Towson University fired an adjunct last week after he called himself, in class, a "nigger on a corporate plantation," The Baltimore Sun reported. Allen Zaruba, the adjunct, made the comment in a discussion of controversial works of art. Zaruba, who is white, told the Sun he realized that he shouldn't have made the remark and that he apologized for the comment, and didn't think it unsettled his class. But at least one student and parent complained and Zaruba was fired.
Higher Education Quick Takes
Northwest College, a community college in Wyoming, announced Tuesday that it will no longer recruit students based on their religion. The announcement follows controversy over the news that Paul B. Prestwich, the president, sent recruitment letters to about 1,000 Mormon high school students last month, encouraging them to apply. While Northwest is a public institution with no religious affiliation, Prestwich stressed that it was a Mormon-friendly college, writing: "As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am quite familiar with the advantages that Northwest College and Powell [Wyo.] have to offer LDS students in particular." Such recruiting is unusual for public college presidents. In a statement released Tuesday, Prestwich said that recruiting would no longer be based on religion and that donors were going to reimburse the college for the cost of the mailing to Mormon students.
The recession is leading more adults in their 40s and 50s to seek additional training and education at community colleges. And the recession is leading more students who are traditional college ages to enroll at community colleges. An article in the Chicago Tribune notes a result of these two trends: more courses at community colleges in which parents and children are both enrolled.
The National Institutes of Health on Monday appointed a senior official at the Association of American Universities to head its legislative affairs office. Pat White, who as vice president for federal relations at the research university group has been a well-respected analyst of biomedical research and science funding, will become the biomedical research agency's associate director for legislative policy and analysis, where he will lead the office that tracks and analyzes legislation related to the agency's work.
Weeks after his unsportsmanlike outburst brought scorn upon his team, Baset Chaudry, the senior captain of Trinity College’s men’s squash team, will not play in this weekend’s national singles championship. Chaudry, who shoved a Yale University freshman following the deciding match in last month’s team championship game, voluntarily withdrew from the upcoming tournament amid immense pressure to do so. He is the defending singles champion. Kenneth Chan, the Yale freshman who egged on Chaudry during their match, also has withdrawn from the tournament. A statement from the College Squash Association, the sport’s governing body, called the move “an appropriate action and an acknowledgment that sportsmanship is at the foundation of the sport of squash.” Acknowledging the barrage of bad press the sport has garnered since video of Chaudry and Chan’s on-court conflict spread on the Internet, the statement added, “one match should not cloud the 2009/10 season.”
A survey of 200 Stanford University undergraduates found that almost one-third worry about becoming addicted to their iPhones and fear becoming "one of those iPhone people," The San Jose Mercury News reported. Twenty-five percent said that their iPhones "seemed like an extension of their brain or their being," the newspaper said.
An anonymous student -- identified only as a minority woman -- has admitted to accidentally leaving a noose in a library at the University of California at San Diego last week, an incident that inflamed already tense race relations and set off new protests at the institution, the Los Angeles Times reported. The student said that the noose was "a stupid mistake" and not intended as a racial comment. The student wrote an apology that ran in the campus newspaper, whose editor said that a "reliable" source had confirmed the letter's authenticity. According to the student, she and some friends had been playing with some rope, making a lasso and a noose, and she took the rope to the library, left it above a desk and forgot it was there. "As a minority student who sympathizes with the students that have been affected by the recent issues on campus, I am distraught to know that I have unintentionally added to their pain," the student wrote.
Students gathered at the University of Missouri at Columbia Monday night to discuss the ramifications of an incident in which cotton balls were scattered in front of the university's Black Culture Center, The Columbia Missourian reported. The cotton balls were seen by many as a reference to slavery and as "symbolic violence," according to participants at the meeting. Students at the meeting criticized the university for not doing enough to advance diversity. Some suggested that the Black Culture Center should be a stop on campus tours. Others suggested a diversity course requirement. And some criticized the university for not speaking out quickly enough or forcefully enough about last week's incident. A statement from Brady Deaton, the chancellor, called the scattering of cotton balls in front of the center a "disheartening and inexcusable act" and "despicable" and he pledged that university police were working to identify those responsible.
The State University of New York at Binghamton, still dealing with fallout from a basketball scandal, announced Monday night that its team will not participate in the America East tournament this year, The Press & Sun-Bulletin reported. A statement from Lois DeFleur, president, cited "controversy currently surrounding the program" and "possible distractions."
The American Psychological Association announced last week that it has toughened its ethics code to remove a loophole some feared could be used by psychologists to justify assisting the government in torture or other violations of human rights. Language in previous versions of the ethics code suggested that in some situations, it was appropriate for psychologists to rely on U.S. law in determining acceptable practice. Because the Bush administration issued various "findings" that attempted to justify torture or other actions in some circumstances, critics of the APA policy said that this created a loophole. As a result, the APA removed that language and amended its ethics code to state that violations of human rights are justified "under no circumstances." The issue is a sensitive one for the association because some of its members have complained that the association was not rigorous enough in banning activities undertaken by some social scientists on behalf of the Bush administration.