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border. Georgia students start the trek
to Jacksonville on Thursday and by
Friday morning the campus resembles
a ghost town.
Immediately before the game, fans
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Clemson U. at U. of South
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Gamecocks and Clemson U. Tigers have
met 86 times in 93 years, never missing
an appointment since 1909. South
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but Clemson holds the overall edge, 50-
32-4.
Brant Long, assistant sports editor for
USC's student newspaper The
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burns a Tiger in effigy the night before
the game.
"The joke around here is that it doesn't
matter if a USC coach goes 0-8 or 0-9, if
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The Eagle
American U.
American U. administrators say facul-
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that students have received a dispropor-
tionately high number of A's and B's, and
some professors say they are being pres-
sured to give more low grades.
Provost Milton Greenberg said, "When
70 percent or more of grades are B- or
better, it looks like we have a problem.
I've asked deans to look into the issue
and discuss it with their faculty. We need
to evaluate the way we're evaluating."
Some faculty members believe the
administration is pressing them to dis-
tribute a higher number of low grades.
Assistant Professor Terence Murphy
, said, "There's a fanatical attempt to
enhance the reputation of the school.
The words pass down from provost to
dean to faculty. They say, 'You seem to be
giving too many A's, B's and C's, and not
enough C-'s, D's and F's.'"
However, AU President Richard

officials suspect grade inflati

Berendzen said the administration does
not plan to require professors to allocate
a certain number of low grades to their
students, as such a plan would infringe
upon academic freedom.
Greenberg said, "We believe in aca-
demic freedom and the right of profes-
sors to determine grades based on their
evaluations.
"I'm suggesting we take a look at their
evaluations and see what can be done
about raising standards."
Berendzen said grade inflation pri-
marily hurts those students who work
hard and deserve high grades.
"If 70 percent of our students were on
Dean's List, would it really matter? It
would be like lowering the basketball
hoop at Bender Arena by three feet. Even
I could make a basket.
"If they inflate enough, grades will be
ignored by graduate schools because all
of the transcripts look the same,"
Berendzen said.
"If movie reviewers told you every sin-
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know what to go see."
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Dean of Faculties Ann Ferren led a
workshop on grade inflation for profes-
sors in the College of Arts and Sciences.
She said students want demanding
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not receive undeserved grades.
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The Metropolitan
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Four-year universities and colleges
across the country are continuing to
increase tuition - surpassing the
inflation rate for the ninth consecu-
tive year, according to a national sur-
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The College Board of Manhattan
reported that average annual charges
at public four-year schools are up 7
percent. The inflation rate for the 12-
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Critics of the growing tuition costs
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Robert B. Iosue, former vice presi-
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"There is a lot of money involved in
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The Denver, Colo., college has
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mission of state-funded schools.
The Manhattan study also said part
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college to control its increases.

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