Liberty U President Urges Students to Get Guns

Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, on Friday urged students to buy and carry guns (and to learn how to use them). Speaking at the university's weekly convocation, Falwell said he was upset that President Obama and others have reacted to the killings in California by promoting gun control. He said fewer people might have been killed if some of the victims had "what I've got in my back pocket right now," adding that "if more good people had concealed" weapons, "we could end those Muslims" before they killed anyone. He said he wanted to "encourage all of you to get your permit" to carry concealed weapons. "Let's teach 'em a lesson if they ever show up here," Falwell said.

Amid criticism from some that he was implying that Muslims as a general group should be killed, Falwell has said that he was talking about those who recently killed people in France and California, not all members of that faith.

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University of Cambridge Gets $53M Donation

The University of Cambridge last week announced a $52.6 million gift from the estate of Ray Dolby, the founder of San Francisco-based Dolby Laboratories, who died in 2013.

The gift is the largest so far in Cambridge's £2 billion fund-raising campaign. It will go to the university's Pembroke College, where Dolby enrolled in graduate school, worked as a research fellow and met his wife, Dagmar.

“The University of Cambridge played a pivotal role in Ray’s life, both personally and professionally,” Dagmar Dolby said in a statement. “At Cambridge, he gained the formative education and insights that contributed greatly to his lifelong groundbreaking creativity, and we also began a wonderful lifetime together there.”

Study find homelessness and food insecurity among community college students

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Study finds hundreds of students at 10 different community colleges reported homelessness, food insecurity or both.

Arizona Bans Most Purses and Bags at Athletic Events

The University of Arizona, citing "recent international events," has set new security rules for those attending athletic events, The Arizona Daily Star reported. Most purses and other bags will be banned, as will large seat cushions with covers or zippers for compartments. The number of entrances will be reduced to increase scrutiny at each one. “While there is no credible threat to the university, one major piece of our job is to stay vigilant,” said a statement from the university. “While this may seem inconvenient to some, your safety and security is our highest priority.”

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At Davidson, No Exceptions to the Rules for Athletes

Stephen Curry is a major star in the National Basketball Association who gained prominence in the sport while playing at Davidson College. But ESPN reported that the college will not retire his jersey, at least not yet. That's because Curry hasn't graduated, and the college's rules bar such an honor for anyone who hasn't graduated.

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Controversy in Tennessee on Holiday Party Guidance

Some conservative politicians in Tennessee are calling for the resignation of Jimmy Cheek, chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, because of guidance about holiday parties, The Knoxville News Sentinel reported. The guidance -- from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion -- suggests that "holiday parties and celebrations should celebrate and build upon workplace relationships and team morale with no emphasis on religion or culture. Ensure your holiday party is not a Christmas party in disguise." Another recommendation: "Consider having a New Year’s party and include décor and food from multiple religions and cultures. Use it as an opportunity to reinvigorate individuals for the new year’s goals and priorities."

Critics say that this advice is anti-Christian and that the chancellor should resign. University officials noted that the guidance was not mandatory and that the numerous Christmas trees on campus show that Christmas has not -- as some have suggested -- been banned at the institution.

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College football faces a shortage of bowl-eligible teams

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As the number of Division I college football bowl games has spiked to a record 40 this postseason, not enough teams have the six wins required to participate.

Researchers, fraternity volunteers argue for exemption from sexual assault reporting requirements

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Citing a chilling effect on study participants, faculty members who study sexual assault say they should be exempt from mandatory reporting requirements. Fraternities are also arguing for an exemption for volunteer chapter advisers.

Did U of Delaware "pass the harasser"?

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When professors leave one job due to sexual harassment allegations, they can land new jobs and repeat the behavior elsewhere, a recent case involving the University of Delaware and San Diego State University suggests.

Suffolk U Breaks Ties With On-Campus Conservative Think Tank

Suffolk University is severing ties with the Beacon Hill Institute, a conservative research center funded in part by the conservative Koch Foundation, The Boston Globe reported. A university spokesman said it was the center’s decision to leave, but David Tuerck, center director, told the Globe that Suffolk made it impossible to stay on there by denying research proposals and limiting funding sources. Tuerck said the trouble peaked about six months ago, after Margaret McKenna, a political liberal, became Suffolk’s president. Greg Gatlin, a Suffolk spokesman, denied the change had anything to do with how the institution treated the center. Rather, he told the Globe, Suffolk requires research centers to be self-sustaining and Beacon Hill had run a deficit for years.

Suffolk’s relationship with Beacon Hill became strained in 2013, after the center proposed a study aimed at weakening a regional initiative to reduce carbon pollution, the Globe reported. The university said at the time that the goals of that research were not in line with its mission. Tuerck said, "The entire administration made up their mind that they were troubled by what we were doing in some way, where we were getting money, how we were using the money, what we were saying, and they wanted things to change."

While some have criticized the center for accepting donations from the Koch Foundation, Tuerck told the Globe that the center receives just 1 percent of its funds from the organization, or about $33,000 over three years. He said he wasn't opposed to reasonable limits on fund-raising, but that those imposed on the center had become too onerous. But Kalin Jordan, a Suffolk graduate and co-founder of the group UnKoch My Campus, said via email that that is potentially misleading, since Beacon Hill has received more than $800,000 from the notoriously antiregulation Kochs since 2008, based on a database of federal tax filings she helps maintain. The center will move off campus next year, in what Tuerck called an "amicable divorce."

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