- Kentucky: A University of Louisville professor is attracting attention after he offered to babysit for one of his students so she could take her final exam. Professor Daniel Krebs was photographed playing computer games with ROTC student Monica Willard's two kids, who she brought along after a babysitter canceled on her last-minute. The photo went viral. "A person like Monica, she's a non-commissioned officer going to school, she's a mom of two kids. I mean that's the kind of thing that's really impressive," Krebs told ABC News. "Me handling her kids for 40, 45 minutes, that's not impressive" (Williams, ABC News, 12/11).
- New York: The College of Saint Rose will cut 23 faculty jobs and two dozen programs as part of a plan to "reprioritize academic programs," leaders announced Friday. The programs enroll just 4% of students—and 12 of them enroll no one—according to the administration. School leaders say they will use the funds freed up to invest more heavily in the school's most popular programs (Bump, Times Union, 12/11; Mytelka, "The Ticker," Chronicle of Higher Education, 12/11).
- South Carolina: The Citadel military college is suspending eight cadets after photos and videos were discovered on social media of them wearing costumes resembling the hoods worn by the Ku Klux Klan. The school's president quickly suspended those involved and opened an investigation. In a public statement, the president said the students may have been practicing for an upcoming "Ghosts of Christmas Past" skit, but that he personally found the images "offensive and disturbing" (Svrluga, Washington Post, 12/10).
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