Quick Takes: U.S. Position in International Education, Indians or Nothing at McMurry, Universities Fighting World Hunger, Crackdown on Parties at UMass, Cause of Student Deaths Debated in La Crosse

October 17, 2006
  • A report released by the American Council on Education Monday summarizes data on the enrollment of foreign students, and suggests that American dominance in enrolling the best and brightest is endangered. The report features data both on the United States and other countries that enroll students from outside their own borders.
  • McMurry University, under pressure from the National Collegiate Athletic Association to change its Indians nickname, has decided that it will have no nickname at all. In a statement, John Russell, the president, said, "McMurry's values are reflected less by what our athletic teams are called than by who we are and what we do."
  • More than 50 North American universities on Monday officially unveiled a partnership with the United Nations World Food Program, to be called Universities Fighting World Hunger. The initiative focuses on encouraging students to raise awareness of hunger issues and to raise funds for food for those in need. An Auburn University Web site details efforts there and at other institutions that are participating.
  • University and law enforcement officials are cracking down on partying students at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, The Boston Globe reported. More than 200 students have been arrested since the start of the academic year, an increase of a third from last year at this time.
  • The death of a drunk basketball player at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse -- who drowned last month -- has set off a debate about why so many such tragedies have taken place, The Chicago Tribune reported. There have been eight such deaths in La Crosse since 1997.
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