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Baylor University Hires Outside Lawyers To Investigate Internal Handling of Sex Abuse Cases

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Posted by    Friday, September 4, 2015 at 6:30pm

Baylor University has retained the services of outside counsel for an internal investigation into the school’s handling of sexual abuse cases.

Yahoo News reports:

Outside lawyers to probe Baylor University’s handling of sex abuse

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Baylor University President Ken Starr, who gained prominence for his investigation of former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s sex life, will have an independent investigation looking at how his school responds to sexual misconduct.

Baylor, the world’s largest Baptist university, has faced criticism for not doing enough to investigate and discipline a member of its football team who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman who played on the school’s women’s soccer team. The player, Sam Ukwuachu, was convicted in August of sexual assault and given six months in jail.

A Baylor official told a court in the central Texas city of Waco that the university looked into the woman’s complaint but did not find enough evidence to hold a disciplinary hearing. A judge deemed Baylor’s investigation so deficient that defense lawyers were barred from citing it during Ukwuachu’s trial.

The Baylor Board of Regents this week said it hired Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton “to conduct a thorough and independent external investigation into the university’s handling of cases of alleged sexual violence.”


 
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Texas Student Drives Barbie Jeep on Campus Following DWI Arrest

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Posted by    Friday, September 4, 2015 at 5:00pm

Give this young woman some points for creativity.

And having a good sense of humor.

From Andrew Husband of Mediaite.

Texas University Student Drives Barbie Jeep After DWI Arrest, Wins the Internet

Following her DWI arrest for refusing to take a breathalyzer test at a concert, Texas State University student Tara Monroe became a viral Internet sensation when she decided to drive a pink Barbie Jeep to school.

As Gawker writer Sam Biddle describes Monroe, she is “the antihero we deserve.” That’s probably a bit of a stretch, but since I am a native Texan, I can’t bring myself to totally disagree. Especially since, following the arrest and her father’s removal of any automotive means of transportation, Monroe took matters into her own hands and found a way to get around.

“Most people don’t find the things me and my friends do very funny, just immature, so I didn’t expect to get this big of a reaction,” the industrial engineering student told the San Antonio Express-News. “People who don’t know me are shocked but my friends weren’t even surprised because I do stuff like this all the time.”


 
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University of Houston Dumps Millions Into Athletic Programs

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Posted by    Friday, September 4, 2015 at 3:30pm

Surrounded by athletic greats like Texas A&M University, The University of Texas, Baylor University, and Rice University, the University of Houston his pumping major bucks into their athletic programs.

The Texas Tribune writes:

University of Houston Pours Millions into Athletics

As classes wrap up at the University of Houston on Thursday, marching band members...

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Howard University Students Complain About Mold and Rats

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Posted by    Friday, September 4, 2015 at 2:00pm

Yikes. These seem like pretty valid grievances for college students.

From Yahoo News.

Students at Washington’s Howard University complain about mold, rats

Officials at Howard University on Thursday met with students who have been complaining about rats, mold, high tuition and other issues at the school, one of the oldest historically black U.S. colleges.

Howard...

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Law Schools Dominated by Liberal, Democrat Professors

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Posted by    Friday, September 4, 2015 at 12:30pm

It is hard to find a conservative law professor. It also looks like this is something that will not change.

The College Fix.

Law schools dominated by Democrat professors, research finds

Legal scholars educating the next generation of attorneys and judges are mostly Democrats, according to a wide swath of research, a troubling trend...

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Video: Watch College Professors Try to Translate Millennial Slang

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Posted by    Friday, September 4, 2015 at 11:00am

In all fairness to these professors, I bet most people over the age of 30 wouldn’t know these words.

This is pretty funny.

ABC News in Los Angeles has more.

Lehigh University in Pennsylvania challenged some of its instruc...

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SAT Scores Drop and Racial Gap Persists

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Posted by    Friday, September 4, 2015 at 9:30am

The reading score is at a low not seen since 1972.

Inside Higher Ed reports.

SAT Scores Drop and Racial Gaps Remain Large

SAT scores dropped significantly for the class of college-bound seniors this year. All three sections saw declines — and the numbers were down for male and female students alike.

At the same...

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UNC Student Column: Kanye West Could Make an Awesome President

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Posted by    Friday, September 4, 2015 at 8:00am

It looks like this student hasn’t really thought about this very clearly.

The College Fix reports.

Student argues Kanye could make an awesome president

If you wondered whether any millennial could possibly take Kanye West’s alleged 2020 presidential bid seriously, look no further than this op-ed published Wednesday by a University of North Carolina...

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3,000 Former Corinthian College Students Will Have College Debt Erased

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Posted by    Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 6:30pm

If your college goes belly under, you too might have your college debt paid for from the tax payer coffers.

U.S. News and World Report writes:

Thousands of students ask government to erase college loans, claiming fraud or school closure

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3,000 former Corinthian College students will have their college...

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Gender Neutral Pronouns Come to Harvard

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Posted by    Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 5:00pm

He and she just aren’t enough for the ivy league school.

Jennifer Kabbany reports at the College Fix.

At Harvard, students can pick ‘ze, hir, hirs’

Gender-neutral pronouns have hit Harvard.

“The Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ registration tool now gives students the option to choose preferred gender pronouns for the first time,” The Harvard...

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Cornell Ranks as 4th Most Liberal College

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Posted by    Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 3:30pm

With so many different ways to determine where a school sits on the political spectrum, this particular report looks at faculty political donations.

From the Cornell Review:

Cornell is 4th Most Liberal College as Measured By Faculty Political Donations

Surprise, surprise?

According to political data analytics firm Crowdpac, Cornell is the fourth most liberal university...

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Occidental College Prof Not a Fan of Conservative Student Group

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Posted by    Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 2:00pm

Some professors can’t even believe that some of their students don’t think like them.

The Liberty Standard reports.

Occidental College Professor Lisa Wade ‘Horrified’ by Conservative Student Group, Calls Economics Majors “anti-social”, More

Lisa Wade is an associate professor of sociology at Occidental College. She is also a writer and editor for the blog...

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What Did College Cost 100 Years Ago?

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Posted by    Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 12:30pm

Let’s see what prices were in 1915.

Time Money reports.

What College Cost 100 Years Ago

A century ago, you could buy a first-class postage stamp for 2¢, a gallon of gas for 15¢, and a dozen eggs for 34¢. If those sound like bargains, consider this: A year’s tuition at Harvard would have...

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Watch College Students React to Strange New Gender Pronouns

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Posted by    Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 11:00am

Young America’s Foundation spoke to some college students about the gender pronouns highlighted in a recent story at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Students react to bizarre new gender pronouns

Young Americans for Freedom at the University of Tennessee, where administrators have suggested students use a bizarre new set of gender neutral pronouns,...

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End of Tuition Possible for Cooper Union

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Posted by    Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 9:30am

Cooper Union used to be free to attend.

Inside Higher Ed reports.

A Path Back to Free for Cooper Union?

New York State’s attorney general plans to announce a deal today that will substantially change the governance of Cooper Union and could create a path back to restoring the institution’s longstanding but recently abandoned...

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Woman Sues Oregon State for Alleged Sex Assault Over Fifteen Years Ago

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Posted by    Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 8:00am

If you read the report below, you’ll see that the school, while sympathetic, isn’t taking any responsibility.

From the Washington Post.

Woman sues Oregon State University over 1999 sexual assault

A woman who says she was raped while attending Oregon State University in 1999 seeks $7.5 million in a federal Title IX lawsuit against...

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Months After Charges Dropped, San Diego State U. Lifts Suspension on Student Accused of Sexual Assault

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 6:30pm

No charges were filed, no reason was provided as to why the charges were dropped either. San Diego State University sent a campus-wide email when Francisco Paiva Sousa was arrested, but failed to do so when charges were dropped. Needless to say, this is yet another mess created by a University...

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Colorado State Implicated in Planned Parenthood Controversy

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 5:00pm

According to a new report from Life News, Colorado State is now caught up in the ongoing Planned Parenthood controversy.

Colorado State University Caught Signing Contract With Planned Parenthood to Buy Aborted Babies

New documentation shows Colorado State University (CSU) signed a five-year contract with the local Planned Parenthood abortion business to purchase...

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Columbia Revises Sexual Assault Policy

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 3:30pm

Columbia’s sexual assault policies received an overhaul thanks to new state laws.

The Columbia Spectator explains:

Columbia revises sexual assault policy to include reforms to hearing and appeals processes, additional clarifications

In accordance with a New York state law passed this summer, Columbia’s new sexual assault policy includes changes to the appeals process...

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Report Says Majority of Hudson Valley Students Are Unprepared for College

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 2:00pm

Not good news.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports.

Report: Majority of Hudson Valley students unprepared for college

Are Hudson Valley students ready for college and careers?

The short answer is “No.” At least, not at the rate they should be, according to report published by the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress Monday.

Despite a high amount of...

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Contradictions Exist Between High School and College Students’ Interest in Humanities

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 12:30pm

Humanities goes up once in college.

Inside Higher Ed reports.

Analysis considers contradictions in high school and college students’ interest in humanities

Humanities professors spend a lot of time debating trends in humanities enrollments. Are they really down or does it just seem that way because women have more options than they did a...

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Harvard Business School Launches Virtual Classroom

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 11:00am

Welcome to the future of higher education.

The Associated Press reports.

Harvard Launches ‘Virtual Classroom’ for Students Anywhere

The newest classroom at Harvard’s business school has no desks or chairs. Instead, the professor teaches facing a towering digital screen that stretches from wall to wall, filled with the live video feeds of up to...

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