- California: A College of Marin student facing misdemeanor crimes related to a drunken nap during class in late August is contesting the charges. Michael Trump, 25, was arrested when police received a tip about a passed-out student. Officers removed him from class, breathalyzed him, and searched his backpack—where they found a bottle of rum. Trump's lawyer filed a motion to suppress evidence, saying that a sleeping student is not cause for a warrantless search (Klien, Marlin Independent Journal, 12/3).
- Paris: Swarthmore College sent five students and two faculty members as delegates to the 21st United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties. The seven attendees are writing about the sessions, speakers, and their experiences on a university blog. This is the third time the institution has sent community members to the summit (Schaefer, Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/4).
- Virginia: During Liberty University's mandatory convocation on Friday, President Jerry Falwell Jr. urged students to get their concealed carry permits. "I've always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in and killed them," Falwell said. He later clarified he meant Islamic terrorists when he said "those Muslims." The message came two days after a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California (Pulliam Bailey, "Acts of Faith," Washington Post, 12/5).
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