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March 09, 1992

Stanford U. plans retirement village

Stanford University has entered a joint venture with local developers to build a $160 million housing project, including a retirement village that someday might become a kind of living laboratory for research into the aging process.

The complex of 1,150 townhouses and apartments, proposed for a 72-acre site on university-owned land, is to be considered for approval this summer by Palo Alto, Calif., officials.

If all goes as planned, the retirement community would open in three or four years with 400 townhouses available for alumni and others who want to spend their retirement years on campus. The townhouses would range in price from $250,000 to $500,000, and alumni and retired Stanford employees are expected to get first preference.

For Stanford, struggling with huge budget deficits, the chance to earn substantial new revenues from the development was an important consideration, said university spokesman Andy Doty.

In recent years, similar campus retirement villages have been built at Dartmouth College, Iowa State University, the University of Virginia and Indiana University at Bloomington. Others are on the drawing boards at Oberlin College and Cornell and Lehigh universities.

Math program axed:

A rigorous Florida program to produce world-class math whizzes could soon be history.

vTC Faced with a $63 million cutback in overall funding, the Broward County school board decided last month that the $272,000-a-year program for a tiny math elite had to go.

Academics around the nation criticized the decision. Many said the project furthers President Bush's goal of boosting U.S. math and science standards.

The 9-year-old Project MEGSSS -- Mathematics Education for Gifted Secondary School Students -- uses computers and emphasizes analytical thinking.

Parents are hoping to find corporate sponsors to save the program. Project supporters packed school meetings and a "town meeting" held by Gov. Lawton Chiles. They say officials are sacrificing "the best and brightest," making Project MEGSSS the latest casualty in a national trend.

A recent study by the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented at the University of Connecticut found that 78 percent of Connecticut programs for the gifted have been cut back or eliminated in the last two years.

School officials defended the decision. They said they will replace MEGSSS with accelerated math courses similar to programs offered gifted students elsewhere in the nation.

University reopens:

The University of Annaba in eastern Algeria reopened yesterday, five days after it was shut down following violent protests by students supporting the Islamic fundamentalist movement.

Universities throughout the country are among the last bastions of open resistance to the army-backed government's crackdown the fundamentalist Islamic Salvation Front.

The party was banned by the government Wednesday after a month of arrests since the new government was installed and canceled parliamentary elections expected to be won by the fundamentalists.

Pro-fundamentalist students at Algeria's universities have been demanding that the government allow Algeria's first free elections to continue and halt its repression of fundamentalists.

Band on probation:

A California state university's marching band was disciplined after allegations of sexual harassment and hazing.

The student-run Aggie Marching Band of the University of California, Davis, was placed on administrative probation after a band member complained that the band's student director, Andy Austin, made a sexually explicit insult.

"Members of the band have engaged in illegal behavior, including sexual harassment, hazing and serving alcohol to minors," the school's student activities director, Ted Adams, said in a letter to band members.

Steve Garcia, general manager of the band, said Mr. Austin didn't deny the allegations of band member Julie Graham but said he hadn't intended to sexually harass her.

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