Today in academia: a fundamentalist college with a large Catholic art collection, an undisturbed night for UC Davis protesters, rebranding of Occupy UCLA, and Harvard's early applicants.

  • The fundamentalist school with a large collection of Catholic art. South Carolina's Bob Jones University is generally considered one of most strict Christian schools in the U.S. As Religion News Service wrote, it still bans the dated-sounding "rock n' roll music" and requires students dates to be chaperoned, among other rules that would give students pause. Interestingly though, as RNS's David Gibson reports, for a school that had deemed Catholicism a "cult" it also has one of the largest collections (400+ pieces are named) of "Renaissance and Baroque religious art" outside of "outside of places like Harvard, Princeton and Yale." After Gibson asked the tour guide about the collection, the university explained that it was a way to communicate Bible stories to students. [Religion News Service via The Washington Post]
  • Parsing Harvard's early admission numbers this year. In it's first year accepting early admissions in four years, The Harvard Crimson newspaper trots out a 2006 quote from interim president Derek C. Bok about the process: “Early admission programs tend to advantage the advantaged.” This year, Harvard received 4,245 applications (Princeton, in contrast, had 3,547 students) and the Crimson breaks down those numbers, noting what looks like small but increasing amount of minority applicants: "nine percent of the applicants are African American, up nearly two-thirds from four years ago and nine percent are Latino, up almost one-third."  [The Harvard Crimson]
  • UC Davis protesters spend undisturbed night camping.  Yesterday,  the UC Davis quad saw thousands of people attended a protest rally, school chancellor Linda Katehi apologized publicly to students and the officers involved in the casual spraying of protesters put on administrative leave. And students, the Associated Press reported, were also once again erecting tents on Monday in the same area where the pepper spray incident occurred. But, according to the Sacramento Bee this morning, they were able to sleep overnight there "peacefully." The AP had described the school's new procedure as taking "action 'step by step' to balance campus security with people’s right to protest." [Associated PressSacramento Bee]
  • Occupy UCLA rebrands an event to Occuparty UCLA.   According to the school's Daily Bruin newspaper, the "new name was intended to gain greater student understanding of the issues at large" and "also aimed to attract students not initially interested in the movement." Occuparty! The name was used for an all-day discussion event yesterday that, by its poster, looked more informative than party-like and it drew about 150 people. Judging by the student movement's Twitter account it looks like both names are still being used. You can see their pretty decent roaring bruin vs. monopoly man poster here. [The Daily Bruin]
  • The latest school to go SAT-optional.  A small Worchester, Massachusetts private college, Clark University, has thrown itself in with the ranks of those schools that have decided not to care if applicants spent a lot of money on an SAT prep class and scored decently well. Standardized tests will be "an optional part of the admissions process" starting next year, the University said in a release. For those that suddenly took heart at the news (after watching the early returns of Ivy League early decision applicants), there's still a downside. College rankings authority U.S. News and World report lists the tuition at about $37,350. [Clark University via Inside Higher Ed]