All posts by Andrew Mytelka


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…


Unarmed Black Motorist Shot Dead by an Oklahoma Police Officer Was a Student

Terence Crutcher, the unarmed black man who was shot to death by a white police officer in mysterious circumstances on Friday night after his car broke down in Tulsa, Okla., was on his way home from a class at Tulsa Community College, the Tulsa World reported. The college’s president said on Monday its employees were cooperating in an investigation of the incident.

The president, Leigh B. Goodson, also said that the college was offering free counseling to students and staff members and would hol…


Jury Awards $367,000 in Tenure-Denial Lawsuit Against Saint Louis U.

A jury has ordered Saint Louis University to pay a former theology professor $367,000 for gender discrimination during her unsuccessful bid for tenure, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The faculty member, Cornelia Horn, was an assistant professor at the university from 2004 to 2012. In her lawsuit, she also accused the Jesuit institution of discouraging female faculty members from seeking tenure, and giving them less help than their male counterparts in preparing their tenure bids, the newsp…


City College of N.Y. President Is Cleared in Dispute Over Spending From Arts Fund

A City University of New York investigation has exonerated the president of its City College campus of accusations that she improperly spent some $600,000 from an arts endowment on adjunct professors’ salaries, The New York Times reports.

The investigation, by CUNY’s general counsel, followed complaints by faculty members who were surprised to find this summer that the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Fund for the Arts, created with gifts from the Sosnoffs and previously used for arts programs, exhibits,…


Melissa Click Finds a New Job, at Gonzaga U.

Melissa Click, the assistant professor of communication who drew outrage last fall for her role in a protest at the University of Missouri at Columbia, and who was subsequently fired, has a new job.

Ms. Click is now listed as a lecturer on the website of the communication-studies program at Gonzaga University, a Roman Catholic institution in Spokane, Wash.

On the Missouri campus last November, Ms. Click was videotaped attempting to block a student journalist from filming anti-racism protesters,


Fired Faculty Member Wounds Medical-School Dean With Shotgun, Police Say

The dean of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine was shot and injured on Monday by a former faculty member at the New York institution who had been fired in 2009, The New York Times reported.

The fired faculty member, Hengjun Chao, 49, was charged with attempted second-degree murder after he allegedly opened fire with a shotgun, hitting the dean, Dennis S. Charney, 65, and another man, whom the authorities did not identify, the Times reported. Neither of the victims suffered life-threatening wound…


Happy 21st Birthday, Academe Today!

Chronicle subscribers received the first issue of Academe Today, The Chronicle’s daily newsletter, on this day in 1995. The newsletter, reproduced here, seems quite primitive by today’s standards.

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The email was available in plain text only, as relatively few people had access to the “World-Wide Web,” as it was then known, let alone email readers that could render HTML.

The newsletter’s content was limited to a few briefs about doings on Capitol Hill, a summary of an article in a once-prominen…


N.C. State Settles Free-Speech Lawsuit by Revising Disputed Policy

A Christian student group has withdrawn a lawsuit alleging that North Carolina State University administrators violated the group’s free-speech rights after the university revised a disputed policy, The News & Observer reported.

Under the policy, the Christian group was required to obtain a permit to speak or distribute its literature on the campus.

A federal judge last month ordered the university to temporarily cease enforcing its policy while the lawsuit by the student group, Grace Christian …


Indiana Governor, Trump’s VP Choice, Backed Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, whom Donald J. Trump named on Friday as his vice-presidential running mate, may be best known in academe for his support of a controversial “religious freedom” law last year that critics said amounted to a license to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

Advocates of the law, formally the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, argued that it was intended only to protect religious liberty. But colleges and universities across Indiana, both…


President of Texas A&M U. at Commerce Died by Suicide, Police Say

The president of Texas A&M University at Commerce, Dan Jones, died in April by suicide, according to police reports released on Wednesday and obtained by The Dallas Morning News.

The police investigation found that Mr. Jones, who was 63, had suffered from severe depression and had attempted to take his life two weeks before he succeeded in doing so. In a statement cited by the newspaper, the university system said he had received medical treatment after the initial suicide attempt and was releas…