University briefs

By Ariane Madden

Virginia university president reinstated after prior ousting
Teresa Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia, was given her job back last week after a brief ousting following “philosophical differences of opinion” with members of the board of visitors, the equivalent to SFU’s board of governors. Ms. Sullivan — also the school’s first female president — resigned unexpectedly last month, prompting protests from students, faculty, and staff calling for her restoration to the post. The board eventually heeded the protestors and voted unanimously in favour of rehiring Ms. Sullivan. The ousting and subsequent rehiring brought to light issues of transparency among university governance as well as ongoing internal struggles over rising tuition, falling government subsidies, and the transition to online education methods. Sullivan was respected as the university’s president, having served at the University of Michigan prior to taking the presidency at Virginia.

Sandusky taunted by Pink Floyd lyrics
Fellow inmates of convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky have admitted to taunting the former Pennsylvania State University football coach with lyrics from Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” while he awaited trial. The cellmates described having sung the lyrics “Hey teacher, leave those kids alone” in the dark to taunt Sandusky at night, as they were forbidden from speaking directly to the disgraced coach. Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 out of 48 charges of sexual assault and child abuse relating to numerous incidents involving young boys at the school and at Sandusky’s private home starting in the mid-1990s. Sentencing is expected to take place in September, where Sandusky could face up to 442 years in prison.

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