Quick Takes: Second Thoughts in California, Economist Admits Fraud, Nobel in Medicine, Benefits Data, Artifacts Dispute, 'Fighting Sioux' Warning, Removing Sex Offenders, Middlebury Seeks Campaign Record, 'Cloud Computing' Drive, 'Booze News' Questioned
October 8, 2007
- Native American groups held a protest at the University of California at Berkeley Friday, drawing attention to a change in procedures by which the university decides which American Indian remains from its museum holdings should be returned to tribes for burial, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The university recently changed its procedures for such decisions, giving more power to museum officials and, Native American leaders say, excluding them from the process. Many of the Indian activists called for all the remains to be returned immediately. Berkeley officials said that they respected the concerns being raised, but that federal law specifies in which cases -- and to whom -- to release remains.
- At the University of North Dakota, a new issue has emerged in the dispute over the "Fighting Sioux" team name and symbols that are beloved to many alumni -- and viewed as offensive by many Native American students and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Associated Press reported that campus departments and programs that publicly oppose the use of the name may create an "unwelcome" environment for students who love the name, and such an environment might open the possibility for discrimination complaints.
- When the University of Washington found that 13 registered sex offenders lived in student neighborhoods, it appealed for help to state officials -- as high as the governor -- and now those sex offenders are being ordered by the state to move, The Seattle Times reported.
- Middlebury College on Saturday announced a five-year to raise $500 million, which it says would be more than any liberal arts college has ever raised. Middlebury already has raised $234 million in the planning phase of the campaign. In 2005, Wellesley College ended a campaign with a total of $472 million, setting the liberal arts college record for that time. Williams College may also be in position to break that record. Williams reached the goal of its current campaign -- $400 million -- in June, with a year and a half left in the campaign, and said it would continue to push to raise more.
- IBM and Google plan today to announce a major research program on "cloud computing," in which six universities -- led by the University of Washington -- will play major roles, The Wall Street Journal reported.
- Booze News, a new publication with an emphasis on humor and booze, is being distributed in the neighborhoods of several large Midwestern universities. Features include much mention of boozing, and the newspaper also has a "bar grid" that allows students to compare drink specials at local bars. The Associated Press reported that on several campuses where the paper has been distributed, questions are being raised about its appropriateness.
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