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October 31, 2007

Stadium cited for lack of friendliness to disabled football fans.

Education Department Accuses U. of Michigan of Broad Violations of Disabilities Law in Stadium Changes


The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor has repeatedly violated federal law by failing to retrofit its 107,000-seat football stadium with adequate wheelchair access during multiple renovations, the Education Department said in harshly worded report released last week.

The 42-page letter calls on the university to make extensive— and costly— changes in the stadium or risk losing tens of millions of dollars in federal financial aid and grants awarded to students and faculty members every year.
From the Chronicle of Higher Education

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Wittenburg U. not soft on soft prjectiles

Shooters sniping students with soft projectiles are sought by Wittenburg's public safety force.From the Springfiled News-Sun

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Iowa campus cops get guns

Story from the Des Moines Register

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An IRB Conference Invitation

Learn new tricks and
savor some educational treats!
Join 2,500 of your colleagues December 2-4 at the Sheraton
Boston Hotel and Hynes Convention Center for the 2007
Annual HRPP Conference. We have a lot of treats in store -
with over 250 faculty members presenting the latest
information in almost 200 sessions. Topics include
regulatory updates, accreditation, stem cell research,
international research, IRB/investigator relationships,
tissue and data repositories, conflicts of interest, legal
issues for IRBs, and more! Learn more
[http://www.primr.org/Conferences.aspx?id=540] !


On December 1, PRIM&R will offer nine Pre-Conference
Programs geared toward IRB/HRPP professionals,
institutional officials, non-affiliated IRB members, and
those working with Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight
Committees (ESCROs). These sessions will allow for
skill-building and networking, information-sharing and
problem solving. You can register for one of these courses
without attending the full Conference; however, the total
immersion experience is recommended for those looking to
improve their institution's HRPP.

Consider attending one of the following programs:

Learn More!

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For more information on all of PRIM&R's Pre-Conference
Programs, please visit our e-mail PRIM&R
[[email protected]?subject=Pre-Conference Program Inquiry]

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A Confab on Knowledge, Culture and Organizational Change

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee, we would like to inform you of the:

ORGANISATIONS, Cambridge University, United Kingdom, 5-8 August 2008

The primary interest of the Management Conference is knowledge-based social and
economic change. Driven by globalisation and advances in information and
communications technologies, this change has been characterised in terms of emerging
information/knowledge societies and a global knowledge-based economy.

As well as impressive line-up of international main speakers, the Conference will
also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners,
teachers and researchers. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the
Conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for
publication in the fully refereed International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and
Change in Organisations. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person,
virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for
refereeing and possible publication in this fully refereed academic Journal, as well
as access to the electronic version of the Journal.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract)
is 8 November 2007. Proposals are reviewed within four weeks of submission. Full
details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, are to be
found at the Conference website - http://www.ManagementConference.com

We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you will be able to join us in
Cambridge in August 2008.

Yours Sincerely,

Martyn Laycock
The University of Greenwich, London and Managing Transitions
For the Advisory Board, International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in

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ALF just one of many types of terrorism we face

Tuning in to Terrorism
Jim Castagnera
(Attoreny at Large, May 2007)

I’m a coward. And I’m not afraid to admit it. In Catholic grade school I was one of the weenies the class bully picked on. My high school letter is in “newspaper.” You jocks out there didn’t know a guy could letter in something as wimpy as that, did you? When my 2-S (college-student) deferment ran out, I enlisted in the Coast Guard, correctly concluding I’d never come closer to Southeast Asia than Hawaii. In the event, I never got any farther west than Duluth, Minnesota, while some classmates sweated out their tours as grunts in Vietnam.
All of the above is in the interest of full disclosure. So when I tell you that later this month I’m off to Israel on an Academic Fellowship on Terrorism, you’ll know that I’ll be looking over my shoulder the whole time. Some 45 faculty from universities across the country were picked for this fifth-annual fellowship by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies [www.defenddemocracy.com]. FDD was founded by Steve Forbes, Jack Kemp, Jeane Kirkpatrick and other, mostly conservative, philanthropists and politicians, shortly after Nine/Eleven to help support democracies and confront terrorists around the world.
My own interest in terrorism predates September 11, 2001, by a couple of decades. In 1968, when my 2-S deferment was still solid, Paramount Pictures came to my hometown of Jim Thorpe to film “The Molly Maguires,” starring Sean Connery and Richard Harris. With many other locals, I briefly worked on the film’s set. Ten years later, I devoted the central chapter of my doctoral dissertation to a discussion of whether the Mollies really were a 19th century Irish terrorist organization in the Pennsylvania anthracite fields. Or were they neophyte labor organizers, branded “terrorists” in order to hang them and ‘bust’ their union?
Whatever the answer to that question (still controversial), the U.S. is no stranger to terrorism. An anarchist killed President McKinley shortly after he was elected at the turn of the last century, ironically enabling his vice president, Theodore Roosevelt, to become one of our great national chief executives. During the Roaring Twenties, Sacco and Vanzetti were executed as much because they were Italian immigrant-anarchists as because they may have committed an armed robbery and murder. A bomb set off on Wall Street by a fellow anarchist sealed their fate, even though the evidence of their involvement in a payroll heist left lots of reasonable doubts.
The Sixties were a decade of domestic terror, carried out in the context of the unpopular war I joined the Coast Guard to avoid. The assassinations of John, Bobby and Martin; the bombings, arsons, and violent marches orchestrated by the Yippies, Weathermen, and Students for a Democratic Society; and the war between the Black Panthers and the nation’s police all contributed to the atmosphere of terror. Why some Baby Boomers of my generation now romanticize and even glorify the Sixties is a mystery to me. To quote from novelist-newspaperman Philip Caputo’s recent reminiscence on the 1970 Kent State shootings, which were precipitated in part by the fire bombing of KSU’s ROTC barracks, “It was a dreadful time.”
The Nineties were no pastoral period in the U.S. either. The first Islamic terrorist attack on the World Trade Center early in the decade prefigured the horror in store for us in the first year of the new millennium. So did the Oklahoma City bombing at mid-decade.
Like most Americans, I’ve tried to keep my head down and myself out of trouble across the six decades of Cold War, hot war, civil unrest, and terrorism that have disturbed the peace during my life. Consequently, friends and colleagues have wondered why apply for a fellowship on terrorism that will take me to the roiling Middle East to study the topic on its home turf.
Maybe it’s because Nine/Eleven seems somehow different from all the other acts of terror I’ve recounted in this column. From the Mollies to Sacco and Vanzetti, down to Lee Oswald and Tim McVeigh, my studies of terrorism in America never led me to conclude that the Republic was in mortal danger from these wild-eyed radicals.
In 2007, when radical Islam is locked in mortal combat with Western democracy, and the potential weapons could include biological plagues and dirty nukes, this old coward isn’t so sanguine about our prospects. So, head down and eyes over my shoulder, I’m off to get better informed about what a “War on Terror” really means.

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October 30, 2007

No More Net Neutrality?

Next big thing: Molasses-slow university web sites?

Joe Dysart

Part 1 of a series

October 2007

Slower download times for university web sites edged a bit closer to reality recently when the U.S. Department of Justice recommended against the concept of “net neutrality,” or equal access for all on the internet.

Joe Dysart

The decision, which emerged as an advisory to the Federal Communications Commission, has huge implications for higher education, which in many ways relies on the internet as its lifeblood.From the Greentree Gazette

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Not exactly Santa's ALFs

A UCLA researcher who works with primates had his house vandalized by the Animal Liberation Front.From the Chronicle of Higher Ed

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International specialists: a call for papers

Call for Papers: IIENetworker Magazine

Spring 2008 Issue: "International Student Recruitment and Marketing"

IIENetworker, the international education magazine of the Institute of
International Education (IIE), invites submissions for publication in its
upcoming Spring 2008 issue. Published twice a year, IIENetworker is a
magazine for international education professionals and policymakers and
publishes pieces on all aspects of international education in the United
States and around the world.

The theme of the upcoming Spring 2008 issue of IIENetworker will be:
"International Student Recruitment and Marketing." The aim of the spring
issue is highlight strategies and best practices for international student
recruitment and marketing. Proposed article topics should include:
challenges and opportunities in recruiting international students (both at
the undergraduate and graduate level), best practices, case studies, return
on investment, success strategies for participating in recruitment fairs,
the role of campus leadership in recruiting, and the challenges of marketing
to students in a variety of world regions.

This issue will also look at strategies for marketing to and recruiting U.S.
students to non-U.S. institutions. We also wish to present the issues from a
global perspective and specifically encourage submissions from Africa, Asia,
Latin America, Europe and Oceania, as well as from North America.

Most articles in the magazine will be between 2 and 4 pages (between 1000
and 1500 words).

Please let us know by November 9, if you plan to submit an article.

The deadline for submission of completed articles is December 14, 2007.

If you are interested in submitting an article for the Spring 2008 issue of
IIENetworker, please address all inquiries to:

Shannon Bishop
Assistant Editor, IIENetworker Magazine
Institute of International Education
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +1.212.984.5370

For more information on IIENetworker, please visit:

The author will be notified as soon as a publication decision is made.


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October 29, 2007

Are more college students dying..

.. or are we just counting more closely?

1. Rowan Student murdered by townies.Courier post story
2. Rider student dies from heroin overdose.University Business article
3. Delware U. student dies from gun shot wounds.NJ Star-Ledger
4. Seven student burn in beachhouse blaze.Associated Press piece

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