Paul Rozin of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on food aversions.
Penn Daily News Service | Nov 26, 2014
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Marybeth Gasman and doctoral students Andrés Castro Samayoa, Thai-Huy Nguyen, Felecia Commodore, William Boland of the Graduate School of Education write about the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Data Dashboard.
Susan Wachter of the Wharton School says, “We have a lot of young, creditworthy families who are being kept out of the market.”
Thomas Sugrue of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses President Obama’s response to Ferguson.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
Honor wasn’t enough this week at the University of Virginia. An article by the magazine Rolling Stone, detailing the brutal gang rape of a freshman woman at a fraternity party in 2012, has blown a hole in the institution’s storied legacy as the genteel "academical village" founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819. The article, published on November 19, hit at the end of a difficult semester at the institution, which has dealt with heightened scrutiny about safety after the killing of a sophomore, Hannah Graham, whose body was found last month, weeks after she disappeared. But more than that event, the Rolling Stone article has touched a raw nerve on the campus, sparking outrage from students and alumni who say the university has too long ignored the problem of sexual assault in order to preserve a veneer of respectability.
The University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors on Tuesday unanimously committed to adopting a zero-tolerance policy toward sexual assault – although the university hasn't figured out what zero tolerance means. The university's current policy, adopted in 2011, states that sexual misconduct "will not be tolerated," but it does not take a zero-tolerance approach to punishment. And a draft of a new policy that had been circulating prior to the recent uproar includes a range of punishments for sexual assault, not all of which involve someone being forced out. "The Board of Visitors adopted a zero-tolerance approach toward sexual assault at the university today," Anthony de Bruyn, a university spokesman, said. "The details of the approach and how it is articulated and implemented will be refined in the near term in collaboration with the university administration."
Lecturing for a week about how “evolution could not have happened.” Offering extra credit for students to watch the film “God’s Not Dead.” Showing religious bias in exam questions. Student reviews saying he’ll try to “convert you.” Those charges, among others, make up a complaint filed recently by two First Amendment watchdog groups against T. Emerson McMullen, an associate professor of history at Georgia Southern University. The institution says it’s now investigating the professor for allegedly using his classroom at the public university to promote his anti-evolution Christian beliefs.
The University of California's decision to raise tuition generated much controversy. But the California State system could consider what by some measures is an even more radical plan as it struggles with budget constraints and increasing demand from freshmen and community college transfers. Rather than increasing tuition, Cal State has reduced enrollment targets for this fall. And trustees recently discussed the dark scenario of having to stop accepting freshmen. Those ideas are designed in part to send Sacramento a loud message that the CSU system needs more funding from state government. But they have added a level of uncertainty and fear for some students seeking to attend the nation's largest four-year college system.
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