All posts by Charles Huckabee


Princeton Will Pay $18 Million to Settle Suit Over Property-Tax Exemption

Princeton University has agreed to pay more than $18 million over the next six years to settle a lawsuit brought by local homeowners who challenged its property-tax exemption, the university announced on Friday.

About $10 million of the settlement funds will go toward property-tax relief for homeowners, and $1.25 million toward assistance with the housing needs of economically disadvantaged residents of the town of Princeton, N.J. The university will also make two additional voluntary payments, …


Benjamin F. Payton, Former President of Tuskegee U., Dies at 83

Benjamin F. Payton, a longtime leader of Tuskegee University who was instrumental in the historically black college’s transition to university status, died late last month, according to an obituary in The New York Times. He was 83.

Mr. Payton, a civil-rights advocate who helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, became Tuskegee’s president in 1981, when it was known as the Tuskegee Institute. His goal of seeing Tuskegee become a university was realized in 1985, and he established its first…


Virginia Lecturer Is On Leave After Comparing Black Lives Matter to the Klan

An adjunct lecturer at the University of Virginia has agreed to take a leave after comparing the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan on social media, The Daily Progress reported.

The comment was posted on Facebook last week by Douglas Muir, a lecturer in the department of engineering and society, in response to a post about a speakers’ series at a local theater. Mr. Muir wrote that Black Lives Matter “is the biggest rasist organisation since the clan. Are you kidding me. Disgusti…


President of City College of New York Resigns Abruptly

The president of the City University of New York’s City College resigned on Friday amid questions about her administration’s handling of more than $150,000 of her personal expenses, The New York Times reported.

In a statement on Friday, Lisa S. Coico, the president, announced that she was stepping down but did not give an explanation. James B. Milliken, CUNY’s chancellor, confirmed in a statement on Saturday that he had accepted Ms. Coico’s resignation on Friday, effective immediately. He named …


Faculty Union Declares Victory as Lockout at Long Island U. Ends

The lockout that barred faculty members from Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus for nearly two weeks is over, the faculty union announced on Wednesday night.

“We have won a victory,” officials of the Long Island University Faculty Federation, which represents 236 full-time professors and 450 adjuncts on the Brooklyn campus, said in a letter to union members. The letter said that administrators had agreed to end “their unprecedented lockout” just before midnight on Wednesday, and th…


Athlete Accused by Chapel Hill Student Faces Sexual-Assault Charges

A football player at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who was publicly accused of rape this week by a female student at the university turned himself in on Wednesday to face misdemeanor charges of sexual battery and assault, The News & Observer reported.

A lawyer made an initial court appearance on behalf of the player, Allen Artis, a 21-year-old junior, and he was released. Neither Mr. Artis nor his lawyer, Sam Coleman, commented to reporters.

The student who accused Mr. Artis of…


Ohio U. Will Remove Roger Ailes’s Name From a Newsroom

Roger Ailes’s name will be removed from a television-station newsroom at Ohio University, and a $500,000 donation the former Fox News executive made to the university in 2007 will be returned, according to reports by the station, WOUB, and The Post, a student-run newspaper.

Mr. Ailes, a 1962 alumnus of the university, has been accused by more than 20 women of sexual harassment. Fox News’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, recently reached a $20-million settlement with Gretchen Carlson, a former…


U. of Oregon Removes Name of a KKK Leader From a Dorm

The University of Oregon is the latest higher-education institution to move to expunge an association with racism or slavery from a campus building or monument. On Thursday, The Register-Guard reports, the university’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to remove the name of a 1920s and 1930s professor from a dormitory because the professor, Frederic Dunn, was once an “exalted cyclops,” or leader of a local den, in the Ku Klux Klan.

In a discussion before the trustees voted, an Oregon alumnus, …


Chairman of Ursinus College’s Board Resigns Over ‘Insensitive’ Tweets

The chairman of Ursinus College’s Board of Trustees has resigned from the board, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, after a week of controversy over tweets he posted over the past few years on his personal Twitter account.

The chairman, Michael C. Marcon, apologized for the tweets in meetings this week with students and faculty members on the Pennsylvania campus. In a statement quoted by the Inquirer, he said he was “proud of the way the Ursinus faculty and staff allowed me to address a situat…


Professor Ends Hunger Strike He Began After Being Denied Tenure

Juan J. Rojo, the assistant professor of Spanish who went on a hunger strike last week after being denied tenure at Lafayette College, ended his strike on Monday morning, according to news reports and a statement he posted on Facebook.

In the statement he said he wanted people to understand that ending his liquids-only fast “was a decision consciously made rather than me simply giving up.” He also said he hoped the attention his protest had drawn to “the larger issue” of flaws in the ten…