All posts by Charles Huckabee


Coach Fired Amid Inquiry at Berkeley Has New Job in Nevada

Yann Hufnagel, the former assistant basketball coach who was fired last month by the University of California at Berkeley after being accused of sexually harassing a female reporter, has a new job at another university. He was hired on Friday by the University of Nevada at Reno, according to news reports.

Mr. Hufnagel had been fighting his dismissal at Berkeley, announced in mid-March, but he dropped his appeal on Thursday, citing a “toxic environment” on a campus that has been embroiled in cont…


Kentucky Governor Orders Immediate Cut in Funds to Universities

Gov. Matthew G. Bevin of Kentucky on Thursday ordered state officials to cut the quarterly funding allotment that the state is scheduled to send out to universities and colleges on Friday by 4.5 percent, The Courier-Journal reports.

Governor Bevin, a Republican who has been in office only since December, has already made plain that he wants major changes in how the state supports higher education. In a budget address in January, he called for basing increasing shares of the institutions’ appropr…


Chicago State U. Tells Employees to Turn In Keys by Next Week

In a stark reminder of the high stakes for colleges as Illinois’s budget crisis grinds on, Chicago State University has asked employees and students to turn in their keys to campus buildings and offices by Monday, April 4, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Like other public colleges and universities in Illinois, Chicago State has not received state money for nearly 10 months because Gov. Bruce V. Rauner, a Republican, and the Democratic-controlled legislature have not been able to agree on a budget f…


Bus Crash Kills at Least 13 University Exchange Students in Spain

A bus carrying university exchange students crashed on a highway in the Catalonia region of northeastern Spain on Sunday, killing at least 13 passengers and injuring 34 others, the Associated Press reported.

Most of the passengers were participants in the Erasmus exchange program, which serves students across the European Union, and they represented more than 20 countries, authorities said. The identities and nationalities of those who were killed or injured had not been released as of Sunday e…


U. of Kansas Clears Professor Who Was Accused of Racial Harassment

After a four-month investigation, the University of Kansas has cleared a professor whom students had accused of racial harassment and discrimination, the Lawrence Journal-World reports.

Eight graduate students filed complaints last fall against Andrea M. Quenette, an assistant professor of communication studies, after she used a racial slur during a classroom discussion. That discussion took place on November 12, the morning after a heated universitywide forum on race.

Ms. Quenette, who has been…


Attacker in UC-Merced Stabbings Had No Ties to Terror Groups, FBI Says

Federal investigators have concluded that the freshman who stabbed four people at the University of California at Merced last fall before he was shot to death by the campus police was “self-radicalized” and inspired by ISIS, but was not connected to organized terror groups, the Merced Sun-Star reported.

The November incident began in a classroom building, where the attacker, 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad, wounded a classmate and a construction worker who intervened. After running from the building…


Kansas’ Public Colleges to Lose $17 Million in State Funds Over Next 4 Months

Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas on Tuesday ordered a $17-million cut in spending on the state’s public colleges over the next four months to help close a gap in expected revenue for the fiscal year that ends June 30, the Associated Press reported.

The governor, a Republican, took that step after tax collections fell $54 million short of expectations in February. The Kansas Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s public colleges and universities, said it would decide by the end of the week ho…


Former Tennessee Player Says Coach Criticized Him for Helping Alleged Rape Victim

A former football player at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville says in an affidavit that was added to a federal lawsuit on Wednesday that he assisted a woman who said she had been raped by two other players, and that he was later punched by a teammate and told by the head football coach that he had “betrayed the team.”

According to reports by The Tennessean, a newspaper in Nashville, and the Knoxville News Sentinel, those allegations are contained in a signed statement by the former player…


Racial-Bullying Case at San Jose State Yields No Hate-Crime Convictions

A California jury on Monday found three former San Jose State University students guilty of misdemeanor battery of a black suitemate in 2013 but did not reach guilty verdicts on more-serious hate-crime charges against the three, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

The university expelled the three white students in 2014 after an internal investigation of accusations that they had harassed their black suitemate over a period of weeks in the fall of 2013. The harassment included racial epithets, t…


After Kalamazoo Shootings, Western Michigan U. Will Review Its Safety-Alert Policy

Should Western Michigan University have sent out safety alerts on Saturday warning students about a string of apparently random shootings at several locations around Kalamazoo County that left six people dead and two wounded? Yes, the university’s president, John M. Dunn, said on Sunday — even though there was no legal requirement for it to have done so.

“Two of the three incidents happened miles from the campus,” Mr. Dunn said in a message posted on WMU’s website, “and while these incidents w…