All posts by Charles Huckabee


Gunmen Attack American U. in Afghanistan, Killing at Least 12 People

Militants stormed the American University of Afghanistan on Wednesday evening, firing on students in an attack that killed at least 12 people and wounded at least 30, according to reports by The Washington Post and CNN.

An Afghan police official told CNN that those killed included seven students, three police officers, and two security guards.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the two-pronged assault — a powerful explosion was set off nearby as the gunmen stormed onto the…


Berkeley Student Is Among Those Killed in Terror Attack in France

The University of California at Berkeley reported on Sunday that one of its students was among the 84 people killed in Thursday’s terrorist attack in Nice, France.

The 20-year-old student, Nicolas Leslie, had been participating in a summer entrepreneurship program in Nice. He had been unaccounted for until Sunday, when his death was reported to campus officials by the FBI, the university said in a news release.

“This is tragic, devastating news,” Berkeley’s chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, s…


Board Rebukes President of Temple U. and Says It Will Fire Him

[Updated (7/12/2016, 9:09 p.m.) with additional information.]

Temple University’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday unanimously voted no confidence in the institution’s president, Neil D. Theobald, and announced its intention to dismiss him, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The trustees asked Mr. Theobald to resign, but he refused, according to Kevin Feeley, a spokesman for the board. The board plans to vote on Mr. Theobald’s ouster on July 21, Mr. Feeley said.

Tuesday’s announcement came less th…


3 Professors at U. of Texas at Austin Sue to Block Campus-Carry Law

Three faculty members at the University of Texas at Austin filed a lawsuit against the university and the state on Wednesday that asks a federal judge to block the state’s “campus carry” law before students return to the campus next month, The Texas Tribune reports.

Under the law, which was approved last year and takes effect on August 1, public universities will be required to allow holders of concealed-handgun licenses to carry their weapons inside most buildings and classrooms, with only limi…


New Jersey Student-Loan Agency Hits Troubled Borrowers Hard, Article Says

New Jersey’s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority is the largest state-based student-loan program in the country. It’s also one of the most aggressive in demanding repayment from borrowers and their families, regardless of their circumstances, according to an article jointly published by the independent investigative newsroom ProPublica and The New York Times.

The agency’s loans, which currently total $1.9 billion, come with extraordinarily stringent rules, ProPublica’s investigatio…


U. of Wisconsin Student Who Was Missing in Rome Is Found Dead

The body of a University of Wisconsin at Madison student who went missing shortly after he arrived in Rome last week was found in the Tiber River on Monday, according to an Associated Press report and a statement from the university.

The student was identified as 19-year-old Beau Solomon. He had just completed his first year as a personal-finance major at Madison and was in Rome to attend an exchange program at John Cabot University, an English-language institution based there.

Officials at Joh…


U. of Chicago Faculty and Students Protest Layoffs of Departmental Aides

It’s not just underfunded public institutions like Chicago State University that are feeling the pain of budget cuts in Illinois; even the wealthy and private University of Chicago is being roiled by spending cuts and layoffs that have fallen heavily on nonacademic and secretarial staffers, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Several employees in the humanities division were let go in mid-May, and another round of cuts affecting other branches could hit at the end of June, faculty and union representat…


U. of S.C. President Says Fraternities May Be Able to Avoid Ban on Pledging

Fraternities and sororities at the University of South Carolina at Columbia may be able to avoid a proposed ban on the pledging process if they clean up their acts, the university’s president says.

The proposed policy, which university officials first put forward in May, would abolish the formal pledging period and replace it with several new processes, including a university-run education, training, and assessment program for students interested in joining Greek-letter organizations. “We thin…


Second Former Vanderbilt Athlete Is Found Guilty in 2013 Campus Rape

A former football player at Vanderbilt University was found guilty on Saturday in the rape of an unconscious woman in his dormitory room nearly three years ago, reports The Tennessean.

The former player, Brandon Vandenburg, is one of four men who have been charged in the case. He and one of the  others, Cory Batey, were convicted in a trial in January 2015, but those verdicts were thrown out after revelations regarding one of the jurors led to a mistrial. At a second trial, held in April, Mr. Ba…


Video Shows Heroism of Student Who Stopped a Gunman at Seattle Pacific U. in 2014

Newly released surveillance footage shows moments of horror and heroism at Seattle Pacific University after a gunman opened fire on students two years ago, The Seattle Times reports. One student died in the incident, which took place on June 5, 2014, and two others were wounded, one of them critically. Another student was hailed as a hero for tackling and disarming the gunman.

The Times, one of the news outlets that had pressed for the release of the footage, published a small video segment on i…