All posts by Corinne Ruff


Norwich U. Will Allow Cadets to Wear Religious Headgear

For the first time, Norwich University will allow students to wear religious headgear — a big step among military colleges, which often enforce strict dress codes.

According to a TV station in Vermont, WCAX, officials at the private university in Northfield, Vt., announced this week that a female student had sought to wear a Muslim headscarf, known as a hijab, to cover her hair and neck while wearing the Corps of Cadets uniform. In granting her request, the university said it would also allow Je…


Virginia Tech Invites Conservative Columnist to Speak After All

[Updated (5/5/2016, 6:56 p.m.) with details of two apologies to Jason Riley by Virginia Tech officials.]

Virginia Tech has issued multiple apologies to Jason Riley, a conservative columnist for The Wall Street Journal, for disinviting him to speak on the campus — one from Timothy D. Sands, the president, and another from Robert T. Sumichrast, dean of the Pamplin College of Business.

The first came on Thursday morning, when Mr. Sands apologized to Mr. Riley for “confusion” over whether he had…


Accused of Disinviting a Conservative Speaker, Virginia Tech Says It Had Never Asked Him to Campus

A column published on Monday by the National Review identified Jason Riley, a Wall Street Journal columnist and Manhattan Institute senior fellow, as the latest conservative speaker to be disinvited from a university speaking engagement. And it strongly criticized Virginia Tech, the institution said to have turned Mr. Riley away.

But a Virginia Tech official said on Tuesday that Mr. Riley’s invitation could not have been revoked because it was never extended in the first place.

The National Revi…


Ole Miss Historians Object to Confederate Plaque Language

Historians at the University of Mississippi are objecting to language inscribed on a recently installed campus plaque that accompanies a statue of a Confederate soldier.

In a written statement, 33 faculty members in the department of history have called on the chancellor, Jeffrey S. Vitter, to revise the plaque to recognize slavery as a central cause of the Civil War, The Clarion-Ledger reports. Their proposed language also contextualizes the statue as one of thousands erected across the South t…


In a Video Defense of Trump U., the Candidate Cites Rave Evaluations

Donald J. Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, released a video on Monday responding to a slew of attack advertisements that featured former students of the now-defunct Trump University. The ads were produced by the American Future Fund, a conservative group.

Mr. Trump is facing two class-action lawsuits by former Trump University students and one lawsuit filed by New York’s attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, which claim Trump University intentionally misled …


Bar Association Investigates Bias Complaint at BYU Law School

The American Bar Association is investigating a complaint that Brigham Young University’s law school violates the group’s nondiscrimination guidelines by maintaining policies that allow the expulsion of students for being homosexual or for losing their Mormon faith before graduation. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that, upon entering the university, students sign a code of conduct affirming that they will not violate Mormon teachings, which also forbid drinking alcohol and having sex before marri…