All posts by Emma Pettit


U. of Iowa Professor Wants Athletics Mascot to Show More Smile, Less Scowl

Resmiye Oral, a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine, wants images of Herky the Hawk, the Hawkeyes’ mascot, to display a wider range of facial expressions beyond his well-known grimace, to better exemplify the university’s welcoming atmosphere, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported on Wednesday.

Ms. Oral recently wrote an email to athletic-department officials and Faculty Senate members saying that incoming students should be met with calm, nurtu…


Stanford Bans Hard Liquor From Undergraduate Parties

Stanford University has banned hard liquor from all campus parties except those attended exclusively by graduate students, according to a news release issued on Monday. Distilled liquor, spirits, and hard alcohol in containers 750 milliliters and larger will also be prohibited from undergraduate residences. Students who are 21 and over may store such alcohol in quantities less than 750 milliliters in the original containers.

The policy changes were a direct outgrowth of conversations that studen…


U. System of Georgia’s Chancellor to Step Down

Henry (Hank) M. Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia for the past five years, will step down at the end of December, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Wednesday.

Mr. Huckaby announced his retirement at a meeting of the state’s Board of Regents. The newspaper said he spoke while fighting back tears, saying, “I walk away from this job … knowing that one of the greatest assets that this state has to offer is its university system.”

During Mr. Huckaby’s tenure, he overs…


3 Prominent Universities Are Sued by Employees Over Retirement Plans

[Updated (8/10/2016, 11:00 a.m.) with responses from MIT and Yale.]

Yale University, New York University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are being sued by employees who accuse the institutions of allowing them to be charged excessive fees on their retirement savings, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. The workers are seeking class-action status in the lawsuits.

Their complaints allege that the universities, which each have retirement plans with more than $3 billion in assets,…


Arkansas State Chancellor Was the Subject of an Audit When He Resigned

Arkansas State University at Jonesboro has confirmed that Tim Hudson, who quit on Tuesday as its chancellor, was the subject of an internal audit at the time of his resignation, KAIT Region 8 News reported on Thursday.

The audit documents, obtained by the television station, stated that there were “noted occurrences of potential noncompliance with a State of Arkansas law,” including that Mr. Hudson appeared to use his position to obtain financial assistance for an unnamed family member.



Scholars Say U. of Texas Monument to Victims of 1966 Sniper Bears an Incorrect Latin Word

A new monument at the University of Texas at Austin honoring the 17 victims of a 1966 sniper uses a Latin word incorrectly, according to three scholars in the university’s classics department, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

A committee of university officials and former students planned the memorial, which was dedicated on Monday, the 50th anniversary of the attack, in which Charles Whitman opened fire from the campus’s landmark tower. On the monument, which sits on the north side of the…


Arkansas State U. Chancellor Quits Following His Wife’s Resignation Last Month

Tim Hudson, chancellor of Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, on Tuesday sent a brief email of resignation, effective immediately, to Charles L. Welch, president of the Arkansas State system, reported Arkansas Business on Wednesday.

Mr. Hudson, who was appointed as chancellor in 2012, also resigned as a professor in Arkansas State’s College of Business, Arkansas Business reported. The university did not cite a reason for the resignation and will not pay severance to Mr. Hudson, said Jeff Han…


Merced College Hired Investigator to Trace Disparaging Letter After Police Refused

Merced College hired a private investigator to collect fingerprints in order to trace a letter that was critical of administrators after the county police refused to do so, according to an invoice obtained by the Merced Sun-Star.

The letter, which was sent in February, addressed the California college’s Board of Trustees and demanded that it reinstate as president Ron Taylor, who had been placed on leave without explanation, the Sun-Star reported. After receiving the letter, Susan Walsh, the a…


Fafsa Changes May Prompt Colleges to Shift Admissions Cycles Earlier

A new study has found that more than two-thirds of colleges plan to make significant changes in the enrollment process because of new rules taking effect this fall for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the Fafsa. The new policies, championed by President Obama, will allow applicants to submit the Fafsa as early as October and use tax data from two years prior, known as “prior-prior year” data. (Until now, students could use tax data only from the previous year.)

Those altera…


U. of Michigan Settles Lawsuit Filed by Dismissed Graduate Student

The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor will pay $165,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by Jennifer Dibbern, a graduate student who was dismissed from the university’s engineering program in 2011, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. Half of the money will go to her lawyers, according to documents obtained by the AP.

The university settled with Ms. Dibbern before a trial, scheduled for June, and after many of her claims had been dismissed by a judge, the AP reported. Ms. Dibbern, who was a do…