Tomcat 7 throws errors if the expression language (el) contains a literal string with dots in it, as it tries to use it like attributes of a class and apply a getter to it. So in the statement
the literal becomes actually org.getKuali().getRice(). ...
Travis fixed this in trunk under
KULRICE-4788 (commit 16047).
I've created the tomcat7_fix_for_126.96.36.199.patch to apply the same changes to this branch.