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Brown University: Alongside community members, students from Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design staged a “die-in” on Sept. 12 to protest police brutality against people of color, the Brown Daily Herald reported. More than 100 people attended the protest to show solidarity and respect for the recent casualties in Ferguson, Missouri.

Columbia University: Hundreds gathered to protest Columbia’s handling of sexual assault on campus last Friday, the Columbia Spectator reported. Standing behind a line of mattresses, students held signs that supported survivors and condemned administrators.

Cornell University: On Sept. 10, Cornell’s Climate Neutrality Acceleration Working Group presented recommendations to change Cornell’s target date for cutting its net carbon emissions to zero from 2050 to 2035, the Cornell Daily Sun reported.  The recommendations included constructing more efficient buildings, using wind projects and developing local biofuels.

Harvard University: Two members of Pussy Riot, a Russian punk rock protest group, spoke at Harvard’s Institute of Politics on Monday, critiquing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s oppression in Russia and Ukraine and advocating for the right to free speech, the Harvard Crimson reported. The pair also investigated the arrest of a Harvard alumnus who had been banned from campus after a previous protest, and had illegally attended the forum.

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Watching the Ivies: 5/28



COLUMBIA: Columbia University held its General Studies Class Day ceremony last Monday morning, awarding 444 diplomas to the largest graduating class in the school’s history, the Columbia Daily Spectator reported. Many GS graduates, such as the 62 military veterans in the graduating class, took nontraditional paths to pursue a Columbia degree. The ceremony’s keynote speaker Nicholas Dirks, chancellor-designate at the University of California Berkeley, highlighted the merit of receiving a liberal arts education in his address…. Read more »

Watching the Ivies: 5/13


BROWN: Brown University announced a 60 percent yield for the Class of 2017, an increase of nearly five percent from last year’s yield of 55.8 percent, according to the Brown Daily Herald. The yield rate is higher than the University’s anticipated rate of about 57 percent. The Admission Office expects to admit “a handful” of students from the waitlist. COLUMBIA: A football player at Columbia University was charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime last Tuesday, according to the Columbia Spectator. The student, Chad Washington, allegedly heckled an Asian student with racial slurs and shoved him against a wall. Washington and his teammates were also criticized for posting “racist and homophobic tweets” online. Columbia administrators and student leaders released statements condemning the language used in the Twitter posts. CORNELL: Cornell University’s current faculty renewal initiative aims to replace half of the University’s faculty in the next 10 years, as over half of current faculty members over age 55 prepare to retire, according to the Cornell Daily Sun. The University, currently facing the most substantial wave of faculty retirements in its history, intends to hire about 67 new faculty members each year in the next decade. Cornell will finance this initiative through donations… Read more »

Watching the Ivies: 4/8


BROWN: The Brown Daily Herald recently published the results of its annual spring student poll, which surveyed students about their political opinions, views on university policy, sex and drug use habits, among other topics. The poll found that 82 percent of Brown students “strongly agreed” that same-sex marriage should be legalized in the state of Rhode Island. Results also found that about two-thirds of students think that the university should offer the option of pursuing a minor, and that 85 percent of students consumed alcohol in the past year. COLUMBIA: Columbia University’s humanities and science department heads are currently debating the merits of releasing end-of-term professor evaluations to the public, according to the Columbia Daily Spectator. Most science departments will make this spring’s course evaluations open to the public in a pilot initiative, although humanities departments have not committed to the program. Department heads have voiced concerns that making course evaluations open may negatively impact new instructors in the tenure process. CORNELL: A student panel at Cornell University last Thursday marked the beginning of the “Know the Power of Your Words” campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the harmful impact of hurtful language on the campus community, according to… Read more »

Watching the Ivies: 4/1


BROWN: Police officers and family members continue to search for Brown University student Sunil Tripathi ’12, who has been missing for over a week. Last seen two Saturdays ago, Tripathi left “a note suggestive of suicidal intent” along with his wallet and credit cards at his apartment before his disappearance, according to the Brown Daily Herald. The FBI has joined the search, the Daily Herald reported. A Facebook page, titled “Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi,” is created to help raise awareness of Tripathi’s disappearance by compiling all the available information.   COLUMBIA: Osmond Cousins, a cook at Columbia University’s Faculty House, has filed a class action lawsuit against the University for charging customers for tips that the employees never received. According to the Columbia Spectator, the lawsuit contends that Faculty House clients receive bills for meals that include a 15% tip, leading customers to believe that the service charge will go to the employees. The Spectator also reported that New York state law allows banquets and special functions to be exempt from tipping laws “where a fixed percentage of the patron’s bill is added for gratuities which are distributed to employees.”   CORNELL: Students at… Read more »

Watching the Ivies: 3/25


BROWN: A campus-wide stomach virus at Brown University was determined by the Rhode Island Department of Health to be a norovirus, according to the Brown Daily Herald. Brown’s Health Services office contacted the Department of Health last week after observing a sharp increase in the number of students with gastrointestinal symptoms. State laboratory tests confirmed two cases as testing positive for norovirus, which was sufficient to classify the circumstance as a norovirus outbreak. Noroviruses cause the majority of nonbacterial gastroenteritis worldwide. COLUMBIA: Columbia University has granted Zeta Beta Tau fraternity a reprieve from the formerly recommended loss of its charter, provided that it adhere to an action plan including a membership review and suspension of social activities, according to the Columbia Daily Spectator. The Inter-Greek Council Judicial Board had originally recommended revoking the fraternity’s charter after a hazing violation in January. ZBT must comply with its outlined action plan and meet standards for “philanthropy, academics and leadership development” in order to maintain its charter. CORNELL: Cornell University will introduce a new major in environmental science and sustainability through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences this May, according to the Cornell Daily Sun. Thirty-five professors from over 15 departments will… Read more »