Quick Takes: Publishers Settle Unauthorized Copying Suit, Students Overestimate Peer Drinking, Yeshiva U. Denies Dropping Religious Motto, Erskine Bowles to Lead NC System, UCSF Pays $92,500 to Settle Complaint on Animals

September 30, 2005
  • Three publishers of college textbooks announced Thursday that they have reached a settlement with two individuals accused of unauthorized copying and sale of the solutions manuals for selected textbooks. The manuals are supposed to be available only for course instructors. The publishers involved in the suit are John Wiley & Sons, Thomson Learning and Pearson Education.
  • A new study of 76,000 college students found that most overestimate how much their peers drink, and that getting students to have more accurate perceptions of peer drinking can be a major factor in decreasing alcohol abuse. The study appears in the new issue of The Journal of Studies on Alcohol.
  • Yeshiva University is denying a report in The Forward (free registration required) that it has dropped its Hebrew motto Torah u-madah (Torah and knowledge) in favor of an English secular motto of "Bring wisdom to life." Some alumni are organizing an online campaign for preserving the Hebrew motto. But a Yeshiva spokeswoman said that while the new English phrase is indeed on Yeshiva's home page, the university's seal and primary motto have not been changed at all.
  • Erskine Bowles was named Thursday by a search committee as the final candidate to become president of the 16-campus University of North Carolina system. Bowles, a Charlotte business executive, formerly held senior positions in the Clinton White House and twice ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate. If his appointment is approved, as expected, by the Board of Governors on Monday, Bowles would earn $425,000, of which he plans to donate $125,000 to student-aid programs.
  • The University of California at San Francisco has agreed to pay $92,500 to settle a complaint that it violated federal animal welfare regulations. The university has denied mistreating its research animals, but agreed to pay the fine to end the dispute with the U.S. Agriculture Department.
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