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Colleges and Universities

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Renu Khator: Media "Misled" on UH Housing Plan

    Toward the end of a thorough ass-chewing via text with Senator John Whitmire over a student housing proposal, UH President Renu Khator did what public officials who screw up have done from time immemorial: she blamed the messenger. You see, according to Khator's text, the media "misled" people by r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    University of Houston Nixes Mandatory Campus Housing Plan From Agenda

    University of Houston officials have suspended their plan requiring freshmen to live on campus after some blowback from Texas Senator John Whitmire. University officials pulled the proposal from a Board of Regents meeting agenda this week after Whitmire voiced his concern Monday to UH Chancellor an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Why Do Robberies Keep Climbing at University of Houston?

    Ask any University of Houston student about the main campus and they'll acknowledge that they find it a little sketchy outside,especially at night. Not to do any Third Ward bashing. We know the Tre's steadily working its way to up-and-coming neighborhood status. We know you see those brand new condo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Affordable College Textbook Act Would Help Students, But Publishers Aren't Hearing It

    Carla Medrano, University of Houston broadcast journalism major, just paid $220 for a new TV Production textbook, no small amount just for one class. Every year students have to worry about how they will pay for their college textbooks. Some students receive scholarships and other financial assistan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    Privatization Everywhere: Public Universitites Want to Go Private

    Privatization -- the other side of the deregulation coin -- has long been a favorite watchword among economic conservatives. Indeed, we can go back all the way to 1981, when President Reagan warned us that government was the problem, not the solution. Thirty-plus years on, this rhetoric still has s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Georgia Safety Suspended Because He "Smoked a Blunt" (His Words to Police)

    As the college football calendar goes, we are smack dab in the middle of that late spring "soft spot" in the schedule where spring practice is a solid month in the rear-view mirror, the school year is wrapping up and summer school (for most places) is still a few weeks away. If idle hands are the d ... More >>

  • News

    April 4, 2013

    Poverty at UH

    Teaching fellows looking for raises.

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Forced to Work at Waffle Bus, Rice English Ph.D. Students Lodge Stipend Complaints

    It seems that the Teaching Fellows at the University of Houston may have started something. While those English Dept. Masters and Ph.D. students have begun a sit-in near Chancellor Renu Khator's office to force a discussion about their meager stipends -- the group's annual funds remain below the nat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Top 5 Food Trends on College Campuses

    Dining halls in colleges have changed for the better over the last several years. Thankfully, we have said good-bye to mystery meat and slop, and are saying hello to upscale cuisine, various methods of service and eco-friendly options. Over the last four years I have been in school at Baylor Univer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Beginner Pong: Rice Amasses 54,000 Online Students for First Coursera Class

    Distance learning, until recently, has mostly been relegated to certificates and diplomas from second (or third or fourth) rate schools aimed at getting college degrees into the hands of anyone who could afford the courses. But, with technology -- particularly video -- dramatically altering the way ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Ka-Ching! UH-Downtown Gets $3.2 Million Federal Grant

    The University of Houston-Downtown has been awarded a $3.2 million federal grant earmarked for first-generation Hispanic students. The university is one of only 19 in the nation (and three in the state) to receive the U.S. Department of Education grant, administered through the the Title V Developi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    TCEQ Says No to Millions of Dollars in Tax Breaks for Valero

    ​Area school districts and cities had to be breathing a big sigh of relief today as news came out that the executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said "no" to handing out large tax breaks to Valero that would have made things even worse for cash-strapped government ... More >>

  • News

    October 20, 2011

    Sons of Blood and Thunder

    Lee West III says he really wanted to be a member of Omega Psi Phi. But he couldn't take the beatings the underground black fraternity was handing out. By Steve Jansen

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Cover Story: UH Grad Sues African-American Fraternity Omega Psi Phi for Alleged Hazing

    ​Lee West III, a University of Houston junior and Omega Psi Phi pledge, says that during underground pledging meetings for the African-American fraternity (which turns 100 years old next month) in February 2009, he was beaten with a television antenna, a paddle and a broomstick that eventually ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    More Semen Means Less Depression for Women, Surgeon Writes

    Help a woman out.....​Want to make a woman less depressed? Pump some semen into her. Apparently any orifice will do. Of course, that means having unprotected sex, so the above advice, given in a recent issue of Surgery News, the journal of the American College of Surgeons, is causing some pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    HISD Accused of Spurning HCC in Favor of Lone Star College

    Has HISD found somebody new?​State Senator Mario Gallegos has a new beef with the Houston school district -- he says HISD is stiffing Houston Community College in favor of Lone Star College. Gallegos wrote to HISD superintendent Terry Grier saying the district's "been extraordinarily indiffer ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 13, 2011
  • Calendar

    July 22, 2010

    "Long Way She Wave"

    Marco Villegas pays tribute to a legendary Japanese printmaker

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Rice University Residential College Guarantee: Not All Students Get What They Pay For

    Photo by SkinnyOrangeCatRice: Getting crowded in here​Note to incoming Rice University undergrads (and their parents) expecting the full "residential college" experience: Be sure to read everything that you get on Rice letterhead.One of the universities' primary selling points is its residential c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Surprise! Another Community College System Is Unhappy With Former HCCS Head Bruce Leslie

    Photo by Daniel Kramer​Former Houston Community College System chancellor Bruce Leslie left his job in 2006 before his term was up, after some stormy times with the system's board.As the Houston Press reported two years prior to that, dissatisfaction with Leslie was rampant. Critics said he suppre ... More >>

  • News

    December 10, 2009

    O'Brien's Song

    After years of fighting everybody and anybody, now the ornery, annoying civil rights activist has to concentrate on fighting for his life.

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Texas A&M's Administration Doesn't Think Much Of Its President

    Texas A&M has released the performance evaluation of its president, Elsa Murano, and things aren't looking so hot for her. Murano's January 2008 hiring was held high by A&M, because she was the youngest president ever and also the first Hispanic and woman to hold that post. But a review of ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Rice University Is Still A Value. An Expensive Value, But A Value

    In 2003, tuition to Rice University was $18,850. By 2008, it had risen to $29,960 - an increase of $11,110, or about 59 percent.Does that mean Rice is losing its reputation as the go-to school for an awesome, awesomely priced education? Apparently not.Despite the steep tuition increase, Rice was rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    Texas Legislature Needs to Do Better By Its College Students, Or Let's Just Keep Exporting Them to Other States

    As we close in on rodeo time at the 2009 version of the Texas Legislature, education funding, as usual, will be one of the main topics. And in a dour economy, it's no secret that the degree-of-difficulty factor has just been ramped up a couple extra notches.We caught up with Scott Hochberg (D-Housto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2008

    College Tuition In Texas Just Keeps Going Up

    Going to college this year? Sending your kid? Here’s something to keep in mind: In the five years since the Texas Legislature approved tuition deregulation, the cost of attending a state college has gone up more than 125% at some schools. Ouch. Rates for tuition and fees at University of Houston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2008

    Longhorns Party On, Burying Their Sorrows

    It's been difficult for the University of Texas to make the Top Ten in anything significant since Vince Young left, but they have finally accomplished it: They are a Top Ten party school, according to the Princeton Review. It was a close-run thing, though: UT came in eighth, nudging out the Univers ... More >>

  • News

    June 19, 2008

    The DREAM Act Might Be Dead, But These Kids' Hopes Are Not

    They are American in everything but name. They can go to college in Texas and improve themselves. Doesn't matter. At the end of the day, they're just illegal immigrants without social security numbers or futures.

  • News

    May 15, 2008

    College Immaterial for High School Students in Vocational Training

    Good paying jobs, no huge loan burdens, exciting course work — the new vo-tech attracts more and more hi-tech students

  • News

    April 10, 2008

    Chess Masters at UT-Brownsville

    An open-admissions university has become a national powerhouse in the collegiate game.

  • News

    December 27, 2007

    Creationism, Food Not Bombs, Fake Panhandling

    Texas may okay creationism degrees

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2007
  • News

    July 20, 2006

    First-Degree Fraud

    Just $249 gets you a bachelor's -- or, hell, a master's -- from Belford University, an online diploma mill with local ties

  • Calendar

    June 29, 2006
  • News

    November 24, 2005

    Winning Ugly

    Don't ask how, but the city made a good move

  • News

    March 17, 2005

    Books, Bullets and Guns

    TSU was failing in campus safety long before Ashley Sloan was gunned down

  • News

    October 2, 2003

    Go, Baby, Go

    Behind the barricades with the Pro-Life Cougars and their dead-fetus pictures

  • News

    March 20, 2003

    College Credit

    Shopping spree for your first apartment: $2,500
    Spring break in Cabo: $1,000
    Avoiding college credit card debt: priceless

  • News

    December 12, 2002

    Rice Freeze

    Market losses force a temporary hiring ban at the university

  • News

    November 14, 2002

    The Pretender

    Rodrigo Montano passed himself off as a Rice University student. Is he deluded or just the worst con artist in town?

  • News

    June 7, 2001

    Credit Check

    Kids rack up university credits right there in high school. And their districts and colleges ring up ample revenues in the process. But are the students really learning?

  • News

    February 15, 2001

    Blaffer's Brouhaha

    Angry UH art students overturn a Sultan's decree

  • News

    January 11, 2001

    Spin Control

    Rice University's slow, systematic makeover of KTRU is just the latest example of a college determined to pattern itself after corporate America

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best A Cappella Group

    The Lager Rhythms

  • News

    September 10, 1998

    Do Not Go Gentle

    Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby fights on for better, more diverse education in Texas

  • News

    March 20, 1997

    The Angelides Affair

    A dispute over research fraud has split the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, and could jeopardize the way universities police scientific misconduct

  • News

    January 2, 1997

    No Problem, Man...

    James Douglas has a plan to return TSU to itsformer glory. But first, he's got to keep the school out of bankruptcy and conservatorship.

  • News

    March 14, 1996

    Swinish Behavior

    Texas A&M's attempt to push an animal research center on a black neighborhood has raised a sour smell in College Station

  • News

    October 6, 1994

    The Terminator of TSU

    Last year, Joann Horton was hired to head Texas Southern University. Now the question is: will she save it, or destroy it?

  • News

    September 1, 1994

    Crisis on Cullen Boulevard

    Funding is down. Faculty is fleeing. And 50 professors are in semi-open revolt. Is the University of Houston on an irrovocable slide toward mediocrity?

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