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Newcomb Again?

An interesting donor-intent case involving Tulane University and Newcomb College goes to oral arguments on May 8. In short, plaintiffs allege that Tulane is using post-Katrina reconstruction as an opportunity to absorb Newcomb College and seize its assets, even though Newcomb donors have insisted that the college for women maintain a separate identity within Tulane. A pro-plaintiff group called The Future of Newcomb College has an extensive website, with a summary of the facts here.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.