Quick Takes: Court Rejects Ark. Ex-Coach's Suit, Caltech Names President, Layoffs at Case Western, Delaware Drops Early Decision, Hack Attack at Sacred Heart, Debate Team Drug Use, Support for Free Speech in Pa.

May 30, 2006
  • A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a lower court decision dismissing a lawsuit in which the former men's basketball coach at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville had accused university administrators of engaging in race discrimination and violating his free speech rights when it fired him in 2002. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit endorsed a judge's finding that Arkansas officials had been justified in dismissing Nolan Richardson Jr. over public comments he made that seemed to invite a buyout of his contract.
  • The California Institute of Technology has named Jean-Lou Chameau, provost of the Georgia Institute of Technology, as its next president. Chameau is an engineer by training and has been known as an administrator for his support of interdisciplinary work and efforts to diversify the student body and faculty. At Caltech, he will succeed David Baltimore, who is leaving the presidency after nearly nine years in office, but will teach and conduct research at the institute.
  • An undisclosed number of non-faculty employees lost their jobs at Case Western Reserve University last week, as the institution started a round of layoffs, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. Large deficits at the university led this spring to faculty anger, which in turn led to the resignation of Edward M. Hundert as president.
  • The University of Delaware is ending the early decision option for undergraduate applicants. In a statement posted to a listserv of admissions officials, Delaware's director of admissions, Louis L. Hirsh, said that he was concerned that early decision hurt low-income students who need to compare the aid packages available from several institutions. He also said he was bothered by the widespread perception among applicants that their odds are better if they apply early.
  • Sacred Heart University, in Connecticut, is the latest institution to announce that the security system of a computer containing personal data had been breached. University officials did not say how many people might have been affected, but a local television station reported that the institution had contacted 135,000 people.
  • California State University at Chico has called off its debate team's fall season because some members were using illegal drugs at off-campus debate events, the Associated Press reported.
  • Faculty members and students in Pennsylvania, liberal and conservative alike, oppose state-imposed restrictions on classroom speech, many of them say in a report released Monday by Free Exchange on Campus, as part of that group's campaign to oppose legislative efforts to adopt a version of David Horowitz's Academic Bill of Rights. The report was based on discussions with dozens of professors and students, and it was released as a legislative committee prepares for the last in a series of hearings this week on perceived political bias in classroom settings.

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