Emma Meshell sounds off on Pokémon, Tailgating, Bellydancing courses (VIDEO)

  • Campus Reform's Emma Meshell says courses like those on Pokémon, Tailgating, and Bellydancing "show how ridiculous college campuses are getting."
  • Meshell added that colleges offering such courses are doing a disservice to taxpayers as well as to serious students.

Campus Reform has recently reported on a series of unconventional courses being offered at the University of South Carolina and the University of California-Berkeley, which Campus Reform Correspondent Director Emma Meshell says are "a disservice to taxpayers."

At USC, students can earn credit toward their degrees by taking classes such as "Tailgating 101" and "Beginning Bellydancing." And, at UC-Berkeley, students can partly fulfill their degree requirements by learning about Harry Potter, Marvel comics, and even Pokémon.

"This is a disservice to, for one, the taxpayers who have to fund this, but also for the serious students..."   

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"I think this really shows how ridiculous college campuses are getting," Meshell said, while reacting to the courses on Fox Business' Varney & Co.

Meshell added that considering how a number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are pushing tuition-free college and student loan forgiveness, "this is extra concerning," to which Varney then replied, "they're making it much easier to get a degree." 

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"What this is doing," Meshell continued, "is it's cheapening the value of a college degree. This used to be something where you could go and you could prove that you've learned things and be prepared and equipped for the workforce. Now it's just sort of a rite of passage, where people go and they hang out there for a while and they leave and they're supposed to be prepared for the real world, but in reality they're not." 

"This is a disservice to, for one, the taxpayers who have to fund this, but also for the serious students who want to go and get an education," Meshell added. "It's very unfair to them because they're being forced to feed into this just like everybody else."

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Jon Street is a news editor for Campus Reform. Six years ago, Jon cut his reporting teeth fresh out of college as an intern at Media Research Center's CNSNews.com, where he interviewed multiple members of Congress and former presidential candidates. From there, he went on to complete a stint at Watchdog.org, where his exclusive, investigative work was picked up or cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, National Review, and the Drudge Report, among others. More recently, Jon spent three years as an assistant editor at TheBlaze.com. In his free time, Jon enjoys trying new coffeehouses around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and traveling back to his home state of Missouri to spend time with his family.

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