All posts by Alex Arriaga


Students Stop U.S. Immigration Officer From Speaking at Northwestern U.

Students at Northwestern University disrupted a sociology class on Tuesday to protest the visit of an officer from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Daily Northwestern reports that members of student groups gathered outside the campus building where the ICE representative was beginning a guest presentation. The sociology course focuses on “inequality in American society with an emphasis on race, class, and gender,” its syllabus says.

According to the student newspaper, the protesters…


Demonstration by Grad-Student Union at Yale Furthers Tensions Over Hunger Strike

[Updated (5/12/2017, 11:23 a.m.) with more information on Yale's stated rationale for not negotiating with graduate students.]

As a hunger strike by Yale University graduate students moved into its third week, 23 demonstrators were arrested on Thursday for blocking three major intersections in New Haven, Conn., in a protest aimed at pressuring campus officials to negotiate with their union, the New Haven Register reports.

A press release from the union, Local 33, said Thursday’s action was also …


Racist Note at St. Olaf College Was Fabricated, President Tells Students

A racist note that resulted in a student protest and the cancellation of classes at St. Olaf College was found to have been fabricated.

The Minnesota college’s president, David R. Anderson, told students in an email on Wednesday that the note was “not a genuine threat,” and he later said there was not racist intent behind it, the Star Tribune reported.

The note, which had been placed on the windshield of a black senior’s car, threatened, “shut up or I will shut you up.” Its appearance was among …


8 Fraternity Members Are Charged With Manslaughter in Hazing Death at Penn State

Eighteen members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Pennsylvania State University have been criminally charged for failing to help a pledge who died in February after consuming toxic levels of alcohol during an initiation ceremony and suffering a series of falls.

ABC News reported that eight of the fraternity members and the chapter itself were charged with involuntary manslaughter. Others were charged with aggravated and simple assault, evidence tampering, alcohol-related violations, and hazing…


Hateful Fliers Appear at U. of Texas Following Fatal Stabbing

A day after a stabbing attack at the University of Texas at Austin left one student dead and three others injured, students returned to classes to find racist fliers posted around the campus.

The Houston Chronicle reported that a student, Kim Nguyen, spoke out against the fliers on Facebook.

“This is not okay. I don’t know who you are, but by doing this, you’re only spreading more fear and hate and deepening the racism that already exists in our society,” her post said.

The posters featured a ra…


3 Deans Are Suddenly Dismissed at Florida A&M

Florida A&M University’s deans of pharmacy, journalism, and education were dismissed on Monday, effective immediately.

Rodner Wright, the interim provost, announced that Ann Kimbrough, of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication; Michael Thompson, of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Traki L. Taylor, of the College of Education, had been removed from their posts. Interim replacements will take their positions immediately, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

The di…


Political Division Soars on Campus, Survey Finds

The U.S. presidential election last year left its mark on college freshmen, who are more politically polarized than they’ve been in at least half a century, says an annual report released on Monday.

Fewer first-year students than ever — 42 percent — described their politics as “middle of the road,” while 36 percent considered themselves liberal or far left and 22 percent conservative or far right.

The survey, administered by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California…


Sociology Chair Resigns at Colorado-Boulder After Alleged Harassment in Department

The chair of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s sociology department, Don Grant, will step down from the post, though he denies he decided to leave because of recent allegations of harassment among the department’s faculty members, the Daily Camera reports.

The newspaper reports that Mr. Grant emailed the announcement of his plans to the faculty members on Thursday. He later told the Camera: “I have thought about doing this for the past several months, long before any of these false rumors …


After a Week of Protest, U. of Utah Cancer Researcher Is Reinstated

A week after the University of Utah announced that the chief executive and director of its Huntsman Cancer Institute was leaving her post, she’s been reinstated.

In a written statement, the university’s president, David W. Pershing, confirmed the decision to keep Mary Beckerle.

“Effective today we have changed HCI’s reporting structure, and Dr. Beckerle will report directly to the president of the university,” the statement said. “I am grateful for her committed leadership and look forward to wo…


Faculty Union at Rider U. Votes No Confidence in University’s President

Updated (4/19/2017, 7:07 p.m.) with a statement by President Dell’Omo.

Members of Rider University’s faculty union have voted no confidence in the New Jersey institution’s president, Gregory G. Dell’Omo, with 75 percent of the votes against him.

“A series of rash actions by President Dell’Omo and a decade of dubious financial management by his financial team has compelled Rider’s faculty to pass the motion,” the university’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors said in a …