Campus news of the week: Racist beer pong, universal bathrooms, textbook prices and more
Welcome to the weekly Campus news of the week roundup here at USA TODAY College. There are around five thousand colleges and universities in the U.S. Here’s a snapshot of the most compelling stories that happened on campus around the country this week, according to student newspapers.
Kansas: Hate speech rattles students
International students from Southeast Asia were targeted with hate speech at the University of Kansas last weekend, campus authorities told school paper University Daily Kansan, telling them to get out of the United States. A targeted student said of him and his friends, “They were actually super scared because they never thought that something like that would actually happen.”
UW-Madison: Addressing sexual violence
The Madison campus of University of Wisconsin is dealing with four sexual violence cases investigated by the U.S. Department of Education’s civil rights office — it doesn’t look good, as they have the highest average of investigations in the Big Ten conference, with the second most Title IX cases, per The Daily Cardinal. Students, campus orgs, and university leaders are working to address this issue.
Also: UW-Madison hosted an international conference on how refugee and immigrant children resettle; the second part of the conference will be held in Paris.
Georgetown: Welcome gender-inclusive bathrooms
Healy Building on Georgetown University’s campus (Photo: Samantha Rhodes)
Georgetown University is remodeling existing single-stall bathrooms on campus to be gender-inclusive and accessible for individuals with disabilities by the end of the semester, after student push for inclusivity. Some need simple sign changes and others need to be crafted to meet American Disabilities Act standards.
Ohio State: Student government tackles textbook affordability
The undergraduate student administration approved a resolution calling on professors to place course textbook orders before class registration closes, so students can get books cheaper thanks to early orders. Barnes and Noble say this could help students save $2.5 million a year, The Lantern reports.
U Penn: Racist beer pong name prompts changes
A Phi Gamma Delta fraternity beer pong game involving a “VietPong” team name caused backlash among Asian students at University of Pennsylvania. The Interfraternity Council has now welcomed a new “diversity chair” to help members understand their cultural and social responsibility.
A UPenn beer pong tournament included one team named, “VietPong,” and now Penn is in an uproar. https://t.co/sip5D1wKx1
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) February 15, 2017
University of Maryland: White nationalist posters found on campus
Several signs advocating for white nationalism, reporting undocumented immigrants, and calling out “Jewish enemies” by the American Vanguard group were found on the University of Maryland campus. Even Maryland Senator Cardin commented on it.
— Senator Ben Cardin (@SenatorCardin) March 15, 2017
Columbia: Goodbye to thermal coal producers
After much politics and protest to have Columbia University step away from thermal coal producers, the board of trustees announced its approved vote to divest from thermal coal. They also called on the school to reduce its carbon footprint and take part in climate research, President Lee Bollinger said in a statement.
— Columbia University (@Columbia) March 13, 2017
And March Madness…
The NCAA basketball tournament is off to a wild start. For starters this week, Tennessee pulled an upset and Northwestern made a historic win. Follow our banner coverage as March Madness charges on — be ready with your bracket if you haven’t made one already.
Filed under: BREAKING NEWS, CAMPUS BEAT Tagged: campus news of the week, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Ohio State, Patrick deHahn, Universirty of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Kansas, University of Maryland, UPenn
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