Around the industry: Prehistoric mammoth bones unearthed at Oregon State football stadium

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  • Illinois: A group of adjunct and non-tenured professors at Loyola University Chicago has voted to form a union. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 will represent 326 instructors at Loyola's College of Arts and Sciences. The push to unionize at Loyola comes one month after 169 instructors voted to unionize at the University of Chicago, also represented by SEIU 73 (Elejalde-Ruiz, Chicago Tribune, 1/27).
  • Iowa/New York: A spokesperson from the University of Iowa says he has "no clue" why the university's fight song has been playing on a loop week after week in a vacant building in Niagara Falls, New York. According to the Niagara Gazette, the song has been playing nearly every night for about six months and police are now investigating. Spokesperson Tom Moore says that officials have "asked around, but so far, everyone here is mystified." He adds, "We do not have an Alumni Association group in the area, although we know there are Hawkeye fans everywhere" (Thomason, "The Ticker," Chronicle of Higher Education, 1/27; Gambini, Niagara Gazette, 1/24).
  • Oregon: Prehistoric bones believed to have belonged to a mammoth have been unearthed at Oregon State University's (OSU) football stadium. The bones, which an OSU professor estimated to be at least 10,000 years old, were discovered while excavating the site of the Valley Football Center expansion project at Reser Stadium in Corvallis. OSU spokesman Steve Clark says the site also has bones from other species, possibly bison or camel (ESPN, 1/27).

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