Tom Ciccotta

Tom Ciccotta

Columbia Professors Who Opposed Brett Kavanaugh Defend Joe Biden

A group of professors at Columbia University that fought against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court on the basis of sexual misconduct allegations recently defended the university’s decision to invite Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to speak during a virtual graduation ceremony. Joe Biden allegedly assaulted staffer Tara Reade during an altercation on Capitol Hill in 1993.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 03: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden walks to his car after visiting the Buttercup diner on March 03, 2020 in Oakland, California. Biden's Super Tuesday election night gathering will be held in Los Angeles. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Boeing and Airbus Study How Coronavirus Behaves in Planes

Aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus announced this week that they are conducting tests to determine how the Chinese virus behaves on airplanes in flight. Their efforts, along with work by the FAA and CDC, are concentrated on ensuring safe flights as the public returns to the skies.

Boeing employees work on a 737 MAX jet at the company's factory in Renton, Washington -- the aviation giant has unveiled a fix to the software system of the jet, which has suffered two deadly crashes in recent months

Cal State U. Refuses to Lower Fall Tuition Despite Classes Remaining Online

The Cal State University system announced this week that it will not lower tuition for students across its 23 campuses this fall despite its decision to keep classes online. A majority of college students claim that the quality of their education declined when their courses moved online in March. Cal State Students will even be expected to pay campus-based fees for the fall semester.

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Students Sue Harvard over Campus Shutdown

Harvard University is facing a $5 million class-action lawsuit over its ongoing campus shutdown, which began in March due to the Chinese virus pandemic. Students claim that they are entitled to refunds for the decline in the quality of their education this semester.

CAMBRIDGE, MA - DECEMBER 16: A gate sits locked on Quincy Street at Harvard University during a bomb scare December 16, 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Police were alerted at roughly nine thirty this morning of possible bombs at four different buildings on the Harvard campus. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Alaskan School Board Reverses Ban on ‘Great Gatsby’

The Matanuska-Susitna borough school district in Alaska has reversed a ban on several classic literary works including The Great Gatsby after a protest effort conducted by local parents. The school board voted in April to ban several books from the curriculum that they deemed inappropriate for students.

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U. of Kentucky Cheerleaders Defend Coaches Fired over Nude Hazing Rituals

The entire University of Kentucky cheerleading coaching staff was fired by the university last week over their failure to prevent an extreme hazing tradition that involved nudity and sexually-explicit chanting. Now, 850 alumni have called on university officials to reverse their decision.

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U. of California Officially Removes SAT and ACT Requirements for Admission

The University of California announced this week that it has officially removed the SAT and ACT standardized testing requirement for applicants. Some universities and colleges around the nation have removed standardized testing requirements as part of an effort to make their student bodies “more diverse.”

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivers her farewell speech at the National Press Club August 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Study: 20% of Students May Not Return to College in Fall

A new study suggests that 20 percent of university students may not return to college for the fall semester. Some analysts believe that the ongoing Chinese virus pandemic has drastically shifted American attitudes towards higher education.

CAMBRIDGE, MA - DECEMBER 16: A gate sits locked on Quincy Street at Harvard University during a bomb scare December 16, 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Police were alerted at roughly nine thirty this morning of possible bombs at four different buildings on the Harvard campus. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

College Admissions Bribe Scandal: Chinese Mother Sentenced for Cheating UCLA System

A wealthy Chinese national living in Canada was sentenced to her time served of approximately five months in prison and a $250,000 fine for paying a bribe to have her son admitted to UCLA. The woman worked with William “Rick” Singer,” who pled guilty to being the mastermind of the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scheme, to have her son admitted as a soccer recruit even though he had never played competitive soccer.

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Binghamton U. Defends Partnership with China-Funded Confucius Institute

Binghamton University recently defended its partnership with the controversial Confucius Institute, an education organization funded by the Chinese government. Many universities have cut ties with the Confucius Institute after evidence was published that suggests it was designed by the Chinese government to exercise control discourse on American campuses.

CHANGCHUN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 25: (CHINA OUT) Students dressed in ancient clothes stand in front of the statue of Confucius (551-479 BC), during a ceremony to worship the Chinese philosopher and educator at the Changchun Confucian Temple on September 25, 2005 in Changchun of Jilin Province, China. Various of ceremonies …

NYU Announces Plan to Reopen Campus

NYU has announced its plans to reopen campus for the fall semester. The university claims that it will adopt a variety of precautionary measures to mitigate the spread of the Chinese virus on campus.

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Colorado State Offers $1,500 Coronavirus Aid Checks to Illegal Alien Students

Colorado State has offered $1,500 Chinese virus aid checks to hundreds of illegal alien students that are currently enrolled at the university. The university claims that it elected to help its illegal student population during the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus pandemic because they are not eligible for federal aid.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 5: Demonstrators march during a demonstration in response to the Trump Administration's announcement that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on September 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. DACA, an immigration policy passed by former President Barack Obama, allows certain undocumented immigrants …

U. of Kentucky Embroiled in Naked Cheerleader Scandal

The University of Kentucky has fired its entire cheerleading coaching staff after cheerleaders were found to have engaged in extreme hazing rituals that involved alcohol, nudity, and the chanting of a sexually-explicit song. An investigation found that coaches were often present during hazing events, and one even filmed a video of the naked cheerleaders. The UK cheerleading team has won 24 of the last 35 national cheerleading titles.

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Market Expert Predicts that Elite Universities Will Monopolize Higher Ed

Scott Galloway, a business professor at New York University, claims that online learning tools will allow elite universities to monopolize the higher education industry. Galloway has made a series of accurate market predictions, including a prediction that Amazon would purchase Whole Foods.

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Notre Dame to Reopen Campus in August, End Fall Semester Early

The University of Notre Dame announced on Monday that the fall semester will begin on campus on August 10 and conclude before Thanksgiving. The university claims that it will utilize contact tracing, social distancing rules, and mask requirements to mitigate the spread of the Chinese virus on campus.

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Emory and Henry College Offers Drive-Through Campus Tours Due to Pandemic

Emory & Henry College in Virginia has invited prospective students to tour their campuses from their vehicles. The modified campus tour is just one of many ways American universities and colleges have adjusted their programming in response to the ongoing Chinese virus pandemic.

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Stanford Prof Erased from Website After Singing the N-Word

Stanford Professor Rose Salseda was removed from the university’s website after being accused of singing along to a rap song by N.W.A. including a racial slur. Salseda apologized to the Stanford community in a letter published on Monday. The professors performance left a student government leader asking, “Why do we have to put up with that kind of racial violence?”

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U. of Florida Pro-Palestine Club Posts Antisemitic Messages to Social Media

The University of Florida’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine posted several antisemitic messages on Instagram this week. The group previously came under fire after they were accused of hurling antisemitic remarks at a campus guest lecturer from the Israeli Defense Force.

Delegates wave Palestinian flags during a speech about the situation in Palestine on day three of the Labour Party Conference on September 25, 2018 in Liverpool, England. The four-day annual Labour Party Conference takes place at the Arena and Convention Centre in Liverpool and is expected to attract thousands of …

Case Western Reserve Prof Arrested over Financial Ties to Chinese Government

A professor at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine was arrested on Wednesday over his alleged financial ties to the Chinese government. The FBI alleges that professor Qing Wang was providing research funded with taxpayer money to the Chinese communist government.

BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 1: (CHINA OUT) Security guard walk past the Chinese national flag at the Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution on March 1, 2008 in Beijing, China. From March 1, the Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution becomes the first national level museum which opens to the …

Georgetown U. Grants Raises After Accepting $6 Million in Taxpayer Funds

Georgetown University has announced that it is granting raises to all of its graduate student assistants just weeks after accepting $6.1 million in federal coronavirus relief. Other wealthy institutions, such as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, rejected federal aid in April after facing pressure from President Donald Trump and the public.

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U. of California System Will Suspend SAT Requirement Due to Student Stress

The University of California system announced recently that it will suspend its standardized test requirement for incoming freshman to alleviate stress caused by the Chinese virus pandemic. Now, the system may abandon its standardized testing requirement indefinitely in order to achieve “equitable treatment” of applicants.

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