Around the industry: Kenneth Starr severs last tie to Baylor
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- Mississippi: The University of Mississippi's (UM) marching band is eliminating "Dixie"—the unofficial anthem of the Confederate States—from its repertoire. The group will no longer play the song or any variation of it at athletic events. "We felt that it's the right thing to do. It's time to move forward," says UM Athletics Director Ross Bjork. Bjork says the decision "fits in with where the university has gone in terms of making sure we follow our creed, core values of the athletic department, and that all people feel welcome" (Ganucheau, Mississippi Today, 8/19).
- Nebraska: The Nebraska Department of Education has awarded the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) a $1 million grant to contribute to K-12 math and science education. UNL faculty will collaborate with about 40 teachers from high-need schools, focusing on subjects such as technology, mathematics, and secondary Earth and space science (Nohr, Omaha World-Herald, 8/22).
- Texas: Kenneth Starr has fully resigned from Baylor University after having left positions as president, chancellor, and finally, law professor. Starr's resignation comes after a critical Title IX review found that Baylor had not responded appropriately to allegations of sexual assault on campus (Watkins, Texas Tribune/Washington Post, 8/19).
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