US Professor sacked for using “bad” Chinese word

A California professor has been replaced for uttering a Chinese word that sounds—in English—like a racist slur, the LA Times reports.

Greg Patton was teaching an online communications course for University of Southern California students when he discussed the importance of pausing and using “er” and “um” as filler words.

“Like in China the common word is ‘that’ —’that, that, that, that,'” he said in August (see video here). “So in China it might be ‘nèi ge’‘nèi ge, nèi ge, nèi ge.’ So there’s different words that you’ll hear in different countries, but they’re vocal disfluencies.”

Nèi ge can be pronounced NAH-guh or NAY-guh in Mandarin, and Patton used the latter pronounciation.

Some students said it sounded too much like the N-word.

“There are over 10,000 characters in the Chinese written language and to use this phrase … is hurtful and unacceptable to our USC Marshall community,”

Black master’s candidates wrote in a letter to Marshall School of Business Dean Geoffrey Garrett—who responded by telling MBA students that Patton’s use of the word “understandably … caused great pain.”

Patton was soon on temporary leave from the course, and issued a letter that both apologized and defended his use of nèi ge.

In a twist, roughly 100 USC alumni—most of them Chinese—wrote the school defending Patton’s use of the word and condemning the “spurious charge.” USC Annenberg Media quotes an MBA student of Korean descent who calls the incident “overdramatized” and says he doubts “the professor meant harm.

Just-Do-It! Nigerians Urge Prof. Wole Soyinka to tear his Green Card

One of Nigeria’s most respected stand-up comedians, Basketmouth, and Prof. Wole Soyinka, have come under fire for their earlier comments against Donald Trump just before the polls closed.

Image: Prof. Wole Soyinka

While celebrities in the U.S. shared mixed feelings on results from the presidential election, it’s all joy and no sorrow in Nigeria.

A large number of Nigerians were stunned after Soyinka threatened he would tear his Green Card if Trump is elected president of the U.S.

Basketmouth joined the chant by declaring he will run for the 2019 Presidential election in Nigerian if Trump wins.

“If Donald Trump wins the US election, I’m so running for the Presidential election in Nigeria 2019,” Basketmouth said.

The Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, said in a statement: If in the unlikely event he does win, the first thing he’ll do is to say [that] all green-card holders must reapply to come back into the US. Well, I’m not waiting for that.

“It’s a constant fight to try to get a nation to recognise its own noble persuasions … the loftiness of human possibility.

What is happening in Europe shouldn’t surprise any of us … It has happened before,” he said.

Image shows Prof. Wole Soyinka and Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari.

The professor who is said to be a scholar-in-residence at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs, continues: We were here when Enoch Powell was leading his thugs out to drive blacks from here … it’s a constant fight to try to get a nation to recognise its own noble persuasions, its own persuasions of the loftiness of human possibility. It’s for young people like you to say no to them whenever that happens.”

Most Nigerians are elated that America’s 2016 presidential election turned out positive for Donald Trump. And many are expecting their relatives who have been declared “missing in America” for decades, to come back home this time.

However, a few Nigerians have taken to social media against Prof. Wole Soyinka for the comments he made at Oxford University, England.

Image shows Prof. Wole Soyinka at the commissioning of  high school in Osun state, Nigeria.

Here’s a compilation of what Nigerians are saying:

While some are talking about helping the professor do the unthinkable, there are others who think he shouldn’t consider returning to Nigeria.

Meanwhile, John McCain and Mitt Romney has sent their congratulatory messages to America’s President-Elect, Mr Donald J. Trump.

Angelina Jolie Pitt Now A Professor.

Now it’ll be a sign or respect if you call her Professor Angelina Jolie Pitt. The famous actress has joined the London School of Economics as a visiting professor at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security the school announced in a statement Monday, 23.

Image: Angelina Jolie is said to be the highest paid actress.

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Careers: A Professor’s CV of Failures.

People who chose to go against the status quo because they believe in self exploration never get disappointed in the long run if they persevere. A professor at Princeton University looking for a new job knew this very well, he then made a choice you won’t believe.

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