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Quick Takes: The FBI and Edward Said, Accuracy of Campus Crime Records Questioned, Mass. Court Backs Harvard on Police Records, More Layoffs at Tulane, Europeans Want Rival for MIT, Enrollment Limits for Interboro, $275,000 in Misplaced Checks

January 16, 2006
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation's file on Edward Said, the late literary figure and Palestinian activist, is explored -- via a Freedom of Information Act request -- in an article published Friday in Counterpunch.  
  • An investigative article in The Philadelphia Inquirer found that many colleges are incomplete or inaccurate in the crime reports that federal law requires them to maintain.
  • The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled Friday that Harvard University does not need to release crime records to The Harvard Crimson. The student newspaper had argued unsuccessfully that the university, by having its police officers authorized to perform certain state functions in law enforcement, was covered by state open records statutes. The Massachusetts court upheld a lower court's ruling that Harvard was a private institution, not covered by the state statute.
  • About 200 workers lost their jobs in the latest layoffs by Tulane University, the Associated Press reported. No faculty members lost their jobs. Most of the eliminated positions were in the Tulane Health Sciences Center.
  • As Austria prepares for its term leading the European Union, it is organizing discussions about creating a new university, across country lines, to compete with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, AP reported.
  • The Interboro Institute, a for-profit college in New York City that is under state investigation for its admissions practices, has agreed under state pressure to new enrollment limits.
  • The University of South Florida has fired three employees after it found $275,000 in misplaced checks and cash in their office, the AP reported. Many of the checks were too old to be deposited.
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