Facilities

All the Grass Is Brown (and the Skies Aren't Gray)

If you're looking for signs of an impending drought, check out a college bathroom. There you might find low-flow shower heads and faucets installed to reduce water usage. There, too, are actual signs that inform students "If it's yellow, let it mellow..." (you know the rest).

Colleges throughout the Southeast are plastering such fliers on dorm bathrooms and classroom buildings in the wake of one of the most serious droughts in recent history. Much of the region has seen a marked decline in normal rainfall, leading to the most severe classification of water shortage.

Mixed Results on Bonds and Taxes for Colleges and Research

Texans back funds for cancer research and student loans; several community colleges win key votes. U. of Iowa students help defeat bar limits.

Green Initiative Finds a High-Profile Friend

Bill Clinton's foundation teams up with American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment to help reduce energy consumption in campus buildings.

University Training in the Skilled Trades

With a wave of retirements expected, institutions find that they must provide a new kind of education to keep up with their own demand for electricians and HVAC mechanics.

Reconsidering Retiree Health Benefits

Dartmouth plan that would scale back coverage troubles some faculty who say the college is providing a disincentive to retire.

Creating a Ruckus at Rutgers (Again)

Reconstituted group of students, faculty and alumni says it has familiar targets and goals: Stopping university administrators from emphasizing football over academics.

A Plan to Improve Campus Mobility

U. of Washington plans to roll out a fleet of electric bikes for students, faculty and staff.

A New Campus, According to Ancient Principles

Maharishi U. is reconstructing its entire physical plant in line with the "nourishing" principles of Vedic architecture.

Standoff Near the Border

Texas-Brownsville refuses to let federal government prepare to build a fence that would separate parts of its campus.

Green Planning on a Grand Scale

Los Angeles Community College District, in the midst of a construction boom, makes a push for renewable energy.

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