Quick Takes: Conservative Group Ends Offer to Pay Students to Monitor Courses, Supreme Court Rules Against Va. Public Colleges, New Name for Southeastern Oklahoma's Teams, Canadian Lecturer's Unusual Offer

January 24, 2006
  • A conservative alumni group at the University of California at Los Angeles on Monday withdrew its offer to pay students $100 to file tapes and notes on what professors say during courses. A statement from the group's founder, Andrew Jones, said that debate over the offer had become "a distraction from the real problem, which is classroom indoctrination." Professors at UCLA and elsewhere have criticized the tactic of paying students as unethical and a violation of professors' intellectual property rights.
  • The 11th Amendment does not protect four public colleges in Virginia from being sued under federal bankruptcy laws, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. The divided court ruled 5-4 in Central Virginia Community College, et al, v. Bernard Katz (No. 03-885) that a supervisor overseeing the liquidation of Wallace's Bookstores could sue Virginia Military Institute and Blue Ridge, Central Virginia, and New River Community Colleges to try to recover money they owed to the company at the time it went bankrupt in 2001.
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University has changed the name of its sports teams to the "Savage Storm" from the "Savages," the university announced Friday. The original name had earned Southeastern Oklahoma State a spot on the National Collegiate Athletic Association's list of institutions deemed to have "hostile" or "abusive" nicknames, mascots or other imagery. University officials said they had been assured that the name change would get them out of the NCAA doghouse.
  • A part-time instructor at the University of Prince Edward Island has set off a controversy by offering students a B- grade if they agree to skip his lectures, which he says are too crowded, CBC News reported.
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