- Pennsylvania: The director of West Chester University's bookstore vendor Student Services Inc. issued an apology letter last week for the sale of six-inch inflatable male and female dolls. The products had been sold as "gag-gifts," according to officials. The apology and removal from shelves follows a Sept. 23 protest (Rae Dunbar, Delaware County Daily Times, 10/2).
- South Carolina: Even though Hurricane Joaquin never made landfall, it and other storm systems dumped a historic amount of rain onto the state this past weekend and Monday. "This flood disaster has been like nothing South Carolina has ever seen," Gov. Nikki Haley said in a Facebook post. President Obama declared a state of emergency on Sunday—and by Monday several area colleges had cancelled classes, including the University of South Carolina, Charleston Southern University, College of Charleston, the Citadel, Coastal Carolina University, Trident Technical College, and Horry Georgetown Technical College ("Quick Takes," Inside Higher Ed, 10/5; Levitz/Bauerlein, Wall Street Journal, 10/5).
- Vancouver: In two years, the University of British Columbia plans to complete an 18-story student residential building—made out of wood. The building would be among the tallest wooden structures in the world. The $51.5 million project will serve as home for 404 upperclassmen and graduate students. The current tallest residential building made of wood stands 10 stories tall and is located in Australia (Griffin, Vancouver Sun, 10/2).
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