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Howard U. President Issues Statement on Flag Protest

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.

 

 

More Student Protests on Lack of Indictment in Ferguson

While some campuses saw protests Monday night over the lack of an indictment in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, many more campuses saw protests on Tuesday. The following are local press accounts of protests involving students at Baltimore-area colleges, Grand Valley State University, Kent State University, Middle Tennessee State University, San Diego State University, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

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Growing ranks of diversity officers get set of professional standards

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Chief diversity officers are increasingly being appointed to cabinet-level positions. But they haven't had a set of professional standards, drawing criticism from some -- until now.

Students cancel musical at Stanford amid concerns raised by Native American group

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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.

Mercer law students seek removal of professor who used slur in class

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Black law students at Mercer seek removal of professor who used slur repeatedly.

Anger Over T-Shirt of Native American Behind Bars

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.


 

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UCLA Approves Diversity Course Requirement

The University of California at Los Angeles Academic Senate has voted, 85-to-18, to approve a plan to require all undergraduates in the primary undergraduate college at UCLA to complete at least one course in a diversity topic. The idea of a diversity requirement has been debated for years at UCLA, and has been previously voted down. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block has been a proponent of the requirement and issued a statement after the vote in which he said: “This has been one of my longstanding priorities and demonstrates our strong commitment to expose undergraduates to views and backgrounds other than their own."

 

Arizona Fraternity Accused in Attack on Jewish Fraternity

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Arizona is facing possible expulsion after 15 of its members were accused of forcing their way into the off-campus house of members of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, which is historically Jewish, and assaulting the students there, The Arizona Daily Star reported. Fifteen SAE members were reported involved and their national fraternity has suspended four of them.

 

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Introduction of new career advice column for minority academics

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Kerry Ann Rockquemore answers the questions she most often receives from minority scholars launching their careers.

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Lawsuits allege affirmative action violations

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Lawsuits seek to end considerations of race in admissions at Harvard and U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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