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After a mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, Bates College locked down its campus. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

In Other Ivory Towers: Bates locks down campus after mass shooting

Max Billick October 31, 2023
In the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. since January, a gunman killed 18 people and injured 13 more at a bar and a bowling alley in Lewiston, Maine, on Oct. 25. Bates College, which is located in Lewiston, canceled its classes and ordered students to shelter in place from the night of Oct. 25 through Oct. 27. 
President Maud S. Mandel and Dean of the College Gretchen Long attended Zakis inauguration this weekend. (Photo courtesy of Bowdoin College. Copyright Michele Stapleton, michelestapleton.com)

Former Dean of the Faculty Safa Zaki inaugurated as Bowdoin’s first female president

Nathaniel Flores October 17, 2023
Former Dean of the Faculty Safa Zaki — whose term as president of Bowdoin began on July 1 — was officially inaugurated on Oct. 14. Bowdoin’s presidential search committee unanimously selected Zaki in March to become the sixteenth president of Bowdoin and the first woman to hold the position. 
In Other Ivory Towers: Mt. Holyoke moves to phase out German, Russian

In Other Ivory Towers: Mt. Holyoke moves to phase out German, Russian

David Wignall May 2, 2023
On May 9, faculty at Mount Holyoke College will vote on a motion to discontinue all programs of study in German and Russian, according to the Mount Holyoke News.
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In Other Ivory Towers: Amherst changes Latin honors system

David Wignall March 8, 2023
Students graduating magna cum laude or summa cum laude from Amherst must now satisfy a median grade threshold and a course breadth requirement, following a Feb. 7 faculty vote to amend Amherst’s Latin honors criteria. The decision has been met with both praise and controversy.
In Other Ivory Towers: Stanford newspaper alleges president committed scientific misconduct

In Other Ivory Towers: Stanford newspaper alleges president committed scientific misconduct

Luke Chinman February 22, 2023
Marc Tessier-Lavigne, the president of Stanford University, is facing intense scrutiny following allegations of scientific misconduct. According to a series of reports by The Stanford Daily, the university’s student newspaper, multiple scientific journals are investigating Tessier-Lavigne for altering images in his research and members of a biotechnology company have accused him of covering up previous allegations of fraud.
In Other Ivory Towers: Conn. College students call for president’s resignation after controversial fundraiser

In Other Ivory Towers: Conn. College students call for president’s resignation after controversial fundraiser

Luke Chinman February 15, 2023
Students at Connecticut College are calling for President Katherine Bergeron’s resignation following a week of contention over the college’s plans to hold a fundraiser at a controversial private country club. Rodmon King, the Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion, resigned on Feb. 7, the day before the fundraiser was scheduled.
In Other Ivory Towers: Amid controversy, Yale alters leave policies

In Other Ivory Towers: Amid controversy, Yale alters leave policies

Julia Goldberg and Megan Lin January 25, 2023
On Jan. 18, Yale University revealed updates to its policies regarding leaves of absence and withdrawals, following a year-long review of its mental health policies by the Yale College Dean’s Office.
Middlebury will pay its RAs $9,600. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

Middlebury to increase RA compensation to $9,600

David Wignall October 18, 2022
Middlebury College announced that it will raise compensation for resident assistants (RAs) to $9,600, which is equivalent to room cost for the 2024-25 academic year, according to The Middlebury Campus. The increase, which follows advocacy from student leaders of residential life, will happen incrementally over the next two years.
NESCAC coalition launches petition against crisis pregnancy centers

NESCAC coalition launches petition against crisis pregnancy centers

Gabe Miller and David Wignall October 4, 2022
More than 700 community members across all 11 NESCAC schools have signed a petition that calls for the schools to ban crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) from advertising — and otherwise operating — on their campuses. The NESCAC Coalition to Ban CPCs, an organization that Middlebury students started this past summer, wrote the petition and began distributing it on June 29.
Over 1600 students, alums, and faculty signed an open letter calling for the university to recognize YU Pride Alliance. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia commons.)

IOIT: Yeshiva University suspends all club events after Supreme Court order; Black UVA students react to hate crime

David Wignall September 27, 2022
Students at Yeshiva University (YU) and the University of Virginia (UVA) demand change after YU suspended club activity instead of approving an LGBTQ+ club and UVA reported a hate crime.
A student initially filed the complaint against Brown in May 2020. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

In Other Ivory Towers: Brown lawsuit, Oberlin settlement, UT endowment

David Wignall September 20, 2022
IOIT: Brown University has agreed to pay $1.5 million to students enrolled during spring 2020 to settle a class-action lawsuit regarding COVID-19 tuition reimbursements. The settlement, which a federal judge approved on Sept. 5, represents the end of a legal battle that has persisted for more than two years.
In Other Ivory Towers: Grinnell student dining workers’ union expands to include all Grinnell undergraduate workers

In Other Ivory Towers: Grinnell student dining workers’ union expands to include all Grinnell undergraduate workers

Quinn Casey and Will Royce May 10, 2022
Student workers at Grinnell College in Iowa recently voted to expand the Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers (UGSDW) to include all hourly undergraduate student workers.
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