Tom Ciccotta

Tom Ciccotta

Mike Rowe Questions Rising College Costs As Classes Move Online

Television presenter Mike Rowe questioned the rising cost of attending college during a recent appearance on Fox News. Rowe contrasted rising tuition costs with the nation’s recent adoption of online learning technology in response to the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

BEDFORD HEIGHTS, OH - SEPTEMBER 26: Television personality Mike Rowe speaks during a roundtable discussion with Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney and business leaders at American Spring Wire September 26, 2012 in Bedford Heights, Ohio. Romney continued his two-day "Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class" bus tour in …

Harvard Adopts ‘Emergency Grading’ System Demanded by Students

Harvard University announced this week that it will adopt an “emergency grading system” that will force all professors to grade their students by a “pass/fail” standard. Harvard is one of many universities around the country that have adjusted their grading policies in response to the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. The Ivy League institution made the change based in part on student demands.

A Palestinian student admitted to Harvard University -- a gate to Harvard Yard is seen here -- says his visa has been scrapped

Study: 76% of Leftist Students Believe Jokes Can Be Hate Speech

A recent survey revealed that an overwhelming 76% of leftist students believe that “offensive” jokes can be considered “hate speech.” The survey, which was conducted by College Pulse, asked students how they felt about a variety of issues surrounding the intersection of speech and comedy.

Comedian Dave Chappelle, center, shares a light moment with philanthropist Pamela Joyner, left, and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, right, on stage during W.E.B. Du Bois Medal award ceremonies, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Joyner, Chappelle, and Kaepernick are among eight recipients of Harvard University's …

Online Exams Gaining in Popularity After SAT and ACT Cancellations

An increasing number of students around the country who will not be able to take the SAT as a result of the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus pandemic have registered for an alternative standardized test called the Classic Learning Test. The online exam, which was established in 2015, was designed to repair some of the alleged flaws of more popular standardized exams.

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Top Law Schools Want to Delay Hiring Process Due to Chinese Virus

Law schools around the country are working to delay the summer hiring process to protect students from the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. Administrators from top law school programs are working with large law firms this week to adjust the traditional hiring timeline.

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U. of Wisconsin: Blaming Chinese Virus on China Is “Racist”

Administrators at the University of Wisconsin, Madison condemned a series of “anti-China” chalk messages that appeared this week. One chalk message referred to the “Chinese virus” while another blamed the ongoing pandemic on the Chinese government. The University’s chancellor referred to the chalking as “racist behavior.”

A US and a Chinese flag wave outside a commercial building in Beijing, 09 July 2007. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice 06 July 2007 accused China of flouting the rules of global trade in its headlong economic expansion as the US administration "has not been hesitant" to deploy trade …

NYU Dean Responds to Tuition Refund Requests with Dance Video

A dean at NYU’s Tisch School of Arts turned heads this week when she accompanied her refusal to refund tuition and fees to students with a two-minute video of her dancing to REM’s “Losing My Religion.” One student replied with an open letter, writing, “The video is not cute. It’s uncomfortable to watch, it goes on for too long, you end it by staring at the camera for a good eight seconds, none of it is working in the way you think it’s working.”

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Cheesecake Factory Tells Landlords It Will Not Pay Rent in April

The Cheesecake Factory told its landlord this week that they will not be able to pay rent on April 1 due to the loss of business caused by the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. The Cheesecake Factory currently operates 294 locations in 39 states around the country.

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Penn State Students Allowed to Change the Grades They Earn for Spring Classes

Penn State announced this week that students will be permitted to change their spring semester grades after they receive them. The approach marks a substantial departure from grading policies also being adopted by universities and colleges around the country this week in response to the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

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Yale Cancels May Commencement Ceremony

Yale University announced on Wednesday that it is canceling its annual spring commencement ceremony, scheduled for May, as a precautionary measure against the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.

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MIT Researchers Publish Design for Ventilator Costing Just $100

A team of researchers at MIT announced this week that it will publish an open-source design for a low-cost ventilator that could potentially save lives during the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. The ventilators designed by the “MIT Emergency Ventilator Project” will cost just $100 as opposed to up to $50,000 for typical hospital ventilators.

This picture taken on March 16, 2020 during a press presentation of the hospitalisation service for future patients with coronavirus at Samson Assuta Ashdod University Hospital in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, shows the director of the epidemics service Dr Karina Glick checking a medical ventilator control panel at …

Liberty University Reopens Campus Out of ‘Responsibility to Our Students’

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., announced this week that he is encouraging students to return to the college’s Lynchburg, Virginia, campus despite ongoing concern over the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. Falwell stated, “I think we have a responsibility to our students — who paid to be here, who want to be here, who love it here — to give them the ability to be with their friends, to continue their studies, enjoy the room and board they’ve already paid for and to not interrupt their college life.” 

LYNCHBURG, VA - MAY 13: U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and Jerry Falwell (R), President of Liberty University, on stage during a commencement at Liberty University May 13, 2017 in Lynchburg, Virginia. President Trump is the first sitting president to speak at Liberty's commencement since George H.W. Bush spoke in …

Northwestern U. Professors: Officials Can’t Cancel Finals

Professors at Northwestern University claim that university officials do not have the authority to cancel final exams. Officials announced last week that final exams would be optional for undergraduate students that are “stressed” over the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

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