All posts by Charles Huckabee


Fight Over Cooper Union’s Decision to Charge Tuition Nears an End

A major battle over the future of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art appears to be coming to an end, according to statements released on Tuesday by the prestigious Manhattan college’s Board of Trustees and a coalition of professors, alumni, and students who sued in 2014 to block the board’s plan to start charging undergraduate tuition.

Those groups and the office of the attorney general of New York State, which began investigating the board’s handling of the institution’…


West Point Professor Who Slammed Critics of War on Terror as Traitors Resigns

William C. Bradford, the law professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who recently denounced scholarly critics of U.S. tactics against terrorism as traitors and “unlawful combatants,” has resigned from West Point, according to reports by The Atlantic and the blog Retraction Watch.

Retraction Watch said it had received a statement from West Point confirming that Mr. Bradford had resigned on Sunday. “He was hired on Aug. 1, 2015, and taught 5 lessons from Aug. 17-Aug 27,” the state…


Academics Who Criticize War on Terror Are ‘Lawful Targets,’ West Point Professor Says

Legal scholars who criticize U.S. tactics against terrorists are committing treasonous acts in support of an enemy, and they and the law schools that employ them should be regarded as “lawful targets” for military attacks, a law professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point argued in an article published recently by a student-edited law journal.

The article, “Trahison des Professeurs: The Critical Law of Armed Conflict / Academy as an Islamist Fifth Column,” appeared in the Spring/Summer …


Indian Scholar Who Criticized Idolatry Is Killed by Gunmen in His Home

Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi, an Indian scholar whose criticism of idol worship had angered religious groups, was fatally shot on Sunday by two gunmen who entered his home, opened fire, and fled on a motorcycle, according to reports by The New York Times and the Indian news organization Firstpost.

The motive behind the killing was unknown, according to Ravindra Prasad, the police commissioner in Dharwad, a town in the state of Karnataka, in southwestern India.

Firstpost described Dharwad as …


Auburn Reversed Course on Cutting a Major Favored by Athletes

Auburn University was on the verge of scuttling a low-enrollment, unpopular academic major in 2013, but changed course after the athletics department weighed in, The Wall Street Journal reports.

According to documents and emails reviewed by the newspaper, the provost had recommended suspending the program, called public administration, in 2012. The political-science faculty, which oversaw the program, agreed that it contributed little to the academic mission of the university and voted 13-to-0 t…


Federal Agency Asks Career Education Corp. About Its Business Practices

The Career Education Corporation, which operates a number of career-oriented schools and colleges, disclosed on Monday that it has received a request for information from the Federal Trade Commission as part of that agency’s broad investigation into potentially unfair advertising, marketing, and other business practices by for-profit colleges. In a corporate filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said it intended to cooperate with the FTC.

Other companies that have …


College of DuPage Trustees Vote to Start Process of Firing President

The Board of Trustees of the College of DuPage voted on Thursday to begin termination proceedings against the Illinois community college’s controversial president, Robert L. Breuder, whose $763,000 severance deal sparked an uproar that drew scrutiny to the compensation of public-college leaders across the state.

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the DuPage trustees’ 4-2 vote came after a two-hour closed-door session in which the board heard the results of a monthslong review of Mr….


Panel at U. of Central Florida Says Fraternity Is Not Responsible for Member’s Chants of ‘Rape’

A disciplinary panel at the University of Central Florida ruled on Thursday that the fraternity Sigma Nu had not violated university policy in an incident, caught on video, in which one of its members chanted “rape,” The Orlando Sentinel reports.

The university suspended the fraternity last month after the video surfaced and a student who alleges that she was raped in the fraternity house last fall filed a complaint.

But the disciplinary panel said that the man in the video, who is no longer a s…


Wright State U. Seeks to Fire Provost and 2 Others Amid Visa Investigation

Wright State University is taking steps to fire its provost and two other officials and has revealed that allegations of misuse of a federal visa program are at the center of an internal probe that the Dayton, Ohio, institution acknowledged last month, local news outlets reported.

The university, in a joint statement by its president, David R. Hopkins, and the chairman of its Board of Trustees, Michael C. Bridges, said on Monday that federal authorities were investigating potential criminal viol…


Jury Rejects Claim of Liberal Bias in Hiring at U. of Iowa Law School

A federal jury ruled on Monday that a former dean of the University of Iowa law school did not illegally discriminate against a conservative lawyer on the basis of her political beliefs when she declined to hire the woman for a teaching job, the Associated Press reports.

The long-running case stems from hiring decisions made in 2007, when the lawyer, Teresa Manning, then known as Teresa R. Wagner, was working as associate director of the law school’s writing center. Ms. Manning was one of three …