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Friday Five: Breastfeeding in class,

1) The possible renaming of the Gary Schultz Child Care Center: For the past 10 months, Penn State University officials have been scrubbing campus of any tributes to Jerry Sandusky and the former university leaders who are accused of not doing enough to stop Sandusky from abusing young boys. You can no longer order “Sandusky Blitz” ice cream, the Joe Paterno statue is gone and the name of the campus child care center is up in the air.

Former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was convicted in June of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. (Andy Colwell/The Patriot-News via AP)

The university’s trustees discussed changing the name of the center at a Friday afternoon meeting. In the end, they voted to delay having the discussion or making a decision. Here’s what student reporters tweeted from the meeting:

The #PSUBoT is now discussing renaming the Gary Schultz Child Care Center. Lurbrano questions why we can’t wait until after his trial.

— Onward State (@OnwardState) September 14, 2012

McCombie: If it (child care center) went eight months without a name, it can go four more. Motion is to table the vote.

— Laura Nichols (@LC_Nichols) September 14, 2012

The Schultz Child Care Center will not be renamed today after the motion was tabled. #PSUBoT

— Rachel White (@RachelLynWhite) September 14, 2012

2) An American University professor, a sick baby and a probing student reporter: One of the most-read articles on The Post’s Web site this week was about an American University assistant anthropology professor who was livid when a student newspaper reporter asked her why she brought her sick baby to the first day of class and breast-fed while lecturing. I found the instructor’s ranting essay fascinating, and it raised questions in my mind about how faculty treat their student media. (Adrienne Pine’s essay, “The Dialectics of Breastfeeding on Campus: Exposéing My Breasts on the Internet.”)

University of Virginia Rector Helen Dragas on June 26, the day the board reinstated President Teresa Sullivan. (Steve Helber/AP) (Steve Helber/AP)

4) Former professor Amy Bishop pleads guilty: This week former University of Alabama-Huntsville biology professor Amy Bishop pleaded guilty to murdering three of her colleagues and trying to kill others during a faculty meeting in February 2010. Last spring, Amy Wallace wrote a lengthy profile of Bishop for Wired magazine that I encourage you to read. This week, Wallace wrote: “I’m reminded of Bishop’s description of Beth, one of her heroines in her novels. ‘She mulled over words like love, loneliness, hopelessness, despair,’ Bishop wrote of the character. ‘She looked at words like suicide and murder.’ Now, Bishop has looked at many of those words again, signing her plea agreement, according to the AP, with a barely legible scrawl. Maybe it’s her way of saying, at long last, The End.” (Wallace’s article on “With Guilty Plea, University of Alabama Shooter Amy Bishop Writes Her Own Ending.”)

U.S. Marines guard a coffin during a ceremony marking the return of the remains of four Americans killed in an attack this week in Benghazi, Libya. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Today there’s more and more of a push to teach students to be part of the global community. Those lessons should include discussions of how to listen and humbly learn about other cultures. (San Francisco Chronicle article, “Libyan ambassador kept ‘human touch.’”)

Jenna Johnson is a political reporter who is covering the 2016 presidential campaign.


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