Princeton is facing criticism from students after the school’s student government hired rapper Big Sean to perform at the college’s bi-annual Lawnparties music festival. Students have started a petition calling for the rapper’s invitation to perform at the school to be revoked. The petition has received hundreds of signatures.
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University of Virginia’s associate dean of students, Nicole Eramo, has publicly denounced the now-retracted Rolling Stone article detailing an alleged gang rape that took place in a UVA fraternity house. The article was initially published in December of 2014, but after major inaccuracies were revealed in the story provided to Rolling Stone by the woman who claimed to have been raped, identified only as Jackie, the magazine officially retracted the article in April.
Dartmouth has announced that David Brooks, a conservative social and political commentator, will speak at the college’s commencement this year. Brooks is well known for his work as a columnist for the New York Times and as a commentator for PBS. He previously worked for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times.
Earlier this year, a group of Stanford students wrote a widely publicized article that encouraged other college students nationwide to request to see their admissions files through the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Following the publishing of the article, the number of FERPA requests made by students dramatically increased at universities across the country.
A Jewish student at Stanford University seeking a seat on the student senate has claimed that she was asked how her religion affects her view of divestment from Israel, causing a debate about what constitutes anti-Semitism to spill into the university’s student government election.
Last week, Dartmouth athletic direction Harry Sheehy announced that the school’s women’s rugby club would be elevated to varsity status. The rugby club began its campaign to become a varsity team last fall, when four of the team’s players submitted a proposal to the athletics department.
Both Harvard and Princeton have recently come under fire for their treatment of monkeys in research facilities.
In order to address the low proportion of female students in its student body, Harvard Business School will introduce a new recruiting program that targets women’s colleges. Approximately 41 percent of Harvard’s 1,859 MBA candidates are women.
Harold Ekeh, from New York, and Munira Khalif, of Minnesota, both applied to and were accepted by all eight Ivy League schools.
Stanford announced last week that it was expanding financial aid, making tuition completely free for students whose parents have an annual income and assets totaling less than $125,000. Previously, the threshold for free tuition was an income below $100,000.
The Cavalier Daily, the Virginia’s student-run newspaper, has come under fire from students for publishing a racist article in its April Fools’ Day edition. One article entitled “ABC agents tackle Native American student outside Bodo’s Bagels” drew parallels to the recent case involving UVA student Martese Johnson, who was beaten by ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) officers near the school’s campus.
According to Harvard administrators, recent excitement about the success of the school’s basketball team could lead to increased donations.
According to a new study, male nurses earn on average $5,100 more per year than their female counterparts. The study included data on nearly 300,000 registered nurses and found that the pay gap between male and female nurses has been roughly equal since 1988.
The University of Phoenix, America’s largest for-profit university, has seen its enrollment drop from 460,000 students to 213,000 in the last five years. The University of Phoenix delivers education both online and on several campuses but now faces competition from traditional colleges that have launched their own online classes.
On early Wednesday morning, Virginia state Alcoholic Beverage Control agents arrested and bloodied a black University of Virginia undergraduate student. Martese Johnson, a 20-year-old junior at UVA, was charged with obstruction of justice without force and public swearing or intoxication. Johnson was denied entry to a bar near the UVA campus and was questioned by the state liquor agents. Johnson was thrown to the ground, suffering a head injury that required stitches.
Yik Yak, the social media app that has become very popular on college campuses, is causing some trouble for university administrators across the country. Yik Yak is a location-based app that allows users to see recent posts from other users in the same geographic region.
A study conducted by three researchers at Princeton has concluded that African Americans and Hispanics receive “boosts” equivalent to 230 and 180-point SAT increases, respectively, in college admissions. Asian Americans, meanwhile, are penalized by the equivalent of 50 points.
Samantha Power, earlier announced as Penn’s Commencement speaker, will also deliver the keynote address at Barnard's 2015 graduation.
The Board of Regents at the University of Texas released a report that university President William C. Powers Jr. ignored objections from the admissions department and personally granted admission to a “select handful” of applicants. The investigation found that the applicants selected by Powers were typically recommended by donors, alumni, or state lawmakers.
Last week, Harvard and M.I.T. were both sued by advocates for the deaf for violating antidiscrimination laws by not providing closed captioning in online material. The complaint says that online lectures, courses, and podcasts either lack closed captioning entirely or are not accompanied by accurate captioning. Thus, deaf students are unfairly disadvantaged.