A Jewish fraternity at the University of California at Davis was defaced with swastikas this weekend, The Los Angeles Times reported. Fraternity members said that they believed their house was a target because they had spoken out in defense of Israel when the student government at Davis recently called on the University of California Board of Regents to sell stocks in companies "that aid in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and illegal settlements in Palestinian territories." But student groups pushing for divestment from Israel said it was unfair to blame their movement, and they too condemned the act of putting up the swastikas.
The enrollment of black freshmen at the University of Florida dropped 50 percent between 2007 and 2013, The Gainesville Sun reported. Part of the problem, university officials said, was the policy started by then Governor Jeb Bush, a Republican, to bar the university from considering race in admissions. In more recent years, however, university officials have found recruiting strategies that are permitted in their efforts to attract black students.
The University of California at Berkeley has found -- and pledged to take action on -- gaps in the average salaries of female and minority professors compared to white male professors. A university announcement said that the gaps are relatively small, and that the causes of the gaps are not yet clear. The gaps were found in an analysis that factored in professors' fields of study and years of experience. The university found that underrepresented minority faculty members trail their white male counterparts by 1 to 1.8 percent, on average. The gaps between women and white males were larger, between 1.8 and 4.3 percent.
"The Hunting Ground," a new documentary on sexual assaults on campus, had its debut Friday at Sundance and stunned many in the audience with the stories of women who had been sexually assaulted. The woman who without success has tried to bring charges against Jameis Winston, a football star at Florida State University, speaks publicly and at length for the first time.
The New York Times reported that "audience members repeatedly gasped as student after student spoke on camera about being sexually assaulted — and being subsequently ignored or run through endless hoops by college administrators concerned about keeping rape statistics low." The Los Angeles Times called the documentary "a devastating indictment of the plague of rapes on campuses." The Daily Beast detailed the portion of the film about the Winston case. (NOTE: This paragraph has been updated to remove a suggestion in the film, since determined to be incorrect, that no college presidents would agree to be interviewed on camera.)
The documentary will appear on CNN and also in theaters. The trailer follows.
Survey finds that U.S. students from majority religions feel more support on campuses than those from minority faith traditions -- and that very few students are frequently engaged in organized interfaith activities.
On many campuses, Martin Luther King Day was marked by lectures or service projects. But some campuses and some students saw protests of recent incidents (and many in the past) in which unarmed black men were killed by police officers. Organized under the Twitter hashtags of #ReclaimMLK and #TakeBackMLK, protesters engaged in civil disobedience they said was inspired by the slain civil rights leader who was honored Monday.
Dozens of Stanford University students were arrested when they blocked traffic on a bridge that crosses San Francisco Bay, The Los Angeles Times reported. The photograph at top right is among those posted to Twitter.
Protesters interrupted a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Harris-Stowe State University, a historically black institution in Missouri, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The protesters shouted that those in attendance were part of the "establishment," carried an upside-down American flag, and shouted, "No justice, no peace."