Facilities

When Big Bucks Come for Sports

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Use of major athletics donation to U. of Oregon from the co-founder of Nike has some questioning the university's priorities.

Making Room at the 'Big House' and Beyond

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The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor is being forced to play defense after the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights informed campus officials late last month that its football stadium lacks adequate access for people with disabilities.

In the wake of that finding, some are wondering what it means for college facilities across the country that have undergone recent renovations.

All the Grass Is Brown (and the Skies Aren't Gray)

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If you're looking for signs of an impending drought, check out a college bathroom. There you might find low-flow shower heads and faucets installed to reduce water usage. There, too, are actual signs that inform students "If it's yellow, let it mellow..." (you know the rest).

Colleges throughout the Southeast are plastering such fliers on dorm bathrooms and classroom buildings in the wake of one of the most serious droughts in recent history. Much of the region has seen a marked decline in normal rainfall, leading to the most severe classification of water shortage.

Mixed Results on Bonds and Taxes for Colleges and Research

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Texans back funds for cancer research and student loans; several community colleges win key votes. U. of Iowa students help defeat bar limits.

Green Initiative Finds a High-Profile Friend

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Bill Clinton's foundation teams up with American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment to help reduce energy consumption in campus buildings.

University Training in the Skilled Trades

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With a wave of retirements expected, institutions find that they must provide a new kind of education to keep up with their own demand for electricians and HVAC mechanics.

Reconsidering Retiree Health Benefits

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Dartmouth plan that would scale back coverage troubles some faculty who say the college is providing a disincentive to retire.

Creating a Ruckus at Rutgers (Again)

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Reconstituted group of students, faculty and alumni says it has familiar targets and goals: Stopping university administrators from emphasizing football over academics.

A Plan to Improve Campus Mobility

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U. of Washington plans to roll out a fleet of electric bikes for students, faculty and staff.

A New Campus, According to Ancient Principles

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Maharishi U. is reconstructing its entire physical plant in line with the "nourishing" principles of Vedic architecture.

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