All posts by Charles Huckabee


Owner of Florida For-Profit Chain Is Convicted of Theft and Conspiracy

The owner of a Miami-based chain of for-profit colleges called FastTrain was convicted by a federal jury on Tuesday of 12 counts of theft of government money and one count of conspiracy, the office of the U.S. attorney for Southern Florida announced. An admissions representative of the company, which closed its seven campuses in 2012, was also convicted of conspiracy to steal government money.

The company and its owner, Alejandro Amor, were accused of fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars b…


Complaint Accuses U. of Kansas Professor of Racial Discrimination in Class

A professor at the University of Kansas at Lawrence is on leave while the university investigates a complaint accusing her of racially discriminatory behavior in class, the Lawrence Journal-World reports. Graduate students, meanwhile, are pursuing a social-media campaign demanding that she be fired.

Andrea M. Quenette, an assistant professor of communication studies, told the newspaper she was notified on Friday morning that five individuals had filed the complaint with the university’s Office…


Student Whose Disappearance Led Md. Campus to Shut Down Is Found Dead

A troubled student whose disappearance with a rifle case last week led his college in Maryland to close until the end of the month was found dead on Saturday from what police officials said was a self-inflicted gunshot, The New York Times reported.

The student, Jacob Marberger, was a sophomore at Washington College, a small liberal-arts institution in Chestertown, Md. He reportedly had been despondent over repercussions stemming from an incident last month in which he was accused of brandishing …


32 Americans Are Chosen as Rhodes Scholars for 2016

The Rhodes Trust has announced the names of the 32 men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars from the United States for 2016. The scholarships cover all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford, in England.

The American winners were chosen from 16 districts across the United States and represent 22 colleges and universities. American citizens may apply for the scholarships through either the state where they legally reside or the state where they have attended college f…


California’s Community Colleges Seek a New Accreditor

The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges voted on Monday to oust the controversial commission that accredits the system’s colleges, according to reports by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times.

The board unanimously approved a resolution that calls on the system’s chancellor, Brice W. Harris, to report back in March with details and a timeline for improving the accreditation process, including finding a new agency to replace the Accrediting Commission for Co…


Brown U.’s President Promises Investigation of Officer’s Altercation With Visiting Student

Brown University’s president has apologized for and promised a full investigation of an altercation early Saturday in which a visiting Dartmouth student says he was forcefully detained by one of Brown’s public-safety officers, the Providence Journal reports.

The Dartmouth student was at Brown to attend a conference of Latino students. According to The Brown Daily Herald, a student newspaper, the visiting student said the incident occurred about 12:30 a.m. Saturday after he criticized how securi…


Jury Awards $4.85 Million to White Instructor Who Alleged Bias in Her Dismissal

A jury in a state court in Missouri has awarded nearly $5 million to a former instructor at Harris-Stowe State University after finding that the historically black institution discriminated against her because she is white, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The jury awarded the instructor $3.5 million in punitive damages and $1.35 million for lost wages and emotional distress. But the verdict, returned on Friday, is not final. It can be upheld or changed by a judge.

Officials at Harris-Stowe …


One Student Is Killed, Another Wounded in Shooting at Winston-Salem State

One student was shot dead and another wounded after gunfire erupted early Sunday near dormitories at Winston-Salem State University, in North Carolina, according to reports by the Associated Press and a local newspaper, the Winston-Salem Journal. The city police were searching for a suspected gunman, who was not believed to be a student.

The student who died was identified as Anthony White Jr., a 19-year-old sophomore from Charlotte who was studying information technology. The student who was wo…


Cardiff U. Rejects Students’ Bid to Bar Germaine Greer From Speaking

Students at Cardiff University, in Wales, have begun an online petition to bar the feminist author Germaine Greer from speaking there next month because of her views on transgender women, The New York Times reports.

Ms. Greer, who is 76 and best known for her 1970 book The Female Eunuch, has prompted protests in the past because of comments denying that transgender women are female.

The petition campaign at Cardiff appeared to take Ms. Greer by surprise. “I don’t really know what I think of …


Faculty and Student Groups Urge Ole Miss to Quit Flying State Flag

Faculty and student governing bodies at the University of Mississippi have jointly passed a resolution calling for the university to cease flying the state flag of Mississippi, which includes a Confederate battle emblem.

The Faculty Senate passed the measure on Thursday, two days after it was approved by the Associated Student Body Senate.

The measure, ASB Resolution 15-13, says the state flag’s incorporation of the Confederate emblem “divides our campus and state” and “undermines effort…