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      From: The Chronicle [mailto:daily@...]
      Sent: Monday, January 14, 2002 5:00 AM
      To: Chronicle Daily Report
      Subject: 1/14/2002 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers

      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
      for Monday, January 14.

      *  [snip]

      *  IN THE AFTERMATH of the September 11 terrorist attacks, many
         colleges are recruiting more students in their immediate
         geographic areas, but few institutions anticipate major drops
         in enrollment, according to a nationwide survey of college
         officials released today.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2002/01/2002011406n.htm

      *  EMIRATES AIRLINES, the national airline of the United Arab
         Emirates, will not renew a pilot-training contract with
         Western Michigan University because of concerns over the
         security of its students, college officials said Friday. The
         airline said that the students it sponsored had been singled
         out for closer scrutiny by federal officials.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2002/01/2002011407n.htm

      *  [snip]

      *  SPAIN HAS BEGUN the year with a new university law that is
         opposed by virtually all of the nation's higher-education
         leaders. The law is meant to modernize the administration of
         Spain's outmoded university system, but university officials
         say it will do more to hinder than promote that goal.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2002/01/2002011411n.htm

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      *  MANY COLLEGES ARE OPPOSING a U.S. plan for an
         international-trade pact that they say favors for-profit
         distance education.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/free/v48/i19/19a03301.htm

      --> FOR MORE about distance education in academe, go to


      A NEW QUESTION IN COLLOQUY: Was Harvard's president correct to
      raise questions about the university's black-studies program?
      What is the significance of the dispute between the president
      and some of Harvard's prominent black-studies professors?
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/colloquy



      A DRAMA OF RACE AND VIOLENCE: The shooting of a liberal white
      professor in South Africa by a promising black graduate student
      has raised uncomfortable issues for a university, and for those
      who know both men.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/weekly/v48/i19/19a04001.htm


      A glance at the December/January issue of "Policy Review":
      A comparative look at political humor

      Alexander Rose, a senior correspondent for Canada's "National
      Post," takes a scholarly look at political humor over the ages.
      From rural Chinese peasants lampooning village leaders to
      scatological caricatures of British politicians to America's
      very own Dubya jokes, political leaders and workings are prime
      fodder for ridicule.

      Differences among types of political humor, Mr. Rose
      hypothesizes, tend to be dictated by systems of government. In
      the United States -- which Mr. Rose notes follows Britain's
      proud and scathing tradition of mocking its pooh-bahs --
      "political jokes are mostly partisan jabs and tend to reduce
      politicians to an irreducible essence, a cliche, a buzzword."
      Think Nixon the crook, Quayle the boy-idiot, Clinton the sex
      fiend. But a salient point of such gibes, Mr. Rose writes, is
      that "they focus on the personal idiosyncrasies and foibles of
      individual politicians. None calls into question the legitimacy
      of the political system." We just don't take potshots at our
      beloved democracy.

      In authoritarian states, however, "this happy state of affairs
      does not, for obvious reasons, pertain." Jokes in such societies
      are, for starters, "unofficial" and largely underground because
      of fear of reprisal. They are also noteworthy in comparison with
      our own, in that their "humor stabs at the heart of The System
      and its representatives" -- as well as the regime's dominant
      "Big Lie" -- instead of at individual politicians.

      The only exception to this general rule, Mr. Rose allows, is in
      military regimes or enlightened despotism, where caricatures are
      common. "Put simply," Mr. Rose concludes, "it is governments
      whose very reason for existence is to impose a grand ideological
      vision on humanity which provide fertile manure for subversive

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