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Friday, August 19, 2011 - 3:00am

Georgetown University's basketball team is on a trip to China, where it is playing Chinese squads as part of the university's efforts to build ties in the country. But on Thursday night a brawl broke out during a game in Beijing with the Bayi Rockets, and the game ended prematurely as Coach John Thompson III pulled his team off the court as the crowd showered it with plastic bottles and other refuse. John Thompson issued this statement: "Tonight, two great teams played a very competitive game that unfortunately ended after heated exchanges with both teams. We sincerely regret that this situation occurred. We remain grateful for the opportunity our student-athletes are having to engage in a sport they love here in China, while strengthening their understanding of a nation we respect and admire at Georgetown University."

YouTube has video of the brawl:

Friday, August 19, 2011 - 3:00am

The University of Colorado at Boulder is proud of its numerous environmental initiatives. But as The Boulder Daily Camera noted, the university is not bothering with most surveys of campuses for "green" ratings, even if that means other institutions are named as superior on environmental matters. Until all the surveys opt to collect similar information so that time burdens aren't imposed on Boulder by filling out all of the forms, it is skipping the surveys.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 3:00am

Some eyebrows were raised recently when Vanderbilt University's Office of Religious Life sent faculty members a list of the holidays that some students might observe, and for which they might ask to reschedule exams or assignments. The Tennessean reported that the list included four holidays marked "Wicca/Pagan." Officials said that they didn't know how many students observe those holidays, and that the list was taken from one from the BBC. Asked how faculty members would know whether a student seeking a scheduling change really was observing a Wiccan or Pagan holiday, a spokeswoman said that the university relied on the honor system.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 3:00am

The University of Dayton has unveiled a new way to encourage people to apply for aid and to visit the campus. Anyone who visits the campus, applies for admission and completes a financial aid form will get four years of free textbooks, worth up to $4,000. "We want to help parents and students understand that from the very first day, a University of Dayton education is very rewarding," said a statement from Kathy McEuen Harmon, assistant vice president and dean of admission and financial aid. "Through this initiative, we want to underscore that a University of Dayton education is affordable and we are committed to helping families in very tangible ways."

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 3:00am

Governor Sam Brownback, a Kansas Republican, wants his state's universities to rise in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Brownback spoke on the issue Wednesday at a meeting of the Kansas Board of Regents. He said that he was open to higher admissions standards as one way to rise in the rankings.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 3:00am

Half of all women who have graduated from a four-year college give the higher education system excellent or good marks for the value provided by the money spent by students and their families. But only 37 percent of male graduates agree. Those results come from a nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center. The study also found that women are more likely than men to say that their education helped them, both personally and intellectually.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Cheryl Paradis of Marymount Manhattan College explains her efforts to understand the inner workings of the criminal mind. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 3:00am

An order of nuns has dismissed the president and the entire board of Our Lady of Holy Cross College, in Louisiana, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reported. No reason was given for the dismissals, and board members said that they were surprised by their ouster.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 3:00am

President Donna E. Shalala said Wednesday that the University of Miami would cooperate fully with a National Collegiate Athletic Association investigation into a former booster's charges that he made improper payments to dozens of Hurricane players and coaches during an eight-year spree in which he appeared to have virtually unfettered access to the university's sports program. The allegations made to Yahoo Sports by Nevin Shapiro, who is serving a 20-year sentence for a series of financial crimes, are on a scale that rival some of the biggest in college sports history, and Mark Emmert, the NCAA's president, said in a statement Wednesday that the association was several months into an investigation of the university. In her statement, Shalala -- who was photographed in 2008 holding a $50,000 check from Shapiro, a picture that appeared alongside the Yahoo article -- said the university would "vigorously pursue the truth, wherever that path may lead."

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 3:00am

The University of California, whose campuses have worried about losing top faculty members amid budget cuts and salary freezes and cuts, on Wednesday announced that faculty members who receive good performance reviews will receive a 3 percent raise, The Los Angeles Times reported. Non-academic, non-unionized employees could receive larger raises. The university also announced that administrators who earn more than $200,000 will not be included in the raise pool.

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