Campus news of the week: Trump admin resignation, offensive frat party and more
Welcome to the weekly Campus news of the week roundup here at USA TODAY College. There are around 5,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. Here’s a snapshot of the most compelling stories that happened on campus around the country this week, according to student newspapers.
UC-Berkeley: Energy professor resigns from the Trump administration
The Daily Californianreports that Daniel Kammen, an energy professor on the campus, has resigned from his position as one of President Trump's science envoys.
Kammen, who posted his resignation on Twitter, wrote, "Mr. President, I am resigning as Science Envoy. Your response to Charlottesville enables racism, sexism, & harms our country and planet.”
Kammen's resignation letter, which received over 40,000 retweets, also spelled out "impeach" in the first letter of each paragraph.
Also: Conservative firebrands Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos are slated to speak at Berkeley for a "Free Speech Week" event. Former White House strategist Steve Bannon may join as well. Last school year, separate planned events for both Yiannopoulos and Coulter to speak on campus were canceled amid security concerns, and violent riots in the case of Yiannopoulos.
Yale: Offensive library artwork being removed
The Yale Daily Newsreports that a controversial stone carving of a Puritan holding a musket to the head of a Native American will be removed from the library entrance.
The stonework, created in 1929, will be moved to another location for "study and viewing."
University of Virginia: Grappling with Charlottesville violence
On Monday night, the Cavalier Dailyreports that hundreds of UVA students and members of the community marched to "reclaim their grounds," and several student groups came with lists of demands to the university.
Among the list of demands was that the Confederate plaques in the rotunda be removed, along with a request that the statue of Thomas Jefferson be "'re-contextualized with a plaque' to include the history of the statue as an 'emblem of white supremacy.'"
The march, which was organized by the Black Student Alliance, U.Va. Students United, the Minority Rights Coalition and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at U.Va., sought to get rid of any idea that Charlottesville agreed with white supremacy.
And instead of having their weekly meeting, UVA's student council held a town hall meeting for students. Students, who were each allotted two minutes to speak at the microphone, spoke up about frustration with university response and about a general uneasiness.
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Meanwhile, white nationalist Christopher Cantwell turned himself in after the University Police Department issued an arrest warrant for him, citing “illegal use of tear gas, phosgene and other gases” and “malicious bodily injury by means of any caustic substance or agent or use of any explosive or fire" during the white nationalist rally at UVA.
Penn State: Changes made to Greek life
According to the Daily Collegian, Greek life is changing at Penn State in the wake of Timothy Piazza's death in a hazing incident last February.
Among the changes being made: a new $90 per semester participation fee, monitoring and handling of the individual chapters being done by the university itself, and a new partnership with the state liquor board.
U Penn: Andrea Mitchell makes an endowment
Andrea Mitchell, a Penn alumna and NBC's chief foreign affairs correspondent, has endowed Penn with the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, The Daily Pennsylvanianreports.
The center, which will be nonpartisan, will be continuing the work of the Penn Program on Democracy, Constitutionalism and Citizenship, which started in 2006.
Mitchell told the Daily Pennsylvanian that “We’re going to be studying civil values and democracy and the Constitution and how it applies today in all forms. I have no role at all in what direction the scholars take.”
University of Michigan: Fraternity party cancelled after backlash
According to the Michigan Daily, the Delta Sigma Phi ancient Egyptian-themed party has been canceled following backlash from the student body.
Junior Yasmeen Afifi, president of the school's Egyptian Student Association, wrote, "Not only are these stereotypes extremely offensive as a whole, it is more saddening to see students from the top public university in the United States engaging in these stereotypes. As an actual Egyptian, my roots are more than a costume or a lame party My culture will not be appropriated for your entertainment."
This comes after a 2013 party at UMich drew wide criticism for a "Hood Ratchet Thursday"-themed Theta Xi bash.
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Susannah Hutcheson is a 2017 Texas A&M graduate and a USA TODAY College news producer. Follow her on Twitter: @susiebhutch
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