Around the Ivies
Brown University:Brown’s Sidney Frank scholarship fund, which helps low-income students graduate from the university without student loan debt, celebrated its 10-year anniversary, the Brown Daily Herald reported. The fund — which was established with a $100 million donation by Sidney E. Frank, an alumnus who left the university after his first year due to financial problems — now supports about 130 students each year.
Columbia University:The Columbia University Marching Band adopted a new sexual assault policy following several alleged sexual assaults among band members, theColumbia Spectator reported. The new policy considers all allegations true and requires action be taken against members accused of sexual assault. Band members said the policy has already been implemented against two alumni band members, who have been prohibited from attending band events.
Cornell University:Cornell’s student assembly freshman representative elections were announcedon Tuesdayafter four candidates were disqualified for violating campaign rules, the Cornell Daily Sun reported. Three candidates violated elections and campus code chalking rules, and the other violated a campaign ethics policies.
Harvard University:Eight winners of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medals, Harvard’s highest honor in African and African American studies, were celebratedTuesdayfor their contributions to African American culture, The Crimson reported. The winners included “12 Years a Slave”filmmaker Steve McQueen, television producer and writer Shonda Rhimes ’91, Miramax founder Harvey Weinstein and talk-show host Oprah Winfrey.
Princeton University:Two Princeton students were relocated to new housing when inspectors found bedbugs crawling in their Forbes College one-room double last week, the Daily Princetonian reported, noting that the residential college saw bedbugs in April and in September 2013. The university uses heat treatment to eliminate bedbugs. These bedbugs were the first found at Princeton this academic year.
University of Pennsylvania:Penn administrators have proposed a new office that would focus solely on sexual misconduct cases, the Daily Pennsylvanian reported. Currently, these cases are handled by the Office of Student Conduct. The proposal also includes plans to hire a sexual violence investigative officer experienced in Title IX cases to lead the new office.
Yale University:Yale will host its annual sustainability week next week to promote the university’s sustainability strategic plan, a three-year initiative announced last fall, the Yale Daily News reported. The week will include more than 40 events.