- California: Malala Yousafzai says that Stanford University is at the top of her wish-list of colleges. (Her other favorite is Oxford University.) The 18-year-old winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, native of Pakistan, and survivor of an attempted execution by the Taliban is trying to balance her desire to attend a university with her family's expectations—sometimes with humorous results. "When I went to Stanford, my father was asking, 'Is it possible that the parents live near the university or in the university?'" she told USA Today. "And I said, 'No, no, it's against the rules. Parents cannot even come to the city'" (Mandell, USA Today, 9/28; Sportelli, Forbes, 9/10).
- Oklahoma: Six months after a fraternity's racist song brought negative attention to the University of Oklahoma, the campus climate has improved. "Some good has [already] come out of it," said Lauren Whiteman, an adviser for black student programs. "Educating people about diversity and inclusion came together a lot faster." Student leaders say the school still needs to boost its commitment to diversity, such as by hiring more black faculty members (McNutt, NewsOK.com, 9/28).
- Rhode Island: Brown University has rescinded an honorary degree that it originally bestowed on Bill Cosby in 1985. Brown is just the latest university to distance itself from Cosby as more women have come forward with allegations that the comedian sexually assaulted them. "It has become clear," wrote Brown President Christina Paxson, "by his own admission in legal depositions that became public this summer, that Mr. Cosby has engaged in conduct with women that is contrary to the values of Brown" (Begley, TIME, 9/28).
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