Fox News Flash top headlines for Jan. 19 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com A former Drexel University department chair is facing criminal charges after an audit found he spent $96,000 in research grant funds at strip clubs and sports bars. Chikaodinaka Nwankpa, 57, the former head of Drexel's Engineering Department, was arrested last week on two charges of theft. Nwankpa inappropriately and criminally diverted tens of thousands of dollars that were allocated for research purposes toward his own private enjoyment," Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said.
Universities love to portray themselves as havens of open discourse. Lately, however, some have shown themselves to be pusillanimous weaklings in defense of intellectual debate and plain old free speech. Take Drexel University, a Philadelphia institution whose administrators either don't know much about history, or simply find it more palatable to display themselves as cowards than to stand firm behind a faculty member. The fuse for Drexel's crisis of conscience was a Christmas Eve tweet by George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor in the politics department. "All I want for Christmas is White Genocide," Ciccariello-Maher tweeted.
An associate professor who sparked widespread backlash after he tweeted "All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide" claimed on Monday that his critics -- some of whom were "violent racists" -- simply didn't get the joke. Drexel University administrators clearly thought George Ciccariello-Maher's tweet was no laughing matter. "The University is taking this situation very seriously. We contacted Ciccariello-Maher today to arrange a meeting to discuss this matter in detail," they said in a statement. Ciccariello-Maher, who is white and an associate professor of politics at the Philadelphia university, fired back in a statement to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
A professor from Drexel University in Philadelphia is likely in hot water after professing on twitter that all he wanted for Christmas was "white genocide." The school was forced to issue a statement on Christmas day after George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor of politics and global studies, tweeted on his account, "all I want for Christmas is white genocide," according to blog Inside Higher Ed. The tweet quickly went viral after many conservative websites and individuals spoke out against it. Drexel was forced to issue condemnation as well. Drexel officials were forced to issue a statement on Christmas Day after Ciccariello-Maher sent out this tweet.