All posts by Charles Huckabee


Northwestern Professor Sues Student Who Accused Him of Sexual Assault

Peter Ludlow, a professor of philosophy at Northwestern University who has been at the center of a long-running controversy over an undergraduate student’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her and that Northwestern mishandled her complaint, is suing the student for defamation, the Chicago Tribune reported. In his lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in a state court in Illinois, Mr. Ludlow contends that the student knowingly made false statements to the news media and to Northwestern professors after …


Trend in Athletes’ Benefits Widens as Pac-12 Guarantees 4-Year Scholarships

The Pac-12 Conference on Monday adopted a package of reforms for athletes that includes improved health-care benefits and guaranteed four-year scholarships for athletes in all sports at its 12 member universities. The Big Ten Conference announced similar changes earlier this month.

The Pac-12 and the Big Ten are among the five powerful conferences that the NCAA is giving new latitude to make their own rules. The others in the “Power Five” group are the Atlantic Coast, the Big 12, and the Southea…


Another Florida State U. Football Player Faces Investigation

A Florida State University running back, Karlos Williams, is under investigation by the Tallahassee police over an accusation of domestic battery, The New York Times reported. The police department confirmed that it had received the case but released no further details.

The university said in a statement on Monday that it was “aware of” the investigation of Mr. Williams and that his status with the team was under review.

Mr. Williams is the third Florida State starter to face an abuse claim in t…


2 More Programs to Be Cut at U. of Southern Maine

The Board of Trustees of the University of Maine system voted, 9 to 2, on Friday to approve the elimination of two academic programs at the University of Southern Maine, a master’s in applied medical sciences and the undergraduate major in French. Southern Maine’s president, David T. Flanagan, has said the cuts are necessary, along with the elimination of 50 faculty positions in various departments, to help close a budget gap of $16-million for the next fiscal year.

The board voted last month to cut three other programs at Southern Maine: the graduate program in American and New England studies, the geosciences major, and the arts-and-humanities major at the university’s Lewiston campus.

“We cannot ignore the facts,” said Samuel Collins, the board’s chairman. “We have to plug the hole before the ship sinks.”

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4 Fraternity Members at U. of Nebraska Face Charges in Alcohol-Related Death

Four members of a fraternity at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln were arrested on felony charges on Thursday on suspicion of procuring the alcohol that resulted in an 18-year-old freshman’s death, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

The freshman, Clayton Real, was found dead in his room at the FarmHouse fraternity’s campus residence on the morning of September 5. He had attended an off-campus party held by the fraternity the night before, an assistant chief of the university police told the …


Benedictine U. to End Undergraduate Program at One of Its Campuses

Benedictine University announced on Thursday that it was switching the focus of its branch campus in Springfield, Ill., to adult education and would end the undergraduate program there for students of traditional college age. The Roman Catholic institution’s main campus is in Lisle, a suburb of Chicago, and it also has a branch campus in Mesa, Ariz.

Michael Bromberg, president of the Springfield campus, said the decision stemmed from market opportunities in the adult-education sector and from th…


Parties Turn Violent Near 2 Campuses, and the Colleges’ Leaders Promise Sanctions

Celebrations in two college towns turned violent over the weekend, and the presidents of both institutions said that any students found to have participated in the riots could face serious consequences, including expulsion.

In Keene, N.H., the chaos began on Saturday afternoon near the campus of Keene State College when several people were injured by thrown bottles during the city’s annual Pumpkin Festival, The Boston Globe reported. On Saturday night crowds spread across the town, and video sho…


Alumnus Adds $69-Million to Previous Gifts to U. of Hawaii, for $100-Million Total

A University of Hawaii alumnus has added $69-million to his previous gifts to the university and its flagship campus’s Shidler College of Business, bringing his total donations to $100-million, the university has announced. The business college had been named for the donor, the investor and philanthropist Jay H. Shidler, in 2006 after his first gift, of $25-million.

Mr. Shidler is the founder and managing partner of the Shidler Group, an investment firm focused on commercial real estate, accordi…


Russia Questions 2 U.S. Journalism Professors Who Led Workshops There

Joe Bergantino, executive director of Boston University’s New England Center for Investigative Reporting, and Randy Covington, who directs the Newsplex journalism training facility at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, were detained and questioned in Russia for about five hours on Thursday, according to reports by BU Today and The Boston Globe. The two had been teaching journalism workshops there.

Beth Daley, a reporter for the New England Center, told the Boston University news site …


Law Professors Urge Harvard to Rethink Sexual-Harassment Policy

In a statement published in the Opinion section of The Boston Globe, 28 current and retired Harvard Law School professors voice strong objections to the university’s new policy on sexual misconduct, saying they believe it will do more harm than good.

The professors emphasize that they “strongly endorse the importance of protecting our students from sexual misconduct,” but they say the procedures Harvard is putting in place “lack the most basic elements of fairness and due process, are overwhelmingly stacked against the accused, and are in no way required by Title IX law or regulation.”

Saying the policy was adopted too hastily under pressure from the federal government, they call on the university to withdraw it and start over.

The university, in a statement quoted in a separate article in the Globe, said the new policy had been enacted after a two-year review and that its guidelines “create an expert, neutral, fair, and objective mechanism for investigating sexual-misconduct cases involving students.”

From the professors’ statement:

“We strongly endorse the importance of protecting our students from sexual misconduct and providing an educational environment free from the sexual and other harassment that can diminish educational opportunity. But we believe that this particular sexual harassment policy adopted by Harvard will do more harm than good.”

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