Around the industry: Still no explanation for blaring fight song

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  • California: Faculty members of two divisions at the University of Southern California (USC) have voted to unionize, the National Labor Relations Board announced Tuesday. The Roski School of Art and Design and the USC International Academy chose to join the Service Employees International Union. However, the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences voted against unionizing (Song, Los Angeles Times, 2/2).
  • Indiana: An Indiana University (IU) research center recently released its 2015 Carnegie Classification, which categorizes more than 4,660 colleges and universities. The classification "has become an integral part of the fabric of higher education," says Victor H.M. Borden, an IU professor of student affairs and higher education. IU took over producing the classification system from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2014 (Phys.org, 2/2). 
  • New York: Despite a week of speculation, there is still no explanation for why a building in Niagara Falls, New York is playing the University of Iowa fight song on loop. The owner of a nearby restaurant says he believes the stunt is intended as a slight against his restaurant—some patrons have been so annoyed by the sound that they leave. Mayor Paul Dyster (D) says he doesn't think the recording is loud enough to violate the city's noise ordinance, but the town council is seeking alternative policy solutions (Thompson, Associated Press, 2/3).

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