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Quick Takes: U.S. Panel to Examine Higher Ed, Reno Faculty Pan Plan on Security Cameras, LSU Settles Suit on Athletes' Grades, U.Va. President Condemns Racial Incidents, Washington

September 19, 2005
  • Education Secretary Margarget Spellings plans to announce the creation of a panel to map  a "national strategy" for higher education, the Associated Press reported. The AP said that the panel would study such issues as college costs and student preparedness and would be led by Charles Miller, former chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas.
  • The Faculty Senate at the University of Nevada at Reno voted Thursday to reject the administration's plan to use surveillance cameras as part of an effort to improve campus security, The Reno Gazette Journal reported. Professors were quoted as saying that the plan did not have enough protection for the privacy of people on campus.
  • Louisiana State University has settled a lawsuit by a former instructor who said that she was pressured to change the grades of football players, the Associated Press reported. No details of the settlement were released and the university denied wrongdoing. Last year, LSU settled a similar suit for $150,000.
  • John T. Casteen III, president of the University of Virginia, told hundreds of students at a rally Friday that everyone at the university should wear black ribbons as a sign of solidarity with black students who have experienced a series of racial incidents in the new academic year, The Richmond Times Dispatch reported. Students have complained about incidents in which racial epithets have been shouted at them and racist notes they have received.
  • Washington & Jefferson College has removed the name of Alberto Vilar from a building to which he pledged millions, according to The Washington Observer-Reporter. Vilar has been charged by federal authorities with defrauding his investment clients of millions of dollars -- in part so he could make large donations to nonprofit groups. Vilar has denied wrongdoing.
  • Federal authorities are holding a University of Memphis student from Egypt after they found  that he had obtained a pilot's uniform and information about aviation, according to the AP.
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