BJU Faculty Forum 2021

Dr. Gary Weier, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Bob Jones University, today announced the first of four Faculty Forums this semester on Monday, Sept. 12, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the Davis Room on the BJU campus. 

The goal of the series is to foster informed dialogue about current societal issues from both biblical and academic perspectives. Speakers are subject matter experts who offer unique insights into the forum topics. 

University faculty and invited guests will share their points of view and answer audience questions. 

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Dr. Steve Pettit Students 9

On the twenty-first anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Bob Jones University will commemorate the 2,977 lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, with a display of American flags at the front of campus.

In addition, a replica of the World Trade Center Cross, one of the most recognizable symbols found in the wreckage of Ground Zero, will be featured at the Wade Hampton entrance. The original steel girder, a 17-foot long crossbeam, became a source of hope to many in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and is currently on display in the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.

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Biden’s Disdain for the Working-Class

Approved Student Loan Forgiveness

Democrats can’t help but punish working Americans! Massive federal spending has contributed nearly $31 trillion to the national debt leaving taxpayers with the bill. Rising inflation costs and high gas prices have hurt low-income earners the most by causing them to pay an average of $635 more per month for basic necessities. Now, the Biden administration has issued another blow. Those who chose not to go to college will have to pay off the debt of college graduates who voluntarily borrowed federal student loans. 

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Liberal Principal Admits Discriminating against Religious Teachers

An undercover video has captured a public school administrator admitting that he quietly refuses to hire “brainwashed” religious teachers and older people, so he can impose his own liberal views on the district’s schoolchildren. His comments touched off a torrent of criticism from Catholic officials, education experts, and Democratic elected officials.

Jeremy Boland — the assistant principal of Cos Cob Elementary School, a public school in Greenwich, Connecticut — unknowingly made numerous controversial statements to investigative journalists with Project Veritas. The 12-minute video, which was shot in July and posted online late Tuesday night, appears to show Boland confessing that he won’t hire Catholic applicants, a violation of state and federal civil rights laws.

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Adina Leon BJU

Bob Jones University announced today Adina Leon, a 1998 graduate, was named a National Christian Teacher of the Year by the Herzog Foundation. The foundation recognizes 12 teachers across the nation that embody excellence in Christian education. This inaugural awards program is part of the Herzog Foundation’s mission to advance Christian education on a national scale.

"I was incredibly honored just to be nominated," said Leon. "When the news came that I had been chosen, I was stunned, shocked, and humbled to tears. I have worked with some tremendous educators over the years and have learned so much from them. My motivation for teaching has never been [for] praise; I simply want to share Jesus with my students and point them to the Savior through my lessons."

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Joe Biden Sign Student Loan ReliefNote: This article was updated on August 30th to address recent state administrative determinations and correct errors in the preliminary analysis of states with the potential to tax student loan debt forgiveness.

President Biden’s announcement of student loan debt forgiveness is already raising many questions. How much will it cost? Who will benefit the most? How will it contribute to inflation? Does the president even have the legal authority to implement this loan forgiveness?

Here’s one more question to add to the mix: will states consider student loan forgiveness a taxable event? In some states, the answer could be yes.

As a general rule, a discharge of indebtedness counts as income and is taxable, as my colleague Will McBride explains. Under § 9675 of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), however, the forgiveness of student loan debt between 2021 and 2025 does not count toward federal taxable income. States which follow the federal treatment here will likewise exclude debt forgiveness from their own state income tax bases. But, for a variety of reasons, not every state does that. There are at least six relevant interactions with the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) for purposes of the treatment of student loan debt cancellation. States could:

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Ahead of the 21st anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Bob Jones University students will set up a memorial display near the Wade Hampton Boulevard entrance to campus. Each flag will represent one of the 2,977 victims—from 115 countries—who perished in the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The students will begin assembling the display Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 4 p.m. and it will remain in place through the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 13.

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