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A Campus-Politics Whodunit: Who Invited James O’Keefe to Speak at Middlebury?

A Campus-Politics Whodunit: Who Invited James O’Keefe to Speak at M...

December 14, 2017

For an event that received such heavy promotion, James O’Keefe’s speech last month at Middlebury College — well, near Middlebury College — seemed anticlimactic.  Mr. O’Keefe, the self-styled undercover journalist whose Project Veritas sting operations try to embarrass media outlets and liberal politicians, showed up in a drab hotel conference room a couple of miles away from campus. Only a few dozen people turned out. He spoke for about 80 minutes and left without much fanfare.  Middlebury is no stranger to speech controversy.
For an event that received such heavy promotion, James O’Keefe’s speech last month at Middlebury College — well, near Middlebury College — seemed anticlimactic.  Mr. O’Keefe, the self-styled undercover journalist whose Project Veritas sting operations try to embarrass media outlets and liberal politicians, showed up in a drab hotel conference room a couple of miles away from campus. Only a few dozen people turned out. He spoke for about 80 minutes and left without much fanfare.  Middlebury is no stranger to speech controversy.

December 14, 2017

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Inside Higher Ed

Sweet Briar Debt Rating Upgraded

Sweet Briar Debt Rating Upgraded

December 14, 2017

Sweet Briar College’s long-term debt rating has moved up a notch, with S&P Global Ratings issuing an upgrade Wednesday because of actions the college’s new leaders have taken to stabilize it.  S&P raised its rating on Sweet Briar debt from B to B-plus. 
Sweet Briar College’s long-term debt rating has moved up a notch, with S&P Global Ratings issuing an upgrade Wednesday because of actions the college’s new leaders have taken to stabilize it.  S&P raised its rating on Sweet Briar debt from B to B-plus. 

December 14, 2017

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Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, NY

RIT Alum Austin McChord, 32, Donates $50M to College

RIT Alum Austin McChord, 32, Donates $50M to College

December 14, 2017

Austin McChord did not stand out during his time as an undergraduate at Rochester Institute of Technology. In fact, he left without his degree and only received it after six years, in 2009, thanks to community college credits. 
The next eight years were somewhat more productive. The online data protection company he launched while at RIT, Datto, is valued around $1 billion. McChord, just 32 years old, has dipped into that wealth in a major way, as he and the school Wednesday announced a $50 million gift for programs in entrepreneurship and cybersecurity. It is the largest single donation in RIT history.
Austin McChord did not stand out during his time as an undergraduate at Rochester Institute of Technology. In fact, he left without his degree and only received it after six years, in 2009, thanks to community college credits. 
The next eight years were somewhat more productive. The online data protection company he launched while at RIT, Datto, is valued around $1 billion. McChord, just 32 years old, has dipped into that wealth in a major way, as he and the school Wednesday announced a $50 million gift for programs in entrepreneurship and cybersecurity. It is the largest single donation in RIT history.

December 14, 2017

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News-Journal, Longview, TX

Wiley College Names New President in Marshall

Wiley College Names New President in Marshall

December 14, 2017

The Wiley College (TX)  board of trustees has named Herman Felton Jr. as the private university's next president and will succeed outgoing President Haywood Strickland when he retires in June. Felton has been president of Wilberforce University in Ohio since 2016.
The Wiley College (TX)  board of trustees has named Herman Felton Jr. as the private university's next president and will succeed outgoing President Haywood Strickland when he retires in June. Felton has been president of Wilberforce University in Ohio since 2016.

December 14, 2017

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, GA

Georgia Colleges to Accept Students from Puerto Rico

Georgia Colleges to Accept Students from Puerto Rico

December 12, 2017

Ten Georgia colleges and universities will allow students from Puerto Rico, currently displaced by Hurricane Maria, to study here next semester, with the Puerto Rican institutions receiving the tuition.
Ten Georgia colleges and universities will allow students from Puerto Rico, currently displaced by Hurricane Maria, to study here next semester, with the Puerto Rican institutions receiving the tuition.

December 12, 2017

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