Quick Takes: American May Pay Ex-President $4M, Postgame Tragedy, Valley Forge to Admit Women, UMass Fires Official Over Porn, Ohio U. Seeks to Fire Prof, 4 Henderson State Athletes Face Rape Charges, NCAA Punishes Memphis, Gay Protest at Annapolis
Submitted by Scott Jaschik on October 24, 2005 - 4:00am
American University may pay Benjamin Ladner, who was recently fired as president, a settlement of up to $4 million, according to an article in The Washington Post. Many students are outraged by the plan, which Ladner has still not agreed to, and another member quit American's board to avoid having to sign off on such a deal.
A student at the University of Minnesota at Morris was killed Saturday, apparently when he was struck by a goal post that Morris fans pulled down after their homecoming win against Crown College, the Associated Press reported. The student was Richard Thomas Rose, 20, a member of the basketball team. The university is investigating the incident and offering counseling to students.
Valley Forge Military College announced last week that women would be admitted as students, starting next fall. The two-year private college is the last all-male military college in the United States.
The University of Massachusetts at Boston on Friday fired its new assistant vice chancellor for administration and finance after reports surfaced that Jeffrey Stearns had, in his former job in the state treasurer's office, had pornography on his computer, The Boston Globe reported. No porn was found on his UMass computer, but officials said that his dismissal was in "the best interests" of the university. Stearns is not commenting on the reports.
Ohio University has started the process of firing Yoshitomo Saito, an associate professor of art, for violating the institution's sexual harassment policy in his dealings with students, The Dayton Daily News reported. University officials told the newspaper that they are acting after the professor -- about whom at least one previous complaint had been received -- violated specific requests made to him about his interactions with students, leading to another complaint. Saito and his lawyer declined to comment, but indicated that they would fight the attempt to dismiss him.
Four football players at Henderson State University and another student at the Arkansas institution are in jail facing rape charges, the Associated Press reported. The allegations stem from an incident with a 13-year-old girl.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association has placed the University of Memphis on probation for two years for violations in the women's volleyball and the men's track and field and cross country programs. The volleyball violations involved required non-season skills training for athletes, in violation of NCAA rules. The men's violations involved falsifying transcripts to allow two international students to gain eligibility.
Gay students from the Washington area visited the Naval Academy Friday -- despite earlier threats that they would be arrested -- to protest the academy's and the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The Washington Post reported that Annapolis officials backed down on earlier threats to arrest the students after they agreed not to approach individual students at the academy. The protest was part of Equality Ride, a new campaign to have gay students visit campuses -- generally at religious and military institutions -- where students cannot be openly gay.