The #MeToo stories we've seen in the news have made clear that this kind of injustice is plentiful in other sectors of society, like government, businesses and the entertainment industry. Academia, with its tradition and devotion to the religion of knowledge, has an aura of being above it all. Instead, it's proven to be a grievous offender, one where administrators are slow and reluctant to act, if at all.
At the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents meeting, University administrators presented their progress on the new Saint Paul Strategic Facilities Plan. The plan is bold and needed because as the administrators described themselves in the docket item, 59 percent of the campus' space is in "poor or critical condition."
A recent New York Times article took a fascinating look at an interesting Harvard employee, Martha Bonilla. She came into the country illegally, hiding under a pile of bananas in a truck. Now, Ms. Bonilla lives comfortably in a $350,000 home in a middle class neighborhood of Boston, with another home rented out to family. She takes vacations in Florida and pays $1700 a month for her daughter's college education.
Last fall, when orange leaves started to make their gentle tumble out of the trees, I visited the office of a favorite professor to discuss an assignment I was having trouble with. I took my place in the spare chair next to the door of his office and, after lifting some papers off the seat, he sat in the worn leather lounging chair next to his bookcase.
The NCAA decided it was going to get serious about college basketball's slow moral collapse. It created a commission, headed by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to propose solutions to college basketball's ills. While the FBI announced investigations into colleges and apparel companies, the commission met and developed a series of recommendations.
Minneapolis Public Schools has a school discipline problem. Black students made up 40 percent of all students across the district in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years, but were subject to an astonishing 74 percent of recorded disciplinary incidents.
For many years, Native American women across the state and country have faced extreme levels of violence. Many women have disappeared, never to be found again. Others have been dealing with violence since childhood.
Since the shooting that occurred at their school, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas teens have showed a remarkable amount of bravery and courage. They’ve founded a national movement and helped orchestrate one of the largest protests in American history. Our country’s tradition of inaction after mass shooting has become almost cliche, but the MSD students have countered that completely.
Data shows that our state has the fourth worst counselor-to-student ratio in the country; there are 723 K-12 students for every public school counselor in the state, compared to a national average of 482-to-1 and a recommended 250-to-1 ratio, according to a 2017 report by the American School Counselor Association.
On March 30, thousands of Liberian Americans across Minnesota and the United States could live their last day as legal residents. Unless they want to face the risk of deportation, those who are not yet citizens will have to pull the plug on their jobs, businesses, and families to return to a country whose lengthy civil wars forced them to flee almost two decades ago.