All posts by Chris Quintana


Trinity College of Conn. Closes Over Threats After Conservative Website Targets Professor

Trinity College, a small, private institution in Connecticut, closed on Wednesday following threats to the campus that appear to be tied to a faculty member’s recent online comments about the police, reports the Hartford Courant.

“Given the threats to campus and upon consultation with the President’s Cabinet, the decision has been made to close the college until further notice,” says a statement on the college’s website.

Johnny Eric Williams, an associate professor of sociology, had written mess…


Yale Dean Who Wrote Racist and Classist Yelp Reviews Resigns

A dean at Yale University who wrote reviews on the website Yelp that were deemed racist and classist has resigned, according to a university spokeswoman.

June Chu, who was dean of Pierson College, came under fire in May after the student newspaper, the Yale Daily News, revealed the controversial reviews. Soon after that, Yale’s administration suspended the dean, citing her failure to accurately disclose how many reviews she had written.

While academics might often find themselves in hot water fo…


UVa Student Dies After Release From North Korea, Where He Was Imprisoned

Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who had been held captive in North Korea for roughly a year and a half, died on Monday afternoon, just days after returning to the United States, reports The Washington Post.

Mr. Warmbier was returned to America from North Korea, where he had been arrested for “hostile acts against the state” and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. He had been traveling through North Korea to Hong Kong when detained.

In a statement reprinted by the Post, his par…


As New Threat Briefly Closes Evergreen State, Students Rip Legislation That Would Cut Its Funding

Updated (6/5/2017, 6:37 p.m.) with news of the campus’s reopening.

A student-government organization in Washington State on Monday condemned proposed legislation that would strip state funding from Evergreen State College, an institution embroiled in student protests and allegations of racism.

The statement was issued by the Washington Student Association, which represents college students statewide, on the same day that classes at Evergreen were canceled for a third weekday in a row so local l…


Student’s Lawsuit Against Wisconsin Administrator Is Settled for $200,000

A student’s lawsuit against a University of Wisconsin administrator who had been exchanging text messages with a motorist who struck and killed the student’s mother in 2013 has been settled for $200,000, reports the Wisconsin State Journal.

Tori Richardson, an assistant dean in the College of Letters and Science, had been texting with Bruce Burnside, a former Lutheran bishop, shortly before Mr. Burnside hit the student’s mother, Maureen Mengelt, who was out for an afternoon run. Mr. Richardson …


‘Harvard Crimson’ Site Is Hacked to Take Jabs at Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

On the same day that students at Harvard University were set to graduate and hear a commencement speech by Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, someone altered the home page of The Harvard Crimson to poke fun at Mr. Zuckerberg, who famously dropped out of the university to focus on the budding social-media giant.

“Op-Ed: I did not steal Fakebook [expletive] I mean Facebook I invented it in my brain by Mick Zollywop,” read one headline in a series of images making the rounds on social media.


UC-Berkeley Fires Professor Accused of Harassing Students

The University of California at Berkeley has fired a professor after a committee found that he sexually harassed four students. The professor denies the allegations.

Blake Wentworth, an assistant professor in the department of South and Southeast Asian studies, had been suspended since June of last year in connection with the claims.

“The committee found by clear and convincing evidence that Wentworth had engaged in the misconduct and recommended his dismissal,” a news release from the unive…


Black Student’s Stabbing Death at U. of Maryland Is Being Investigated as a Hate Crime

A 23-year-old black student due to graduate this month was fatally stabbed over the weekend while visiting the University of Maryland at College Park, and now his death is being investigated as a possible hate crime, reports The Baltimore Sun.

The university police said on Sunday that Sean Urbanski — the University of Maryland student arrested in connection with the death of Richard W. Collins III — was part of a Facebook group known as “Alt-Reich Nation,” the newspaper reported. Mr. Urbanski ha…


Coastal Carolina U. Ends Investigation of Prostitution Allegations Against Cheerleaders

Updated (5/19/2017, 3:45 p.m.) with comment from a lawyer for some members of the team.

Cheerleading will be back next school year at Coastal Carolina University following the team’s suspension tied to allegations of prostitution.

That assertion stemmed from an anonymous letter writer who, in a message to the university, said members of the cheerleading team were “prostituting themselves.” In the course of a university investigation, police officers found that some of the young women had be…


Yale Dean Is Suspended in Connection With Offensive Yelp Reviews

Yale University on Thursday suspended one of its deans in connection with a series of classist and sometimes racially charged reviews on the website Yelp, the Associated Press reports.

June Chu, the suspended administrator, didn’t immediately return calls or comments to the Associated Press on Thursday. Ms. Chu, dean of Pierson College, fell under scrutiny after the Yale Daily News reported she had used the crowdsourcing website to take shots at restaurants and businesses around New Haven, Conn.