Around the industry: West Point cadets who raised fists in photo will not be punished

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  • New York: Sixteen black female cadets at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) who posed with raised fists for a photo will not be punished, officials announced Tuesday. In a letter to the student body, West Point's superintendent, Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., said an internal inquiry found the cadets—who are poised to graduate—did not violate military rules by making a political statement. However, he said the cadets showed "a lapse of awareness in how symbols and gestures can be misinterpreted and cause division" (Peltz/Hill, Associated Press, 5/11). 
  • New York: Beginning in the fall, Columbia University graduate students will be eligible for a series of new benefits. Benefits include 12 weeks of paid parental leave with the option for an unfunded semester away and subsidized childcare (Inside Higher Ed, 5/11).
  • Tennessee: A University of Tennessee freshman faces 14 charges after stolen items valued at more than $100,000 were found in his dorm room over the weekend. Yibo "David" Hwang was arrested Friday after another student reported seeing someone who fit the description of a person suspected of stealing items from the Science Engineering and Research Building the week before (Knoxville News Sentinel, 5/10).  

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