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Confederates Defeat Vanderbilt

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Appeals court says university must pay -- if it wants to change controversial name of a dormitory.

Freer Speech at Dartmouth?

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Amid a controversial trustee election, the college clarifies its rules and wins praise from one-time critics.

'The Phantom Professor'

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No one at Southern Methodist University knew -- for sure -- who The Phantom Professor was. The professor's blog, like those of many untenured academics, was anonymous and the university was never named.

Cloaked in Cyberspace

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St. Lawrence University seeks to unmask the authors of a controversial blog.

Ruling Could Help Gay Faculty in Nebraska

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A federal court ruling about Nebraska's ban on gay marriage may end up helping professors in the state win insurance for domestic partners.

Berkeley Reverses Tenure Denial

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Professor and his supporters said the university was punishing him for criticizing a deal with a biotech company.

Ex-Grad Student Awarded $601,000

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He charged that Buffalo faculty members retaliated against him for his discrimination claims.

Baptists Win Fight Over Shorter

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Georgia Supreme Court rules that a college's board didn't have the right to sever ties to a religious group.

Dwindling Support

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Report finds that programs for minority Ph.D. students are so afraid of legal and political challenges that they are broadening their missions.

Piece of Marsh's $850 Million Pie

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Hundreds of colleges received letters from Marsh Inc. this week informing them that they were eligible for some of the $850 million in funds that the company set aside to resolve an investigation into its business practices by the New York State attorney general's office.

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