Boston University looking into retiring mascot's nickname because of its reference to 'Gone With the Wind'
- The mascot was chosen by students in 1922, but it's unclear when the nickname "Rhett" came to be widely used, Boston University President Robert Brown said in a letter to the university community.
- Princeton University removed former President Woodrow Wilson's name from its public policy school and a residential college.
- Wilson, who had served as Princeton's president, once called racial segregation a "benefit" and said slaves "were happy and well-cared for." He also denied admission to African American men and tried to exclude them from the school's history.
- The University of Southern California earlier this month removed the name of Rufus Von KleinSmid, the fifth president of the university, from the Center for International and Public Affairs building on campus, CNN affiliate KABC reported.
- Von KleinSmid, who served as president from 1921-1947, was an active supporter of eugenics and supported the involuntary sterilization of people, according to KABC.
Finding God in the unlikeliest of places
- Harley hosts virtual bible study sessions on Wednesday, religious services on Saturday and corporate prayer, when the church comes together to pray for a common goal, on Sunday.
- In this moment, where it is acutely evident that racism is a public health crisis happening alongside, and exacerbated by, a pandemic, Judaism is pushing me to redistribute money to organizations supporting Black life and, in particular, Black trans people.
- It is pushing me to work within my community to advocate for concrete anti-racist commitments from the Jewish organizations and leaders that are important in my own life.
- When the pandemic struck, I was completing my second semester at Baltimore Community College -- working on getting the necessary credits to begin at Morgan State University.
- Now, in the midst of a pandemic and protests against racial injustice, my belief in God and my church's ingenuity have helped me channel my fears into something more productive.
Opinion: Black professor: My hope for my students in fight for racial justice
- As one of too few African American males on the faculty at the University of Florida, or any PWI (predominately White institution) in the US, and as people across racial lines are in the wake of George Floyd's death beginning to consider systemic racism -- I try hard to not presume how any student -- Black or White -- is dealing with our national reckoning about race.
- PWIs should recognize the disservice that it does to both Black and White students and faculty by not putting meaningful actions behind their words of inclusion.
- No doubt students of color across my campus are feeling like those at all PWIs. They already had it hard enough before the latest spate of Black men and women dying at the hands and knees of police.
White-collar revolt against Trump is peaking
- Trump, meanwhile, maintains a consistent lead among White voters without college degrees, though almost all surveys show his margins with the women in that group narrowing substantially since 2016.
- Likewise, in the latest national CNN poll conducted by SRSS, almost two-thirds of college-educated Whites disapproved of Trump's response to the outbreak -- while a narrow majority of Whites without degrees approved.
- In 2016, the Edison Research exit polls conducted for media organizations that included CNN showed Trump squeezing out a narrow 3-point win among college-educated Whites, while the American National Election Studies poll gave Clinton a 10-point advantage -- the first time that survey had ever shown Democrats winning among this group.
- Among college-educated White men, Trump trailed by 8 points in the CNN survey and 12 in the NPR/Marist Poll; the Quinnipiac average showed Biden with a 4-point advantage among them, closer to at least Pew's result in 2016.
Why do so few people major in computer science?
- Given high wages for developers and the cultural centrality of Silicon Valley, shouldn’t we expect far more people to have majored in computer science?
- I consider this a puzzle because I think that people who go to college decide on what to major in significantly based on two factors: earning potential and whether a field is seen as high-status.
- To say that immigrants are discouraging people from majoring in CS requires arguing that students are acutely aware of the level of the H1B cap, expect that it will be lifted at some point in the near future, and therefore find it too risky to enter this field because they think they’ll be competing with foreign workers on home soil.
- So in response to a huge new demand for CS majors, they significantly raise standards, allowing no more than say 500 people to graduate if a decade ago only 450 did.
Losing the Narrative: The Genre Fiction of the Professional Class
- Culture inevitably reflects the selection process that sorts people into the upper class, and today’s insipid stories suggest a profound failure of this sorting mechanism.
- Bureaucracies, whether corporate or government, are systems that reward specific traits, and so the culture of this class coalesces towards an archetype: the striving bureaucrat, whose values are defined by the skills needed to maneuver through a bureaucracy.
- Not coincidentally, high culture lost value as a signifier of status, and the upper class began to complain about the stifling conformity of the organization man.
- The way we teach literature signals that our society no longer has a coherent story about the purpose of education.
- When high school students read novels, they are asked to identify the theme, or moral, of a story.
- Overall, instrumental reading teaches striving students to disregard stories.
Princeton to remove Woodrow Wilson's name from campus buildings - Insider
- The decision to remove Wilson's namesake came in light of the recent killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks, and the nationwide reckoning with racism in the US, the university said in a statement.
- Cecilia Elena Rouse, Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs, said in a statement that she "unequivocally" supported the decision.
- Eisgruber said Princeton planned on closing Wilson College and retiring its name after the construction of two new residential buildings, but the university decided to accelerate the retirement of Wilson's name from the college, which will now be named First College.
- Princeton students initially protested Wilson's namesake in university buildings back in 2015, prompting the university to form the Wilson Legacy Review Committee.
- While the committee had recommended a number of reforms to be more transparent about Wilson's historical record and legacy at the college, the name of the public policy school and residential college remained the same.
The billionaire founder of Netflix is giving $120 million to black colleges
- Netflix founder Reed Hastings is making the single biggest donation, by a couple or an individual, to racial justice in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, putting $120 million into America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
- Most gifts from tech companies and billionaires so far have been smaller and focused on other causes: The biggest tech gifts came from Apple and YouTube, which each promised $100 million for broad investments in the black community; Facebook pledged $10 million for unidentified racial justice causes; and Netflix unveiled a $5 million promise to fund black creators and black businesses earlier this week.
- American companies and individuals have pledged or committed about $2 billion in total donations for racial justice after the killing of Floyd, according to Candid, including a $100 million promise from Michael Jordan, the biggest individual gift.
Meet NYC’s 2020 graduates—from aspiring actors to first-generation 'Dreamers'
- Instead, she tuned into the countrywide “Immigrad 2020 Virtual Commencement," which celebrated young graduates like herself who were able to stay in America through the DREAM Act. Now, Colindres is attending virtual job fairs, doing online interviews with a recruiter, and hoping to put her business degree to use.
- After graduating from the High School of Art & Design in Manhattan, Bianca Colon will study cartooning at Syracuse University.
- But as schools in New York stayed shut through the pandemic, the graduation switched to online.
- "I lost it...it sucked," says Colon, who is the only one of her siblings to graduate from high school.
- As photographer Elias Williams crisscrossed New York, meeting the graduates of the coronavirus era for this portrait series, he reflected on the academic rites of passage he’d gone through between kindergarten and college.