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Ivy League Cancels Winter Sports Season over Coronavirus Spike

The Ivy League has canceled its winter sports season over a recent spike in positive coronavirus tests in Massachusetts. The athletic conference of elite east coast schools previously announced in July that fall sports would be canceled as part of an effort to comply with state and university restrictions on gatherings.

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Harvard Promotes Claim that ‘2+2=5’

On Sunday, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health promoted research on Twitter by one doctoral student that claims that two plus two can equal five. The research was quickly mocked by Twitter users, many of whom questioned the value of a Harvard education.

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DOJ Accuses Yale of Discrimination Against Asians and Whites

The DOJ accused Yale University on Thursday of discriminating against Asian and White applicants in its admissions process. In 2019, Harvard University went to trial over allegations that it had discriminated against Asian applicants in its admissions process, ultimately prevailing against charges of discrimination.

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Princeton Is the Only Ivy League School Requiring SAT or ACT Scores for Fall 2020 Admission

Princeton University is the only Ivy League institution that will require all of its applicants to provide an SAT or ACT score next year. Most administrations of the SAT exam were canceled this spring in response to the Chinese virus pandemic. Princeton says it is evaluating its admissions process and may follow its Ivy League peers in putting a hold of at least one-year on its test requirement, but has not done so yet.

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Georgia Universities Reject Student Demands for Lax Grading: ‘Reach Higher, Not Lower’

The University System of Georgia, the government agency controlling the state’s 26 public universities and colleges, has rejected student demands for lax grading policies during the Chinese virus pandemic, telling students that they should “reach higher, not lower.” Although Georgia’s universities are maintaining academic rigor, the entire Ivy League has instituted various forms of lax grading policies.

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Northwestern U. Rejects $8.5 Million in Federal Aid

Northwestern University announced this week that it will reject $8.5 million in federal coronavirus aid that it is eligible for under the CARES Act. In April, President Donald Trump joined the public in criticizing wealthy institutions like Harvard University, which boasts an endowment of $40 billion, for accepting federal coronavirus aid.

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Cornell Will Accept $12.8 Million in Federal Aid Despite $7 Billion Endowment

Cornell University announced this week that it will accept $12.8 million in federal coronavirus relief despite mounting public pressure to reject the funds. Several Ivy League institutions, including Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, announced last week that they would reject the federal funds after pressure from both President Donald Trump and the American public.

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U. of Pennsylvania Rejects $10 Million in Chinese Virus Bailout Funds

The University of Pennsylvania announced on Thursday that they will reject nearly $10 million in federal coronavirus relief funds after a wave of public pressure on wealthy institutions to reject public assistance. The University of Pennsylvania currently boasts an endowment of $14.7 billion. UPenn joins Princeton, Yale, and Harvard in rejecting the federal funds, although Harvard first tried to keep the federal money.

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Princeton Rejects $2.4 Million in Federal Bailout Funds

Princeton University announced on Wednesday that it will reject a $2.4 million federal bailout that it was set to receive under the CARES Act. Ivy League institutions, many of which boast multi-billion-dollar endowments, have been criticized by both President Donald Trump and the public for accepting millions in federal bailout funds.

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Yale Rejects Millions in Federal Bailout Funds

Yale University announced on Wednesday that it will reject $6.9 million in federal bailout funds that the institution was entitled to receive under the CARES Act. Yale releases a statement saying: “We hope that the Department of Education will use Yale’s portion of the funding to support colleges and universities in Connecticut whose continued existence is threatened by the current crisis.

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Harvard Announces Salary and Hiring Freeze

Harvard University announced this week that it is placing a freeze on salaries and hiring in response to the Chinese virus pandemic. Some have criticized the decision and encouraged the university to use its $40.9 billion endowment to support itself during this period.

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Education Department Investigating Harvard, Yale over Foreign Funding

The Education Department announced this week that it is investigating Harvard and Yale over their possible connections to foreign governments. Universities around the country have been accused of soliciting funding from foreign governments and have reportedly come forward to report $6.5 billion in previously undisclosed foreign funding.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 20: Newly redesigned $100 notes lay in stacks at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing on May 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. The one hundred dollar bills will be released this fall and has new security features, such as a duplicating portrait of Benjamin Franklin and …

Harvard ‘Regret Clause’ Makes It Easier to Get Away with Cheating

One computer science professor at Harvard University is making it easier for his students to cheat. In his undergraduate courses, Professor David J. Malan employs a “regret clause” that says that he will not report cheating violations to the Harvard administration as long as the culprits admit to it.

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Poll: 69% of College Students Support Abolishing Columbus Day

A recent poll shows that 69 percent of college students are in favor of abolishing Columbus Day and replacing it with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” According to supporters of the change, “the tradition of celebrating Christopher Columbus comes with an inherent celebration of genocide, violence, and colonization.”

Portrait of Christopher Columbus, 1519. Found in the collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Artist : Piombo, Sebastiano, del (1485-1547). (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)