Quick Takes: Colleges Prepare for Gustav, Why Harvard Is Examining Its Police Force, Keg Photo Ends Presidency, Central Ark. President Quits, Carnegie Mellon Prof Gets 3 DUI Charges in 8 Days

August 29, 2008
  • Many Louisiana colleges are closing early today and some are planning to stay closed until next Wednesday or Thursday to encourage students and employees to evacuate in anticipation of Gustav landing in the state. Delgado Community College is ending all classes at noon today and hasn't yet decided on a schedule for next week. Loyola University New Orleans is requiring students to evacuate the campus tomorrow. Xavier University of Louisiana will close at noon today and classes will not resume until Thursday. Southern University at New Orleans is shutting down at noon today, but hoping to resume classes on Tuesday. McNeese State University is advising professors to take important materials with them when they leave work today. Tulane University is planning to close at noon today, to re-open business operations Wednesday and to resume classes on Thursday.
  • An article in The Boston Globe examines a series of complaints from black students about their treatment by the Harvard University police force. Complaints about being singled out -- made by black students and professors alike -- led the university earlier this week to announce it was studying its police force and the training and outreach programs it has to work with a diverse population.
  • Robert Paxton is stepping down as president of Iowa Central Community College, following an uproar over a photograph showing what appears to be Paxton helping to pour beer down the throat of a young woman, The Des Moines Register reported. While Paxton originally denied doing anything wrong, many in Iowa criticized his conduct with the young people seen in the photo.
  • Lu Hardin announced Thursday that he is leaving the presidency of the University of Central Arkansas September 16, Arkansas Business reported. Hardin cited health reasons, but acknowledged a controversy in which the university's board has been widely criticized for giving Hardin, secretly, a $300,000 bonus. While Hardin repaid the funds, criticism of the incident did not go away.
  • It hasn't been a good month for Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management. First, its dean quit following reports that the school had inappropriately awarded a degree to someone who hadn't completed requirements for a master's degree. Now, a previous dean who is now a professor, Jeffrey Hunker, is at risk of going to jail after being arrested for drunken driving three times in eight days, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Hunker and Carnegie Mellon both declined comment.
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