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Quick Takes: New Campaign Against Piracy, 2 Scientists Win U.S. Award, Charges in Destruction of Anti-Abortion Display, Deadly Crash for Taylor U., Cuban-American Scholars Seek Exchanges, Princetonians Back 'Bill of Rights', Valparaiso Students Protest

April 28, 2006
  • Groups representing the recording and movie industries sent 40 universities letters this week demanding that they take additional steps to prevent students from illegally copying music and videos. While many campuses have dealt with the problem in part by providing music and videos to students through legal means, the letters to the university leaders said that students have been using new means to engage in file-sharing and copying.
  • The National Science Board on Thursday selected Charles Townes, a pioneer in quantum physics who spent much of his career at the University of California at Berkeley, and Raj Reddy, founder of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, as the 2006 recipients of the Vannevar Bush Award. The award recognizes individuals who, through public service activities in science and technology, have made an outstanding "contribution toward the welfare of mankind and the nation."
  • Kentucky authorities have charged a professor and six students with misdemeanors for destroying an anti-abortion display at Northern Kentucky University, the Associated Press reported. The university has already removed Sally Jacobsen, a literature professor who is retiring at the end of the semester, from her classes. Jacobsen has apologized for her role in the incident but her lawyer told the AP she would plead not guilty because she did not believe she had committed a crime.
  • Four Taylor University students and one employee were killed Wednesday when a van carrying them back to campus was in a crash. One student and three employees were injured. Taylor inaugurates a new president today and decided that the ceremony would go on -- while acknowledging the tragedy.
  • A new group of Cuban-American scholars, artists and intellectuals is calling for an end to U.S. policies that impose strict limits on exchanges between the two countries.
  • Students at Princeton University voted narrowly this week to endorse a version of David Horowitz's Student Bill of Rights, The Daily Princetonian reported. Nearly 52 percent of the nearly 1,700 undergraduates who participated in the referendum -- representing more than a third of the university's student body -- supported the nonbinding measure, which had been sponsored by the campus chapter of the College Republicans. It says, among other things, that students' political views should not affect their grades, that instructors should avoid "political, ideological, religious or anti-religious indoctrination" in their teaching, and that in selecting speakers, the university and its groups must "observe the principles of academic freedom and promote intellectual pluralism."
  • Hundreds of students at Valparaiso University, in Indiana, held a protest Wednesday over what they consider to be excessive police response to drinking problems at the institution, the AP reported.
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