Welcome to the weekly Campus news of the week roundup here at USA TODAY College. There are around five thousand colleges and universities in the U.S. Here’s a snapshot of the most compelling stories that happened on campus around the country this week, according to student newspapers.
Harvard: First-ever grad black graduate commencement ceremony
Graduate students at Harvard University will hold a “Black Commencement” for the first time ever — to mark the completion of their studies as achieved students of color. More than 170 students are slated to attend, along with 500-some guests.
Plus: Harvard’s women rugby team says they don’t get equal treatment in recruitment, finances or general support.
Also: 84% of accepted Class of 2021 students have chosen to attend Harvard, a new record high.
Yale: Hunger strike reaches two weeks
Conflict over Local 33 graduate student union relations with Yale University continued this week. Some original hunger strikers upset over the union’s difficulty to start contract negotiations with Yale have dropped out two weeks into the fast– with new hunger strikers stepping in. Hundreds of other union supporters marched against Yale this week as well.
Plus: Protesters were arrested for blocking a street at a sit-in on Yale’s handling of sexual assault.
Cornell: Two fraternities on extended probation
Pi Kappa Alpha (or PIKE) and Kappa Alpha Psi are now on yearlong probation after Cornell University put both Greek organizations on suspension. Chapter recognition could be reconsidered if they violate probation, a school statement said.
Rutgers: Hundreds support undocumented student
With complications in her paperwork and DACA status, Rutgers University junior Carimer Andujar was escorted to her Immigration and Customs Enforcement meeting with a large crowd of supporters — and she was able to leave the meeting without being detained or deported.
DePauw: Fraternity podcast deleted
The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity’s “House of Scaife” podcast was deleted on multiple social media platforms — their Soundcloud, YouTube and Instagram all gone — after their
sexually suggestive content was mentioned by a professor op-ed at school paper The DePauw, which characterized the podcast as one that “frequently perpetuates predatory sexual behavior.” DePauw President Mark McCoy and Head Football Coach Bill Lynch had once appeared on the podcast but said they weren’t aware of the usual content.
Tufts: Hackers leak sensitive student info
A group called “TuftsLeaks” dumped university documents online, containing student and staff ID numbers and some sensitive financial information (such as budgets and salaries). The site has been taken down.
Minnesota: Assistant AD under investigation
A local news outlet’s report on Assistant Athletics Director Randy Handel’s alleged sexual harassment of a co-worker has prompted an investigation by the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents.
University of Maryland: Students rally behind professor
A group of students gathered to present the administration a request for an Asian American studies lecturer’s contract to be extended after it wasn’t, the Diamondback reports. An earlier petition this spring semester didn’t get the professor rehired.
UW-Madison: School shuts down FB groups
You know all those Class of 2021 Facebook groups… University of Wisconsin-Madison started official groups for Classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 but shut down the forums this week, The Daily Cardinal reports, leaving only the group for incoming freshmen. Several students told the student paper that offensive messages had become an issue in the groups.
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Campus news of the week: Black commencement, union conflict, ‘predatory’ podcast and more