Higher Education

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Expelled Students Sue University of Houston Over Sexual Assault Investigation

    The night of November 19, 2011, Ryan McConnell went to the Den, a pub near the University of Houston campus, for some drinks with friends. There McConnell met a fellow UH student, and, after several drinks, talking led to kissing. The two eventually got so drunk a bartender told them to leave. McC ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 18, 2014
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    May 1, 2014
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    February 14, 2014

    The Legend of Wendy Davis: Separating Fact from Fiction

    "Print the legend!" This is how Jeff Davis, ex-husband to Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate and rising star in Democratic circles, responded ("with palpable weariness") to a New York Times reporter who was trying to get to the bottom of what's really the truth about Wendy Davis's biography. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    The Conservative Thought Police Hits Kansas

    One of conservatives' favorite rhetorical tropes is to criticize the "liberal elite." Birthed largely by Barry Goldwater and George Wallace, it was perfected by Nixon. Spiro Agnew, Nixon's attack dog/Vice-President made references to the coastal elite, a red-meat line in his speeches. Necessarily i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Judge Says HCC Trustee-Elect Dave Wilson Can't Take Office Yet

    A judge has issued a temporary restraining order against Houston Community College Trustee-elect Dave Wilson, preventing him from taking oath of office. Harris County District Judge Elaine Palmer granted Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan's motion Dec. 30, after Ryan asked the court to determine if ... More >>

  • News

    December 12, 2013

    Amid All the Good Things Going On in HISD, Why Is It So Many of Our Kids Still Can't Read?

    HISD students may be able to pass the test needed to graduate, but that doesn't mean they know how to read.

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Ted Cruz: As Abrasive and Arrogant in College as Now

    Ted Cruz, the id of the Tea Party, is nobody's dummy, academically speaking. Cruz is a double-Ivy grad, who went to Princeton for his undergraduate degree and law school at the venerable Harvard. When the Daily Beast undertook to discover what Cruz was like at Princeton, it reported: several fellow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    So Long, Farewell, RIP to the Astrodome

    I have a memory of the Astrodome that I want to share. Of a Friday night in May of 1993, the Friday night before my law school graduation. I was working that night, handling the stats and graphics on the DiamondVision screen, something I did for most Astros games from 1989 through the end of the 199 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    Summer Of Johnny: Adventures In Austin, Lessons In Trolling

    Saturday night, I went to a live podcast recording for some standup comedian buddies of mine. The show was at Outlaw Dave's bar over on Washington and my buddies are four very funny guys collectively known as the "Whiskey Brothers," or as I call them "The Four Horsemen of Dick Jokes." At one point ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    UPDATED: Northwestern (Prestigious) or Northwestern State (Unknown)? Lone Star Chancellor Dr. Richard Carpenter's Listed Academic Credentials Are Wrong

    See Lone Star Board President Randy Bates' comments at the end of this post. Go to the website (unless they've changed it) of the Lone Star College System in Houston, type in the word chancellor in the search box and you'll find out their chancellor, Dr. Richard Carpenter, has a degree from the pre ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    February 14, 2012

    Wheatley High Forfeits Five Basketball Games Because of Ineligible Players

    Well, this is embarrassing: Just one day after the Attorney General of the United States visited its campus and gave an uplifting speech on doing what's right, Wheatley High has been forced to forfeit five basketball games because of ineligible players. The announcement from HISD said the school -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    HCC Board Finally Takes Some Action On Its Members' Ethics

    Wrists are being slapped​Seven freaking years ago our Josh Harkinson wrote about the board members of the Houston Community College System and their very relaxed attitude toward ethics and conflicts of interest and so on. HCCS pretty much closed up the ranks and did nothing much. Now it look ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    UH Holding Out for More Tier One Funds, Blocking Legislative Deal

    Coogs pushing hard in Austin.​The University of Houston is the last holdout in a vote to set the funding distribution method out of a voter-backed endowment devoted to ramping up the number of nationally ranked universities in Texas. The University of Texas and Texas A&M University are the st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Victor Rodriguez: Metro's New Police Chief Is An HPD Cop

    Metro's police force has a new leader​Metro's new police chief is a Hispanic veteran HPD cop with a law degree. HPD Captain Victor Rodriguez replaces Tom Lambert, who has taken another role in the agency, after a somewhat lengthy search. My goal and desire is to make METRO's police departmen ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 30, 2010
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    June 17, 2010

    Only 15 Percent Of HISD 9th-Graders End Up With A College Degree

    No college degree for 85 percent of HISD 9th-graders?​About 15 percent of Houston Independent School District ninth graders will get a college degree.That stark news was delivered at the board of trustees early morning workshop today to the six board members in attendance (Anna Eastman, Diana Davi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    DeBakey High Racks Up Another Honor

    ​Honors are nothing unusual for the Houston school district's DeBakey High School. And frankly, after you've been named Best High School after an extensive study by the Houston Press, everything else is a bit of an anti-climax.But we guess the folks there will still accept the latest good news, fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    UH's Taj Mahal Apartment Complex Not Exactly A Hot Seller

    ​It's hard out there for a pimped-out student housing facility.We reported back in May that UH was having trouble leasing rooms in Calhoun Lofts, the deluxe dorms intended for grad students to live in (as well as dance, take cooking lessons, do yoga and reach the summit of Maslow's hierarchy of n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Houston Community College Looks Toward (Semi-) Big-Time Sports

    ​TP-ing the dean's house, frat brothers hazing pledges, people getting some strange after the football team's upset victory. These are some of the most sacred and time-honored college traditions, and Houston Community College would like its pupils to live them.Now HCC can't guarantee that you'll ... More >>

  • News

    September 10, 2009

    Life, Post-Ike: A Full Recovery

    Just when it looked like UTMB might leave Galveston forever, local legislators saved it.

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Gun-Control Advocates Revel In Their Texas Triumph

    Photo by don schulteThe folks at the gun-control organization The Brady Center are crowing over their victory in Texas. All you gun-loving yahoos couldn't pass a bill allowing concealed weapons on college campuses, the center all but said, and nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah."Common sense is alive and well in T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    UH Having Trouble Filling Its Fancy New Dorm

    Photo courtesy UHCalhoun Lofts, UH's swanky new facility intended for graduate and professional students, has almost everything: a 24-hour fitness center, private terraces and programming that includes yoga and cooking classes. As of late as last week, though, one thing was missing from the expensiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill and the Roots of Alt-Rap

    Beastie Boys, "So What'cha Want" Today is one of those cosmological coincidences so uncanny it may be no coincidence at all: the Beastie Boys' Mike D and Cypress Hill's Sen Dog were both born this day in 1965. (Scorpios represent!) In the late '80s and early '90s, from opposite sides of the U.S., ... 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 31, 2008
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    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.

  • Dining

    April 19, 2007
  • Blogs

    October 13, 2006
  • Music

    September 28, 2006

    The Sample Truth

    A legendary Houston pianist works to improve Fifth Ward's schools

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2006
  • Dining

    June 29, 2006


    Little Woodrow's

  • News

    March 2, 2006

    The Also-Rans

    The schools who could have been contenders

  • News

    September 1, 2005

    Animal House

    Bad behavior at UH's Phi Kappa Theta fraternity

  • News

    November 21, 2002

    Over and Out

    Baylor balks at budget questions and boots a new hire

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Yoga Studio

    Sundance Yoga Studio

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Shortcut

    Museum District to West U through Rice campus

  • Calendar

    June 6, 2002

    Return of the Living Dead

    Joseph Paul Jernigan's journey from death row inmate to 3-D computer model

  • News

    October 25, 2001

    Bar Tabs

    The D.A. and county attorney dip into office funds to up the influence in judicial polls

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Larry Perdido

    Head chef and co-owner, Saba Blue Water Cafe

  • News

    September 6, 2001

    Third Degree

    A fired UH prof sues in a student crusade for -- of all things -- geography

  • News

    June 28, 2001

    The Transgender Menace Next Door

    She's here. She's queer. The neighbors are used to it.

  • News

    June 29, 2000

    Sam Houston's Retreat?

    SHSU stirred the higher-ed circles. Now the excitement has turned to exodus.

  • News

    January 20, 2000

    Where Angels Fear to Tread

    When Kilgore College staged a gay play, administrators learned there were limits to a liberal education in East Texas

  • News

    October 28, 1999

    NOD So Naughty

    Rice will try to tone down its annual Night of Decadence

  • 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

    January 11, 1996
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    December 1, 1994

    Hard Habit to Break

    M.D. Anderson just can't say no to research funding from the tobacco industry

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