Quick Takes | Higher education round-up: Nov. 9


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Fairfield University

President houses displaced students

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Fairfield University President Jeffrey von Arx is hosting four students whose home suffered the effects of the high winds and rain brought on by the storm.

About 350 Fairfield students have been displaced by the storm, and more than 230 have asked the university for temporary housing, according to a story in Greenwich Time.

Before von Arx came to Fairfield, he spent more than two decades living among students at Georgetown and Fordham universities.

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Harvard University

Profs praise Warren’s victory

In the days after Harvard Law School professor Elizabeth Warren beat out incumbent Scott Brown for a Massachusetts Senate seat, many of Warren’s colleagues have spoken out favorably about her victory.

Warren, who also taught previously at Penn’s School of Law, has the ability to become “a history-making future leader of the nation in the grand progressive tradition,” Harvard professor Laurence Tribe told The Crimson.

Harvard professors donated more than $220,000 to Warren’s campaign. Her Senate race against Brown was one of the most closely watched in the nation.

Princeton University

Bicker process gets overhaul

For the first time since the 1980s, Princeton students looking to join an eating club will have the option to “bicker” more than one club at a time, The Daily Princetonian reported.

The school’s Interclub Council announced Wednesday night that five eating clubs will be participating in the revamped bicker process, which is essentially Penn’s equivalent to Greek rush or recruitment.

The new bicker process will still take place over the course of three days, and many are predicting that the overhaul will lead to an uptick in the amount of students who bicker each club.

University of Mississippi

Students protest Obama’s victory

A few hundred students at the University of Mississippi who were angry over the re-election of President Barack Obama staged a protest on campus late Tuesday night.

The Clarion-Ledger reported that the protest included the burning of a pro-Obama campaign poster and the shouting of racial epithets. The university’s Chancellor, Dan Jones, released a statement on the incident, calling the student protesters’ actions “immature and uncivil.”

Jones has ensured that the school’s administration will conduct a thorough investigation of the election night incident.

Yale University

Salovey named next president

Current Provost Peter Salovey will become Yale’s next president, The Yale Daily News reported Thursday.

Following a two-month search process that began after current Yale president Richard Levin announced his intention to step down, Salovey was unanimously appointed to the position at the Yale Corporation’s most recent meeting.

Salovey, who has served as Yale College dean, Graduate School dean and chair of the school’s psychology department, will work with Levin to transition into the presidency. He will take over at the helm of the University on June 30.

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