Quick Takes: Editorial Board of 'Topology' Quits, Uncertainty Over Iranian Students, Stimulants of Choice, Broward President Quits, Thomson to Sell Higher Ed Operations, A Chancellor Begs, A Dog (Maybe) Bites Man Story

October 27, 2006
  • The entire nine-member editorial board of the journal Topology has quit, citing the pricing policies of Elsevier as having a "damaging effect" on the publication, The New York Sun reported. The journal costs $1,665 for institutions and an Elsevier spokesman told The Sun that the company had "moderated price increases."
  • Moves against Iran by the United States and European allies, first reported Thursday in The New York Times, have college officials concerned. The countries are reportedly preparing a United Nations Security Council resolution that would bar Iranian students outside their home country from studying anything that might help Iran's nuclear ambitions. Higher education officials who deal with international students said that they agreed with the idea that American colleges should not be helping Iran's nuclear program in any way. But they also said that they worried that the resolution might be too broad and limit any study of science by Iranians. This would be counterproductive, according to these officials, who all said that they had no idea what the resolution would say. A spokesman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations referred all questions to European missions, and said he couldn't provide details on the limits being considered. The European missions also declined comment. More than 2,200 students from Iran enrolled in colleges in the United States in 2004-5
  • College students who seek stimulant drugs prefer amphetamine products, like Adderall, over methylphenidate products, like Ritalin, according to a study by a Northeastern University pharmacy professor. The study, of students at a Midwestern university, found that students take stimulants primarily to enhance their academic performance, although some admit to also wanting to get high.
  • Larry Calderon, president of Florida's Broward Community College since 2004, announced his resignation this week. While he said he will take a job as vice president of Nova Southeastern University, he also surprised the Broward campus by saying that clashes with board members led to his decision to leave, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
  • The Thomson Corporation has announced plans to sell its higher education operations as part of a corporate restructuring. Bloomberg reported that Thomson's stock was rising, amid reports that it could receive billions from the sale.
  • Chancellor John White of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville didn't want legislators to have any doubts about how badly his institution needs their support and the state's dollars. So on Wednesday, he got down on his knees to beg during a meeting with legislators, the Arkansas News Bureau reported.
  • Smokey IX, the University of Tennessee's coonhound mascot, is being accused of biting a University of Alabama player who landed on him, out of bounds, during last weekend's game, the AP reported. There are conflicting reports on whether a bite took place, whether it would have been justified, and whether a hole in the player's pants is definitive evidence of a bite.
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