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Tom Ciccotta

Emory & Henry College Claims Wasp Mascot Doesn’t Support ‘Inclusion and Diversity’

Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia, announced this week that it is reevaluating its “wasp” mascot over concerns that it does not support the university’s promotion of “diversity and inclusion.” The mascot was allegedly deemed offensive by some over its loose relationship with the term “WASP,” or white anglo-saxon protestant.

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UNC Prof. Receives $500K Retirement Settlement After Celebrities Call for His Firing

Professor Mike Adam of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, will receive a $500,000 settlement in exchange for his retirement from the university just weeks after administrators faced pressure to fire Adams for a politically incorrect social media post. In May, celebrities called on the university to fire Adams over a tweet that he made about coronavirus lockdown policy.

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Students Worry They Will Not Get ‘True College Experience’ in Fall

Students around the country are beginning to express concern that they will not receive the “true college experience” when classes resume this fall. Harvard University, for example, announced this week that all courses for the upcoming academic year will be offered online.

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College Professors Celebrate the Fourth of July by Bashing America

Instead of celebrating America’s independence over the weekend, professors at colleges and universities around the country offered criticisms of the United States on the Fourth of July. One professor even argued that the United States government should be redesigned for the modern era.

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Washington & Lee Professors Vote to Remove ‘Lee’ from School Name

The faculty of Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, voted on Monday to remove the name of Robert E. Lee from the university’s name. During a faculty meeting on Monday, 79 percent of faculty voted in favor of a change to the university’s name.

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Cornell Announces that Campus Will Reopen to Protect Student’s Health

Cornell University has announced that it will reopen its campus to students this fall to benefit the health of students. Despite the decision by several major universities to keep their campuses closed for the fall semester, Cornell believes it is best for the health of its students to hold classes in person.

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Report: Stanford Accepted $58 Million from Chinese Government

Stanford University is facing criticism over its extensive relationship with the Chinese government. Between 2013 and 2019, the university reported that it had accepted $58 million in gifts and contracts from China and its communist government. Only Harvard, USC, and the University of Pennsylvania have taken more money from China.

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MIT Apologizes for Training AI System to Use Racial Slurs

Researchers at MIT are apologizing this week after one of its research projects included racial and gender-based slurs in a massive dataset used to train AI systems. The AI was designed to identify objects in photographs such as trees, cars, plants, and pets, but also learned racial and gender slurs from the training dataset.

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College Democrats Leadership Board Resigns After Racism Accusation

The leadership board of the national College Democrats organization resigned under pressure last week after one student claimed that he experienced discrimination during his tenure on the executive board. The accuser, the board’s only black member, will now take over as the organization’s interim president.

Protestors carry placards during a demonstration called by the Rhodes Must Fall campaign calling for the removal of the statue of British imperialist Cecil John Rhodes outside Oriel College, at the University of Oxford on June 9, 2020. - Following the toppling of slave trader Edward Colston during a Black …

Florida Law Grads Will Take Online Bar Exam

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners announced on Friday that it has replaced its scheduled July bar examination for recent law school graduates with an online examination that will take place in August. Other states, including Oregon, Utah, and Washington, have already canceled the bar exam entirely.

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Survey: College Makes Young Americans Less Patriotic

A new survey commissioned by the Young America’s Foundation called the Youth Patriotism Index revealed that American colleges and universities are contributing to making students less patriotic. According to the survey, high school students are much more likely than college students to be proud to live in the United States.

Trevor Tovsen, center, with the University of Maryland College Republicans, says the Pledge of Allegiance, during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md., Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, where President Donald Trump is expected to speak. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

U. of Texas Law Prof Wants to Rewrite ‘Racist,’ ‘Obsolete’ Constitution

University of Texas at Austin Constitutional Law Professor Richard Albert argued this week that the United States should revise the Constitution to remove “racist” and “gendered” language. In the op-ed published by The Hill, Albert claimed that the Constitution suggests that only men can be elected president of the United States.

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UC San Francisco Pays Hacker’s $1 Million Ransom to Save Research

The University of California, San Francisco has admitted that it paid $1.14 million to “ransomware” hackers to retrieve research that hackers had temporarily compromised. The hackers initially demanded a payment of $3 million to return the data that they had stolen from the university.

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Fresno State Students Call for Removal of Gandhi Statue

Students at Fresno State University have circulated a petition that calls for the removal of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on campus. The students argued that the statue should be removed on the basis of Gandhi’s alleged prejudices against minority groups.

Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi,1869 - 1948), Indian nationalist and spiritual leader, leading the Salt March in protest against the government monopoly on salt production. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Chinese Researcher Convicted of Spying on American Companies

A Chinese citizen that completed a portion of a doctoral program at an unnamed Californa university was convicted of stealing American trade secrets on Friday. The DOJ charged the man with conspiring to steal trade secrets from multiple American companies and hand them over “for the benefit of the Chinese government.”

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Dartmouth Plans a Partial Reopening for Fall Semester

Dartmouth College announced this week that it will reopen its campus in September to approximately 50 percent of its student body. First-year students will be invited to live and study on campus for the entirety of the upcoming academic year. Most Dartmouth classes will remain online in a similar fashion to most college and universities taught classes in the Spring semester.

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Princeton Students Urge School Officials to Resist the ‘Siege Against Academic Freedom’

A student organization called the Princeton Open Campus Coalition is urging university officials this week to push back against the demands of woke students and faculty. The university recently caved to demands to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from the university’s school of public policy. According to the students, the “siege against academic freedom” is “fundamentally about ideology and power.”

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Coronavirus: MIT Develops Autonomous Robot to Disinfect Warehouses, Schools

Researchers at MIT recently announced that they have developed an autonomous robot technology using UV light that may keep large, open, spaces free from coronavirus. The research team hopes that the technology will eventually be used by warehouses, schools, airlines, and grocery stores.

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Pete Buttigieg Accepts Teaching Role at Notre Dame

Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg announced this week that he will assume a teaching role at the University of Notre Dame for the upcoming academic year. Buttigieg will also conduct research on enhancing trust in the American government.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JULY 07: Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks on stage at 2019 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 07, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for ESSENCE)

Oregon State and U. of Oregon Drop ‘Civil War’ Nickname for Sports Rivalry

Oregon State University and the University of Oregon announced this week that they will no longer use the term ‘Civil War’ to describe the sports rivalry between the two institutions. The term had been used to describe the rivalry since the 1930s, but will be dumped “in recognition that Black Lives Matter.”

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Report: e-Learning Data Breach Exposes 1 Million College Students’ Data

Over one million students that have used the OneClass e-learning platform may have had their personal data breached. A report published on Thursday suggests that the popular educational platform experienced a significant data breach this week, creating a “goldmine for criminal hackers.”

A coalition of Israeli diplomats, programmers and hackers have joined forces to stave off threats by identifying bot networks on social media and getting them removed