Wednesday, August 30, 2017

American Idol returns next year ... this time on ABC

American Idol, the show that originally aired on FOX from 2002 to 2016, will return to the air, not on FOX, but this time on the Disney owned television network ABC. This is the show that brought the world Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Fantasia Barrino, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee, Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Casey James, Scotty McCreery, Haley Reinhart, Stefano Langone, Pia Toscano, Phillip Phillips, and Jessica Sanchez.

So far one judge has been named: Katy Perry. Ryan Seacrest has been confirmed to be the host. I predict that the other judges will be Lionel Richie and Charlie Puth. Auditions began on August 17 in Orlando, Florida, and will continue in several other cities across the United States.

Back to School ... and Title IX Kangaroo Courts.

It's been a long time since I last posted on this blog.

This time, I am talking about Title IX kangaroo courts on college campuses. This month, thousands of young adults are heading back to college. For many, this is an opportunity to meet new people, establish lifelong and meaningful friendships, and embrace academic life to the fullest (unless you are raised in a cult).

However, many male college students have been ensnared by Title IX kangaroo courts occurring across the United States since 2011. Caleb Warner from North Dakota is the poster boy of this feat. Higher education faces many challenges today. Under the Obama administration, Title IX is broken. It has been used as a weapon rather than a shield. Title IX has been used to destroy the lives and reputations of innocent college men based on fabricated allegations of sexual misconduct. The Office for Civil Rights under President Obama has led higher education institutions to infantilize women and discriminate against men of color, and turn relationships into "stacked" kangaroo court proceedings that help neither the accusers nor the accused.

No one denies that sexual misconduct is a serious offense on college campuses. Yet the solution prescribed by the April 4, 2011, Dear College letter in denying fairness and impartiality eviscerates due process for students facing a Title IX kangaroo court. Students accused of sexual misconduct have been denied fundamental due process rights, such as witnesses testifying on their behalf.