Notes in the Margins: Cafeteria trays, nincompoops and the Fighting Soux

Cafeteria trays vanishing from colleges in effort to save food Today, when trays are removed from university dining halls, it’s more likely by the administration than students in search of a good sled. And perhaps inevitably, on some campuses that has created a backlash. (Washington Post)

In Puerto Rico, Protests End Short Peace At University After three days of peace at the University of Puerto Rico, students blocked the stairs to classrooms in the social science department and closed down the humanities department. (New York Times)

Prof Suspended for Insults, Calls Critics ‘Emotionally Unbalanced Nicompoops’ Associate theater professor Perry Mills of Western Washington University has been suspended from the school for the second time with pay. Mills has called a overweight student a “400-pound canary who warbles nothingness,” and used sexually demeaning terms when insulting colleagues. He said his critics were “emotionally unbalanced nincompoops.” (The Seattle Times)

UW-Madison could see 20 percent tuition increase because of budget cuts A memo from UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin to Gov. Scott Walker’s administration also outlines how UW-Madison could separate from the rest of the University of Wisconsin System, giving the state’s flagship university more freedom from state oversight to set tuition, make personnel decisions, purchase goods and construct buildings. (Wisconsin State Journal)

Panel talks about how to honor Fighting Sioux nickname traditions Efforts to document, preserve and honor the history and traditions associated with UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname and logo are important but shouldn’t overwhelm or compromise the goal of moving on, a member of a transition panel has said. (Grand Forks Herald)