Quick Takes: Bombing at University in Baghdad, Senate Backs Earmark Disclosure, Tenure Win for Prof in New Mexico Highlands Dispute, Nevada Chancellor Rescinds Resignation, Report on Gallaudet Confrontations

January 17, 2007
  • Dozens of people were killed Tuesday in a bombing outside Baghdad's al-Mustansiriya University, Reuters reported. Many of those killed were female students on their way home after classes.
  • The U.S. Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly joined the House of Representatives in voting to be much more transparent about legislative pet projects lawmakers approve for constituents, the Associated Press reported. By a 98-0 margin, senators approved an amendment (to a larger lobbying and ethics bill they are debating this week) that would require them to disclose significantly more information about the purposes and intended recipients of directed grants, or earmarks, they insert into pieces of legislation. The measure, which is weaker than some lawmakers had hoped, is designed to limit the awarding of the so-called pork-barrel projects by shining a light on them. But skeptics doubt there will be much impact, noting that many lawmakers issue news releases about the money they've delivered and many recipients (including many colleges and universities) seek them openly and aggressively.
  • A former mathematics professor at New Mexico Highlands University, whose tenure denial and dismissal led to the university's censure by the American Association of University Professors, has won tenure, the AP reported. Turner has been a visiting professor at the University of New Mexico and now plans to return to Highlands.
  • James E. Rogers, the higher education chancellor in Nevada, rescinded his two-day-old resignation Tuesday, following a series of meetings with political and board leaders, The Las Vegas Sun reported. Rogers and some board members have had a series of fights, some of them public, leading to the brief resignation.
  • An independent report on the conflicts between student protesters and police officers at Gallaudet University last year -- in protests that eventually led the institution's board to take back a presidential offer -- found blame on all sides, the Associated Press reported. Police were faulted for inadequate training on dealing with the protests and students were faulted for blocking access to key buildings.
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