Honestly, I think most of you would be suprised how few Pepp students are truly "hardcore" conservatives. Yes they are there, but no nearly in the large droves many of you imagine like at Regent, Liberty or Ave. Maria. Also, itis a non-sequitor to equate Christianity with Conservatism, many Pepp Christians are of the Sojourner/Progressive stripe. One prominent Catholic Pepp professor was an advisor to the Clark campaign and several consulted for the Clinton adminstration.
Re: Temple vs. Villanova.I looked at the new issue today at Borders, and the big difference is in the reputation scores- Villanova is at a 2.6-3.2, while Temple is at a 2.6-2.9.
Just having Ken Starr as the Dean was enough for me to place Pepperdine in the "do not bother" list. A school that appoints such a controversial person to a leadership position is making a statement. A statement, by the way, that excludes about half of the population.
I suggest we call the ABA regarding Pepperdine's "sexual misconduct" policies. I believe it's illegal for an ABA-accredited school to discriminate against one's sexual preference, and to expel a student because he/she is gay/lesbian is truly outrageous! The ABA requires that Pepperdine not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. But just like Liberty, BYU, Baylor, Regent, Notre Dame, and several other schools, Pepperdine interprets this to mean that they still can discriminate on the basis of "sexual behavior." I love the way Baylor puts it in their statement of non-discrimination -- "We do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, per se, but we do discriminate on the basis of sexual behavior."And most schools justify it by saying that they don't allow hetrosexuals to have sex before marriage, either. But while Baylor (for instance) kicked an undergrad out of the school last year for being gay, I'd be willing to bet that such has never happened to a straight person who was caught having premarital sex. And isn't it odd that they say that the real issue is having sex before marriage, but then they're the same people who're fighting against gay marriage?