Around the industry: Columbia asks judge to dismiss lawsuit of student who was accused of rape

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  • New York: Columbia University has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Paul Nungesser, who says the school failed to protect him when fellow student Emma Sulkowicz harassed and defamed him. Sulkowicz had accused Nungesser of rape and had made media headlines for carrying her mattress to protest Columbia's handling of her case. In making the request, Columbia's lawyers cited Sulkowicz' right to free speech (Neumeister, AP/ABC News, 8/28).
  • Texas: After much discussion and a brief restraining order, crews removed on Sunday a controversial statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil war, from the University of Texas at Austin campus. The statue will be moved to a university history center in 18 months, when renovations on the center are complete (Haurwitz, American-Statesman, 8/30).
  • Washington, D.C.: Some entrepreneurial Howard University students are raising money for tuition and expenses by serenading commuters. Dupont Brass plays "classic street music" outside of subway stations—and even during rush hour, people stop and dance. "I come here … every Friday," says one commuter, "It makes me feel so good" (Long, "Inspired Life," Washington Post, 8/28).

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