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Quick Takes: Chowan Drops 'Braves' Name, President Loses Spending Authority at Texas Southern, Not So Anonymous Gift, Anger at Oxford, Did Hooters Job Cost Cheerleader Spot on the Squad?

February 6, 2006
  • Chowan College has announced that it will drop its use of "Braves" as a team name, going along with a push by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to end -- in most cases -- the use of Indian team names and mascots. Chowan, a Baptist college in North Carolina, has maintained that its use of the name was part of the institution's links to Native American tribes, including one that shares the college name. But the statement said that the college decided to change the name because of "money, time, the college's transition to Division II" and a sense that the battle to save the old name "could not be won." The college is asking students and alumni for ideas about a new team name.
  • The board of Texas Southern University has taken away the spending authority of President Priscilla Slade amid an investigation into the use of university funds to pay for landscaping and furniture at her home, The Houston Chronicle reported. The home is used for fund raising and other university events, but is not owned by Texas Southern. Slade has said that she didn't do anything wrong, but that some bills may have been mistakenly paid by the university. Many faculty members back the president, and note that enrollment has increased and finances have stabilized under her leadership.
  • Johns Hopkins University announced an anonymous gift of $100 million last week, but reports in New York City and elsewhere indicate that the funds came from Michael Bloomberg, a Hopkins alumnus who is currently mayor of New York City, The Baltimore Sun reported. While some of  Bloomberg's past giving to his alma mater has been public, political observers speculate that he prefers to have his philanthropy associated with New York City institutions now and that he would offend some Republicans with his support -- as part of the most recent gift -- for stem-cell research. Other political observers speculate that the mayor benefits as well by letting word of his gift leak, so people impressed by his devotion to Hopkins and interest in stem-cell research can applaud him.
  • Key dons at the University of Oxford are organizing a vote of no confidence in John Hood, who is vice chancellor (the top position), The Guardian reported. Hood, who is from New Zealand, took over last year as the first outsider to lead the institution, and has proposed reorganization plans that have upset many professors.
  • A former cheerleader at East Tennessee State University says that she was kicked off the squad when officials found out she had a job at Hooters, The Kingsport Times-News reported. Kimberly Sams, the student, told the newspaper that she was told that the Hooters job was not suitable. While Sams acknowledged that her outfit at Hooters is revealing, she noted that the cheerleading uniform is as well. University officials declined to comment, citing privacy rules.
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