Quick Takes: Dispute in Drug Overdose, Allegations Roil Cincinnati Athletics, RIAA's Hit Parade, Radford Provost Ousted, Penn Considers Screening Job Applicants, Illiniwek's Last Dance, $50M for Public Health at Carolina

February 22, 2007
  • A Massachusetts judge has ruled that four Clark University officials may not be sued for negligence in the death of a student in 2004 from a heroin overdose, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reported. The ruling does not affect for now a suit against Clark or several other officials there. The judge distinguished the case from other lawsuits in which college officials have been held liable in similar cases because the Clark student did not need protection from a third party, but voluntarily obtained and consumed the drugs.
  • The University of Cincinnati is investigating an anonymous letter stating that football players and recruits had sex during with a former soccer player recruiting visits and that tapes of the incidents are circulating in dormitories, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. University officials said that they didn't have enough information to judge the allegations. The letter, provided by the newspaper on its Web site, was signed as being from "A Concerned Athletic Department Employee."
  • Ohio University received more complaints about its students allegedly violating copyright through illegal music downloading than any other institution, according to a list provided by the Recording Industry Association of America to the Associated Press. Ohio was followed by Purdue University, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the University of South Carolina.
  • Radford University's president, Penelope Kyle, on Wednesday demoted the provost, Ivelaw Griffith, who had been in office less than a year, The Roanoke Times reported. Although rumors are swirling about the dispute between the university's two top officials, few details are available. An e-mail that the provost sent to the campus said: "I want to thank you for the opportunity to be your colleague and provost for these past six-and-a-half months. God help us all!"
  • A series of incidents in which University of Pennsylvania employees have been charged with serious crimes, including sex crimes and murder, have prompted a review of whether the institution needs to do more screening of prospective employees, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
  • Chief Illiniwek made his last official appearance Wednesday night -- and many students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign cried as they watched, The Chicago Tribune reported. The university announced on Friday that it was ending use of the chief, whose role has been opposed for years by Native American groups and faculty leaders, but which has been much loved by many alumni and sports fans. After the final performance, many Illinois fans replaced their orange shirts with black shirts, but a rumored walkout never materialized, the Tribune reported.
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $50 million gift -- its largest ever -- for its School of Public Health. Some of the funds will be used to create "innovation laboratories" to focus work on key topics. The gifts puts Carolina over the top for its $2 billion fund raising campaign.
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