Quick Takes: Tornado Hits Community College, Decker Faces $55M in Claims, U. of Cumberlands Kicks Out Gay Student, Another Troubled Duke Team, Niagara Women's Lacrosse Punished, Suffolk U. Won't Play Watchdog, Evolution Under Attack in Canada

April 10, 2006
  • Volunteer State Community College has called off classes while officials develop plans to finish the semester in the wake of tornado damage on Friday, The Tennessean reported. While only minor injuries were reported, roofs were ripped off of several buildings.
  • The situation for Decker College, a Kentucky for-profit institution that failed last year, keeps getting worse. The Associated Press reported that the college faces $55 million in claims from 588 creditors. The largest claim is from the U.S. Education Department, which wants $32 million in student loan and grant funds it says were misused.
  • The University of the Cumberlands kicked out a dean's list student after finding out from a MySpace Web site that he is gay, The Lexington Herald-Leader reported. The Baptist institution bars students from any sexual activity outside of (heterosexual) marriage, but a friend of the expelled student told the newspaper that people "would be floored by the amount of gay people at our school."
  • Duke University's lacrosse squad isn't the only team causing troubles. The Raleigh News & Observer reported Sunday that the university's baseball team has had issues with alcohol abuse and hiring strippers for parties -- the combination of activities that led to the growing scandal involving the lacrosse team.
  • Niagara University announced Friday that its women's lacrosse team would forfeit its next game -- and that team members would face other punishments -- because of an initiation party that involved underage drinking and other, unspecified "inappropriate activities."
  • Suffolk University has shut down a new hotline set up by the institution's Juvenile Justice Center to allow young people to report police abuses, The Boston Globe reported. University officials told The Globe they thought it was inappropriate for the university to act as a watchdog, while faculty members and other critics of the move noted that the university needs approval from Boston officials for key expansion plans.
  • Canadian scientists are concerned that a government agency's rejection of a McGill University professor's grant application may signal support for intelligent design, The Globe and Mail reported. Brian Alters, who directs a research center on evolution, applied for funds to study the impact of intelligent design in Canada and the letter rejecting his proposal said that it had failed to provide enough evidence that "the theory of evolution, and not intelligent design theory, was correct." McGill is demanding a review of the decision.
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