All posts by Andrew Mytelka


Happy 21st Birthday, Academe Today!

Chronicle subscribers received the first issue of Academe Today, The Chronicle’s daily newsletter, on this day in 1995. The newsletter, reproduced here, seems quite primitive by today’s standards.

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The email was available in plain text only, as relatively few people had access to the “World-Wide Web,” as it was then known, let alone email readers that could render HTML.

The newsletter’s content was limited to a few briefs about doings on Capitol Hill, a summary of an article in a once-prominen…


N.C. State Settles Free-Speech Lawsuit by Revising Disputed Policy

A Christian student group has withdrawn a lawsuit alleging that North Carolina State University administrators violated the group’s free-speech rights after the university revised a disputed policy, The News & Observer reported.

Under the policy, the Christian group was required to obtain a permit to speak or distribute its literature on the campus.

A federal judge last month ordered the university to temporarily cease enforcing its policy while the lawsuit by the student group, Grace Christian …


Indiana Governor, Trump’s VP Choice, Backed Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, whom Donald J. Trump named on Friday as his vice-presidential running mate, may be best known in academe for his support of a controversial “religious freedom” law last year that critics said amounted to a license to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

Advocates of the law, formally the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, argued that it was intended only to protect religious liberty. But colleges and universities across Indiana, both…


President of Texas A&M U. at Commerce Died by Suicide, Police Say

The president of Texas A&M University at Commerce, Dan Jones, died in April by suicide, according to police reports released on Wednesday and obtained by The Dallas Morning News.

The police investigation found that Mr. Jones, who was 63, had suffered from severe depression and had attempted to take his life two weeks before he succeeded in doing so. In a statement cited by the newspaper, the university system said he had received medical treatment after the initial suicide attempt and was releas…


U. of Tennessee to Pay $2.48 Million to Settle Title IX Lawsuit

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville agreed on Tuesday to pay $2.48 million to settle a federal lawsuit in which it was accused of violating the Title IX gender-equity law in how it responded to alleged sexual assaults by six athletes against eight women, The Tennessean and the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

As part of the settlement, which needs a federal judge’s approval to go into effect, the university also agreed to convene a special independent commission to look into how all campus…


3 Students at American Universities Are Among Victims of Terrorist Attack

[Last updated, 7/2/2016, 11:54 p.m.]

Three students at American universities were among the 22 victims of Islamic State terrorists on Friday in Bangladesh, according to reports in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and other news outlets.

Two were studying at Emory University, and one was at the University of California at Berkeley. All three knew one another, and were presumably dining together at the restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, that was the target of the attackers.

In a wr…


Judge Tosses Ex-Fraternity Members’ Defamation Suit Against ‘Rolling Stone’

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine that had been brought by three former members of a fraternity at the University of Virginia, the Associated Press reported. The plaintiffs had sued the magazine over a 2014 article, since debunked, that described a gang rape at the campus’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house.

The accusation rocked the campus, but the police in Charlottesville, Va., said their investigation had found no evidence to corroborate th…


6 Students Are Indicted in Hazing Death at College in Virginia

Six students at Ferrum College were indicted this week on charges connected with the hazing death in April of another student, reports The Roanoke Times.

The authorities in Franklin County, Va., have not stated why Michael A. Walker, 20, was hospitalized or what caused his death. He was found unresponsive at an off-campus location on April 17 and died a week later.

The six indicted students were all members of the Sigma Alpha Kappa fraternity. Two were also charged with purchasing or providing a…


Adjuncts Vote to Unionize at Maryland’s McDaniel College

Adjunct professors at McDaniel College, a private institution in Maryland, have voted to unionize, according to results released on Monday and reported by The Baltimore Sun.

The union, which will also represent graduate teaching assistants, will be affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, which in recent years has mounted a nationwide campaign to form adjunct unions at colleges in metropolitan areas, in hopes of increasing the unions’ leverage in collective bargaining.



Spellings Says UNC System Won’t Try to Enforce Controversial Bathroom Law

The University of North Carolina system said on Friday that it would not seek to enforce a controversial state law requiring transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificates. The Associated Press reported that Margaret Spellings, the system’s president, said in a legal filing that “I have no intent to exercise my authority to promulgate any guidelines or regulations that require transgender students to use the restrooms consistent with their biol…