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Quick Takes: Arthur Schlesinger Jr. Dies at 89, William

March 1, 2007
  • Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., a prolific historian and a public intellectual for decades, died Wednesday at 89. An obituary in The New York Times details his career.
  • A major donor to the College of William & Mary has changed his will to remove a planned $12 million bequest because a cross was removed from a chapel on the campus, The Daily Press reported. The donation was pledged before Gene R. Nichol became president. His decision to remove the cross from permanent display was based on concerns about inclusiveness and church/state separation, but the move has infuriated many alumni. Nichol sent an e-mail to the paper saying he was "heartsick" over the lost bequest. But he added: "While I know it is intended to make a policy statement, ultimately it only hurts our students."
  • Thomas E. Corts resigned Wednesday as interim chancellor of the Alabama community college system, the Associated Press reported. Corts, the longtime chancellor of Samford University, was brought in to try to stabilize the troubled system, but his ideas about governance and reforms have been controversial.
  • Students at Clark Atlanta University are holding protests and calling for the resignation of Walter Broadnax as president, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The immediate spark for the protests was an announcement of a 5 percent tuition increase for next year. Students said that the quality of services, instruction and facilities is so poor that no increase could be justified. University officials said that they needed the additional funds to run the campus.
  • The University of California announced that the Board of Regents this month will consider a $246 million settlement of a suit against AOL-Time Warner. The university has alleged that the company inflated its stock price in 2001, ultimately hurting the university's pension and endowment funds.
  • The European Union has announced the creation of the European Research Council, which will be the first significant pan-European science funding agency.
  • Criminal charges were dropped Wednesday against three Massachusetts Institute of Technology students who broke into the faculty club, The Boston Globe reported. The students broke in as part of MIT's tradition of pranks and many had feared that the prosecution indicated a shift away from that tradition.
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