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White enrollment climbs at black colleges

Increasingly, white students are enrolling at the nation's 120 historically black colleges and universities. In the past quarter-century, the number of white students at these campuses has risen 65 percent, from 21,000 to nearly 35,000 - an increase driven partly by court orders aimed at desegregation and partly by interest in programs the schools offer. Most of the influx of white students has come at public institutions, which receive funding from federal and state governments. Such colleges are pressured to increase their white enrollment - even as affirmative action requirements at some other universities are waning.

Study proves the effectiveness of Vfend for the treatment of candidemia

This article focuses on results of a study headed by Dr. Jack D. Sobel, professor and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the WSU School of Medicine. The study found that Pfizer's Vfend antifungal treatment is an effective treatment for patients with candidemia, an often-fatal hospital-acquired bloodstream infection. "Because of Vfend's broad spectrum of activity against infections caused by yeasts and moulds, it is a good first-choice treatment option for immunocompromised patients who are at risk for those types of infection," Sobel said. Results of the study also appeared in several other online medical newsletters.

On the go!

Wayne State hosts Detroit Docs International Film Festival with screenings Nov. 12-14. Lectures and workshops by university experts and filmmakers will run throughout the event. Wayne State's Hilberry theatre company performs in repertory: "Blithe Spirit" by Noel Coward," "The Merry Wives of Windsor," by William Shakespeare and "Mother Courage and Her Children." Bonstelle Theatre, Wayne State's undergraduate theater company, presents "A flea in her ear" by Georges Feydeau.


Jim Press, executive vice president and COO of Toyota Motor Sales USA and a managing officer of the parent Toyota company in Japan, was the guest on \"Leaders on Leadership\", co-produced by WSU\'s School of Business Administration and Detroit Public Television. The program\'s host, Larry Fobes of the School of Business Administration, and the WSU student audience questioned Press on leadership of a sales organization achieving tremendous growth despite a tough economy, and in comparison to sales results by other auto makers.

DETROIT DOCS: Film fest continues to grow, with more documentaries from around the world

A front-page story in the Entertainment section discusses this year\'s Detroit Docs festival running Thursday through Sunday at Wayne State University, the Detroit Film Center, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Birmingham 8 theater complex. More than 30 filmmakers will appear with their films and in workshops. When Detroit Docs started in 2002, there were about 30 films. An audience of about 1,000 attendees in the first year doubled in the second. This year, with new venues, reasonable ticket prices and a solid lineup, organizers hope to attract close to 4,000 people. A sidebar item lists the Wayne State locations for film viewings and offers details about the free opening gala 7-10 p.m. Thursday at the Wayne State Welcome Center.


On his Sunday early morning show, Warren Pierce mentioned that the sports wire in front of him omitted the score of Saturday's Wayne State football game at Ford Field, giving only the Central Michigan vs Eastern Michigan score from the doubleheader at Detroit's newest football venue. He gave the WSU vs Hillsdale score and said Mike O'Hara, a Wayne State alum who is a sports writer for the Detroit News, would probably want to talk about the game during his sports report later in the show.

College heads: High school should be harder

State university officials welcome the State Board of Education's looming recommendations to toughen high-school graduation requirements. But they say it's just as important to change mindsets as it is to prepare minds. A non-profit coalition of family and education organizations called Your Child last week launched a six-week radio campaign in several Michigan markets to increase community attendance at grassroots forums about the need to increase commitment to education. The spots feature Wayne State President Irvin D. Reid, Western Michigan President Judith Bailey and Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon. They encourage parents and high school students to attend one of many forums planned around the state.

Turnaround dreams take root in Detroit

This national newspaper with regional editions picked up a story that appeared in the Lansing State Journal (and mentioned in this report last Friday) regarding the challenges facing Detroit in the light of loses in manufacturing industries and severe population decreases since the heyday of the 1950s. The writer compares Detroit to New Orleans in some ways. "We're just as flooded as New Orleans, except we are not waving flags from the roof," observed Robin Boyle, professor of urban planning at Wayne State.

Their city in decay, mayoral candidates get personal

This online publication of The Repository in Canton, Ohio, picked up a Los Angeles Times article about the Detroit mayoral election and what significance it may have for the future of the city. The article includes a comment by WSU political science professor and Director of the Center for Urban Studies Lyke Thompson. "How the city is handled in the next year or two will determine whether it will have a federal overseer rather than a mayor," he said. Campaign officials for both Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and challenger Freman Hendrix say the outcome of the election will hinge upon the 12 percent of voters who are still undecided.

Wayne State, Walsh support "Return to Learn"

Wayne State University said Friday it would offer incentives to undergraduate students throughout November in support of Gov. Granholm's "Return to Learn" month. The initiative is designed to encourage Michigan adults to return to the classroom and complete their higher education degrees or to initiate study leading to postsecondary degrees. Walsh College has designated its Walk-in-Wednesday for the statewide program. E-mail addresses are given for further information at both schools.

Two incumbents ousted from university board seats

Democrats won five of the six open seats this week in the three state university board races -- a fact that did not escape Republican Paul Hillegonds, who was ousted in his bid to return to the Wayne State University board. \"I\'m feeling resigned to the reality that these seats generally go as the top of the tickets goes,\" he said Thursday. \"I\'m just grateful for the opportunity to have served on the board and I expect to continue supporting Wayne State University however I can.\"