Watching the Ivies: 2/23




YALE: New York Po­lice De­part­ment of­fi­cers have been mon­i­tor­ing Mus­lim stu­dents at Yale and at least a dozen other North­east­ern col­leges, in­clud­ing Co­lum­bia Uni­ver­sity and Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, though re­ports have failed to yield any sig­nif­i­cant in­for­ma­tion. Yale Pres­i­dent Richard Levin sent an email to the school as­sur­ing the com­mu­nity that the Yale Po­lice De­part­ment was not a part of the NYPD’s sur­veil­lance.

BROWN: Brown Med­ical School Pro­fes­sor Arnold-Pe­ter Weiss was ar­rested for pos­sess­ing a stolen coin from Italy val­ued at $50,000. The Tetradrachm is a 4th cen­tury B.C. coin that is prop­erty of the Ital­ian gov­ern­ment. Weiss has yet to be charged for ob­tain­ing and at­tempt­ing to sell the coin but has been re­lieved of his ad­min­is­tra­tive du­ties until the issue is re­solved.




CO­LUM­BIA: In 2003, Grut­ter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger held that cer­tain forms of af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion at uni­ver­si­ties are con­sti­tu­tional. This rul­ing may change soon since the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case con­cern­ing af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion in higher ed­u­ca­tion. Con­sid­er­ing the Court that de­clared af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion con­sti­tu­tional by a nar­row 5-4 rul­ing was fairly con­ser­v­a­tive, this will be an in­ter­est­ing case to fol­low with an even more con­ser­v­a­tive Court today, ac­cord­ing to Co­lum­bia Law School pro­fes­sor Theodore Shaw.

PRINCE­TON: This May, Prince­ton will in­au­gu­rate a new hos­pi­tal, which cost $447 mil­lion to build. Only 10 min­utes from the main cam­pus, the hos­pi­tal will be lo­cated on a health care cam­pus, which will also in­clude a pub­lic park, ed­u­ca­tion cen­ter, nurs­ing fa­cil­ity and new health and well­ness cen­ter, among other fa­cil­i­ties.




PENN: At 1 p.m. on March 1, stu­dents at Penn will walk out of their classes and other daily ac­tiv­i­ties in sup­port of na­tion­wide ed­u­ca­tion re­form. They will join stu­dents from other Philadel­phia schools, such as Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity and Drexel Uni­ver­sity, in a move­ment spon­sored by the Oc­cupy sup­port­ers.