Quick Takes: Ward Churchill's Defense, Al-Arian Trial Starts, Debate on Wisconsin-Minnesota Cooperation,

May 17, 2005
  • Ward Churchill, the University of Colorado professor fighting to keep his job, on Monday gave a university panel a 50-page defense in response to allegations of plagiarism and other forms of misconduct, The Rocky Mountain News reported. As questions have been raised over Churchill's scholarship, he has denied wrongdoing, but has rarely provided a detailed defense. But Churchill's lawyer told the newspaper that he had "responded to everything."
  • Jury selection started Monday in the trial of Sami Al-Arian, a former professor at the University of South Florida who is facing dozens of federal charges of helping terrorist groups, reported The Tampa Tribune. Al-Arian's dismissal followed intense controversy at South Florida, with his supporters saying that the university violated his due process rights. Al-Arian denies supporting terrorists or breaking the law.
  • Some key Wisconsin legislators want to explore ways for the University of Wisconsin-Superior and the University of Minnesota at Duluth to cooperate on academic programs as a way of cutting costs. But an article in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel suggests that campus support for the idea is lukewarm.
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