All posts by Andrew Mytelka


After 10 Days on the Lam, Wayward Goat Is Back at U. of Iowa

The tumult and drama of recent weeks finally drew to a close in Iowa City on Monday. No, it wasn’t the departure of the last presidential candidate or TV crew. It was the recapture of the University of Iowa’s lost goat, missing since late January and the subject of endless speculation, not to mention extensive coverage in the local press.

“We are very happy to report that William the Goat is in custody and back home in a nice warm pen out at the University Research Park,” tweeted the university’…


George Washington U. Stops Accepting Donated Cadavers After Losing Track of Body Identities

George Washington University’s medical school has lost track of the identities of some of the cadavers donated to the institution for research and teaching, and so has ceased accepting donations through its willed-body program.

In a statement issued on Friday, Jeffrey S. Akman, the medical school’s dean and the university’s vice president for health affairs, wrote that “despite exhaustive efforts, we have been unable to make a positive identification of certain donor bodies and as a result are u…


Adjuncts Vote to Unionize in 2 of 3 Schools at U. of Southern California

[Updated (2/3/2016, 1:31 p.m.) with response from the university's provost.]

A campaign to unionize non-tenure-track faculty members at the University of Southern California succeeded in two out of three divisions of the private institution, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

The campaign, led by the Service Employees International Union Local 721, drew overwhelming support from adjunct faculty members at two small units of the university, the Roski School of Art and Design and the Internat…


14 Students at the Citadel Face Punishment for Klan-Like Costumes

Fourteen cadets at the Citadel, a military college in South Carolina, face a range of punishments for their roles in an episode last fall in which some of them appeared to have dressed up like members of the Ku Klux Klan, reports The Post and Courier, a newspaper in Charleston, S.C.

Photographs of the cadets wearing pointed white hoods were published online in early December, drawing criticism from minority alumni of the Citadel, among others, and a swift promise by the college that it would inv…


American Student Is Among Detainees Released by Iran

An American who had traveled to Iran to study language was among the detainees released this weekend, although officials said his release was not part of a broad prisoner exchange between the United States and Iran, according to The New York Times, the Associated Press, and other reports.

The detention of the student, Matthew Trevithick, 30, of Hingham, Mass., had not been previously publicized. According to a statement from his family published by the United States Institute of Peace, he went t…


U. of Texas System Seeks Campus Input on Rules for New Gun Law

The University of Texas system is asking its 14 constituent campuses to devise rules for complying with the state’s new law allowing people to carry concealed handguns on college campuses, reports The Texas Tribune.

In a memorandum released on Tuesday, a task force convened by the system said the Board of Regents would review the campuses’ proposals and then issue formal rules this spring. The controversial law, which has generated widespread concern among faculty members since it was enacted la…


College in Washington State Says It Will Close for Lack of Students

Trinity Lutheran College announced on Tuesday that it had so few students it would be forced to close in May, reports The Daily Herald, in Everett, Wash. Jim Lindus, who was appointed last week as the college’s executive director, told the newspaper that “the business model we have is not sustainable, not with the number of students we have.”

The college, which is north of Seattle, has just 166 students enrolled for the spring term, and 55 of them are seniors. Mr. Lindus said the college was mak…


U. of Iowa Settles With Athlete Who Was Hospitalized After Workout

The University of Iowa has agreed to pay $15,000 to settle a personal-injury lawsuit filed by a former football player who spent a week in the hospital after a mandatory, high-stress workout in 2011, the Associated Press reported.

The athlete, William Lowe, now 26, was one of 13 players hospitalized with exertional rhabdomyolysis, in which excessive muscular strain makes muscle tissue deteriorate, dumping proteins into the bloodstream and potentially causing kidney damage. Mr. Lowe, the only one…


Judge Orders Lawsuit Over Law School’s Job-Placement Rates to Proceed

A California judge has cleared the way for a lawsuit accusing the Thomas Jefferson School of Law of lying about its job-placement statistics to entice students to enroll. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on Thursday that a Superior Court judge in San Diego, Joel Pressman, rejected the stand-alone law school’s bid to dismiss the case last week.

The plaintiffs are four former students who say they would never have enrolled if they had known the school had inflated the proportion of graduates w…


NLRB Official Orders Union Elections for Adjuncts at U. of Southern California

[Updated (12/30/2015, 12:49 p.m.) with comment from the university.]

A labor union seeking to organize adjunct faculty members at private colleges notched another victory on Friday as a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ordered union elections to be held in January among non-tenure-track faculty members in two divisions of the University of Southern California.

The regional director, whose ruling is subject to appeal to the NLRB’s national office, determined that the contin…