Wednesday, November 13, 2019

MixedTimes - Tom Ciccotta

Columbia Prof. Resigns over Push for Transgender in 'Romeo & Juliet'

Columbia Prof. Resigns over Push for Transgender in 'Romeo & Juliet'

Columbia University Professor Andrei Serban, who fled communism in Romania, resigned from the university over concerns that it has become communist. The breaking point for Serban was a push on campus for a transgender student to be cast as Juliet inRomeo & Juliet.

WSJ: Colleges Encourage Low SAT Scorers to Apply - Only to Reject Them

WSJ: Colleges Encourage Low SAT Scorers to Apply - Only to Reject Them

A report published by theWall Street Journal claims that American colleges and universities seeking to appear more exclusive buy the names of low-scoring SAT takers and then encourage them to apply — only so that they can reject the students.

NC State Teaching Assistant Compares Conservatism to 'White Supremacy'

NC State Teaching Assistant Compares Conservatism to 'White Supremacy'

A teaching assistant at North Carolina State University compared conservativism to "white supremacy" in feedback written on a conservative student's writing assignment. The TA's notes on his grading of the student's work including stating that black Conservative Candace Owens promotes "New Racism.

Prestigious MBA Programs Report Decline in Applications

Prestigious MBA Programs Report Decline in Applications

MBA programs at elite universities around the United States reported a significant decline in applications this year. International students are reportedly headed for Canada or Europe because the U.S.

Researchers: Sex Robots Should Have 'Consent-Modules'

Researchers: Sex Robots Should Have 'Consent-Modules'

University researchers from institutions around the globe are working together to design "ethical" sex robots that have to consent before engaging in intercourse. They envision "consent modules" added to sex robots that humans would engage with before sexual relations.

10 American Colleges That No Longer Observe Columbus Day

10 American Colleges That No Longer Observe Columbus Day

American colleges and universities around the country are abandoning "Columbus Day" in favor of new holidays. From USC and Kansas State to Harvard, well-known universities are giving Christopher Columbus the cold shoulder.

University of Delaware to Close Confucius Institute Amid China Tensions

University of Delaware to Close Confucius Institute Amid China Tensions

The University of Delaware announced this week that it plans to end its ten-year partnership with the Confucius Institute, an off-shoot of the Chinese government. It joins 20 other American universities who are ending their relationships with the Chinese organization.

Four Key Takeaways from the Harvard Admissions Ruling

Four Key Takeaways from the Harvard Admissions Ruling

A United States District Court Judge ruled this week that Harvard University does not discriminate against Asian-Americans in its admission process. Here are some of the key takeaways from the decision.

FTC: Match.com Used Fake Accounts to Lure 500,000 Subscribers

FTC: Match.com Used Fake Accounts to Lure 500,000 Subscribers

The FTC claims that dating site Match.com used fake accounts to lure almost 500,000 people to become paying subscribers on the popular dating website. The subscribers joined the company's paid premium service within 24 hours of receiving a message from accounts the FTC claims Match had already identified as "fraudulent.

Chick-fil-A Has Doubled Its Sales Despite Increased Protests

Chick-fil-A Has Doubled Its Sales Despite Increased Protests

Although protests against Chick-fil-A have popped up on campuses and in cities around the country this year, the chain has more than doubled its sales in recent years, reaching $10.5 billion in sales and adding 700 new locations.

Medical Records for Millions of Americans Are Online and Unprotected

Medical Records for Millions of Americans Are Online and Unprotected

A new report claims that confidential medical records for millions of Americans are publicly accessible online on unprotected servers. 187 public servers containing confidential medical records did not even have a password in place.

Former Dean: Med School Is About Social Justice Not Treating Illnesses

Former Dean: Med School Is About Social Justice Not Treating Illnesses

Former University of Pennsylvania Medical School Associate Dean Stanley Goldfarb published a column in theWall Street Journal last week which made the case that medical schools are more focused on "social justice" than they are on treating illnesses.

Ohio State Trademark Application for Word 'The' Rejected

Ohio State Trademark Application for Word 'The' Rejected

Ohio State University had its trademark application for the word "the" rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week. The main reason appears to be the university's choice of font size.

Purdue University Faculty Wants Chick-fil-A Banned from Campus

Purdue University Faculty Wants Chick-fil-A Banned from Campus

The faculty at Purdue University are pushing back against a proposal to install a Chick-fil-A restaurant on campus. Professors have drafted a measure that would restrict the university's ability to do business with companies they deem to not uphold "social justice" values.

Northeastern Illinois University Students 'Fear' Sean Spicer's Visit to Campus

Northeastern Illinois University Students 'Fear' Sean Spicer's Visit to Campus

Students at Northeastern Illinois University claimed that they "fear" a scheduled campus visit from former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. According to the student's Facebook post, the school is creating a "home" for "white nationalism" by allowing Spicer to speak.

Poll: 73 Percent of GOP Students Self-Censor to Protect Grades

Poll: 73 Percent of GOP Students Self-Censor to Protect Grades

A new poll reveals that an overwhelming majority of conservative college students self-censor in the classroom in order to protect their grades. 73 percent of students self-identified as "strong Republican" censor their beliefs in class fearing backlash from leftist professors.

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