Quick Takes: Northwestern Suspends Women's Soccer, Value of Open Access, New Duke Indictment, $50M for UT-Austin, New England Floods, End of the 'Cocktail Party'?

May 16, 2006
  • Northwestern University has suspended all women's soccer activities, pending an investigation of possible hazing on the team, the Associated Press reported. The suspension followed the discovery by Northwestern officials of a Web site with photographs of players, some clad only in T-shirts and underwear, some with blindfolds on, some with their hands tied behind their backs, and some with words scrawled on their bodies, the AP said.
  • Research published in "open access" journals is more likely than other work to be cited and widely disseminated soon after release, according to a study published Monday in PLoS Biology.
  • David Evans, a co-captain of the Duke University men's lacrosse team, was indicted Monday, on rape charges in connection to the now notorious party that team members held -- and that has set off considerable debate over athletics, race, gender and other issues. Evans strongly denied the charges and said he would be cleared.
  • The University of Texas at Austin on Monday announced grants of $50 million from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. The grants will support a new computer science building, a pediatric health research institute, and a research center on child health issues.
  • Flooding in New England has forced a number of college closings -- many of them coming in the middle of final exams, which colleges are pledging to reschedule as soon as possible. Among the institutions affected are Middlesex Community College and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, both of which closed. Other institutions -- like the University of New Hampshire -- are moving ahead with finals scheduled today, but planning adjustments for those unable to make it to campus.
  • The president of the University of Georgia has asked CBS and city officials in Jacksonville, Fla., to stop referring to the annual football game between his institution and the University of Florida as "the world's largest outdoor cocktail party," the Associated Press reports. Michael F. Adams says the tag line, often used to promote the game, doesn't exactly help the institution's push to rein in student drinking.
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