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Quick Takes: Fatal Fire, Finalists in LA, $540,000 Award for Ex-Coach, Crime Reporting Violation, Albright Suit, Sports Spending

May 2, 2005
  • A fire Saturday morning killed one student at the University of Maryland at College Park and left another seriously injured. The students were in an off-campus house. The Maryland death was the sixth in April of students killed where they lived. All but one of the deaths were in off-campus housing.
  • The Los Angeles Community College District has announced three finalists to become its chancellor: Stan Arterberry, chancellor of the West Valley-Mission Community College District; Irving P. McPhail, chancellor of the Community College of Baltimore County; and Darroch (Rocky) Young, president of Los Angeles Pierce College. The board has scheduled a public forum with the candidates Tuesday.
  • A jury has awarded Mike Terpstra, the former men's basketball coach at California State University at Stanislaus, $540,000 in a suit in which he argued that racial discrimination led the university not rehire him after the 2002-3 season, The Modesto Bee reported. Terpstra, who is white, presented evidence -- disputed by the university -- that Stanislaus officials wanted to replace him with a black coach. Ironically, the next coach hired was also white.
  • The U.S. Education Department has fined Salem International University $200,000 for failing to report certain crimes committed on campus, as required by federal law, in the 1990s. Dozens of crimes, including some sexual assaults, were not reported. Salem's president, Richard W. Ferrin, noted in an e-mail interview that at the time in question, the university had a different name, governance, and management. He said that the he believed the fine to too high, but that Salem wanted to resolve the matter.
  • The interim president of Albright College is suing the chairman of the college's board, charging that he made false statements to derail the interim president's candidacy for the job on a permanent basis, according to an article in The Reading Eagle. David C. Steinbeck, the interim president, did not tell the newspaper what the statements were. Salvatore M. Cutrona Sr., the board chair, denied the charges. A new president -- apparently not Steinbeck -- is expected to be named soon.
  • Spending more money on football and basketball programs doesn't necessarily result in increases in operating revenue or in having more victories, according to a report commissioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The report examines a variety of economic issues related to college athletics.
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