National College and University News

By Jill C. Hindman
March 22, 2001

Montana State University

Craig Kilborn, star of the “Late Late show,” hosted a show for his alma mater MSU. The show aired Tuesday, March 20 at 12:30 a.m. on CBS. The theme of the show was Montana and MSU.

Banners decorated the set, the Bobcat mascot was present and Kilborn’s opening monologue was devoted to Montana.

While a student at MSU, Kilborn played on the basketball team and set a conference record for most turnovers in a game.

“I am thrilled about the show,” Kilborn told MSU. “This will be the first time I’ve been in a room with Montana State students and faculty since I accidentally went to class my freshman year.”

California State University at Chico

Several students from California State University and University of California took part in an international program in Israel. After the U.S. State Department warned American citizens not to travel to Israel due to the continued fighting over the development of a separate Palestinian state, CSU suspended the program and requested that all students return to the United States this past October. Only one student returned.

The University of California allowed students to stay, but they did heighten the security and restricted the students from traveling to certain areas.

“As long as the university does not cancel the program, I am going to trust them,” said Joel Simonds, one of the University of California students. “By staying, I feel like I am showing my support.

University of California at Berkeley

As a result of recent frustrations felt by black students on the UC at Berkeley campus, 75 students representing black student groups held a “Black Out.”

The students were dressed in black from head to toe with veils covering their mouths. They silently walked into classrooms and lined the walls. They spoke no words. They wanted their presence to be acknowledged.

The Office of Student Life worked with the organizers of the event to ensure the demonstration followed the university’s regulations. The Dean of Students commented that she thought it was one of the best examples of both a powerful and effective demonstration.

Brigham Young University

The Brigham Young University Student Advisory Council passed a proposal that officially takes a stand against entertainment file-sharing programs, including Napster. A decision was made to filter Napster on campus computers, but instead the use of Napster will be opposed. This decision will be evaluated each semester.

The proposal suggests that reasonable action be taken against anyone who violates the new policy. The proposal has only been passed through the SAC. That does not mean that it is a university policy. It will have to go to the next level of administration.

The sponsor of the proposal argues that the shortages of the programs are interfering with students’ education.

University of Montana

The Lambda Alliance and Residence Life resident assistants at University of Montana put together a program called “Guess the Straight Person.” Thirty-one students attended the event. It was the third in a series. The program consists of six panelists, two gay men, two bisexual women and one heterosexual man and one heterosexual woman.

The students on the panel spoke about their favorite music, movies, pets and what they would bring to a deserted island. From that discussion the students in the audience were to guess who was straight. The only two correct guesses were of the two gay men. This program is an attempt to reduce stereotyping on campus.

-Jill C. Hindman

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