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Concealed Carry in Mississippi, Wisconsin; Transparency Takes a Hit at Research Universities

Target practice 101. New measures in Mississippi and Wisconsin make it legal to carry concealed firearms on college campuses, under certain circumstances. In Wisconsin, a new law lets campuses keep banning guns, but only indoors and if the institution "has placed a sign on each and every exterior door telling people that guns are not allowed." Under the new Mississippi law, persons with existing concealed carry permits can take a 16-hour safety course in order to legally carry firearms on college campuses, schools, courthouses and bars. [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

Party in Ohio! The Princeton Review has ranked Ohio University, in Athens, OH as the number one party school in the United States. For the most part on campus, people know how to have a good time," said Eric Benjamin, 25, a fifth-year student at the university, studying visual communications and graphic arts. University administrators were quick to defend the holistic experience of the university. [Reuters]

I love this bar? The American Bar Association caused tension with the National Association for Law Placement last week, when they instituted a requirement that law schools provide them with more detailed post-graduation employment information about students than in the past – and to bypass the NALP. NALP is worried they will receive less data, because their collection is not mandatory. "I think they see NALP's candor about the state of the legal job market as harmful to the industry. I believe their intent is to recapture their ability to control the message to the public about the status of the job market. There's a conflict of interest here." [The National Law Journal]

Transpararency, shmansparency. A transparency drive by the US National Institutes of Health would have required universities and medican schools to publicly disclose financial arrangements which could create a conflict of interest in any NIH-funded work. But that stipulation has been dropped, partly in response to criticism from academic lobbies. "They have pulled the rug out from under this," says Sidney Wolfe, director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, a consumer-protection organization based in Washington DC. "It greatly diminishes the amount of vigilance that the public can exercise over financially conflicted research being funded by the NIH." [Nature News]

Jon Christian is a reporter with Campus Progress. Follow him on Twitter @Jon_Christian.

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