Quick Takes: Record for Women at Academy, Boycott Backlash, Sprinklers, Lonely Frosh, Lay President, Aid Fraud, Big East-ACC Deal

May 4, 2005
  • A record 19 women are among those selected to become members of the National Academy of Sciences. The academy announced 72 new members Tuesday.
  • The American Association of University Professors on Tuesday joined the groups of academics condemning resolutions in which the British Association of University Teachers urged the boycott of two Israeli universities. The AAUP statement says: "We reject proposals that curtail the freedom of teachers and researchers to engage in work with academic colleagues, and we reaffirm the paramount importance of the freest possible international movement of scholars and ideas."
  • A week after a dormitory fire killed a female student at Southern Adventist University, the institution's Board of Trustees has voted to install sprinklers in all residence halls. “When the public thinks of safe residence halls,” President Gordon Bietz said, “I want them to think of Southern Adventist University."
  • College freshmen who described themselves as having few social contacts and feeling lonely showed a weaker immune response to a flu vaccine, according to a study published Monday by the American Psychological Association's Health Psychology journal. 
  • Carlow College has joined the ranks of Roman Catholic colleges that, for the first time in their histories, have gone outside the clergy to hire a president. The Pittsburgh college's Board of Trustees on Monday hired Mary E. Hines, chief executive officer of Pennsylvania State University's Wilkes-Barre campus. She has worked in the past at several Catholic institutions.
  • The former president of William Tyndale College, a Michigan institution that shut down last year following enrollment declines, pleaded guilty to 23 counts of defrauding federal student-aid programs, the Associated Press reported. James C. McHann, the former president, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of 22 of the counts, and a prison term of 30 years and a $1 million fine on one count.
  • The Big East and the Atlantic Coast Conference have reached a settlement in their dispute over the departure of some Big East members for the ACC, The Hartford Courant reported. Big East institutions are receiving about $5 million in the deal, the newspaper said.
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