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  • JUDGE RULES BROWN UNIV. BIASED TOWARD FEMALE ATHLETES

         In a decision that "could have broad implications for
    colleges that inadequately fund women's athletic teams," Federal
    Judge Raymond Pettine ruled yesterday that Brown University "had
    discriminated against female athletes" by eliminating women's
    gymnastics and volleyball teams in '91.  In the ruling, Pettine
    found that Brown had "failed to comply" with Title IX, a Federal
    law that prohibits sex discrimination at schools receiving
    Federal funds and ordains that women receive opportunities equal
    to those accorded male athletes.  Donna Lopiano, Exec Dir of the
    Women's Sports Foundation:  "This win is one more step in the
    right direction for women's sports."  Brown officials said they
    plan to appeal the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals in
    Boston (Richard Sandomir, N.Y. TIMES, 3/30).
    

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