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Quick Takes: Deadly Shooting in Montreal, $5.25 Million Settlement in Mankato Crash, Expense Report Brings Down Omaha Chancellor, Fact Finding at Eastern Michigan, Approval for Founders College, CUNY's Largest Gift, College Football's Tonya Harding?

September 14, 2006
  • A female student was killed Wednesday and 20 students were wounded by a gunman at Dawson College, in Montreal, CNN reported. The gunman was killed by police officers, who said that the attack was not a hate crime or an act of terrorism.
  • Minnesota State University and an insurance company have agreed to pay $5.25 million to the families of three students killed in a crash last year and to two students injured in the accident, the Mankato Free Press reported. The students, from Minnesota State's Mankato campus, were en route to Detroit for a student competition of the Society of Automotive Engineers. The settlement was reached amid legal challenges to a Minnesota law that could have limited the university's liability in the case.
  • Nancy Belck has resigned as chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, after admitting that she altered an expense report for a staff dinner to imply that the $1,263 bill covered more than the eight people who attended, Nebraska State Paper reported. The dinner was during the National Collegiate Athletic Association meeting and Belck has been under fire over spending by the athletics department. In a statement, she said that because of the growing debate over athletics spending, she could "no longer provide effective leadership" for the university.
  • Eastern Michigan University and its faculty union have agreed to use an external fact finder to try to resolve the dispute that led to a strike last week. Professors will resume work, under their old contract. The strike focused on issues of salaries and health benefits.
  • The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has granted Founders College the authority to award degrees in the state, clearing the way for the for-profit institution to begin operating next fall. The college plans to offer degrees in the liberal arts and business, but it has generated particular interest because its founders are a group of scholars who are steeped in the philosophy of Ayn Rand.
  • The City University of New York on Wednesday announced a $30 million gift -- the university's largest ever -- to purchase a building for CUNY's new honors college. The donor is William E. Macauley, an investment manager and a graduate of CUNY's City College. The honors college has been attracting students with grades and test scores comparable to those of students who attend elite private colleges.
  • Mitch Cozad, the second string punter at the University of Northern Colorado, has been arrested on charges of stabbing the starting punter in his kicking leg, the Associated Press reported. University officials told the AP that they had suspended Cozad from the team and evicted him from his dormitory room.
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