George Floyd memorial to be held at North Central University in Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS — North Central University in Minneapolis will be the site for a private memorial service for George Floyd, the man whose death during a police encounter more than a week ago has provoked an unprecedented reaction throughout the nation and beyond.The service, announced Tuesday, will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Lindquist Sanctuary of the Trask Word & Worship Center. The Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy, the civil rights leader’s National Action Network said.The gathering at the school in the city’s Elliot Park neighborhood is the first of three memorial events culmin...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
College students want their money back. It'll be tough to get it
WASHINGTON — The coronavirus left Grainger Rickenbaker, a 21-year-old Drexel University student and hockey goalie, without in-person lectures, seminars or labs as the school switched to remote learning.So he sued.Rickenbaker is suing the Philadelphia university for the pro-rated price of his tuition, saying he didn’t get what he paid for. His lawsuit is one of at least 100 closure-related suits filed against colleges and universities in federal and state courts.In total, more than 2,000 pandemic-related lawsuits against a variety of businesses, groups and officials had been filed by the end of...
Living with Children: The power of 'no'
In 1972, a Stanford University psychologist conducted a study in which young children, individually, were offered either a small but immediate reward (a marshmallow or a pretzel) or a doubled reward if they were able to wait for 15 minutes. In follow-up studies, researchers found that children who were able to postpone gratification experienced better life outcomes as measured by such things as SAT scores, academic achievement and body mass index.I have long maintained that well-done research in the so-called social sciences does nothing but confirm common sense, and it certainly seems common-...
Tribune News Service
Professor pleads guilty to laundering $2 million in proceeds from Venezuelan corruption
MIAMI — University of Miami professor Bruce Bagley pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of money laundering after being charged with using bank accounts in his name and in the name of a company he created in Florida to launder more than $2 million in proceeds from a Venezuelan bribery and corruption scheme.Bagley, recognized as an international scholar on drug cartels and money laundering, pleaded not guilty soon after his arrest in November 2019 in the New York case linked to South Florida, but filed a notice in March indicating that he planned to change his plea.“Bruce Bagley (…) went from wr...
Stanford University forecasts staggering financial losses, workforce reductions
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Stanford president Marc Tessier-Lavigne wrote a letter to the university community Wednesday outlining current financial challenges and staggering projected losses in the months ahead.Tessier-Lavigne wrote that Stanford is forecasting a “$267 million negative financial impact from COVID-19” between March 1 and Aug. 31, 2020, which marks the end of the fiscal year 2020. Tessier-Lavigne also said the university expects “our financial challenges to be as great or even greater,” in fiscal year 2021.“Housing revenue will be reduced due to fewer students living on campus; income-p...
The Mercury News
Stanford coronavirus research: Did politically motivated scientists hype their speedy study?
SAN JOSE, Calif. — In the race to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s scientists have embraced a radically new method of disseminating information about their research, offering it quickly and without filters in the effort to understand and control this deadly disease.But their new communication model is striking at the heart of scientific integrity, publicizing research that has been corrupted by speed, sloppiness and opacity. And now the academic world is being roiled by a question for which millions of lives hang in the balance: Is the public being well-served by the fast and free flo...
The Mercury News
Quentin Moore, the top 2021 JUCO tight end, verbally commits to UW Huskies
Jacob Sirmon and Quentin Moore have already shared a field.And soon, they’ll share a sideline.On Oct. 27, 2017, 247Sports national recruiting editor Brandon Huffman attended a high school football game between Bothell and Inglemoor to see Sirmon — who had already established himself as a four-star quarterback and University of Washington commit. Former Husky head coach Chris Petersen and offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith also were in attendance.And Sirmon didn’t disappoint. In a 41-14 victory, the Bothell bomber completed 19 of 23 passes for 289 yards with five touchdowns and zero intercept...
The Seattle Times
UCF athletic budget projects fans at football games during upcoming season
ORLANDO, Fla. — The UCF Athletics Association submitted a budget to the university based on the expectation it would be able to play football at some point during the 2020-21 academic year with fans in attendance.The chief financial officer who outlined the budget during a UCF board of trustees meeting Thursday noted it was an “optimistic viewpoint.”With the fan-related revenue factored in, UCF Athletics Association projected having $6,448,114 in year-end cash at the end of the 2021 fiscal year.The athletic department summary notes it includes the use of a $5 million line of credit to manage c...
Commentary: Schools will need help to recover
In the age of COVID-19, many U.S. states are facing unprecedented budget crises. If unchecked, these will lead to funding cuts that devastate public education, leave students less prepared for the future and weaken state economies that depend on a well-educated workforce.The cuts have already begun, and they’re sobering. In April alone, nearly 470,000 public school employees across America were furloughed or laid off. That’s 100,000 more teachers and school staff who lost their jobs than during the worst point of the Great Recession a decade ago. At the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, ...
Tribune News Service
Miami President Julio Frenk: Football likely to be played in empty stadiums
University of Miami President Julio Frenk is optimistic a college football season will be played in the fall, however, he said it will likely occur in empty stadiums during a Wednesday interview.“We certainly hope so,” Frenk said on CNN when asked if the Miami Hurricanes will play. “Everything we do will have safety of our students as the top priority. We don’t feel it’s safe, we won’t do it, but with the measures we’re taking, we will and we hope it will open.“They will probably play in empty stadiums, like so many other sports, but we hope to have a season and we hope to have a winning seaso...