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Yale Will Rename Calhoun College for Adm. Grace Hopper

Ten months ago, Yale University officials declined to rename the residential college named for John C. Calhoun, a 19th-century Yale graduate who became a U.S. senator from South Carolina, vice president, and a prominent defender of slavery. But on Saturday, in a reversal, the university announced that the college will be renamed for Grace Murray Hopper, a renowned computer scientist and Navy admiral who received her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Yale in the 1930s.

The decision was made Friday b…


Reported Vandalism of 9/11 Memorial Prompts Investigation at Occidental

Students at Occidental College found remnants of their 9/11 memorial in the trash early Sunday morning, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

The memorial featured nearly 3,000 small American flags, one for each victims of the terrorist attacks, and was sponsored by the Occidental College Republicans. On Sunday, the group posted on Facebook that most of the flags planted the night before had been taken out of the ground. A photo showed flags in the garbage and on the ground.

“This is beyond politi…


Student Who Filmed Melissa Click Asks Lawmakers Not to Misuse His Video

Mark Schierbecker, the University of Missouri student who videotaped an assistant professor calling for “some muscle” to keep student journalists from filming a protest, has asked lawmakers to stop using his video, and the incident, as an excuse to cut the university’s budget, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports.

On November 9 the assistant professor of communication, Melissa A. Click, demanded that student journalists keep away from a student protest over racial inequity on the Columbia campus, …


Read What President Obama Thinks About Sensitivity and Free Speech on Campus

President Obama traveled to Iowa on Monday with his education secretary, Arne Duncan, to talk to high-school students about college access and affordability. During the question-and-answer session, a student asked the president about an unnamed Republican presidential contender’s proposal to defund “politically biased colleges.”

In his answer, Mr. Obama touched on issues of sensitivity and free speech on college campuses. Watch the video below, followed by an edited transcript of his remarks. T…


Portland State U. Almost — Almost — Got a $100-Million Donation

[Updated (8/21/2015, 11:17 p.m.) with details about the unraveling of the would-be donation.]

Talk about a tough break.

Portland State University was on the verge of securing a $100-million donation from an anonymous donor — even going so far as to plan the details of the news conference announcing the gift — but the deal didn’t go through.

College officials told The Oregonian they were still in talks with the donor but acknowledged that the donation may be dead. “Ultimately, it’s up to a donor …


Angelo State U. Football Player Is Killed by Police in Dallas Suburb

Friends and teammates are mourning an Angelo State University football player who was shot and killed early Friday during an altercation with police officers in Arlington, Tex.

Christian Taylor, a 19-year-old sophomore who played defensive back, died after being shot inside a car dealership as police officers responded to a security company’s report that video showed someone had crashed a car through a window of the dealership, according to police accounts. The police said a struggle followed.


Fraternity Plans Legal Action Against ‘Rolling Stone’ Over Rape Account

The University of Virginia chapter of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity says it “plans to pursue all available legal action” against Rolling Stone magazine over its discredited account of a gang rape at the chapter’s house, The Washington Post reports.

“Clearly our fraternity and its members have been defamed,” said chapter president Stephen Scipione, in a news release on Monday, “but more importantly we fear this entire episode may prompt some victims to remain in the shadows, fearful to confront their …


Ex-Student Charged in Fraternity Stunt That Left 2 Flamingos Dead

A county grand jury on Friday indicted a former student at the University of Southern Mississippi for his role in a 2014 fraternity scavenger hunt that resulted in the deaths of two Chilean flamingos at the Hattiesburg Zoo, the Hattiesburg American reports.

Devin Nottis was charged in October with grand larceny, trespassing, and two counts of animal cruelty. The indictment announced on Friday said Mr. Nottis had conspired with others in the incident, which led the university to indefinitely susp…


Audit Finds Education Dept. Lacks Plan to Fight Student-Loan Defaults

The Education Department “does not have a comprehensive plan or strategy to prevent student-loan defaults,” an audit conducted by the department’s Office of Inspector General has concluded.

A report on the audit’s findings, released on Friday, argues that the department’s lack of a coherent strategy renders it ill equipped to find effective measures against default, identify risks that cause loan delinquency, and work effectively with companies that service student loans on the department’s beha…


Hocking College’s President, a Victor in 2011 Battle With Trustees, Retires

Ron J. Erickson, whose five years as president of Hocking College were marked by an unusual dispute with the Ohio institution’s Board of Trustees—in which he was fired and then reinstated—resigned on Thursday, according to the Athens Messenger.

After a two-hour meeting, the board announced that Mr. Erickson would become special assistant to the board chair for special projects, and that the two-year college would hold a reception on Friday “to see him off.”

Such a warm farewell seemed unlikely b…