Appeals Court Denies Request to Block U. of Texas Plan to Move Confederate Statue

A Texas appeals court declined a request on Friday from the Sons of Confederate Veterans to block a lower court ruling that allowed the University of Texas at Austin to move statues of Jefferson Davis and Woodrow Wilson to a less-prominent position on the campus, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

The group’s Texas chapter asked the state Supreme Court to issue an emergency injunction, and that request was still pending Friday evening.

The university had planned to move the statue to a campu…


U. of Illinois Football Coach Is Fired Over Allegations He Mistreated Players

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s head football coach has been fired after an investigation found he encouraged injured players to stay in the game. According to a statement issued by the university, external reviewers found Tim Beckman undertook “efforts to deter injury reporting and influence medical decisions that pressured players to avoid or postpone medical treatment and continue playing despite injuries.”

“The preliminary information external reviewers shared with me does n…


2 Resign at Portland State Over $100-Million Donation That Never Was

Two top fund raisers at Portland State University have resigned after a public-relations catastrophe surrounding a $100-million donation that never materialized. The Oregonian reports the president and chief executive officer of the PSU Foundation, Francoise Aylmer, and another fund raiser, Kristin Coppola, announced Friday they would step down.

Last week the university planned to hold a news conference announcing a $100-million gift from an unnamed former student. They called it off, however, w…


U. of Illinois Will Start Broadcasting Football Games in Chinese

Saying it has “more Chinese students than any other college,” the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is starting a Chinese-language broadcast of its football games, The News-Gazette reports.

“We’re hoping that this program is really going to help us engage with our Chinese students on campus, and also our alumni across the United States and abroad,” the athletic department’s assistant director of marketing, Karl Feak, told the newspaper.

The university has more than 4,500 students from China. Its total undergraduate and graduate-student population was just over 45,000 as of last fall.

According to the News-Gazette, the audio broadcasts will be more focused on explaining strategy for listeners who are not well-versed in American football.

Growing up in his native China, Bruce Lu became a “huge fan” of North American sports.

The University of Illinois junior started watching NBA games 10 years ago and American football during high school.

Now he will co-anchor a new Chinese-language broadcast of Illini football games, thought to be the first of its kind in the country. The broadcasts will be available free through the website and its new mobile app.

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Legal Fight Over U. of Kansas Lecturer’s Records Is Settled

A legal dispute over a University of Kansas student’s effort to obtain the records of a lecturer who previously worked for the conservative Koch brothers has been settled, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

The lecturer, Arthur Hall, is director for the university’s Center for Applied Economics. He had previously served as chief economist of the public-sector group of Koch Industries Inc. Schuyler Kraus, who is president of a campus group called Students for a Sustainable Future, had submitt…


Faculty Union at Berklee Erred in Refusing to Bargain Over Effects of Policy, NLRB Says

The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed a faculty union’s complaint of unfair labor practices against the Berklee College of Music, holding that the union was responsible for its failure to bargain over the effects of a class-cancellation policy that it had said was established without its input.

Berklee, a private, undergraduate college in Boston, was contractually obligated to bargain with its faculty union only over the effects of the cancellation policy — not over the language of …


Less Than Half of Major Social-Science Studies Are Reproducible, Analysis Says

A study has found that fewer than half of 100 major studies in the social sciences could be replicated to produce similar results, The New York Times reports. Published in Science, the analysis was conducted by a team of researchers led by Brian Nosek, a psychologist at the University of Virginia.

The team sought to reproduce 100 studies published in 2008, but in more than 60 cases, the results came out different. That’s not a result of fraud, the researchers say, but an indication that the evid…


Dept. of Education Failed to Hold Loan-Management Company Accountable, Audit Finds

The Education Department failed to hold Xerox Education Solutions, a company it had contracted to track and service student loans, accountable for fixing persistent problems in its student-debt-management system, the agency’s inspector general said in an audit report released on Thursday.

According to the report, the department failed to ensure that Xerox met milestones for fixing the system and routinely offered extensions when the company missed its deadlines. At the same time, the agency did …


Are College Football Coaches About to Start Fining Players?

Earlier this year, the NCAA voted to allow colleges in the five biggest athletic conferences to increase athletes’ scholarship money so that it would cover the total cost of attendance — not just tuition, fees, room and board, and books.

In the ensuing months, colleges have moved to define exactly how much extra they’ll begin offering players, with some deciding to spring for more than $4,000 extra per athlete.

But for some athletes, that money might come with strings attached.

The defensive coo…


Auburn Reversed Course on Cutting a Major Favored by Athletes

Auburn University was on the verge of scuttling a low-enrollment, unpopular academic major in 2013, but changed course after the athletics department weighed in, The Wall Street Journal reports.

According to documents and emails reviewed by the newspaper, the provost had recommended suspending the program, called public administration, in 2012. The political-science faculty, which oversaw the program, agreed that it contributed little to the academic mission of the university and voted 13-to-0 t…