Quick Takes: Student Journalists Win Protections in California, Colleges Close in Advance of Ernesto, McCain Rethinks Bob Jones U., Construction Plan in Missouri

August 29, 2006
  • Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, on Monday signed legislation granting broad First Amendment protection to the state's college journalists. The new law -- the first of its kind in the country -- is a response to a federal appeals court ruling last year that many journalism educators feared could lead to far more intrusive oversight of the student press by college administrators. Leland Yee, a California Assembly member who sponsored the legislation, said that it would assure that "true freedom of the press is alive and well on our college campuses."
  • Many Florida colleges will be closed today, awaiting the arrival of Tropical Storm Ernesto. Among institutions that have announced plans to close today (and possibly longer) are Broward Community College, Florida International University, Miami Dade College, Nova Southeastern University and the University of Miami.
  • During his failed 2000 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. John McCain harshly criticized George W. Bush for speaking at Bob Jones University. McCain cited the repeated and harsh statements from university leaders attacking Roman Catholics and the institution's ban on interracial dating. The university has gotten more quiet about the former and abandoned the latter, and McCain still wants to be president. He told The State, an influential newspaper in South Carolina, that he would think seriously about speaking at Bob Jones if he's invited. McCain cited changes at Bob Jones. Of course, it may also be relevant that while Bush's Bob Jones speech caused him some political grief, he won the South Carolina primary decisively, paving the way for his nomination.
  • Legislative leaders and Gov. Matt Blunt in MIssouri have agreed on a plan in which funds from the state's student loan authority would be used to finance hundreds of millions of dollars worth of campus construction projects, the Associated Press reported. Some -- including the state's attorney general -- have questioned the legality of the plan, but proponents say that it has been structured to deal with those concerns.
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