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Here’s How Students React When They Hear Their College Is Closing

The announcement on Tuesday that Sweet Briar College, a small women’s institution in Virginia, would close this summer came as a shock to most people. But the most emotional response undoubtedly came from one of the groups with the most to lose—the students. One outlet for them in the 24 hours following the announcement was social media. Here’s a sampling of their tweets:

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Thousands of Veterans Have Filed Complaints Against Colleges in New U.S. System

Thousands of veterans and active-duty members of the armed services have filed complaints against colleges through an online system created just over a year ago, officials in the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a meeting of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, the officials said the VA had received 2,711 complaints as of February 22 and the Pentagon had received 223 as of September 30, 2014. (The Defense Department’s benefit progra…

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In Oxford Lecture, Kanye West Says He Would’ve Wanted to ‘Become Picasso’

The University of Oxford has hosted many guest lecturers, but it’s probably never seen the likes of Kanye West. The rapper visited the university—specifically, the Oxford Guild Business Society—on Monday and gave a lecture to about 350 students, The Tab reported. Among other things, Mr. West told the students that he was “probably wearing a $2,000 shirt,” that if he had ventured into the fine arts he would’ve wanted “to become Picasso or greater,” and, “I love Steve Jobs, he’s my favorite person.” Read the full remarks, “more or less,” courtesy of The Tab.


Who talks at your business society? Rap and fashion legend Kanye West gave a talk to the Oxford Guild yesterday. Yeezy preached to a packed lecture theatre of 350 students and said things like “The Matrix is like the Bible of the post-information age” and “Obama calls the home phone.”

Read more at: oxford.tab.co.uk

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U. of California to Cap Out-of-State Enrollments at Berkeley and UCLA

The University of California’s president, Janet Napolitano, said on Tuesday that the institution would cap out-of-state enrollments on the system’s Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses and would not expand enrollments of in-state students unless the state provided more money.

Ms. Napolitano has been negotiating with Gov. Jerry Brown over her plan to raise tuition by as much as 5 percent over the next five years to make up for lower-than-expected state support. Out-of-state enrollments will not be capped on the state’s seven other undergraduate campuses.


An unprecedented 20% of this year’s freshman class across UC is from outside California and about 30% at UCLA and UC Berkeley. Though UC officials insist that Californians are not being excluded to make room for non-residents, many parents and legislators believe that UC has admitted far too many students from outside the state and are concerned that the practice hurts in-state students’ chances for admission.

“I also appreciate the concern about the level of non-resident student enrollment. As you know, non-resident enrollment—and the additional tuition those students pay—allow us to enroll more in-state students,” Napolitano said.

Read more at: www.latimes.com

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Grinnell College Seeks Education Dept. Investigation of Its Sexual-Assault Policies

Grinnell College has asked the federal government to help determine whether the Iowa institution complied with federal sex-discrimination law in three cases of sexual violence, the Associated Press reports.

The college’s request, to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, is unusual. Typically a complaint from another party about an institution prompts an investigation by the office. Nearly 100 American colleges are now under investigation for their compliance with the gender…

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Officer Who Detained Black Columnist’s Son Is Cleared of Wrongdoing, Yale Says

The Yale University police officer who questioned the son of a New York Times columnist at gunpoint in January did not violate the department’s policy, the university said on Tuesday.

Yale’s student paper, the Yale Daily News, reports that a review by the college found that the officer had held his gun at an acceptable “low-ready” position, with his finger off the trigger, as he confronted Tahj Blow, a black student, in search of a burglary suspect.

Mr. Blow is the son of Charles M. Blow, a Time…

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NLRB Official Says Adjuncts at Seattle U. Can Unionize

Applying for the first time its new standards for weighing whether college faculty members can unionize, the National Labor Relations Board has given the green light to a union election by contingent faculty members at Seattle University.

In a decision issued on Tuesday, Ronald K. Hooks, a regional director of the NLRB, ordered the counting of ballots that were cast in a union election last spring but had been impounded, pending the university’s appeal of his earlier decision to let the election…

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President of Ohio Art College Steps Down Abruptly

The president of the Columbus College of Art & Design has stepped down less than a year after he was hired, The Columbus Dispatch reports. Thomas H. White and the college’s Board of Trustees reached an agreement for him to step down, according to a statement from the board chairman, James Kunk. The statement does not give a reason. Kevin J. Conlon, the college’s provost, has been appointed interim president.


Less than a year after he was hired, the president of the Columbus College of Art & Design is leaving. Thomas White and the college agreed to split ways, according to a brief news statement from the chairman of the board of trustees.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

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Sweet Briar College, Citing ‘Financial Challenges,’ Will Close Its Doors in August

Sweet Briar College, a women’s liberal-arts college in Virginia, announced on Tuesday it would close its doors in August, citing “insurmountable financial challenges,” according to a news release from the institution.

“This is a sad day for the entire Sweet Briar College community,” said Paul G. Rice, chairman of the college’s Board of Directors, in the statement. “The board closely examined the college’s financial situation and weighed it against our obligations to current and prospective stu…

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Journal Hits U. of Pennsylvania Scientists With Retraction, 2-Year Ban

Two University of Pennsylvania researchers have been banned from publishing in The Journal of Neuroscience for two years after errors were discovered in an article the pair wrote for the publication nearly four years ago, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

John Q. Trojanowski and Virginia M.-Y. Lee, who are a married couple, admitted that images of mouse brain cells in their article had been accidentally and unintentionally duplicated. A university review committee found the errors had been unin…