Alexandra Aaron

Secret program to hide reclassification from public revealed

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the National Archives and Records Administration has released two “Memorandum of Understanding” documents detailing a program to secretly withdraw and reclassify documents held by the federal government. The memos were themselves reclassified in 2001 and 2002. Government archivists began reclassifying thousands of pages of public documents […]

Universities consider rights of depressed students

Universities may be forced to reevaluate how they deal with depressed students after a recent settlement stemming from the death of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology student. On April 3, the family of former MIT student Elizabeth Shin settled with the university for an undisclosed sum, ending nearly six years of controversy surrounding the circumstances […]

U.S. to release stats on student drug violators

The U.S. Department of Education has agreed to release a demographic breakdown of the 200,000 students denied federal aid due to drug convictions, settling a lawsuit filed last month by the advocacy group Students for a Sensible Drug Policy. “This is a huge victory,” said Tom Angell, SSDP’s campaigns director. “We’re very excited.” The settlement […]

Delaware U. prof a former skinhead

The University of Delaware has been rife with controversy since late February, when the Wilmington News Journal learned that a Delaware graduate student has ties to skinhead organizations that are known for their white supremacy. Robert Huber, a Ph.D student of physics who has taught physics at the university, has been exposed as a member […]

Controversial Harvard U president resigns

Lawrence H. Summers, 51, resigned Tuesday after serving five turbulent years as president of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. The announcement came after faculty members began to question Summers’ ability to administer as president. “I looked at the extent of the rancor that had emerged in parts of the faculty of (the College of) Arts […]

National black history museum coming to D.C.

Planning is under way to create the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a new museum to grace the National Mall. According to the Web site of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum “will be the only museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.” In December, President […]

Internet invades college classrooms

As wireless Internet connections and electronic note-taking grow more common on college campuses, some students and faculty are starting to debate their benefits. Various universities have gradually made the switch to wireless access. Dartmouth College was among the first schools to provide its students with campus-wide wireless internet service last year, earning a 4th-place ranking […]

NYU teaching assistants on strike after losing labor contract

Graduate student assistants teaching at New York University have gone on strike, demanding that university president John Sexton agree to a union contract that would provide better wages and benefits. The strike, initiated in early November, was created by an 85 percent majority of NYU’s Graduate Student Organizing Committee. About 1,000 of NYU’s graduate assistants […]

Woodward admits connection to CIA leak case

Bob Woodward of the Washington Post said in testimony he delivered to special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald last week that a senior administration official had revealed to him the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame, wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, in the most recent development of the investigation. Woodward, made famous by his coverage of […]

NASA rethinking student outreach

NASA administrator Michael Griffin said in testimony before Congress early this month that his agency is reformulating its outreach efforts to college students to prepare a new generation to explore space. Griffin cited poor math and science test scores and the inability to produce an abundance of science majors as factors in deciding to form […]