Quick Takes: Dispute on Web Addresses, Princeton Averts Tenure Fight, Rutgers Reorganization, Anti-Nepotism Rules in Georgia, Basketball Turmoil at Santa Clara

July 18, 2005
  • BDC Capital, Inc., a Minnesota company, has been purchasing thousands of Web addresses, many of them featuring variations of colleges' team names, such as uofmgophers.com, angering universities like the University of Minnesota, The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The newspaper said that about 10 colleges have sent the company letters demanding that it not use the Web addresses, but the company has suggested that it could form partnerships with the colleges to market goods or services.
  • Princeton University is losing an assistant professor of Near Eastern studies -- and a likely tenure battle. Michael Doran is taking a position at the U.S. National Security Council. Although he had yet to come up for tenure, his supporters and critics had already been skirmishing. Doran, who declined to comment on his move, is considered more sympthatic to Israel and to U.S. foreign policy than are most scholars of the Middle East.
  • Rutgers University would merge four undergraduate colleges into a single College of Arts and Sciences, under a reorganization plan that will be released today, according to The Star-Ledger. The plan, which would require approval of the Rutgers board, was designed by a panel that said the university's current structure is confusing. But many alumni of the various colleges, which would become residential colleges under the plan, are opposed to it and organizing a fight.
  • Georgia's Department of Technical and Adult education has issued draft anti-nepotism rules in the wake of revelations that a number of presidents of technical colleges have had close relatives on their institutions' payrolls, according to an article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free registration required). The newspaper reported that the draft policy would ban the hiring of people who have superiors at the colleges they are related to, effectively barring the hiring of presidents' relatives.
  • An investigation by The San Jose Mercury News into the women's basketball program at Santa Clara University has led the institution to seek to dismiss the head coach, the newspaper reported Sunday. The coach, Michelle Bento-Jackson, was accused by some players of mistreating them and her husband, Al Jackson, was accused of sexually harassing some of them, according to the article, which said that both Bento-Jackson and Jackson denied any wrongdoing.
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