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Quick Takes: Court Rejects Beanball Suit, Unauthorized Spending at Texas Southern, Bennington Drops SAT Requirement, Income and College Attendance, Citigroup Settles With U. of Cal., Thomson Buys Atomic Dog Publishing, Patent Rankings

April 7, 2006
  • The California Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit against the Citrus Community College District over an incident in a baseball game in which at Citrus pitcher is alleged to have thrown a pitch to intentionally hit a player on a team from Rio Hondo Community College. In a ruling that cites both liability precedents and the emminent legal thinker Yogi Berra, the court ruled that beanballs are a known risk in basetball and that Citrus was not responsibile for the incident or injuries suffered by the Rio Hondo player.
  • The president of Texas Southern University spent nearly $650,000 on unauthorized, personal items during the last seven years, according to the institution's auditor, The Houston Chronicle reported. Funds were spent, among things, on car repair, donations to a church, and a maid. Priscilla Slade, the president,  has denied wrongdoing amid an investigation into her spending, but declined to comment on the latest report.
  • Bennington College has become the latest institution to decide to make the SAT optional for applicants, The Bennington Banner reported.
  • A new study suggests that attending an elite college is not the ticket to jobs with lots of prestige or high salaries. The study -- by researchers at the Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin -- examined 1,733 men who graduated from high schools in Wisconsin in 1957. Scholars collected extensive data on the men so that they could attempt to isolate the impact of attending an elite college.
  • Citigroup has agreed to pay the University of California more than $13 million to settle a lawsuit over liability for the university's investments in WorldCom, a company that collapsed in 2002. The university sued over inaccurate analyses of WorldCom, which led UC to pay more than it would have otherwise to buy stock in the company.
  • Thomson Higher Education has acquired Atomic Dog Publishing, the companies announced Thursday. Both companies offer print and digital publishing services related to college courses.
  • As usual, the University of California leads other universities in the annual list of patents pending released by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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