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2 colleges leave Christian college group to avoid split over gay marriage

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Eastern Mennonite U and Goshen, which recently ended bans on gay faculty members, leave Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Had they stayed, others would have left the association.

Hampshire reports a successful admissions year by going test blind

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Hampshire is the only college that not only doesn't require the SAT, but won't look at applicants' scores. The college is no longer ranked by U.S. News -- and it may have just had its best admissions year ever.

Grad student defends art project of placing "white only" signs at SUNY Buffalo

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Graduate student who placed "White Only" signs on SUNY Buffalo campus explains her intent -- and renews the debate over her art.

Academic Minute: Modern Segregation

In today's Academic Minute, Heather O’Connell, a postdoc at Rice University’s Kinder Institute, examines the effects of slavery we can still observe today. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

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SUNY Buffalo roiled by art project of "whites only" posters around campus

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"White Only" and "Black Only" signs appear -- and are torn down -- at SUNY Buffalo.

Indian activists raise questions about woman appointed to lead Native American program at Dartmouth

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Some activists raise questions about appointee to lead college's Native American Program, drawing attention to political debates about who is a Native American and whether such status should matter in higher ed.

Sacramento State student says she was kicked out of class for arguing that Native Americans were victims of genocide

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At Sacramento State, student says she was kicked out of class for insisting that Native Americans were victims of genocide. As incident is investigated, debate grows over whether she was treated unfairly -- and how to handle classroom discussions of this sort.

Women Challenge Harvard Group's All-Male Shows

Female students at Harvard University have signed up for auditions to perform in the Hasty Pudding Theatricals' productions this year, The Boston Globe reported. If any of the women are selected, they would break a tradition of all-male burlesque productions in which some male students portray women. The women challenging the tradition say if Hasty Pudding wants to maintain its gender-crossing casting, they would be happy to portray male characters.

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Political science association criticized for agreeing to keep babies out of exhibit hall

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Annual meeting attendees with babies are turned away from exhibit hall of political science association, which blames insurance policy.

Berkeley Starts New Effort for Black Students

The University of California at Berkeley last week announced the African-American Initiative, which will aim to increase support for black students and to attract more black students to the campus. Berkeley is banned by a state constitutional amendment from considering race in admissions, and black undergraduate enrollment is about 3 percent, less than half the share of the black population in the state. Berkeley officials say that they need a critical mass of black students. A key part of the new plan will be a $20 million scholarship fund, to be administered privately to avoid violating the state ban on consideration of race. The fund will offer scholarships to black students who are admitted, hoping to attract more of them to enroll.

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