Not into bingo, 84-year-old Texas woman gets college degree

RICHARDSON, Texas – After raising five kids and retiring at age 77 from her secretarial job, Janet Fein couldn't be blamed for finally relaxing, but that's not her. Fein, now 84, went to back to school and will accomplish a long-held goal this week when she graduates from the University of Texas at Dallas with … Continue reading “Not into bingo, 84-year-old Texas woman gets college degree”

RICHARDSON, Texas – After raising five kids and retiring at age 77 from her secretarial job, Janet Fein couldn't be blamed for finally relaxing, but that's not her.

Fein, now 84, went to back to school and will accomplish a long-held goal this week when she graduates from the University of Texas at Dallas with a bachelor's degree.

"I didn't have anything to do in retirement and I didn't think that playing bingo was up to my speed," said Fein, who majored in sociology because she felt it was "substantial."

She said she enjoyed all the reading and writing papers. "With each class I already knew a lot, but then I also learned a lot. And that made me happy," she said.

People 65 and older make up less than one percent of U.S. college students. In 2015, they accounted for about 67,000 of about 20 million college students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

"Keeping oneself active and vital and giving yourself something to look forward to like that is just a really positive move," said Dr. Carmel Dyer, executive director of the UTHealth Consortium on Aging at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Fein took part in a state program that allows people ages 65 and older to take up to six credit hours for free at public universities in Texas. About 2,000 people took advantage of the offer last year, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Fein said she wanted the degree "with all of my heart" and kept going to classes even as she transitioned from living on her own and driving herself around to needing a walker and oxygen and eventually moving to a senior living facility. Then her knees gave out, so she did a semester of independent study and took online classes to fulfill her degree requirements.

"She did not give up in the midst of her challenges … she just kept plugging along," said Fein's college adviser, Sheila Rollerson.

Tracy Glass, 40, befriended Fein after they both took front-row seats in a class.

"I sat right next to her and over the course of the semester built a fast friendship with her," said Glass, who said Fein's firsthand memories of world events — like the women's movement — enlivened discussions.

Carol Cirulli Lanham, a senior lecturer in sociology, said, "She would speak up a lot in class and I think that it just made for a more interesting class … because she literally remembered some of the times we were talking about."

Fein, who worked on her associate degree for two decades before earning it in 1995, spent 18 years staying home with her children and worked several jobs over the decades, including a 20-year stint as a secretary at a Dallas orthopedic hospital — the job she retired from in 2012.

Renee Brown, a certified nursing assistant who is one of Fein's caregivers, said Fein has inspired her. At 53, she plans to enroll in a program to become a licensed vocational nurse.

"She said, 'Renee, you can do it. If I can do it you can do it and you will feel so good about it,'" Brown said.

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Massachusetts college to close amid financial challenges

BROOKLINE, Mass. – A small liberal arts college near Boston says it's shutting its doors after years of financial struggles.

Newbury College announced Friday that it will close after this academic year. It follows several other small private schools that have shuttered in recent years.

President Joseph Chillo says that despite a "tremendous effort" to stay open, the school fell to "weighty financial challenges."

The Brookline school's enrollment had fallen by nearly half over the past decade, to just 620 students last year. In June, the school's accreditation agency put it on probation in light of its budget woes.

School officials say they're working to help students transfer to nearby colleges and universities.

The move comes after other small Massachusetts schools have closed amid financial pressure, including Mount Ida College and Marian Court College.

LA college district abolishes free speech zones as part of lawsuit settlement

A Los Angeles college student who sued his school for allegedly curbing his right to free speech after it prevented him from passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution was vindicated in court this week.

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), which represents nine schools, including Pierce College, agreed on Wednesday to settle a lawsuit filed against them last year by student Kevin Shaw after he was barred from passing out copies of the document because he wasn’t in the school’s designated “free speech zone,” which measured 616 square feet or about the size of three parking spaces.

As a part of the settlement, the tiny area marked for students to exercise their first amendment rights will be abandoned altogether, revoking a district-wide policy that declared all property on the district’s nine campuses to be “non-public forums” with speech restrictions. As part of the settlement, LACCD will pay Shaw’s $225,000 in attorney fees.

“Though it was not without its difficulties, this experience has left me optimistic about the guiding principles of my country,” said Shaw in a statement provided to Fox News. “Folks of all political dispositions rallied behind this case to declare in no uncertain terms: freedom of speech is essential to the educational process.”

It was just before the general election in November 2016 when Shaw had attempted to distribute Spanish-language copies of the Constitution during a recruiting drive for his student group, a campus chapter of Young Americans for Liberty on the main quad at Pierce College. An administrator told him he could not distribute literature outside the designated zone. Shaw said at the time he was also told that he would have to fill out a permit application to use the free speech zone and would be asked to leave campus if he refused to comply.

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The school’s designated “free speech zone,” measured 616 square feet or about the size of three parking spaces. (The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education)

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“When I attempted to hand out copies of the Constitution that day, my only intention was to get students thinking about our founding principles and to inspire discussion of liberty and free speech,” Shaw said in a statement to Fox News in early 2017. “I had no idea I would be called upon to defend those very ideals against Pierce’s unconstitutional campus policies.”

Shaw, with the help of advocacy organization, The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), filed suit back in March 2017 and this past January, a federal district court denied the district and Pierce College administrators’ motion to dismiss Shaw’s lawsuit finding that the open spaces of public colleges are traditional public forums for student speech regardless of regulations.

“Hopefully, this settlement will serve as a reminder to both students and their colleges that the free and open exchange of ideas on campus is a precious commodity to be celebrated rather than feared or restricted,” said Arthur Willner, attorney, and co-counsel with FIRE in the case.

When reached for comment, officials with LACCD said the move to wipe out the zones will take place in January after their Board of Trustees formalizes the action.

"The purpose of these regulations is to foster free speech, assembly, and other expressive activities, while addressing the need of each Community College campus to make necessary arrangements to assure that such activities do not interfere with the College's mission and operation or the rights of others," LACCD said in a statement provided to Fox News.

Perry Chiaramonte is a producer with Fox News Channel’s Investigative Unit. Follow him on Twitter at @perrych

Indiana State University group to honor Jamal Khashoggi

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – A journalism group at Indiana State University is taking steps to honor alumnus and slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The university's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hopes to dedicate a meeting space to Khashoggi, who was also recently named one of Time's Persons of the Year, The Tribune-Star reported. Khashoggi attended the university from 1977 to 1982 and received a degree in business administration.

Graduate student Andrew Hile, the university's SPJ president, said the space will serve as a reminder that students should act with "courage, commitment and integrity."

The student group is working with the university to obtain the necessary approvals for the project.

The group also plans to raise money for the Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit that promotes the rights of journalists.

"Khashoggi was a beacon for freedom of expression and freedom of the press in the Middle East and he remains a great example to all journalists because he is the embodiment of what journalism is all about," the SPJ chapter said in a news release. "A journalist's job isn't to please everyone; their job is to share the truth, and Khashoggi exemplified what it means to be a 'Guardian of Truth.'"

Khashoggi was killed two months ago when The Washington Post columnist visited Saudi Arabia's consulate in Turkey for paperwork so he could get married. He had been critical of the Saudi regime.

U.S. Senators are considering multiple pieces of legislation to formally rebuke Saudi Arabia for the slaying, with momentum building for a resolution to call Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman complicit in the killing.

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Information from: Tribune-Star, http://www.tribstar.com

Cow steals spotlight at student’s graduation photo shoot

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri students were stunned when a towering dairy cow appeared on campus to make a cameo in a graduation photo shoot.

The Columbia Missourian reports that senior animal sciences major Massimo Montalbano brought the 3-year-old cow, named Amelia, to campus on Thursday to join his commencement photo shoot.

Montalbano worked with cattle throughout his undergraduate studies with the university's Foremost Dairy Research Center.

Montalbano initially presented the idea to Jim Spain, the vice provost for undergraduate studies. Spain referred Montalbano to the university's operations department, which ultimately approved the request.

Spain says it's not the first time a student has asked him to bring a cow to campus. But it was still a rare sight to unsuspecting bystanders.

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Information from: Columbia Missourian, http://www.columbiamissourian.com

Man, 45, pledges frat, claims he was paddled 200 times

Now that’s “Old School!”

A middle-aged Brooklyn man told cops he paid a painful price for pledging a fraternity at the ripe old age of 45 — by getting whacked on the backside hundreds of times with a wooden paddle, police sources said Friday.

Tory Gates, 45, said he was drinking “heavily” inside a Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone on Dec. 7 when the Omega Psi Phi brothers blindfolded him, whipped out a wooden paddle and told him to bend over, according to police sources.

That’s when they went more medieval than Greek on his heinie, whacking it up to 200 times with the paddle and their open hands, according to the sources.

The “Old School” meets “Animal House” booty lashing was part of a bizarre hazing ritual, Gates told cops.

He was so bruised up by the agonizing bashing that he checked himself into Mount Sinai Hospital — and called the cops on his would-be frat bros.

On Friday, the apartment where the alleged paddling went down on Marion Street was boarded up and had a chained-off gate.

A sticker with the phrase “We Black Men Care” was slapped on a door of the home.

Gates’ neighbors — who were stunned that he would go Greek so late in life — said he has two teenage kids.

“A hazing incident? Do you know how old he is?” said one neighbor, who asked not to be named.

“Maybe it’s about nostalgia or something. He’s a strong guy, physically, so I’m not sure what that is all about.”

It wasn’t immediately clear why the victim was pledging or whether the group was linked to a specific college.

There was no university affiliation listed in the police report, according to cops.

And reps from the Clinton Hill-based Brooklyn chapter of Omega Psi Phi didn’t return calls seeking comment.

Police said they were having trouble getting in touch with the victim Friday.

The victim had failed to answer his phone when police called Friday, a police source said.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post.

Dartmouth plans new strategy to prevent sexual misconduct

CONCORD, N.H. – The president of Dartmouth College says the Ivy League school will announce a sweeping plan next month to prevent and respond to sexual assault.

A lawsuit filed last month by seven current and former students accuses Dartmouth of ignoring years of harassment and assault by former faculty members in the school's psychology department.

College officials deny ignoring the complaints. In an email to the Dartmouth community Wednesday, President Philip Hanlon says the college will explain its actions soon in court filings. He says that he regrets the existence of an environment at odds with Dartmouth's values and that he shares the plaintiffs' goals for reform.

The new plan will be announced in January when students return to campus.

USC slammed for expelling student over alleged rape without questioning witnesses

The University of Southern California will have to overturn the expulsion of a student accused of rape because the school investigators did not question central witnesses and couldn’t locate “physical evidence” to determine the validity of the allegations, a California appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

The court said the accused student was denied a fair Title IX proceeding, because in addition to investigators apparently not being interested in interviewing the witnesses, their testimonies about the alleged nonconsensual anal rape were riddled with “inconsistencies” and raised questions whether the perceived blood they saw in the accuser’s apartment was actually paint.

The opinion, first published by The College Fix, noted that the university was quick to decide to expel “John Doe” and ignored its own rules to request clothing and medical records from “Jane Roe.”

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The USC case stems from an incident over four years ago after Doe and Roe met at an alcohol-fueled party, where students splattered paint on each other and where Roe behaved “very flirty” with men, according to the evidence reviewed by the appeals court, and ended up with Doe in her room later in the night.

Roe told Title IX investigator Kegan Allee that she blacked out and her memories of the incident are coming from her friend named Emily, according to the College Fix. She said “there was blood on the sheets and mattress” and she was “covered in blood in her rectal area and on her thighs” in addition to paint.

“He was having sex with me but I wasn’t responding back. He flipped me over and pushed my head down. … The only thing I remember saying was ‘condom’ because I was probably really nervous he wasn’t using one,” she said.

“The most vivid memory is the pain from the anal intercourse. I shouted from [the] pain. I’m pretty sure it was loud. There was aggression to make him stop.”

Roe reportedly messaged her friend saying she “was taken advantage of but it’s fine” and that “it happens.” She also called another friend about the encounter, though couldn’t say if she had “verbally consented.”

Doe’s friend Carter, meanwhile, said the accuser initiated the sexual encounter and his friend stopped after he thought she wanted to have anal sex.

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The university suspended Doe based on the allegations, claiming he is “a clear and present danger” to the campus, even as the evidence such as her clothing from the night, medical records, and the used condom was not provided to the defense so it could test it independently.

The Title IX investigator ruled that Doe “knew or should have known, regardless of his own intoxication,” that the woman was “too drunk to consent to sexual activity.”

Allee added that even if the accuser did “appear” to consent to vaginal sex, she was nonetheless “too incapacitated” to consent.

The appeals court slammed the school for over-reliance on one of the interviewer’s written notes rather than trying to locate and record physical evidence of the alleged crime, stating “there was no physical evidence” to back the school investigator’s findings.

The ruling is the latest setback for the Obama-era directive on campus rape, named “A Dear Colleague Letter” that set the procedures for colleges that receive a sexual assault report.

The procedures include setting how long campus sexual investigations should take, what standards of evidence should be used, and prohibiting colleges from just sending a case to the police.

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Education experts have long criticized the directive and standards used in the prosecution of sexual assault on campus, claiming the accused students often do not receive significant protections and due process rights – turning university investigations into so-called “kangaroo courts.”

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Last month, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos unveiled the overhaul of the procedures, adding more protections for those who have been accused of assault and harassment.

The proposed Title IX changes would limit the definition of sexual harassment and allow for the cross-examination of the accused by the accuser’s defense team.

The proposal also seeks to “clarify that in responding to any claim of sex discrimination under Title IX, recipients are not required to deprive an individual of rights that would be otherwise guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution; prohibit the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) from requiring a recipient to pay money damages as a remedy for a violation of any Title IX regulation; and eliminate the requirement that religious institutions submit a written statement to qualify for the Title IX religious exemption."

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Multiple students have been clashing with universities, claiming they were punished despite not finding enough evidence.

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Matt Boermeester, also of the University of Southern California, was accused of sexual misconduct under Title IX. He was suspended – just weeks before graduating – and barred from campus and contacting his girlfriend, the victim of his alleged sexual assault.

The investigators found Boermeester guilty of the crime even as his girlfriend, Zoe Katz, denied the allegations. “Nothing happened that warranted an investigation, much less the unfair, biased and drawn-out process that we have been forced to endure quietly,” she said.

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Michigan State University, meanwhile, charged a student with sexual harassment even though local authorities did not charge him with any type of crime.

Two students referred to as “Nathan and Melanie” in legal documents were already in a romantic relationship when Nathan put his hand under Melanie’s shirt. The accuser, who now identifies as a man, made a formal complaint to the university 16 months later for the “one-time, non-consensual touching.”

Melanie cited being transgender as the key reason for coming forward and claimed to fear encountering her ex-lover in the male bathrooms.

Fox News’ Caleb Parke contributed to this report.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.

Collection of nude photos of women found in ex-USC gynecologist’s storage unit

A collection of photographs showing nude women was discovered in a self-storage unit rented by Dr. George Tyndall, the former University of Southern California gynecologist accused of sexually abusing hundreds of students during examinations.

The cache of images appeared to include homemade pornography – some of it decades old and featuring Tyndall with women apparently unconnected to the university – but also photos of unclothed women in what appeared to be a medical exam room, police Capt. Billy Hayes told the Los Angeles Times.

Authorities found the photos last spring after they launched an investigation into Tyndall. They are now being used in the probe.

The investigation is believed to be the “largest sex crimes investigation involving an individual in LAPD history,” the Los Angeles Times reported. The investigation is ongoing and the sex crimes unit of the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office will determine whether to file criminal charges.

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Tyndall, 71, resigned from his position last year. Hundreds of current and former USC students have made allegations against Tyndall to the university, filed police reports or taken part in at least a dozen pending state lawsuits against the school. In October, USC administrators agreed to settle a federal class-action suit on behalf of Tyndall’s patients for $215 million.

Detectives were trying to determine whether nude photographs linked to former USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall show any of the hundreds of women who allege he sexually harassed them during examinations.  (AP)

Detectives are trying to determine whether any of the photographs found in the storage facility show patients at campus clinic appointments.

Leonard Levine, the doctor’s lawyer, said in a statement that Tyndall has “never sold, traded or shared any images of patients he examined while conducting medical examinations at USC.”

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John Manly, an attorney representing many former Tyndall patients, told the Times that between 10 and 20 of his clients were asked questions by police that seemed designed to identify them in photos.

"This plays into the worst nightmares of women," Manly said.

USC said it was cooperating with the investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

Michelle Obama surprises Detroit students at Motown Museum

DETROIT – Michelle Obama surprised a group of Detroit college students on Tuesday afternoon, walking into the Motown Museum as the young men of color took part in a roundtable discussion on education.

The former first lady was greeted with smiles, looks of astonishment and applause after entering the second floor of the building where Berry Gordy created sonic history more than a half-century ago. She hugged her brother Craig Robinson and Keegan-Michael Key, an actor and native Detroiter who moderated the discussion that was organized by Obama's Reach Higher initiative.

"This was supposed to be for boys only," Robinson said after they sat down, eliciting laughter from his sister and the more than a dozen students from nearby Wayne State University.

"What's going on," Obama then asked, echoing the title of Marvin Gaye's classic Motown tune.

"We're just talking about education," Key answered, before mock-asking if it would be OK with them if Obama sat in on their chat.

Obama listened as the students spoke about their experiences in life and school and encouraged them to practice "discomfort" and not be afraid to try new things.

"Universities are looking for and should be looking for a diverse array of experiences," she said. "People who come from different backgrounds, because if everybody looked the same and experienced life the same way what would these conversations be like? Just a bunch of people agreeing with each other."

Obama was in Detroit as part of her book tour, which had a nighttime stop planned at Little Caesars Arena, home to the NBA's Pistons and the NHL's Red Wings. The tour is in support of Obama's best-selling memoir, "Becoming."

The museum is located where company founder Gordy launched his music empire. The label started in 1959, and scores of stars and hits were created before Motown relocated to California in 1972. The label will mark its 60th anniversary next year.