Around the industry: Clemson University students hold nine-day sit-in after racist display

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  • Louisiana: The Louisiana Senate voted 30-7 last week to approve a constitutional amendment that would allow the state's colleges and universities to set their own tuition and fees. The Legislature currently must sign off on most tuition increases (O'Donoghue, Times-Picayune, 4/20). 
  • South Carolina: Students at Clemson University ended a nine-day sit-in last week held on the steps of the school's administrative building. The students began protesting after rotting bananas were found hanging from an African-American history banner on campus. Hours after the sit-in ended, Clemson President Jim Clements issued a statement committing the university to creating a more diverse faculty and student body, among other responses to the protesters' demands (Collins, AP/U.S. News & World Report, 4/20; Lee/Barnett, Greenville News, 4/23).
  • Washington, D.C.: Catholic University has received $47 million in gifts, which will go toward business education and other academic programs. A record $15 million donation from the Busch Family Foundation will go toward renovating Maloney Hall, which houses the business school. It will be renamed the Tim and Steph Busch School of Business and Economics (Anderson, "Grade Point," Washington Post, 4/19). 

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