Sunday, February 23, 2020

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UCLA Kills Plan to Use Facial Recognition Tech After Criticism

UCLA Kills Plan to Use Facial Recognition Tech After Criticism

The University of California, Los Angeles, announced this week that they will not be moving forward with a plan to use facial recognition technology on campus. The decision comes ahead of a planned day of protests by students and advocacy groups that focus on privacy rights.

USC Will Offer Free Tuition to Families Earning Under $80,000

USC Will Offer Free Tuition to Families Earning Under $80,000

The University of Southern California announced this week that it will offer free tuition to admitted students from families earning less than $80,000. The university is following the lead of institutions like Harvard University that offer free tuition for low-income families.

Warren and Sanders Dominate Ivy League Political Donations

Warren and Sanders Dominate Ivy League Political Donations

A study of presidential campaign donations by university and college professors around the nation revealed that almost two-thirds of the donations from Ivy League professors went to Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Pew: Only Half of Americans Think Colleges Have Positive Effect on Society

Pew: Only Half of Americans Think Colleges Have Positive Effect on Society

A new poll from Pew Research revealed that only half of Americans believe that colleges and universities have a positive effect on society. Now, a George Mason University professor has some theories as to why higher education has become so unpopular with Americans.

BYU Counselors Create Safe Space for Offended Students

BYU Counselors Create Safe Space for Offended Students

Counselors at Brigham Young University created a "safe space" for students to discuss a series of anonymous messages published to the internet during a recent campus panel event on race.

Canadian Professor: 'PAW Patrol' Is 'Capitalist Propaganda'

Canadian Professor: 'PAW Patrol' Is 'Capitalist Propaganda'

A professor at The King's University College in Canada is making the case that the popular children's showPAW Patrolis harmful because it promotes distrust of government and acceptance of capitalism.

Report: U. of Oklahoma Prof Compares 'Ok, Boomer' Meme to 'N-word'

Report: U. of Oklahoma Prof Compares 'Ok, Boomer' Meme to 'N-word'

Students at the University of Oklahoma claim that one of their professors compared the "Ok, Boomer" meme to the "n-word." Students claim that the professor used the racial slur during a class discussion when he made the comparison.

Education Department Investigating Harvard, Yale over Foreign Funding

Education Department Investigating Harvard, Yale over Foreign Funding

The Education Department announced this week that it is investigating Harvard and Yale over their possible connections to foreign governments. Universities around the country have been accused of soliciting funding from foreign governments and have reportedly come forward to report $6.5 billion in previously undisclosed foreign funding.

Stanford Students Stage Walk Out of Event on DACA Repeal

Stanford Students Stage Walk Out of Event on DACA Repeal

A group of leftist student activists at Stanford University walked out during a campus event during which a speaker discussed repealing DACA. After the students left, approximately 75 percent of the seats in the venue were empty.

Bucknell Prof: Rush Limbaugh Should Be 'Fed to Eagles'

Bucknell Prof: Rush Limbaugh Should Be 'Fed to Eagles'

Bucknell University Professor Michael Drexler came under fire this week for a tweet in which he argued that legendary conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh should be "fed to eagles.

Boston Public School Teacher's Union Promotes 'Black Lives Matter' Shirts in Classrooms

Boston Public School Teacher's Union Promotes 'Black Lives Matter' Shirts in Classrooms

A Boston teacher's union president has come under fire this week after encouraging Boston public school teachers to wear "Black Lives Matter" apparel to school. The Boston Police Union condemned the teacher demonstration, arguing that "Black Lives Matter" activists make police work "more dangerous than ever.

Claremont Colleges Cancels Blacks-Only LGBT Event

Claremont Colleges Cancels Blacks-Only LGBT Event

The Claremont Colleges consortium announced this week that it is canceling a mixer open only to black "queer, trans, & intersex" students after criticism from campus watchdog group, the College Fix.

Vassar College Workshop: 'All White People Are Racist'

Vassar College Workshop: 'All White People Are Racist'

Students that attended a recent workshop at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, were reportedly told that "all white people are racist." The popular "Undoing Racism" workshop has been offered at dozens of universities around the country since its introduction in 2010.

UC Santa Cruz Prioritizes Diversity in Faculty Hiring

UC Santa Cruz Prioritizes Diversity in Faculty Hiring

A new program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, may be rejecting qualified white and male candidates because they are not "diverse" enough. All candidates are also required to sign a "diversity pledge" as a commitment to advancing progressive diversity politics.

Northwestern U. Student Government Refuses to Adopt Free Speech Bill

Northwestern U. Student Government Refuses to Adopt Free Speech Bill

The student government at Northwestern University rejected a bill that would have reaffirmed campus speech protections. The bill was written in response to an event on campus featuring former Attorney General Jeff Sessions that was derailed by student protesters.

UC Berkeley to Remove Boalt Hall's 'Profoundly Offensive' Name

UC Berkeley to Remove Boalt Hall's 'Profoundly Offensive' Name

UC Berkeley announced this week that they will remove John Henry Boalt's name from the law building on campus. Boalt was responsible for the 1882 Chinese exclusion act, which prohibited the immigration of Chinese laborers.

FIRE: The 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech in 2020

FIRE: The 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech in 2020

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education released its list of the "worst colleges" for free speech. The annual list ranks the colleges that are the most willing to restrict the speech rights of its students and faculty.

Harvard 'Regret Clause' Makes It Easier to Get Away with Cheating

Harvard 'Regret Clause' Makes It Easier to Get Away with Cheating

One computer science professor at Harvard University is making it easier for his students to cheat. In his undergraduate courses, Professor David J. Malan employs a "regret clause" that says that he will not report cheating violations to the Harvard administration as long as the culprits admit to it.

Students Fight Against Adoption of Facial Recognition Tech on Campus

Students Fight Against Adoption of Facial Recognition Tech on Campus

College students around the country have launched a campaign against the adoption of facial recognition technology on campus. A report revealed that the University of San Francisco deployed the technology in campus dorm rooms as early as 2013 to surveil students.

Notre Dame Faculty and Students Call for Reparations

Notre Dame Faculty and Students Call for Reparations

Students and professors at the University of Notre Dame held an event on Wednesday night to discuss the creation of a reparations fund for black and Native American communities.

Feds: U. of Kansas Prof. Funneled Research to Communist China

Feds: U. of Kansas Prof. Funneled Research to Communist China

Professor Feng Tao of the University of Kansas was charged by federal authorities with two counts of wire fraud and one count of program fraud for attempting to funnel publicly-funded research to the Chinese government.

Harvard Embraces Debunked 'Implicit Bias' Test that Labels You a Racist

Harvard Embraces Debunked 'Implicit Bias' Test that Labels You a Racist

A popular quiz on Harvard University's website was designed in 1998 by psychologists to determine a person's level of subconscious racism. Although the test has been thoroughly debunked by researchers since its introduction, it has remained a fixture of progressive activism.

Boeing Halts Production of Grounded 737 Max Aircraft

Boeing Halts Production of Grounded 737 Max Aircraft

Boeing has halted production on the troubled 737 Max fleet. Internal issues including software problems and questionable safety features with the 737 Max led to two crashes that took the lives of all passengers and crew on board.

Boeing Seeks $10 Billion Loan During 737 Max Crisis

Boeing Seeks $10 Billion Loan During 737 Max Crisis

Aircraft giant Boeing is now seeking $10 billion in loans in the aftermath of the 737 Max crisis. The flawed 737 Max fleet suffered two fatal crashes that claimed the lives of all passengers and crew on board before being grounded by the FAA and other global air traffic authorities.

Feds: University of Florida Faculty Members Fed Research to China

Feds: University of Florida Faculty Members Fed Research to China

Four researchers were forced to resign from their positions at the University of Florida after a federal investigation revealed that foreign countries including China had exploited medical research at the university with the researchers' help.

Yale Commits $135 Million to Diversity Initiative

Yale Commits $135 Million to Diversity Initiative

Yale University announced recently that it is expanding its diversity spending over the next five years. The new plan includes a 70 percent increase in spending on a diversity initiative designed to create a more diverse faculty.

Student Demand Answers from Parents After College Admissions Bribe Scandal

Student Demand Answers from Parents After College Admissions Bribe Scandal

The children of those involved in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal now want answers from their parents. In one case highlighted by theWall Street Journal,Devin Sloane was arrested in connection with a bribe he made to have his son admitted to a top school, leaving his son wondering why his father didn't believe in him in the first place.

Two More Venues Cancel Michelle Malkin Lecture in Maine

Two More Venues Cancel Michelle Malkin Lecture in Maine

Two additional venues have canceled a lecture event featuring conservative commentator and author Michelle Malkin. The event was first moved to the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston, Maine, after a local hotel to cancel the event as originally planned by a group of University of Maine students.

UCSB Workshop Helps Students Become Dorm 'Sex-Perts'

UCSB Workshop Helps Students Become Dorm 'Sex-Perts'

A workshop at the University of California, Santa Barbara, aims to help students become an expert on sex. Students were encouraged to help their peers learn more about sex by becoming the "sex-pert" for their residence hall.

Dickinson College Students Vote to Ban Israeli Hummus

Dickinson College Students Vote to Ban Israeli Hummus

Dickinson College students voted recently to suspend the sale of Sabra brand hummus at campus dining facilities after student protesters linked the Israel-based company to the Israeli Defense Force.

WSJ: Social Justice Dogma Is Invading Science Disciplines

WSJ: Social Justice Dogma Is Invading Science Disciplines

A new column published in theWall Street Journalthis week makes the case that "social justice" dogmas are being adopted by the science faculty at American colleges and universities around the country.

Stanford PhD Student: 'Star Wars' Music Is Racist

Stanford PhD Student: 'Star Wars' Music Is Racist

In a recent column for the Washington Post,Stanford Ph.D. student Jeffrey Chen made the case thatthe Star Wars franchise "reinforces our prejudices" through its soundtrack.

World Universities Debating Championships Censors Debate on Hong Kong

World Universities Debating Championships Censors Debate on Hong Kong

The world's largest debate tournament, known as the World Universities Debating Championship, which was held in Bangkok, Thailand, censored a debate on the topic of Hong Kong this week after a group of Chinese students protested the topic's inclusion by leaving the venue.

UNC Chapel Hill Prof: Free Speech Is 'Racist'

UNC Chapel Hill Prof: Free Speech Is 'Racist'

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Professor Eric King Watts argued that "free speech" is "racist" in a recent lecture that took place on campus.

U. of Missouri to Settle Lawsuit by Giving Hillsdale College $4.7 Million

U. of Missouri to Settle Lawsuit by Giving Hillsdale College $4.7 Million

The University of Missouri announced this week that it will give conservative Hillsdale College a $4.7 million grant to honor the wishes of a libertarian donor. University alumnus Sherlock Hibbs donated a multi-million dollar sum to the University of Missouri in 2002 for the purpose of establishing a department dedicated to Austrian economics.

U. of Northern Iowa Student: 'Peanut Day' Is Discriminatory

U. of Northern Iowa Student: 'Peanut Day' Is Discriminatory

A student at the University of Northern Iowa filed a "bias incident" report complaint in response to "peanut day," an event put on by the university's dining hall to promote the nutrients in peanuts.

The Five Craziest College Stories of 2019

The Five Craziest College Stories of 2019

2019 was a crazy year at colleges and universities around the country. From teachers planning to remove "racism" in math to parents engaging in elaborate bribery scams to get their kids into the best schools, Breitbart Tech has assembled our top five craziest college stories of the year.

DOJ Moves Forward with Harvard Admissions Investigation

DOJ Moves Forward with Harvard Admissions Investigation

The DOJ is moving forward with its investigation into the Harvard University admissions office. Activist groups have accused Harvard of discriminating against Asian-American applicants during the admissions process.

Facebook Blacklists Ads Aimed at 'Census Interference'

Facebook Blacklists Ads Aimed at 'Census Interference'

Facebook announced this week that they win ban any advertisements and user content that misleads users about the 2020 United States Census. Mark Zuckerberg's Silicon Valley giant has labeled the plan its "census interference policy.

Federal Reserve Governor Blasts Facebook's Libra Currency

Federal Reserve Governor Blasts Facebook's Libra Currency

U.S. Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard strongly criticized Facebook's digital currency, Libra, on Wednesday. Brainard argued that Facebook's digital currency project will face numerous regulatory challenges before it could be considered viable for public use.

Ole Miss Prof. Wants Students Kicked Out of School for Microaggressions

Ole Miss Prof. Wants Students Kicked Out of School for Microaggressions

A professor at the University of Mississippi is calling for stronger punishment for students that commit microaggressions on campus. The professor, Kirk Johnson, even suggested that students reported to the school's "bias incident" report system should face criminal penalties.

New Orleans Declares State of Emergency After Cyberattack

New Orleans Declares State of Emergency After Cyberattack

New Orleans city computer went offline on Sunday after suffering a cyberattack. City employees were instructed to shut down their computers to prevent further data breaches as IT security personnel worked to regain control of the system.

Florida Will Require All High School Students to Take Civics Course

Florida Will Require All High School Students to Take Civics Course

Florida high school students will likely be required to take a civics course in order to graduate. Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was behind the push to mandate that Florida students have a basic civics education, and a bill mandating civics education is advancing through the state government.

Tesla Loses Third General Counsel in One Year

Tesla Loses Third General Counsel in One Year

Tesla announced this week that General Counsel Jonathan Cheng will be leaving the company. Cheng is the third Tesla general counsel to leave the company in 2019 alone.