October 23, 2015

Volume 62, Issue 08

Top News

Compared with the public’s idea of what city departments do, college policing might seem like a cushy gig. It’s not.

Highlights

The University of Texas at Austin is trying to comply with legislation that many people there fear will make the institution less safe.

Gallows humor masks feelings of helplessness and anger as faculty members speculate on the grim probability of more classroom shootings.

Diversity Supplement

As admissions offices struggle to accommodate those who don’t conform to standard gender roles, supportive administrators are forced to "find ways to meet students along the way."

Also In the Issue

In response to the Affordable Care Act, some campuses have cut back on insurance coverage, leading graduate assistants to cry foul.

A debate league started by two Americans pushes students to reject rote learning and discuss touchy topics.

What you need to know about the past seven days.

A collection of science fiction spurs a university vice president to consider how to build a better world.

Niall Ferguson, a professor at Harvard University, will join Hoover full time to continue work on his Kissinger biography.

A growing number of the student leaders want to curb dangerous behavior on their campuses. But it's hard to take a stand when many of your constituents just want to keep the party going.

An algorithm to tease out evidence of copying among students uncovered a correlation between shared answers and chosen deskmates.

Female scientists who approached the Berkeley astronomer about what they viewed as inappropriate behavior over the years say he promised to change. But the complaints kept coming.

The answer isn’t as simple as ugly tradition, experts say. Cultural factors also influence the rituals of groups that struggle against challenges and stereotypes.

For now, the university is barred from enrolling active-duty military personnel under a Department of Defense program. The loss of that ability, and the money that comes with it, could have an outsize impact.

The chance to apply for aid earlier, using so-called prior-prior-year tax records, is widely seen as a win for students, but much will depend on how colleges and states respond.

Seizing an opportunity that won’t come often, Drew University has made William Campbell, who just won the Nobel Prize in Medicine, the focus of a broad-ranging marketing campaign.

Commentary

In their arguments against divesting from fossil fuels, Ivy League presidents offer a lesson in sophistry.

You can think a religious belief is wrong without being intolerant. It’s time to start recognizing the difference.