Barbie Zelizer of the Annenberg School for Communication discusses the role of social media in the coverage of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
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John Yasuda of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited in an editorial about China and food-safety regulations.
Laura Perna of the Graduate School of Education comments on efforts to tie funding to performance metrics.
Mark Pauly of the Wharton School shares his thoughts on insurance premiums during the first year of the Affordable Care Act marketplace.
Charles Kane of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses a concept called braiding and Majorana particles.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
Bryn Mawr College, the small private women's school on the Main Line, this week joined a growing number of schools around the country that no longer require the SAT or other standardized test scores for admission. The college instead will rely on high school grades, essays, and other factors - a move officials hope will attract a broader applicant pool. "We know there are students all around the country who, when they see 'test scores,' they see it as a barrier to applying," said Peaches Valdes, Bryn Mawr's director of admissions. The new policy will take effect for the admissions cycle that begins this fall.
When word spread this month that George Fox University had received an exemption to Title IX, allowing it to discriminate against a transgender student by denying him the housing he requested, many advocates for transgender students were stunned. Federal regulations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 do in fact require the Education Department to exempt colleges from rules that violate their religious beliefs. During the debate, George Fox officials noted that they were objecting to a housing request only, and that they haven't kicked the student out of the university. But now the Education Department has confirmed that it has since awarded two more exemptions to Title IX to Christian colleges that want to discriminate against transgender students. These colleges assert (and the Education Department agreed) that they should be exempt from more of Title IX than just housing equity. These colleges have policies to punish transgender students for being transgender students, apparently up to expulsion -- and they can now do so legally. The two institutions are Spring Arbor University, in Michigan, and Simpson University, in California.
Testifying at a Thursday Senate hearing on how states could promote college affordability, Lisa Madigan, the attorney general of Illinois, told senators that the federal government wasn’t doing enough for student borrowers. But it was hard to find agreement on whether to focus on that issue, state appropriations for higher education, for-profit colleges or issues such as health care policy as senators and higher education experts considered how federal and state governments could work together to reduce college costs. The Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held the hearing as part of an ongoing effort to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, a law that governs federal student financial aid. At the beginning of the hearing, Senator Lamar Alexander, the committee’s ranking Republican, said states must lead the way on college affordability. Madigan, however, insisted that the federal government had a major part to play when it came to protecting and serving student-loan borrowers.
When Yeshiva University went looking for someone to fill its new Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service, one candidate stood out from all the rest. A man who represented Connecticut in the United States Senate for 24 years and nearly became the country’s first Jewish vice president. A man named Joseph I. Lieberman. Speaking by phone from Switzerland, where he was traveling on business, Mr. Lieberman, 72, said that about a year ago, Richard M. Joel, the president of the university, approached him about “starting something in my name at Y.U. to really try to help inform or draw the students there — particularly undergraduates — to study public policy and think about being engaged in public service.”
Ohio State University fired the director of its renowned marching band on Thursday and released a report describing a culture of harassment and alcohol abuse in which students were told to mimic sex acts, march down the aisle of a bus while others tried to pull their clothes off, and march on the football field in their underwear. The report, by the Office of University Compliance and Integrity at Ohio State, described the hazing as being by students against other students, particularly new band members, but said that the band’s director, Jon Waters, did not do enough to stop it. “The misconduct described is highly sexual, frequent, and longstanding as part of the marching band’s culture,” it said. The practices detailed in the report had gone on for years, even decades, while Mr. Waters, 38, was the band director for less than two years, noted his lawyer, David F. Axelrod.
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