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Quick Takes: Bad Weekend for MCAT, $100M for Brown's Med School, No New Applications for Strengthening Institutions Grants, Tree-Sitters Win Round at Berkeley, Prof Accused of Prostitution Kills Self, Utah State Library Bans Howling, Dorm of the Future

Quick Takes: Bad Weekend for MCAT, $100M for Brown's Med School, No New Applications for Strengthening Institutions Grants, Tree-Sitters Win Round at Berkeley, Prof Accused of Prostitution Kills Self, Utah State Library Bans Howling, Dorm of the Future
January 30, 2007
  • Problems were reported this weekend with both the Medical College Admission Test and the SAT that some students took, The New York Times reported. On some MCAT versions, the questions for a verbal reasoning section did not match the reading passage. MCAT officials told the Times that up to 800 students may have been affected. Meanwhile, the College Board has determined that at least one student in South Korea had part of the SAT before it was given, according to the newspaper.
  • Brown University on Monday announced a $100 million gift from the Warren Alpert Foundation for the university's medical school, which will be renamed to honor Alpert, a businessman and philanthropist. The funds will be used for a new building for the medical school, scholarships, research, and endowed professorships.
  • The U.S. Education Department announced Monday that it would use last year's applications for this year's grants in the Strengthening Institutions Program, which helps colleges that serve many low-income students. The department said that it received many high quality applications last year that could not be funded, and did not want to spend money this year, which is expected to be limited, on peer review for the program.
  • Environmental activists at the University of California at Berkeley, who have spent weeks sitting in trees in an oak grove to protest their possible destruction to make room for a new athletic facility, won a victory Monday when a state judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking the project, the Associated Press reported. The university vowed to find a way to move ahead with the project, either by appealing the injunction or arguing its case in a trial that the judge ordered would take place prior to any construction work.
  • Brandy Britton, a former women's studies professor who was facing prostitution charges, killed herself over the weekend, The Washington Post reported. Britton's arrest last year stunned former colleagues at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, where she had worked before leaving amid several legal disputes.
  • Utah State University librarians are opposing a move by student leaders to start group howls in the library as a means of relieving stress during exam periods, the AP reported. Students want to howl in the library because they study there, but librarians argue that howling belongs outdoors, so those who wish to study in quiet may do so.
  • The dormitory of the future may feature stackable rooms, fold-out beds, and a one-piece sink and toilet -- at least in the winning design of the contest sponsored by the Association of College and University Housing Officers -- International. The winning entry came from Jonathan Levi Architects, based in Boston.
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