Quick Takes: NCAA Rejects Newberry Request to Use 'Indians' Nickname, NSF Funds 2 Undergrad Research Centers, Troubled Ky. For-Profit College Closes, Judge Lets UCLA Reopen 'Willed Body' Program, Court Sides With University in Arrest of Evangelist

October 26, 2005
  • The National Collegiate Athletic Association said Tuesday that it had rejected Newberry College's request to be dropped from the association's list of institutions deemed to have "hostile" and "abusive" Native American mascots or nicknames. The South Carolina college had argued that its use of the "Indians" nickname and an Indian face and spear as icons (its slogan is "Fear the Spear") was respectful of Native Americans, and that Native Americans were divided about the use of such imagery. The NCAA's response: "Only Native Americans have the right to say they are honored or feel the objects of respect. Plainly put, good intentions cannot salve the hurt of continued use in the face of numerous and passionate requests by Native Americans to have the practice end."
  • The National Science Foundation announced Tuesday that it would fund two new undergraduate research centers, at Ohio State University and the University of South Dakota, aimed at encouraging undergraduates to enter scientific fields from the very beginning of their college careers. With one other existing center, at Purdue University, the centers will receive $9 million over five years. The program, which unlike most other NSF programs focuses on freshmen and sophomores, will eventually include community colleges.
  • Decker College, which has been under scrutiny from state and federal regulators, has apparently shut down, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. The newspaper said that the institution had closed its doors and taken down its online construction courses.
  • A Los Angeles judge has agreed to let the University of California at Los Angeles reopen a program that allows citizens to donate their bodies to be used for scientific study, the university announced Tuesday. The university shut the program last year amid a criminal investigation into the illegal commercial use of human remains, but has made a series of changes that won approval from the judge in a class action.
  • Police officers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania are entitled to qualified immunity in a lawsuit brought by a self-styled evangelist who was arrested on the campus in 2001 after calling a crowd of students "fornicators" and "drunken little devils" and deriding gay people, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit said in an opinion released Tuesday.
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