Quick Takes: Animal Rights Vandalism, Michigan Stadium Faulted, Alfred U. Caught in Turkish Debate, Rules on Grant Programs, Court Backs Berkeley on Tree-Sitters, Staph Infection Closes College for Day, Varsity Letters for Pre-Title IX Women

October 30, 2007
  • The Animal Liberation Front on Monday claimed responsibility for flooding the home of a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles who conducts research with animals. The statement said that the professor, Edythe London, should consider herself fortunate that the group didn't burn her house down. Gene Block, chancellor of UCLA, which has seen several of its professors become targets of animal rights groups, issued a statement calling the attack a "deplorable and illegal act of extreme vandalism."
  • The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has found that the University of Michigan's football stadium fails to provide required access for people with disabilities, The Detroit News reported. University officials said that they were surprised by the finding.
  • Newspapers in Turkey have been full of coverage -- and, in some cases, complaints -- about Alfred University's new campus there. The source of the attention is that Alfred allows women who want to cover their heads with scarves to do so, something Turkey bans at its universities. Memri, a blog on news from Turkey, reported that secular newspapers are reporting student complaints about other students covering their heads. In Turkey, such choices carry significant political as well as religious overtones. The blog said that Islamic newspapers were reporting favorably on Alfred's rules. The university opened the campus in Istanbul this year and plans to offer full degree programs there. Alfred officials said that they were allowing the women at its campus in Turkey the same freedom women have at the main campus in New York State, where some wear headscarves. Charles M. Edmondson, the president, said: "We are applying the same standards of religious tolerance at our Istanbul campus as we do on our main campus in Alfred, N.Y. Our Turkish partners are fine with that, and never asked us to do anything beyond that."
  • The U.S. Education Department on Monday published its final regulations to carry out future years of the Academic Competitiveness Grant Program and National Science and Mathematics Access To Retain Talent Grant Program. The new federal programs were created last year, and college officials have sought many changes in the department's rules, which they say have impaired access to the grants and made the programs difficult to administer. In its final rules, though, which were published in the Federal Register, the department adopted few of the many requested changes.
  • A state judge has given the University of California at Berkeley the right to remove tree-sitting protesters trying to block construction of a new athletic facility, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.
  • Central Virginia Community College's Lynchburg campus will be closed today because a staff member was diagnosed with MRSA, the resistant staph infection of concern to many colleges, The News & Advance reported. Officials said that they planned extra cleaning, to err on the side of caution, before opening again on Wednesday.
  • Hope College, in Michigan, awarded varsity letters this month to 240 women who athletes at the college from 1939 until 1972, when Title IX required equitable treatment for female athletes. The women honored -- 50 of whom came to a special ceremony to receive their letters -- participated in athletics at a level that should have been honored with a letter at the time. The idea for the honor came from a research project by two 2007 graduates of the college, Rachael Sauerman and Lisa Smith, a soccer player and swimmer, respectively at the college.
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