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THE STUDENT BODY
Guidance on Diversity -- Obama administration, reversing recommendations of Bush Education Department, offers colleges support for considering race and ethnicity in admissions.
Anti-Gay Student's Suit Rejected -- University counseling department has right to enforce its rules and a professional code of conduct, federal appeals panel rules.
How to Define Disability -- Federal appeals court rejects suit by woman kicked out of medical school, and backs college groups on issues related to bias claims.
Pets or 'Therapy Animals' -- Lawsuit against university which denied the request of a student with a psychological disability to keep a therapy dog in her university-owned apartment off campus could signal a shift in how institutions should handle such accommodations.
The 'Boy Problem' Examined -- Girls of most racial groups are outpacing their brothers in attaining college degrees by almost 15 percent, a University of Michigan study shows.
'Opting Out' -- New book argues that black students at elite colleges still cluster in low-paying fields such as education and social work -- and that universities are partly to blame.
FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATION
Culture Gap -- Iowa professor's critique of small town life in his adopted state reflects tensions many faculty members overcome as they take jobs in places they never imagined would be home.
Go Native, Be Happy -- In a related column, Nate Kreuter, an assistant professor of English at Western Carolina University, writes that no matter where you end up, there will be good things about your new home.
Dissertation? I Barely Knew Her! -- Satirical blogs explore whether a Hollywood sex symbol can make academic pick-up lines seem smooth.
Something's Smoking -- Some philosophers wonder why a key part of the hiring process in their discipline is an event that sounds like fraternity rush.
Making Advising Central -- Beloit College is elevating this responsibility so that it joins teaching, research and service in tenure decisions.
Islam (and Conflict) in Class -- Tarrant County College professor resigns after Muslim students disrupt his class.
Castes and Higher Ed -- It's time for colleges and governments to focus on ending income stratification, writes Gloria Nemerowicz.