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USC Admin Defends Investigation of Prof over Use of Chinese Word for ‘Um’

An administrator at USC recently defended the university’s decision to investigate a professor over his use of the Chinese word for “um” during an online lecture. Professor Greg Patton was placed on leave after students complained that a Chinese word used by Patton sounded like an English-language racial slur. According to the university, using a common Chinese word during a discussion of cross-cultural communication is a “polarizing example.”

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USC Alumni Compare School to Chairman Mao for Suspending Prof. Who Said ‘Um’ in Chinese

A group of alumni sent an open letter to the USC this week criticizing its decision to suspend Professor Greg Patton. Patton was suspended at the beginning of September when he used the Chinese word that for “um,” which sounds to some like a racial slur. The alumni compared the university’s decision to the leadership of China’s Chairman Mao, who frequently accused innocent people of crimes.

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USC Places Prof On Leave for Using a Chinese Word During Lecture

Professor Greg Patton of USC is taking a “short term pause” after he was criticized for using a Chinese word during an online lecture. Students argued that the common Chinese word sounds like a racial slur, resulting in Patton’s removal from the course pending a university investigation.

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USC Law Prof Jody Armour: Black Lives Matter Highway Protest Caused by ‘Festering Wounds’

University of Southern California Law School Professor Jody Armour recently defended a highway protest by Black Lives Matter activists in Los Angeles. On Wednesday, hundreds of protesters blocked traffic on the 101 freeway to bring attention to the death of George Floyd. According to Armour, the protest shows the “festering wounds that haven’t actually healed over time here in LA.”

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1,700 Colleges Ask Federal Reserve for Virus Loans

1,700 universities and colleges around the nation have asked the Federal Reserve to grant them access to the Main Street Lending Program, a program established last week to provide lending to small and medium-sized businesses that have been impacted by the Chinese virus pandemic.

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 …

USC Accepts $20 Million in Federal Aid Despite $5 Billion Endowment

USC, which boasts an endowment of $5.5 billion, announced this week that it will accept $20 million in federal Chinese virus relief. Ivy League institutions including Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania announced this week that they will reject federal aid following pressure from President Donald Trump and the general public.

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 …

USC Will Offer Free Tuition to Families Earning Under $80,000

The University of Southern California announced this week that it will offer free tuition to admitted students from families earning less than $80,000. The university is following the lead of institutions like Harvard University that offer free tuition for low-income families.

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Student Demand Answers from Parents After College Admissions Bribe Scandal

The children of those involved in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal now want answers from their parents. In one case highlighted by the Wall Street Journal, Devin Sloane was arrested in connection with a bribe he made to have his son admitted to a top school, leaving his son wondering why his father didn’t believe in him in the first place.

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Report: Lori Loughlin Thought All Rich People Bribed Colleges

A new report suggests that Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin refused to plead guilty for her alleged role in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions bribery scandal because she thought that all rich people bribed colleges in exchange for their children’s admission.

Actress Lori Loughlin departs federal court in Boston on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)