Quick Takes: 7 Students Killed in Fire, $85M Not to Change Name, Princeton to Return Art to Italy, 3 Years for 'Fighting Sioux' Name, Chief Images Allowed in Parade, Club Proliferation, Vandals Who Want to Smoke, Invincible Donovan U.

  • Seven students -- six from the University of South Carolina and one from Clemson University -- were killed in a fire at a beach house early Sunday in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., The State reported.
  • October 29, 2007
  • Seven students -- six from the University of South Carolina and one from Clemson University -- were killed in a fire at a beach house early Sunday in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., The State reported. Six other students were in the house at the time of the fire and were treated at a hospital and released.
  • Thirteen alumni gifts, totaling $85 million, have been announced to the business school of the University of Wisconsin at Madison with an unusual condition: The school's name can't change for at least 20 years. Many business schools are named for big donors, but the Wisconsin alumni like their alma mater's name as it has been, the Wisconsin School of Business.
  • Princeton University on Friday announced a deal with the Italian government under which the university's art museum would transfer title to eight pieces of art to Italy, although four of those pieces will remain at the museum for the next four years on loan from Italy. An additional seven pieces of art whose ownership history was traced will remain under the university's ownership. In addition, the deal provides for the loan by Italy to Princeton of other works of art, which were not identified but are of "great significance." Princeton is among a number of colleges and art museums that have been questioned by Italy or other foreign governments about whether some art in their collections was obtained legally. Yale University and Peru last month announced an agreement under which Yale will return a significant collection of artifacts taken from Machu Picchu.
  • North Dakota's attorney general and the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Friday reached an agreement to resolve a suit by the state, challenging NCAA rulings that would have imposed penalties on the University of North Dakota for keeping its "Fighting Sioux" team name and symbolism. Under the agreement, the university has three years to either win support for the name from tribal groups, or to switch names and drop the associated symbols. The NCAA has argued that Native American team names are offensive and inappropriate, and North Dakota's name has been among the more controversial, with Indian groups having pushed for years for its removal. But unlike some universities that dropped names, North Dakota sued to challenge the NCAA's authority.
  • The chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reversed a policy set by other administrators that banned images of Chief Illiniwek from homecoming parade floats, The News-Gazette reported. The university, following years of debate, stopped its use of the chief in February, pressured to do so by the NCAA. But Richard Herman, the chancellor, believes that banning student groups from using the image represented an "overly broad" rule and lifted it. Some students who said that the ban violated their First Amendment rights had been consulting lawyers on the issue.
  • Colleges are reporting significant increases in the number of student clubs, The Boston Globe reported. While some students praise the proliferation of choices they have for activities, some educators worry that the growth is due to new students being determined to run clubs rather than join them, and the easiest way to run a club is to create one.
  • Vandals have trashed men's bathrooms at Frederick Community College, in Maryland, 12 times, leaving demands that the college abandon its smoking ban if it wants the incidents to stop, the Associated Press reported. The college is investigating the vandalism and has no plans to change its policy.
  • Donovan, the folk singer known for such '60s hits as "Mellow Yellow," and David Lynch, the director of Blue Velvet, have joined forces to create Invincible Donovan University, to be set up in Scotland. The university will feature standard academic subjects plus training in transcendental meditation, which Donovan embraced when he toured India with the Beatles in 1968. The Guardian quoted Donovan as saying at the press conference announcing the project: "I know it sounds like an airy-fairy hippy dream to go on about '60s peace and love. But the world is ready for this now. It is clear this is the time." Donovan and Lynch were joined at the press conference by Bevan Morris, president of Maharishi University of Management, in Iowa.
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