Quick Takes: Ethics Codes and Lending, Mo. 'Intellectual Diversity' Bill Dies, Policies for Pregnant Athletes, Too Many Arrests for Mont. State, Wilson Goes SAT-Optional, $100M in Art to Colby, Oxford's Mistake in India, Margaret Spellings and Jon Stewart

May 21, 2007
  • Andrew Cuomo, New York State's attorney general, has written to the national group that represents financial aid officers, saying that the code of ethics it is considering doesn't go nearly far enough in preventing abuses, the Associated Press reported. Meanwhile, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Saturday announced an agreement under which the University of Texas at Austin -- plagued by a scandal over how it was recommending lenders to students -- agreed to a new code of conduct. Employees will be prohibited from seeking or accepting gifts from lenders, and university officials will be barred from owning stock in lending companies.
  • The Missouri Senate ended its session Friday without taking up a controversial "intellectual diversity" bill that was passed by the House of Representatives, and that is opposed by many faculty and student groups. Many faculty groups said that the bill, which included a call for protecting the view of Biblical inerrancy, could have hindered the teaching of evolution or any topic that offends some people.
  • A National Collegiate Athletic Association committee on issues of women and sport will review policies about athletes who become pregnant, the Associated Press reported. The planned review follows reports about pregnant athletes losing scholarships or feeling pressure to have abortions to avoid losing scholarships.
  • Montana State University fired its football coach after the arrest of a former player on drug charges, The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported. The arrest brings to five the number of former players arrested on drug charges in the last year, along with another charged with murder.
  • Wilson College, in Pennsylvania, has become the latest institution to end a requirement that all applicants submit SAT or ACT scores. Applicants with a 3.0 grade-point average in high school, in college preparatory courses, will no longer need to submit scores.
  • Colby College on Friday announced a gift of a collection of American art, valued in excess of $100 million. The works include 201 prints by James McNeill Whistler, as well as art by John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, George Inness, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe and Sol LeWitt, among other.
  • Oxford University Press has suspended the sale of its Concise Dictionary of World Place-Names, pledging to correct errors that have outraged many people in India, The Times of India reported. Among the errors: Saying that the population of Bangalore speaks Bengali.
  • Months after her appearance on Jeopardy and a less-well-reviewed performance before the House Education and Labor Committee, U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings will appear on the "Daily Show With Jon Stewart Tuesday night.
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