This Week in College News: Winklevoss Twins Get Dissed by Ex-Harvard Prez

By Megan Kenslea

peace-college-coedSo much for a slow summer…this week has been a busy one in the college news world. From the UC education system to yet another controversial remark from Larry Summers, here are some of the top stories on this
edition of This Week in College News:

Former Harvard President Larry Summers Disses the Winklevoss Twins…

…and they aren’t to pleased. Earlier this week, the Harvard University professor referred to Harvard graduates Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss as “a**holes.” The Winklevoss twins, who famously battled Mark Zuckerberg over Facebook, replied with an open letter to current Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, asking Faust to address “this unprecedented betrayal of the unique relationship between teacher and student.” This isn’t the first time Summers has caused waves with his outspoken remarks. In 2005, Summers was fired from his position as president of the University for remarks about women in science.

Peace College to go Co-ed

Students and alumni at Peace College, an all-women’s college in Raleigh, North Carolina, recieved some surprising news this week. The school announced Thursday that it is changing its name to William Peace University, and, starting in fall 2012, it will begin admitting men. While the school says the change will make Peace “bigger and better,” some students and alumni say they are outraged and disappointed they didn’t recieve any warning from the school.


State of California May Help Illegal Immigrants Pay For College

Illegal immigrants in California may gain access to privately funded grants from state colleges and universities if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a new Bill into law. The State Senate passed Assembly Bill 130 on July 14 as part of the California Dream Act, and Brown, who supported the Dream Act during his campaign, is expected to sign the bill into law. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed similar bills when he was in office.

5,800 New Berkeley Students Get Vocal

This fall, UC Berkeley is doing something a bit different than most college orientations – incoming freshmen and transfer students will be asked to record their voices and accents for an interactive world map. The voice samples will coincide with fall seminars centering on lingusitic diversity and all aspects about languages. It’s a far cry from the typical student orientation, but Berkeley officials say they hope it will serve as a way for students to get to know each other.


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