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$40,000 for Student Who Sued Over Guinea Pig

Grand Valley State University has agreed to pay $40,000 to a student who sued for the right to have a guinea pig with her on campus, The Grand Rapids Press reported. The student said she needed the animal for support to deal with depression and other health issues. The university said that it agreed to let her keep an animal in her room, but wanted her to agree not to take it to class or to food service areas. The university specified that the settlement did not indicate any admission of wrongdoing. But the university also agreed to work to develop a policy for students who may need animals to live with them in campus housing.

 

 

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Scholarly associations and individual professors weigh in on gay marriage cases

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Three major disciplinary associations, citing research, file briefs with U.S. Supreme Court opposing measures that bar gay marriage. Individual scholars weigh in on each side of the debate.

A Portrait of Black Students in Los Angeles

An in-depth study of black students in Los Angeles schools projects that, if current trends continue, only 1 in 20 African-American kindergartners will go on to graduate from high school and complete a degree at a four-year California university. The study was conducted by the Education Trust-West. Among its findings:

  • 1 in 5 African-American middle school and high school students are proficient in Algebra  I.
  • 63 percent of black students graduate from high school in four years.
  • 20 percent of black ninth-graders graduate in four years, having completed the courses required for admission to one of the state's public universities.

 

Harvard Law Review to consider gender in editor selection process

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With only 9 women among 44 editors, the Harvard Law Review expands its affirmative action policy to include gender.

UNC charged student with honor code violation for discussing her rape allegation

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U. of North Carolina student faces discipline for speaking about her rape allegation, after a campus panel dismissed her case and she became party to a federal complaint against UNC.

Students Hold Protest of Emory President

Emory University had hoped to highlights its library's ties to the civil rights movement on Friday at a reception to mark the opening of an exhibit of papers housed at the library from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. But students -- still angry over President James Wagner's essay suggesting that the Constitution's three-fifths compromise was a model for dealing with disagreements -- saw an opportunity to protest. As guests arrived at the reception, they had to walk by students standing in silence, holding signs that said “We are Emory,” “We are sorry,” “I deserve 5/5 respect,” “Ethics is not a brand" and "This is 5/5 outrageous," Atlanta Magazine reported.

Northwestern Will Study Founder's Tie to Massacre of Indians

Northwestern University has appointed a panel of professors to review the history of John Evans, one of the university's founders, and his links to a massacre of Native Americans. Several professorships are named for Evans, as is the city of Evanston, where Northwestern is located. Evans was governor of the Colorado Territory (after the university's founding) at the time of the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre of Native Americans, and many Indian students and others question the appropriateness of honoring him at the university.  The committee -- a mix of professors from Northwestern and elsewhere -- will study the role Evans played in the massacre, and "whether any financial support for Northwestern from Evans could be attributed to wealth he obtained as a result of policies and practices he pursued while territorial governor regarding the Native American populations there."

New Data on Diversity in Medical Schools

New data from the Association of American Medical Colleges show that while there has been diversification of the medical school student body, not all groups are showing the same kinds of gains. The percentage of medical school applicants who are white continues to fall (down 26 percent in the last three decades) such that 55 percent of 2011 applicants were white. Another 20 percent are Asian. Just over 7 percent of applicants were black. AAMC noted as an area of concern the gender split among black applicants, where 65 percent of first-time applicants are women. Other racial groups have much more gender balance.

 

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Study says academic productivity, not race, determines NIH research funding

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Study challenges earlier research that found black applicants less likely than comparable white applicants to receive NIH grants.

Two community colleges get serious about working with K12

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Long Beach City College and South Texas College work with local high schools to prevent students from falling into the quagmire of remedial courses, and placement tests aren't the answer.

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