Rita Disrupts, but Doesn't Devastate

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Hurricane Rita forced colleges in Texas and Louisiana to prepare for the worst, but officials at many institutions were feeling relieved by late Saturday and spent much of the weekend preparing to re-open soon. While damage reports were not in, a few institutions did experience significant damage. In Texas, they include Lamar University, Lamar State College at Port Arthur, and the Lamar Institute of Technology. In Louisiana, Sowela Technical Community College, in Lake Charles, suffered extensive damage and the same may be true for McNeese State University.

Promoting Green Campuses

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Student activists and administrators announce plans to promote environmentalism.

In Memoriam to a Memorial

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Does a monument to the civil rights struggle at Ole Miss need to be "positive"?

Big Wins for Community Colleges

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Voters approve over $1 billion in bonds for facilities and improvements; California rejects new spending limits.

Surging Energy Costs

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Spike in gas and oil prices force colleges to spend millions more and try to change campus behavior.

Dirty Business?

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Students and professors say U. of Miami should come clean about poverty issues facing janitorial employees.

Equal and Unequal

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Louisiana and Mississippi may each get $95 million for hurricane-battered colleges -- despite vastly greater damage in Louisiana.

At More Campuses, Coke Isn't It

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Boycott movements on college campuses tend to take hold (or fade away) based on whether a critical mass of well known institutions participate. So critics of Coca-Cola have much to celebrate as 2006 begins. They say that 23 colleges worldwide have now banned Coke products from their campuses. And they have now hit a total of 10 in the United States, including bans approved in December by two large institutions -- New York University and the University of Michigan.

A Boon(e) for Oklahoma State

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Texas oilman donates $165 million for athletics facilities -- the biggest gift in college sports history.

Comeback for Coke?

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U. of Michigan abandons boycott. Its officials says the company agreed to real changes, but activists say the shift is a sham.


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