Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center comments on what makes Donald Trump appealing for media outlets to cover him in the election season.
Penn Daily News Service | May 27, 2016
Penn in the News
Gino Segrè and Bettina Hoerlin of the School of Arts & Sciences write about the decision to drop the first atomic bomb.
Kyle Kampman of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the benefit of an implanted drug to help treat opioid addiction.
Elliot Hersh of the School of Dental Medicine is quoted about the dangers of dentists overprescribing opioids.
The Institute of Contemporary Art is included as a destination spot for tourists visiting Philadelphia.
Jeremy Siegel of the Wharton School talks about what the Fed rate hike says about the American economy.
Matthew Bidwell of the Wharton School says, “We see a large proportion of your lifetime earnings growth happens in your 20s.”
Jules Lipoff of the Perelman School of Medicine shares an explanation of greyscale as depicted on the show “Game of Thrones.”
Noteworthy in Higher Education
Baylor University's Board of Regents has fired its head football coach, and its president will soon resign, amid allegations that the world’s largest Baptist university has continuously mishandled -- and sought to suppress public discourse about -- sexual assaults committed by its football players and other students. The president, Kenneth Starr, will remain at the university as its chancellor and a law professor, though the terms of the arrangement are still being discussed. In a statement released Thursday, Baylor admitted that the university mishandled a number of reports of sexual violence and that coaches and staff reinforced a perception that football was above the rules.
A Yale professor and his wife who became targets of protests for an email about potentially offensive Halloween costumes are resigning their positions as heads of a residential community at the university. The professor, Nicholas Christakis, a sociologist and physician, announced on his Twitter feed Wednesday that he was stepping down as head of Silliman College, a residence where he and his wife served as social and intellectual mentors to students. Dr. Christakis, who directs Yale’s Human Nature Lab, said they were not severing all their ties to the university. He will stay on as a tenured professor. His wife, Erika Christakis, who recently published a book about preschool, will continue her work in that field, he said, though he did not specify in what capacity. The resignations are effective in July.
Some people shouted at a commencement speaker this weekend after she gave a brief part of her remarks in Spanish and talked about presidential candidate Donald Trump — and many are still upset about it. People who were there said they heard people yell, “Get off the stage!” insults, a slogan for the Trump campaign, and commands to speak English. Maria Elena Salinas, an award-winning journalist who is an anchor for Univision, couldn’t hear what people in the crowd were yelling during her speech to graduates of the College of Communications at California State University, Fullerton, but said later that it spoke to how divided the country now is. “It’s really sad that people can turn such a special moment into a racial war,” she said. The whole speech was directed to everyone, she said. “I don’t think I insulted anyone by saying a few words in Spanish to the parents. … I think the message is, we have to cool down the intolerance right now, we really do. This is ugly, what’s happening in the country.”
The Obama administration is wading through nearly 20,000 applications from Americans seeking to have student loans canceled on the grounds they were deceived by colleges, the fallout from a student-debt boom that already has led the government to forgive tens of millions of dollars of borrowings. As of early May, 19,657 borrowers alleging illegal practices by their schools had applied to the Education Department to be relieved of repaying their federal student loans. Under a decades-old law, borrowers are entitled to have loans forgiven if they prove their schools used deceptive advertising and recruiting. That total represents a surge in such requests. As of January, the agency had received about 7,500 applications for forgiveness from borrowers owing an aggregate $164 million.
Baylor University on Thursday released a summary of a long-awaited investigative report into its handling of sexual-assault allegations — and, with it, word of a housecleaning of sorts. Its president, Kenneth W. Starr, was reassigned. Its head football coach, Art Briles, was fired. And its athletic director, Ian McCaw, was put on probation. A glance at the investigation’s findings reveals why Baylor’s governing board took such broad action. In short, virtually everything that could be wrong with a university’s treatment of sexual assault was wrong at Baylor. Here are five damning findings on Baylor’s enforcement of the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX, based on Baylor’s summary of the report, by Pepper Hamilton LLC:
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