All posts by Charles Huckabee


U. of Chicago Faculty and Students Protest Layoffs of Departmental Aides

It’s not just underfunded public institutions like Chicago State University that are feeling the pain of budget cuts in Illinois; even the wealthy and private University of Chicago is being roiled by spending cuts and layoffs that have fallen heavily on nonacademic and secretarial staffers, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Several employees in the humanities division were let go in mid-May, and another round of cuts affecting other branches could hit at the end of June, faculty and union representat…


U. of S.C. President Says Fraternities May Be Able to Avoid Ban on Pledging

Fraternities and sororities at the University of South Carolina at Columbia may be able to avoid a proposed ban on the pledging process if they clean up their acts, the university’s president says.

The proposed policy, which university officials first put forward in May, would abolish the formal pledging period and replace it with several new processes, including a university-run education, training, and assessment program for students interested in joining Greek-letter organizations. “We thin…


Second Former Vanderbilt Athlete Is Found Guilty in 2013 Campus Rape

A former football player at Vanderbilt University was found guilty on Saturday in the rape of an unconscious woman in his dormitory room nearly three years ago, reports The Tennessean.

The former player, Brandon Vandenburg, is one of four men who have been charged in the case. He and one of the  others, Cory Batey, were convicted in a trial in January 2015, but those verdicts were thrown out after revelations regarding one of the jurors led to a mistrial. At a second trial, held in April, Mr. Ba…


Video Shows Heroism of Student Who Stopped a Gunman at Seattle Pacific U. in 2014

Newly released surveillance footage shows moments of horror and heroism at Seattle Pacific University after a gunman opened fire on students two years ago, The Seattle Times reports. One student died in the incident, which took place on June 5, 2014, and two others were wounded, one of them critically. Another student was hailed as a hero for tackling and disarming the gunman.

The Times, one of the news outlets that had pressed for the release of the footage, published a small video segment on i…


Orlando Colleges Offer Support After Mass Shooting at Gay Club

In the aftermath the deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., in which a gunman opened fire in a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, leaving 50 people dead and 53 others wounded, local colleges and universities expressed their condolences to the victims and their loved ones, and offered their resources to the city. And while there were no known credible threats to campus safety, institutions also beefed up their security forces and assured students that support services were available.

It was unk…


Baylor’s Athletics Director Resigns, Citing Need to Promote Healing

Four days after Baylor University demoted its president, fired its football coach, and announced other changes to deal with what an outside review characterized as a “fundamental failure” in its handling of sexual-assault allegations, the Baptist institution issued a statement on Monday saying that its athletics director, Ian McCaw, was also departing.

Baylor’s Board of Regents said on Thursday that Mr. McCaw had been placed on probation and was facing sanctions. It did not elaborate on what t…


Kansas Chancellor Vetoes Fee for a Separate ‘Multicultural Student Government’

The chancellor of the University of Kansas has vetoed a student-approved $2 fee that was intended to support a proposed “multicultural student government” that would function independently of the Student Senate, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

The creation of a multicultural student government was one demand made last fall by the activist group Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk amid protests over racial-climate issues on the campus. The Student Senate approved the new fee in March.

But in a letter


College of DuPage Chooses a Retired Navy Admiral as Its New President

After a year of tumult that saw its leader fired amid a spending scandal, the College of DuPage chose a new president, Ann Rondeau, on Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Ms. Rondeau is a partner and consultant with the IBM Watson Group and is a retired vice admiral in the U.S. Navy. She has served as president of the National Defense University, in Washington, and will take office at DuPage, Illinois’s largest community college, in July.

She comes to the College of DuPage at a challenging tim…


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…