Around the industry: Yale professor and wife involved in email flap resign from residential posts

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  • Connecticut: A Yale University professor and his wife who were criticized for sending an email to the campus community last year about potentially offensive Halloween costumes are resigning as heads of a residential community at the school. The professor, Nicholas Christakis, will stay on as a tenured professor, and his wife, Erika Christakis, will continue to work in the field of early childhood education. Their resignations are effective in July (Hartocollis, New York Times, 5/26). 
  • Georgia: University of Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity has apologized for the terms of a contract with the rapper Ludacris, who performed at the school's spring football game. Ludacris, who was paid $65,000 for a 13-minute set, required that the university provide him six Hanes T-shirts, two bottles each of cognac and vodka, one bottle each of red and white wine, two cases of Snapple, and a box of condoms (Inside Higher Ed, 5/31).
  • Maryland: Johns Hopkins University students are objecting to plans to end a policy that conceals the first-semester grades of freshmen from graduate school admissions officers and future employers. Students argue that the practice helps new students who struggle to keep up with the demands of college. However, Hopkins administrators say that concealing grades could discourage students from seeking academic support. University leaders plan to make the policy change in 2017 (Wells, Baltimore Sun, 5/29). 

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