The Ticker

U. of Chicago's Condemning of Safe Spaces and Trigger Warnings Reignites Debate

A letter from the dean of students cited academic freedom as the reason it opposes the practices. Some observers say that's a backwards argument.

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Education Dept. Cuts Off Federal Aid to New Students at For-Profit ITT

The department's move may be its most substantial action against a single for-profit educator since its heightened scrutiny of Corinthian Colleges caused that company to fold.

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Students

College Republican Chapters Are Trying to Keep Trump From Tearing Them Apart

With the fall semester starting and the November election fast approaching, the chapters are withholding endorsements, focusing on down-ballot races, and sometimes even splintering.

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U. of Vermont Cancels Game at Chapel Hill Over 'Bathroom Bill'

The decision is the latest move in protest of North Carolina's House Bill 2, which mandates that people use only the public bathrooms that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificates.

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Fraternity at Texas A&M Is Suspended After a Student Dies

A search warrant stated that fraternity members did not want the police to be called because drugs were involved in the incident on the College Station campus.

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U. of Iowa Professor Wants Athletics Mascot to Show More Smile, Less Scowl

Resmiye Oral sent emails to the athletic department and Faculty Senate requesting that Herky the Hawk's face show a wider range of expression in university publications.

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Students

A Provocative Protest Pits Pro- and Anti-Gun Activists

Concealed handguns are now legal in public-college classrooms in Texas. On the first day of classes at the University of Texas at Austin since the law took effect, opponents and supporters expressed their views with signs, slogans, and sex toys.

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Students

Meet the Sex Shops in Austin, Tex., That Put the Cocks in ‘Cocks Not Glocks’

The University of Texas flagship prohibits dildos in public but, thanks to the state’s new campus-carry law, allows guns. Students are protesting, and local proprietors are lending a hand.

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Faculty

You Don’t Know Your Students. This Professor Hopes to Change That.

Michael Wesch, an associate professor of anthropology at Kansas State University, joins his students for an unusual tour of their lives beyond the classroom.

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Graduate Students

Ruling Pushes Door to Grad-Student Unions ‘Wide Open’

The National Labor Relations Board’s decision in a case involving Columbia University has made clear that graduate-employee unions are legal at private colleges. Experts predict a surge in organizing similar to what has taken place among adjuncts.

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Graduate Students

NYU’s Graduate Union: Success Story or Cautionary Tale?

The NLRB’s ruling on Tuesday, that graduate students are employees, prompts a look back at the labor-union battle that started it all.

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The Ticker

In Victory for Union Efforts, NLRB Rules Columbia U. Grad Students Are Employees

The National Labor Relations Board's 3-to-1 decision reverses a 2004 ruling involving Brown University. That decision barred graduate students at private colleges from unionizing.

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Will the NLRB's Columbia Ruling Tarnish the 'College Experience'? A Closer Look

The board's lone dissenter said a host of unwelcome behaviors were likely to take hold at private colleges. The other members largely dismissed that concern.

Commentary

MOOCs Are Dead. Long Live Online Higher Education.

The hype has faded for the massive courses, and their leading commercial proponents have moved on to other gigs. But they’ve left a legacy of the transformative potential of online technology in teaching.

Lingua Franca

Did You Drop That 'H'?

Anne Curzan makes the argument for writing "a historian," even if some editors think it isn't as formal or proper as "an historian."

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Vitae

Why Am I Teaching Again?

Two years after leaving academe, a former adjunct rediscovers her love for the classroom.

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Vitae

Why Cold-Calling on Students Works

It’s doesn’t have to be an antagonistic demand to prove themselves; it can be a warm invitation to contribute.

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Vitae

On Awkward PowerPoints and Wobbly Podiums

When to ask for help and when to make the best of it.