Here…

  1. dfordoom
    September 14, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Universities obvious need to be comfortable places where students are relieved of the stresses of having to think for themselves.

  2. Bunny
    September 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    With any luck she will meet someone of their preferred gender and decide to make a life for themselves in the USA Hopefully she will not bother dear old Blighty again.

  3. Frank
    September 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    “Oxford, Cambridge and other top British universities will continue to attract intelligent and ambitious students. But for students like me, they are no longer the first choice.”
    I couldn’t help wondering if that was because she is not intelligent or not ambitious or, and I hesitate to suggest this but somebody has to, is she neither? 😈

  4. Ljh
    September 14, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    The chance to cross examine someone whose convictions derive from personal experience versus Mohammed the Dark Age Saudi peacenik: no contest.

  5. September 15, 2014 at 8:06 am

    That took some ferreting, Julia. Good work.

  6. David
    September 15, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I would have controversial if would be to invite an ex Christian who disliked Christianity as much as Ayaan Hirsi Ali! dislikes Islam.
    Probably not at all.

  7. Annie
    September 17, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    This is what happens when we raise an entire generation of self-obsessed narcissists who believe the entire point of every experience they have in life, is to make “them feel good”.

    What a joke. Universities aren’t places where you are to feel “comfortable.”. They are places of learning, which includes dealing with difficult, challenging and often offensive ideas.

    We have created a world, where people’s feelings matter more than truth.

    Is it any wonder that Islam has crept in? It has the exact same ideology. It is a shame/honor based system, where saving face(feeling good about oneself) is what counts, not actually “being” a good person by facing truth and progressing in accordance with that truth.

    What have we done to our society?

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