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Jenna Johnson

Questionable lesson plans
The American Civil Liberties Union has accused a Fresno City College instructor of presenting religious-based and anti-gay views as facts during an introductory health class, The Fresno Bee in California reports. Full-time instructor Bradley Lopez's lessons often contradicted the class textbook. One student, who filed a formal complaint, said Lopez assigned Bible study as homework, said homosexuals were "degrading society" and insisted that abortion, not cancer, was the leading cause of death. Other lessons, according to an ACLU attorney: homosexuality is a "biological misapplication of human sexuality" that can be treated with counseling or hormone supplements, and "the real global warming we should be worried about" is the world ending in flames.

Hilarious scholarship
Juniors at Marquette University in Milwaukee have until Feb. 12 to apply for the $1,500 Chris Farley Scholarship, which is awarded to a student who has "demonstrated use of creativity and humor in a positive manner."

Campus wildlife
Three coyotes were spotted roaming Columbia University's campus. Apparently, they checked out Lewisohn Hall and the Schapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research before leaving campus, the Columbia Daily Spectator reports.

Green Tour
This spring Grammy nominee Drake will start a 25-city concert tour that will focus on encouraging eco-friendly policies. He plans to stop at 15 colleges, including Towson, Penn State, Michigan State and the University of Central Florida, MTV reports.

Six Rutgers University sorority sisters have pleaded not guilty to charges of hazing.

Tight budgets, angry students
Students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Nevada State College plan to walk out of class today and rally on campus to protest potential budget cuts. Nevada is short $870 million and could make cuts to higher education, such as closing entire colleges, eliminating majors or firing tenured faculty members, The Nevada Sagebrush reports. At the University of Nevada, Reno, the student newspaper editorial board argues these walk-outs are ineffective and that it would be better for students to write letters, schedule meetings with lawmakers or attend a rally that doesn't require skipping class.

Dartmouth College plans to lessen its $100 million budget shortfall by laying off 38 employees and eliminating full student grants for families with incomes over $75,000, The Dartmouth reports.

Name change
Otterbein College in Ohio is changing its name to Otterbein University, which university trustees think better represents the school's present and future, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

Left-coast happenings
Twelve people were arrested last night at UC Irvine for interrupting a speech about U.S.-Israel relations by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren. The ambassador was interrupted 10 times during the speech, often by the same young man who would yell at him every few minutes, and tried taking a 20-minute break. After the 10th interruption, dozens of students marched out and protested outside the building, The Orange County Register reports.

UC Davis' decision to get rid of women's wrestling in 2000 was symptomatic of the university's overall poor attempt to provide equal opportunities for women in varsity sports, a federal appellate court ruled this week, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Graduation countdown begins
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter will give the keynote address at Harvard's commencement in May, The Harvard Crimson reports.

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By Jenna Johnson  |  February 9, 2010; 9:57 AM ET
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags: Columbia, Dartmouth, Fresno City College, Harvard, Marquette, Michigan State University, Penn State, Rutgers, Towson, UC Davis, UC Irvin, University of Central Florida, University of Nevada  
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