Quick Takes: Stopping Suicide at NYU, Reform at Minnesota, Louisiana College Lawsuit, Altering Art at Georgia

March 31, 2005
  • Following several student suicides, New York University is shutting off balconies in some of its dormitories, to the dismay of students. An editorial in The Washington Square News, the student newspaper, praised the university for taking the suicide problem seriously, but said that "infantilizing its students is not the answer."
  • The University of Minnesota on Wednesday unveiled a plan to improve the institution. Some parts of the plan -- eliminating and consolidating programs -- are already drawing criticism. But university officials say that savings are needed to pay for other efforts, such as creating an honors college and improving writing instruction.
  • A state judge has ruled that Louisiana College's Board of Trustees legitimately elected the institution's new president, even though it did not followthe college's bylaws, the Baptist Press reports. The decision came in a lawsuit filed by a group of alumni and faculty members, part of a broader dispute with trustees over governance.
  • The University of Georgia has agreed to modify a mural in a dormitory to avoid using a racial slur that offended some students. The mural depicts events in the fight to integrate the university. Rodney Bennett, Georgia's interim vice president for student affairs, said, "We believe these revisions represent an appropriate compromise among the various interests, which range from concern over the inclusion of a racial slur to concern that removing that word would cloud the true historical impact of those events."
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