Quick Takes: New Paltz Student Leaders Win Injunction, Prof Suspected in Killing Won't Teach, Call for Foreign Language Funding, Law Students' Engagement, Gay Rights vs. Religious Rights in UK, Caltech Ends 59-Game Losing Streak

January 8, 2007
  • A federal judge has issued an injunction ordering the State University of New York at New Paltz to reinstate two student government leaders who were suspended because of allegations (which they deny) that they harassed a university administrator. The judge ruled that the students had a substantial chance of winning their challenge the university's judicial process in their case because they were denied the right to have a lawyer present at hearings. While the decision noted that this is not a general right in student disciplinary hearings, it could be a requirement for fair due process when the charges could also lead -- as in this case -- to criminal charges. New Paltz issued a statement that it was disappointed with that part of the ruling, pleased with the other parts (which did not find violations of due process) and was studying its options.
  • Rafael Robb, an economics professor, and the University of Pennsylvania have mutually agreed that someone else will teach his scheduled graduate seminar in the coming semester, the Associated Press reported. Authorities have indicated that they are investigating Robb for a connection with the beating death of his wife. He denies any involvement.
  • A statistic in the report of the Iraq study commission is the basis for a new ad being run by Solutions for our Future, a coalition of higher education groups led by the American Council on Education. The statistic is that only six people in the U.S. Embassy in Iraq are fluent in Arabic. The ad asks how the United States can expect to be in a better situation in terms of having experts in various countries if the U.S. does not support foreign language programs.
  • The significance of student-faculty interaction in law schools is a major theme of the new Law School Survey of Student Engagement, released on Friday.
  • In a battle that mirrors similar disputes in the United States, Christian student groups in Britain are going to court to obtain full rights as student organizations at various universities, the BBC reported. The groups have been excluded because of their discrimination against gay students -- and the debate over conflicting rights has attracted widespread attention.
  • The men's basketball team of the California Institute of Technology ended a 59-game losing streak Saturday, defeating Bard College, 81-52. The Caltech team's last victory was Nov. 22, 2004. The next goal for the Beavers is to end a 245-game, 21-year losing streak in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. While coaches at Caltech don't earn $4 million a year, we hear that the athletes are pretty intelligent.
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