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Poop Bandit Challenged at Utah Valley University; GWU Loses US News Ranking After Inflating Numbers

Poop Bandit Challenged at Utah Valley University. An anonymous person at Utah Valley University has made an unfortunate habit of spreading feces on bathroom mirrors. This abhorrent behavior has sparked a response from the school newspaper's editor-in-chief, Jonathan Boldt, who said, "I only have one thing to say to the Poop Bandit: Run and hide. [...] All eyes are now on the lookout for you, and if and when you are caught, the full force and power of the student body will drop the hammer of justice on you without a hint of compassion. We may not know who you are yet, but when we catch you, just remember you left your DNA all over the crime scene." [UVU Review]

GWU Loses US News Ranking After Inflating Numbers. Having cooked their data for more than a decade, George Washington University fell from number 51 in U.S. News & World Report's annual college rankings to "Unranked." GWU President Steven Knapp self-reported the errors to U.S. News last week, and responded to GWU's drop in the rankings: "'We were surprised by the decision of U.S. News to remove George Washington’s numerical ranking rather than to correct it in light of our disclosure. U.S. News data about GW is still available on the U.S. News website[.] [W]e regret the error and have put safeguards in place to prevent such errors from occurring in the future.'" [Huffington Post]

ASU Students Give Out Free Cigarettes in Response to Campus Smoking Ban. Members of Students for Liberty at Arizona State University protested a campus-wide smoking ban this week. Scheduled to begin in August of 2013, the smoking ban is seen as an infringement on students' individual rights. "We believe we should be treated like adults and not be babied or nannied by the administration or in this case, it's the Senate for the school that passed this measure with very little student input," a member of the group said. In protest, Students for Liberty will also be handing out free cigarettes to ASU students. [KTAR]

Occupy Cal Protests Renewed This Week. Students at the Berkeley and San Francisco campuses of the University of California planned protests this week to rejuvenate the Occupy Cal movement. The protests began on Wednesday night with a sleep-in at a quad on the San Francisco campus and protests throughout the day on Thursday in conjunction with a meeting of the Board of Regents. Occupy Cal had a meeting last week in which they laid out their demands, "includ[ing] democratizing the UC Regents by having positions elected rather than appointed, increasing minority enrollment in the UC system through affirmative action programs and stopping forms of privatization across the system." [The Daily Californian]

Sydney Hofferth is a Communications Intern for Campus Progress. You can follow her on twitter at @squidhoff10.

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