Abortion, drunken rampage: Johns Hopkins restores abortion in database search results

Abortion, drunken rampage: Johns Hopkins restores abortion in database search results

Johns Hopkins restores abortion in database search results

Thanks to the protests of abortion advocates, search results on abortion have now been restored in Johns Hopkins University’s health database.

Due to worries it would lose federal funding, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health blocked searches related to abortion, according to Life News, an independent news agency.

“We recently made all abortion stop words,” said Debbie Dickson, Popline database manager, in an interview with the Chronicle of High Education. “As a federally-funded project, we decided this was best for now.”

Searches on abortion were stopped following an investigation conducted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), said Michael Klag, dean of the Bloomberg School, in an interview with The Associated Press.

USAID, a component of President Bush’s Mexico City Policy that prevents funding of parties supporting or performing abortion overseas, funds the Johns Hopkins reproductive Web site.

However, Klag disagreed with the ban on abortion-related search results.

“I could not disagree more strongly with this decision, and I have directed that the Popline administrators restore ‘abortion’ as a search term immediately,” he said.

Venezuela to eliminate university entrance exams

Taking the SATs or ACTs is among the requirements for college admittance in the United States. Venezuela, however, is taking a different route for college-bound students. College entrance exams will be eliminated in Venezuela next year as part of a system to make education more accessible.

A system that relies only on knowledge-based testing creates unequal access to education, and the new system may instead include aptitude and vocational testing, said Luis Acuna, the country’s minister for higher education, in an interview with Bloomberg L.P., a New York financial news and data company.

“We don’t agree with any system that includes a cognitive test,” Acuna said.

The government is also trying to offer social justice to the poor who have been excluded from the higher education system, he said.

But the system is politically motivated and attacks academic self-sufficiency, critics of the system said. There are concerns that eliminating entrance exams will undermine educational standards. It is also believed the government is using educational programs to garner political support from students.

This is the latest dispute over one of the few institutions that have not fallen under the control of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, said Ricardo Sucre, his political consultant.

Mother criticizes drunken rampage of Coventry University students

A group of 40 students from the United Kingdom’s Coventry University wreaked havoc at a resort in the Cayman Islands and brought shame to the university and to the city of Coventry.

A horrified mother, who did not wish to be named, was staying at the same resort and accused the students of intimidating other vacation-goers, grabbing young girls, urinating in bars and harassing dancers. The students also wore offensive shirts with the crest and name of Coventry University.

“In one bar they were taking turns urinating on the dance floors,” the mother said in an interview with the Coventry Telegraph. “They had only towels around their waists and no undergarments.”

The university investigated the complaint but dismissed it because it was not an official school trip.

“We were extremely concerned to hear of this and have investigated the matter,” a Coventry University spokesman said. “As it was organized independently, nothing else is known at the moment.”

Abortion, drunken rampage: Johns Hopkins restores abortion in database search results

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