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This week in higher ed: March 6, 2013

University News Editor
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Oberlin cancels classes after racially charged incidents on campus

A chain of what Oberlin College officials referred to as “hate-related incidents” caused Oberlin’s President Marvin Krislov to cancel classes at the Ohio liberal arts college Monday, the New York Times reported.

The campus has witnessed several recent incidents, including a sighting of an individual wearing Ku Klux Klan garb near the Afrikan Heritage House Sunday, as well as racial epithets and images of swastikas graffitied on multiple buildings in the past month, the Times reported. Krislov’s call for a “day of solidarity” Monday in the events’ wake was met with a gathering of students and faculty members in support of tolerance and diversity. College officials said the campus security department and Oberlin city police are investigating the incidents.


MIT physicist nominated to become U.S. Energy Secretary

President Obama announced Monday the nomination of Ernest Moniz, professor of physics and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to be the U.S. Secretary of Energy, the Associated Press reported.

Moniz, who serves as director of MIT’s Energy Initiative, has been an MIT faculty member since 1973. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he would gain control of the federal agency responsible for managing the country’s nuclear weapons and nuclear energy programs as well as general energy conservation measures.


Sexual assault case roils Occidental College

Occidental College officials’ decision not to issue a campus-wide alert following an alleged sexual assault has sparked a wave of criticism from students and faculty members, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

After a female student sought medical treatment for an alleged sexual assault that occurred Feb. 24, the Los Angeles Police Department initiated an investigation. But school officials determined the campus faced no “continuing threat” and chose not to inform students, wrote Dean of Students Barbara Avery in a campus-wide email sent on Feb. 28, following an outcry over the administration’s decision not to immediately inform the community.


Penn concludes largest-ever fundraising campaign

Penn President Amy Gutmann informed the Ivy university’s Board of Trustees Thursday that Penn’s Making History campaign raised a total of $4.3 billion between its launch in October 2007 and its conclusion at the end of last year, the Daily Pennsylvanian reported. The fundraising campaign was the largest in Penn’s history, surpassing its original goal of $3.5 billion by about $800 million, according to the Daily Pennsylvanian. Revenue marked for academic programs and research accounted for $2.2 billion, the largest single share of funds raised.



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