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Quick Takes: Racist Video Students Leave Texas A

November 14, 2006
  • The three students at Texas A&M University who made a racist video that has angered many on the campus have withdrawn from the institution after admitting their participation, the university announced Monday. In the video, which was available online and has been removed at the university's request, one student, in blackface, plays the role of a “slave” who is whipped and sodomized by his “master.”
  • Illegal activity at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has continued despite a series of reports and pledges to fix the problems, federal monitors reported Monday, according to the Associated Press. Among the problems: Kickbacks to physicians who were essentially given no-show jobs.
  • A foundation created by the late Daniel K. Ludwig is today making what is believed to be the largest grant ever by a foundation for cancer research. Six research centers -- which have been asked to collaborate and to support the kind of high-risk work that might not receive government support -- will receive a total of $120 million plus stock in a New York City real estate company. The grants are going to: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Stanford University and the University of Chicago.
  • The Muslim chaplain at London Metropolitan University has reported to British authorities that supporters of fundamentalist Islam have infiltrated student groups at four British universities, seeking to recruit Muslim students to travel to Afghanistan, Iraq or elsewhere to engage in jihad, The Times of London reported. Ten students at Brunel University -- one of the institutions named -- are currently being "deradicalized" in a special program, the newspaper reported. The other universities where fundamentalists are reportedly recruiting are Bedfordshire, Sheffield Hallam and Manchester Metropolitan Universities.
  • The Workforce Strategy Center has released a report offering guidance to colleges and communities for starting "career pathways" -- in which a wide range of relevant parties in an area -- educators, employers, state work force officials and others — work together to train both young people and adults for high-demand jobs in emerging fields key to the local economy. The center released another report on the trend, which is particularly important at community colleges, in August.
  • A group of college officials who are part of a joint task force involving higher education and the entertainment industry have issued a white paper on copyright issues raised by file sharing, a practice that is popular with students but (in many forms) infuriates producers of music and film. The new document updates one issued three years ago.
  • Bowdoin College has joined the movement to bar from college endowments holdings in companies that support the government in Sudan and its genocidal activities in Darfur. Bowdoin does not currently have any such holdings, but will bar such investments.
  • Dalkey Archive Press will not move from Illinois to the University of Rochester after all, the university said in a news release Monday. Officials from both institutions cited logistical and other issues as making the arrangement, which was originally announced in August, impossible. Dalkey is a top publisher in international literature and translations, and releases about 30 titles a year.
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