The Right Ear: Week of September 5

HURRICANE HELP: Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman urged Americans to set aside “politics and partisanship” and help the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama recover from Hurricane Katrina. Mehlman e-mailed RNC supporters encouraging donations to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Both organizations are providing shelter, food, water, blankets and clothing. “Our thoughts are with those who were affected by this powerful storm,” Mehlman said. “During times like these, there is no room for politics and partisanship. This is a time when we all come together to help our neighbors.” To make a donation to the American Red Cross, call 1-800-HELP-NOW or visit To donate to the Salvation Army, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, visit or stop by any Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club store.

HONORING HELMS: Conservatives will gather in Arlington, Va., on September 20 to salute former Sen. Jesse Helms (R.-N.C.), author of a new book, Here’s Where I Stand. Helms retired from the Senate in 2002 after serving 30 years as a conservative stalwart. His successor, Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R.-N.C.), and freshman Sen. Richard Burr (R.-N.C.) are the honorary co-chairmen of the dinner. (Human Events Editor in Chief Tom Winter serves on the steering committee.) The reception at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Arlington, Va., starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. dinner. Individual tickets cost $150. For $1,000, guests receive two dinner tickets, two tickets to a VIP reception with Helms, a personalized signed copy of his book and acknowledgement in the program. Proceeds benefit the Jesse Helms Center Foundation. To order tickets, contact Brian Rogers at (704) 233-1776, ext. 4.

JOURNALISM AWARDS: The Leadership Institute’s Campus Leadership Program gave its Investigative Journalism Award to Human Events Assistant Editor Amanda Carpenter. Carpenter joined Human Events last month after an internship at the Leadership Institute. She graduated in May from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., where she founded the online conservative publication The Leadership Institute praised the website for its hard-hitting investigative reporting. Carpenter’s work included an article about Ball State’s most militant leftist professors. She also revealed that Ball State professor Abel Alves, who espoused anti-agriculture and anti-capitalist views in the classroom, was arrested for trespassing at a local farm protesting the treatment of livestock. “Amanda’s detailed research into Alves’ activities exposed the radical leftist professor to her fellow students at Ball State,” said Leadership Institute President Morton Blackwell. “Tenacious conservatives such as Amanda now challenge and expose the radical views of extremist professors who have remained unchallenged on campuses for decades.” The Leadership Institute also gave the Gettysburg Forum of Gettysburg College its Best Online Publication Award. The Gettysburg Forum ( was one of the first conservative campus publications to exist exclusively in cyberspace and became a hit on campus. “In an astonishing attempt at censorship, campus leftists attempted to shut down the Gettysburg Forum,” Blackwell said. “This demonstrates just how threatened the left are by the growth of conservative activism on campus.” Gettysburg Forum staff trained at the Leadership Institute’s Student Publication School, which teaches college students how to start a campus newspaper.