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Utah’s Dixie State U. Considering Name Change In Response to Petition

Dixie State University in St. George, Utah, announced this week that it is considering changing its name in response to a petition by local citizens. The petition claims that the word “Dixie” is offensive due to its ties to the southern states in the Confederacy. According to the university, the word Dixie “represents the rich pioneering heritage of sacrifice, determination and generosity of our early settlers.”

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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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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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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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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)

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)

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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