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Northwestern Rips T-Shirts Backing Fired Coach

Pat Fitzgerald was dismissed after accusations of hazing

(Newser) - Northwestern University's athletic director criticized football team staff members on Wednesday for wearing T-shirts to practice with a message he condemned as inappropriate and offensive after the firing of head coach Pat Fitzgerald. A few of the employees at practice wore shirts reading, "Cats against the world" with...

Northwestern University's Hazing Scandal Widens

Ex-volleyball player becomes first female athlete to sue the university

(Newser) - The hazing scandal at Northwestern University has widened to include a volleyball player who on Monday became the first female athlete to sue the university over allegations she was retaliated against for reporting mistreatment and a new lawsuit by former Northwestern quarterback Lloyd Yates, the AP reports. "This shows...

Northwestern Accusations Include Other Sports

Former quarterback says head coach enabled culture of racism

(Newser) - Allegations of hazing that first surfaced in Northwestern University's football program broadened Wednesday, with private attorneys saying male and female athletes in two other sports reported misconduct. The athletes also suggested that sexual abuse and racial discrimination in the football team were so rampant that coaches had to know...

After Hazing Investigation, Northwestern Coach Fired

Pat Fitzgerald was first suspended, then terminated

(Newser) - Within days of his suspension, Pat Fitzgerald has been fired as head coach of Northwestern University's football team amid an ongoing hazing investigation. "The head coach is ultimately responsible for the culture of his team," said the university's president in a statement announcing the termination Monday....

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This Is the Best College in America

MIT is No. 1, at least according to WalletHub

(Newser) - Deciding where to go to college can be a stressful time for high schoolers. For those who are determined to attend the best of the best, WalletHub tries to ease the burden by sifting through all the pros and cons of more than 1,000 higher-ed institutions. The site looked...

They Correctly Answered Math Problems—in Midst of a Dream

Small-scale study suggests 2-way communication with lucid dreamers

(Newser) - If you've encountered a sleep walker, you probably understand that some communication with a dreamer is possible. But a new study , encompassing four independent experiments, reveals lucid dreamers can not only communicate with the outside world while snoozing but also answer yes-or-no questions and simple math problems. This is...

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One of My 'Best Students' Was Sentenced to Die

'Understanding our own humanity is a lifelong project,' Jennifer Lackey writes

(Newser) - "The death penalty is purportedly reserved for the 'worst of the worst' or those with 'irretrievably depraved characters.' But this is based on a myth." That's according to Jennifer Lackey, founder and director of the Northwestern Prison Education Program. It was through the program...

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Scientists Pinpoint 4 Personality Types

Study refers to reserved, self-centered, role model, and average categories

(Newser) - Northwestern University psychology professor William Revelle spent years trying to show there are no real personality types. His latest research published Monday in Nature Human Behavior points to the opposite conclusion. Using data from 1.5 million survey respondents, it identifies four clear personality types—average, reserved, self-centered, and role...

PhD Student Killed 'Within 4 Hours' of Landing in Chicago

Shane Colombo was running an errand to buy hangers

(Newser) - The injustice of it all is staggering: A Northwestern University PhD student who survived lymphoma as a teen was shot dead in Chicago on Sunday evening just four hours after landing in the city; Shane Colombo was in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the city's north side buying hangers,...

Plague Expert Among 2 Wanted for Chicago Murder

Cops also seeking British university treasurer

(Newser) - Police in Chicago have asked law enforcement agencies across the country to be on the lookout for a strange pair of murder suspects: an American bubonic plague expert and a British university treasurer. Wyndham Lathem, a 42-year-old professor of microbiology and immunology at Northwestern University, and Andrew Warren, a 56-year-old...

College Crew Practice Turns Fatal in Chicago

Northwestern freshman drowns after falling overboard

(Newser) - A member of Northwestern University's crew team drowned after falling overboard during practice Monday morning in Chicago, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The body of 19-year-old Mohammad Ramzan wasn't found until Monday night. According to ABC 7 , there were eight other people in the boat when the freshman from...

Proud March Madness Mom: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Her son, Charlie, plays for Northwestern

(Newser) - The fact that Julia Louis-Dreyfus' son helped her alma mater, Northwestern, make it into the NCAA March Madness bracket for the first time was a victory in itself. But then the No. 8 seed in the West actually won. Cameras caught Louis-Dreyfus, 56, looking awestruck and mouthing the words "...

'Moral Symbols' at Work Can Keep Bad Bosses in Line

'Righteous' quotations, religious items can help workers avoid unethical requests

(Newser) - Could the whole subprime mess have been avoided if bankers had some inspirational Gandhi quotes laying around? That's the question the Chicago Tribune asks after reviewing a study that shows employees who display "moral symbols"—an "ethically righteous quote" or religious item like rosary beads—are...

NLRB Spikes Northwestern Players' Move to Unionize

Nation's first union of college athletes won't be happening

(Newser) - The National Labor Relations Board today dismissed a historic ruling that Northwestern University football players are school employees who are entitled to form what would be the nation's first union of college athletes. The losing side does not have an option to appeal. "That is it. That's...

Top Journalism School Misspells Own Name on Diplomas

Medill known for tough stance on errors

(Newser) - Northwestern University's journalism school has a very low tolerance for spelling errors—at least those made by students. Make such a mistake on any assignment, and you'll automatically receive a "Medill F," the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Turns out those mistakes aren't so hard to make:...

Sports Bombshell: Northwestern Players Can Unionize

But school will appeal preliminary ruling to NLRB in Washington

(Newser) - Northwestern football players aren't just student-athletes—they're employees of the university who have the right to form a union, a federal official ruled today. How big of a deal is today's ruling by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board? "The stunning decision has...

Northwestern: No, Our Special Uniforms Aren't Blood-Stained

It's supposed to look like an old flag, but some see it differently

(Newser) - Northwestern football players will don flag-inspired uniforms for their Nov. 16 game to honor wounded vets—but they're already apologizing for the gear. That's because it appears to be bloodstained, the AP reports via the Washington Post . In fact, it's a "distressed pattern on both the...

Researchers Name Language After Colbert

It turns out bilingual people are good at learning fake tongues

(Newser) - America's favorite fake pundit now has his own fake language. Northwestern University researchers wanted to study whether or not knowing multiple languages helped you learn a completely unrelated one, so they made one up, dubbing it "Colbertian," NBC Chicago reports. "We had to invent a new...

Northwestern Drops Live Orgasm Demo Class

Naked woman with vibrator too much for university officials

(Newser) - You can forget about applying to Northwestern now. University officials have decided to drop the school's class on sexuality in the wake of the brouhaha that erupted after students watched a naked woman enjoying a vibrator, reports the Chicago Tribune . The demonstration was presented after class, and attendance was...

That 'Live Orgasm' Class Was the Best One I Took

Author didn't see the same demonstration, but defends the course

(Newser) - J. Michael Bailey is getting a lot of flak for his Human Sexuality class at Northwestern University—you know, the one where some students, after class, watched a naked woman come to orgasm on stage. Bailey has already defended the decision , and now a former student is backing him up...

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