Inflating the Cost of Public Information
When Jillian Kay Melchior of the Wall Street Journal asked the University of Michigan for a year of campus bias incident reports, part of its speech-monitoring operation, the university thwarted her inquiry by imposing a fee of more than $2,400 for the public records. From George Will’s column of May 18.
3 Campuses Change Their Minds About Attacking ‘Whiteness’
Three U.S. campuses—Grinnell College in Iowa, Ohio State University and Hunter College in New York City—have dropped their “white privilege “courses.
At Campus Reform, correspondent Toni Airaksinenon reported that the Grinnell course called “American whiteness,” had been scrapped after three years. It had referred to whiteness as “a very bad idea.” Ohio State, she said, has stopped offering a similar course on “Crossing Identity Boundaries,” also with a dim view of white people.
Hunter College, part of the City University of New York system, will no longer offer its course on “The Abolition of Whiteness.” It had described the course as examining “how whiteness—and/or white supremacy and violence—is intertwined with conceptions of gender, race, sexuality, class, body ability, nationality, and age.”
Not So Painless Dentists
An analysis of more than 91,000 graduate degree holders with student loans shows that dentists, optometrists, and veterinarians tend to have student loan debt most out of balance with earning soon after graduation. The report by the company Credible says dentists take out the most in student loans--a whopping median of $236,739.
Commencement Advice—Don’t Visit Your Boss’s Hotel Room
The Commencement speech at Sweet Briar College in Virginia infuriated some of the new graduates. The speaker, Nella Gray Barkley, a 1955 graduate who founded a career-counseling company, expressed “partial sympathy” for the #MeToo movement, but criticism too:
“I have little patience with the woman who arrives breathlessly at her boss’s hotel room for a so-called conference. What did she think was going to happen?” Barkley also added that it is “only natural for men from Mars to follow the shortest skirt in the room,” advising women: “It is you who makes the ground rules.” The college put out a statement that appeared to support the commencement speaker. It said, in part:
“Sweet Briar College has always been an institution that encourages discussion on subjects of profound importance for our women and our society. We hold this truth to be unassailable: Every woman has dominion over her physical self and must be free from coercion, pressure or influence."
Top Talent Teaching Exodus
The FAANGs are on the prowl for the best artificial intelligence talent they can find as the race for self-driving cars, home devices like Alexa and Google Home, natural language processing, robots, and drones capture a larger part of business and consumer spending. Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google are all in the game, with resources – and paychecks -- unmatched by academia. According to MIT’s The Algorithm, Facebook is vacuuming up the AI talent as it opens AI labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, stripping the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University of some the best minds in artificial intelligence.
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