Posts Tagged ‘universities’

Why Frats?

January 11, 2019

Frats are so … well, fratty. Why do colleges tolerate them? A Vox video by Phil Edwards.

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Trump Pays $25 Million Over Phony University

November 21, 2016

Trump Pays $25 Million Over Phony University

On Friday, President-elect and litigious career con man Donald J. Trump, who prides himself on never settling lawsuits, agreed to a $25 million settlement over his fraudulent “Trump University.” You may not have noticed because Mr. Trump spent the weekend distracting the media with his theater criticism.

Donald Trump’s unlicensed “university” was a bait-and-switch scheme, offering free courses that were sales pitches for $1,000 courses, which were in turn sales pitches for $10,000 and $35,000 courses. It’s a wonder the President-elect wasn’t sued by the Church of Scientology for stealing its business model.

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What’s In a Name?

May 30, 2014

What's In a Name?

In an effort to attract English-speaking students, Japan’s Kinki University is changing its name. Actually, the old name probably sounds pretty attractive to most American teenagers ….

Kinki U (really “Kinki Daigaku”) refers to the school’s location in the Kinki (aka Kansai) region of Honshu Island, which includes the city of Osaka. Starting next year the school will be known as Kindai University.

More:

“Kinki no more: With eye on foreign students, university opts for new name,” Tomohiro Osaki, Japan Times

“Japan’s Kinki University changes its name due to awkward English meaning,” Justin McCurry, The Guardian

“Japan’s Kinki University decides to change its naughty-sounding name,” Casey Baseel, RocketNews 24

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Give me an H! Give me an A! Give me a Z–I–N–G!

September 1, 2013

Give me an H! Give me an A! Give me a Z--I--N--G!

The human pyramid of championship cheerleading came crashing down at Towson University last week. The entire Towson Tiger Cheerleading Team, every single girl, was suspended for hazing. “Hazing in any form will not be tolerated at Towson University,” said university VP Deb Moriarty, and the school’s hazing policy is clear. The cheerleaders are also banned from performing or practicing their quasi-sport, but perhaps they will have a role in Towson’s Hazing Prevention Week, conveniently scheduled for September 23-27, 2013.

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New York Sues Trump Over Bogus ‘University’

August 27, 2013

New York Sues Trump Over Bogus 'University'

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is suing Donald Trump for $40 Million for running a fraudulent “University.” The 5,000 students, who paid up to $35,000 each, should have known the deal was a fraud, since there was a warning label. It said “Trump” right on it.

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Brandeis Art Museum: Under New Management

July 13, 2012

Brandeis Art Museum: Under New Management
Three years ago the trustees of Brandeis University tried to close the Rose Art Museum and sell off paintings in the collection. This week the Museum chose a new director, Christopher Bedford, currently chief curator of the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State. Mr. Bedford plans to add paintings and sculpture to the Rose Museum’s collection. Mr. Bedford will start his new job in September.

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“Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum names Christopher Bedford as new director,” Geoff Edgers, Boston Globe

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Scholars in Pyjamas

May 16, 2012

Scholars in Pyjamas

Students at Oxford University’s Brasenose College (founded 1509) have been advised that sleeping costumes are not acceptible garb at breakfast. Young scholars are expected to wear academic gowns in the dining hall at dinner.

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“Oxford students told off for wearing pyjamas to breakfast,” Hannah Furness, Daily Telegraph

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The Great Schlep Forward

August 4, 2011

The Great Schlep Forward

There’s a new growth industry in China: Jewish Studies Centers.

Ten universities have them. There are Jewish Studies classes and conferences, a China Judaic Studies Association, and the Institute of Jewish Studies at Nanjing University has published an 800-page Chinese translation of the authoritative Encyclopaedia Judaica. Mazel tov.

Related:

“So a Jew goes to China …” Michael Levy, Salon

“The Quest For Kosher Among China’s Other Billion,” Amy Ta, NPR

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Charlie Sheen, Commencement Speaker?

March 4, 2011

Charlie Sheen, Commencement Speaker?

Students at Washington, DC’s George Washington University want controversial television star Charlie Sheen as their 2012 commencement speaker, and they’ve started a Facebook campaign to get him. This year another sexy celeb is featured at the school’s graduation: Michael Bloomberg.

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The New Terrorism: Zombies

October 16, 2010

When Zombies Attack!

U.S. Homeland Security forces are severely strained this weekend as zombies coordinate attacks across the country. The cause of this annual seasonal outbreak may be weaponized biohazards, caution epidemiologists, as they redouble their search to isolate a “Zombie Flu” virus.

This month saw attacks on Traverse City, Normal, Salt Lake City, Shreveport, Oakland, East Peoria, and Pittsburgh. Zombie Code Red alerts are posted for Morgantown, Dallas, Merced, Seattle, Panama City, and other U.S. cities. The global crisis threatens Glasgow, Rotorua, Toronto, and Sault Ste. Marie. Many cities observed World Zombie Day on October 10th to remember those killed by the Undead, and a commemorative opera has been commissioned.

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