National Campus Briefs

Bill Gates dedicates new law school building to his father

SEATTLE (AP) _ When Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates was in high school, he used to wander the University of Washington campus searching for unoccupied computers. Now, there’s one more building he might have searched. Gates, 47, returned to the campus Friday for the dedication of the new Law School building _ William H. Gates Hall, named for his father, a graduate of UW Law and a regent at the university. He donated $12 million toward the gleaming, $80 million, six-story structure. Gates, the world’s richest man, said he was more than happy to help put his father’s name on the building. “I think it’s a fitting tribute to an incredible man and an incredible father,” he said.

Supreme Court upholds award in racial slur case

HONOLULU (AP) _ A divided Hawaii Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that the University of Hawaii is responsible for racial slurs made by a student manager at a 1995 basketball game. The justices, in a 3-2 decision, ruled that the student manager, Robert Wallace, son of UH men’s basketball coach Riley Wallace, was an agent of the university and was acting within the scope of his employment when he made the slurs. The court said Robert Wallace’s speech was not protected by the First Amendment and upheld the $30,000 award to UH fan Eric White by the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission. The fine previously had been upheld by the Circuit Court.

Air Force Academy tweaks alcohol policy

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) _ A new policy at the Air Force Academy imposes a three-month conduct probation for alcohol violations, a change prompted after leaders noted alcohol contributed to cadet misconduct. The probation could include confinement to base and submitting to a rehabilitation program. A second violation prompts Military Review Committee consideration, which can lead to expulsion. The rules follow a sexual assault scandal that erupted this year after female cadets said the academy did not take their assault reports seriously. Weida was installed at the academy after top leaders were ousted in March amid the scandal.

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