A freshman has been charged with simple assaults and indecent exposure after knocking more than 1,000 books off the shelves of a library at North Carolina State University, while naked, last week, The News & Observer reported. Several students filmed the incident. Here is one such video showing the damage, the students who watched and filmed it, and (briefly) the student himself (from behind).
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Many students and others at Brooklyn Law School are angry over a photo shoot by the fashion line Diesel in the library, The New York Post reported. The law school expected tasteful photos of people in an environment of books and learning, but found instead near naked models rubbing themselves against each other and various parts of the library. One female student, referring to a shot of two women in their underwear climbing on some computer equipment, told the Post: "It's gross. I work on those computers every day!" The Post article features a link to some of the scenes shot by Diesel.
The Community College League of California wants the state’s two-year institutions to award one million more certificates and degrees by 2020. The group of community college presidents says this ambitious pledge -- which it plans to roll out next week with a series of recommendations on how to get there -- constitutes California’s share of President Obama’s goal of producing an additional five million community college graduates in the coming decade. To reach the statewide benchmark, the group says each of the state’s 112 community colleges will need to boost its average annual completions from 1,200 to 3,500.
Laine Tadlock lost her job as director of an education program at Benedictine University because a local paper ran an announcement of her wedding to a woman, The State Journal-Register reported. Tadlock maintains that the Roman Catholic institution fired her, but university officials say that while they determined that she could not stay in her job, they offered her another one, which she declined. She maintains she wasn't qualified for the other job, but the university says that this means she resigned and was not fired. Tadlock was married in Iowa, which fully recognizes gay marriage. The university -- which has received backing from Catholic officials in the area -- said that it knew of her sexual orientation for some time, but that it could not employ her in her position after her wedding announcement noted her place of employment.
Maclean's is facing considerable criticism for an article suggesting that some top (white) Canadian students are avoiding certain universities for fear that they are "too Asian." The article relies on quotations from anonymous white students saying things like: "The only people from our school who went to U of T were Asian. All the white kids go to Queen’s, Western and McGill." (U of T refers to the University of Toronto, by any measure a top Canadian university.) The article also features some quotes from Asian students, who report on experiences such as this one at the University of British Columbia: “At graduation a Canadian -- i.e. ‘white’ -- mother told me that I’m the reason her son didn’t get a space in university and that all the immigrants in the country are taking up university spots,"
The article suggests that "the dilemma is this: Canadian institutions operate as pure meritocracies when it comes to admissions, and admirably so. Privately, however, many in the education community worry that universities risk becoming too skewed one way, changing campus life -- a debate that’s been more or less out in the open in the U.S. for years but remains muted here. And that puts Canadian universities in a quandary. If they openly address the issue of race they expose themselves to criticisms that they are profiling and committing an injustice. If they don’t, Canada’s universities, far from the cultural mosaics they’re supposed to be -- oases of dialogue, mutual understanding and diversity -- risk becoming places of many solitudes, deserts of non-communication. It’s a tough question to have to think about."
Many reader comments -- and some outside critics -- say that the article is promoting racist stereotypes, while others say that the article is bringing attention to an issue that needs public discussion. The (New York City-based) blog Jezebel ran a commentary on the article with the headline: "Yes, Calling a School 'Too Asian' Is Racist."
Stacey Franklin Jones is quitting as provost of Bowie State University today, only months after she started and a month after a faculty vote of no confidence in her leadership, The Montgomery Gazette reported. Faculty members said that they were excluded from decision making. A statement from the president, Mickey Burnim, praised Jones for "significant contributions."
Alexander Kemos, who resigned as senior vice president of Texas A&M University after reports that he lied on his résumé, has admitted doing so, pleading guilty this week to a misdemeanor charge of using a fraudulent or fictitious degree, the Associated Press reported. He has been fined $2,000. Kemos falsely claimed to have had an advanced degree from Tufts University and to have been a Navy SEAL.
The majority of individuals in leadership positions of big-time college athletics programs and conferences remain white and male, according to a new study by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida. For example, all 11 conference commissioners in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association are white men. In addition, there are only 14 “athletic directors of color” in the FBS, which has 118 member institutions. Still, the study did identify some signs of progress: "a record-high 15 head coaches of color led FBS teams at the start of the 2010 college football season."
The chairmen of an Obama administration panel charged with finding a viable path forward for the nation's economy have proposed a series of massive spending cuts and tax code changes -- and while their proposal suggests some changes to which many in higher education would object, it would treat colleges and students comparatively kindly. The proposal by the co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, the panel asked to propose economic restructuring that would end the U.S.'s massive deficit, includes among the $100 billion in "illustrative" domestic spending cuts it identifies the elimination of the in-school subsidy for student loans, funds that the federal government pays to colleges to administer the campus-based student loan programs, and all Congressional earmarks, including the many awarded to colleges for research and transportation projects. But at a more global level, the co-chairs' plan -- while recognizing the need to slash "inefficient" federal spending -- calls for generally protecting education and "high value" research that promote economic development.
Master's-level four-year colleges may cost states less to educate students in their first two years than do community colleges, a new study by Cornell University's Higher Education Research Institute suggests. The study, by Richard M. Romano of Broome Community College and Yenni M. Djajalaksana of the University of South Florida, shows that the cost per full-time-equivalent student and the per-student subsidy provided by states are lower at the master's-level four-year institutions than at two-year institutions. The study includes various cautions, however, about the numerous limitations in the data.