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Quick Takes: Impact of a Student's Lie, Non-Impact of Athletics on Donations, Educating 10,000 Women, Riot and Arrests at Evergreen State, Abusing Prescription Drugs

March 6, 2008
  • A student's lie set off the cancellation of classes and a lockdown Monday night at Appalachian State University, The Raleigh News & Observer reported. Police said that a senior English major found that the door to his off-campus apartment had been damaged and was afraid his landlord would fine him. Rather than tell the truth, he told his apartment manager a story about the damage possibly having been caused by an armed intruder -- in a dark mask and a Pink Floyd T-shirt -- who he said ran toward the campus. When the alarmed apartment manager urged the student to call the police, he did so, setting off the lockdown. The next day, the student did a round of TV interviews before eventually admitting that he had lied.
  • The University of Washington is the latest institution to debate the relationship between athletic success and financial support. While proponents of strong athletics programs there -- like many elsewhere -- claim a clear relationship, an analysis in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer found (as similar analyses have found elsewhere) that the university has had strong fund raising years while having relatively weak teams.
  • Goldman Sachs on Wednesday announced the 10,000 Women campaign, which will provide education in business to 10,000 women, primarily those from developing nations. The effort will involve many American universities, and the training will include certificates and degree programs.
  • Evergreen State College, in Washington State, is facing fallout from a riot last month in which students objected to an arrest at a concert and responded by overturning and trashing a police car, and throwing rocks and bottles at other police officers, The Seattle Times reported. On Wednesday, five people -- four of them Evergreen State students -- were arrested, and more arrests are expected.
  • Students who abuse prescription drugs have a higher risk than other students of going on to other forms of drug abuse, according to a University of Michigan researcher. Sean McCabe's analysis of a survey of 3,639 college students appears in the new issue of the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
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