Category Archives: The Physical Campus

Facilities, infrastructure, and upkeep.

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U. of Wisconsin System Proposes Merging 2-Year and 4-Year Colleges

The University of Wisconsin system wants to merge its 13 two-year colleges with its four-year institutions, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Under the proposal, each two-year institution would merge with one of seven four-year campuses. It’s not immediately clear what the proposed mergers would mean for jobs and programs at the two-year colleges. Ray W. Cross, the system’s president, said the plan would take effect in July 2018, pending approval in November by the Board of Regents.

The …

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Brown U. and Native American Tribe End Standoff Over Land

Brown University and members of a group that identifies as Native American have reached an agreement concerning 375 acres of university land on which the group had encamped, Brown said on Monday in a news release.

The Native American group, the Pokanoket tribe, set up camp on the land, in Bristol, R.I., on August 20. The tribe asserted that the land belonged to the Pokanoket people by ancestral right.

Later members of a faculty committee in Brown’s program in Native American and indigenous studi…

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U. of Puerto Rico Is Closed as Hurricane Maria Wreaks Destruction

The University of Puerto Rico’s 11 campuses and central office are closed in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria.

“The whole island is without power right now, and the destruction has been catastrophic,” Joseph Martinez Huarneck, the university’s director of communications, told The Chronicle in an email on Thursday. “The communications infrastructure has practically collapsed. Cellphone and internet service are unstable. TV and radio stations, except three or four, are unab…

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When Florida State U. Opened Up Free Parking, a Dealership Filled It With Infinitis

In the midst of hurricane preparations, Florida State University opened up its covered parking garages to those who needed a safe space to park their cars. When students, staff, and area residents showed up to park in the coveted sheltered spots, they found what reportedly amounted to the entirety of a local car dealership’s inventory, according to the FSView & Florida Flambeau, a newspaper dedicated to coverage of the university.

The university later said on Twitter that it had “addressed” the …

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Majority of UNC Board Criticizes Handling of Confederate Statue at Chapel Hill

Fifteen members of the University of North Carolina system’s Board of Governors have written a letter to the board’s chair, Lou Bissette, and the system’s president, Margaret Spellings, expressing dissatisfaction with how they have handled controversy over a Confederate statue on the flagship Chapel Hill campus, reports The News & Observer. Specifically, the letter criticizes a request that Mr. Bissette, Ms. Spellings, and the Chapel Hill chancellor, Carol Folt, sent to Gov. Roy Cooper about the…

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Despite Forged Signature, Bethune-Cookman U. Proceeds With $306-Million Dorm Contract

A $306-million contract to construct new dormitories at Bethune-Cookman University is moving forward — even though the university president’s signature on the contract was forged, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

The contract was first made in 2014 with the company TG Quantum, which was created specifically to bid on the dorm project and did not have any other business contracts before its deal with Bethune-Cookman. The contract included an aggressive financing agreement that amounted to…

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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…

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180 College and University Leaders Sign Pledge on Climate Change

College and university presidents as well as system chancellors responded quickly to President Trump’s announcement last week that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. By Monday afternoon, about 180 had signed a pledge to remain committed to the goals laid out in the agreement, which was signed in 2015 by representatives of nearly 200 nations.

The higher-education leaders who signed are at both public and private institutions across the country. Among the signers of…

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Faculty Union at Rider U. Votes No Confidence in University’s President

Updated (4/19/2017, 7:07 p.m.) with a statement by President Dell’Omo.

Members of Rider University’s faculty union have voted no confidence in the New Jersey institution’s president, Gregory G. Dell’Omo, with 75 percent of the votes against him.

“A series of rash actions by President Dell’Omo and a decade of dubious financial management by his financial team has compelled Rider’s faculty to pass the motion,” the university’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors said in a …

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Coffee Maker at Yale Is Under Suspicion After Several Report Feeling Ill

Fears about the office coffee machine may not be unwarranted.

Officials at Yale University are investigating whether a coffee maker at the institution’s graduate medical center caused several people to fall ill on Tuesday, according to The New Haven Register.

Each of the three people who began feeling lightheaded and dizzy had taken a drink from a “water source” in the building, the Register reported.

An official determination of the source of the illnesses has yet to be made, but city officials…