Quick Takes: Wisconsin Governor Vetoes Bill to Bar Stem Cell Research, $100 Million for Tufts, Stony Brook Buys Campus, Georgia Provost Cracks Down on Skipped Classes, Tri-State Lifts Gag Rule, UNH Apologizes to 501 Alumni Incorrectly Listed as Dead

November 4, 2005
  • Gov. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin on Thursday vetoed legsiation to ban human cloning, saying that the bill was written in a way that would also bar many forms of research involving stem cells. He said that the controversial form of research holds "enormous potential."
  • Tufts University on Thursday announced a $100 million gift that will create an endowment to be invested in "microfinance" projects in which people in developing nations receive funds for businesses and opportunities to improve their countries. The donors are Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, and his wife, Pam, both Tufts graduates. Half of the earnings from the fund will be re-invested in it, while the other half will support students and faculty members at Tufts.
  • The State University of New York at Stony Brook has reached a deal to pay Long Island University $35 million to buy the campus of Southampton College, Newsday reported. Stony Brook, which has been growing rapidly, plans to try to improve some Southampton programs and add other ones.
  • The University of Georgia's provost is investigating how many professors called off classes last Wednesday, the day before a break, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Arnett Mace, the provost, had earlier sent a memo requiring that the classes be held, but when he walked around the campus last Wednesday, he noticed a lack of students, he told the newspaper.
  • Tri-State University has lifted a recent, controversial rule that required students and employees to receive permission before talking to reporters, The Indianapolis Star reported. University officials said that the rule was being misinterpreted. Many press and civil liberties groups had criticized the rule.
  • The University of New Hampshire is apologizing to 501 alumni -- all very much alive -- who were listed as dead in a new alumni directory, The Boston Globe reported. The company that printed the directory -- PCI -- took responsibility for the error and is sending out a corrected CD-ROM, and is individually contacting the alumni whom it incorrectly killed off.
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