All posts by Nick DeSantis


Shareholders Approve $1.14-Billion Sale of U. of Phoenix Parent

Shareholders of the parent company of the University of Phoenix on Friday approved a deal to sell the company to a group of private investors for $1.14 billion, The Arizona Republic reported. Investors representing 54 percent of shares of the Apollo Education Group approved the deal. The sale is still subject to approval by several bodies, including the for-profit university’s accrediting agency and the U.S. Department of Education.


U.S. Tells UNC It Violates Federal Law by Following Controversial Bathroom Bill

The U.S. Department of Justice has notified the president of the University of North Carolina system that it is violating federal civil-rights law by following a controversial new state law that has drawn widespread criticism as biased against transgender people.

Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, signed the measure into law in March. It was enacted in response to an antidiscrimination ordinance in Charlotte, N.C., that extended protections to gay and transgender people. The state measure, known as…


Acclaimed Author to Leave U. of Utah Post, Citing Soured Contract Talks

The acclaimed writer and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams is leaving a teaching post at the University of Utah and the graduate program in environmental humanities that she helped found there, citing contract talks with the administration that she described as “humiliating,” The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The newspaper said that Ms. Williams had initially agreed to sign a new contract, which was up for renewal after three years, but that the administration had raised legal-liability conce…


Northwestern Fraternity Group Apologizes for Banners on Sex-Assault Awareness

The leaders of Northwestern University’s Interfraternity Council this week apologized after banners that they had sponsored to raise awareness of sexual assault drew criticism on the Illinois campus, The Daily Northwestern reported.

The banners were hung from the walls of chapter houses and featured statements saying that the fraternity “supports survivors” or “stands against sexual violence.” A third slogan asserted that “this is everyone’s problem.”


Hampshire College Replaces Commencement Speaker After Students Complain

Hampshire College has selected a new speaker for its commencement ceremony after students raised concerns about the college president’s choice, the Springfield Republican reported.

The president, Jonathan Lash, said in a letter to the campus that he had chosen Emily Wong, a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, in part because the college had been unable to lure the individuals nominated by the graduating class, and in part because his conversations with her “felt so Hampshire-esque.”



Alabama A&M Fires Professor After Finding Videos of Sex Acts With Students

Alabama A&M University fired a tenured professor in March after it discovered videos of him on a university laptop computer participating in sexual activity with two male students on the campus, reported.

The professor, Edward Jones, had worked at the historically black college for more than two decades and most recently led its Office of Teacher Education and Certification. He sued Alabama A&M in February, alleging that the university had retaliated against him and ignored red flags that…


Harvard Team Is Disqualified for Cheating in College Video-Game Competition

A team representing Harvard University has been disqualified from an intercollegiate video-game tournament for cheating, ESPN reported. The winners of the competition, called “Heroes of the Dorm,” receive tuition money for their college careers, according to the event’s website.

A notice from tournament operators said that a competitor on Team Ambush, representing Harvard, had been caught sharing online-account information with a higher-rated player who was not on the team’s roster during offi…


Anti-Semitic Fliers Appear at Colleges in Printer Hack by Neo-Nazi Group

Several colleges fell victim last week to a hack by a neo-Nazi group that resulted in network-connected campus printers’ spitting out fliers featuring anti-Semitic messages, according to the Associated Press and other news outlets.

Princeton, Brown, and DePaul University, as well as the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of California at Davis, and the University of Southern California were among the colleges that saw the fliers appear on their campuses.

The Anti-Defamation L…


5 More Trustees Resign From Mount St. Mary’s of Maryland

Five more trustees resigned recently from the board of Mount St. Mary’s University, marking the latest leadership changes at the Roman Catholic institution in Maryland that has been mired in controversy this year.

The Frederick News-Post reports that the five departed board members were mainly current or retired financial executives. The one trustee whom the newspaper reached for comment declined to talk about the reasons for his resignation.

The departures followed the resignation last month of…


Judge Dismisses Suit Against Columbia by Accused Man at Center of Mattress Protest

A federal judge in New York on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against Columbia University by Paul Nungesser, a former student who was accused of rape in a high-profile case that drew national attention.

Mr. Nungesser’s accuser, Emma Sulkowicz, another Columbia student, publicly charged him with rape and started a performance-art project in which she carried a mattress around the New York campus to protest the university’s handling of her case. Columbia had found Mr. Nungesser not responsible for sex…