Sunday, June 7, 2020

MixedTimes - Tom Ciccotta

U. of Washington Community Demands Easy Grading for Black Students

U. of Washington Community Demands Easy Grading for Black Students

Students at the University of Washington are demanding a relaxed grading policy to help black students "cope emotionally" with the ongoing protests and riots that have erupted in major cities around the nation after George Floyd died during an arrest on May 26 in Minneapolis.

UCLA Professor: People Have No Choice But to Riot

UCLA Professor: People Have No Choice But to Riot

UCLA Professor Robin Kelley suggested this week that black Americans have no choice but to riot in the aftermath of George Floyd's death. As Kelley explained in a UCLA interview,“My wife asked me this question last night, ‘Do you think this is right?’ I said, ‘What other choice do people have?’”

Signal Messaging App Adds Face-Blurring Feature to Hide Identity of Protesters

Signal Messaging App Adds Face-Blurring Feature to Hide Identity of Protesters

The Signal messaging app introduced a feature this week that will help protesters shield their identities. When activated, the feature uses facial detection technology to automatically blur faces in pictures, hindering law enforcement efforts to identify violent rioters and looters.

Amazon Ends Coronavirus Hazard Pay for Warehouse Workers

Amazon Ends Coronavirus Hazard Pay for Warehouse Workers

Amazon announced this week that it is ending its two-dollar pay increase for warehouse workers instituted after the outbreak of the Chinese virus. Meanwhile, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has enjoyed a net worth increase of $32 billion since January.

Professors Around the Country Offer Assistance and Support to Rioters

Professors Around the Country Offer Assistance and Support to Rioters

Professors are offering assistance and support to the rioters and looters that have destroyed small businesses in major cities across the nation. One professor even encouraged rioters to target the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC for destruction.

U. of Minnesota to Cut Ties with Minneapolis Police Department

U. of Minnesota to Cut Ties with Minneapolis Police Department

The University of Minnesota announced this week that it is cutting ties with the Minneapolis Police Department over the death of George Floyd. The university previously used the Minneapolis Police Department for additional support during football games, concerts, and ceremonies on campus.

Boston U. Will Use Robots for Student Coronavirus Testing

Boston U. Will Use Robots for Student Coronavirus Testing

Boston University announced this week that it will be using "specialized robots" to test students for the Chinese virus upon their return to campus this fall. The university also announced that it will utilize contact tracing to mitigate the spread of the virus on campus.

Universities Claim Coronavirus Prevents Them from Complying with Records Requests

Universities Claim Coronavirus Prevents Them from Complying with Records Requests

Universities and colleges around the nation are claiming that the ongoing Chinese virus pandemic has prevented them from complying with requests for public records from journalists. Some universities have even refused to comply with a federal investigation into foreign influence on higher education.

'Biden Center' at UPenn Under Fire over Financial Ties to China

'Biden Center' at UPenn Under Fire over Financial Ties to China

The Biden Center at the University of Pennsylvania is under fire this week over its alleged failure to disclose millions of dollars in gifts from China. The center has allegedly failed to disclose $70 million in gifts from China since 2017.

Report: Teens Spend Seven Hours a Day Staring at Their Phones

Report: Teens Spend Seven Hours a Day Staring at Their Phones

A recent report revealed that teenagers spend an average of seven hours each day on their smartphones. The report suggests that 70 percent of teenagers conceal a portion of their online activity from their parents.

Students Sue Harvard over Campus Shutdown

Students Sue Harvard over Campus Shutdown

Harvard University is facing a $5 million class-action lawsuit over its ongoing campus shutdown, which began in March due to the Chinese virus pandemic. Students claim that they are entitled to refunds for the decline in the quality of their education this semester.

Alaskan School Board Reverses Ban on 'Great Gatsby'

Alaskan School Board Reverses Ban on 'Great Gatsby'

The Matanuska-Susitna borough school district in Alaska has reversed a ban on several classic literary works includingThe Great Gatsby after a protest effort conducted by local parents.

U. of California Officially Removes SAT and ACT Requirements for Admission

U. of California Officially Removes SAT and ACT Requirements for Admission

The University of California announced this week that it has officially removed the SAT and ACT standardized testing requirement for applicants. Some universities and colleges around the nation have removed standardized testing requirements as part of an effort to make their student bodies "more diverse.

Study: 20% of Students May Not Return to College in Fall

Study: 20% of Students May Not Return to College in Fall

A new study suggests that 20 percent of university students may not return to college for the fall semester. Some analysts believe that the ongoing Chinese virus pandemic has drastically shifted American attitudes towards higher education.

Binghamton U. Defends Partnership with China-Funded Confucius Institute

Binghamton U. Defends Partnership with China-Funded Confucius Institute

Binghamton University recently defended its partnership with the controversial Confucius Institute, an education organization funded by the Chinese government. Many universities have cut ties with the Confucius Institute after evidence was published that suggests it was designed by the Chinese government to exercise control discourse on American campuses.

NYU Announces Plan to Reopen Campus

NYU Announces Plan to Reopen Campus

NYU has announced its plans to reopen campus for the fall semester. The university claims that it will adopt a variety of precautionary measures to mitigate the spread of the Chinese virus on campus.

Colorado State Offers $1,500 Coronavirus Aid Checks to Illegal Alien Students

Colorado State Offers $1,500 Coronavirus Aid Checks to Illegal Alien Students

Colorado State has offered $1,500 Chinese virus aid checks to hundreds of illegal alien students that are currently enrolled at the university. The university claims that it elected to help its illegal student population during the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus pandemic because they are not eligible for federal aid.

U. of Kentucky Embroiled in Naked Cheerleader Scandal

U. of Kentucky Embroiled in Naked Cheerleader Scandal

The University of Kentucky has fired its entire cheerleading coaching staff after cheerleaders were found to have engaged in extreme hazing rituals that involved alcohol, nudity, and the chanting of a sexually-explicit song.

Stanford Prof Erased from Website After Singing the N-Word

Stanford Prof Erased from Website After Singing the N-Word

Stanford Professor Rose Salseda was removed from the university's website after being accused of singing along to a rap song by N.W.A. including a racial slur. Salseda apologized to the Stanford community in a letter published on Monday.

U. of Florida Pro-Palestine Club Posts Antisemitic Messages to Social Media

U. of Florida Pro-Palestine Club Posts Antisemitic Messages to Social Media

The University of Florida's chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine posted several antisemitic messages on Instagram this week. The group previously came under fire after they were accused of hurling antisemitic remarks at a campus guest lecturer from the Israeli Defense Force.

Case Western Reserve Prof Arrested over Financial Ties to Chinese Government

Case Western Reserve Prof Arrested over Financial Ties to Chinese Government

A professor at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine was arrested on Wednesday over his alleged financial ties to the Chinese government. The FBI alleges that professor Qing Wang was providing research funded with taxpayer money to the Chinese communist government.

Cal State Will Keep Campuses Closed, All Classes Virtual This Fall

Cal State Will Keep Campuses Closed, All Classes Virtual This Fall

Cal State announced this week that it plans to keep classes online for the fall semester over fears of a second outbreak of the Chinese virus. Cal State is the first large university system in the United States to announce that its campus will remain closed for the fall semester.

Feds: U. of Arkansas Prof Committed Fraud by Hiding Ties to Chinese Government

Feds: U. of Arkansas Prof Committed Fraud by Hiding Ties to Chinese Government

University of Arkansas Professor Simon Ang was arrested on Monday on charges that he failed to disclose a financial relationship with the Chinese government. The arrest following the January arrest of a chemistry professor at Harvard University for failing to disclose similar ties to the Chinese government.

U. of California System: Campuses Will Not 'Fully Reopen' in the Fall

U. of California System: Campuses Will Not 'Fully Reopen' in the Fall

University of California System President Janet Napolitano recently announced that the 10 campuses that comprise the UC system will not "fully reopen" for the fall semester. UC San Diego announced last week that it will utilize rapid testing kits to mitigate the spread of the Chinese virus on campus.

Dozens of Universities Still Partner with Communist China's Confucius Institute

Dozens of Universities Still Partner with Communist China's Confucius Institute

Dozens of universities and colleges around the country have maintained partnerships with the Confucius Institute, an educational organization backed by China's communist government. In 2019, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) called for an investigation into the Confucius Institute influence over American universities and college.

Yale Scientist: Reopening America Is 'Awfully Close to Genocide'

Yale Scientist: Reopening America Is 'Awfully Close to Genocide'

A Yale University scientist argued in a social media post published on Wednesday that the United States government's response to the Chinese virus pandemic amounts to "genocide" of "African-Americans, Latinos, other people of color.

Ohio U. Lays Off Gender, Race Studies Professors

Ohio U. Lays Off Gender, Race Studies Professors

Ohio University laid off three professors from the gender and race studies departments this week in response to financial burdens imposed by the Chinese virus pandemic. Ohio University also fired 140 unionized employees who worked in the university's custodial, groundskeeping, and maintenance departments.

House Republicans Launch Probe Into China's Influence on American Universities

House Republicans Launch Probe Into China's Influence on American Universities

Republicans in the House of Representatives announced this week that they have launched an investigation into China's influence on American universities and colleges. Many universities and colleges have cut ties with the Chinese government's Confucius Institute over concerns that it sought to limit criticism of China on American campuses.

Georgia Tech, Boston U. Investigate Cheating During Online Exams

Georgia Tech, Boston U. Investigate Cheating During Online Exams

Boston University and Georgia Tech are currently investigating suspected cheating by students in online final exams. The exams, which were recently administrated online, have sparked a conversation in academic about cheating on online exams.

U. of Kentucky Plans to Reopen for Fall Semester

U. of Kentucky Plans to Reopen for Fall Semester

The University of Kentucky announced on Friday that it plans to reopen the campus for the upcoming fall semester. University PresidentEli Capilouto said that he and his staff are working to "reinvent" a new "normal" that allows students to safely return to campus in the fall.

Lawsuit: U. of Minnesota Provides Resources Only for Leftist Activists

Lawsuit: U. of Minnesota Provides Resources Only for Leftist Activists

Two students at the University of Minnesota are suing their university over its relationship with nine prominent leftist student groups. The students allege in their lawsuit that the university exclusively provides on-campus meeting space for student organizations that engage in progressive activism.

Harvard Donating Epstein Cash to Sex Crime Victim Groups

Harvard Donating Epstein Cash to Sex Crime Victim Groups

Harvard University announced on Friday that it has donated the remaining funds that Jeffrey Epstein gifted to the university to charities that aid sex crime victims. Harvard has been criticized for its extensive relationship with the disgraced financier and convicted sex criminal, who reportedly visited the campus more than 40 times following his release from jail in 2010.

U. of Delaware Refuses to Release the Biden Papers

U. of Delaware Refuses to Release the Biden Papers

The University of Delaware has ignored requests from journalists regarding the release of a collection of Joe Biden's senate records. The collection, which was gifted to the university in 2011, was scheduled to be released at the conclusion of the Obama presidency.

Rutgers Professor Brittney Cooper: 'F*ck Each and Every Trump Supporter'

Rutgers Professor Brittney Cooper: 'F*ck Each and Every Trump Supporter'

Rutgers University Professor Brittney Cooper unleashed a tirade at supporters of President Donald Trump in a social media thread this week. In response to the recent campaign to end Chinese virus shutdowns, Cooper posted, "Fuck each and every Trump supporter.

Alaska School Board Bans 'The Great Gatsby' and Other 'Harmful' Books

Alaska School Board Bans 'The Great Gatsby' and Other 'Harmful' Books

An Alaska school board has decided to banThe Great Gatsby and other classic literary worksover concerns that the books contain content that is "harmful" to students. Educators around the nation have criticized the decision, arguing thatthe decision amounts to censorship.

Iowa Community College Gives Antifa Professor $25,000 over Firing

Iowa Community College Gives Antifa Professor $25,000 over Firing

Jeff Klinzman will receive a $25,000 settlement from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, over the college's decision to terminate him last fall. Klinzman was terminated from his professorship after he revealed that he was a member of the far-left militant group Antifa, threatened to attack President Trump with a baseball bat, and fantasized about murdering Christians.

Middlebury College Apologizes After Touting Student Riot on Social Media

Middlebury College Apologizes After Touting Student Riot on Social Media

Middlebury College was forced to apologize this week after it shared a photo from the infamous student riot against conservative author Charles Murray. During the riot, Middlebury College Professor Allison Stanger suffered a neck injury after being struck by a protester and was forced to go to the hospital.

Cornell Will Accept $12.8 Million in Federal Aid Despite $7 Billion Endowment

Cornell Will Accept $12.8 Million in Federal Aid Despite $7 Billion Endowment

Cornell University announced this week that it will accept $12.8 million in federal coronavirus relief despite mounting public pressure to reject the funds. Several Ivy League institutions, including Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, announced last week that they would reject the federal funds after pressure from both President Donald Trump and the American public.

Indiana U. Profs Ordered to Report Students Who Join Online Classes Naked

Indiana U. Profs Ordered to Report Students Who Join Online Classes Naked

Indiana University told professors this week that they are required to report students that appear naked on webcam during online class sessions. Indiana University officials reportedly claimed that accidentally appearing naked during a class session is a form of "sexual harassment.

Cal State Fullerton Announces Fall Classes Will Be Online

Cal State Fullerton Announces Fall Classes Will Be Online

Cal State Fullerton announced this week that fall classes will begin online as part of ongoing Chinese virus mitigation efforts. Cal State Fullerton is one of the first institutions to move their courses online for the upcoming fall semester.

Harvard Says It Is Keeping $8.7 Million Federal Grant

Harvard Says It Is Keeping $8.7 Million Federal Grant

Harvard University announced on Tuesday that it will keep its $8.7 relief grant despite the fact that the university has a $40 billion endowment. President Donald Trump told Harvard that they will be required to pay back the grant during a press conference on Tuesday.

Amazon Begins Accepting Food Stamps as Stock Price Soars

Amazon Begins Accepting Food Stamps as Stock Price Soars

Amazon announced this week that it has been approved by the Department of Agriculture to accept food stamp benefits in seven states. The announcement comes at the same time as Amazon's stock is soaring— last week the stock jumped more than five percent in one day, increasing CEO Jeff Bezos' net worth by $6.4 billion in a single day.

UChicago Students Threaten to Withhold Tuition if Denied Refunds

UChicago Students Threaten to Withhold Tuition if Denied Refunds

Students at the University of Chicago are threatening to withhold tuition payments if university officials do not issue refunds for the ongoing spring semester. In a letter to university officials, students argued that they are entitled to a 50 percent refund on tuition costs due to the ongoing Chinese virus pandemic.

New York State Will Perform Marriages by Video Conference

New York State Will Perform Marriages by Video Conference

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced over the weekend that he will allow citizens of the state to receive marriage licenses remotely from their own homes during the Chinese virus pandemic — and even be married by video conference.

Facebook Will Promote the WHO to Combat Chinese Virus 'Misinformation'

Facebook Will Promote the WHO to Combat Chinese Virus 'Misinformation'

Facebook announced this week that it will promote content from the WHO to users that encounter misinformation about the Chinese virus on the platform. The decision comes in the aftermath of President Donald Trump's decision to place a hold on funding to the WHO.

U. of Washington Diversity Official: Chinese Virus May Have 'Originated' in America

U. of Washington Diversity Official: Chinese Virus May Have 'Originated' in America

A diversity official at the University of Washington told students this week that the Chinese virus may have originated in the United States. The comment was made by Vice President for Minority Affairs and Diversity Rickey Hall on Wednesday during a webinar on discrimination in the age of the Chinese virus.

Programmers Claim Amazon Fired Them for Criticizing of Warehouse Conditions

Programmers Claim Amazon Fired Them for Criticizing of Warehouse Conditions

Amazon fired at least two programmers last week after they aired public criticisms of workplace conditions at the company's warehouses. Warehouse employees have accused Amazon of failing to take simple precautions to mitigate the spread of the Chinese virus around their facilities.

Amazon Workers Describe Warehouse Dangers During Chinese Virus Pandemic

Amazon Workers Describe Warehouse Dangers During Chinese Virus Pandemic

Several Amazon employees working in warehouses around the country spoke withWiredthis week about the dangers of their workplace during the Chinese virus pandemic. Some of the employees allege that Amazon has failed to take simple precautions that could mitigate the spread of the virus.

Watch: Abilene Christian U. Virtual Choir Sings Easter Song

Watch: Abilene Christian U. Virtual Choir Sings Easter Song

Abilene Christian University's choir went viral this week when it posted a rendition of"The Lord Bless You and Keep You." The video, which stitched together virtual performances from 500 vocalists, was the choir's way of celebrating this year's Easter holiday during the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

Clemson Cracks Down on Social Gatherings After 100 Students Attend Party

Clemson Cracks Down on Social Gatherings After 100 Students Attend Party

Officials at Clemson University are cracking down on social gatherings after a group of nearly 100 students held an off-campus gathering over the weekend. Universities and colleges around the countries have been urging students to limit social gatherings to mitigate the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.

Virginia Commonwealth U. Refuses to Refund Students for Services They Can't Use

Virginia Commonwealth U. Refuses to Refund Students for Services They Can't Use

Virginia Commonwealth University announced this week that it will not refund students for various services that they can no longer access during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. Students around the country have demanded refunds for on-campus services that they can no longer access such as fitness centers and libraries.