All posts by Nick DeSantis


Idaho State U. Professor Accidentally Shoots Self in Foot in Class

A professor at Idaho State University was wounded in the foot on Tuesday when his concealed handgun accidentally discharged in a classroom where students were present, the Idaho State Journal reported.

The police responded to a report of a university employee who had accidentally shot himself in a classroom of the university’s physical-science building. They discovered the wounded instructor, who had an enhanced concealed-carry permit. The weapon was in his pants pocket.

The newspaper identified


American Historical Assn. Urges U. of Illinois to Reverse Salaita Decision

The leaders of the American Historical Association have urged the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to reverse its decision not to hire Steven G. Salaita, warning that the decision would “chill the intellectual atmosphere” at the university if allowed to stand.

The group’s leaders sent a letter to Urbana-Champaign’s chancellor, Phyllis M. Wise, urging her to reinstate the offer of a tenured professorship in the university’s American Indian studies program to Mr. Salaita. The offer h…


Professor at Malaysian University Is Charged With Sedition

A law professor at the University of Malaya, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was charged on Tuesday with sedition over comments he made about a 2009 political crisis, Reuters reported. The charge against the professor, Azmi Sharom, stemmed from a recent article in which he was quoted as saying that the collapse of an opposition state government in 2009 was “legally wrong” and resulted from a “secret meeting.”

He pleaded not guilty and requested a trial. The charge carries a maximum penalty of a fine …


Coach at U. of Minnesota Resigns After Sex-Harassment Investigations

The head coach of the women’s gymnastics team at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities resigned last week after investigations into complaints of sexual harassment and retaliation, the Star Tribune reported.

The university determined that the coach, Meg Stephenson, had retaliated against someone after an athlete complained that she had been harassed by Ms. Stephenson’s husband, who was a volunteer assistant coach of the squad. Ms. Stephenson’s husband, Jim Stephenson, was the team’s head…


Morgan State U. Professor Gets 3 Years in Prison for Grant Fraud

A professor at Morgan State University has been sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of defrauding the National Science Foundation of grant money, according to the Associated Press and a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office in Baltimore.

A judge also ordered the professor, Manoj Kumar Jha, to pay $105,726 in restitution. According to trial testimony, Mr. Jha fraudulently obtained $200,000 in grant money to finance a highway project and then used the money for personal…


#APSAOnFire: Political Scientists Cope With Fires at Their Meeting’s Hotel

The American Political Science Association’s annual meeting has had a rough couple of years. In 2012 the conference was set to take place in New Orleans, but Hurricane Isaac hit the area and forced the gathering to be called off.

Washington, D.C., the site of this year’s conference, might seem like a safer choice than New Orleans during hurricane season. Alas, the conference’s streak of woes continued early Saturday morning. The Washington Post reported that “a series of suspicious fires” at…


U. of Illinois Sees Growing Criticism of Its Handling of Salaita Case

The chorus of scholars who have criticized the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign over its decision not to hire Steven G. Salaita grew louder on Friday, when the American Association of University Professors said it was “deeply concerned” about the matter, and another department at the university announced its vote of no confidence in the administration.

Mr. Salaita was offered a tenured professorship in American Indian studies last year, an offer contingent upon approval by the universi…


George Washington U. Speaks Out on Sex Assaults After Furor Over Ex-Chief’s Remarks

George Washington University on Thursday released a statement calling sexual assault “repugnant and unacceptable” after a former president of the institution, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, drew sharp criticism over remarks he made about the subject on a radio show.

Mr. Trachtenberg served as the university’s president from 1988 to 2007 and is a professor of public service. He appeared this week on The Diane Rehm Show, a National Public Radio program, as part of a panel that discussed fraternities, …


Illinois’s Philosophy Dept. Declares No Confidence in University Leaders

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s philosophy department has approved a resolution expressing no confidence in the university’s leadership, The News-Gazette reported.

The resolution cites concerns about the university’s decision not to hire Steven G. Salaita, a professor who had been offered a tenured position in American Indian studies. Mr. Salaita’s job offer was subject to approval by the university’s Board of Trustees, and the university decided not to send his appointment …


Professor at Israeli University Says He Was Fired Over His Political Views

A professor at Ariel University, in Israel, has accused the institution of dismissing him over his political views, Haaretz has reported.

A disciplinary panel said the professor, Amir Hetsroni, was being dismissed for “conduct inappropriate for a member of the faculty.” He had been accused in a complaint of making disparaging comments on his Facebook page about an Internet forum for women who were victims of sexual assault. The newspaper reported in April that the complaint had been withdrawn at…