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Quick Takes: Tufts Aid Will Help Graduates Take Nonprofit Jobs, Sallie Mae Sues to Keep Deal Alive, Anger Over Blocked Tutu Invitation, Nobel in Physics, Saying 'Thank You' to Admissions Officers

October 9, 2007
  • Tufts University plans to start helping all graduates who work as teachers or for nonprofit groups and who have low incomes and student loans repay their debts, The Boston Globe reported. While there are many relatively small loan-repayment programs to encourage graduates to enter teaching or to work in medicine in areas lacking medical professionals, the Tufts effort -- open to all of its undergraduates -- is believed to be unique in its breadth.
  • Sallie Mae on Monday sued the investors that had been planning to buy the lending giant, but have since said that they would do so only at a price lower than the $25 billion originally envisioned, the Associated Press reported. While the investors contend that changing circumstances justify a new price, Sallie Mae's suit says that the investors should pay $900 million if they walk away from the original deal.
  • The University of St. Thomas, in Minnesota, is facing strong criticism on campus for its refusal to allow Archbishop Desmond Tutu to give a speech on campus because past comments he made about Israel were "hurtful" to some Jews, The Star Tribune reported. Objections have come from students and from many Jews, who have sent the college e-mail messages saying that they would not want Tutu blocked.
  • Albert Fert and Peter Grünberg were awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics this morning for "the discovery of giant magnoresistance." Fert is a professor at Université Paris-Sud. Grünberg is a professor at Institute für Festkörperforschung, in Germany.
  • The latest trend in admissions, according to The New York Times, is writing thank you notes to admissions officers after an interview or meeting. In most cases, the applicants look for ways to reinforce their desire to enroll, but the Times reported about one note in which an applicant wrote that his parents forced him to apply and that he hoped he would be rejected.
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