The discrimination case against Harvard University will proceed as planned after a judge declined to dismiss the suit late last month. The trial starts Monday. Legal analysts say if it makes it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, it could strike down affirmative action policies at all U.S. universities. In a separate case filed Tuesday, a group claims the Ivy League school also shows bias in its prestigious legal journals by giving preference to women and racial minorities when selecting editors and articles to publish. —L.J.
If you have time for a midweek long read, don’t miss this story about one mother’s fight to find out what happened to her son. Robert Tipton, a senior at High Point University in North Carolina, died in 2012 after reporting hazing and harassment from his fraternity brothers. Police classified his death as an accident, but his mother, Tennessee heiress Deborah Tipton, doesn’t buy it. She has put her considerable fortune to work trying to unravel the tangled tale. —L.J.