In an unprecedented move, the faculty of Saint Louis University has voted "no confidence" in University President Father Lawrence Biondi.
The Faculty Senate voted 51-4 with 2 abstaining.
The vote is just the latest in long history of discord between the administration and faculty. During his 25 years as president, Biondi has faced criticism for spending millions of dollars in campus building projects, sometimes at the expense of what professors viewed as more pressing academic needs.
A spokesperson with Saint Louis University confirms that Rick Majerus will be taking a one-year leave of absence from his role as the University's head men's basketball coach. An ongoing heart condition is cited as the reason behind Majerus' leave.
"Rick is in a California hospital undergoing evaluation and treatment for an ongoing heart condition," SLU's Director of Athletics Chris May said in a statement. "His health is the most important issue right now, and our hope is for full and complete recovery."
Updated at 4:55 with comments from interim dean Thomas Keefe.
Updated at 4:20 with comments from current Student Bar Association president
Updated 3:58 p.m. with letter from Biondi to staff via Saint Louis University.
Updated at 2:40 p.m. with comments from former Student Bar Association vice president.
Will be updated.
Annette Clark, dean of the Saint Louis University School of Law, resigned this morning.
In two letters obtained by St. Louis Public Radio (which you can read below), Clark details her reasons for leaving. Clark says she "no longer [has] confidence" in the abilities of President Lawrence Biondi or Vice President of Academic Affairs Manoj Patankar to lead the University.
Updated 1:20 p.m. August 1 with reopening of smelter
The Doe Run Peru smelter in La Oroya, which had been clsoed due to financial and environmental compliance issues since 2009, resumed zinc processing operations over the weekend.
Peru's Minister of Energy and Mines, Jorge Merino Tafur, is reported to have said that lead smelting would also resume in the not too distant future. Restarting copper production would likely take longer, since that would require building a plant to control sulfuric acid emissions.
Doe Run Peru is owned by the Renco Group, which also owns the St. Louis-based Doe Run Resources Corporation. The metal smelting companies in Missouri and Peru have operated independently since 2007.