FAILING UPWARDS: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute made FIRE’s Top 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech list for a lot of reasons, several involving wacky misadventures in policing (like claiming students could not hand out flyers because of “eminent domain“). So, of course, there’s now a bill in the New York State Senate that would upgrade RPI public safety officers to “real” police, for reasons that I can only assume are super-awesome and not at all part of the administration grabbing even more power.