All posts by Adam Harris


Albright College Athlete Is Dismissed From Team for Kneeling During National Anthem

A backup quarterback at Albright College, a liberal-arts institution in Reading, Pa., has been dismissed from the football team after kneeling during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a game last weekend.

Gyree Durante, a freshman, knelt during the performance of the national anthem before a game against Delaware Valley University and was subsequently cut from the team. “At some point in life, there’s going to be a time when you’ve got to take a stand,” Mr. Durante told NBC 10.


Texas Tech Student Shot and Killed Campus Police Officer, Officials Say

Updated (10/10/2017, 6 p.m.) with additional details.

A 19-year-old freshman at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, Tex., was charged on Tuesday with capital murder in the shooting death on Monday night of a 48-year-old campus police officer and father of two.

The student, Hollis A. Daniels, is accused of shooting Floyd East Jr. in the head while being booked on drug charges. Mr. Daniels, who the police say has confessed to the shooting, was taken into custody after campus police officers found e…


Southern Methodist U. Suspends Fraternity for Alleged Hazing

Southern Methodist University has suspended a fraternity that allegedly hazed new members, forcing them to wear clothing that was covered in vomit and paddling them, according to The Dallas Morning News.

In a letter sent to parents of students on Wednesday, the university said it had found evidence that the Beta Lambda chapter of Kappa Alpha deprived members of sleep and forced them to eat peppers and onions and drink milk until they vomited, the Morning News reported. The investigation was the…


Senate Democrats Urge DeVos to Reinstate Obama Guidance on Sexual-Assault Policy

Democratic lawmakers are “extremely disappointed” in Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s decision to rescind Obama-era guidance on campus sexual-assault policy, says a letter to her from 32 Senate Democrats.

“Your action on Friday shows a clear lack of concern for the many requests of survivors of sexual assault and members of Congress who have asked you to leave the previous guidance in place,” the senators wrote. Led by Patty Murray, of Washington, they said the new guidance was “already creatin…


National Default Rate for Student Loans Rises, Breaking Streak of Declines

For the first time since 2013, the overall three-year cohort default rate on federal student loans has risen, if ever so slightly, the U.S. Department of Education announced on Wednesday.

The percentage of borrowers defaulting on their student loans within the first three years of entering repayment ticked up fractionally, from 11.3 percent to 11.5 percent, for those who began repayment in 2013-14. However, that number is still lower than it was for students who entered repayment in the 2012 fi…


Federal Officials Charge 10 in College-Basketball Corruption Scandal

Updated (9/26/2017, 6:48 p.m.) with comments from Richard M. Southall, director of the University of South Carolina’s College Sport Research Institute.

Federal officials on Tuesday announced criminal charges against 10 people, including four college-basketball coaches, in a corruption investigation. The charges include bribery, corruption, and fraud.

Chuck Person, an associate head coach at Auburn University, and Lamont Evans, an assistant coach at Oklahoma State University, are among the coache…


DeVos Says Obama-Era Consumer Rule Was Akin to ‘Free Money’

Updated (9/25/2017, 1:40 p.m.) with response from the Education Department.

The education secretary, Betsy DeVos, took aim at the Obama-era borrower defense-to-repayment rule during a speech on Friday at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, according to The Detroit News.

While students should be protected from “predatory practices,” Ms. DeVos said, the system should also treat “schools and taxpayers” fairly. “Under the previous rules, all one had to do was raise his or her hands to b…


Trump Administration Taps New Leader for Black-College Initiative

Johnathan Holifield, a consultant and former NFL player, has been appointed executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges, the White House announced at the opening ceremony of the annual black-college summit on Monday. News of Mr. Holifield’s appointment was first reported on Saturday by HBCU Digest.

Mr. Holifield will start on October 2, and his office will be housed in the White House, alongside a deputy director and an assistant, a Trump-administration offici…


Cornell U. Announces Steps After Apparent Hate Crime

Cornell University is taking steps to “be a more equitable, inclusive, and welcoming university” after a student was hospitalized in what is being investigated as a possible hate crime, Martha E. Pollack, the university’s president, said in a written statement on Sunday.

On Friday a black student was physically assaulted and called racial slurs. One student was arrested in the incident, and several others, allegedly from a “currently unaffiliated fraternity” (Psi Upsilon), may have also been inv…


Bipartisan Bill Aims to Provide Support for Homeless College Students

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on Tuesday introduced legislation that aims to remove barriers to access to higher education for homeless students and those in foster care.

The Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act is sponsored by Sen. Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington; Sen. Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio; Rep. Katherine Clark, Democrat of Massachusetts; and Rep. Don Young, Republican of Alaska. It…