National College and University News

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April 26, 2001

by Chris Vesci

staff writer

Duke University

Duke’s women’s tennis team is looking for its 14th straight ACC tournament crown. The Blue Devils, ranked second in the nation, have won 129 of their last 130 matches. At the tournament, Duke will first face Florida State or Georgia Tech. For the final, they will play either Wake Forest or North Carolina. Duke coach Jamie Ashworth believes that the Blue Devils have the best line-up and strongest players, no matter what happens.

Brown University

Three Brown University students rank among the five finalists in HBO’s “Best College Comedian” contest. Launched by the HBO-sponsored, the contest stopped at Brown because it is one of the only universities with its own stand-up comedy troupe. Brown’s winners include seniors Mathew Goldich and Candice Norcott, as well as Ross Hyzer, a sophomore. Each student was given a five-minute slot to perform a routine for an audience of comedians and agents.

University of Hawaii

A 13-day strike at the University of Hawaii is over. Benjamin Cayetano, governor of Hawaii, announced a settlement between the state and the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly. The new contract gives the university professors an increase in salary and benefits. The state stepped in a day before the strike was resolved. Negotiations were presided over by a federal mediator.

University of Nebraska

The band Fugazi performed a successful concert at the University of Nebraska Union Centennial Ballroom. The sold-out show is credited with attracting a diverse audience. Fugazi plays mainly outside of mainstream culture and relies heavily on the loyalty of its fans. The concert was one of the most popular events in campus history, ranking alongside a visit by Maya Angelou last fall.

University of Mississippi

University of Mississippi students have mixed emotions after a state flag election determined that the 1894 flag would still be flown. This flag features the Confederate battle emblem in its top left corner. Some students who are pleased with the results claim that heritage cannot be ignored. But opponents of the flag say it has negative connotations and flying it is a step backward. Many students were involved in the debate, whether campaigning for the old flag or pitching the new design.

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