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Quick Takes: Students Suspend Boycott at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Webster Programs in Thailand Calm, USC Will Create Film School in Jordan, Black Football Coaches Are Rare, New Biotech Rankings, Phone Help for British Profs

Quick Takes: Students Suspend Boycott at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Webster Programs in Thailand Calm, USC Will Create Film School in Jordan, Black Football Coaches Are Rare, New Biotech Rankings, Phone Help for British Profs
September 21, 2006
  • Students at Randolph-Macon Woman's College have suspended a boycott -- in which about 200 students have stayed out of classes and the dining halls -- when administrators agreed to present their demands to the Board of Trustees, the Associated Press reported. Students are angry over a plan the board approved to admit men.
  • Webster University, a St. Louis based institution known for its worldwide campuses, is reporting that all signs are that the coup in Thailand has not created problems for students or faculty members at the university's campuses there. Classes were not held on Wednesday, but there have been no reports of violence or serious disruptions. University officials said that they would continue to monitor the situation.
  • The University of Southern California and King Abdullah II of Jordan on Wednesday signed an agreement to jointly create the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts, in Aqaba. Faculty members from Southern California's film school have been working on a pilot program in Jordan for the last two years, and the new agreement will turn that project into an independent graduate school offering a three year MFA degree. Students are first expected to enroll in 2008. The relationship between Abdullah and the university was first established when the king approached Steven Spielberg, a university trustee, who said he became interested when Jordanian officials said the new school would be open to students from throughout the Middle East, including Israel.
  • An article in The Boston Globe details how rare it is for college football teams to be led by black coaches, even as teams have many black players. New data on the issue will be released today by the Black Coaches Association.
  • The Milken Institute, an economic think tank, has issued a series of new rankings of universities on biotechnology publications, patents and technology transfer. In biotechnology research, Harvard University leads the way, followed by the University of Tokyo and the University of London. California universities hold 5 of the top 25 slots, and British and Japanese univeristies hold 3 each.
  • A charity that runs a phone line to provide counseling to teachers in Britain has been receiving hundreds of calls from college and university faculty members, and so is starting a new service just for them, The Guardian reported.
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