The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa plans to review the use of the song "Dixieland Delight" in athletic events, AL.com reported. Critics have suggested that Dixie-focused music can be less than inclusive to black students and fans. At the same time, the university denied rumors -- which have angered many Alabama fans -- that the university has already decided to ban the song from official events.
Tiger Inn, an eating club at Princeton University, has removed two officers following an investigation into offensive emails they sent to members, The New York Times reported. One email showed a woman and a man engaged in a sexual act at the club, and the email included a joke and a reference to the woman as an "Asian chick." The other email, prompted by a lecture at Princeton by the alumna who sued to force the eating clubs to admit women, said: "Ever wonder who we have to thank (blame) for gender equality. Looking for someone to blame for the influx of girls? Come tomorrow and help boo Sally Frank.”
In the wake of last week's decision by the grand jury in Missouri not to issue an indictment for the shooting of Michael Brown, Howard University students were involved in several protests. While Howard officials praised the activism, President Wayne A.I. Frederick issued a statement taking issue with whoever put up a Pan-African flag on the university's flagpole. "While I openly support freedom of expression on our campus, I do not support unauthorized use of University property or official platforms to transmit these expressions of thought and ideas. The flag was removed. Our flagpole is reserved for the American and official Howard University flags," Frederick wrote. "The events in Ferguson, Mo., have resulted in the loss of a young African-American's life. That remains the primary concern of the Howard University community. The social construct that exists in our country, which has led to this loss, is one that fortifies why Howard University exists. The core values of our University include truth, service, justice and freedom, which are the same values embodied in the American flag. Howard University must and will lead in finding solutions through our research and scholarship that contributes to our Nation's betterment."
Comments about the statement on the university's Facebook page were mixed -- with some praising the president, others saying that his statement was pragmatic (in light of how the flag protest would look to potential funders), and others saying he shouldn't have objected to using the flagpole for the Ferguson protests.
The musical "Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson," which links popularity of seventh president to his ordering mass killings of Native Americans, is called off after complaints from Native American students.
Officials of both Western Michigan and Central Michigan Universities are condemning a T-shirt created for fans of Western in advance of the weekend football game between the two institutions, WNEM News reported. The shirts show a Native American behind bars with the tag line “Caught a Chippewa bout a week ago." Central Michigan athletes are the Chippewas.