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Quick Takes: Dental School Cheating, Fresno Shooting, Hedge Fund Probe, Clean Report at Susquehanna, Livermore Contract, Same-Sex Benefits in N.H., Smith's Sudan Stance, Never-Ending Negotiated Rule Making

May 9, 2007
  • Several hundred students at California State University at Fresno were evacuated from off-campus housing Sunday night during an incident in which a student is charged with fatally shooting one man and wounding two others -- one of them also a student -- in a dispute over a PlayStation console, the Los Angeles Times reported.
  • Nearly half of the second-year students at the dental school of Indiana University, in Indianapolis, have been punished for their roles in a cheating incident, The Indianapolis Star reported. The incident involved breaking into password-protected files to gain an early look at exams.
  • The Senate Finance Committee is investigating the tax treatment of some investments in hedge funds made by prominent universities, Bloomberg reported. One issue being examined is whether taxes should be sought on gains from offshore hedge funds.
  • Susquehanna University, where many students and alumni have been worried about reports of a possible cancer cluster, announced Tuesday that state officials had found no evidence of any environmental condition that could pose significant health risk in the area.
  • A consortium led by the University of California was named by the U.S. Department of Energy Tuesday to run the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the next seven years, with a possible extension. The university's management of national laboratories has been questioned by some, leading to competitions for the project.
  • The path was cleared Tuesday for employees at New Hampshire public colleges who have same-sex partners to receive domestic partner benefits. State officials dropped plans to appeal a ruling requiring New Hampshire to extend the benefits to two employees of the state's community college system, The Concord Monitor reported.
  • Many of the colleges announcing that they will sell and/or avoid buying stocks in companies seen as backing Sudan's government and its genocidal policies in Darfur don't actually own any stock in such companies. But Smith College, which adopted a divestment policy last year, announced Monday that a review of relevant companies led the college to order the sale of $1.18 million in stock in Schlumberger Ltd., a French energy company that provides oil and gas field services to Sudan's oil companies. Smith also announced the names of 26 companies that are not currently in the college's endowment, but for which purchases are now banned because of their Sudan ties.
  • The negotiated rule making session that would not die: Officials of the U.S. Education Department informed members of a panel considering possible changes in federal regulations governing accreditation that it will hold a fourth session on Friday, June 1, at which the committee's members will try to reach consensus on the remaining issues that divide them.
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