Trifecta: Boston University, Brandeis University, and Boston College 

This semester has not been a good one for the collegiate press.

We've seen incidents at Boston College, University of Nevada- Las Vegas, University of Tennessee, Hampton University, and, of course, most notably when Brandeis University's The Justice printed a controversial column.

The Justice's copy editor explains, in a letter to the Daily Free Press on Boston College's campus press troubles:

"As a member of the editorial board of the Justice, the independent student newspaper at Brandeis, I experienced first hand the madness of last month.

Following the printing of the now-infamous 'Tigger remark,' senior members of Brandeis Administration pressured our editor-in-chief to resign under the threat of halting production of the newspaper. Although he resigned for the survival of the Justice and we ultimately conceded to all demands, our editorial board felt our independence mocked and our paper denigrated."
There were bright spots, however, like BU's The Daily Free Press and its excellent coverage of the university's stumble in selecting former NASA administrator Daniel Goldin as the new president, and the ensuing debacle when the trustees backed out, leaving Goldin with a hefty severance package without even gettting sworn in.

It'll be interesting to see what the spring semester holds for student journalists.

AP: College bake sales spark conflict 

AP: "Campus bake sales by conservatives who oppose affirmative-action are cooking up discord — and complaints about restrictions on free speech.

Organizers charge white students $1 for a cookie, while blacks and other minorities pay 25 to 95 cents. Doughnuts are available for 50 cents to everyone except Asian Americans and whites, who cannot purchase them..."

Previous incidents reported here and here.

RELATED: Duck Season's Nick comments on the "college contrarian movement":

"If the College Repub. crowd were to understand that neither Michael Moore nor Ann Coulter belong on a syllabus then they might earn my respect, but as things stand, they're more interested in complaining that they're annoyed by shrill liberal rhetoric, and that they instead would prefer to have their own shrill rhetoric repeated to themselves and their fellow students."
[ap via drudge]


Georgetown ejection of anti-gay protester hits blogosphere 

Georgetown's ejection of an anti-gay protester is starting to spread. Eugene Volokh of the Volokh Conspiracy blog comments:

But look at it this way: The Georgetown Speech and Expression Policy does prohibit "expression that is indecent or is grossly obscene or grossly offensive on matters such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation," and the university stresses that "the University will act as it deems appropriate to educate students violating this principle." Somehow, given this incident, I don't think that "to educate" is limited to "to speak out in response to"; and this incident makes clear that "grossly offensive" isn't just limited to profanity or epithets -- or even to immaturity or aggressiveness -- but also to what the university sees as offensive ideas.

If you were a Georgetown student, would you feel free to debate controversial issues related to sexual orientation? Or to condemn some religious views that you think are evil? Or to espouse unorthodox views about race or gender?
Volokh picked it up from Tongue Tied.

The Hoya, the campus' newspaper, has the original article.

MORE: Semi-Intelligent Thoughts also had something.

Globe, AP: Elder students to pay fees 

"The end of the senior fee waiver at UMass Boston comes as the state Board of Higher Education takes a hard look at the state's sprawling tuition-waiver program. In addition to older students, tuition on all public campuses is waived for veterans, Native Americans, disabled people, and members of the armed services. Some campuses also waive tuition for foster children and adopted children, some aspiring teachers, valedictorians, and dependents of those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks..."

AP has picked up as well.

It originally appeared in The Mass Media in its last issue several weeks ago.

SEE ALSO: Sunday's Campus Insider: Included are items on Bill Funk, head of the search for a new UMass president, and how the northeaster affected early applications to MIT.

Nationwide search for UMass Amherst provost 

Hampshire Gazette: "The University of Massachusetts has launched a nationwide search for a provost and senior vice chancellor.

Charlena Seymour, former graduate school dean, has been serving as interim provost and vice chancellor since May 2001."

She looks to be a candidate, too.

More on the search here.

SEE ALSO: Lowell not considered "campus friendly" by UMass students, the Lowell Sun reports.

Olsen Twins Enroll at NYU 

Okay, you can't blame me for thinking that this had to be a joke:

Washington Square News is reporting, "The twins, who alternately played Michelle Tanner in the sitcom 'Full House' and who have since earned millions from their enormously popular brand, which includes videos, TV series, albums, a clothing line and even hair gel, were accepted through early decision to the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, a spokesman for the 17-year-olds told People magazine."

SEE ALSO: Washington Square columnist Shankar Gupta writes that presidential candidate Howard Dean is "nuts."

"Howard Dean has my full support for the Democratic presidential nomination. Why? Because Dean, the most prominent angry liberal politician in the country, has totally lost his mind...."

U. Miss admin raises 'high' 

At the University of Missouri, Kansas City: "The University News has obtained the list of administration raises that provoked the expulsion of a Kansas City Star reporter from a faculty senate meeting last month and triggered outrage among many faculty members.

The list revealed that during the last two years administrators have given themselves raises of up to 110 percent while virtually freezing the salaries of those who teach classes..."

(r.r.; put in cpnblog@yahoo.com)


Michigan gov proposes more higher ed cuts 

Grand Valley Lanthorn: "Gov. Jennifer Granholm has proposed an additional 6 percent cut to higher education funding in addition to cuts already made during the original budgeting process at the beginning of the year.

The announcement was made at a mid-November meeting between legislators and the Office of State Budget.

If the cut is approved by the House and Senate appropriations committees, Michigan higher education funding would lose about $104.5 million..."

UMass senior sees career path to higher ed 

The Hampshire Gazette profiles Dan Saunders, who was the head of the UMass Amherst student government last year, now serving on the state's Board of Higher Education.

SEE ALSO: A story of a former UMass employee admitting to stealing thousands of dollars of equipment and putting it on eBay.

Orient: Republican professors are scant at Bowdoin 

Maine's Bowdoin Orient: "One thing is for sure in the 2004 presidential election-the Bush team should not count on too many votes from Bowdoin College faculty.

Recently the conservative Center for Popular Culture did a study on the political bias in the administrations and faculties of 32 elite colleges and universities and found that Bowdoin has 23 Democrats to every one Republican..."

SEE ALSO: "Calling it a 'high priority,' Dean of Academic Affairs Craig McEwen said that diversifying Bowdoin's professor base was key to the development of the College community. 'We would like the faculty to be more representative of the world we live in, just as we hope the student body will be,' McEwen said..."

The recording industry is applying pressure to Bowdoin's administration, according to this report.

Representatives hear students blast Colorado colleges on bias 

Colorado Daily: "As students across the state end a politically charged semester marked with controversy over academic freedom, several students from Colorado colleges and universities met at the State Capitol Thursday to tell an ad hoc legislative committee just how biased Colorado campuses are..."


Charges Against UMass Boston Professor Dropped 

I'm told that the charges that were brought against a UMass Boston Africana Studies professor have been dropped by the district attorney's office.

A trial had been set for late November, and then was post-poned for a later date.

Public pressure for the charges to be dropped has been mounting since the incident first occurred last April, generating headlines in The Mass Media and an article in the Boston Globe.

A website run by supporters of the professor appears to confirm this.

No word yet on the reason for the charges being dropped.

UPDATE: Boston Phoenix has the scoop: "David Procopio, the spokesperson for Suffolk County DA Dan Conley, confirmed the details of the agreement for the Phoenix. On Wednesday morning, according to Procopio, the Dorchester Court judge formally accepted the two-month probationary period. Barring any new arrests of Van Der Meer, the charges against him will be officially dismissed in February. On the flip side, of course, is the fact that if the professor is arrested for any reason during this two-month probation, Procopio says, 'the charges remain intact and the case gets put back on track for trial.'"

It's a follow-up to the article they did in July, called "Climate of Fear."

College Column Roundup: UC-Riverside columnist says Lynch is 'publicity doll' and 'embarassment' 

University of California-Riverside columnist and Marine criticizes Jessica Lynch's getting a Bronze Star, calling Lynch a "publicity doll" and an "embarrassment to the U.S. military and the true heroes of our nation."

SEE ALSO: A columnist for the Colorado Daily says the Democrats can win by running war: "The Democratic presidential campaign has been defined largely by opposition to the war in Iraq, by the assertion that the war is turning into a 'quagmire' and by the assertion that the war was dishonestly embarked upon and is strategically and morally wrong. For this view to resonate with the voters, the war must fail..."

An Daily Iowan editorial breaks down each of the candidates: "The first-in-the-nation caucuses come to Iowa on Jan. 19; they will be the first step in electing a Democratic candidate to run against President Bush in November. The Daily Iowan's Editorial Board discussed the policies of each of the nine Democratic candidates and collaboratively came up with a list ranking the candidates 1 through 9. Our purpose is to assist students in gauging the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate as the general election approaches..."

Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich, and John F. Kerry top the list.

De Anza College Students Write Letters to Gov. Schwarzenegger 

La Voz: "Writing a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger about community college budget cuts is arguably one of the easiest ways to make $200 in 15 minutes, said De Anza College student trustee Adam Welch last week.

Welch said he hopes to gather 100 hand-written letters from De Anza students before Monday, discussing the personal impact of community college budget cuts on their lives. The top three will each get $200 from privately raised funds by a group of five faculty and staff members in the district..."

American Idol celeb to graduate, skepticism persists 

The University Times writes that people are doubting that Clay Aiken, the American Idol runner-up, has enough credits to graduate University of North Carolina-Charlotte: "Much discussion and skepticism about Aiken's coursework has circulated amongst UNC-Charlotte students after it was announced two weeks ago that the 'American Idol' star would be participating at the university's December commencement ceremony..."

Privacy act sparks debate over rights of students @ Butler U. 

Dawgnet, Butler University's news website: "The debate over students' privacy rights has made a new turn with a Family Education Rights and Privacy Act amendment proposal that would require the disclosure of higher education disciplinary records.

The Student Press Law Center Web site stated that the bill, named the David Schick Honesty and Campus Justice Act, was introduced in mid-September of this year and would require universities 'to release information about student disciplinary hearings to victims of violent crimes and non-forcible sex offenses...'"

Indiana State students react to Hussein's detainment 

Indiana Statesman: "Batool Al-Alawi's family called her from Kuwait at about 11 a.m. this morning. The sophomore medical technology major is an international student at ISU from Kuwait.

'There are celebrations everywhere in Kuwait,' Al-Alawi said. 'We were really excited. Even the Iraqi people are excited.'"

SEE ALSO: Troops oversees hear about it: "For ISU student Ryan Sermersheim, the experiences overseas the past eleven months have now been overshadowed by the news about former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein being captured by U.S. forces..."

A report on the university counseling center dealing with stressed-out students.

Princeton's public safety office asked to help FBI anti-terrorism unit 

Daily Princetonian: "An FBI-led anti-terrorism task force discovered blueprints of common areas of Princeton Borough, N.J., and Princeton University in an apartment in Philadelphia earlier this week, University Public Safety Crime Prevention Specialist Barry Weiser said..."

SEE ALSO: Princetonian columnist Sanhita Sen writes about the Federal Marriage Amendment, and how "Women's family roles would not be hurt by gay marriage."

Lieberman says war has merits on Hardball @ Harvard 

The Crimson: "Democratic presidential hopeful Joseph I. Lieberman pronounced his continued support for the war in Iraq and said that the capture of Saddam Hussein will ensure a safer future for America and the world, on a special bonus episode of MSNBC’s 'Hardball: Battle for the White House' last night..."

Online is the last issue of the Crimson. Publication will start up again January 5th.

SEE ALSO: After some protest, President Lawrence Summers adds students to an advisory board studying undergraduate life in Allston.

Crimson columnist Michael Broukhim writes about "rocking the debt," adding, "While only 17 percent of eligible 18-29 year old voters actually turned out at the polls on Election Day 2000, it is far too easy to simply write off this generation as apathetic and dispassionate. Their volunteerism indicates otherwise; a study by the National Association of Secretaries of State shows that youth community service is at record levels and rising."


Arkansas State columnist 'amends Orwellian mistake' 

An Arkansas State columnist, like Orwell, examines a quote he used two years ago, and pulls out a new Orwell quote:

"When I look through my collection of pamphlets -- Conservative, Communist, Catholic, Trotskyist, Pacifist, Anarchist or what-have-you -- it seems to me that almost all of them have the same mental atmosphere, though the points of emphasis vary. Nobody is searching for the truth, everybody is putting forward a 'case' with complete disregard for fairness or accuracy, and the most plainly obvious facts can be ignored by those who don't want to see them. The same propaganda tricks are to be found almost everywhere ....

"The important thing is to discover which individuals are honest and which are not, and the usual blanket accusation merely makes this more difficult. The atmosphere of hatred in which controversy is conducted blinds people to considerations of this kind. To admit that an opponent might be both honest and intelligent is felt to be intolerable. It is more immediately satisfying to shout that he is a fool or a scoundrel, or both, than to find out what he is really like."
A Daily Iowan columnists asks (don't everybody cringe now): Who gives Saddam? How about the Sox, instead?

"You have to realize that," he writes, "for those of us who reside in Red Sox Nation, first, there are the Red Sox, and then, like an afterthought, there are all the accouterments of what you poor benighted souls who are not privileged to live in Red Sox Nation shortsightedly call the universe: governments, wars, taxes, private property, famine, deadly viruses, reality TV, Britney, Dubya, and black holes..."

Hoya: Anti-gay protester removed from Georgetown square for 'offensive speech' 

"The Georgetown University Department of Public Safety removed an individual from Red Square who was distributing offensive material against homosexuality on Nov. 20, university officials announced in a broadcast e-mail sent last Tuesday.

Easily noticed by their large red banners displaying the group's title and coat-of-arms, three demonstrators from the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property stood outside the Healy Gates and one demonstrator protested in Red Square, distributing literature that contained anti-homosexual messages..."

SEE ALSO: And the Daily Illini has a gay couple feel "just like everybody else": "Eighteen years after their first date, Sue Searing and Christine Jenkins had a new anniversary to celebrate. They were married on June 23 by a justice of the peace in Ontario, Canada..."

KKK demands equal time, fee from University of Louisville 

Louisville Cardinal has the story: "Two members of the Ku Klux Klan marched into Vice President for Diversity and Equal Opportunity Mordean Taylor-Archer's office on Wednesday, Dec. 3 demanding the same stage and speaking fee that Sister Souljah received on Oct. 28 for their Imperial Wizard to speak to the campus community as part of Bank One's Diversity Lecture Series. Acting Provost Shirley Willihnganz said the university will not grant the request..."

And a Cardinal columnist puts out her opinion, blaming "hack journalism" for the uproar.

As does the university'sdirector of the women's center there.

KY Kernel: Take a breather and blow off the stress 

University of Kentucky's Kentucky Kernel's Sara Allgeier lists some ways to blow off finals stress, "everything from physical activities to mood-boosting herbal pills."

SEE ALSO: A University of Nevada-Las Vegas study says vacation is good for your health. Who knew?

"Burnout is an increasingly intense pattern of psychological, physiological and behavioral dysfunction in response to a continuous flow of stressors of chronic stress. It is commonly found among," DelRossi states. "Professionals who have a high degree of personal investment in work and high performance expectations."


UMich Daily: Campus hopes Saddam's capture is 'turning point' 

Michigan Daily: "As news of Saddam Hussein's capture spread across the nation and world yesterday, the University community began to contemplate his fate and the future of Iraq. Optimism and relief, however, are shrouded in the fact that there are still many barriers to overcome on the road to peace.

Overall, students' perspectives on the capture of the former dictator, now in U.S. custody, have been positive..."

Daily Collegian crush column spreading 

A touching, Charlie Brownish column by a Daily Collegian writer seems to be having an effect on people across many campuses, like this Iowa State Daily columnist:

"A column from the University of Massachusetts Daily Collegian has been diffusing across the country since it was published nearly a month ago. Its writer, Matt Brochu, reveals an uncharacteristic male capacity for reverence and depth as he pines poignantly after the girl of his dreams..."

Original column here.

Daily Illini columnists weigh in 

Two columnists for the Daily Illini write up Saddam Hussein's capture.

Matt Diller:

"I honestly thought that we would never capture him. I thought he would slip away from Iraq, escaping over the border to parts unknown. His ghost, though, would remain behind for years. We would have the occasional report of him or rumors that he was behind a new terror attack but would never actually capture him. He would've become the Keyser Soze of the Middle East, a phantom arch-villain behind everything but never actually found."

And Nathan Valentine:

"It is nice to think that the murderous dictators of the world are sleeping less soundly now, but it isn't likely. For every Hussein or Mussolini, there are several Idi Amins who die peacefully of old age and never reap the rage and hatred they sowed. But that is no reason not to enjoy Saddam's humiliation. And what better way to celebrate the capture of a tyrant abroad than with the restoration of liberty at home?"

Iowa State Daily: Bush approval ratings won't rally 

Iowa State Daily's Ayrel Clark:

As the World Trade Towers fell, President George Bush's approval rating rose, reaching near 90 percent at its peak.

The capture of Saddam Hussein, however, is unlikely to cause the presidential rally numbers seen after Sept. 11, local experts said.

Josh Reicks, senior in political science and president of the ISU College Republicans, said Bush's approval will not jump as it did after Sept. 11 because that day caused a uniquely patriotic feeling throughout the country.
SEE ALSO: An ISD editorial saying that Saddam still should get a fair trial.

Tom Barton and Scott Rank team up to write that "Hussein's capture surprises experts, students."

Washington State U enrolling more women, students stress over finals 

Daily Evergreen, following what appears to be a national trend: "Women's enrollment at WSU is up almost 45 percent since 1985, but some say the increase is not enough to ensure equality in the workplace.

Total enrollment for women at WSU has grown significantly, from just over 6,700 women in 1985 to over 9,600 this year. During that same timeframe, men's enrollment has hovered consistently around 8,800 students..."

SEE ALSO: Students stress over finals: "Rest, exercise and relaxation are key to de-stressing during finals week, said a health educator at Health and Wellness Services.

'If you're doing all those things right, it can definitely help you deal with stresses,' said Health and Wellness Services Coordinator Marsha Turnbull..."

Crimson: Saddam's Capture Sets Harvard Abuzz 

"Mark T. Silvestri '05, president-elect of the Harvard Republican Club (HRC) woke up yesterday morning to news he had been awaiting for months, the capture of Saddam Hussein..."

"Iraqi Justice For Saddam" is the paper's editorial.

Locals blase on Iraqis' big day, reports the Daily Iowan. Further coverage: Victims rejoice, politicians ponder aftershocks.

SEE ALSO: The university is withholding memos from Congress: "Harvard University maintained the confidentiality of sealed presidential search documents last week, when it forwarded some, but not all, of the documents requested by the House Energy and Commerce Committee..."

John F. Banzhaf III, George Washington University professor of public interest law, wries a letter to the editor saying there is a better way to fight the Solomon Amendment.

This semester, for some reason or another, there appeared to be a lot of columns on AOL Instant Messenger and its addictivness. Here's another, from a Crimson columnist.

FROM SUNDAY: Patrick Healy interviews David Bartley, who is set to retire as president of Holyoke Community College: "Public higher education never had a good lobbyist. [Former UMass president] Bill Bulger was probably the best we had, and we're still recovering from his removal."

Globe article on BC and its planned acquisition of the Church's land. Early plans call for a field. BC Heights, involved in a rent/content dispute with the college, had the story earlier this month.

More on the BU biolab debate.

Campus Insider covers Harvard's lack of Marshall Scholarships this year, and Harvard Law School professor Christopher Edley Jr.accepting the deanship of the law school at the University of California at Berkeley.

Fourteen colleges authorized for Quinn bill programs: UMass-Lowell, UMass-Boston, Norwich University, Endicott College, Northeastern University, American International College, and six community colleges: Bunker Hill, Massachusetts Bay, Quinsigamond, Mount Wachusett, Springfield Technical, and Northern Essex.


Do's and Don't's For The Winter Break 

Daily Nebraskan columnist Michael Montgomery has a list of do's and don't's for everybody going on winter break:

If you remember New Year's Eve, you didn't have enough fun: This one's pretty obvious. And, if you're a blackout drunk, this is your night to finally shine and be cool. Historically known as a time of celebration, making out, and drinking cheap champagne, every person, ages 15 to 50, will be drunk right beside you. You'll know if you haven't drank enough if you can still find your zipper in the bathroom. And making out with ugly people is not only acceptable, it's encouraged...

Mass Media: UMass Boston Prof Pans Princeton 

Those who picked up the paper edition this week will be happy to know that there are apostrophes this time. Whatever it was, the printer promised to fix it and apparently he did.

This is the last issue of the semester, and we're slated to return on January 28.

Top Story: "A UMass professor has said grade inflation is out of control at posh Ivy League school Princeton. Dr. Ruth A. Miller, a graduate of Princeton, says that grade inflation is a 'huge problem' at the venerable New Jersey institution, and internal reports from the school back her up..."

Duck Season blogger Nick, who I took Legislative Process 318 with this semester, breaks down the Mass Media's last issue, commenting on the Princeton article:
"This is a generalization, but it's been my experience that Ivy Leaguers suffer from Type A personalities of the worst kind, and the sky-high cost of tuition only fuels their inability to accept less than 100% success in the classroom. For most of these people an Ivy League education is the culmination of the first 18 years of their life, years spent preparing for acceptance into these institutions by building a diverse background of interests through spending hours in band practice, sports practice, volunteering, studying, mastering a foreign language, working a part time job, earning leadership positions in school clubs and student government, etc. etc...."
And I see we both caught the same quote as odd.

SEE ALSO: My article on a meeting the UMB chancellor had with the College of Community and Public Service faculty members a week or so ago. CPCS recently made the news in a Sunday Boston Globe article in the Education section, and the controversial resignation of their dean.

The article on students aged sixty and over losing their fee waiver got hacked to bits in copy, 'cause of space constraints. I went about one hundred and fifty words over, with testimony from several students I met with in the McCormack Hall cafetaria last week.

After a two-week hiatus, (Student) Senate Notes returns, with the resignation of the senate president and a look at the senate's performance over the semester.

News Briefs covers the havoc on the school's accidental snow day last Monday, and more on the campus shutdowns that aren't happening.

MORE: Staff editorial on the $750 fee increase, just in time for the holidays.

In the letters to the editor, a student senator writes in two fairly silly letters. One about the whole MassPIRG waivable fee that's been sucking up the student senate's oxygen this semester, and the other on gay marriage.

He's right about one thing, though: "I really think that the debate over the waivable fee has gone on too long."

Yale Dean Next Duke President 

The Chronicle: "The Board of Trustees will name Richard Brodhead, dean of Yale College and the A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of English at Yale University, as Duke University's ninth president at a special press conference in the Rare Book Room at 10:30 a.m. today..."

MORE: The Chronicle is all over it: A slideshow of the days events.

"What has four letters, is among the nation's top research universities and claims Richard Brodhead as one of its top brass?

If you said Yale, right you are, but we also would have accepted Duke..."

Quick profile of the new president.

Longtime Yalie Heads South.

Staff editorial welcomes Brodhead.

Associated Press had this in today's (well, yesterday's now) Globe.

UMass Amherst journo and comm departments may merge 

Massachusetts Daily Collegian: "With the repercussions of budget cuts still hurting the University of Massachusetts, officials are contemplating merging some departments to save money, according to one member of the Faculty Senate...

Faculty Senate Secretary Ernest May says one such merger is between the journalism and communications departments. The journalism program, which "is getting smaller" in terms of faculty, could be housed under the Department of Communications, says May..."

SEE ALSO: Group opposes extra fees for international students: "The Graduate Employee Organization held a press conference yesterday to announce its plans to oppose a new fee the University of Massachusetts is planning to impose on international students..."

Tapes heighten Clemons controversy at U. Missouri 

The Maneater: "Payments made under the table, internal squabbles and the legal advice of a federal judge. As the nearly 24 hours of recordings explode into the public, the relationship between a former basketball player and several well-placed confidantes within the university have been exposed...

The Maneater filed an open records request for the tapes but at press time had not yet received them..."

Go get 'em, guys.

RELATED: The university system's president won't resign: "Amid rumors of resignation, UM system President Elson Floyd faced the fallout of the Ricky Clemons tapes Thursday at the UM system Board of Curators meeting..."

Stir @ Vanderbilt Over NYT Article 

Vanderbilt Hustler: "There are Confederates in the attic at Vanderbilt -- at least according to a recent New York Times article.

The Nov. 30 piece, titled 'Hurricane Kushner hits the heartland,' detailed playwright Tony Kushner's visit to campus. In his description of the Vanderbilt backdrop, freelance reporter Alex Abramovich told of 'a campus where Confederate flags hang proudly in dormitory windows.' He also wrote about the audience that Kushner addressed, largely crediting them as dense and unaware of the subject matter about which Kushner spoke..."

This is the second time this month that the NYT has been accused of misleading. The first time was at Brown U., with some financial aid numbers.

Warren Ellis on Higher Ed 

Comicbook writer Warren Ellis, of Authority and Transmetropolitan fame (both highly recommended) weighs in on the British system of higher education:

"This week, however, I find myself sympathetic to those in higher education. The British government has finally found a way to confound the remaining few people who thought they'd voted a Labour government into place...

...However, our Chancellor, Gordon Brown, played this past weekend right into the old stereotype of a tight-fisted Scotsman with a white-knuckle grip on the purse-strings. He literally said that university education should not be free and that if we are giving our children higher education then they should pay the money back. This is referred to as 'top-up fees.' Several thousand pounds per student."

SEE ALSO: Ellis has a LiveJournal, where yesterday, he put out this thought: "What if Mr Hyde had had kids?"

cpn digressions 

Toon Tracker.com, "home of lost cartoons."

Some interesting stuff there.

They don't have Danger Mouse, but do have Tennessee Tuxedo, a cartoon about a walrus, Chumley, and a penguin, the title character (voiced by Inspector Gadget/Get Smart's Don Adams).

Both shows were on Nickelodeon, back when it was good (and their cancellation of Invader Zim is the final nail). Tennessee Tuxedo was on in the afternoon after reruns of The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Kids would come into school the next day in third grade and talk about how hilarious last night's episode of Full House was, while I'd throw out, "Anybody catch Dick Van Dyke?"

Silence, and then back to Full House.

Yeah, I know. I was a wierd kid.

[via metafilter]


BU Presidential Search Set For Summer 

Daily Free Press: "The Boston University Board of Trustees will probably not even consider starting a search for BU’s ninth president before June 30, board Vice-Chairman Dexter Dodge said Wednesday.

Dodge also said President ad interim Arab V. Chobanian could continue leading the university for longer than originally expected — perhaps even becoming the full-fledged president..."

A DFP editorial on it.

SEE ALSO: An interview with Chobanian.

"Just days after a BU fringe faculty group formally requested that the Massachusetts Attorney General investigate the board, the Faculty Council announced the creation of an ad hoc committee Tuesday to review the board's governance without the help of outside officials..."

BU Biolab proposal continues to create controversy: "Screams of protest erupted from community members in a meeting Wednesday night at the Boston Public Library with Boston Redevelopment Authority and Boston University officials regarding BU’s planned Biosafety Level 4 laboratory in the South End..."

This is probably going to get as ugly, if it hasn't already, as the fight between UMass Boston and the community members opposed to the building of dorms.

DFPer Patrick Gillooly has a news analysis of the semester, from the Goldin debacle to union disagreements to Beantown Notes to U.S. Senator John F. Kerry coming to campus.

Editor Bill Yelenak "rides off into the sunset," and reflects on the semester's biggest news story: "One night, some of us left the office after 5 a.m. only to return at 8:30 a.m. and come up with a strategy for calling the university's 40-plus trustees for comments. During that week, sleep wasn't necessary for many of us, especially if you factored in the thrill of beating those other Boston newspapers on one of the stories..."

The Daily Free Press of Fall 2003.

Lieberman agrees to appear on Hardball @ Harvard 

It appears General Clark's appearance was not the last for the Democratic presidential candidates.

"Democratic presidential candidate Senator Joseph I. Lieberman has announced that he will appear on MSNBC’s 'Hardball' with Chris Matthews at Harvard next Monday," writes the Crimson, "after months of scheduling negotiations and just a day after Lieberman’s 2000 running mate—former Vice President Al Gore ’69—endorsed opponent Howard Dean..."

SEE ALSO: Crimson editorial on Governor Mitt Romney's visit to underperforming students last week, calling it an "egregiously transparent publicity stunt."

U. Wisconsin journo students' mag debuts 

Daily Cardinal: "University of Wisconsin journalism students will debut Thursday their socially and politically themed magazine, Curb, Thursday, intended for people who are civically engaged in the state of Wisconsin.

Whereas in previous years the magazine had only been available online, since last year, it has become available in print, allowing students to have more creativity..."


Brill at Brown 

Brown Daily Herald: "Steven Brill P'06 knows a good story when he sees one.

Founder of The American Lawyer magazine, Court TV and the late Brill's Content, and current columnist for Newsweek, Brill finds stories in "huge, familiar institutions," he told a small audience in Upper Salomon Monday night, in the fifth of a series of Herald's sponsored lectures..."

UMass undergrad RAs close to union contract 

Hampshire Gazette: "Undergraduate resident assistants have reached a tentative agreement with the University of Massachusetts on their first union contract, which will give them a 31 percent pay increase over the next two years.

Wages would rise from $50.29 a week for 20 hours of work to $61.76 a week retroactive to July 1.

UMass resident assistants formed the first undergraduate union in the country in 2001..."

Graphic novelist Will Eisner @ UMass Amherst Dec 13 

Press release, over at comicbookresources.com:

"Will Eisner, the father of the graphic novel and world-renowned comic book artist, will give a talk at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003. Twenty-five years ago, Eisner created "A Contract with God," the first graphic novel. He will talk about the origin of the graphic novel and his over 65-year career in comics.

The talk will be at 1 PM in Mahar Auditorium on the UMass Amherst campus. Mahar is on University Avenue, just north of the Isenberg School of Management (http://www.umass.edu/umhome/maps/index.html). The talk is free and open to the public.

Eisner is the author of over fifteen graphic novels, including "To the Heart of the Storm," "The Dreamer," and "Fagin the Jew," published by Doubleday in September 2003 and recently nominated for an American Library Association award. Eisner's career spans the entire history of comic books, from the 1930s to today. He was awarded the National Foundation for Jewish Culture's Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts in 2002. Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" (2000), pays fictional homage to Eisner's most famous comic book creation, The Spirit.

On Friday afternoon, December 12, Eisner will give a seminar for UMass and the area's "5 College" students, with time and location to be announced. For more information, contact nccouch@complit.umass.edu.

The events are sponsored by the Departments of Comparative Literature and Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst...."


New UMass President By Spring 2004 

State House News Service's Amy Lambiaso is reporting that UMass will be naming its next president sometime next spring, near February or March.

A meeting, closed to the public, was held this morning at 8am at the Omni Parker House.

"Committee members briefed reporters shortly before the closed morning session began, a meeting co-chairman Dennis Austin called the beginning of a 'new phase' of the already four-month long search process," writes State House News. "Austin said he anticipates having the 'very large' field of candidates narrowed to between 10 and 12 by mid-January, when the extensive interview process will begin..."

MORE: "Wednesday’s meeting was to discuss specifically individual candidates and begin narrowing the field, Austin said. The names of all candidates will be kept confidential until a new president has been chosen, he said."

Jack Wilson, former UMass vice president for academic affairs and CEO of UMassOnline, is currently serving as interim president.

RELATED: Wilson, who is coming to the UMass Boston campus this Friday, is seeking an 8% budget hike from the state legislature:

"Jack M. Wilson, president of the University of Massachusetts, is asking for money in the next fiscal budget to cover employee pay raises on an annual basis, but is not seeking funding for any new programs.

Wilson submitted a $382.5 million budget request to Gov. Mitt Romney today, a nearly $30 million or 8 percent increase over the current budget. The new fiscal year begins July 1, 2004..."

The search for a new president for MIT:

"Among the obvious requirements for next president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are a towering intellect, prodigious fund-raising abilities and charm..."

EVEN MORE: Kevin Rothstein reports for the Herald.

Cheryl Wilson for the Hampshire Gazette.

DFP: Piracy persists despite lawsuits 

Daily Free Press: "When it comes to stopping pirates, lawsuits are proving not nearly as effective as an old-fashioned noose.

Although the Recording Industry Association of America filed suits against more than 200 illegal file sharers in September, several Boston University students said the effects are not as great as the RIAA and Information Technology directors claim..."

SEE ALSO: BU administrators respond to student complaints: "While vegan food, cell phone towers on Danielsen Hall and mold at 575 Commonwealth Ave. have pestered some students this year, administrators have responded to the complaints..."

Legislation to stabilize college prices introduced 

"To help control the rising cost of college tuition, lawmakers on Capitol Hill introduced new legislation to stablize prices throughout a students' four or five year college career," writes Northeastern News' Michael Naughton. "The bill, entitled the College Affordability and Accountability Act, was unveiled by the Democratic staff members of the House Education and Workforce Committee on Nov. 18..."

This the paper's last issue of the semester. The Northeastern News will return January 14.

Quinn Bill Programs Under Review, Report To Be Released Tomorrow 

Fourteen out of forty-six Quinn bill programs in Massachusetts colleges and universites are prepared to meet new criteria taking effect Jan. 1, 2004, reports the State House News Service.

A review was performed by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education on the Quinn bill programs, which are college programs that "provide pay raises to police officers who earn criminal justice degrees."

According to the State House News Service, among those that are meeting the criteria are: Northeastern University (BS and MS), UMass-Boston (BA), UMass-Lowell (BS and MA), and Massachusetts Bay Community College (AS).

Boston University is one of the institutions which withdrew from the review process, and cannot be approved for 2004.

The Board of Higher Education will release the full report tomorrow at Bunker Hill Community College.

Mass Collegian on the silencing of Salem High students 

The Massachusetts Daily Collegian has an editorial today on Salem High's principal stopping the presses of the school's newspaper. The Collegian extends its services to the disenfranchised students:

"However, if the students of Salem High School find that "Witches Brew" still refuses to allow free speech, we extend the invitation that they can certainly find it here, on the pages of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian. If they would like the chance to have their opinion on the subject heard, in an unrestricted arena, we would be more than happy to provide them with the right that their own paper would not. Even if they choose not to accept the invitation, we wish these students luck in their battle against the oppressive force that is their school administration..."

On The Media: Conservative Campus Newspapers Continuing to Crop Up 

On the Media's Sarah Lemanczyk reports on conservative campus newspapers and the Leadership Institute, which has helped to start over eighty of those papers.

Chris Pryor, Editor-in-Chief of The Fountainhead, an LI-supported paper at the University of Oklahoma, talks about his first meeting as a freshman at the Fountainhead: "They had us go around the room and introduce each other and ask what, what books we would like to see burned. And yeah -- that, that seems real, and it is real -- but that's just kind of the introduction I got to these guys. They were way out there, and they were certainly blood and guts conservatives which is something you don't see very often on campus."

Allison Kasic, the editor of The Counterweight from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania is also interviewed.

[by way of romenesko]

Roundup: Superstitious Students Study For Finals, Clark @ Harvard 

Blogger was coughing and wheezing earlier. News of the day compiled into one post:

"Students Look to Superstition for Edge on Finals," reports the Daily Californian.

Questions arise on campus paper's coverage of an assault case: "After Justin Wynter's assault case was dismissed last Tuesday, students across Penn's campus are questioning the actions of both the University Police and The Daily Pennsylvanian," the University of Pennsylvania's paper writes.

Democratic presidential candidate and retired U.S. general Wesley Clark defended his military record Monday night at Harvard, on a special edition of Harball with Chris Matthews, reports the Crimson. This the last of the debates.

See a profile of Matthews, too.

The Daily Free Press was there to cover it, as well.

A Crimson editorial on high cost of higher education: "If these costs don’t dissuade many students from attending post-secondary schools, they often burden students and their families with immeasurable debt. Study after study affirms the financial and occupational benefits of a bachelor’s degree—those with college degrees make considerably more money and are afforded job opportunities unavailable to those without a college education."

The New Hampshire reports that more students were able to score tickets to the "Durham Dust-Up," as The Note called the Democratic presidential candidate debate. Some students had obtained tickets earlier, but not without some trouble.

The University of Southern Mississippi's touting of high enrollment numbers may have been premature, reports the Student Printz.

The Printz has an editorial.

At the University of California-Berkeley, "Graduate Assembly officials unanimously approved a possible lawsuit against the university Thursday night if negotiations over a ban on spending student government funds for political campaigns break down." From the Daily Cali.

The Daily Free Press covers the gay marriage debate.

The confessions of an AOL Instant Messenger addict. From the Notre Dame Observer.

A Michigan Daily editorial on their state legislature's resolution last week on oversight for class offerings. From Critical Mass.


Penn State College Repubs split, student groups respond to press conference 

Student groups react to a press conference held by Penn State College Republican leader Brian Battaglia, which was held because of pictures posted on his website.

"The press conference held yesterday allowed student leaders to respond to pictures posted on College Republican chair Brian Battaglia's Web site, but it also led to responses from other students involved in organizations," reports the Penn State's Daily Collegian.

And some are forming their own Republican student group:

"Several students began forming a new Republican student group after they became disconcerted with the College Republicans in light of recent events," writes the Collegian in another story. "Controversial pictures posted on the Web site of College Republican chair Brian Battaglia have led Bryan McKinney (senior-health policy administration) and Nomi Deutch (junior-political science) to form the Penn State Young Republicans..."

Battaglia apologized at the press conference.

The Collegian has an editorial condemning the actions.

Students respond in the letters to the editor page.

the long terrible week of finals 

Sporadic blogging this week.

Until things get back to normal, tide yourself over with a Harvard blog.

Nor'easter pummels Boston, reports the Daily Free Press.

Daily Collegian: "A Republican group at the University of Massachusetts has chosen not respond to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's decision on same-sex marriage, even as another campus group organizes students to support the ruling..."

And the gay marriage debate at Boston College. And on the fight over the lease and restrictions on The Heights, alums and others wrote in, mostly in protest of the administration's action.

One notably interesting letter:

For the second time in as many months, the student newspaper at a university in the Boston area is in jeopardy of losing its independence. As a member of the editorial board of the Justice, the independent student newspaper at Brandeis, I experienced first hand the madness of last month.

Following the printing of the now-infamous "Tigger remark," senior members of Brandeis Administration pressured our editor-in-chief to resign under the threat of halting production of the newspaper. Although he resigned for the survival of the Justice and we ultimately conceded to all demands, our editorial board felt our independence mocked and our paper denigrated.

Now it appears that the BC Administration is asking the Heights to adhere to new standards, many of which undermine the independence of your newspaper. There is an extensive list of reasons why each Administration demand should be refused. Content restrictions undercut journalistic freedom, a faculty advisory board inextricably ties the paper to the university and lowering ad rates limit revenue.

Editor-in-Chief Nancy Reardon and your editorial board are wise to persevere for journalistic independence in the face of university pressure. The Justice was damaged, but we ultimately remained independent. I urge you to continue in this unwarranted battle to uphold your independence and not allow administration intervention to become precedent at Bostonian colleges.

Benjamin Freed
Copy Editor, the Justice
Brandeis University '06
MIT's The Tech reports on their president stepping down. A search for a president for MIT will join searches for presidents for the Berklee College of Music, and Wheaton College, among others, including a president for UMass.

A scathing letter from a group of gay and lesbian alums denounces University President Lawrence H. Summers for refusing to challenge the government over campus military recruiting requirements and accuses him of seeming “uncaring” about the military’s discrimination against homosexuals, reports the Crimson.


DFP: Silber still in office 

"Despite leaving Boston University’s chancellorship and Board of Trustees, President emeritus John Silber still uses the chancellor’s office on the ninth floor of 1 Sherborn St.

'John Silber is still in his office,' BU spokesman Colin Riley said. 'This isn’t a political office — it’s not like the governor who has to clear out of his office when a new governor is sworn in...'

SEE ALSO: A former assistant editor to the Heights, now at BU, comments on the situation between the BC administration and the Heights: "Boston College has repeatedly tried to censor The Heights and, in the past, has used the lease re-negotiation process as a way to force its morality down the throat of another corporation."

Odds and Ends: Democrats To Face Off @ UNH Tuesday 

The New Hampshire, at its new web address, has this: "History will be made next Tuesday night when Democratic candidates arrive at the Johnson Theatre to participate in a nationally broadcast debate..."

Students are shut out by the limited availability of tickets.

And a university employee is more than annoyed that "parking will be commandeered to accommodate this 'media extravaganza.'"

The Boston College Heights, currently engaged in a bitter public battle with campus administration over the paper's autonomy, has this online exclusive: "Following an announcement by the Archdiocese of Boston that the Church plans to sell 27 acres of property across the street from Boston College, the University says that it is 'interested' in discussing purchasing the land for campus expansion..."

Bizzare: Bridgewater State College student writes into the campus paper The Comment about a bill she received over the weekend for "Dorm Damage."

The bill was for nine cents: "They billed the 300 people in my dorm nine cents apiece. That's super and all, but if everyone in my building got charged nine cents that's a $27 charge. Too bad the postage alone must have been at least $87. Not to mention the cost for paper and the envelopes, the ink wasted on printing the bills, the salary of poor person who had to stuff the 300 envelopes, and the fact that I got another bill the same day in a completely different envelope with the nine cent charge tacked on to it. I sure am glad that BSC overpaid the bill by a ridiculous amount just to prove a point..."

Amherst SGA opposes $10 million veto for UMass.

"Raises puzzle UMass, Romney vague on future contract hikes," writes the Hampshire Gazette.

December 3rd Lowell Sun article on "UMass Lowell rooting for override of Romney's veto of its $1.5M."

Controversial Speaker Criticizes, Accuses Campus Paper of Bias 

Weeks after a controversial lecture given at Brandeis University (already wracked by controversies over the past semester), Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes was at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, continuing to make headlines.

"After ending his formal speech, Pipes criticized The Daily Illini for printing opinion columns and editorials coming out against his views.

'No student newspaper has treated me in such a biased and one-sided fashion as the DI,' Pipes said..."

Students protest.

A letter-writer agrees with Pipes on the bias, calling it an "orgy of hate."

The campus is smoking the wrong Pipe, writes columnist Mariam Sobh. "The issue becomes one about 'freedom of speech.' I agree, that's fine; people can come and say whatever hateful things they want, but when it's done in such a sneaky way, I start to question things. SORF, which gets its money from student fees, decided it was OK to pay for this man because of free speech issues, yet their decision means that they will be giving him money from each and every one of us. This to me is a slap in the face."

Daily Bruin: 'Visionary' Remembered 

Daily Bruin's Kelly Rayburn has Clark Kerr as "A Visionary Remembered."

He passed away earlier this week, at 92.

"Kerr’s Master Plan shaped modern UC, CSU systems," reports the Bruins' Adam Foxman.

Bruin editorial here.

Another blackface incident 

This time at Penn State:

"A black student organization at Penn State called on the chairman of the university's College Republicans to resign over photos on his 0personal Web site of a white man in blackface and another photo with a Ku Klux Klan reference," reports Newsday.

The pictures have been taken down, and a press release has been put in their stead.

The campus recently had a "Conservative Coming Out Day," and there was a column in today's Daily Collegian that says, "Liberals' hold over college campuses is diminishing."

RELATED: Diamondback columnist Tim Donnelly writes about the "cute GOP."

[via eschaton]

Here's one class next semester... 

... that I'm looking forward to:

COMSTU 485 B Special Topics: News Media and Political Power

This course tracks the journalist's influence on the politicians ability to gather and exercise power, from Weimar Germany to the 2004 presidential election. Students will observe how agenda-setting swtiches back and forth between officials and journalists, and will analyze the circumstances under which independent watchdog journalism can work. Comparative case studies will examine Weimar Germany, Watergate, and U.S. policy-making during the Vietnam and Iraq (2003) wars. Students will also study the Monica Lewinsky-Bill Clinton scandal and a Montana newspaper's successful campaign against hate crime in the 1990's. The latter part of the course will follow how 24-hour cable television news, the Internet, political advertising, and talk show culture are influencing America's 2004 presidential campaign. Course resources will be drawn from readings (e.g. Thomas Patterson, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, David Halberstam, Marvin Kalb, Paul Bookbinder, Facing History and Ourselves), film ("Not in Our Town"), and other sources...

Tues. 6:00-8:30pm
Taught by Ellen Hume, who has served as Executive Director at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, White House correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, and a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the Detroit Free Press.

If you go to UMass Boston, you can register right here.

Essays for the Duke 

A Northeastern student was working on an essay:

"It is now 2:07am. I've been working on a big paper for Professor Michael Dukakis. And I closed Netscape, in an effort to get my glazed-over mind back on my work. And Microsoft Bleeping Word crashed. I was on page 15.

Fortunately, I save my work every 12 seconds: Bill Gates has trained me well..."

I'm with you on that, Salim.

[via bostoncommon]


Cavalier Columnist: Reaction to racial epithet @ University of Virginia 'McCarthyism' 

Daily Cavalier columnist Eric Wang writes: "Recently, a frightening epidemic of McCarthyism infected our very own Medical Center. The newest strain, which replaces 'racists' for 'Communists,' hit the University in full force two weeks ago, when a mindless mob set out to crucify Myra Larkin on a cross of political correctness. And just as infectious outbreaks make no distinctions in whom they strike, the scariest part is that if it could happen to Ms. Larkin, it could happen to you..."

A Reston, VA resident writes in about the newspaper using the n-word: "The article notes that an employee may be forced to take sensitivity training for using the term, despite the fact that it was used in the context of making a point about racist terms. I can only hope The Cavalier Daily will be held to the same standard, and the author of the article will be sentenced to a consciousness-raising regimen for such an ill-advised choice of words..."

A student wrote in on Monday (third item down), saying, "I say 'faggot' all the time, and I'm gay. For the sake of the fact that no one cares anymore, can we just move on with our lives?"

David Bernstein of Volokh comments on a previous letter.

Mass Media: MCAD To Investigate Claims of Homophobia, Discrimination 

New issue up early.

Top Story: "The Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination has launched an investigation on a grievance filed by William H. Percy, senior professor of History at UMass Boston..."

My interview with the vice chancellor of administration and finance, who is taking early retirement after four years at the university. An aide of former UMass president William Bulger, he previously spent fourteen years on the state Senate's Ways and Means Committee, when Bulger was the Massachusetts Senate's president.

In the interview, he comments on the recent report on state spending on prisons exceeding higher ed spending, and the budget situation.

UMass Boston Campus Shutdown Proposal Killed.

News Briefs: UMass Interim President Jack Wilson will be coming to the Boston campus December 12th, to meet with administration, students, and faculty, as well as tour the new Campus Center. Campus press availability is still being negotiated.

Also, The Mass Media is now "award-winning." We received a U-Wire Savvy for our website. Yes, yes, I know. Extremely odd and bewildering, to say the least.

The newspaper comes out in favor of gay marriage and the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling.

Someone takes issue with last issue's editorial on part-time faculty members.

For those picking up the print edition, for the third issue in a row, the printer messed up on the apostrophes. Isn't that just great.

DFP: Kerry @ BU in only Boston-area college appearance 

"Touching on everything from taxes to tuition, Pell Grants to public service and retirement to the Red Sox, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry spoke to about 600 people packed into part of the George Sherman Union’s Metcalf Hall on Tuesday afternoon..."

Daily Free Press columnist Amy Horowitz has more: "I asked Rahman [a Howard Dean supporter] why he was wearing a John Kerry sticker and was one in the group of students standing behind Kerry on stage. He said someone asked him to, adding he thought it was because he’s Indian and they wanted a diverse group behind Kerry: "They were trying to pick minorities or something.'"

DFP editorial on it: "600 people, many of them students, turned out for the speech — the turnout was better than expected, with little publicity and on the coldest day of the semester thus far..."

Back from a brief hiatus, Northeastern News also has something on the Kerry event.

RELATED: The Crimson has compiled all of the op-eds by Democratic candidates who've shown up for Hardball at Harvard.

SEE ALSO: Christopher Pizzo, editor-in-chief of The Observer, Boston College's conservative campus paper, criticizes the Heights editors in a letter to the DFP.

Staff writer Chris Gaylord tackles a meeting between the College of Communication's faculty and the provost over the future of the college's deanship.

"More than 100 disgruntled Boston University alumni have joined the Alternative Alumni Association to encourage discussion about former President-elect Daniel S. Goldin’s dismissal and other BU issues," writes Stefan Hasselblad.

Odds and Ends: Amtrak Sets Highs, Rebel Yell Turmoil, Alligator Lawsuit 

AP: Amtrak to post record Thanksgiving ridership numbers for 2003...

I was down by Back Bay this weekend to see a friend off to Philly, and saw a huge number of people, mostly college students. It was good we arrived early.

I took it back during spring break to go see her, and the ride was enjoyable and worth the price, for the most part. The views of Connecticut from the window made me want to move there.

The Crimson has a profile of the Hardball host Chris Matthews' executive producer: "Dennis J. Kucinich avoided him. John F. Kerry jabbed with him at a distance. But Phil Griffin, the executive producer of 'Hardball' and an MSNBC vice-president, steps into the ring five days a week with his notoriously pugnacious star, Chris Matthews..."

Rebel Yell short note on the firing of their editor-in-chief two weeks earlier.

Someone writes into the Florida Alligator's letters pages to defend the Alligator's pursuit to print Dale Earnhardt's autopsy photos.

The Crimson editorializes against the ousting of musicians from the T subway.

And the Crimson's conservative columnist argues that Walter Duranty's 1942 Pulitzer should be revoked.

The Great Idea Dorm: At the University of Maryland, the university is looking for the next creator of Napster, Dell, Google, encouraging them through a special program.


Tufts Daily:UCLA Study Shows Religion On The Rise Amongst Students 

Tufts Daily: "Students at Tufts and other universities are breaking the stereotype of the secular college student.

A recent study conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute of the University of California at Los Angeles indicated that 77 percent of students surveyed said that they pray, while 73 percent say that a religious tradition helped to shape their identity.

Recent trends at Tufts point to similar conclusions..."

SEE ALSO: Tufts students and faculty respond to gay marriage ruling.

Times article misleading, Brown U. financial aid directors say 

From the Brown Daily Herald: "Private universities with the wealthiest student bases receive a larger share of government funding for financial aid, the New York Times recently reported.

But the numbers don't tell the whole story, according to financial aid directors at local colleges..."

The November 9 article is here.

(r.r.; username: cpnblog, password: cpnblog)

MORE: "According to the article, Brown received an average of $169.23 per student who applied for financial aid in order to run its Perkins loan program in the 2000−2001 academic year, whereas Stanford University received $211.80 and the median college received only $14.38.

D'Arcy questioned the accuracy of the Times' analysis of federal aid data that produced the article's statistics.

'I really struggled on how they came up with these dollar amounts,' he said..."

Sportswriting class to look at Kobe case coverage 

From Romenesko:

Washington Post sports columnist (and former assistant managing editor/sports) George Solomon (left) is teaching the University of Maryland's first sportswriting class. In JOUR328B, students create mock sports sections, go to games, and ask questions of celebrity guest speakers, including Ben Bradlee and Michael Wilbon. "It's just been incredible meeting a lot of people I look up to," says senior journalism major Ryan Allen. THE BIG PROJECT: Solomon's students will do a case study on the media's handling of the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case.
Link to the Diamondback article here.

Crimson: Dean Defends Vietnam Deferment 

Crimson writer Jessica Rubin-Wills had this: "Howard Dean kept his cool last night during his hour in Chris Matthews’s hotseat even as he admitted during a furious round of questioning that he had hoped to receive a deferment from serving in Vietnam when he presented a draft board with evidence of a medical problem..."

Down by the seventh graf: "...Dean drew the strongest interest of the six candidates who have visited Harvard so far, with 1,819 people entering a lottery to watch the broadcast live at Forum..."

Aaron Kellogg was there to cover it for the Daily Free Press: "Dean: gay marriage state issue."

ABCNews Political Unit's The Note, while noting that Dean is again dominating the news cycle, also pointed us to a Yale Daily News peice, titled "Why Dean Can't Win In '04 Election," reflecting the sentiments of some Democrats:

"Dean has run a fantastic campaign by tapping into a very real anger that exists among many Democrats, including this one. I believe Dean when he says he wants to be the candidate for everybody, even guys with Confederate flags on the backs of their pickup trucks. Unfortunately, the reality is that Dean can only be the candidate for people with Darwin fishes on the backs of their Volvos and rainbow decals on the backs of their Jettas. He's not a bad guy, but if he's our standard bearer, Democrats are in deep poop..."
UPDATE: The Yale Daily News put this correction online: "Yesterday's column 'Why Dean can't win in '04 election' failed to include that the author is the Yale College Democrats' Kerry Coalition Head."

DFP: BC, Observer slam Heights editors 

The Daily Free Press' Kate Davidson reports: "A Boston College spokesman and an editor of The Observer, the school’s conservative student newspaper, lambasted editors of The Heights Monday for publicizing ongoing negotiations with BC administrators to renew the paper’s lease of on-campus office space...

...BC spokesman Jack Dunn, in a phone interview Monday, accused Heights Editor-in-Chief Nancy Reardon, a BC senior, of 'going to the press and claiming victimization and shrouding the issue in a First Amendment fight that has no basis in truth...'"

SEE ALSO: BU Future, the website started during the Goldin debacle, has changed its name to BU Watch: "The website located at bufuture.net first attracted attention with a petition drive from Oct. 28 to 30, but it will now be called BU Watch and focus on disseminating information about the university, site administrators said. The new site will also give members of the university community a place to post their thoughts regarding the current happenings and the next presidential search..."

UT Issues Committee Controversy continues: UT Repubs claim admin mislead press 

University of Tennessee blogger Adam Groves continues to be at the forefront of covering the developing controversy over accusations by a campus columnist of liberal bias against a student organization, and the result of one of its members sending an e-mail laced with a racial slur and death threats against the columnist.

Campus administration has been slow to respond, and the UT College Republicans claim that the administration has lied to the press in order to facilitate a cover-up.

Groves reports some divisiveness amongst the ranks of the College Republicans: "However, not all College Republicans are particularly thrilled about indicting the Deans, I have learned. I to like the criticizing CRs want to know why they feel the need to go after the Deans when it was the Issues Committee [the student organization] that had the blame squarely placed on them. Other than J.J. Brown's obvious attempts to silence free speech and petition that should not go unnoticed, the Deans have had a great desire, from my impression of clearing this matter up by reexamining the struture of the Issues Committee, the critical issue that brought this matter to the forefront..."

Groves also reported that the UT College Republicans will be meeting with a state representative next week, but will have met with the embattled student organization tonight.


Former UC President Clark Kerr dead at 92 

The Daily Californian's Emma Schwartz and Kim-Mai Cutler team up to write this lead: "Former UC President Clark Kerr, an unparalleled visionary in 20th century U.S. higher education who expanded the reach of California’s public university system, died in his El Cerrito home yesterday. He was 92..."

The campus and nation mourns.

"Comments on Clark Kerr from those who knew him."

The Daily Cali ed board comments on his legacy.

The Daily Bruin has an online exclusive.

Thanks to Steve Silver for the initial heads up.

Boston.com carries the LATIMES story.

SEE ALSO: "As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares to deliver his budget to the state Legislature next month, the heads of UC, California State University and the state community colleges met at a town hall meeting on the UCLA campus to speak out against making further cuts to their institutions..."

US Supreme Court Rejects Alligator Appeal for Autopsy Photos 

Independent Florida Alligator: "The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from the Independent Florida Alligator for access to race-car driver Dale Earnhardt's autopsy photos, ending the paper's two-year legal battle..."

What looks to be a signed editorial by the staff on the decision.

The Alligator's mailbag is full of letters to the editor.

MORE: Student Press Law Center press release.

[via romenesko]

Alleged racial epithet used by University of Virginia Medical Center employee 

University of Virginia's Cavalier Daily: "University President John T. Casteen, III issued a statement yesterday responding to allegations that a Medical Center employee used a racial epithet during a conversation at a recent staff meeting, calling the usage 'offensive' and 'insulting.'

Following reports of the alleged Nov. 10 comment, Medical Center CEO R. Edward Howell conducted interviews with the person's supervisor and the four other employees who were present during the remark to ensure a consistent interpretation of events, Casteen said..."

In the letters pages, a person takes issue with the word being used in the article.

[via volokh and instapundit]


Crimson: Top Court To Hear Student's Argument 

"A first-year Harvard Law School (HLS) student will head to Washington, D.C., today for the final phase of his lawsuit against the State of Washington: oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Joshua D. Davey sued his home state in 2000 after his state-awarded scholarship was revoked upon his decision to study theology from a religious perspective..."

SEE ALSO: The Crimson comes out in support of gay marriage.

Diebold Election Systems steps down from threats of suing students over internal memos being post on the internet.

"On the heels of two Faculty meetings in which professors have sparred with University President Lawrence H. Summers over his plans for the University’s land in Allston, the Faculty Council last week discussed ways to give professors more say in planning the new campus.

Lawsuits Against Campus Speech Codes Catching FIRE 

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is doing a little bit of memetic engineering, according to Critical Mass' Erin O'Connor.

"In the past year, FIRE coordinated a series of lawsuits against public colleges and universities that use speech codes to deny students the First Amendment rights to which they are entitled by law," she writes. "The idea seems to be catching on: following the example of students at Citrus College, Shippensburg University, and Texas Tech, a student at Southwest Missouri State University is suing the school for placing unconstitutional restrictions on campus speech..."

DFP: Boston College Admin Pressures Heights 

Daily Free Press: "Editors at The Heights, the independent student newspaper at Boston College, expect administrators could respond as early as tomorrow to a letter from the paper’s Editorial Board, which addressed college officials’ efforts to impose restrictions on the paper as a condition for leasing office space from the school.

Administrators proposed 'a little more than a dozen changes' to an existing lease, to be renewed at the end of December, according to Heights Editor-in-Chief Nancy Reardon, who called the stipulations 'unprecedented' at BC. The changes would require the paper reject advertisements for alcohol, cigarettes or birth control, slash advertising rates for student groups, establish a code of ethics, appoint an ombudsman and install a faculty advisor and faculty oversight board..."

Here's an editorial on it, too.

SEE ALSO: "More than 35,000 students at public colleges and universities in Massachusetts may not be able to afford school next year because tuition and fees are rising faster than financial aid..." according to one report.

College of Communication faculty and Provost Dennis Berkey will meet Tuesday to discuss John Schulz’s future as COM dean.

In the letters pages, a student senator criticizes the Free Press's negative coverage.

UMass Amherst reacts to gay marriage ruling 

Daily Collegian: "UMass responded to inequities between same-sex domestic partners and heterosexual married couples by extending as many benefits as possible to gay and lesbian couples while remaining in accordance with state law...

Currently, domestic partners who register as such with the Dean of Students Office are eligible for family housing, tuition waivers, family sick leave, bereavement leave, family and medical leave, university child care, use of library facilities, athletic tickets and use of athletic facilities..."

SEE ALSO: The editorial board calls President George W. Bush's Iraq road trip political: "The simple fact is, the trip will prove to be a huge ratings boost for the President. With the 2004 election right around the corner, the timing of Bush's trip to Iraq makes the whole thing seem like one big public relations move..."

Dallas publisher says young people want their news bright and snappy 

NYTIMES: "In interviews this fall, Mr. Tanner asked several hundred young people in the Dallas area to describe their dream newspaper. Taken collectively, they imagined a publication with big, bright photographs and snappy articles that focused heavily on subjects like entertainment, all wrapped in a package so thin that it could be scanned in the time it took to ride an elevator. And because there was so much content available on the Internet, they told Mr. Tanner, they were not inclined to pay for such a publication..."

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RELATED: Howard Kurtz shows that CNN is drawing some younger viewers. "'Anderson Cooper 360' has averaged 474,000 viewers in recent weeks. That's down 28 percent from CNN programming a year ago and well behind the 1.3 million viewers for Fox News's Shepard Smith, though ahead of MSNBC's Chris Matthews. But CNN executives point to a 15 percent rise in the coveted 18-to-49 age group..."

"Little wonder, then, that CNN picked Cooper to moderate last month's 'Rock the Vote' presidential debate, which he began by playing back many of the candidates' sound bites to try to deter them from canned rhetoric. 'I was really pleased with it,' he says of the debate, while conceding it was 'unfortunate' that a CNN producer planted the much-ridiculed 'Macs or PCs?' question with a college student..."

SEE ALSO: Violence against world's journos largely hidden from U.S. public.

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