One campus digital, another 'un-Happy'

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

London, U.K. â€" A gay Iranian student thought he found safety in Britain, but now faces certain death after being refused asylum.

Mehdi Kazemi came to London to study English in 2004. He later learned his boyfriend in Iran had been charged with sodomy and sentenced to death.

While under interrogation, Kazemi’s boyfriend identified him as his partner. The fearful student then claimed asylum in Britain to save himself from returning to his home country.

However, in 2007 Kazemi’s case was refused and he fled to Holland to evade deportation.

On March 5, Kazemi appeared before the Dutch court in an attempt to stay in Holland. If sent back to Britain, Kazemi will likely be deported to Iran â€" where he potentially faces execution.

Brighton, U.K. â€" The University of Sussex has gone digital. Graduates of the institution have created a virtual world based on their campus, where they can study, socialize and share information.

The digital university is part of the online instant messaging world Second Life, which was launched in 2003. Users can access the true-to-life campus and attend seminars, visit the library and call the students’ union.

While the virtual campus sounds like fun and games, the developers also believe it can be used to develop education and communication tools.

Philadelphia, PA â€" Happy Fernandez, president of Moore College of Art, may have to change her name to “Unhappy.”

Fernandez recently received a 24-2 non confidence vote from her full-time faculty following the firing of the school’s union president.

Complainants say the president’s style is reminiscent of Josef Stalin and Fidel Castro, with staff members complaining of their lack of voice and saying she ruled from the top down.

Approximately 70 staff members and students gathered around the school wearing “Not Happy” buttons.

Fernandez blamed the vote on the union and said it was based on a personnel issue. She was backed by the chairperson of the board of managers, who said she had done an outstanding job.

Brazil â€" An eight-year-old boy has passed the entrance exam for a law school in Brazil, and the crazy thing is he’s not even a nerd.

His mother said although he’s two grade levels ahead of average students, her son likes to have fun and make friends.

But the kid’s dreams of becoming a judge were crushed when Universidade Paulista said he’d have to finish high school first.

The school initially enrolled the boy, but turned him away from classes when he showed up with his father.

The news has shocked officials and prompted a federal investigation into the country’s law schools.

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