20 years ago

February 28, 2008

Evangelist Oral Roberts, who runs his own university in Tulsa, Oklahoma, climbed a campus tower last year and announced to millions of television viewers that God would "call him home" if they did not give him $8 million. Mr Roberts prayed and fasted, cheques were written and the Almighty relented - his project to pay the tuition fees of overseas-bound medical missionaries was fully funded. Now, with considerably less fanfare, the university has announced that the students will have to fund their own tuition. What has happened to the $8 million? The university won't say, but Mr Roberts is reported to be staying away from high places just in case God, too, changes his mind.

A novel way of dealing with the blight that afflicts all conferences, namely speakers who drone on too long. Organisers of the Atlantic Canada Studies Conference, which will be held at the University of Edinburgh in the spring, have warned that a bagpiper will be stationed in each session, with the order to skirl out any speaker who exceeds the 30-minute limit. Ged Martin of Edinburgh's Centre of Canadian Studies said: "We have decided to apply the principle of fighting fire with fire to windbags."

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns