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  West High Teacher's Story: Student's Were Disruptive
The West High School teacher who had three students escorted from her class, says that the students refused to follow instructions and were disruptive, according to a press release from the Salt Lake Teachers' Association, the union which represents teachers in Salt Lake City and which is giving the press the teacher's version of the incident. Her claim is significantly different than the claims of the students, who say the teacher didn't want them reading the Book of Mormon during a free reading time in class.

  New BYU Earring Policy Hits National News
BYU's one-word change to its honor code has made national news, appearing in today's Boston Globe and elsewhere through the Associated Press' wire. The policy change, which limits women to one set of earrings, came in the wake of a series of talks by LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley that advised church members to avoid body piercing and tattoos.

  Former Partners Tried To Involve Local LDS Leaders In Dispute
Two former business partners, both LDS Church member, who couldn't resolve a dispute, even resorted to complaining about each other to local LDS leaders. Now, their dispute had become more public, as one of the two, Richard Lenz, who is executive director of the Huntridge Performing Arts Theatre, has filed a lawsuit against the other, Earl Leavitt, claiming that Leavitt and others "conspired to slander" Lenz and have him fired as executive director.

  San Jose Mugging Victim Gets Donated Van
The Battered Women's Alliance of Santa Clara County delivered a teal blue 1985 VW Vanagon, complete with a wheelchair lift, to Janie Welton-Parham who was attacked on September 7 by a man who stole her purse and in the process broke her only good arm. "I can't cry," the mother of three said, her eyes welling over with tears. "I can't wipe my eyes or nose myself."

  LDS Scouts in San Francisco Bay Area Food Drive
An LDS scout troop was featured in the Tri-Valley Herald last week for its planned participation in the annual "Scouting for Food" program in the San Francisco Bay Area. Troop 805 in Danville, California, was scheduled to collect food in their area for the food drive.

  Study Says BYU Largest In Study Abroad
A new study released by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the US State Department shows that LDS Church-owned BYU sends more students on its study abroad programs than any other US college or university. The study, which covers 1998-99, said BYU sent 1,862 students overseas, nearly 300 more than #2 Michigan State University.

  Harold B. Lee Library to be dedicated Nov. 15
With President Gordon B. Hinckley of the First Presidency of the LDS Church presiding, Brigham Young University will dedicate the Harold B. Lee Library on Wednesday (Nov. 15) at 2 p.m. in the Marriott Center.

  Ricks College Outlines Framework For Becoming Four-Year University
A first glimpse of the future of Ricks College shows it will undertake an innovative direction as it becomes a four-year university. Poised to be renamed Brigham Young University-Idaho sometime next year, President David A. Bednar announced it will begin some upper division classes in the fall of 2001.

  J. Scott Miller new associate dean of Honors, General Education
Brigham Young University Academic Vice President Alan L. Wilkins has announced the appointment of J. Scott Miller as associate dean of General Education and Honors, with a primary responsibility for the Honors Program. His appointment will be effective Dec. 1.

  Genes and genealogy: DNA Analyst to include BYU-H in molecular genealogy research
The international diversity of BYU-Hawaii and the Hawaiian islands brought professor of molecular biology, Scott Woodward to campus Nov.10. Woodward, who also analyzed the DNA of the Dead Sea Scrolls and royal mummies, is interested in building his database of DNA samples to include people of the islands and diverse ancestries.

  'The Case for Marriage' author to speak at BYU Nov. 14
Linda Waite, author of "The Case for Marriage," will speak Tuesday (Nov. 14) at noon in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium at Brigham Young University. "This is a most important book written on marriage," said Alan Hawkins, associate director of BYU's School of Family Life.

  J. Matthew Shumway chair of BYU Geography Department
Dean Clayne L. Pope of Brigham Young University's College of Family, Home and Social Sciences named a new chair in the Department of Geography. J. Matthew Shumway, an associate professor of geography, replaces Richard H. Jackson, who has returned to full-time teaching and a position as head of the department's planning area.

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