All posts by Charles Huckabee


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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Air Force Academy Review of Athletics Finds Nothing Worth Investigating

The U.S. Air Force Academy’s Office of Inspector General has completed an “inspection” of the institution’s athletics department that was begun in the wake of a player-misconduct scandal but has found nothing that merited a full investigation, the academy said in a news release on Tuesday.

The inspector general, Col. David Kuenzli, emphasized in the news release that an inspection is not an investigation. Investigations are based on specific allegations of violations of laws or of Air Force or…


Controversial President of William Peace U. to Step Down Next Year

Debra M. Townsley will retire next June at the end of her five-year term as president of William Peace University after seeing the former women’s college through a period of transformational change, the institution announced on Monday. In the university’s statement, Ms. Townsley described herself as “a change agent” who had carried out the mission she was hired to do, and said she was now “ready to pass the baton to the next leader.” She said she had been offered but had declined a contract exte…


N.C. State U. Suspends 7 Football Players After BB-Gun Incident

North Carolina State University suspended seven football players on Monday for participating in what it called a “game with BB guns at their off-campus residence,” The News & Observer reported. The players, who include two defensive starters, will miss this weekend’s game with the University of Louisville.

There is no police report on the incident, and no charges have been filed against the players, but the Wolfpack’s head football coach, Dave Doeren, said in a written statement that he “believ…


Tensions Rise Between Students and Security Forces on Egyptian Campuses

Students clashed with security forces at universities across Egypt on Sunday to protest the presence of riot-police officers around their campuses and amid reports that more than 40 students had been arrested in raids at their homes at dawn on Saturday, Daily News Egypt reported.

According to a group called the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, state security forces launched a campaign of extensive detentions early Saturday, the first day of classes. A spokesman for the group St…


Iowa Regents Pull the Reins on Expenses of Firm Hired to Cut Costs

Iowa’s statewide Board of Regents has tightened its oversight of reimbursements to a consulting firm that is advising the state’s public universities on how to cut costs, the Associated Press reports.

The firm, Deloitte Consulting LLP, has been reimbursed $366,000 for expenses that were submitted without receipts, the news service said. But under a contract amendment signed last week, Deloitte agreed to submit receipts for airfare, lodging, rental cars, and other expenses over $25. It will not …


Princeton Faculty Scuttles Policy That Sought to Check Grade Inflation

Ten years after Princeton University adopted a “grade deflation” policy, faculty members voted on Monday to reverse the policy and allow each department to determine its own grading standards, The Daily Princetonian reported. The repeal of the policy is effective immediately.

The policy, adopted in 2004, had recommended that A’s make up no more than 35 percent of any department’s grades. An ad hoc committee, convened last year to review the policy, had encouraged its repeal.

“The ad hoc commit…