Partial Stay Order Issued in Harvard Admissions Suit

On Friday, Judge Allison Burroughs issued a partial stay order for Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard College, which alleges discriminatory admissions practice against Asian American applicants. The order will stay in effect until the First Circuit hears an appeal by proposed interveners and the Supreme Court rehears Fisher v. Univ. of Texas. Meanwhile, Harvard must produce document relating to admissions procedures, information about the alumni interview program, and admissions data from the last two years.

Details Over Attack on Kunduz Hospital Unclear

More than a week after a U.S. airstrike killed 22 and injured dozens more at a Doctors Without Borders facility in Kunduz, Afghanistan, details over the attack are still lacking as the U.S. military investigates the incident. Dr. Joanne Liu, president of Doctors Without Borders, has called for an independent investigation into the airstrike.

Refugees Face Slow Acceptance Process into the U.S.

Despite a promise by the Obama Administration to increase refugee intake to 100,000 by 2017, those seeking admissions into the U.S. must undergo a lengthy background and interview process. The proceedings are further slowed by a Dept. of Homeland Security rule that restricts immigration officials to the U.S. Embassy compound.

Flawed Student Loan Repayment System Pressures Borrowers

A report issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau revealed that student loan market shows higher distress level relative to other consumer debt markets despite improvements to the economy. Some observers blame loan servicers for their failure to inform borrowers of alternative servicing plans and low enrollment in income-based repayment plan.