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Friday, April 15, 2011 - 3:00am

Purdue University introduced a new version of its mascot -- Purdue Pete -- on Saturday and has already pledged to go back to the classic Pete in the face of student and fan anger over the new version, The Indianapolis Star reported. The article features photos of both versions.

Friday, April 15, 2011 - 3:00am

The board of Brookdale Community College is considering a suit against its former president, Peter Burnham, following a review of an audit uncovering questionable expenses, The Star-Ledger reported. Among the expenses for which Burnham was reimbursed in apparent violation of district policies: a $1,300 trip to Arizona, $109 in golf clothing and $53 in drinks at a Philadelphia steakhouse. Burnham recently resigned after being placed on leave. He has not commented on the inquiry into his spending.

Friday, April 15, 2011 - 3:00am

A group of economics and law professors has urged the Justice Department to investigate whether the Bowl Championship Series violates federal antitrust law, The Wall Street Journal reported. The letter to the department's antitrust division, which was signed by 21 professors and lawyers, asks the agency to find college football's current mechanism for determining a national champion to be a cartel that favors BCS members over other college teams.

Friday, April 15, 2011 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Pepperdine University's Dyron Daughrity explores the cultural diversity of Christians around the world. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 3:00am

The University of California Hastings College of Law took last-minute action to remove its name (and to have its dean withdraw from plans to offer opening remarks) at a conference on how legal systems could be used to support Palestinian rights, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The college's board met just prior to the conference, in response to complaints from pro-Israel organizations that said the conference was one-sided. Many faculty members say that the academic freedom of conference organizers was violated when the dean was told not to welcome participants.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 3:00am

In today's Academic Minute, Ashlye Keaton of Tulane University describes the work behind the creation of Mardi Gras Indians, and a new effort to protect the artists' rights. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 3:00am

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has replaced the only trustee on the board of the Medical University of South Carolina who was a woman or an African American, The State reported. Some legislators are charging that the governor, a Republican, is taking away needed diversity from the board. The governor has defended the quality of those she is appointing to boards.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 3:00am

Lambuth University, a private institution in Tennessee that has been facing financial struggles for years and a revocation of its accreditation in the last year, may need "a miracle" to survive, a state legislator told The Memphis Commercial Appeal. The legislator is one of a group of three who are pushing a plan for the university to become a branch of the University of Memphis, the newspaper reported. Today could be the crucial day for the institution, with its board considering whether it can continue to operate. The university scheduled a special prayer service for Wednesday night, in advance of the board meeting.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 3:00am

An internal audit has found little oversight over the travel expenses of Allen Sessoms, president of the University of the District of Columbia, The Washington Post reported. The audit noted that no budgets were ever developed for the president's travel -- which has come under scrutiny -- and that there was little evidence that the university's board monitored these expenses. A spokesman said that the university would not comment until the board reviews the audit.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 3:00am

More than 400 sociologists have signed a petition urging colleagues to vote against a proposed dues increase by the American Sociological Association unless the group provides more details on why the money is needed. The petition notes that the ASA has explained that a new dues structure is needed to make the system more progressive, and the petition endorses that principle. But it notes that, more than make dues more progressive, the new structure increases fees for all working sociologists and produces significantly more revenue for the ASA. "We believe that such a large aggregate increase in dues should be explained to members, before any vote, by a clear account of what more the ASA will be doing or why it needs to raise funds beyond a cost of living increase to continue existing services. This explanation must be specific about the services to be funded by additional dues revenue, and distinguish services that need additional dues funds from those that generate enough revenue on their own to break-even or make a profit."

Sally T. Hillsman, executive officer of the association, noted in response that the ASA publishes its annual audit online and has shared detailed financial plans with members, and will continue to do so. She added, however, that "it is clear that our members need and want more information," and said more would be forthcoming. "While we believe that revising the dues structure will benefit ASA, it is important to note that it is a proposal. ASA members have the final say," she said. "We have been glad to see vibrant discussion among members about the proposed dues change."

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