National College and University News

By Staff Writer
February 8, 2001

by Tracy Timson
staff writer

University of California- Berkeley

People at University of California- Berkeley are sick and tired of the ringing during classes. On Wednesday, Jan. 31, the university senate will vote on a bill to end cell phone disruption in the school’s classrooms. If the bill is passed, a letter will be sent to Chancellor Robert Berdahl. This letter will basically ask for professors to request that there students turn off their cell phones and the pagers before they enter a classroom. While these cell phones annoy the professors, it is not the only argument that has been expressed. On Tuesday, Jan. 30, there was a meeting in the public safety building showing students the dangers of cell phone use. Libby Kelley, director of the Nevato-based Council on Wireless Technology Impacts, shared that cell phone use can cause what is known as “radio wave sickness.” This sickness can bring on things like memory loss and dizziness. Not only are these students being told to turn their phones off before entering school, they’re also being told they may want to shut these phones off for good.

Boston University

Many students have taken books to the bookstore at the end of the semester and been told that their books cannot be bought back. Jenelle Radosta decided to take action. Radosta, a junior at Boston University, founded the Students Helping Educate Less Fortunate Schools, also known as SHELFS, last semester. This is a program where students can donate their left over books that were not bought back to countries that are in need of these books. In the first semester of this program, they received a total of 35 full boxes of books and plan to have even more people donate. Radosta plans to send the books they have received so far to Latin America. Donating will not only be a way to give to the less fortunate, but it will also stop all the frustration with the bookstores.

Dartmouth College

Dartmouth’s campus is pretty shaken up. On Saturday, Jan. 27, professors Suzanne and Half Zantop were murdered. The bodies were found in the couple’s study. Investigators have not ruled out any possibilities; they have also not released a cause of death. Students and friends of the Zantop’s have no idea why this happened and describe the Zantop’s as “pillars of the Dartmouth community.” They both had taught at the college for over 20 years. Waiting for the results from the investigators, Dartmouth is planning a memorial service for these two well-loved professors.

Harvard University

Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr., professor of government, announced in his Government 1061, “Modern Political Thought,” that he will be issuing not one but two grades.
Students will receive an initial grade that Mansfield thinks they deserve and then a second grade that will be “based on Harvard’s system of inflated grades.” This second grade will be the grade that goes on the transcript.
Mansfield is strongly opposed to Harvards grade inflation. he says that when he compares the grades he gives with the grades students receive in other classes, his grades are at least a half-letter lower.
Mansfield has earned the nickname, “C-Minus Mansfield.” because of his tough classes.
Mansfield believes that elevation grade point averages impedes education but also decreases the value of grades altogether.
“Educators seem to believe that the main purpose of education is to give students self-esteem, to make them feel good about themselves and give students the same grades they got in high school,” Mansfield said.

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