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School Quotes WWII German General in 'Inspirational' Email

But the University of Exeter has apologized

(Newser) - Quoting a German World War Two general may not be the best way to inspire young people, as a British school learned this month. Now Exeter University in South West England has apologized after sending a mass email to staff and students quoting former general Erwin Rommel, USA Today reports.... More »

Professor Who Insulted Barbara Bush Won't Be Fired

Her remarks were free speech, Fresno State says

(Newser) - The conduct of a tenured professor who called Barbara Bush a "witch" and an "amazing racist" was "insensitive, inappropriate, and an embarrassment to the university," Fresno State president Joseph Castro said in a statement Tuesday. But he added that since Randa Jarrar was acting in a... More »

University Expels Frat Over 'Secret' Video

Theta Tau video is called 'racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, ableist, and sexist'

(Newser) - Syracuse University has permanently expelled a fraternity over an offensive video that fraternity members say was intended as satire, the AP reports. The university announced the expulsion of Syracuse's Theta Tau chapter on its website Saturday. Chancellor Kent Syverud calls the Theta Tau video "racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, ableist... More »

Frat Suspended After Blackface Photo Surfaces

Students dressed as gang members on multicultural weekend

(Newser) - In what critics say was just the latest example of insensitive behavior at California Polytechnic State University, fraternity members dressed up as stereotypical gang members during the college's multicultural weekend—and one student was photographed in blackface. The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity was quickly placed on interim suspension after... More »

Police: 2 Shot Dead at Central Michigan University

School remains on lockdown with gunman still at large; officials say victims weren't students

(Newser) - Two people were fatally shot at a residence hall at Central Michigan University on Friday, and investigators were searching for a 19-year-old suspect considered armed and dangerous, according to the school. Neither victim was a student at the university in Mount Pleasant, and police believe the shooting "started from... More »

He's 39 and Unemployed —and Blames Oxford

Court win for Faiz Siddiqui could 'open the floodgates'

(Newser) - Seventeen years later, Faiz Siddiqui is still peeved about a poor grade he got in university—so peeved, in fact, that he's suing his former school for $1.3 million. At the High Court in London on Tuesday, a lawyer described how Siddiqui's dream of becoming an international... More »

Student Arrested for Sickening Campaign Against Roommate

She licked utensils, smeared bodily fluids on backpack

(Newser) - A University of Hartford student has been expelled and is facing a hate crime charge after allegedly waging a disgusting campaign to force the black roommate she nicknamed "Jamaican Barbie" to move—and bragging about it online. "After one and a half months spitting in her coconut oil,... More »

Trayvon Martin About to Receive College Degree

Florida Memorial University to honor him with posthumous aeronautical science bachelor's

(Newser) - If Trayvon Martin were alive today, he would be 22 and perhaps preparing this month for his college commencement. One Florida school is giving his parents the honor of accepting a degree for him. CNN reports that Florida Memorial University will bestow a posthumous bachelor's degree in aeronautical science... More »

Suspended Cheerleaders Paid Up to $1.5K as Escorts: Report

Attorney for Coastal Carolina University squad members calls accusations 'outlandish'

(Newser) - Details on the mystery suspension of an entire college cheerleading squad are now being filled in, thanks to an FOIA request. The Sun News has acquired a criminal investigation report compiled by South Carolina's Coastal Carolina University that indicates cheerleaders on its squad were working at strip clubs and... More »

Top Universities Accept All 4 Ohio Quadruplets

Harvard, Yale both want the 'Fantastic Four'

(Newser) - Quadruplet brothers in Ohio have all been accepted at some of the nation's top universities, including both Yale and Harvard. The Wade brothers of the northern Cincinnati suburb of Liberty Township say they have been notified in recent days of acceptances from a number of notable schools. Lakota East... More »

Canada Makes It Easier to Repay Student Loans

Students won't have to repay debt until they reach a minimum income level

(Newser) - Canada's about to make it a lot easier for low-earning graduates to repay their college debt, Global News reports. A new plan allows those earning less than CAD $25,000 (USD $18,650) per year to defer payment on government loans until they secure a higher-paying job. Almost 750,... More »

Top College to Freshmen: Don't Expect Safe Spaces, Trigger Warnings

University of Chicago letter to students says school supports academic freedom

(Newser) - The controversial concept of "safe spaces" on college campuses—a place where members of a marginalized group can feel secure and able to express themselves—has grabbed the media's attention over the last year, spurred by such high-profile cases as the racial strife at the University of Missouri... More »

Grad Loses Case Against 'Misleading' Law School

Jury votes 9-3 against Anna Alaburda

(Newser) - A split jury Thursday decided the case of Anna Alaburda versus the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and it came down on the side of the school, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Alaburda, 37, sued the nonprofit California school in 2011, claiming it fudged post-graduation employment numbers. She said those... More »

UTexas Students Can Soon Bring Guns to Class

School prez says state law is forcing his hand

(Newser) - At the University of Texas, handguns could soon become commonplace. Once a new state law takes effect on Aug. 1, University President Gregory Fenves says he'll be forced to allow licensed concealed handgun holders 21 and older to bring guns into classrooms. State leaders passed the "campus carry"... More »

Mouse Found Dead in 155-Year-Old Trap

Rodent got caught in Victorian mousetrap on display in museum

(Newser) - When Colin Pullinger & Sons patented its "Perpetual Mouse Trap" in 1861, the company boasted the device would "last a lifetime"—and it wasn't kidding. One of the antiquated models on display at the University of Reading's Museum of English Rural Life ended up trapping... More »

Tiniest of Typos Looms Large on College Billboard

Yep, apostrophes matter, as the University of South Dakota has discovered

(Newser) - A University of South Dakota billboard erected east of Sioux Falls on Interstate 90 boasts that it's the "Best in the Dakota's," adding an apostrophe that shouldn't be there, the Argus Leader reports. The director of the university's marketing department tells the Leader that... More »

University Slammed for Controversial Job Ad

White, Asian candidates appeared to be excluded

(Newser) - The University of Louisville is under fire after advertising an opening for a professor—an "African-American, Hispanic-American, or Native American Indian" professor, to be exact. Inside Higher Ed first highlighted the job ad in an article titled, "Whites, Asians Need Not Apply," and noted that the ad... More »

White Professor Uses N-Word, Gets in Hot Water

But Andrea Quenette says it was part of legitimate conversation

(Newser) - A white professor is on leave and under investigation after using the n-word in class—but she says her actions were part of a legitimate conversation about race, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. Andrea Quenette, an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, says she requested a paid... More »

Freakonomics Author Busts Cheating Kids via Algorithm

Four of the 12 that his algorithm deemed highly suspicious have confessed

(Newser) - When a professor at an anonymous "top American university" recently suspected cheating in a class, no student would admit to it, so he called in a big gun: Freakonomics author and University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt. Levitt and Ming-Jen Lin, of National Taiwan University, devised an algorithm to... More »

Graphic Video Gets Indiana University Frat Suspended

Alpha Tao Omega pledge allegedly seen performing sex act on woman

(Newser) - A fraternity has been suspended from Indiana University after a video circulated online showing a pledge performing oral sex on a woman as other members watch, the Indianapolis Star reports. A university rep cited "credible video evidence" that led to its decision, while the Alpha Tao Omega national office... More »

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