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BYU's Kennedy Center Facing Major Overhaul
BYU's David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies is facing major changes after a review questioned the academic rigor of some of its programs. The review suggests that two of the center's undergraduate programs be terminated, along with a master's degree and a program on developing nations. The center's director, Don Holsinger, a tenured professor, has also been told that his contract will not be renewed. But some faculty criticize the review, claiming that it is a biased and detrimental to the University, and the center is leading a petition to urge the University to ignore its recommendations.

Member's Homes Damaged in Tongan Cyclone
A cyclone that hit the island kingdom of Tonga Monday and Tuesday last week has damaged the homes of some members, but left all members and LDS missionaries safe, reports the Associated Press. But while 60 to 70 percent of buildings in the affected areas were destroyed or damaged, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reports that none of its church buildings have been affected.

BYU To Discourage Use of R-rated Film Clips in Classes
History students at BYU won't be viewing clips from "Saving Private Ryan" and "Schindler's List" after a draft of a formal recommendation was forwarded to President Merrill Bateman that discourages the use of R-rated movies for teaching. The decision to end the use of historically based movies that have inappropriate language, violence or nudity could be made by May.

Olympic Commemorative Pins Bemuse Some
In an article in it's Religion section on Saturday, the Salt Lake Tribune asks why the designs of some commemorative and collectible Olympic pins were approved, while other designs were not accepted by the Salt Lake Olympic licensing group. The Tribune article questions whether certain pins present cultural aspects of Utah culture or instead depict its predominant religion.

President Merrill J. Bateman, Marilyn Bateman at devotional
President Merrill J. Bateman and his wife, Marilyn, will speak at a Brigham Young University devotional on Tuesday (Jan. 8) at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center.


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