Quick Takes: Missed Warnings on Killers, Yale Plans Science Expansion, Ex-Coach Awarded $229K, Charges and Countercharges at Carolina Coastal, Publishers Settle Suits, Anti-Semitism Seen in British Universities

June 14, 2007
  • In at least 15 cases of campus murders since 1991, the killer demonstrated specific signs of being a danger, such as making violent threats or engaging in criminal or psychotic behavior, USA Today reported.
  • Yale University announced Wednesday that it has purchased the Bayer HealthCare complex in West Haven and Orange, Conn., giving the university an additional 550,000 square feet of laboratory space, as well as office buildings and other facilities. Bayer is leaving the area and university officials said that the company's departure gave the university an unusual opportunity to expand science facilities in a significant way without building from the ground up. The move comes at a time that institutions such as Harvard and Columbia Universities are planning to build new campuses, in part to create new science facilities. Yale's announcement said it was not revealing what it paid Bayer, but The Hartford Courant reported that the price was about $100 million.
  • A California jury on Tuesday awarded $229,000 to Chris Elze, saying she was fired as softball coach and treated unfairly by Sonoma State University, the Associated Press reported. While the university denied wrongdoing, Elze's lawyers presented information that Elze was denied the same authority over her team that male coaches had.
  • A messy and high-level personnel dispute at Coastal Carolina University is playing out in public because various documents in a normally confidential grievance process are being mailed to reporters and others, The Sun News reported. Among the charges: Richard Weldon, who was fired as vice president of finance, says that his warnings about possible financial wrongdoing have been ignored and he was dismissed for reporting his concerns to trustees. He also says that the university has much more money than it wants legislators to know about and is trying to give the impression that it is worse off to get more state funds. University officials have denied wrongdoing and defended Weldon's dismissal as appropriate.
  • Two suits by publishers against entities that were importing to the United States versions of textbooks not planned for sale in the United States have been settled, the publishers announced Wednesday. One suit was brought by Pearson Education, John Wiley & Sons and Thomson Learning. The other was brought by those three plus McGraw-Hill. The settlements include damage payments to the publishers and pledges to stop the sales.
  • Britain's House of Lords was briefed Wednesday on increasing incidents of anti-Semitism at universities, The Guardian reported. Lady Deech, Britain's independent ajudicator for higher education (sort of a nationwide ombudswoman) told the lords that on campuses, Jewish students are presumed to be supporters of Israel, and that protests that start off against Zionism end up being against Jewish students. She also noted that during recent periods in which Israel's policies have been unpopular, the buildings attacked in Britain have housed Jewish organizations, not Israeli organizations. Lady Deech said: "It should be made plain that there is a right to speak and assemble but that hate crime and incitement to commit illegal acts will not be tolerated on campus under the cloak of freedom of speech.
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