All posts by Charles Huckabee


John F. Nash Jr., Princeton Mathematician and Nobel Laureate, Dies

John F. Nash Jr., the Princeton mathematician who shared the Nobel Prize in economics in 1994 and whose struggle with schizophrenia was the subject of the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, was killed, along with his wife, in a traffic accident on Saturday, according to an obituary in The New York Times. Mr. Nash was 86 and his wife, Alicia, was 82.

The Nashes were passengers in a taxi that crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike as the couple returned from the airport after a trip to Norway, where Mr. Nash…


Dilemma at Columbia: Will a Symbolic Mattress Be Allowed at Commencement?

As graduation day approaches, officials at Columbia University face a dilemma: whether to allow a student who protests the university’s decision to exonerate a classmate she accused of rape to carry the symbol of her antirape art project — a mattress — to the commencement ceremony. The university hasn’t said what it will do, but The Wall Street Journal says students it talked to are sharply divided on the issue.

The accuser, Emma Sulkowicz, and the accused student, Paul Nungesser, are both sche…


U. of Colorado Settles With Philosophy Professor It Was Seeking to Fire

The University of Colorado at Boulder has reached a settlement with an associate professor of philosophy that will remove the professor from the campus and “provide finality” to dismissal proceedings against him, university officials said in statements published on Tuesday.

Instead of being fired, the professor, David Barnett, will resign and will receive $160,000 from the university, according to the Daily Camera. Under the deal, the university will also pay $50,000 to Mr. Barnett’s lawyer, t…


Smith College to Accept Transgender Applicants Who Identify as Women

In a clarification of its admissions policy, Smith College has announced that it will begin accepting undergraduate applicants who consider themselves to be transgender women. The decision, approved by the college’s Board of Trustees on Saturday, “affirms Smith’s unwavering mission and identity as a women’s college, our commitment to representing the diversity of women’s lived experiences, and the college’s exceptional role in the advancement of women worldwide,” the college said in a statement


NYU Student Reportedly Is Arrested in North Korea

A man identified as a South Korean student of New York University has been arrested in North Korea and charged with entering the country illegally, The New York Times reported.

An official news agency in North Korea said the 21-year-old student, Joo Won-Moon, was detained on April 22 after crossing the Yalu River from Dandong, China. The river forms part of North Korea’s border with China. The South Korean government said it could not immediately confirm the news agency’s report.

A spokesman fo…


Obama Reportedly Chooses U. of Chicago to Host His Library and Museum

President Obama has selected the University of Chicago to host his presidential library and museum, people who spoke on condition of anonymity have told numerous news outlets, including The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.

While there has been no official confirmation of the decision, the Tribune reported that Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, who previously served as Mr. Obama’s chief of staff and who led the lobbying effort to bring the library to the city, was expected to make the ann…


College of DuPage’s Embattled President Will Take Medical Leave

Robert L. Breuder, the embattled president of the College of DuPage who was expected to be ousted by a newly reconstituted Board of Trustees later this week, will begin a medical leave on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports. Mr. Breuder and the previously supportive board have been at the center of controversy since January, when the trustees approved a $763,000 severance package to end the president’s contract in March 2016, three years early.

The Tribune has raised questions about lavish sp…


14 Locations of DeVry U. Will Close, Parent Company Announces

The DeVry Education Group will close 14 campuses of its namesake DeVry University by the end of the year, the company said on Thursday as it announced declines in enrollments and earnings for the fiscal quarter ending in March.

For the March session at DeVry University, new undergraduate enrollments decreased by 17.2 percent, to 4,156, compared with 5,018 the previous year, the company said in a news release. Total undergraduate enrollments were down 15 percent, to 36,188. Graduate-level enroll…


Head of Communication School at U. of Central Florida Reportedly Resigns

The director of the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication has resigned amid allegations that he double-dipped on reimbursements for travel expenses, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The director, Robert C. Chandler, sought reimbursements from the school as well as from the organizations that hosted conferences or events he attended, the newspaper said.

Mr. Chandler reportedly has repaid $26,000 to the university but denies having done anything wrong. In a March 25 lette…


Arizona State and edX Will Offer an Online Freshman Year, Open to All

Arizona State University is joining with the MOOC provider edX in a project that it says “reimagines the freshman year” and opens a new low-cost, low-risk path to a college degree for students anywhere in the world.

The project, called the Global Freshman Academy, will offer a set of eight courses designed to fulfill the general-education requirements of a freshman year at Arizona State at a fraction of the cost students typically pay, and students can begin taking courses without going through …