The Washington Free Beacon has the story. The details are sad but expected in today’s world of academia. Universities are illiberal institutions that are opposed to their core tenets of intellectual exploration and freedom of ideas. This captures the issue squarely:
Ellen Cosgrove, the associate dean of the law school, was present at the panel the entire time. Though the cacophony clearly violated Yale’s free speech policies, she did not confront any of the protesters.
Perhaps the law school will decry the mob’s activity; but without consequences any statement is worse than mere words since it tacitly condones it. Rules are only followed if they are enforced, which is obviously not the case at Yale.
Like any issue there are a myriad reasons why higher education has become anathema to its mission of openness to ideas. But the chief reason is money. Higher ed is big business. There is too much money in these once august institutions. The money has proved to be a corrupting influence, which is painfully obvious. In 1970, the cost of tuition at Yale college was $2,550 (~$18k in today’s dollars). Current tuition is close to $60k. There’s the problem.