All posts by Andrew Mytelka


Charles Reed, Longtime Chancellor of Cal State, Dies at 75

Charles B. Reed, who navigated the 23-campus California State University system through rapid growth amid deep budget cuts as its chancellor from 1998 to 2012, died on Tuesday at the age of 75. In a brief statement, the system did not say where or how Mr. Reed had died.

But at the time he announced his retirement, in 2012, he said he planned to return to Florida, where he had led the State University System for more than a decade.

At Cal State, budget cuts loomed even as enrollments boomed. As C…


Virginia Foxx Is House GOP’s Choice to Lead Education Committee

Rep. Virginia A. Foxx, a North Carolina Republican who just won election to her seventh term in Congress, was named on Friday as the new chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the main policy-making panel for higher education in the chamber.

Ms. Foxx, who has led the panel’s higher-education subcommittee since 2010, will take over the committee’s leadership in January, when the 115th Congress convenes, a session that may see major changes in higher-education policy. Sh…


Oberlin College Fires Professor Over Anti-Semitic Social-Media Posts

Oberlin College on Tuesday fired a controversial faculty member who had drawn fierce criticism for social-media posts in which she claimed that “Israeli and Zionist Jews” were responsible for the 9/11 and Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks.

In a statement, the Ohio college’s Board of Trustees said it had voted to dismiss Joy D. Karega, an assistant professor of rhetoric and composition, effective immediately.

Ms. Karega had been on paid leave since August, when the liberal-arts college’s faculty op…


Columbia U. Suspends Wrestling Team Over Offensive Texts

Columbia University has suspended its wrestling team’s season while it investigates racist, sexist, and homophobic texts sent by some of the team’s members, The New York Times reports.

The texts, which the university has called “appalling,” were disclosed last week by a student-operated website called Bwog. The site said the texts had been sent over the course of three years.

The revelations from Columbia occurred just a week after Harvard suspended its men’s soccer team over a similar disclosur…


Jury Awards $3 Million to UVa Official in Lawsuit Against ‘Rolling Stone’

A federal-court jury on Monday awarded $3 million to a former associate dean at the University of Virginia in her defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine and one of its reporters, the Associated Press reports.

The same jury ruled on Friday that the magazine and the reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, had defamed Nicole Eramo, now an administrator at UVa, in a 2014 article alleging that a student had been the victim of a gang rape at a fraternity and had been further victimized by the unive…


Penn State Is Ordered to Pay $7.3 Million to Whistle-Blower in Sandusky Case

A jury has ordered Pennsylvania State University to pay $7.3 million to the football coach who blew the whistle on Jerry Sandusky as a child molester in 2001 and then was fired after the Sandusky scandal erupted, in 2011, the Associated Press reports.

The jury, sitting in Centre County Court, ruled for the former graduate assistant coach, Mike McQueary, on Thursday, after a two-week trial and just four hours of deliberations. The verdict suggests that Mr. McQueary remains as persuasive to jurors…


4 Professors Involved in Philosophy Brawl Find Feces in Their Mail

Four philosophy professors who were involved in a dust-up with Brian Leiter, an influential figure in the field, received packages of excrement in the mail last summer, and critics of Mr. Leiter are accusing him of being at the bottom of the fecal attack, reports BuzzFeed. Mr. Leiter, a professor at the University of Chicago and founding editor of the Philosophical Gourmet Report, a powerful ranking of graduate programs, is known for his combative style and caustic judgments of colleagues and pr…


Concert Promoter Pleads Guilty for Role in U. of Hawaii’s ‘Wonder Blunder’

A concert promoter who had no concert to promote but was paid $200,000 by the University of Hawaii-Manoa to set up a performance by the pop star Stevie Wonder pleaded guilty on Tuesday to wire fraud, the Associated Press reported.

As The Chronicle’s Jack Stripling put it in his account of the bizarre scandal, “The deal was signed and sealed, but Stevie Wonder was not delivered.”

In his guilty plea, in federal court in Honolulu, Marc Hubbard admitted he had lied about organizing the concert. Afte…


UNC-Wilmington Orders Mandatory Evacuation as Storm Approaches

[Updated (10/5/2016, 12:28 p.m.) with reports of additional preparations in the Southeastern United States.]

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington announced on Tuesday afternoon that all 15,000 of its students would be required to evacuate the coastal campus by midday on Thursday as Hurricane Matthew, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in years, approaches from the south.

The university said all classes, events, and activities scheduled for after 5 p.m. on Wednesday would be cance…


Jury Orders San Diego State to Pay Fired Women’s Coach $3.35 Million

A former women’s basketball coach at San Diego State University won a wrongful-termination lawsuit on Wednesday, and a jury awarded her $3.35 million in damages, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The coach, Beth Burns, said in her lawsuit that the university had fired her after she complained of violations of Title IX, the federal gender-equity law, in the basketball program. Ms. Burns, the winningest coach in the university’s history, was dismissed in 2013 shortly after her team won more games in…