Category Archives: Students

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Texas Southern U. on Lockdown After One Killed and One Wounded in Shooting

[Updated (10/9/2015, 6:30 p.m.) with more information from the police.]

Texas Southern University was put on lockdown and canceled classes Friday afternoon after two students were shot in a housing complex at the edge of the campus, The Houston Chronicle reports. One person, a freshman, was killed, another student was wounded, and the police said two of three suspects had been detained for questioning.

Neither the victims nor those detained were immediately identified.

The shooting is the third …


U. of Wisconsin Lifts Cap on Out-of-State Undergraduates

The University of Wisconsin at Madison has lifted its cap on out-of-state undergraduates despite criticism that the proposal was intended primarily to raise revenue. The Associated Press reports that the university’s president, Rebecca M. Blank, told system regents that the university would more aggressively recruit in-state students in the absence of the 27.5-percent cap.

The university system is grappling with a controversial $250-million budget cut in state funds over two years. Out-of-state …


One Person Is Dead, 3 Wounded, in Shooting at Northern Arizona U.

[Updated (10/9/15, 6:54 p.m.) with more details.]

One person was killed and three were wounded after a shooting early Friday morning at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, according to a series of updates from the university. The Associated Press reported that the police said the shooting had begun as a fight between two groups of students.

The New York Times reported that the victims were all members of a campus fraternity, Delta Chi. The fraternity’s executive director, Justin P. Sherma…


California Court Says College Students Cannot Expect Protection From Classroom Crimes

A division of California’s Second District Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that a woman who was attacked six years ago by a classmate wielding a kitchen knife in a UCLA chemistry lab cannot hold the university responsible, the Associated Press reports. Public colleges have no obligation to protect students from crimes committed by other students, the court ruled.

In its 2-to-1 ruling on Wednesday, the appellate panel overturned a lower court’s ruling. Katherine Rosen, the student who was all…


Responding to Racist Incidents, U. of Missouri Requires Diversity Training for Students and Employees

In response to racial incidents that caused a furor, the University of Missouri at Columbia will begin mandatory diversity training in January. The university’s chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin, made the announcement in a message to the campus on Thursday morning, and publicized it on Twitter:


According to the university, first-time students will be requ…


After Criticism, a Controversial Effort to ‘Recast’ Admissions Pushes Back Its Start Date

Organizers of the much-talked-about effort to “recast” the college-admissions process are pushing back its start date, from January to April, according to an email on Wednesday from the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success to college counselors.

The planned January release of the coalition’s “virtual college locker” feature, which would allow high-school students to upload videos and essays in real time, has prompted worries among counselors and others that the effort is moving too f…


Eastern Kentucky U. Cancels Classes and Moves Football Game After Threats

Eastern Kentucky University has canceled classes through Friday and moved Thursday’s home football game in response to a series of violent threats made on the campus and online. According to The Eastern Progress, the campus newspaper, university officials said on Wednesday that posts on social media had increased the seriousness of the threat.

The first sign of trouble surfaced on Sunday night, when graffiti scrawled on a bathroom wall in the student union threatened to “kill all by 10-8-15.” On…


Irascible Student’s Demands for ‘Mac and Cheese’ Prompt Arrest and Viral Video

A University of Connecticut student caught on camera subjecting Student Union staff members to a profanity-laced rant demanding “bacon jalapeño mac and cheese” was arrested on Sunday night, The Hartford Courant reports. The newspaper says the 19-year-old student, whose Sunday-evening tirade has drawn more than 70,000 views on YouTube, was charged with criminal trespass and second-degree breach of peace.

In the video (below) the apparently intoxicated student responds to the staff members’ refusa…


Clinton Rips Free-College Proposals as Benefiting ‘Donald Trump’s Kids’

Speaking at a town-hall event in New Hampshire on Monday, the Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she was “not in favor of making college free for Donald Trump’s kids.”

The remarks, which appeared live on NBC’s Today show, served as a rebuke to both Mr. Trump, the billionaire and Republican presidential candidate, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, her chief rival in the early stages of the quest for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.

Mr. Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermo…


10 Are Dead, 7 Wounded, in Shooting at Community College in Oregon

[Updated (10/2/2015, 12:02 a.m.) with more details.]

Ten people died and seven more were wounded in a shooting spree on Thursday at Umpqua Community College, in Roseburg, Ore., law-enforcement officials said.

In a news conference on Thursday afternoon, Sheriff John Hanlin of Douglas County, Ore., said that three of the seven were critically injured, the Associated Press and other news outlets reported.

Federal authorities confirmed Thursday evening that the gunman, identified as 26-year-old Chri…