All posts by Andy Thomason


Drexel Will Close Its Sacramento Campus

Drexel University will close its campus in Sacramento, it announced on Thursday, ending a years-long attempt by the Philadelphia university to establish itself as a bicoastal institution, The Sacramento Bee reports. The 215 students enrolled in the campus’s handful of degree programs will be able to finish their studies.

The predominantly graduate-level campus opened in 2009. Two years later the university’s bid to build an undergraduate campus nearby fell through because of falling real-estate …


Protesters Shut Down U. of California at Santa Cruz Over Tuition Increases

Student protesters effectively shut down the University of California at Santa Cruz on Thursday morning, blocking its entrances as part of a four-day protest of tuition increases, racism, and police violence, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports. The university responded to the early-morning action by telling students and faculty members to stay off the campus.


Ethicist Who Steered Athletes to Sham Courses Resigns From Chapel Hill

The former faculty chair whose role in a now-infamous academic scandal shocked the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has resigned, The News & Observer reports. Jan Boxill resigned, effective Saturday, university officials said on Thursday.

The university began the firing process last year against Ms. Boxill, a philosophy lecturer, shortly after the release of a report showing she had helped steer athletes to sham courses that had been designed to keep them eligible to play.

“Until her …


Oberlin Group Cancels Concert by ‘Viet Cong,’ Citing ‘Ignorant’ Name

A student group at Oberlin College has canceled a performance by the Canadian band Viet Cong, citing its “grossly ignorant and deeply offensive” name. A member of the Student Union Programming Committee, Ivan Krasnov, said in an apology letter that he regretted “inviting a band with a name that deeply offends and hurts Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American communities, both in Oberlin and beyond.” The band had been slated to perform on the Ohio campus on March 14.

Viet Cong were set to perform at the Oberlin College venue Dionysus Disco on March 14. However, the promoter has canceled the show because of the band’s name. In a statement shared on the venue’s Facebook page, promoter Ivan Krasnov apologized “for inviting a band with a name that deeply offends and hurts Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American communities, both in Oberlin and beyond.”

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Cornel West Cancels Lecture at Illinois Over Salaita Reversal

Cornel West, the public intellectual and civil-rights activist, has canceled an April lecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in protest of its decision not to hire Steven G. Salaita, the Chicago Tribune reports. Mr. West called the university’s treatment of Mr. Salaita “a moral scandal.”

The university offered Mr. Salaita a tenured professorship in Native American studies last year, but then decided not to hire him after he was criticized for his anti-Israel tweets. Academic-f…


Judge Orders S.C. State Trustees Not to Fire President, Because They May Be Fired First

Trustees at South Carolina State University cannot fire the president they suspended, a judge ruled on Wednesday, because they will probably be fired themselves in a matter of days, the Associated Press reports.

The board placed the president, Thomas J. Elzey, on administrative leave last week, two weeks after a state legislative panel shocked the historically black university by recommending that it be shut down for two years because of financial problems. That proposal was later spiked, with l…


Number of Colleges Under Investigation for Sexual-Assault Compliance Now Tops 100

The number of colleges being investigated by the federal government for compliance with Title IX in their handling of campus sexual violence has now topped 100, The Washington Post reports.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, which enforces Title IX and other statutes that prohibit discrimination in programs that receive federal funds, said on Wednesday that Stanford University, Washington and Lee University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Point Park Universi…


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:


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.”

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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…