Bruce Speck is no longer president of Missouri Southern State University, the institution’s Board of Governors announced in a terse statement on the university’s Web site. The board’s chairwoman, Sherry Buchanan, says in the statement that Mr. Speck is leaving “by mutual agreement” of the parties. According to The Joplin Globe, he had two years left on his contract. Neither Mr. Speck nor the university provided any details on the reasons for his departure or information on any severance package …
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Not many commencement speeches survive the day they’re given. Even fewer are active well beyond the lifetime of their author. The speech that the writer David Foster Wallace gave at Kenyon College in 2005 breaks both rules.
His address, informally titled “This Is Water,” was never filmed. However, it has been circulating on the Internet for years in transcribed form, particularly after Wallace’s suicide, in September 2008. Unlike his heavily footnoted, fractal-like novels, the speech was relati…
Ever get that tingly feeling that you’re being followed? Not by a turnip-wielding serial bludgeoner or an animated rocking horse—because those are just this reporter’s own personal nightmares—but by the specter of your student-loan payments? Then The Red, a new short film released online last week, is for you.
Borderline Films, the partnership behind the award-winning thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene, directed The Red. All the classic tropes are in place: There’s a shivering, defenseless young …
The City of Niagara Falls, N.Y., will contribute toward student-loan payments for 20 recent college graduates who promise to live downtown, The Niagara Gazette reports. The city, which is struggling with population loss, hopes that the program will help entice other young residents and make the downtown area a more attractive place to live. Graduates accepted into the program will be eligible for $7,000 each in loan-payment reimbursements over two years. The city will spend $200,000 on the effort, called Live NF.
Similar projects, such as Kansas’ Rural Opportunity Zones, also aim to keep young people in economically depressed areas by offering to pay parts of their student loans.
[For more on this story, see this Chronicle article. Last updated: 11:51 a.m.]
The authorities identified the MIT police officer shot dead by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects as Sean A. Collier, 26, of Somerville, Mass. They said Officer Collier had been found in his car, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, roughly 10 minutes after the police rece…
A New York Times article takes a look at the new wave of conferences and journals that have sprung up along with the open-access movement. Capitalizing on academics’ need to publish, some of the journals seem willing to print nearly any research for a “hefty fee,” and use prominent academics’ names for recruitment. Some experts estimate there are hundreds, and possibly thousands, of the journals.
In 2012, Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado at Denver, told The Chronicle that he keeps a list of “predatory” open-access publishers, whose main goal is to generate profits. Such publishers, says Mr. Beall, “add little value to scholarship, pay little attention to digital preservation, and operate using fly-by-night, unsustainable business models.”
Until his death on Thursday, the acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert was one of the most visible and vocal supporters of his alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and its student newspaper, The Daily Illini, where he was editor in chief 50 years ago. In 2012, when the paper threatened to fold, Mr. Ebert fought to raise funds to ensure its survival.
“Many, including myself, would say that they owe their careers at least in part to their experience at Illini Media,” Mr. Ebert said in a letter circulated to other alumni. “It’s now time to give back.”
Mr. Ebert also donated heavily to the university and promised to bequeath his papers and other materials to it.
Mr. Ebert had been scheduled to return to Urbana-Champaign this month as host of a film festival known as Ebertfest, The Daily Illini reported. The university, in a statement expressing its sadness over Mr. Ebert’s death, said the festival will go on as scheduled, April 17 to 21.
Napa Valley College officials are the latest to interfere with a popular campus-based game of tag called Humans vs. Zombies. More than 600 campuses in the United States play some version of the game, which originated at Goucher College.
To win, zombie players try to “infect” or tag the humans, thereby turning them into zombies, and the humans must protect one another from being tagged. Sometimes the teams also have missions to complete. In some iterations, the tags are tracked with person-specif…
Sometimes we spend hours diligently scouring the Internet and checking in with sources to find Tweed items that will entertain, inspire, or horrify Chronicle readers. Sometimes universities are kind enough to send them directly to our inboxes. Today’s example is an email from Emory & Henry College, featuring a tantalizing hint of a new logo, scheduled to be revealed on Thursday:
There are also images on the college’s Facebook page showing “rejected” versions: