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A group of employees at a community college in Washington State has apologized for planning what it called a "happy hour" that sought to "build support and community" for people of color, after the event's invitation suggested that white people were not invited.
An email invitation to staff members at South Puget Sound Community College stated, "if you want to create space for white folks to meet and work on racism, white supremacy, and white privilege to better our campus community and yourselves, please feel free to do just that."
A spokeswoman for the college told KING-TV that was a mistake, and said the group that sent the email had apologized the next day and called off the event.
An Illinois judge on Tuesday increased to $3-million the amount of money that Chicago State University must pay to a former official who recently won his lawsuit against the institution.
A jury last month awarded James Crowley, Chicago State's former senior legal counsel, $2.5-million and ordered that he be reinstated. The newspaper said that the verdict was significant because it was believed to be the first one stemming from a whistle-blower claim filed under a 2003 state ethics law.
Judge James P. McCarthy of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill., decided to double the amount of back pay owed to Mr. Crowley, as allowed under that state law, and ordered the university to pay $60,000 in interest on the back pay. Mr. Crowley's award now totals just more than $3-million.
A Chicago State spokesman said the university planned to appeal.
Marietta College, in Marietta, Ohio, plans to eliminate 20 full-time jobs, a move that college officials attributed to budget pressures and the need to ensure the institution’s future financial health, The Marietta Times reported.
The cuts are expected to save $1.1-million and will affect employees across the campus, including instructors, a college spokesman told the newspaper. He said he could not say which positions would be cut.
Joseph W. Bruno, Marietta’s president, said in a news release...
The College of Saint Elizabeth, a Roman Catholic institution in Morristown, N.J., is eliminating 17 faculty positions and is exploring other options, including allowing men to attend its traditional undergraduate division, to deal with what it describes as “serious financial problems,” the Daily Record, a local newspaper, reported. The college, founded by the Sisters of Charity as a women’s liberal-arts college in 1899, already admits men to its graduate and continuing-education divisions.
Two Pennsylvania lawmakers on Tuesday outlined proposed legislation that would allow some universities to break away from the state’s higher-education system, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The legislation would let universities that have more than 7,000 students and are able to demonstrate financial stability leave the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, which as a whole has seen an enrollment decline of 6 percent since 2010. Nine of the system’s 14 universities have more than...
The New Jersey Institute of Technology has prevailed in a long legal fight with its former alumni association, with which it cut ties almost six years ago, The Star-Ledger reported.
The university disaffiliated itself from the group in 2008, saying at the time that the association’s leadership had feuded with campus officials and made itself too exclusive. The university formed a new official alumni association, and the former group changed its name to the New Jersey Tech Alumni Association.
The South Carolina House of Representatives rejected attempts on Thursday to restore funds in next year’s budget for two campuses that were penalized for choosing gay-themed books as common reading assignments, The State, a newspaper in Columbia, S.C., reported. The House budget committee had stripped $52,000 from the College of Charleston and $17,000 from the University of South Carolina-Upstate for choosing books that lawmakers said did not reflect the community standards of state taxpayers. ...
David J. Skorton, president of Cornell University, was named on Monday as the new leader of the Smithsonian Institution.
Dr. Skorton, a cardiologist who has led Cornell since 2006, will become the Smithsonian’s 13th secretary, or chief executive, and the first physician to lead the institution. The Smithsonian has a total annual budget of $1.3-billion and includes 19 museums, nine research centers, and the National Zoo.
Dr. Skorton will succeed G. Wayne Clough, who took office at the Smithsonian...
The national office of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a fraternity that has come under intense scrutiny in recent months over hazing incidents involving its membership, on Friday announced that it would end the practice of pledging for new members at all of its chapters, Bloomberg reported.
A Bloomberg investigation last year that tracked deaths connected to fraternities found that SAE was the deadliest, with 10 deaths since 2006 having been linked to hazing, alcohol, or drugs at SAE events.
In a written ...
The Georgia Institute of Technology is seeking to fire a professor who has been accused of taking at least $20,000 from graduate students he supervised, WSB-TV reported.
Jochen Teizer, an associate professor of construction engineering and director of Georgia Tech’s construction safety and technology laboratory, has been placed on leave, and the university has started dismissal proceedings against him.
Reginald DesRoches, chair of the university’s school of civil and environmental engineering,...