Quick Takes: Global Call for Academic Freedom, Students OK With Piracy, Texas Chief to Retire, Georgia Dean Resigns, Marquette Chooses 'Golden Eagles'

June 30, 2005
  • University presidents from around the world have endorsed a statement on principles on academic freedom. The statement comes out of a meeting this year at Columbia University.
  • Two-thirds of college students believe it's ethical to download or swap digital copyrighted music and video files, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Business Software Alliance. The trade association's study, released two days after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could restrict the flow of such downloads, finds that 45 percent of students are using their campus networks to download the material, and more than half believe such behavior is acceptable in at work, too.
  • The president of the University of Texas at Austin plans to announce today that he will resign in March, after eight years in office, The Daily Texan reported. Larry Faulkner has been president since 1998, and said he wanted to step aside before the next session of the Texas Legislature begins.
  • The dean of the University of Georgia's journalism school resigned Tuesday while "categorically" denying charges that he sexually harassed a female staff member, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. John Soloski, whose alleged comments about the staff member's appearance are under investigation by the university, told the newspaper that the job was "just not worth it anymore."
  • Marquette University's sports teams will remain the "Golden Eagles" after all, the university announced Wednesday. Marquette officials unveiled a new nickname, the "Gold," last month, but quickly abandoned it in the face of alumni and student dissatisfaction. More than 35,000 people participated in a five-week online balloting procedure that resulted in the validation of the current nickname.
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