Beyond the Burg Blurbs: April 6

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April 6, 2010

5:08 AM

After being closed for two years and undergoing a five million dollar renovation, the University of Alabama’s Jones Archaeological Museum will reopen this spring. The museum, located in Moundville Archaeological Park, will display more than 200 artifacts of the Mississippian Native American cultures. While the university owns many of the artifacts, others, such as the Moundville Duck Bowl, are borrowed from the Smithsonian Institution.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Working Dog Center are working toward discovering the best way to select successful working dogs and make them healthier and more work-efficient. The center is studying dogs that use their sense of smell to detect explosives and illegal drugs and reveal diseases such as cancer and diabetes. The Penn Working Dog Center is modeled after the U.S. Army’s former Super Dog program.

American University’s student newspaper, The Eagle, issued an apology March 30 for a column that called date rape “an incoherent concept.” In the column, sophomore Alex Knepper suggested that any woman who attends a fraternity party, drinks, and ends up in a man’s room should not cry “date rape” the following morning. After the column was published online, students at AU organized a protest. The article has currently received more than 200 comments online.

The University of Kansas has commissioned an independent investigation of potential corruption within both the ticket office and the Williams Education Fund, which raised $15 million to pay for the scholarships and expenses of 500 athletes. The university sent an e-mail to thousands of donors to reassure them that their contributions had not been misappropriated. The e-mail also stated that payment for the investigation would not come from the fund.

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