Quick Takes: Duke Toughens Steroid Testing for Athletes, Another Call for International Education, Saint Anselm Settles With Transgendered Ex-Employee, Harvard B-School Sets Record, U. of Mary Keeps 'Marauders' Name

February 10, 2006
  • Duke University on Thursday announced tougher drug-testing rules for athletes. Under the new policy, any Duke athlete who tests positive for anabolic steroids, blood doping or masking agents will be suspended from athletic participation for one year. A second finding of use would result in loss of eligibility. Duke officials appointed a committee to study the issue after reports that former members of Duke's baseball team used steroids. While Duke officials said they found no widespread problem, they wanted to adopt a strong policy to prevent future problems.
  • American schools and colleges need to significantly improve and expand training in foreign languages and international studies, according to a report issued Thursday by the Committee for Economic Development, a group of education and business leaders.
  • Saint Anselm College, in New Hampshire, has reached an agreement with a former employee who sued the college, saying she was fired for changing genders. Gay & Lebian Advocates and Defenders, which represented Sarah Blanchette in the case, said that it had brought needed attention to issues of bias against transgendered employees. Blanchette, who was born a man, says she was fired by the college shortly after telling people of her plans to become a woman. Details of the settlement were not released, but a report in The Boston Globe said that Blanchette did return to work at the college.
  • Harvard Business School announced Thursday that it has raised nearly $600 million in its first capital campaign, setting a record for business schools. Priority spending areas include fellowships and financial aid, faculty development, and expansion of international programs.
  • The University of Mary, in North Dakota, has considered but rejected the idea of changing its teams' name from the "Marauders," The Bismarck Tribune reported. Some professors considered the name inconsistent with the values of the institution, but university officials decided that the athletics¬† department had taken steps to soften the image associated with the name, and that sports teams were committed to treating opponents with respect, so the name could stay.
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