Kennesaw State University said Thursday it is "reviewing the concerns" of a student who posted a video online showing an academic adviser threatening to call security on the student as he allegedly waited for assistance. The student also said via Twitter that the adviser canceled previous attempts to meet and was unhelpful when he tried asking her questions over email. The student, who is black, uploaded the video Wednesday night. By Thursday evening, the original tweet -- which was captioned "rude advisors at Kennesaw. [Shaking my head]" -- had been retweeted more than 6,000 times.
A Twitter hashtag, #ItsBiggerThanKSU, has prompted online discussions about racism on college campuses, but it has also lead to a deluge of more general complaints about poor academic advising. Several other Kennesaw State students have now come forward with similar complaints about the adviser shown in the video, posting images of email exchanges with her that they believe illustrate the adviser's contempt for the students she's meant to help.
"Kennesaw State officials take seriously all student concerns and are dedicated to promoting a positive academic advising experience," the university said in a statement. "Kennesaw State University officials are working with a student to review his concerns regarding the behavior of an academic adviser."
About 30 percent of college marching band members surveyed in a new national study reported that they had observed hazing in their programs. Few of the students said they ever reported the behavior, however. “Despite all of our efforts, the message about hazing is still not getting out there,” Jason Silveira, an assistant professor of music education at Oregon State University and one of the study's authors, stated. “Band participants might say, 'it’s no big deal, it’s what we do.' It may not be a big deal to that person, but to someone else it may be.”
The researchers surveyed more than 1,200 students who participate in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I marching band programs in 30 states. The most common acts of hazing, the students said, involved public verbal humiliation or degradation. Students said they were hesitant to report the hazing, usually due to fear of "social retaliation."
Craig Boardman, an associate professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University, is facing charges of aggravated menacing for allegedly telling a human resources officer that he had a gun and planned to kill his dean and then himself, TV 10 News reported. Authorities report that when they went to Boardman's house after hearing about what he had said, Boardman wasn't there. He was arrested a short time later, after he was in a car crash, on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Boardman did not respond to calls but his lawyer told the television station that Boardman never had a gun.
David Alexander announced Tuesday that he is stepping down as president of Northwest Nazarene University, effective at the end of this month. His statement did not explicitly reference controversy that has been intense at the institution in recent months, with faculty members and many students and alumni angry over layoffs and what is widely perceived by faculty members as the retaliatory layoff of a popular professor whose work has sometimes been criticized by Nazarene traditionalists. While Alexander apologized for the way the layoffs had been handled and pledged to reconsider them, that was not enough for many critics, who said that they had lost confidence in his leadership.
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