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The headline from Yahoo Sports reads: “North Carolina investigating alleged hazing incident with football team.”

This is the last thing the University of North Carolina needed right now. Its other massive academic-athletics scandal is far from fully resolved, its reputation still in need of repair, and now comes word that:

The University of North Carolina confirmed … Tuesday that it is investigating a training camp incident between football players that escalated from what multiple sources described as an alleged hazing into a group assault of a teammate.

… During the first week of August, redshirt freshman walk-on wide receiver Jackson Boyer was involved in an alleged physical altercation with multiple teammates in his room at the Aloft hotel in Chapel Hill where the team was staying during fall camp, sources told Yahoo Sports. The incident allegedly left Boyer with a concussion, sources said.

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Here we go with yet another “sky is falling” moment: a study by Cornell, the University of Arizona and the U.S. Geological Survey says the American Southwest may face a “megadrought” within the next 100 years.

A “megadrought” is defined as a drought which lasts up to thirty-five years.

The Cornell Chronicle reports:

Due to global warming, scientists say, the chances of the southwestern United States experiencing a decade-long drought is at least 50 percent, and the chances of a “megadrought” … ranges from 20 to 50 percent over the next century.

“For the southwestern U.S., I’m not optimistic about avoiding real megadroughts,” said Toby Ault, Cornell assistant professor of earth and atmospheric sciences and lead author of the paper. “As we add greenhouse gases into the atmosphere – and we haven’t put the brakes on stopping this – we are weighting the dice for megadrought.”

While the 1930s Dust Bowl in the Midwest lasted four to eight years, depending upon location, a megadrought can last more than three decades, which could lead to mass population migration on a scale never before seen in this country.

Ault said that the West and Southwest must look for mitigation strategies to cope with looming long-drought scenarios. “This will be worse than anything seen during the last 2,000 years and would pose unprecedented challenges to water resources in the region,” he said.

Before residents of Arizona, etc. begin making big plans to move elsewhere, perhaps they should keep in mind other climate-related studies, and what they predicted. For instance,

“[By] 1995, the greenhouse effect would be desolating the heartlands of North America and Eurasia with horrific drought, causing crop failures and food riots … [By 1996] The Platte River of Nebraska would be dry, while a continent-wide black blizzard of prairie topsoil will stop traffic on interstates, strip paint from houses and shut down computers.”

And, from the year 2000:

“Britain’s winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.”

“Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and … are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain’s culture, as warmer winters–which scientists are attributing to global climate change–produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.”

…within a few years “children just aren’t going to know what snow is” and winter snowfall will be “a very rare and exciting event.”

In a word, “oops.”

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Attention educators across the nation – students do not check their constitutional rights to free speech at the schoolhouse door.

Yet within the past two weeks, news has come out about overzealous teachers who have taken it upon themselves to ban the phrase “bless you” after someone sneezes.

Earlier this month in Tennessee, a high school student was sent to in-school suspension for telling a peer “bless you” after they sneezed, Fox News reported.

And now comes word that a professor at College of Coastal Georgia has a ban on the same phrase.

Campus Reform reports:

[Dr. Leon Gardner, assistant professor of chemistry] promises a grade reduction of up to 15 percent of the final grade to any student who disrupts his class. In the syllabus, he explicitly states that saying “bless you,” interrupting him for handouts that were available prior to class time, and sharpening a pencil are the worst disruptive offenses and could warrant an immediate one percent reduction from the students’ final grades.

This is ridiculous. It’s common courtesy to say this after someone sneezes. These educators are taking things way too far.

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A new Rutgers University study finds that some minorities may gain weight and not try to lose it because of all the “negative stereotypes” they endure about themselves in America.

Luis Rivera, an experimental social psychologist at Rutgers University-Newark, says “it is common for minorities in the United States to endure negative stereotypes, pervasive messages that suggest those groups are inferior, and … these attitudes can prevent people from doing what is needed to care for their health,” Rutgers Today reported Monday.

“When you are exposed to negative stereotypes, you may gravitate more toward unhealthy foods as opposed to healthy foods,” explains Rivera, whose study appears in this summer’s edition of the Journal of Social Issues. “You may have a less positive attitude toward watching your carbs or cutting back on fast food, and toward working out and exercising.”

Rivera says the resulting difference in motivation may help explain – at least in part – higher rates of obesity in the United States among minority groups than among whites.

So there you have it. Obesity is now blamed on racism. It was only a matter of time, wasn’t it?

The study – partially funded by the taxpayers, of course – was published in the Journal of Social Issues.

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Christian colleges such as Wheaton in Illinois can simply “inform the Department of Health and Human Services of its religious objections and the department would then contact insurance companies and arrange the birth control coverage at no cost to the employer or its employees,” under the Obama administration’s latest attempt to satisfy the Supreme Court on contraceptive coverage, The New York Times reports.

Wheaton already secured an injunction from the Supreme Court this summer against having to comply with the administration’s earlier “compromise,” which would have made the college arrange for birth-control coverage directly with its insurance provider. That injunction laid out the same path adopted by the administration in Friday’s rule, which took effect immediately.

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It’s come to this.

Inside Higher Ed reports that the new president of the University of Southern Maine, which has seen enrollment drop in recent years by 2,000 to a current enrollment of 6,500 students, has instructed professors to call students and tell them to get back in the classroom.

“I know you and the whole faculty are deeply concerned with what can be done to reduce the number of positions and programs we have to forgo,” [interim President David Flanagan] said in an Aug. 15 email to faculty representatives. “Right now and for the next two weeks the single most important thing faculty members can do is to personally, directly call and contact past students who have not signed up to return in the fall.”

The advice is voluntary, but some professors have bristled at the request, Inside Higher Ed reports.

Yeah, when student retention gets to the point that professors have to beg their students to enroll, you know the higher education bubble is getting really, really bad.

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