All posts by Charles Huckabee


Expansion Blocked: Casino Doesn’t Want Stockton U. as a Neighbor

Stockton University, in southern New Jersey, thought it had a safe bet when it bought the shuttered Showboat casino-hotel in Atlantic City for $18 million last year, with hopes of turning the property into a campus. But the Trump Taj Majal Casino Resort, just next door, has dealt the plan a serious setback, The Press of Atlantic City reports.

Trump is insisting on enforcing a 1988 legal covenant it had with the Showboat’s former owner, Caesars Entertainment, that says the property cannot be us…


Penn State to Examine Role of Fraternities and Sororities on Campus

Under pressure to respond more forcefully to allegations that fraternity members shared photographs of unsuspecting nude women online, Pennsylvania State University’s president announced on Monday that he would appoint a task force to undertake a broad investigation into the role of Greek organizations on the campus.

The president, Eric J. Barron, acknowledged that protesters have been calling for the expulsion or suspension of every member of the fraternity at the center of the controversy, Ka…


U. of Mississippi Chancellor’s Contract Is Not Renewed

Mississippi’s governing board for higher education has decided that Daniel W. Jones, chancellor of the University of Mississippi, should step down when his contract expires, in mid-September, The Clarion-Ledger reported. The board voted against renewing his contract during a closed session on Friday night.

Dr. Jones, who is a physician and former vice chancellor of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, in Jackson, told the newspaper he had wanted to serve another four years. He acknowled…


Brown U. President Denies Trustee Influence in Fraternity Investigation

Brown University’s president, Christina Paxson, on Thursday sought to dispel questions raised about whether a student’s family ties had influenced the handling of an alleged drugging at a fraternity party last fall, the Providence Journal reported.

The student, who is the son of a member of the university’s Board of Trustees, had been accused of serving a drink laced with a “date rape” drug at a fraternity party last October. But a laboratory later reversed its initial finding that one wom…


NYU Professor Is Barred From United Arab Emirates

A New York University professor who has criticized the exploitation of migrant construction workers in the United Arab Emirates learned over the weekend that he had been barred from the country, The New York Times reported.

The professor, Andrew Ross, who specializes in labor issues, was trying to check in for a flight from Kennedy International Airport to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the emirates, when a computer flagged his passport. “I was told I couldn’t board the airplane,” Mr. Ross said…


Chapel Hill Will Pay $335,000 to Whistle-Blower in Fraud Scandal

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is paying $335,000 to Mary C. Willingham to settle the former literacy specialist’s claim that she was retaliated against for blowing the whistle on academic fraud, The News & Observer reports. Ms. Willingham and university officials confirmed last month that they had reached a settlement under which she would receive monetary compensation but would not get her job back. The case has now been closed, the newspaper reported on Monday.

Willingham said once legal fees are deducted from the $335,000, she will have the equivalent of three years’ salary. She made roughly $60,000 a year. “It gets me out far enough that I will be able to get a job,” Willingham said.

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President of West Liberty U. Resigns After Ethics Complaint

Robin C. Capehart has resigned as president of West Liberty University, a public institution in West Virginia, but will stay on as a “legislative liaison” and consultant through the end of the calendar year, The Charleston Gazette reports.

Mr. Capehart, who was the subject of a no-confidence vote by the university’s Faculty Senate last week, is accused of violating the state ethics code by using university resources to benefit a film-production company he owns. Mr. Capehart has denied the charge…


Student Cabinet at UC-Irvine Vetoes Resolution That Banned U.S. Flag

The U.S. flag is officially back on display in a lobby shared by student-government offices at the University of California at Irvine following a disagreement last week among branches of the government, the Los Angeles Times reports.

On Thursday the Legislative Council of the group, the Associated Students of the University of California, Irvine, passed a resolution to ban the display of all flags, including the American flag, from the common area.

The vote — 6 to 4, with two abstentions — …


UCLA and Researcher Agree to Settle Wrongful-Termination Lawsuit

The University of California at Los Angeles has reached an agreement with James E. Enstrom, a controversial environmental-health scientist who was laid off in 2012, that will rescind his termination and give him a cash settlement and access to university resources for his research. Mr. Enstrom had alleged in a lawsuit that the university wrongfully terminated him because of his unpopular views about certain air pollutants.

Under the settlement, which was first reported by the campus newspaper, t…


Northwestern U. Announces Another Major Gift, of $92-Million

Barely a month after reporting its largest gift ever, Northwestern University announced on Thursday that it had secured another significant donation, of $92-million. The gift is from an alumnus, Louis A. Simpson, and his wife, Kimberly K. Querrey, and will be used to support biomedical research.

The two previously donated $25-million to endow the university’s Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine, which is named for them, and they have given a total of $117.8-million to Northwestern. In re…