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Judges: If You Graduate From Columbia, We're Not Hiring

More than a dozen conservative Trump appointees sign letter saying they won't hire its grads

(Newser) - Columbia University is facing more backlash over pro-Palestine campus protests , this time from more than a dozen conservative federal judges who penned a letter over the weekend to Columbia President Minouche Shafik to inform her they won't consider Columbia grads for clerkships or other gigs—both students from the...

NYPD Confirms Shot Was Fired in Columbia Building

Police say officer accidentally fired shot while using flashlight on gun

(Newser) - The NYPD has confirmed that a rumor circulating among Columbia University students is true. A police spokesperson told the City on Thursday that an officer fired a shot when police stormed a campus building occupied by student protesters Tuesday night. The spokesperson said the officer was using a flashlight on...

White House Condemns Escalation in Columbia Protests

University says students who took over building will face expulsion

(Newser) - Columbia University says students who took over a campus building early Tuesday will face expulsion. The warning comes a day after the university started suspending students who defied a deadline to leave a pro-Palestinian protest encampment. "We made it very clear yesterday that the work of the University cannot...

Columbia Students Face 2pm Deadline
Columbia Begins
Suspending Protesters

Columbia Begins Suspending Protesters

University had given pro-Palestinian demonstrators a 2pm deadline to abandon encampment

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. Columbia University announced Monday evening that it has begun suspending students who defied a 2pm deadline to clear out of a pro-Palestinian encampment on the New York campus. The protesters, along with hundreds of their supporters, began to leave by 4pm, the...

'One of the Most Consequential Student Uprisings'
'One of the Most Consequential
Student Uprisings'
the rundown

'One of the Most Consequential Student Uprisings'

A look at the campus protests continuing across the country

(Newser) - Campus protests over the war in Gaza showed no sign of abating through the weekend:
  • Arrests: The AP logs more than 200 arrests on Saturday alone at pro-Palestinian demonstrations at Northeastern University in Boston, Arizona State University, Indiana University, and Washington University in St. Louis. One notable arrest in St.

Columbia's Classes Go Remote: 'We Need a Reset'
Columbia's Classes Go
Remote: 'We Need a Reset'

Columbia's Classes Go Remote: 'We Need a Reset'

Monday classes will be virtual at Ivy League, where pro-Palestinian protests are at center of commotion

(Newser) - On the West Coast, a canceled valedictorian speech ; on the East Coast, canceled in-person classes at Columbia. The Israel-Hamas war factors into both incidents, as tensions continue while the conflict rages overseas. Columbia President Nemat "Minouche" Shafik has announced classes at Columbia will be held virtually on Monday, as...

After Arrest, OB-GYN Was Allowed to Keep Working at Columbia

Robert Hadden got 20 years for abusing women, but it's Ivy League's role that's raising eyebrows

(Newser) - In July, OB-GYN Robert Hadden was sentenced to 20 years behind bars after being convicted of federal sexual abuse charges, with hundreds of victims reportedly left in his wake. A disturbing new deep dive from ProPublica , however, reveals that the prison sentence came despite, not thanks to, Hadden's employer...

Money-Laundering Expert Gets 6 Months for Money Laundering

Professor Bruce Bagley wrote several books on South American corruption

(Newser) - Update: A money-laundering expert arrested after expertly laundering the proceeds of corruption in Venezuela has been sentenced to six months in prison. Prosecutors said retired University of Miami professor Bruce Bagley—who testified before Congress on money laundering—kept a roughly $200,000 commission from the scheme. The 75-year-old could...

SC Capital's Plan for the Homeless: Ban Them

Those who won't leave downtown will face jail

(Newser) - South Carolina's capital city has approved a plan to rid its downtown of the "scary" homeless people officials fear might prevent Columbia from becoming a regional economic hotspot, the New York Times finds. Under a policy the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty calls an "extreme,...

Trayvon Marchers Hit Streets Nationwide

Tampa, Columbia, Chicago among cities hosting protests for Trayvon Martin

(Newser) - A weekend of rallies for Trayvon Martin kicked off today with about a thousand marchers at a busy intersection in Tampa, Florida, and hundreds more in Columbia, SC, MSNBC reports. Many in Tampa carried Skittles and wore hoodies, as Martin did on the day he was gunned down by a...

Book Renews Calls to Reopen Malcolm X Case

Author brings fresh scrutiny, suggests real killers went free

(Newser) - Calls to reopen the investigation into the assassination of Malcolm X are gaining momentum thanks to a new best-selling biography, reports the New York Times . In Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, now-deceased Columbia professor Manning Marable revisits the long-held assumption that authorities botched the case , arguing that two of...

For Rent: Obama's NYC Digs
 For Rent: 
 NYC Digs 
ONLY $1900 a MONTH

For Rent: Obama's NYC Digs

'Live like a president'—or at least a broke Columbia undergrad

(Newser) - Barack Obama slept there, and you can, too—for a mere $1900 a month, you can rent the president's old New York City apartment, Gawker reports. The apartment at 42 West 109th St. has "beautiful hardwood floors," "high ceilings," and "large closets," the ad...

Columbia Valedictorian Admits Plagiarizing Comic

His 'Physics for Poets' sounded familiar to Patton Oswalt

(Newser) - Another day, another commencement gaffe. Columbia's valedictorian has apologized for lifting part of his speech—a jokey riff on attending a class called Physics for Poets—from comedian Patton Oswalt, probably best known for his King of Queens supporting role. (See videos for comparisons.)

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