All posts by Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz

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White House Arts Panel Resigns Over Trump’s Charlottesville Statements

The members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned en masse on Friday, citing President  Trump’s statements equating hate groups with counterprotesters after the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va., according to the arts panel’s resignation letter.

“The false equivalencies you push cannot stand. The Administration’s refusal to quickly and unequivocally condemn the cancer of hatred only further emboldens those who wish America ill,” reads the letter. “Ignoring yo…

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U. of Florida Denies White Supremacist Richard Spencer’s Request for Event Space

The University of Florida has denied the National Policy Institute’s request to rent event space for Richard Spencer, the white supremacist who leads the organization, to speak on campus, the university’s president said in a statement on Wednesday.

The university denied the request after the violent weekend on the University of Virginia’s campus highlighted potential safety risks for Florida’s campus, the statement said.  On social media, the city of Gainseville, Fla., was dubbed “the next battl…

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Are Small Colleges Doomed? Not So Fast

Most small and midsize private colleges appear to be financially secure, says a report from the Council of Independent Colleges.

The Financial Resilience of Independent Colleges and Universities” looked at financial data from the years 2001 to 2014 at 559 private institutions. Researchers analyzed resource sufficiency, operating results, financial assets, and debt management.

The study found that 67 percent of the colleges are “at or above the … threshold of financial viability.” Financial indi…

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Former Official Sues Southern U. Over Termination

Brandon Dumas, a former vice chancellor at Southern University at Baton Rouge, has sued the Louisiana institution weeks after he was fired, The Advocate reports.

Last month Mr. Dumas, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management, was told by Ray L. Belton, Southern’s president and chancellor, that he would be dismissed, effective on August 10. Mr. Belton did not say why Mr. Dumas would be fired, but The Advocate reports he was put on administrative leave a few days after the uni…

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UC-Berkeley’s Former Chancellor Will Be Paid $434,000 on Leave

Nicholas B. Dirks, a former chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, will be paid $434,000 during his coming year on leave, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Mr. Dirks announced in August 2016 that he would step down from his leadership position.

Under the university’s policy, Mr. Dirks qualifies for a year off with pay before returning to the classroom as a history professor. Executives must work in the university system for at least five years to receive full pay during a yea…

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Groups Call on Civil-Rights Official to Reject ‘90 Percent’ Statement on Campus-Rape Cases

More than 50 groups have signed a letter demanding that Candice E. Jackson, acting assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, reject a statement she made this month in a New York Times interview. Ms. Jackson told the newspaper that “90 percent” of campus sexual-assault accusations resulted from an accuser’s regret over a sexual encounter. Ms. Jackson has since apologized, calling the remarks “flippant.”

In the letter the National Women’s Law Center, joined by other…

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Former Medical Dean at U. of Southern California Was a Drug User, Newspaper Reports

Updated (7/17/2017, 4:17 p.m.) with news on Dr. Puliafito’s work at the USC Roski Eye Institute.

The dean of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California was with a woman when she overdosed in a Pasadena hotel room last year, the Los Angeles Times reports.

For more, see this Chronicle article.

That instance was one of many drug-fueled episodes chronicled in the Times report about Carmen A. Puliafito, a renowned eye surgeon who stepped down from his position at the univers…

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Civil-Rights Official Apologizes for Saying 90% of Campus Rape Cases Stem From Regret

Updated (7/12/2017, 7:06 p.m.) with Ms. Jackson’s statement apologizing for her comments.

Candice E. Jackson, acting assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, apologized late Wednesday for telling The New York Times, in an article published earlier in the day, that “90 percent” of accusations of sexual assault on colleges campuses stemmed from an accuser’s regret over a sexual encounter.

In a statement released by the department, Ms. Jackson said: “As a survivor o…

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Maryland Limits Scholarship Displacement by Public Colleges

A new Maryland law limits the ways that public colleges can decrease financial aid, a practice referred to as scholarship displacement, The Baltimore Sun reports.

The law, which took effect on July 1, places limits on when a college can reduce its own financial aid. Institutions can do so when a student’s aid exceeds the cost of college if colleges get permission from a scholarship provider.

A student who gets a private scholarship after receiving financial aid from a college must report the sch…

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Former Baylor U. Regent Referred to Female Students as ‘Perverted Little Tarts’

Updated (7/3/2017, 1:55 p.m.) with a statement from Baylor University.

A former Baylor University regent referred to women whom he suspected of drinking alcohol as “insidious and inbred,” “perverted little tarts,” and “the vilest and most despicable of girls” in an email to a Greek-organization faculty adviser, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.

The 2009 emails from the then regent Neal (Buddy) Jones were filed as part of a Title IX lawsuit against the university alleging that Baylor used its alco…