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  • UH Closes All Campuses in Anticipation of Storm

    · By Alia Wong

    The University of Hawaii announced today that it’s closing all campuses on Oahu and Kauai tomorrow in anticipation of the severe weather expected to accompany Hurricane Iselle.

    The campuses include UH Manoa, UH West Oahu and the five community colleges on the two islands.

    UH yesterday announced the closures of all Big Island campuses all day today and tomorrow and all Maui campuses today starting at noon and all day tomorrow.

    A NOAA graphic demonstrating how Hurricane Iselle was expected to advance across the Hawaiian islands as of 12 p.m. Thursday.

    Fired UH Chancellor Says Cancer Center Politics Sparked His Termination

    · By Alia Wong

    Tom Apple, who was removed as head of the University of Hawaii at Manoa this week, wrote in a recent letter that his job was at risk because he ruffled the feathers of a small group of powerful people who didn’t like his approach to the campus budget.

    Apple wrote a rebuttal letter late last month to UH president David Lassner, who on July 18 had handed Apple a negative annual evaluation claiming he failed to unify leadership on campus and failed to ensure its financial stability.

    It was this

  • Students, Faculty Slam UH President for Firing Apple

    · By Alia Wong

    Dozens of University of Hawaii at Manoa students planned to stage a sit-in Thursday morning at the UH president’s office to protest what they figured was the imminent dismissal of Chancellor Tom Apple.

    They swore they wouldn’t leave until UH President David Lassner formally pledged that he would retain Apple as head of the university’s flagship campus. 

    But then something happened late Wednesday afternoon that changed their course a bit: Lassner handed Apple his termination letter, effectively barring the students from having a say in the decision.

  • Hawaii Monitor: Fallen Apple Has Immediate Practical Consequences

    · By Ian Lind

    The budget meltdown and administrative shakeup at the University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus have been very much in the news, but I doubt  most people understand just how delicate — to use a polite euphemism — the immediate situation is in the wake of Chancellor Tom Apple’s imposition of an indefinite hiring freeze and the subsequent swirling rumors of his likely administrative demise.

    The practical problems created by the abrupt hiring freeze are dramatic and carry heavy downside risk for the campus.

    In just over two weeks, thousands of incoming students, including

  • Tom Apple’s Ouster: Rumor or Retaliation?

    · By Alia Wong

    UPDATED 7/29/14 6:40 p.m.

    As reports surface that University of Hawaii at Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple is getting the boot, professors and students are starting to speculate whether inside politics and disputes over the campus’s budget are at play.

    Hawaii News Now broke the news late Saturday that Apple, whose $439,008 salary makes him one of the university’s highest paid employees, is likely being removed from his position as chancellor, a post he has held since 2012. His contract is set to expire in 2017, though it’s subject to

  • What’s the Story Behind Tom Apple’s Ouster as UH Chancellor?

    · By Stephen O'Harrow

    Yesterday, the Honolulu television station news consortium, Hawaii News Now, came out with a tantalizingly brief report that the University of Hawaii at Manoa chancellor, Dr. Tom Apple, is to be removed from office after only a couple of years into what is normally a five-year contract. This was followed by an online posting from the UHM student paper, Ka Leo, to the effect that the chancellor had ruffled the wrong feathers.

    Whatever the case, as usual, the lawyers are now gearing up for a fight over how much he gets of the

  • The Right Stuff? Retired General Vies for University of Hawaii Presidency

    · By Alia Wong

    Francis Wiercinski, who served in the U.S. Army, is one of two finalists in the bid for UH’s top position.

  • Retired General Gets Better Feedback in Second Forum on Bid for UH Prez

    · By Alia Wong

    Faculty and community members said Frank Wiercinski will make the University of Hawaii a stronger institution.

  • Escaping Hawaii’s Community College Trap

    · By Alia Wong

    Why do students take so long to graduate?

  • UH Manoa Construction Surge Expected to Cause Significant Disruption

    · By Alia Wong

    An ambitious plan to reduce the repair backlog on the already tight campus could cause crowding like never before.

  • Lawmakers to Look at Construction, Budget Transparency at UH

    · By Manjari Fergusson

    Legislators will focus on UH Manoa repairs, financial management and the beleaguered Hilo, West Oahu campuses.

  • Does Tuition Keep Hawaii High School Students from Taking College Courses?

    · By Alia Wong

    Hawaii is one of several states that make young students cover most of the cost of their college courses.