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About a week before the unaffiliated Bruin Alumni Association, led by Andrew Jones, and their website became big news, Independent Souces was already on the case, highlighting some of the most left-of-center statements by the UCLA faculty as compiled in the dossiers listed on the site.

Then, this week, lotería chicana gave the perspective of a long-time student in Westwood (Cindy is currently doing graduate studies there). She points out that Andrew Jones was fired as a columnist for the Daily Bruin as an undergrad after some questionable behavior during student body elections in 2002. She also reposts the "pay-for-dirt" solicitation email that went out to students from the organization.

Today's Current is mostly focused on academic freedom and provides some interesting statistics about the political affiliations of American higher ed instructors and how they've shifted over the past 20 years or so.

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Our curious question of the day: what has caused this shift in political balance in the university setting?

Have conservative professors left the classroom? Are new conservative professors not being hired by the "liberals in power" at college institutions? Has there been a shift of conservatives from education positions to business positions? Are most faculties still filled with the same professors from the 80s whose views have skewed more liberal over time? Are conservatives with advanced degrees even looking to teach in higher ed?