Category Archives: Students

The people who make campuses come alive.


‘The French Revolution’ on Campus: Readers React to ‘My Title IX Inquisition’

After Laura Kipnis, a professor in the department of radio, television, and film at Northwestern University, wrote the provocative essay “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe” earlier this year in The Chronicle Review, students marched in protest. “Being protested had its gratifying side,” Ms. Kipnis wrote on Friday in a follow-up essay in the Review. “I soon realized that my writer friends were jealous that I’d gotten marched on and they hadn’t.”

“Things seemed less amusing,” she continued, “when I …


Drew U. Makes Standardized Tests Optional — Again

In recent years, many colleges have dropped requirements that prospective students submit standardized-test scores as part of their applications. And now Drew University, in New Jersey, is making that move once again.

According to, the university spent seven years as a test-optional institution before reinstating a requirement that students submit the scores, in 2013. The university announced on Wednesday, however, that it was again dropping the requirement that students submit SAT or ACT…


U. of Florida Gets Few Takers for Online Path to Campus

The University of Florida made an unusual offer to more than 3,000 high-school students who would otherwise have been rejected for admission: Pass two semesters of online coursework, and then you can enroll on the campus. But less than 10 percent of them took the offer.

Joseph Glover, the provost, defended the new option, called the Pathway to Campus Enrollment, or PACE, saying it hadn’t been well explained. “This year, now that the program is in place and there is time to advertise and explai…


New Group Seeks to Blacklist Pro-Palestinian Student Activists

A secretive new organization called Canary Mission has established a slick website intended to identify pro-Palestinian activists on American college campuses and prevent them from getting jobs, The Forward reports.

The group’s website profiles more than 50 students, recent graduates, and faculty members whom it denounces as “anti-freedom, anti-American, and anti-Semitic.” The group says it compiled such a list because “we believe in the right of employers to know which potentially threatening o…


Penn State Pulls Recognition of Fraternity for 3 Years

Pennsylvania State University has withdrawn its recognition of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity for three years because of a “persistent series of deeply troubling activities,” the university announced on Tuesday. The action, which reverses a decision by Penn State’s Interfraternity Council, comes in the wake of reports in March that the fraternity had set up a Facebook page where members posted photographs of unsuspecting nude women.

In its investigation, the university concluded that fraternity …


NYU Won’t Consider Criminal Histories at Start of Admissions Process

New York University will stop considering applicants’ criminal records at the outset of its admissions process, The Wall Street Journal reports. Admissions officers will still be able to view an applicant’s criminal history, but now only if he or she is set to be admitted to the college.

Critics of including criminal histories as part of applying to college say it disproportionately harms minority students. Last year three colleges in New York State decided to cut questions about criminal histor…


UVa Student Bloodied in Controversial Arrest Seeks to Have Charges Dropped

Martese Johnson, a 20-year-old rising senior at the University of Virginia, has asked that charges against him for public intoxication and obstruction of justice be dropped, The Washington Post reports. Cellphone videos of the arrest, which took place in the early hours of March 18, when students were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, showed Mr. Johnson with blood running down his face after Alcohol Beverage Control agents detained him outside an Irish bar. Daniel Watkins, Mr. Martese’s lawyer, sai…


2 Wesleyan U. Students Are Charged With Drug Deals That Led to Overdoses

[Updated (5/22/2015, 5:41 p.m.) with news of the students' court pleas and clarification that Wesleyan expelled five students, not two.]

A federal grand jury on Friday indicted two Wesleyan University students for what it said were their roles in selling illicit drugs on the Connecticut campus in recent years that led to a series of drug overdoses by students, The Hartford Courant reports.

The two students — Zachary Kramer, 21, of Bethesda, Md., and Eric Lonergan, 22, of Rio de Janeiro — wer…


U.S. Senator’s Bill Would Make Public 4-Year Colleges Free for All

Bernard Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont and long-shot candidate for the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, introduced a bill on Tuesday that would make attending all four-year public colleges free. The College for All Act, the cost of which would be split between the federal government and the states, has virtually no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Congress.

The bill proposes a tax on transactions in the financial sector to offset its estimated $470-billi…


Columbia Student Carries Symbolic Mattress at Graduation Ceremony

Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University student who has protested the campus administration’s decision to exonerate a peer she had accused of rape, on Tuesday walked across the stage at her graduation ceremony carrying the mattress that is part of her anti-sexual-assault art project, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Ms. Sulkowicz has gained widespread attention for the art project, in which she vowed to carry the mattress as long as she and the student she accused attended the same institution….