UConn-Dubai: On Hold for Now

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The University of Connecticut has halted plans to build a satellite campus in Dubai, following criticism from people who pointed out the country prohibits entry by travelers carrying Israeli passports. "We're trying to slow down and work out everything," a spokeswoman told the Associated Press. Concerns about possible human rights violations are also responsible for the stall, the school's provost told the Daily Campus.

So maybe they have some concerns. But have they considered this similarity? In 2002, Playboy voted UConn the country's No. 8 party school. And clubbing and partying are very popular in Dubai. In fact, Time Out: Dubai (yes, it exists) rates the main attractions in Dubai clubbing each week. After Dubai representatives visited UConn last December, UConn administrators returned the favor--en masse. A group of about 20 of them took a "fact-finding" mission last month, the Daily Campus reported.