FROM Matthew Hughey
Is Oklahoma Frat an Isolated Case? Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded in Alabama two months before the Civil War. Now, it's the nation's biggest college fraternity. The President of the University of Oklahoma, former Governor and US Senator David Boren, has expelled two students and banned their fraternity from his campus. It's all about members chanting racist lyrics -- about lynching and that no African Americans will be allowed to join -- in a video that went viral. Matthew Hughey is a professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. He studies racism and racial identity.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.