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Faculty union: U of Akron planning to chop faculty jobs

According to Cleveland.com, 

The Akron chapter of the American Association of University Professors, or AAUP, said Thursday in a statement that UA has invoked the contract’s “force majeure” clause, which says that “unforeseen, uncontrolled and catastrophic circumstances” beyond the control of the university could make implementing parts of the bargaining agreement impossible or unfeasible.

NY TIMES: China eyes another crackdown in Hong Kong

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The New York Times reports China is ready to use the legislative pen to silence unrest in Hong Kong.

In a clear effort to head off international concerns, China’s foreign ministry sent a letter on Thursday night to ambassadors posted to Beijing, urging them to support the legislation and laying out the government’s position.

“The opposition in Hong Kong have long colluded with external forces to carry out acts of secession, subversion, infiltration and destruction against the Chinese mainland,” the letter said.

Kean University cuts four academic programs

According to New Jersey’s News 12, four programs will be axed.

Music is one.

The university is also cutting the theater education major and majors in sustainability science and economics. Some professors and office managers will be laid off.

Music professor Matt Halper calls the cuts “heartbreaking.”

“It is really like being cut off from family, from a long-term relationship,” he says.

East Carolina cuts four sports programs

According to WFMY-TV,

Affected programs are men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and women’s tennis. The move affects 68 student-athletes and nine coaches. ECU previously led the American Athletic Conference with 20 sports (following the departure of Connecticut) and will now have 16 sports (9 women’s, 7 men’s). The NCAA requires Division I FBS schools to have a minimum of 16 sports including a minimum eight women’s and six men’s sports. ECU will remain at 16 sponsored sports.

ECU is also taking measures to reduce an estimated $4.9 million deficit the athletics department faces. The plan includes cuts to operations within athletics, regional scheduling and traveling for select sports, a limit on summer school for student-athletes, and suspending all professional development/conferences for a minimum of one year.