Category Archives: Students

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University Police Officer Is Among Those Killed in Planned Parenthood Shooting

A campus police officer was among those killed in a Friday shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs. The New York Times reports Garrett Swasey, a member of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs police force, was one of the three people killed in an hours-long standoff between a gunman and police at the center.

The Times reports Mr. Swasey had been a member of the force for six years. He had two young children and was active in his church, according to the newspaper.



Why Is Dartmouth Still Boiling Over a Protest That Happened 2 Weeks Ago?

On November 12 a large group of protesters at Dartmouth College finished a night of demonstrations about racism by entering a campus library, disrupting students at work there, and loudly chanting “black lives matter.”

Twelve days later the college is still responding to the protest. On Monday it released its third statement in less than two weeks in response to the demonstration, with the president, Philip J. Hanlon, condemning “reports of vulgar epithets, personal insults, and intimidating act…


Diving Coach at Towson U. Is Charged in Locker-Room Recording Incident

A diving coach at Towson University has been criminally charged after students found a smartphone recording them in the team’s locker room last month, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Maureen Mead was charged in Baltimore County Circuit Court with felony interception of communication, and misdemeanor peeping Tom and altering evidence. Members of the women’s swimming and diving team discovered the phone in October.

Ms. Mead was suspended in October, Marina Cooper, the university’s deputy chief of staff…


Occidental Faculty Weighs System for Reports of Microaggressions

Occidental College faculty members are considering the creation of a formal system to let students report them for microaggressions, according to a document first obtained by the Reason Foundation, a libertarian advocacy group.

The proposed microaggression-reporting system is part of a broader plan to respond to black-student unrest at the California college, and is scheduled to be put before the faculty at its December…


No, Your College Probably Doesn’t Have a ‘White Student Union’

In response to widespread protests over racism on college campuses, a new movement has taken root — the “white student union.” Facebook pages affiliated with more than two dozen campuses have popped up like weeds over the past few days, with news outlets both national and local taking note.

Except it’s not a movement: Many of the pages seem to be nothing more than thinly disguised copies of each other, with little to no connection to the colleges themselves.

A post on the blogging website Medium…


Yoga Class Is Suspended After Students Deem It Culturally Inappropriate

Dozens of students at the University of Ottawa will have to find a new yoga class.

A group of student leaders suspended a free class that has been offered on the campus for the past seven years after concerns were raised that the exercises were a troublesome cultural appropriation, the Ottawa Sun reported on Friday.

The decision to suspend the program, in September, was made by officials at the Centre for Students With Disabilities, which is run by the university’s Student Federation, the news…


Complaint Accuses U. of Kansas Professor of Racial Discrimination in Class

A professor at the University of Kansas at Lawrence is on leave while the university investigates a complaint accusing her of racially discriminatory behavior in class, the Lawrence Journal-World reports. Graduate students, meanwhile, are pursuing a social-media campaign demanding that she be fired.

Andrea M. Quenette, an assistant professor of communication studies, told the newspaper she was notified on Friday morning that five individuals had filed the complaint with the university’s Office…


Student Whose Disappearance Led Md. Campus to Shut Down Is Found Dead

A troubled student whose disappearance with a rifle case last week led his college in Maryland to close until the end of the month was found dead on Saturday from what police officials said was a self-inflicted gunshot, The New York Times reported.

The student, Jacob Marberger, was a sophomore at Washington College, a small liberal-arts institution in Chestertown, Md. He reportedly had been despondent over repercussions stemming from an incident last month in which he was accused of brandishing …


32 Americans Are Chosen as Rhodes Scholars for 2016

The Rhodes Trust has announced the names of the 32 men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars from the United States for 2016. The scholarships cover all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford, in England.

The American winners were chosen from 16 districts across the United States and represent 22 colleges and universities. American citizens may apply for the scholarships through either the state where they legally reside or the state where they have attended college f…


Brown U. Plans to Spend $100 Million to Promote Diversity and Inclusion

Brown University expects to spend more than $100 million over the next 10 years to deal with issues of racism and diversity at the institution, officials announced late this week.

The university’s president, Christina H. Paxson, unveiled a draft “action plan” with a series of steps intended “to promote diversity and inclusion and confront the issues of racism, power, privilege, inequity, and injustice that are part of the Brown experience for so many members of our campus.”

Officials are seeking…