Quick Takes: $100 Million Gift to Ariz. State, Dorm Safety Law in Wisconsin, 'Science' Prepares for Retraction, U. of Georgia to Jail Underage Drinkers, Title IX Compliance Questioned in Pa.

December 28, 2005
  • Arizona State University on Saturday announced a gift of $100 million that will support a series of special educational initiatives. Details have not been announced, but the money will not be used for general budget support or construction. The gift is from Ira and Mary Lou Fulton, who were the largest donors in Arizona State's history -- even before Saturday's announcement. Previously the Fultons have given more than $60 million to Arizona State and $72 million to Brigham Young University.
  • Gov. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin last week signed into law a significant expansion of the state's rules designed to prevent the deaths of students in fires. The new law has sprinkler requirements for dormitories at private colleges, Greek housing at public and private colleges, and private apartment complexes that cater to students. Previous legislation in the state applied to dorms at public campuses.
  • Amid a growing scandal over a major stem-cell research program in South Korea, Science is preparing a retraction of a paper published in 2005, and is reviewing another article published in 2004, the journal's editor announced.
  • The University of Georgia has announced that it will send underage drinkers found on campus to jail, rather than just giving them a citation, The Athens Banner-Herald reported (free registration required). Officials said that the old policy of just giving citations wasn't having the desired impact on student drinking patterns.
  • A new report by the Women's Law Project says that many colleges in Pennsylvania do not provide appropriate athletic opportunities for women. The report analyzed records at 110 colleges and universities in the state from 2001 through 2004, and found that while women made up 53 percent of undergraduate enrollment, they received only 43 percent of the athletic slots. The report also found that for every dollar spent on men's athletics, the colleges spent 60 cents on women's athletics. Some exceptions were described -- particularly the main campus of Pennsylvania State University, which the report noted has provided equity for female athletes while also having high ambitions for its men's teams.
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