Quick Takes: Limits Proposed on Students From Iran, Good Endowment News, Hartnell Strike Settled, Escalation at Gallaudet, Court Won't Rehear Phoenix Case, Case Scientists Push for Evolution, Race and Rap at Alabama, Race and Welfare in Idaho

October 26, 2006
  • The U.S. government and key European allies are circulating a draft United Nations Security Council resolution that would bar Iranians enrolled in other countries' universities from enrolling in any programs that would advance their country's nuclear programs, The New York Times reported. It is unclear whether the proposed ban would apply only to advanced nuclear physics programs, or to all physics and math courses, the Times reported.
  • Early analysis suggests that the 2006 fiscal year is shaping up as a strong one for college and university endowments, exceeding expectations and last year's total, according to the Commonfund Institute.
  • Hartnell College's faculty members were back at work Wednesday after they approved a four-year contract Tuesday night, ending a strike that started Friday at the California community college. Hartnell spokeswoman Cicely McCreight said she could not reveal details of the contract until the board of trustees approves it -- likely at a special session scheduled for today -- but The Salinas Californian posted details of the agreement.
  • Tensions grew at Gallaudet University Wednesday when the university used a piece of construction equipment as part of its effort to clear out students who had occupied a college building, The Washington Post reported. Several of the students -- angry over the selection of Jane K. Fernandes as the university's next president -- suffered minor injuries, the Post reported.
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has rejected a request to rehear a case in which it ruled that the University of Phoenix must defend itself against charges that it violated federal law by paying recruiters based on how many students they enrolled. Officials for the university had asked the Ninth Circuit to have a three-judge panel reconsider the case or to have the entire appeals court rehear it "en banc." But the court's order issued Wednesday said that "no judge requested a vote on whether to rehear the matter en banc," which may leave Phoenix with the options of asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the False Claims Act case or going to trial on the merits of the lawsuit against it.
  • Seventy-five science professors at Case Western Reserve University have taken the unusual step of jointly endorsing a candidate for the Ohio Board of Education, The New York Times reported. The scientists' candidate is challenging an incumbent who supports school standards that encourage students to doubt evolution.
  • Black students at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa are complaining about the university's decision to move a concert by a rap duo off of the main quad, where a country act will be performing on homecoming weekend, the Associated Press reported. Students are calling the move racist, but university officials say that it is just a question of logistics.
  • A professor at Brigham Young University's Idaho campus is under fire for comments he made to Salon about the state's political environment, the AP reported. Rick Davis, a history professor, was quoted as saying that eastern Idaho has a low welfare recipient rate because "we don't have blacks in this area to speak of." While Davis acknowledged saying that, he said that he didn't mean to offend black people.
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