Friday, January 15, 2021

MixedTimes - Tom Ciccotta

Financial Analysts Forecast Bleak Future for Boeing

Financial Analysts Forecast Bleak Future for Boeing

Financial analysts are concerned about the future of Boeing after two years of financial hardship. Boeing has struggled financially as a result of the. international grounding of the 737 Max fleet and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Brown U. Police Chief Resigns After Calls to 'Defund the Police'

Brown U. Police Chief Resigns After Calls to 'Defund the Police'

The chief of Brown University's Department of Public Safety has resigned amidst calls from students to "defund" the campus police department. Former Public Safety Chief Mark Porter served for more than fifteen years at the university.

School Board Member Asked To Resign After Saying 'Crack the Whip'

School Board Member Asked To Resign After Saying 'Crack the Whip'

A member of a school district board in Washington is under fire after using the phrase "crack the whip." Hundreds of local residents have signed a petition calling on Paul Wagemann, a member of the school board since 2009, to resign from his post over the comment they call racist.

American Airlines Flies Passengers on Boeing 737 Max for First Time Since March 2019

American Airlines Flies Passengers on Boeing 737 Max for First Time Since March 2019

This week, the Boeing 737 Max returned to the commercial airways with a three-hour American Airlines flight between Miami and New York City. Tuesday's flight marked the first time that a Boeing 737 Max transported commercial passengers since the plane was grounded in 2019 following two fatal crashes.

Amazon Swallows Up Podcast Network Wondery

Amazon Swallows Up Podcast Network Wondery

Amazon announced this week that it has purchased the Wondery podcast network for $300 million. The network produces popular podcasts such as Dirty John, Dr. Death, and Business Wars.

Ticketmaster Fined $10 Million After Hacking Rival Ticket Marketplace

Ticketmaster Fined $10 Million After Hacking Rival Ticket Marketplace

Ticketmaster recently agreed to pay $10 million in criminal fines after they gained unlawful access to its competitor's private data. In 2013, a former Ticketmaster executive reportedly encouraged an employee that had previously worked for a competitor to access the competitor's internal computer data.

New Mexico Cancels Plan to Offer Free College to State Residents

New Mexico Cancels Plan to Offer Free College to State Residents

The state of New Mexico recently canceled its plan to offer free college classes to all state residents. The proposal, which was originally introduced in September 2019 by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham(D), would have made college tuition-free for 55,000 students in the state.

Rutgers U. to Pay 'Equity' VP $300K Despite Financial Setbacks

Rutgers U. to Pay 'Equity' VP $300K Despite Financial Setbacks

Rutgers University announced recently that it will pay its new vice president for "equity" a whopping $300,000 per year. The announcement comes amidst a significant financial setback for the university, which reportedly has lost $200 million during the coronavirus pandemic.

Study: Mitigation Efforts Can Help Prevent Campus Coronavirus Spread

Study: Mitigation Efforts Can Help Prevent Campus Coronavirus Spread

A research study by a Massachusetts research hospital suggests that the spread of coronavirus can be lessened or prevented on college campuses. The study claims that social distancing, mask-wearing, isolation, and testing can prevent the majority of cases.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Refused to Meet with Elon Musk About Buying Tesla

Apple CEO Tim Cook Refused to Meet with Elon Musk About Buying Tesla

Elon Musk claimed this week that he once offered to sell Tesla to Apple CEO Tim Cook for a fraction of the company's current value. Musk offered the story in response to a report that claims that Apple is aiming to produce self-driving cars by 2024.

Antitrust Lawsuit: Google Has Become the 'Monopolistic Gatekeeper' to the Net

Antitrust Lawsuit: Google Has Become the 'Monopolistic Gatekeeper' to the Net

38 state attorneys general sued Google and its parent company, Alphabet, Inc. on Thursday over antitrust violations pertaining to its domination of the search engine market. The lawsuit alleges that Google's search engine prioritizes products and services owned by Google at the expense of third-parties and small businesses.

Boeing Freezes Employee Raises, Says Recovery Will Take 3 Years

Boeing Freezes Employee Raises, Says Recovery Will Take 3 Years

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun announced this week that the aircraft manufacturer will indefinitely freeze salary increases for employees. Boeing suffered financially in 2020 as a result of both the 737 Max crisis and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Tulane to Offer 'Feminism After Trumplandia' Course in Spring

Tulane to Offer 'Feminism After Trumplandia' Course in Spring

Tulane University will offer a course called "Feminism after Trumplandia" during the spring semester. The course, which will be taught by English Professor Kate Baldwin, will focus on the plight of women in a "post-Trump" America.

FTC Demands Business Practices Data from Social Media Masters of the Universe

FTC Demands Business Practices Data from Social Media Masters of the Universe

The FTC has ordered nine of the largest technology companies in the world to disclose data about their operations and business practices. Amazon, Facebook, Reddit, Snap, Twitter, and Google parent company Alphabet are amongst the companies at the center of the FTC's investigation.

Northwestern U. Labels Former Lecturer's Column on Jill Biden 'Misogynistic'

Northwestern U. Labels Former Lecturer's Column on Jill Biden 'Misogynistic'

Northwestern University released a statement this week in response to aWall Street Journalcolumn by Joseph Epstein, who lectured at the university in the early 2000s. Epstein argued in a column published on Friday that Jill Biden should cease use of the title "doctor.

Report: Treasury Hacked by Group Backed by Foreign Government

Report: Treasury Hacked by Group Backed by Foreign Government

A report published on Sunday revealed that data stored by the United States Treasury was compromised by a sophisticated hacking group backed by a foreign government. The hackers also infiltrated theCommerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

San Jose School Board Reaffirms Relationship with Police Despite Protests

San Jose School Board Reaffirms Relationship with Police Despite Protests

The San Jose Unified School District announced this week that it has reaffirmed its relationship with local police despite mounting pressure from locals to cut ties. A group of activists urged the school district to remove police officers from the schools, with one school board official saying that protesters rallied outside of her home prior to the board's decision.

Carnegie Mellon Students Target Ric Grenell with Death Threat

Carnegie Mellon Students Target Ric Grenell with Death Threat

Former Trump administration official Ric Grenell reportedly received death threats from two students that want Grenell removed from his visiting scholar role at Carnegie Mellon University. Two female students reportedly discussed their plan to kill Grenell in a since-deleted conversion on social media.

CNBC: Self-Regulation at Boeing May Have Prolonged 737 Max Crisis

CNBC: Self-Regulation at Boeing May Have Prolonged 737 Max Crisis

A new report published this week by CNBC dives into the conditions at Boeing and the FAA that led to and prolonged the 737 Max crisis. The 737 Max fleet was grounded by aviation authorities around the world after two fatal crashes that occurred in 2018 and 2019.

Joy Reid to Teach Journalism at Howard U.

Joy Reid to Teach Journalism at Howard U.

Howard University announced last week that MSNBC host Joy Reid will join the university as a visiting professor for the spring semester. In 2017, Reid faced widespread criticism over old blog posts in which she made homophobic remarks.

Cornell U. Offers Exemption to Mandatory Flu Vaccine Policy for 'BIPOC' Students

Cornell U. Offers Exemption to Mandatory Flu Vaccine Policy for 'BIPOC' Students

Cornell University recently offered an exemption on its mandatory flu vaccine policy to minority students. A page on the university's website suggests that "students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a Person of Color (BIPOC)" can apply to be exempt from the mandatory vaccine rule if it makes them uncomfortable for reasons that most may find perplexing.

Report: Columbia U. Failed to Disclose $1 Million Gift from the Chinese Communist Party

Report: Columbia U. Failed to Disclose $1 Million Gift from the Chinese Communist Party

A new report published on Monday alleged that Columbia University has failed to disclose a $1 million gift from China's Community Party. The report claims that the university accepted $1 million in donations as part of its relationship with the Confucius Institute, a controversial organization run by the Chinese Communist government that has partnered with colleges around the globe.

U. of Hawaii Sculpture Mistaken for Monolith

U. of Hawaii Sculpture Mistaken for Monolith

A monolith was photographed this week on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Similar structures have been found over the past few weeks in Utah, California, and Romania.

Monolith Appears on Austin Community College Campus

Monolith Appears on Austin Community College Campus

A monolith appeared this week at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. The structure is one of several that have been found throughout the world over the past several weeks, although the latest monolith has turned out to be less mysterious than its predecessors.

Cornell Student Gov't Leaders Harassed After Vetoing Police Disarmament

Cornell Student Gov't Leaders Harassed After Vetoing Police Disarmament

Cornell University student government leaders were harassed by their peers after vetoing a resolution that would have effectively disarmed campus police officers. One student representative was even pressured to change his vote by peers that shamed him for voting to keep campus polices officers armed.

Michigan State Says On-Campus Students Perform Better Than Off-Campus Peers

Michigan State Says On-Campus Students Perform Better Than Off-Campus Peers

Michigan State University announced this week that students residing on campus are academically out-performing their off-campus peers. An analysis conducted by researchers at the university revealed that students living on campus graduate at a rate that is 2.5 percent higher than those that choose to live off-campus.

Amazon Will Monitor Warehouse Workers with AI Technology

Amazon Will Monitor Warehouse Workers with AI Technology

Amazon announced recently that it will deploy machine-learning AI technology to monitor warehouse workers. The technology is designed to ensure that workers are following social distancing guidelines during their shifts.

James Comey to Teach at Columbia Law School

James Comey to Teach at Columbia Law School

Former FBI Director James Comey will teach at Columbia University during the spring semester. In addition to his teaching duties, Comey will step into a "senior research scholar" position at the law school.

Stanford Appoints 'Antifascist' Organizer to Lead Free Speech Council

Stanford Appoints 'Antifascist' Organizer to Lead Free Speech Council

Stanford Professor David Palumbo-Liu has been named the head of the "Committee on Campus Climate, Community, and Speech." In 2017, Palumbo-Lui co-founded the "Campus Antifascist Network," an organization that has referred to by Stanford conservatives as a "bona fide Antifa group.

Global Smartphone Sales Drop 5.7 Percent in Q3 2020

Global Smartphone Sales Drop 5.7 Percent in Q3 2020

A new report published this week revealed that global smartphone sales dropped almost six percent during the third quarter of 2020. During the same period, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi passed Apple to become the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world.

Tesla Will Be Added to S&P 500 in December

Tesla Will Be Added to S&P 500 in December

Tesla will be added to the S&P 500 index on December 21 in a single step despite concerns that the move could impact the U.S. stock market.

Former Coinbase Employees Claim Discrimination After CEO Blasts Woke Capitalism

Former Coinbase Employees Claim Discrimination After CEO Blasts Woke Capitalism

Former employees of the popular cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase told theNew York Times thatthey experienced racist and discriminatory treatment during their time with the company. The report comes just weeks following the adoption of a company policy that prohibited discussion of politics at the workplace.

Princeton to Welcome Students Back to Campus in Spring

Princeton to Welcome Students Back to Campus in Spring

Princeton University announced this week that students will return to campus for the spring semester. Most Princeton students have attended their courses remotely since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic in March.

Poll: 90% of Harvard Freshmen Support Joe Biden

Poll: 90% of Harvard Freshmen Support Joe Biden

A recent report from the Harvard student newspaper claimed that 90 percent of the freshman class preferred Joe Biden to Donald Trump in November's presidential election. As one conservative student explains, "I was well aware that I was going to be in the extreme minority, and that I just have to learn to live with that.

140,000 SUNY Students Must Test Negative for Coronavirus to Leave for Thanksgiving

140,000 SUNY Students Must Test Negative for Coronavirus to Leave for Thanksgiving

140,000 students in the State University of New York (SUNY) system will be required to test negative for coronavirus before they leave campus for Thanksgiving break. Students will self-administer a saliva swab diagnostic test as part of the university's efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Airbnb Exec Resigns over Company Sharing Data with China

Airbnb Exec Resigns over Company Sharing Data with China

Sean Joyce, the former chief trust officer at Airbnb, resigned from his post last year over concerns about the company's data-sharing policy. Joyce claims that the company inappropriately shares data with the Chinese government without the consent of its users.

Report: College Students Have Held 43 Anti-Cop Protests Since June

Report: College Students Have Held 43 Anti-Cop Protests Since June

A recent analysis of campus protests revealed that there have been more than 40 protests against police on campuses around the nation since June. Many of the student protesters have called on administrators to disarm, defund, and even abolish campus police departments.

UNC Chapel Hill Music Department to Fight Racism with Blogging

UNC Chapel Hill Music Department to Fight Racism with Blogging

The music department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has announced plans to fight racism by starting a blog. According to the school, the blog"alternates between featuring individual BIPOC artists and anti-racism resources, such as a catalog of music by BIPOC artists and a series of blog posts confronting racism and sexism in American music theory.

Airlines Will Allow Passengers on Boeing 737 Max Flights to Reschedule for Free

Airlines Will Allow Passengers on Boeing 737 Max Flights to Reschedule for Free

Airlines will reportedly allow their passengers scheduled to fly on a Boeing 737 Max aircraft to reschedule their flight at no cost. The FAA announced this week that the 737 Max fleet is permitted to return to the airways after a 20-month hiatus that was prompted by two fatal crashes due to multiple safety deficiencies.

Indiana University to Offer Class on Defunding the Police

Indiana University to Offer Class on Defunding the Police

Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is offering a course this semester that will discuss recent police reform efforts including the controversial "Defund the Police" movement. Students will learn about the various ways in which the United States can "reduce the size" of its criminal justice system.

Report: Harvard Petition Demands Campus Ban on Trump Officials

Report: Harvard Petition Demands Campus Ban on Trump Officials

A petition created by students at Harvard University demands that administrators ban Trump administration officials from attending, speaking, or teaching at the university. On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary and Harvard Law alumnus Kayleigh McEnany called on university leaders to reject the petition.

U. of Michigan Launches 'George Floyd' Scholarship

U. of Michigan Launches 'George Floyd' Scholarship

The University of Michigan announced this week that it has named a scholarship after George Floyd, who died in police custody in May. The scholarship, which will formally be called the "George Floyd Memorial Scholarship Fund," was established after a contribution from an alumnus.

Zoom Refuses to Host NYU Event with Terrorist Leila Khaled

Zoom Refuses to Host NYU Event with Terrorist Leila Khaled

An event organized by professors at New York University was shut down by Zoom recently. Zoom refused to participate in the event due to its inclusion of Leila Khaled, a terrorist that participated in two plane hijackings in the 1960s and 1970s.

Ivy League Cancels Winter Sports Season over Coronavirus Spike

Ivy League Cancels Winter Sports Season over Coronavirus Spike

The Ivy League has canceled its winter sports season over a recent spike in positive coronavirus tests in Massachusetts. The athletic conference of elite east coast schools previously announced in July that fall sports would be canceled as part of an effort to comply with state and university restrictions on gatherings.

MIT Announces Mandatory Diversity Training for All Students

MIT Announces Mandatory Diversity Training for All Students

Students at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will be required to participate in a diversity training seminar this winter. The university told students recently that they will not be permitted to register for their spring courses until they complete the diversity training program.

Macalester College President Offers to Bail Out Student 'Protesters'

Macalester College President Offers to Bail Out Student 'Protesters'

Suzanne Rivera, the president of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, offered to pay fines for students that are arrested at local protest events. After facing criticism over her support of student protesters, Rivera argued that "civil disobedience" is a "time-honored" tradition in the United States.

Appeals Court Upholds Harvard's Affirmative Action Practices

Appeals Court Upholds Harvard's Affirmative Action Practices

An Appeals Court panel upheld Harvard University's controversial affirmative action policy this week. The policy had previously been challenged by a group called Students for Fair Admissions, which alleged that Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants during its admissions process.

U. of Wisconsin Mandates Coronavirus Testing for Some Students

U. of Wisconsin Mandates Coronavirus Testing for Some Students

The University of Wisconsin, Madison, is requiring students residing in two campus residential buildings to undergo coronavirus testing. The mandate follows a spike in positive test results at the university, which places the university's total positivity rate at 2.7 percent.

Town Ponders Beer Pong Ban for Northwestern U. Students

Town Ponders Beer Pong Ban for Northwestern U. Students

Disruptive parties at Northwestern University may lead to a ban on drinking games in the town of Evanston, Illinois. A city committee met last week to draft an ordinance that could effectively make drinking games like "beer pong" illegal.

Boeing Sells Zero Airplanes in October

Boeing Sells Zero Airplanes in October

Boeing received zero orders for aircraft in the month of October. Despite the setbacks caused by the coronavirus pandemic, European competitor Airbus received 11 new orders in the month of October.

Senators Cotton and Loeffler Ask DOJ to Investigate College Segregation

Senators Cotton and Loeffler Ask DOJ to Investigate College Segregation

Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) asked the Department of Justice this week to investigate university programs that discriminate based on race. Cotton and Loeffler urged Attorney General William Barr to swiftly address potential violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

U. of Wisconsin Researchers 'Surprised' by Study Showing Most Students Aren't Racist

U. of Wisconsin Researchers 'Surprised' by Study Showing Most Students Aren't Racist

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, said recently that they were "surprised" to learn that students enrolled at the university are not racist. As part of a study conducted by a psychology professor, student participants were analyzed as they interacted with students from different minority backgrounds.

U. of Virginia Offers Guided Meditation for Election Stress Relief

U. of Virginia Offers Guided Meditation for Election Stress Relief

The University of Virginia offered a guided meditation to students on Wednesday to help them "process the stress and turmoil of this election season." UVA is just one of several institutions that have offered programming specifically for students that were struggling with anxiety as a result of the election.

U. of Washington 'Safety Responders' Will Not Carry Guns

U. of Washington 'Safety Responders' Will Not Carry Guns

A new squad of campus officers at the University of Washington will not be permitted to carry firearms due to efforts by campus officials to accommodate concerns voiced by black students and faculty.